Jessi asked Penelope Douglas:

What was it like to develop a character like Jax? He's so different from Jared & Madoc. He's suffered the most physically & has a lot of deep emotional 'tatoos' which need healing. Was it difficult to get him to open up & focus on 1 girl ( due to multiple ladies b4hand), espec as she's older? (although he seems mature). & is his outlook on love & justice diff from Madoc & Jared's?

Penelope Douglas That's an interesting question, Jessi!

Jax is not Jared, so it's important to remember that while Jared used sex to act out, Jax doesn't. Jared fears getting close, so he never spends too much time with one girl. Jax KNOWS he won't get close, so he doesn't fear seeing the same girl over and over again. He doesn't have to be a one-time kind of guy.

Jax was actually easier to develop than Jared. Jax had a lifetime of hardship. He'd resolved himself to that ugliness early on in life, while Jared was baptized by fire, in a way. Jax has seen the worst, experienced the worst, but he did have to create an armor to survive. And I think we know who pierces the armor. ;) As for K.C. being older, she's 20. It's only a year, and they're both in the same place in their lives.

When it came to Jax opening up, yes, it's one of the best scenes in the book. It's volatile, a little scary, and you'll definitely be able to tell that he and Jared share the same father. And yes, that will come into play. Jax has a very different approach to justice that Jared and Madoc. They have women they love that have made them calm down.

Hope I answered your questions!
Penelope Douglas

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