Dearest Ivie by J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #15.5
Published by Ballantine Books
Published on: March 13, 2018
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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The last place Ivie expects to be approached by a devastatingly handsome male is in a crowded, smoky cigar bar rarely frequented by vampires—yet here he stands. Silas is flirtatious, gallant, and, above all, mysterious. Ivie is anything but. A nurse at the healer’s clinic and the daughter of a biker, Ivie is accustomed to speaking her mind. So she does. Since aristocrats rarely pick up females of her class, Ivie asks Silas just what kind of game he thinks he’s playing.
Despite her guarded exterior, Ivie surrenders to the fierce desire she feels for Silas. And yet, just as their courtship is heating up, he reveals that it cannot last, for he is bound to return to the Old Country. Their bond only deepens as they make the most of their precious time together. But when she learns the truth, Ivie must find a saving grace—before all is lost. . . .
Black Dagger Brotherhood. If you haven’t read this series and you are a paranormal romance/urban fantasy fan, what’s keeping you from starting it? To me, it’s the quintessential PNR, the one you HAVE to read. Urban fantasy readers will find a lot to like/love about this series as well. Sure, each book features one to two romances, but there’s also a ton of fighting evil foes as well. I am not done with the series, but still found time to pick up Dearest Ivie, a novella written in the Black Dagger world. I was very happy that I did.
As with any novella, I went into it not sure if I would like it or be really disappointed, and I have been disappointed lots of times. I figured that since it was Black Dagger Brotherhood-why not try it? For those that think this is one that moves the main story arc along, I think you might be disappointed. For those that love an amazing paranormal romance, I think you will be very happy. And for those that love a different take on a vampire character should be ecstatic with the series itself.
Since it is a novella, I can’t say a lot about the plot. Too many spoilers-and this novella is thick with them. So instead, I’m going to talk about the main characters. Ivie is a nurse at Haver’s medical clinic, one that only treats vampires. She’s living on her own, but does have her very own loving family that lives pretty much pay check to pay check. In the human world, her family would be considered fairly low class. Even though Ivie has risen above this and has her own apartment and a good job, she still adores her family. She’s also close to giving up on ever finding a mate. Or even just a good relationship. She meets Silas while on a rare girl’s night out with her cousin. He’s tall, dark and handsome and very rich. He’s also part of the glymera, otherwise known as the wealthy upper class of this vampire world. For some reason that Ivie can’t discern, he seems to want her and treats her accordingly. He’s almost an enigma to her, but he loves that she makes him laugh. He has his own secrets and they don’t bode well for a lasting relationship, to say the least.
I always enjoy returning to the BDB world. J.R. Ward’s world building is one of the best I’ve ever read and this story fit right in, although there isn’t any villains or fighting this time. When I started these books, I read the first eight back to back as I couldn’t put them down. The same can be said about this novella. I could not put it down either. Not that I wanted to.
Highly recommended to adult paranormal readers. Adult due to sensual scenes. And if I were you, I would keep some tissues handy because this story has all the “feels” both good and bad.