Afternoon Delight: Dearest Ivie by J.R. Ward

Posted April 20, 2018 by Shari in Afternoon Delight, Reviews / 13 Comments

Afternoon Delight: Dearest Ivie by J.R. Ward
Dearest Ivie

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Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #15.5
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Ballantine Books
Released on March 13, 2018
Pages: 157
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

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The Delight

While I had problems with the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, Dearest Ivie struck me hard right in the heart. The emotion it evoked from me has been lacking in a lot of books lately. I cried so hard. This is more of what I want out of the series…a cracking of my heart that lets the world fade away.


Dearest Ivie was like a breath of fresh air to me. The world was familiar, while the war and deep cross stories took a back seat in this Black Dagger Brotherhood story. The focus was laser as we deal with one couple dealing with trouble closer to home and in such a human way even if we are considered rats without tails. The basic message of the story was not losing hope when all hope is all but lost. Love at its more brutally honest level. I appreciated every moment that the author never shied away from revealing. I cried. I weeped with the characters and became angry that this was happening. I can’t say how much I really appreciated every word that was written in this story.

Ivie is a civilian vampire who works as a nurse in Haver’s clinic. She has a respect for the end of life, not shying away from the end of life as most do, but celebrating the entry into the Fade. She’s not rich, but she is rich in family and love. In a bar she meets a mysterious man name Silas. He rocks her world, but she is also realistic to the fact he is part of the glymera and beyond her reach.

Silas is mysterious and draws you towards him. He sees Ivie and knows she is the woman of his heart, but he can’t expose her to what is to be his future. Drawn to her, he tries to take what he is capable to taking while he still has time. Making love to her is a blessing and gift he will treasure, but he doesn’t want her to know the truth of what is going to happen to him.

The reality of pride, love and death push these two in all kinds of directions. The raw emotion exposed dragged me to deep sorrow. For what could be, what would be and what isn’t going to be, I thank the author to allowing me to go view into the story of Ivie and Silas.


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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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  • I’m late, I really need to try a book by this author mainly as I have some at home

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I am a middle of the road fan of J.R. Ward. I loved BDB from book 1 to about 6 or 7. After that, the main storyline took a turn I didn’t care for and the books became so big with 5-6 storylines drawing you away from the main one. I am behind about 3 books in the main series now. People either love the first story about Wrath or they don’t. I like it, but didn’t love it, but kept going to stories that knocked me on my tush.

  • I loved this book so much! And I am not a crier while reading normally, but this one brought tears to my eyes as well.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I am also not a huge crier, but this one had me sobbing at points. I don’t know how she did that to me, but she did. If an author can make me cry, then that is a wonderful story.

  • Yep, need this one. I love when books really touch me like that, too, and I want to read it before I move on to The Thief.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      It is a stand alone book, but you do see characters from BDB and the new split off series. I wish she would do more shorter stories like this than the tombs she has been writing.

  • I’ve always wanted to try the BDB series but I’m so intimidated by the sheer number of books! But fans seem to love each book even more as the series goes on, which is cool. I’m glad you enjoyed this new one. Great review!

    Have a lovely weekend. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Shari Delighted Read

      You need a basic understanding of the BDB world, but not all of the stories in it to enjoy this one. I haven’t read the last 3 or 4 BDB novels and still enjoyed every moment of this story. There is a spin off series, I am totally in love with, but the books in the main series are just too big with too many storylines.

  • Wow I’m so behind on the BDB series…I really need to pick them up again! Glad you enjoyed this one 🙂

    • Shari Delighted Read

      You don’t need to be caught up to love this one. I am behind 3-4 books and totally fell in love with this story.

  • RO

    These feelings are what drew me in the first time I read the Brotherhood by Ward. I remember crying and crying like I’d been stabbed in the heart.(lol) So I can totally relate to how you feel about this story. I definitely need to grab this one for my collection. Hugs…RO

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Grab it and plan to use an entire tissue box. I was fighting my tears with a sore throat and sobs that I couldn’t hold in at times.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Grab it and plan to use an entire tissue box. I was fighting my tears with a sore throat and sobs that I couldn’t hold in at times.