Review: Dearest Ivie by J.R. Ward

Posted May 5, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 8 Comments

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Review: Dearest Ivie by J.R. Ward
Dearest Ivie

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Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Ballantine Books
Released on March 13, 2018
Pages: 145
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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The Delight

Oh, the feels!  I had little idea what I was getting into when I started reading.  It’s a BDB story so of course I’m reading it was all that went through my cranium.  Oh, and well also how the story fit into the world of the series.  But yes, sigh… I was not prepared to fall in love and fall into tears and feel so deeply satisfied from just one novella.  Silly me…


So, yes, Dearest Ivie is a novella that falls between books fifteen and sixteen in the Black Dagger Brotherhood ‘verse.  It stands alone just fine for those wondering or for those who might not think they can read it until they get that far in the series.  Or hey, feel free even if you gave up on catching up in the series because, its worth it.

The story is of a commoner, Ivie, encountering aristocratic Silas.  They do the stranger from across the room and the chemistry is understated, but oh so there.  Poor Ivie is bowled over.  She wants to send Silas on his way, but she’s no coward and she wants to see where things go.  Silas is honest and assures her that there is an expiration date though he, too, is enchanted and wishes things were different.

This is sweet and has that special spark as this mismatched pair of lonely people connect on all levels while spending time together.  Sexual tension is there, but waits just that extra bit for other connections to be made, too.

Ivie narrates the story which makes Silas somewhat mysterious to the reader- which is a good thing.  Though, foreshadowing- or maybe it was just my intuition- hinted at what was really going on that Ivie didn’t pick up on.  Ivie is vivacious, blunt, kind, and passionate.  She’s a nurse at Havers’ clinic and she’s good, but not exceptional.  Silas is attracted to how she makes him come alive, but Ivie feels the same.  Their first test comes when Silas meets the down home crew that Ivie calls family including her rough, huge tatted out biker of a dad who is her oak.

I know the story has been out for some time, but I don’t feel like giving up the goods.  I want other readers to go in with only their own expectations at work just like me.  Now, that said, I will do you a solid and suggest for tender-hearted folk to have tissues handy.

This was a wonderful side story in the series and showcases the best of the series world and the writer’s ability all in a quick read, heartwarming vampire romance story.


Romance Roundabout #158 PNR
New Release #81


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About J.R. Ward

J.R. Ward is the author of over thirty novels, including those in her #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling series, The Black Dagger Brotherhood. There are more than 15 million copies of Ward’s novels in print worldwide and they have been published in 25 different countries around the world.

After graduating from law school, Ward began working in healthcare in Boston and spent many years as Chief of Staff of one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation. She lives in the south with her incredibly supportive husband and her beloved golden retriever. Writing has always been her passion and her idea of heaven is a whole day of nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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3 years ago

I loved it too! So happy you did too

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Lorna

I was curious how it would fit into the overall story and then got all caught up in this swoony love affair. I’m guessing that his long lost brother might play a role later b/c I noticed she was careful about not revealing the brother’s name. But, I don’t care. Loved Silas and Ivie’s story just fine by itself. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
3 years ago

I love the covers for her books and the books are always so good.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

They do really make some great covers. I think The Beast is my favorite cover. And yes, this was soooo good even for a shorty. 🙂

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read
3 years ago

I loved this book. After all the tombs she has written in this series, it was amazing to get back to simplicity of a story that evokes emotion. Sometimes she just bogs a story down so much, you lose any hope of getting anywhere. This one hit me hard.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Oh yes, her regular books are huginormous. Oh man, I gulped and then cried for this one.

3 years ago

Oh a novella?…hmmmm. I may to check this one out. Been a while since I read Ms. Ward.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Sharonda

Yes, its not one of her huginormous ones. It’s standalone so you’d probably do okay, Sharonda. 🙂