Sunday, May 6, 2018

Dearest Ivie by J.R. Ward

Title: Dearest Ivie 
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #15.5
Author: J.R. Ward 
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Release Date: March 13, 2018 

In an exclusive ebook novella set in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward tells the story of a fiery couple . . . doomed by an undeniable passion.

Features a special preview of J. R. Ward’s upcoming Black Dagger Brotherhood novel, The Thief

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. . .

“Ivie froze at the sound of the deep, low voice. Later, much later, she would remember most clearly not the moment she looked into his eyes, but rather the split second before she did. ” 

This was a short and great novella!

The main characters are Silas and Ivie. 

Silas is a Glymera vampire. He's an aristocrat but a very respectful, gracious and, thoughtful one. He's also very mysterious. 

Ivie is a nurse at Haver's who takes her job seriously and who's used to dealing with death on a regular basis. She's nothing farther from an aristocrat. She comes from a very loving family and it shows.

When Ivie and Silas meet at a bar, Ivie is tempted and even more when he proceeds to ask her out. Refusing is harder than she thinks. 

Dearest Ivie brought me back to earlier BDB books. My favorite scene involves Silas meeting her family. Her dad who's a biker and who's fiercely protective of Ivie makes for a good laugh. 

“Silas, seriously, these are not your peeps. My dad has tattoos and a Harley. He and my mahmen live in a prefab house out on a farm, and eat their own chickens. We’re talking beer out of a can, a store-bought cake, and hunting dogs running around under the table.” 

I was also surprised about the turn of events and I found myself crying over it. Ivie was rock solid when she needed to be but she also understood her limitations. 

It was extremely hard not to fall for Silas. He was everything Ivie needed. Ivie for her part was smart, honest and she had no qualms about speaking her mind. She told it like it was. No sugar coating.

I hope to see these characters again in another BDB book.

Cliffhanger: No

4/5 Fangs

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