Published by Random House LLC 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. . . .
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I have learned I cannot trust J.R. Ward with her characters. She will do things to them that you just wouldn’t think that an author would do to beloved characters.
That made Dearest Ivie a very emotional read for me. These are two characters we’ve never heard of before but lead every day lives in the Black Dagger World. Ivie is a stubborn, independent female working as a nurse in Haver’s clinic. After leaving a flop of a job interview, she meets up with her cousin in a local bar. Ivie is approached by a very good looking and wealthy male.
As this is a novella, their love affair is pretty quick. They go on some nice romantic dates and enjoy a great family get together. Ivie believes Silas will be moving soon, so tries to take advantage of all the time she has with him. I just knew. I knew he was not moving and I was terrified of what Ward was going to do to this couple.
I will admit. Those things that rarely make an appearance rolled unbidden down my face as I gobbled this story up. My heart was so into this story. I hardly knew the characters but Ward lets you know them just enough that you can’t help but like them and connect with them. I’m so glad I didn’t miss this novella. It was a great precursor to The Thief, preparing me for the roller coaster I almost always get in a Black Dagger Brotherhood book.