Review: Dearest Ivie by JR Ward

Reviewed by Jen

Confession time: I’m not sure I can ever quit JR Ward. Time may prove me wrong, but even though her books can be over the top, trite, silly, or even downright infuriating, I keep coming back for more. Because sometimes, she pulls off sexy, captivating, and emotional along with–or instead of–the stuff that drives me crazy. Case in point: I actually worried that the hero of this book was going to die. Hell, Ward has killed a heroine before. Add to that, I had a really hard time getting into the story. Yet despite that… and even some other issues… I read it all in one sitting and didn’t want to put it down in the second half.

As advertised, this is set in the BDB world, but it’s not a Black Dagger Brotherhood story. None of the brothers make an appearance, but the king gets a shout out and we do see some familiar faces from the main series. It’s enough.

The heroine is a middle class vampire nurse named Ivie who meets a mysterious, handsome member of the glymera at the bar. They fall for each other quickly, but there’s a catch. The handsome Silas has put a clock on their relationship. He says he’s leaving town, but it becomes quickly apparent there is something more heartbreaking afoot.

There is a snappy banter between these two, and while it was all kind of insta, I did like them together. We got the obligatory Grey Goose and pop culture references along with the sexy times you can expect from Ward and I felt a comfortable familiarity with the story. It feels like a BDB book.

I did worry while I was reading that it would go bad… and I have to acknowledge that I could go my whole life without reading about a hero’s difficult bowel movements. Really. Talk about something that should be an automatic romance no-no. But I liked the story overall, and it left me wishing to return back to old Caldie to fall in love with some new couple Ward will doubtlessly torture.

Thankfully (<–the optimist in me says, anyway) The Thief will be here in a matter of weeks. Despite the problems, I still enjoyed this little taste of the world to tide me over until then.

Rating: B

PS – Prediction: Silas is Mhurder’s brother. Who is with me?

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Dearest Ivie
by JR Ward
Release Date: March 13, 2018
Publisher: Ballantine Books


  1. I don’t think I wil quit this series either – I have read every book, some multiple times (and listened on audio). I think you liked this more than I did, but it was a fun, quick read. It was interesting to see more of the life of “civilian” vampires.

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