Review: Dearest Ivie by J.R. Ward

Posted March 16, 2018 by Francesca in Reviews / 20 Comments

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

3.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: March 13th 2018
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #15.5
Pages: 145
Format: eBook
 

“DEAREST IVIE is definitely a quick read and Ward never fails to grab and keep your attention.”
~ Under the Covers

As longtime fans of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, any extra bits we can get set in our favorite world is always a treat.  However, novellas are a tough thing.  Especially when you have no previous investment in the characters.  At least for me.

So here are some things I liked and disliked both about this story:

  • The writing in this one is still very much Ward style, but a little more simple.  There is only the one storyline, and one POV.  It’s entirely told from Ivie’s POV.  I was itching to find out what was going through Silas’s mind!  But the way it’s narrated does keep the reader engaged.  It can also feel a little too simple, only because of what I’m used to reading from Ms. Ward.
  • I’m not a big fan of insta-love, and this book does have that feel.  I knew there had to be a pressing reason for it and yes, there was.  But it still felt like a very easy connection in my opinion.
  • Being in the BDB universe always feels like coming home to friends and family.  Even when you don’t know the characters you’re reading about.
  • Ward never does this for no reason.  This book left me feeling like there is a connection to someone else in the main characters that will come to play an important part in the future.  I won’t mention my questions here because it would be a spoiler.

DEAREST IVIE is definitely a quick read and Ward never fails to grab and keep your attention.  And it’s the perfect appetizer before THE THIEF comes out.

 

 

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About J.R. Ward

J.R. Ward is a #1 New York Times bestselling author with more than 15 million novels in print published in 25 different countries around the world. The books in her popular Black Dagger Brotherhood series have held the #1 spot on the New York Times hardcover, mass market, eBook, and combined print/eBook fiction bestseller lists and have debuted in the top 5 on the USA Today bestseller list. Prior to her writing career, Ward worked as a lawyer in Boston and spent many years as the Chief of Staff of one of Harvard’s world-renowned academic medical centers. Ward currently lives with her family in Kentucky where she has learned to enjoy and appreciate all things Southern. Connect with her online at www.jrward.com, Facebook.com/JRWardBooks, and Twitter.com/JRWard1.

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Great review Francesca! I’ve only just started DEAREST IVIE,between family survey’s and chaos i haven’t read but just a few chapters,but I love it.I agree silas is a mystery and Jr always has her reasons for how she introduces new characters,can’t wait to see down the road how this all fits in.one thing I know for sure is this lady can tell one hell of a great story!! I’m a total Jr Ward book whore!!!

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Hope you end up enjoying it Kathy!

Amy R
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Amy R

Thanks for the review, I’m a few books behind on this series.

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Sounds good. I am behind in this series but hope this isn’t a necessary read for a future book.

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For now I would say no, but you never know with her. At least it’s a VERY fast read.

Kathy Valentine
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Kathy Valentine

Great review Francesca! I’ve only just started DEAREST IVIE,between family survey’s and chaos i haven’t read but just a few chapters,but I love it.I agree silas is a mystery and Jr always has her reasons for how she introduces new characters,can’t wait to see down the road how this all fits in.one thing I know for sure is this lady can tell one hell of a great story!! I’m a total Jr Ward book whore!!!

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Hope you end up enjoying it Kathy!

Amy R
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Amy R

Thanks for the review, I’m a few books behind on this series.

Sophia Rose
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Sophia Rose

I wasn’t expecting this little extra. Like you, I instantly started wondering what it was a set-up for.

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It’s like we question everything! LOL

Timitra
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Timitra

Thanks for the review Francesca

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Sounds good. I am behind in this series but hope this isn’t a necessary read for a future book.

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For now I would say no, but you never know with her. At least it’s a VERY fast read.

Sophia Rose
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Sophia Rose

I wasn’t expecting this little extra. Like you, I instantly started wondering what it was a set-up for.

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It’s like we question everything! LOL

Timitra
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Timitra

Thanks for the review Francesca

Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading
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Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading

I am so behind. I’m just getting Chosen read now and hoping I can get to Dearest Ivie before The Thief release. I’m glad it’s a quick read!

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Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict

I am so behind. I’m just getting Chosen read now and hoping I can get to Dearest Ivie before The Thief release. I’m glad it’s a quick read!

ken
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ken

Hi, Thanks for the review, I am just 2 books behind it. When you review them then I will read them. I am too eager to read it. Keep sharing your thoughts!

ken
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ken

Hi, Thanks for the review, I am just 2 books behind it. When you review them then I will read them. I am too eager to read it. Keep sharing your thoughts!