Dearest Ivie by J.R. Ward

Book Review

 


Dearest Ivie (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #15.5)Book Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: Blackdagger Botherhood #15.5

Released:  3/13/18 by Ballantine Books

Pages: 145  Price: $2.99 E-book

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I own a copy of this book.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

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. . . .

My Review:

Minor Spoiler Warning: If you, like me, find yourself about a third of the way through this book and suddenly have the fear that Ms. Ward is going to rip your heart out of your chest and grind it into the ground under her stiletto heel.  Fear not.  It does have a happy ending.

Okay, now that that is out of the way.  This book wiped the floor with me.  Majorly.  Big old ugly crying in the middle of the night as I finished this book in bed.  My body shaking with sobs as tears run down my face.  I’m truly surprised that my husband did not wake up to find out what the hell was wrong.   I managed to make it to the end, thank goodness, because I needed that happy ending to make the emotional rollercoaster I just went through worth it.

This was a bloody brilliant read.  The best that I’ve read by Ms. Ward in some time, and this is coming from the p.o.v. of a person that already fangirls over her books.  This novella simply took everything to another level for me.

So that’s great and all but why was this book so much better than the others.  First off I loved that this book focused on one couple and didn’t break away to another p.o.v. there was simply one plot to follow and when the action starts getting good we stuck with them.  This is usually my biggest annoyance with her books, especially when I’m not a fan of one of the couples in the story.  I also liked how the main problem or issue to overcome wasn’t supernatural related.  I don’t want to spoil the plot so I won’t say more.  I also loved Ivie and Silas!!!  We have a Romeo and Juliet story here with the couple coming from different social classes.  Ivie is the one with a working-class upbringing and has some insecurities to overcome in that regards when it comes to Silas.  Then there is Silas who comes from the upper crust of society.  I liked how he never apologized for it yet he didn’t seem to flaunt it either.  He was like this is who I am and I’m into you please accept me into your life.

This was a short read that felt much longer, perhaps because it wasn’t constantly being interrupted by another plot, but by the end, I was completely satisfied with how everything worked out.  I needed to recuperate from the emotional trauma I just suffered but I that’s alright who needs sleep.

This was a great story, hands down, and worth the $3 to download.  It will make you fall in love, rip your heart out, and then bring you back for a happy ending.  My advice don’t read it just before bed because it did take me a bit to come down from the drama.  Now I need to find some light and fluffy to read so I can recover in time to read The Theif when it releases in a few days.

My Rating: 5 Stars

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The Chosen by J.R. Ward

Book Review

 


The Chosen (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #15)Book Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Book Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #15

Released: 4/4/17 by Ballantine Books

Pages: 544 Price:$28.00 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I own a copy of this book.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Xcor, leader of the Band of Bastards, convicted of treason against the Blind King, is facing a brutal interrogation and torturous death at the hands of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Yet after a life marked by cruelty and evil deeds, he accepts his soldier’s fate, his sole regret the loss of a sacred female who was never his: the Chosen Layla.

Layla alone knows the truth that will save Xcor’s life. But revealing his sacrifice and his hidden heritage will expose them both and destroy everything Layla holds dear—even her role of mother to her precious young. Torn between love and loyalty, she must summon the courage to stand up against the only family she has for the only man she will ever love. Yet even if Xcor is somehow granted a reprieve, he and Layla would have to confront a graver challenge: bridging the chasm that divides their worlds without paving the way for a future of even greater war, desolation, and death.

As a dangerous old enemy returns to Caldwell, and the identity of a new deity is revealed, nothing is certain or safe in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, not even true love . . . or destinies that have long seemed set in stone. 

My Review:

I put of this book for almost an entire year because I was afraid I wouldn’t like it.  I’ve never been a big fan of Layla and Xcor’s plotline and To have most of an entire book revolving around their HEA…  Not so sure I want to suffer through it.  What a dumbass I was because I absolutely loved this book!

From the first chapter I was hooked as I watched Ms. Ward almost destroy the brotherhood only to build them back up again stronger than before.  It was like a train wreck that I couldn’t look away from.  While I was thoroughly enjoying the story I have to say some of the characters that I normally loved ticked me off to no end.  Quinn spent much of the book being an unhinged asshole, Thor as well.  V still had issues he needed to work out at the end and I have a feeling he will continue to be the focus of sub-plots in future books.

What did surprise me was that my opinion of Xhor and Layla did a complete 180 and I grew to respect them both.  Layla found a backbone and grew immensely in this book and we learn so much about Xhor that you would have to be a complete ass to not feel for him.  We also got to see plenty of Wrath and my favorite Lassiter who has a shiny new role to play in this world so I am excited at the prospect of seeing more of him in future books.

Despite my fears this was a solid addition to the Blackdagger Brotherhood series and there wasn’t one plot thread that I didn’t enjoy.  I found myself not wanting to put down the book and read into the wee hours of the morning.  Something that I’ve not done in a long time.  Going to start Blood Fury next and I’m looking forward to The Theif which releases next month!

My Rating: 5 Stars

The Shadows by J.R. Ward (Spoiler Warning)

Book Review

 


The Shadows (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #13)Book Genre:
Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Book Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #13

Released: March 31, 2015

Pages: 590 Price: $27.95 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I own a copy of this book.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Trez “Latimer” doesn’t really exist. And not just because the identity was created so that a Shadow could function in the underbelly of the human world. Sold by his parents to the Queen of the S’Hsibe as a child, Trez escaped the Territory and has been a pimp and an enforcer in Caldwell, NY for years- all the while on the run from a destiny of sexual servitude. He’s never had anyone he could totally rely on… except for his brother, iAm.

iAm’s sole goal has always been to keep his brother from self-destructing- and he knows he’s failed. It’s not until the Chosen Serena enters Trez’s life that the male begins to turn things around… but by then it’s too late. The pledge to mate the Queen’s daughter comes due and there is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and no negotiating.

Trapped between his heart and a fate he never volunteered for, Trez must decide whether to endanger himself and others- or forever leave behind the female he’s in love with. But then an unimaginable tragedy strikes and changes everything. Staring out over an emotional abyss, Trez must find a reason to go on or risk losing himself and his soul forever. And iAm, in the name of brotherly love, is faced with making the ultimate sacrifice…

My Review:

Okay, let me start off by warning you that this review will contain spoilers.  The book has been out for a year and half though so get over it already.  Also by the looks of it this addition to the BDB has been spoiled all over the freaking place and I am quite frankly surprised I went into this book not knowing what the hell was going to happen, because oh. my. freaking. God!

Alright, let me preface this review by saying that I have been avoiding this book, not because I knew what was going to happen, but simply because I didn’t care for Trez or iAm that much.  I didn’t hate them, they just were not my favorite characters…. I wasn’t interested in their HEA (ironic as I know that to be now) and so I put it off.  Well with my recent reading liberation and decision to catch up on the releases of my favorite authors that I had missed I decided it was time to pick up The Shadows so I could read The Beast.

Let’s just get the spoiler out-of-the-way.  Serena dies.  Not like Doc. Jane or Mary died and comes back.  Serena fucking dies in this book.  Ward killed off the heroine and there is NO HEA for this story.  Well kinda, iAm does get one tacked on to the end, but we will get to that in a minute.  I spent this 600 pages, almost, on a book about characters I didn’t care that much about to get invested in them to have the freaking’ heroine die at the end!  I was crying the big ugly tears when I closed up this book.  Then I sat a minute, looked at all the blowout over on Goodreads and thought about it and have to give props to Ward for her decision for the direction of this story.  I must not have been easy to write this story and then to release it knowing how the fans were most likely going to react.  Talk about risky and brave (yes, I know I ripped into Charlaine Harris over the ending of her series, but this one is different).   After letting it set for a few minutes I have to say I’m okay  with how this book ended.  My heart breaks for Trez, big time, but you know we get to comfortable with romance books.  Life does not always give us happy endings, so why should they?  If there were ever two characters that she was going to kill off one of the love interests I think one of the Shadows was probably the safest pick.  If it had been one of the other brothers I might have had a stronger reaction.

Okay other than the very sad and unjust ending for the main plot in this book it was much better than I was expecting.  It was interesting to see the seeds planted for Rhage’s second book and Layla’s set to come out next year.  Again I wish we could just do without Assail’s story line.  It just feels tacked on and always hits me out of the blue with who the hell is this again.  The Band of Bastard’s plot thread is starting to get more interesting, but again another thread I am not heavily invested in.  I did enjoy seeing more of the brother’s in this book and for them to rally around the Shadows touched my heart and made this story even more bittersweet.  Because even though Trez lost the love of his life he did gain a family, people to have his and iAm’s back were there had never been before.  It felt like the whole solution with the s’Hibe came together a little awkwardly or rushed near the end, but I accept it and am happy to move on.  I enjoyed the set up for the spin-off series that I plan on starting next.  I’m hoping that this legacy series brings us back to fighting the Lessors and some less heavy plot lines.

I wasn’t expecting much with this book but was surprised at how invested in it I became.  Trez and Serena’s time together might have been brief but it was very sweet.  I think there is a lesson to be learned in this book.  Do not take for granted the time you have with those you love for you do not know how long you will have with them.  Anyone can enter and leave your life in an instant.  Appreciate them, enjoy them, while you have them and once they are gone keep living while cherishing your memories.  Thank you Ms. Ward, thank you for the reminder.

My Rating: 4 Stars