A novella set in the Black Dagger Brotherhood universe, Dearest Ivie by J.R. Ward, I was a teensy bit disappointed in this one, mostly because I thought it was about a different character and I was SO EXCITED to read her story, but oh well.

Featuring our leading lady Ivie, a nurse at the vampire clinic, she deals with death and illness on a daily basis. Then a handsome stranger Silas comes along, worms his way into her heart, and in the end it seems like she has to say goodbye to him too soon.

Apparently he suffers from a rare disease that only affects aristocrats because of all the inbreeding, and is 100% fatal. He’s in the end stages when he meets Ivie, and hides it from her as long as he can.

But in the end, the truth will out. And stubborn Miss Ivie winds up saving more than just him.

Good little side story to the BDB world. I don’t recognize Ivie from any of the other books, but you can bet I’ll be looking for her now.

Back to saucy, possibly bad romance!  Sacrificed to the Dragon by Jessie Donovan next.

In exchange for a vial of dragon’s blood to save her brother’s life, Melanie Hall offers herself up as a sacrifice to one of the British dragon-shifter clans. Being a sacrifice means signing a contract to live with the dragon-shifters for six months to try to conceive a child. Her assigned dragonman, however, is anything but easy. He’s tall, broody, and alpha to the core. There’s only one problem—he hates humans.

Due to human dragon hunters killing his mother, Tristan MacLeod despises humans. Unfortunately, his clan is in desperate need of offspring to repopulate their numbers and it’s his turn to service a human female. Despite his plans to have sex with her and walk away, his inner dragon has other ideas. The curvy human female tempts his inner beast like no other.