The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider’s Guide - J.R. Ward I fully admit that the BDB series is one of my top guilty reads. I know the series is stupid, it has flaws and I sometimes can't stand the way J.R. Ward and her "Cellies" act, but I still love the brothers and their shellans. I'm always left wanting more and squee every year when a new book is released. I can't help it nor can I even explain my ridiculous reaction to this series. Anyway, when I saw this at Border's final closing sale I had to pick it up. There are all kinds of goodies in here: Father Mine: Zsadist and Bella's Story, The Brothers Dossiers, Brother Interviews and Q&A’s, amongst other stuff. I highly enjoyed it all.

I don't plan on becoming an author, but I do appreciate the work authors put in and always enjoy learning about their writing process. The IG offered a nice glimpse of Ward's writing process. I thought Ward offered some sound advice to new writers and I liked that she included her unedited book proposal for Dark Lover. It was cool getting to see what made it into the final book. I also enjoyed the extra info on the brothers. I'm not part of the Boards, so I miss a lot of the “extras” Ward throws on there. It was great getting some of that in the book. I still resent Ward for putting extra story lines and giving extra tidbits on her boards and FB page though. I don’t think it’s fair, particularly for fans that don’t have time to stalk those venues. I also think it hampers her future storylines because she writes stuff on the board, but then changes it in the books and ends up having to backpedal. I digress though…

I ended up grinning like an idiot through most of this book. Just can't help it. What I didn't care too much for was V's interview and the Q & A section. I feel like V always gets jilted because supposedly V and Ward don’t get along. Ward tries explaining this weird relationship she has with her characters, but she just comes off as an egomaniac, especially when she inserts herself into the interviews. I feel like if you agree to do an insider’s guide then you should just go all the way with it and not give a half ass interview of a character or leave a blatant cliffhanger. It really pissed me off that she took this route with V. Also, there was a glaring discrepancy in V’s stats that I just couldn’t ignore because apparently Ward didn’t take her own writing advice and her “Rice Krispies” were totally incorrect. Other than these gripes I did enjoy the Insider’s Guide and I recommend it to any reader obsessed with the BDB world.