The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider’s Guide is the latest offering in J.R. Ward’s hugely popular Black Dagger Brotherhood (BDB) series. After writing six. THE BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD: AN INSIDER’S GUIDE by J.R. Ward Published by Signet Eclipse October From #1 New York. After JR Ward completed the first six books in her Black Dagger Brotherhood series she took a “break” to write “An Insider’s Guide”, this.

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In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other – six vampire warriors, defenders of their race.

Now, an ally of the Black Dagger Brotherhood will face the challenge of his life and the evil of the ages. Butch O’Neal is a fighter by nature. A hard-living ex-homicide cop, he’s the only human ever to be allowed in the inner circle of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

And he wants to go even deeper into the vampire world-to engage in the turf war with the lessers. His heart belongs to a female vampire, Marissa, an aristocratic beauty who’s guuide out of his league.

And if he can’t have her, then at least he can fight side by side with the Brothers. But fate curses him with the very thing he wants.

When Butch sacrifices himself to save a civilian vampire from the slayers, he falls prey gujde the darkest force in the war. Left for dead, he’s found by a miracle, and the Brotherhood calls on Marissa to bring him back, though even her love iniders not be enough to save him. I found Marissa to be a little too goody good for my taste but she grew on me as this book progressed. I think once gulde got kicked out of her brother Havers’ place that she begun toughening up and becoming her own person with own thoughts.

I loved when she stood up to the aristocratic glymera and Havers. I really thought it was awesome of her to open Safe House for mothers with children who need a home. I was scared for Butch when the lessers took him to the Omega and put something inside him. I thought it would be the end of good Butch and would end up with a lesser version of gguide. Thankfully no, he just now has the sweet power of literally sucking in the lessers.

This causes Jnsiders to have a darkness inside of him that only Insiiders light in his hand can fix.

Together they are darkness and light. A team, which suits them since they are best friends. The cool thing is that the more Butch sucks in the weaker the Omega becomes. The romance between Butch and Marissa is really cute, their first time is horrible though! Realistic because first times aren’t amazing, but it was sad to read nonetheless. Butch having vampire genes discovered out of nowhere seemed a little to convenient for his relationship with the Brotherhood and Marissa but I like him so who cares.

I loved how Butch had to feed from Beth in his transition. Wrath’s jealousy was quite something to watch because I saw just how possessive mated vamps are to their shellans. Vishous’ unsiders to Butch becomes noticeable.

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At first I did not know if it was because he saw him as a lover or just beautiful as corny as that sounds. In this book it is confirmed that Vishous likes the Guied type of sex and has a place where he takes his submissives. Thanks to the multiple POV’s we get Vishous’ and we learn that he thinks of his sexual preferences as perversions.

John Matthew is on the edge after the events of Lover Awakened. For a moment he had parents, Tohrment and Wellsie, but since her murder and Tohr’s disappearance he is back lnsiders being alone. On top of that headfuck, another pretransition male Lash keeps being a jerk to him.


On the upside we are introduced to Qhuinn and Blaylock who hit it off with John Matthew. In Caldwell, New York, war rages between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race.

Now the cold heart of a cunning predator will be warmed against its will Ruthless and brilliant, Vishous, son of the Bloodletter, possesses insidets destructive curse and a frightening ability to see the future.

As a pretrans growing up in his father’s war camp he was tormented and abused. As a member of the Brotherhood, he has no interest in love or emotion, only the battle with the Lessening Society. But when a mortal injury puts him in the care of human surgeon, Dr. Jane Whitcomb compels him to reveal his inner pain and taste true pleasure for the first time-until a ugide he didn’t inisders takes him into a future that cannot include her I was a insider taken back to find guire that the reason Vishous had that creepy hand that lights up and is always gloved is due to his mother The way he meets Jane is unusual and cute how he doesn’t even have the eyes open but thinks “Mine” when he hears her talk to another man.

Jane is a very strong minded confident in herself type of woman as well she should be for insiddrs profession which is being a doctor. I especially loved that she was an intelligent woman seeing as how Vishous is also smart with all his computer tech background etc.

I did however think that she took in the fact that the brothers were all vampires a little to good to be real but if she would of wacked out on them I would of hated her so it’s all good.

I adored the fact that even though Vishous is cold and keeps his emotions and feelings to himself he found himself sharing painful memories with Gulde. That conversation where the two are sharing their most painful memory was the most real thing they could of done to have me believe they love eachother.

There is a point in the book where Butch brings up Vishous’ sexual orientation and it’s confirmed that V is bisexual.

They discuss it all cool and like best friends it however was a bit insiderd on my end. I love how they kept their friendship as tight as ever though. Now back to Jane, there was that unspoken truth of her being a human. I always think of futures as far as couples are concerned. I still worry over Mary and Rhage insideers as how she stayed human.

Jane however unexpectedly gets shot and dies. The Scribe Virgin does a good deed as a mother and brings Jane back as a ghost who can take corporeal form whenever she wants, especially around Vishous.

It’s kind of weird to me to think of as a ghost. Somehow I feel like he lost her. Yet I know now that they will have forever now together. Since the Brotherhood numbers are down more pure blood females have to become pregnant by the brothers, in which case the Primale comes in.

Being the Scribe Virgin’s son those duties fall under Vishous. Who would then have to mate with the Chosen, group of secluded female vamps that worship the Scribe Virgin in the Other Side. Now knowing full well V’s sexual preferences I did not think his rough ways would go well for all the virgins he would have to mate.

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Thankfully Phury, in his need to get away from Bella, wanting to help V stay with the femal he truly loves Jane, he volunteers as the Primale. It got to the point where it’s just sad to see how deeply he cares for her. As much as I love Bella, I hated how she was up his ass and not just leaving him alone. It was awful seeing the usually calm and polite brother suddenly find himself in a downward spiral.


He used more and more of that red smoke he’s been lighting up since the earlier books. We are also introduced to Cormia who is destined to be the first female the Primale lays with and be the First Mate. Due to Cormia being secluded and not doing much in her life but worship the Scribe Virgin she kind of bored the hell out of me. She is very observant and notices that Phury is drooling for Bella.

Since Phury and Cormia are going to end up together I am intrigued as to how he will forget about Bella. Blaylock, Qhuinn and John Matthew all go through their transitions throughout the book.

John Matthew has episodes where he remembers stuff like how to fight lessers which prove that he can be the reincarnation of Darius.

I really enjoyed how Zsadist is helping John Matthew out through this tough time in his life. This book is also the first in which John Matthew first notices the female with the man’s haircut, Xhex, who is the top bodygaurd in Rehvenge’s nightclub ZeroSum.

After the Scribe Virgin sacrifices her love birds for Jane’s ghost for her son’s happiness she thinks that V’s fraternal twin sister also deserves to be free. So yea, quite interesting that V has a twin, Payne. I can’t wait to meet her.

In this “frighteningly addictive” paranormal romance sage there’s a war raging between vampires and their slayers. Here are the stories of a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race.

And now a dutiful twin must choose between two lives F iercely loyal to the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Phury has sacrificed himself for the good of the race, becoming the male responsible for keeping the Brotherhood’s bloodlines alive. As Primale of the Chosen, he is obligated to father the sons and daughters who will ensure that the traditions of the race survive, and that there are warriors to fight those who want all vampires extinguished. As his first mate, the Chosen Cormia wants to win not only his body, but his heart for herself.

She is drawn to the noble responsibility behind the emotionally scarred male. But Phury has never allowed himself to know pleasure or joy. As the war with the Lessening Society grows grim, tragedy looms over the Brotherhood’s mansion, and Phury must decide between duty and love The Omega apparently has a son with a female vamp but parts ways with him much to his sadness so his bigger plans come to play.

His plan is to have his son grow in a aristocrat vampire family and have him train to be a member of the Brotherhood and eventually have him give the location of the brothers to him. That son is none other then that jerkface Lash, who becomes even more of a pompous asshole now that he knows his father is the all powerful Omega. After a night where Cormia lay in Phury’s bed and he woke her up by being on top of her, Cormia began having feelings for him.

The fact that she saw that he always sacrificed his needs and put others before him endeared him to her since she saw those qualities as admirable and attractive. Not to mention those beautiful brown, red and blonde locks of hair. Phury meanwhile, keeps going in his downworld spiral and learns that he likes the feel of pain and enjoys butchering the living lights of the lessers.

Which eventually causes Wrath to get him out of the brotherhood sadly. He slowly starts realizing his attraction to Cormia but due to his lack of sexual knowledge and confusing thoughts about Bella he makes no move but get more high with his drugs.