book Tangled Webs by Anne Bishop with a magnifying glass and four crystals next to it

So, what did I read in November? Well, I carried Tangled Webs over from my spooky reading plans in October. I buddy-read this with my friend, Annette. I finished this just a few days into the month. I really enjoyed it and I think it was the perfect thing for October. I enjoyed being back in this world again. Well worth a read.

graphic with white text on a black background that reads: The Black Dagger Brotherhood Read-Along and then has the first six book titles along with the dates to read them through November.

At the beginning of November, Maastastic/Fandomtastic announced they were doing a #fangsgiving readalong of the first six books in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward. I’d been wanting to reread this series for awhile and then continue where I’d left off in order to be able to read the newest release. So, I decided to jump in and I made Annette do it with me.

cover of Dark Lover by J.R. Ward

I was able to check these e-books out from the library, which was helpful. Although I haaaattteee the new cover for Dark Lover. First of all, why isn’t that blade black? It’s like they just chose some random art of a dude with a sword. Anyway, I immediately fell right down into the rabbit hole with this book. I’d forgotten how addictive they are. I’d also forgotten a few key points in the story, so it was nice to have the refresher. Took me a little less than a week to read this.

cover of Lover Eternal by J. R. Ward

On to the next. This is Rhage’s book and holy moly, I forgot how good he is. And again, I forgot how absorbed I get in these books and how hard it is to tear myself away from them. And of course I decided to delive into them when I have so much stuff I have to get done and so much stuff I really need to focus on. Ugh. What was I thinking? But, I loved this book and read it in about four days. As we start to get more introduced to Zsadist, the more I’m seeing parallels to Daemon Sadi from the Black Jewels series. Some definite similarities between them.

book cover of Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward

I’ll be honest though, when I read Z’s book this time, I don’t think I enjoyed it as much as I had previously. It was good, don’t get me wrong, but it didn’t hit me quite the same way it did before.

book cover for Lover Revealed by J.R. Ward

Butch’s book, Lover Revealed, I had forgotten SO much of. It really was like reading it for the first time.

book cover of Lover Unbound by J.R. Ward with a stack of tarot cards and a bowl of crystals in the background

I started the fifth book in the series four days before the end of the month and actually managed to finish it before month’s end. When I first read this one, I had anticipated this book the most and was the most let down by it. So, I was hesitant to read it again. But it was so so good. And I upped my rating to five stars from my original three stars, I think.

I’m looking forward to continuing my Black Dagger read along in December too (and possibly beyond). And as stressful as my November was, these books were about the only thing keeping me semi-sane when I could steal a few minutes to read.

ad for The Wheel of Time tv series

And as I mentioned in my November in Photos post, we started watching the Wheel of Time series on Amazon Prime and it is really good. Years ago, I bought the first book in the series by Robert Jordan (The Eye of the World), but never read it. I went looking for it on my shelves and apparently I sold it at some point. I’d like to give the books a try after seeing the first few episodes of the series.

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