January 2023 Wrap Up and BOM

Hello, fellow romance lovers!  It’s a new year, and I am back!  The holidays were stressful.  I had some illnesses in the family and some fur baby issues.  The greatest thing to happen in January was that me and my mom got to go to Disney World!  We spent a week and stayed at the Contemporary Hotel.  We had a gorgeous view of the Castle and Space Mountain in the Magic Kingdom from our balcony.  We sat on our balcony and watched the Magic Kingdom fireworks every night!

View from our hotel room

Some of you have asked about my fur babies, LuLu, Chloe Grace, and Lizzie.  LuLu and Chloe Grace have been having some health problems.  Most recently, LuLu has a tumor in her left eye that is likely cancer, and she will eventually lose the eye.  Chloe Grace is suffering from anxiety and has been placed on medication that is helping her stay calm.  Her personality has returned, too, which is such a relief! 

This Month In Books!

I have read 34 of 200 books in my Goodreads book challenge for 2023, which is 17% complete.  In January, I read twenty-two books.  My average rating was 4.31 stars.  I made 22 posts on my blog, with a site total of 474 posts.  I have chosen my “best of” for the month of January, culminating in my pick for book of the month.  I also have a lot of exciting news!  I have a paperback hr book giveaway!  I recently received some swag from Tammy Andresen for being part of her VIP reading group.  I am featuring Fiona Knightley’s series Love In The Highlands on February 25th.  I am super excited to announce I will be featuring three new authors to me in March!  See below for details!

“Best Of” for the month of January

Best jerk hero: Evan

Best female spy: Hope

Best historical romance in an exotic locale

Best mature couple romance: Ziyceddin and Charlotte

Best start to a new series

Best ruination: Roman and Amity

Best age-gap romance: Hugh and Clara

Best pet: Fortune the cat

Most unique occupation: Vauxhall tightrope walker – Lola

Most anticipated couple: Oliver and Necessity

Best mafia member: Misha

Sexiest highlander: Calan

Best badboy: Kir “Master” Vasiliev

Hottest marriage of convenience: Valerius and Adaliya

Best class difference romance: Andrew and Poppy

Best Book Club: Mayfair Literary League

January’s Book Of The Month

I am super excited to introduce the January 2023 Book Of The Month!  Scarlett Scott is one of my favorite authors, and The Sinful Suttons has been an extraordinary series!  We all know how fond I am of gaming hells, and this family who owns a gaming hell stole my heart in the first sentence of the first book!  Sutton’s Secrets is the final book in the Sinful Sutton series 😢 What a way to end a series!  Logan and Arianna’s journey is the most thrilling, romantic, and passionate of the entire saga.  Logan is my hero of the month because he is sweetly intense toward Arianna.  Logan wants to make a difference and becomes a spy.  Logan misses his family and is alone.  Arianna is a breath of fresh air.  Arianna’s selflessness is what makes her stand out.  Together the couple is pure fire.   This book is the best final in a series.  And that epilogue….perfection!  Scarlett Scott is the best at creating characters I can 100% invest in.  She writes breathtaking and enchanting romances.  If you haven’t tried Scarlett Scott, I recommend any of her series; you can’t go wrong.  


Sutton’s Secrets is the seventh and final book in The Sinful Suttons by Scarlett Scott.  This book has caused me to do three things I have never done.  One, I wish I had ten stars to give this book!  Two, I am at a loss for words to describe this book, so I’ll say it is unputdownable! Finally, I rarely cry in a book, usually for angsty or sad moments; I cried in this book for the poignant, breathtaking moments of sensual and emotional connection between the couple.    Logan Sutton has left his family and is now a spy for a covert agency under the crown.  Lady Arianna Stewart gets pulled into Logan’s investigation unwillingly.  The plot grabbed me on page one. 

Oh, Logan….where do I begin with you?  He is my new book boyfriend!  Logan has given up all he holds dear to do something meaningful.  Logan is selfless and intense and has a profoundly poetic soul under the gruffness and hardship of his upbringing.  I want someone to say to me the things Logan says to Arianna!  My heart melted for Logan!

Lady Arianna Stewart is both similar and different to Logan.  Arianna has suffered heartache and danger while she selflessly holds her self-absorbed family together.  Arianna’s fierce protection of her underserving family was heart-wrenching.  Arianna went above and beyond.  I loved Arianna’s iron will and determination.

This is the most romantic book in the series.  I loved the couple’s instant connection at their first meeting; they were two halves of the same whole.  What made this book shine so brightly was how romantic and emotional the sensual, steamy scenes were.  The game of telling a secret no one knows had me swooning!  Logan’s all-out protection of Ariana was as striking as his passion for her.  The couple had untold depths of physical attraction, but it was the more profound, protective yearning that was written so beautifully that catapulted this book into being romance excellence.  The quiet, in-between moments the couple shared were as captivating as their undeniable sensual connection.

I am a hardcore, avid fan of the Sutton family!  I love gaming hells, and these sibling owners are my all-time favorite – and I’ve read a lot of gaming hell owners!  This storyline was sublimely enchanting.  Its equal parts stole my breath and made me smile. The unconditional love the couple share is pure, organic, and raw.  Oh!  And the epilogue!  Perfection!  I felt I was part of the Sutton family!  Scarlett Scott has written a stunning, eye-catching conclusion to a phenomenal series, and I can’t wait for what is next!


Each month I am having a historical romance paperback giveaway.  My only local paperback exchange closed down, and I have hundreds of hr paperbacks needing a home!  I will select ten books each month to give away.  All you have to do is fill out the comment form below.  Let me know what you think of my blog or anything else on your mind!  I will randomly pick one winner each month.  Good Luck!

Thank you Tammy Andresen!

Check out this bookmark I got from Tammy Andresen!  Want to get stuff from her too?  Here is the link to join her group!

Join Tammy’s Group!

Blog features coming in March 2023!

I am thrilled to announce I will have blog features for the following authors in March:  Amanda McCabe, Felicity Niven, and Heather Hallman.  It is a privilege to read and review these authors’ books!  Each feature will have lots of content, and I am excited to announce I will be interviewing each of these fantastic authors!   I will feature Amanda McCabe’s The Dollar Duchesses series, Heather Hallman’s Tokyo Whispers series, and Felicity Niven’s The Lovelocks Of London series.  Amanda McCabe’s feature will be on March 16th, Heather Hallman’s feature will be on March 20th, and Felicity Niven’s feature will be on March 30th.  Don’t forget to stop by and learn more about these amazing authors and their series!  I have another surprise announcement!  I will be featuring Tracy Sumner’s League Of Lords series in April, which will also have information about her upcoming new Duchess Society book!  

A Look Ahead To March 2023…

March 3, 2023

March 10, 2023

March 28, 2023

Until next time!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine’s Day!  Thank you for stopping by my blog!  I love to hear from followers, so please get in touch!  I am always looking for new authors and books to feature!  Contact me if you’re an author/publisher with a book or series you’d liked reviewed and featured.  Until next month! 


Published by jelee1976

I love to review historical romance books! I discuss book reviews, thoughts on authors and series, and just general stuff about me!

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