REVIEW: Hot as Hale by Marie James


Genre: Erotica

Heat Level: Scorching/Explicit

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4 flames

You know what they say – it’s always the quiet ones that turn out to be wildcats. And without a doubt this applies to Josie Bennett in this book. As par for the course with this series, this book is scorching hot mixed with suspense and the clashing of two souls who can’t be denied. While technically, this can be read as a standalone, I would recommend reading the first two books in the series to get the whole picture of these two and the other characters in this book.

Since their first meeting under the worst of circumstances, an attraction started brewing between Josie Bennett and Kaleb Perez. Josie has always been the most reserved of her close knit group, so it is no wonder that she has done nothing every time Kaleb made a subtle pass at her. She knows she is interested, but she is to shy to do anything incase she is reading the signs wrong.

Kaleb is at his wits end and doesn’t know what to do. Every time he and Josie have crossed paths he has indicated that he is interested and she should get in contact if the feelings are mutual. But to date he has heard not a peep from her. He knows he wants her and finally decides that he is going to go after what he wants, Josie Bennett.

When Kaleb finally makes a move, will Josie decide to take a chance and possibly, finally, connect with her soul mate? Can these two find their HEA like the others in their group, or will the forces at play keep them apart?

Avid fans and new fans of this series and Marie James, will not be disappointed in the steam and smut in this book. The sexual tension between these two has been building up over 2 books now. So you better believe that it was explosive when they finally came together. The heat level was set to scorching for most of this book and there were times where you definitely needed a moment to cool down.

I really loved Kaleb Perez in this novel. I actually think he is my favorite alpha of this series. He was the perfect blend of gentleman and beast. He knew what he wanted with and from Josie but at all times he showed consideration and respect for her. His protective side did not feel forced and all his actions genuine. Yet when he wanted to get down and dirty he was there with the absolute best of them.

For me, I had a little bit of an issue with how Josie was portrayed in parts of this book. I absolutely get that she came out of her shell and got confidence through being with Kaleb, but there were a few times where I felt the actions she took were a bit extreme left field of her personality so far throughout the series. But other than those very few moments, I did love the confidence that she grew into. She was able to blossom through the relationship with Kaleb.

I really enjoyed the build up of the suspense in this novel. I was glued to the book to find out what would happen and how it would work out. I do have to say that when I got to the actual part it felt a bit rushed and I personally wished that I could have had a bit more from Kaleb’s perspective. But that is just my personal take on it.

Overall, this was an enjoyable read. The storyline kept me intrigued and the sexy times were plentiful but did not overtake the storyline. Marie did a great job capturing the emotions throughout the book that draws a reader in.

I recommend this book to all lovers of steamy romance who enjoy a bit of suspense. I can’t wait to see what Marie writes next. If I had to sum up in one word, this book was explosive.


Innocent Joselyne Bennett loves her quiet life. As an elementary teacher her days include teaching kids then going home to research fun science projects to add to her lesson plan. Her only excitement is living vicariously through her sister Lorali and friend Alexa Warner.

Incredibly gorgeous police detective Kaleb Perez was going through the motions of life. His position on the force as a narcotics detective forced him to cross paths with Josie after a shooting involving her friend.

On more than one occasion Kaleb discretely tried to catch Josie’s eye. On every occasion he was ignored but when her hand is forced after a break-in at her apartment Josie and
Kaleb are on a collision course with each other. Formerly timid Josie is coaxed out of her shell by the sexy-as-sin Kaleb who nurtures her inner sex-kitten in the most seductive ways, and replaces her inexperience with passionate need.

The small group has overcome so much in such a short period of time and just when they think they can settle back into their lives they are forced back into the unknown. Can Kaleb protect Josie from further tragedy? Can she let him go once the threat of danger is gone?

This is a standalone contemporary novel. The next book in the Hale Series: To Hale and Back is the conclusion of the series and in the point of view of all six characters.

Recommended for readers 18 and up due to strong language and explicit sexual content.

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