Hot as Hale (Hale Series #3) by Marie James, Book Review

General Information
Genre~ Romance, Thriller
Published~ September 7, 2015

Book Summary (Per Goodreads)
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.

My Thoughts
A cute relationship read that came across as honest and plausible since Josie was so shy and reserved in the other two books.  This book picks up from Alexa's story and how she was shot.  Josie and Kaleb start a relationship through a mix of funny and scary interludes that makes them easily the most precious couple of the series.  Near the end of book 2, MJ kept this a romantic series, but added an intriguing thriller/suspense component that I enjoyed.  Josie and Kaleb's story takes that element further and it was well done!  I enjoyed the detail and emotions put into the events that Josie endured.  I liked seeing how the group was doing and read Josie's story, but I must say that she is my least favorite female character out of this group.  I thought she was sweet and it was a good story, but I loved the sassy or feisty approach to life that the other two female main characters embodied.  I thankfully cannot imagine experiencing her story, but I did not like how "damsel in distress" she was at times.  With that though, I adored Kaleb.  How protective, smart, and confident he was ...yes, yes, yes!  The ending to this book was perfect and left me wondering a few things that I hoped to see answered in the fourth book...which yup I promptly started reading it!

Important Links
*You can find my reviews to Coming to Hale here, Begging for Hale here*
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