Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Blog Tour Review, Excerpt & Giveaway ~ Hot as Hale (Hale Series #3) by Marie James


Hot as Hale
Hale Series #3
by Marie James
Genre: Erotic Romance
Release Date – September 7th 2015


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 discreetly 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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How long do you think you can hold out, Mariposa?” I’m teasing her now, no way I’ll attempt to touch her again since she’s told me no.

She shrugs her shoulder and gives me a sly smile. “Can I hold you tonight?” I ask again, switching gears away from my desire to have her sit on my face.

Please.” She answers.

I hold my hand out to her as I stand and grab her clothes off of the table. I tug her towards my bedroom, turning off lights as we go. I can hear Mia making her way behind us, knowing she will settle down again on her bed in the corner of my room for the night.

I didn’t pack sleep clothes,” I inform Josie as we step into my room. “I guess you’ll just have to sleep naked.”

She steps away from me and just as I think she’s about to protest, she reaches behind her, lowers the zipper on her skirt, and lets it fall to the ground. She’s facing the bed and the sight of her beautiful back, narrow hips, and smooth legs make me groan.

When she bends over to pick her skirt up off the floor my cock jumps in my pants. Instinctively my hand reaches down and grips it. “That’s fine.” She replies as she walks her skirt to me and drops it on top of her other clothing in my hand.

I growl at her, drop her clothes on the dresser, and pull out a t-shirt. A very large t-shirt. One that ensures nothing will be peeking out once she has it on. “On second thought,” I say as I hand it over to her. She giggles and pulls it on over her head. It almost hits her at her knees. Much better.

She saunters back in front of me and reaches for the buttons on my shirt. “Josie.” I admonish mildly.

Shhh, Kaleb. I heard what you said earlier.” She reaches up on her tip toes and kisses my chin. “You’re overdressed.”

I stand stock still and let her unbutton my shirt. She runs her tiny, warm hands up my stomach and over my pecs, causing my muscles to bunch. I’m thick and hard as steel in my pants, and there’s no sense in even trying to hide it. She knows I want her.



5 – Hot for Teacher – Stars
~this review may contain minor spoilers~

I bet he thinks I'm a mute.”
“Well, even if he doesn't, I'm almost certain he thinks you're the cutest damn mute he's ever seen!”
“Shut up”
I'm serious, Josie. When I met with him at his office he was all business. Every time I've seen him he's always looking around, taking in his environment. When you're around, you're all he sees. Like everything else just falls away.”

Josie Bennett is as quiet, reserved and shy as they come. The most exciting thing going on in her life is researching fun science projects for her 4th grade class and living through stories from her sister Lorali and best friend Alexa as they try to force her to live and take a chance on someone. Until she meets him.....

Narcotics Detective Kaleb Perez just goes through the motions in life. Sure, he loves his job but aside from the occasional hook-up, he has nothing else. It never really bothered him before, he didn't really know what he was missing, until he met her.....

Ever since they crossed paths, Kaleb has been unable to get Josie out of his head. His attempts to get her to call him are continually thwarted until a break-in at her apartment forces him into her life, and he refuses to ever walk away. Spending time with Kaleb slowly brings Josie out of her shell and what she finds underneath is a sex starved vixen she never knew existed. He shows her everything she has been missing and all she never knew she could have, but can her protect her from the threat hiding around the corner? Will she be able to let him go when the danger has passed, and will he let her?

What exactly was the hold up?”
I was busy getting my ass spanked by a hot Puerto Rican sex god!”
“Fuck yeah!”
How are wedding plans coming, Lor?”
Uh un. You're not getting away from that conversation that easily!”
“What else is there to say? You want details?”
“Damn straight!”
“It's absolutely amazing. And I'm discovering that I like all sorts of things. He makes me feel safe and free to explore myself.”
“You're falling for him.”



I'm just gonna go ahead and say it – this book was perfectly titled. Hott as hell, sexy as sin, with moments of cute shyness, vulnerability, laugh out loud banter and a pulse pounding twist when you least expect it. Even though this was ripe with insta-love, which generally drives me bat-shit crazy, I still loved every damn minute of it. This is book three of the series and I have NOT read the first two books: yes, the characters are all intertwined – yes, there were some nasty turns in the first two that I clearly missed out on – but no, I did not suffer any real confusion. The author did a brilliant job of letting me know all the important stuff without straying too far off this books course. With that being said, I'm still gonna go ahead and download the first two just because I want more time with this crew. Watching Josie crawl out of her ultra shy, quiet and reserved shell was amazing – watching Lorali and Alexa's reaction to it was hilarious, but Kaleb's was just deliciously sinful. He was leery of pushing her too far too fast, but she really just blossomed under his touch. For the first time in her life she is learning how to let her freak flag fly and is discovering so much more about herself in the process. He really was, IS, perfect for her – hot and passionate, sexy and seductive, protective, take charge yet sweet and romantic with all the manners his Momma taught him – outside of the bedroom anyway. The pace, plot and characters grabbed my attention right from the beginning and refused to let go. It was a pretty wicked journey – one I have no problem recommending and one that has me dying to see not only was I missed so far, but what's next for this fab group of people. Marie James has certainly piqued my interest and I cannot wait for what else she may have in store.

Josie was curled into my side. I never thought something so simple would make me feel so content. It's as if I'd been waiting for her. My life felt complete in this moment and I was content with just sitting here, holding my girl; that was until I felt her hand glide up my thigh and then I was hit with more longing and need than I'd ever felt in my life.




Coming to Hale
Book #1


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Begging for Hale
Book #2



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Marie James, full-time working mother of two boys and wife of 11 years. I've spent almost my entire lifetime living in central Texas, with only short stays in South Carolina, Alabama, and Florida. I've always wanted to write novels and just recently had the gumption to sit down and start one. My passions include reading everything under the sun and sewing. I even listen to audio books while sewing. Hot as Hale is book 3 in the 4 book Hale Series.
I have several other story lines worked out for other books once this series is complete. Reading and writing is my happy place.




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