Always Be True: Tino: A Sergeant Joe's Boys Novel

Always Be True: Tino: A Sergeant Joe's Boys Novel

by Alexis Morgan

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ISBN-13: 9780804181396
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/04/2016
Series: Sergeant Joe's Boys , #2
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 261,404
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Alexis Morgan has always loved reading and now spends her days imagining worlds filled with strong alpha heroes and gutsy heroines. She is the author of more than thirty books, novellas, and short stories that span a variety of genres: American West historicals (as Pat Pritchard); paranormal and fantasy romances; and most recently, contemporary romance. Morgan has been nominated for numerous awards, including the Romance Writers of America’s RITA, the top award in the genre.

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Always Be True: Tino: A Sergeant Joe's Boys Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
A sweet and mellow romance, where another one of Joe and Marlene's sons, Tino, find meaningful life and love after service. I admire the family of heart Joe and Marlene created, and how they made the boys truly theirs. There's no doubt in anyone's mind that Joe and Marlene are not their parents. And the bond between the boys is true and strong, tested by time, yet always binding. The romance story between Tino and Natalie was easy and light read. There are feelings, passion, conflict, and even briefly danger, but it wasn't taken too deep into the angst and distress. What I liked about Natalie and Tino was their willingness and desire to do good, to leave the world a better place than they reserved it. The social concern they have towards the fellow human being was admirable and commendable. I enjoy visiting the circle of love Joe and Marlene called family, this tale wasn't as deep and emotional as the story where Jack found his destiny. I'm looking forward to seeing what is in the stars for Mikhail. A gentle and tender love story, with charming characters and lovable families, where the hero has to overcome his insecurities to make the relationship work and find his calling in life to have a meaningful future with the love of his life. ~ Three Spoons and a teaspoon on the side
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
Hard to put down. This is the second in the series, but it stands alone with recurrent characters. I smiled. I held my breath. I cried. I wanted to smack Tino upside his head. Despite her upbringing, Natalie's feet were firmly on the ground because she cared so much about other less fortunate people, and I loved that about her. She had finally realized what she wanted and went after it. Tino was still trying to figure out life outside of the military, and he almost loses the one thing that would help him. I highly recommend this story and the series, and I look forward to more from Alexis Morgan. I received a copy through Netgalley.
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Sergent Joe's Boys series and tells the story of Tino and Natalie. Tino was born into a loving family but unfortunately his parents died and he is placed in foster care. He is adopted into Joe and Marlene, and becomes a part of a loving family. He is the middle child and has had a successful career in the Army. Tino returns home after Joe's death and is unsure of what direction hi life should go. He decides to volunteer at a community center and meets Natalie. She is the down to earth daughter of a wealthy family, who operates her family's charitable foundation.. Tino isn't intimidated by her family's wealth and his relationship with Natalie is moving forward. Will Natalie accept Tino's humble lifestyle and find a happily ever after? This is a great example of a contemporary romance that blends interesting characters with complicated lives together in a good book that will leave you wanting more. I was given a free copy for an honest review.
Lorizen More than 1 year ago
Second book in the series by Alexis Morgan, I loved Book #1. The general plotline of the series is Joe and Marlene adopt three young men who enter military service. When Joe dies, the boys return home to help Marlene with the construction business. This book is about Tino and Natalie. Tino, having spent 10 years as an MP isn't sure if he's keen on the construction business but Marlene, ever the good Mom sends him off to town to help out at the community center where he meets the locals including Natalie. He and Natalie become involved, the story twists when Tino discovers Natalie comes from a family that has money and he starts to treat her differently, feeling like he needs to step up his game. Natalie doesn't want that. Natalie wants Tino for who he is, not what he has or doesn't have. The story develops from there. Alexis wrote a great story, and while I still like book one better, this one has it's pluses as well. We see a young man who has faced much more in the military and caves at the thought of not being enough for this young woman. The plot line was good, backstory was great, there's plenty of steam in it and the supporting cast of characters carry the book! I love Marlene. She truly loves her boys. I look forward to the next book in the series. *arc from NetGalley and Publisher in exchange for an honest review**
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars! Always Be True: Tino, is the second book from Alexis Morgan's Sergeant Joe's Boys series and it can be read as a standalone. It is a nice story, with a few emotional elements at the end. I found the characters interesting, but lacking depth. After spending the past ten years in the army, Tino Gianelli is back home, trying to find his place in the world. He lost his parents when he was young, and was subsequently shuffled from relative to relative until his small trust fund was depleted. After spending some time in foster care, Tino was adopted by a lovely couple who helped him deal with his teenage angst and lack of confidence. He got two adopted brothers in the deal and remains very close to them. Natalie Kennigan comes from money, but she knows the value of a dollar. She is very dedicated to running her grandfather's charitable foundation, and visits him weekly to keep him updated on the foundation's progress. She recently ended her engagement to a conceited and pompous jerk, so looking for love is not her highest priority. So when Tino volunteers at the community center, where Natalie works most of the time, they share an instant spark which evolves into so much more. Overall, this is an okay read with some very steamy encounters and an ending that will make you smile. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
This is the second in the Sargent Joe's Boys series. I did not read the first one, but will go back and do that now as there is some reference to the story and it sounds good. The backstory of this series is one where Sargent Joe and Marlene Lukasky adopt three boys who are in foster care, Jack, Tino and Mikhail. Wanting to honour and follow in Joe's footsteps, each boy enlisted in the armed forces when they turned seventeen. Jack and now Tino have returned home with Joe having passed. This book is a quick read with a sweet romance and some interesting characters. The storyline is also one that will warm your heart with Tino and Natalie seemingly falling in love at first sight. Tino Gianelli is only back home three weeks after serving ten years in the army and he doesn't know what he wants to do with the rest of his life. At this point he is helping his brother Jack in the family construction business but knows that he doesn't want to do that for the rest of his life. When his mom suggests he work as a volunteer rehabbing the town's community center, he meets Natalie Kennigan, the coordinator of the project. Natalie and Tino work tirelessly at the community center and get toknow one another, but growing up in two very different worlds puts Tino and Natalie on a collision course! Can she fall for this former foster child? Will he be able to live in her world? This is a light romantic read with a background of serious and timely issues. I reccomend this book to anyone who enjoys romance and happy endings. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Misty_W More than 1 year ago
Tino has been out of the Army for a couple weeks and is still trying to figure out what he wants to do with his life. He doesn't have to be who he's told to be anymore, but he's not sure who he is. He meets Natalie, the project manager and runner of the foundation responsible for funding the redo of the community center. From the second they meet, he only has eyes for her. Natalie has recently gotten out of an engagement with a man that her family, and his, says they are perfect for each other. Well, Benton doesn't really like anyone except for himself. Tino is everything that Benton isn't. I didn't read the first book of the series, but it was good to get to know Jack and the type of relationship the two brothers have. I wish we could have seen more of Mikhail, but it will be fun getting to know him. I loved the fact that Natalie introduced Tino to all of her family, and he won each one of them over. Even though the brothers and their adoptive mother are not blood, they are family. It's like Dean Winchester says in Supernatural, "family don't end in blood, but it doesn't start there either.... Family’s there through the good, bad, all of it. They got your back even when it hurts. That’s family." The bond the brothers have is the epitome of that. These boys have different backgrounds, but with Joe's influence they were all raised to be good men. Great story!! Received ARC in exchange for honest review from NetGalley
PennieM More than 1 year ago
I had such a great time reading this book and highly recommend this one to everyone who wants to have a relaxing afternoon. Tino Gianelli has come back to town after 10 years in the Army to be near his mom after his father passed away. He was one of three adoptive sons who were taken in by Sergeant Joe and Marlene but Tino carries demons from his past and his sense of having to always be good is what defines him. Natalie Kennigan is a powerhouse in a petite bod who runs a foundation that is rehabbing the community center where they meet. To say it is chemistry at first sight would be true and watching these two find their way was intriguing. Tino has insecurities he has to work through and Natalie just wants someone who will treat her like an equal. As I said, I highly recommend this one. It hits all right places and made me very happy. Great characters and good feels all around! **Received this from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
booknerd81 More than 1 year ago
To say I loved this book would be an understatement. Tino is an amazingly complex character. Tino has just been released from the military and is back home looking after his mom and searching for his passion. Natalie is a woman who grew up in a privileged life but was taught at an early age by her grandfather that helping out people less fortunate than she is more important than being wealthy. Tino and Natalie meet while rehabilitating a community center. Their chemistry is electric from the very first time they see each other. This book is very well written, you can tell by the depth of both main characters. Tino and Natalie both have struggles and self doubt as they move through their relationship and it's an amazing ride to watch them through the ups and downs. The scene stealer in this book is for sure Natalie's grandfather, a man wise beyond his years and just as grouchy. How he interacts with Natalie and his house keeper put a smile on my face. However, the book is not all smiles there are some very touching parts that brought tears to my eyes. I really enjoyed this story and would highly recommend it to anyone. I would strongly recommend you read the first book in this series because it is amazing also but it is not necessary for you to enjoy this book.
AmyBosica More than 1 year ago
Overall, I thought this book was an ok read. I loved the characters and found the romance to be really sweet. I am a sucker for military romances and I loved the opposites attract vibe with Tino and Natalie. These two couldn’t have been more different, but they just worked. I did have a few issues with this story, the biggest one was the pacing. It was a bit too slow for me at times. While I appreciate characters taking time getting to know one another, these two just left me wanting more. The only other issue I had was the ending. While the ending was super sweet, I felt that it was a bit rushed. Tino and Natalie had a pretty big fight and Natalie was being so unreasonable about the whole thing. And then it just felt like boom all is forgiven, lets grab our HEA. It just didn’t work for me. I wanted more of a resolution and to see them actually work through their problems. Always Be True: Tino was a quick and easy read for me. Despite the issues that I had with this story. I did feel that it was a sweet read. This is definitely one of those reads that you’re either going to love or you’re going to hate. And for me, it was just ok.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It's a sweet, low angst contemporary romance with a small town feel and strong family bonds. It's well written with interesting characters and a good pace making it a perfect book for relaxing and simply enjoying a good story. After the death of his father Tino Gianelli has left his military career behind and returned home to help his mother through the loss and his brother keep the family business going. He's not sure what direction his life will go but for now he's content. Then he meets the incomparable Natalie Kennigan. She's funny, beautiful, and sexy. Oh and an heiress to one of the wealthiest families around. The doubts and fears that plagued Tino throughout his rough childhood before coming to live with Marlene and Joe are resurfacing. He has nothing to offer a woman like Natalie so what could she possibly see in him. The thing is Natalie is one of the most down to earth people there is. She needs Tino to see her. Really see her and accept that he's more than enough for her. As I said this was a very enjoyable book and one I am recommending to everyone.
ytcruz More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the series titled Sargeant Joe's Boys. Tino was one of three teenagers adopted by Joe and Marlene. All have have served in the military and currently only the youngest, Mikhail is in . Tino has been at loose ends since his recent discharge from the military . He has always molded himself to please others and now finds himself not sure of who he is, what his future will be and currently living over the garage of his recently widowed adoptive Mom. Marlene encourages him to volunteer in the creation of a local community center. There he meets Natalie. She is in charge of not only organizing the creation of this center, but also heads the foundation helping the creation of it. Both are attracted to each other and start a relationship . Tino is keeping secrets, which threatens their relationship . Will he be able to overcome his insecurities, will Natalie forgive him and can they both find their HEA ? I promise you will not be disappointed and though this is a stand alone, do pick up the first book of the series. Another touching story you will enjoy. I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
4 - "You've got some skills for an old man..." Stars! I really enjoyed the second book in Alexis Morgan’s Sergeant Joe’s Boys series. Both stories so far deal with likeable and honorable men who do not feel worthy of the woman who inevitably falls in love with them, through the telling of their story. Tino had the edge for me against the first book, and that mainly stems from the fact that the writing was a little more relaxed this time. I found Jack’s story to be a little to starchy and not really written to reflect the age of the characters, but the author seemed to have lost that with this story. Always Be True, was an easy to read story in relation to the tropes used, but I liked Natalie, Tino was huggable, and the secondary characters once again played a pivotal role in the progression of the story. The drama when it came was light and not overplayed, and the author did a really good job of offering up a well-crafted albeit well used story-line with an easy to get along with cast. "Two down, one to go." Mikhail’s book, Love, Always and Forever is due in March, and I am interested in seeing who the author partners him up with. ARC generously provided via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review.