Always for You: Jack: A Sergeant Joe's Boys Novel

Always for You: Jack: A Sergeant Joe's Boys Novel

by Alexis Morgan

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Praised by Susan Mallery as a bestselling author whose “heartfelt, touching stories never disappoint,” Alexis Morgan introduces Sergeant Joe’s Boys: three brothers living up to a legacy of courageous military service—and pursuing the women who have captured their hearts.
No one understands family loyalty like Jack McShane. He’d do anything to honor his foster father’s last wishes, even if it means putting his own plans on hold to manage Joe’s construction business. An ex–Special Forces operative, Jack thrives on the thrill of globe-hopping rescues. But now he’s needed closer to home. His foster mother has her hands full with a troubled teen, and when Jack meets the hired tutor, he discovers a woman who stirs his protective instincts—and his deepest desires.
Caitlyn Curtis knows that good looks can hide a hot temper. After an abusive marriage crushed her dreams of a happy ending, she swore off men—until one intoxicating dance in Jack’s strong arms breaks down every emotional barrier. Tough but tender, he leaves Caitlyn yearning for more of his gentle seduction. Despite the violence he’s seen, Jack is a good man. And even though passion can be dangerous, the promise of Jack’s kiss tempts her to believe that love is a risk worth taking.

Praise for Always for You: Jack

“Engaging and charming, Always for You: Jack is a story of fulfillment, forgiveness, and passionate romance. The combined strength Jack and Caitlyn wield when facing anyone who threatens to break their bonds is incredible. I can’t wait for the rest of the series.”—Vonnie Davis, author of the Highlander’s Beloved and Black Eagle Ops series

“[A] poignant and touching love story . . . I loved every minute, every word of it. This story really touched my heart.”—Books and Spoons

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804181389
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/19/2016
Series: Sergeant Joe's Boys , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 276,406
File size: 880 KB

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 industry awards, including the Romance Writers of America’s RITA, the top award in the genre.

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Always for You: Jack: A Sergeant Joe's Boys Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in the Sergeant Joe's Boys series. I read the second one first so I expected this one would be a romance novel. There was a lot more to the story than that. Joe and Marlene Lukasky adopted three boys who were in foster care, Jack, Tino and Mikhail. All three of the boys enlisted in the armed forces when they were old enough to honor Joe, who had also been in the military. Jack is the only one that is no longer in the military due to a knee injury. When all the boys get called home due to Joe's sudden heart attack, Jack is the only one able to honour Joe's request of running the construction business. He gives up his globe trotting job in private security and moves home. While on the job, he meets a young boy who appears to be homeless. He reminds Jack of himself at that age. When Jack gets a visit from the police who tell him that Rickey has been assaulted and in his the hospital, he and Marlene head off to be there when he wakes up. Marlene, still having her licence as a foster mother, agrees to have Rickey live with her as long as Jack is the main caretaker and he goes through the process to become a licenced foster parent. All does not go as planned. Rickey is not trusting (who can blame him), there is someone still out there after him, and he is behind in school. When Jack hires a tutor for Rickey, they begin to feel an attraction to one another. What I loved about this book was the way this family interacted. There was so much respect and love between them. They joked and teased one another, but also had each other's backs. Rickey's character was the one I liked the best in this story. He was a damaged, distrustful kid who wanted to belong. He had a tough exterior, but was really soft underneath. It was wonderful to see how hard Jack worked to earn his trust. Caitlyn, the tutor, also had some baggage. Her ex-husband had been abusive and we do not find out the extent of that abuse until near the end. Yes, this is a romance so of course it will have a happy ending, but the story getting there is interesting and pulled me in. It was a quick read, but very enjoyable. I would recommend that you read this series in order if possible. I recommend this book to romance lovers as well as those who like an underdog story. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
oignant and touching love story, more than I expected, more than just a romance, it is a tribute to all the foster parents out there, as well to the family of heart, that we choose for ourselves, and the parental love, that doesn't require a bloodline, to be real, deep, and overwhelming. Yes, there's a beautiful romance, between Caitlyn and Jack. I loved following how they got to know each other, the dates they went on, dancing, walks on the beach, making out while watching a movie, it is all wistful and yet ardent at the same time. But the connection between Jack and Ricky, the troubled teenager, is in front and center, as well. The very fragile, delicate contact they have, how Jack does everything he can, to protect and defend him, to take care of him. How Ricky slowly learns to trust not only Jack, but his family, and their intentions to keep him, provide a home for him, and love him for the rest of his life, just had me in tears. It is beautiful, admirable, and awe-inspiring. The troubles and triumphs they go through, to find that trust in each other, how they built upon that frail bond between them, I loved every minute, every word of it. This story really touched my heart, it provides the most beautiful side of humanity, the caring, loving, and protecting no matter what, in the face the of the ugliest scenes, and with the background of the most hurtful past. I can't wait for the stories of Jack's brothers, because this story is absolutely pearl ~ Five Spoons
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
3 - "Don’t be afraid to let a little happy into your life." Stars. Didn’t love it, didn’t hate it. Always For You: Jack, is one of those books that wasn’t a huge struggle to read, but as it progressed I found myself asking a few questions with regards to the writing style, characterization and the path the story took. "You’re a nice man." I think my main issue is that I had real problems trying to see Caitlyn and Jack as people in their thirties, firstly the language and conversation between them is pretty stilted and lacking emotion, but also I just really struggled to see people of the age they are meant to be portrayed as behaving and conversing they way they did. Old fashioned writing, not fitting with the younger characters it is being attributed too. You could almost put Jack back in the fifties and sixties he was that much of an old-school gentleman, which there is absolutely nothing wrong with, but if you are setting your book in the modern day it’s just not going to sit right with today’s societal norms. "Let’s enjoy every moment we can." I liked the inclusion of Ricky into the story, a troubled child always adds an extra and usually emotive factor to a book, and although it did produce a little readerly feels at points, I really struggle to get any emotion from anyone for most of this book. There was a little bit right at the very end where everyone loosens their corsets a bit... Sorry I meant belts, but for want of a better word it was all very superficial in its telling and delivery. I never really felt we really got into the heads of any of the characters that much more than a cursory glance. "We might not have been born family, but we’ve become one anyway." This may be the authors normal writing style, I can’t compare as it is the first book I have read by Alexis Morgan, it had the potential to be a five star read for me, but I just wanted more, depth, feelings, emotional attachments to the characters, everyone involved is grieving the loss of something, or someone, or both and it just didn’t feel like the brevity of the situation and the story-line was given what it needed to carry the weight and impact the tropes used could and would normally have. Three adoptive brothers, all very different in looks, personalities and the demons they carry due to their past experiences. Jack has had his story told, Tino is up next in Always Be True, due for release in October, and although I am interested to get to know him, I am not sure whether the authors writing style and I are going to get along with each other as a prolonged relationship, or whether I should stick to one-and-done right now. ARC generously provided via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review.
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
Always for You: Jack is the story of how the main character Jack copes with the loss of both his adopted father and career in the military. Jack returns home to take over the family business and immediately finds a run away boy, who he takes under his wing. Ricky hasn't been in school for a while, and so Jack hires Caitlyn to tutor him in an effort to get him caught up. Jack is attracted to her, but their relationship is complicated by Caitlyn's past and his relationship with Ricky. This is a good romance, but it is much more of a relationship aka "Nicolas Sparks" style book than a traditional romance. I liked the book, but wish there was a little less drama. I was given a free copy for an honest review.
NadineHunter More than 1 year ago
This was a heartbreaking yet heartwarming story of love and acceptance. I would consider it a MUST READ for anyone that enjoys stories by Nicholas Sparks or Jude Deveraux. Joe and Marlene started out as foster parents and then later on the adopted three boys they were fostering. Joe has recently passed away and all three of his boys are home paying their respects and helping their mom out as well as comforting her, but nothing would warm her heart more than seeing her three boys settle down and start families of their own. Jack is the eldest of the three and this book is his story. Jack is running his father's construction company and while out on one of the jobsites Jack notices a young teenage boy that is all disheveled and bruised, clearly this kid is living on the streets, so Jack offers him some money to help clean up the rubbish from the area. Who knew that little act of kindness would forever change his life. Ricky, has been thrown out by his stepfather and is trying to live on the streets but it's not easy for him, he hangs out with a few kids that also live on the street so there is safety in numbers but that's not always a good thing. When Jack finds out that Ricky was beaten and left for dead he heads to the hospital with his mother in the hopes of being able to foster him the way his parents fostered him, Ricky needs someone in his corner and Jack sees so much of himself in Ricky he knows that he needs to be the person to help him. Caitlyn is hired to tutor Ricky with the hopes of getting him all caught up so that he can start school in the appropriate grade for his age. Caitlyn is instantly taken with Jack, it's the first time since her divorce that she was actually interested in a man. The chemistry between Jack and Caitlyn was a natural progression not insta-love. Ricky was such a good kid that had some problems with trusting adults but seriously who could blame him. All the primary and secondary characters were interesting and I look forward to seeing what happens with the rest of Sargent Joe's boys. ***I have received this book from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept in exchange for my honest review***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Touching story, brought tears to my eyes. Jack is trying to cope with the loss of his career and foster father when a teenage runaway comes into his life. This emotional story looks at foster care, a serviceman's attempt to adjust to civilian's life, the loss of a parent and abusive relationships. Difficult topics, handled with compassion. I look forward to the next book. ARC received for an honest review.
ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
4.5 star I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, love, pain, abuse, secrets, loss, and heartbreak. This is Caitlyn and Jack’s story. You meet Jack and his brothers as they find out what their father had in store for them when he passed. Jack never thought he would stick around. He had a job lined up and was planning on going back home until the will his father created left him taking care of the family business. After working at the job Jack meets a boy and gives him a helping hand. When he realizes he needs a tutor to get ready for the new school year Caitlyn is hired. Jack wants her from the beginning but knows he needs to get the boy help before worrying about himself. Caitlyn has secrets but sometimes it is better not to tell your secrets. After the bad marriage she had is she ready for another relationship? Story takes place in a small town. With Jack being bigger and strong then her husband can she trust him no matter what if he is angry or will she have to worry about him taking his anger out on her or the boy? I felt I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read. I highly recommend this book.
CCarroll More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy a story about family and the dynamics of fostering at-risk youth and even adoption, this is a book for you. The author, whom I have not had the pleasure of reading before, delves into a story about the strength of family and the way it can work to build up and support children who are at risk. Wrapped around this theme is also a beautiful love story that is relatively clean but adds the depth emotion, connection, and passion that we all crave in a relationship. The author brings us a relaxing read that is enjoyable, touching, heartfelt, and perfect for curling up and letting go.
Arch_Angel More than 1 year ago
A beautifully written story of the true meaning of loyalty and family. We so often believe that family is defined by the people who’s blood runs through our veins and the DNA passed on from our biological parents. This story throws all those misconceived notions to the wind, and shows that love and devotion are the real traits that define who we hold in high regard, and who in return will risk life and limb to ensure our wellbeing and safety. Engaging characters and genuine situations combine to create this deeply emotional and sometimes heartbreaking story. Personal betrayal and abuse make a young boy reluctant to grasp the happiness and security offered, for fear of inevitable disappointment. The first in a brand new series, Always For You: Jack has set extremely high expectations for book two.
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
This story tugged at my heart. The backgrounds of the heroine, Caitlyn, the hero, Jack, and the child who brings them together, Ricky, are tough ones. Jack sees himself in Ricky who is not used to trusting people. Caitlyn helps Ricky with his education so that he can move up in life. The danger to Ricky is ever present, and the fear that it will find him underlines Ricky's behaviors. I highly recommend this book and I am looking forward to the next in the series.
missalicia2013 More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC from in exchange for an honest review.... Jack had a hard childhood until he was adopted by Joe and Marlene. They saved his life. Now an adult and forced to retire from service in the military he finds himself back at his Dad's house. Unintentional yes, providential maybe. Ricky is a street kid in need of help and who finds his way into Jacks path one day. Jack cannot turn him away he sees himself in Ricky. Just like Joe, jack takes in Ricky and begins to earn his trust. He wants to do so much more so he gets him a tutor to get him ready for school, Caitlyn. This wasn't supposed to be long term but Jack sees a need he can't turn away from and maybe a woman he can love?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Joe, the patriarch of the family, died. His three sons and his widow must make their way without him. But Joe left behind more of an inheritance than money; "He’d gifted each of them with a sense of purpose, a place to belong, a family." More than romance, this engrossing story offers hope, love and kindness with a just enough strength and grit, following dismal situations. The author doesn't let the characters just survive; she let's them live! Captivating and enjoyable! Standalone read. Waiting for next book in series. Book free through Netgalley for honest review.
tracier More than 1 year ago
Always for You: Jack was a great read. The story was well written and I just fell in love with Jack McShane, his strength and heart felt compassion oozes of the pages totally capturing your sole, I would definitely recommend this book!
tfail24 More than 1 year ago
Loved the man that Jack become in this book. He came up the hard way, so when he meets Ricky, he knows exactly what the teenager is going through from personal experience. Jack took his time with Ricky, tried not to push him for information, and knew that he would do whatever that had to be done to protect him. Caitlyn was hired to tutor Ricky and get him back up to speed with his school work. Of course, Ricky is a smart boy, but due to his family situation, he never stayed in one place long. Caitlyn became attached to both Jack and Ricky and I loved watching all three of them face their feelings about everything that was happening.
disneytothemax More than 1 year ago
Thanks to Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley for a copy of this book! This was a great beginning to a new series! Jack is an ex-Special Forces Operative and an adrenaline junkie.....sign me up please!! He has to go home and help his foster mom with a troubled teen. Since Jack is loyal to his family, he does the only thing he can do and goes home. While, he's brothers continue with their military careers (see you gotta love a man like that)! There he meets the tutor...... Caitlyn thinks Jack is hot! Of course, that doesn't mean he's a good person, she knows first hand good looks doesn't mean they are perfect. She can attest to that by her marriage that failed. Her husband was handsome and hot a hot temper that led to abuse. So, yea, she's done with men. Until Jack! I loved the characters in this book and I always love reading books that have the main character as a Special Forces Operative!! Overall, a great book! Looking forward to what the rest of this series will be like!!
BookReaderAnnie More than 1 year ago
I was so thrilled when I saw that Alexis Morgan had a new series coming out. I really love her paranormal's and contemporaries! This whole series sounded like something I would really like, so I jumped right onto the tour. I'm glad I did! Always For You Jack, is such a heart-warming, sweet & funny story. There are some great touching moments that will cause you to wear a slight smile as you sniffle. Right away I liked Jack, Of course I liked him even better for his acts of kindness. Even when he doesn't want to do something he does because it's the right thing to do. How could you not like someone like that? I also liked Caitlyn too. She's a supper sweet woman who does her best to keep her parents out of her business. If only... Jack and Caitly work so well together taking care of Ricky. If you want to know who he is, read the book to find out. I love the mystery! They both learn so much about themselves as they help him. In fact, Jack really grows and sees just what kind of man he is! You'll love the humor between the brothers and how much they all love their mom. I can't wait for Always Be True: Tino which is out in October! The wait is going to kill me. I promise you'll really enjoy Always For You: Jack.
booknerd81 More than 1 year ago
This is my first Alexis Morgan book. I was turned on when I got a recommendation based on reading another author I love. After this book I believe I will be a huge Alexis fan from now on. Always for You: Jack is the first book in the Sergeant Joe's Boys series. The books begins with a loss and the person I have come to understand is the anchor or rock of all the main characters in the series. Marlene the matriarch of this amazing family and has a very special wish for her sons. Jack, the oldest of the three sons, has recently been forced to retire form the military due to a career ending injury he received on his last mission. The last thing Jack expected to be doing after leaving the military was running his fathers construction business. A chance meeting with Ricky a troubled youth puts Jack in the position of guardian for a boy that reminds him all to much of himself at that age. Caitlyn has just escaped a bad marriage and is not looking for romance but when she is hired by Jack to tutor Ricky she begins to question what she really wants for her future. Watching the love story between Jack and Caitlyn develop is beautiful and organic, but what was really exciting and warmed my heart was watching Jack and Caitlyn fall in love with Ricky and seeing how that love impacted Ricky. This is wonderfully well written book with real characters who have complex emotions and feel like people you would want to know and be friends with. This book hooked me in with page one and kept me up into the wee hours of the morning because I kept telling myself "just one more chapter". I believe this is a great read for anyone who loves contemporary romance. I will be anxiously awaiting the next book in the series.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this story. Every single word of it. The love and compassion that flows from the pages of this book is something everyone should experience and the fact that this is only the first story we'll see about this extraordinary family simply has me giddy. This is Jack's story. One of three men who as teenagers were first fostered then adopted by Joe and his wife Marlene, Jack is back home now. After a career in the Special Forces, he's needed home now to help his mother with the family business after his father passes away. While working on a jobsite he meets a young boy who reminds Jack just a little too much of himself at that age. When the young teen, Ricky, turns up hurt in the hospital, Jack decides to open his home to the him much the way his parents did for him. Jack's in over his head but with the help of his mother and the incredible tutor he found to help Ricky, he may just have a chance to turn the kids life around. Caitlyn Curtis is Ricky's tutor. Not only is she excellent at her job, she's dedicated and loyal. She's also impressed with what Jack is doing for Ricky and is willing to help any way she can. She knows she can help Ricky, what she's not sure of is if she can guard herself and her heart from the impressive presence of Jack who seems to be as interested in her as she is with him. Do yourself a favor and put this one on the top of the tbr list. I highly recommend it.
ytcruz More than 1 year ago
This is the first book by Ms Morgan I have read, but it definitely will not be the last one. I absolutely loved it. The main characters are Jack and Caitlyn. Jack was in the military as Special Forces but due to an injury has left the military and has returned home. His father , Joe, recently passed away, so Jack has decided to help run the construction company he owned at least for the time being. He feels that’s the least he can do for Joe and Marlene, who after taking him in and two other boys as foster children, adopted them and made a family unit from that point on. Caitlyn is a divorced young woman who has been hired to tutor Ricky, a young boy that Joe rescues and wants to foster him . Needless to say Caitlyn and Jack are attracted to each other but also want to help Ricky. But this story is more than that. It’s a reminder that our past experiences, self doubts, self esteem, and insecurities mold us to what we become as adults. But it’s also about how hope, support and love can help us overcome all this negativity, if we give it a chance. I can’t wait for the next book in this series. It is sure to be another winner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago