Love, Always and Forever: A Sergeant Joe's Boys Novel

Love, Always and Forever: A Sergeant Joe's Boys Novel

by Alexis Morgan

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Overview

Sergeant Joe’s Boys are back! Bestselling author Alexis Morgan delivers a tender and inspiring novel about Mikhail, a battle-scarred firefighter, and the sensitive young woman who slips inside the walls around his heart.

As a child, Mikhail Wanjek couldn’t save his drug-addled mother; as a young man, he left a promising military career because he couldn’t defend the innocent victims of war. When Mikhail’s feeling like a failure, not even the love of his adoptive parents and loyal brothers can console him. But after he volunteers to help his beautiful brunette neighbor install a fence around her yard, Mikhail begins to heal. He wants to shield her pure, unabashed lust for life from the darkness—including his own.

Successful heart surgery has allowed Amy Short to finally set out on her own, apart from her loving but overprotective family. Now she’s experiencing new thrills with the chiseled fireman next door, from riding on the back of Mikhail’s Harley to late nights full of passion. Still, he refuses to open up emotionally, and with Amy’s history, she’s not willing to wait around for Mikhail to change. What she needs to do is show him that together they can build something that will last forever.

Look for all of Alexis Morgan’s heartfelt Sergeant Joe’s Boys romances:
ALWAYS FOR YOU: JACK | ALWAYS BE TRUE: TINO | LOVE, ALWAYS AND FOREVER

Praise for Love, Always and Forever

“This is a real romance reader’s romance with a lovely slow burn at its heart.”Publishers Weekly

Love, Always and Forever is an engrossing tale of love and healing that will keep you up late into the night. Alexis Morgan doesn’t just write fabulous stories. She writes keepers.”—Gerri Russell, bestselling author of Flirting with Felicity

“Alexis Morgan has a talent for creating characters with depth and heart, who compel the reader to care about them and follow them on their journey to love. That’s certainly the case with Amy and Mikhail, two scarred, caring people who are struggling to move forward and find the happiness and love they deserve.”—Award-winning author Susan Fox

“Readers are going to dream about having Mikhail Wanjek for a neighbor. I know I did!”—Wendy S. Marcus, award-winning author of All I Need Is You

“This is a great story. The chemistry and dialogue between the characters, including a lot of the secondary characters we’ve met in previous books, are fabulous. Hands down this is the best book in the series so far.”—The Good, The Bad and The Unread

“A very cute story.”—Romancing Myself

“I can’t say enough about this great series. Read it!”—Romancing the Readers

“Morgan is a talented writer who, with a slight turn of the phrase, is capable of showing the intensity of love involved in various relationships.”—Romance.io

“I absolutely loved Tino’s story! . . . Each book of the Sergeant Joe’s Boys series is about a different brother and can be read as a stand-alone. Although, I do recommend reading them in order. As to not give anything away. The writing is great and the story flowed well.”—Once Upon An Alpha

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804181402
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/14/2017
Series: Sergeant Joe's Boys , #3
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 232,941
File size: 2 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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Love, Always and Forever: A Sergeant Joe's Boys Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book-loved Mischa & Amy.
CCarroll More than 1 year ago
This book is a part of a series but this is the first one I read. It offers a similar theme of a family adopting and caring for many men, most of whom join the military and come back a bit more broken than before. Mikhal is a loner and fighting his demons. Amy is fighting for her independence and desperate to live life as she wants. When they meet, it is a beautiful connection. I have read several of this author works and love them all. She knows how to create heartfelt connections in people while delivering plenty of steam and developing that intense pull between two people. Protection, sweetness, lighthearted fun, and a fierce love is what she delivers in this book. Definitely a story you will remember. Another winner from Alexis Morgan! * arc provided for review consideration
Momscookingthebooks More than 1 year ago
This is the first time I have read this author and even though I liked the story, I felt like it was not giving me the fulfillment I needed as a reader. Even though this is part of a series, this book can be read as a standalone. Mikhail has a painful past and he suffers from PTSD. Since he has returned from his last tour and tried to settle back into civilian life, he has pushed away his adoptive family and isolated himself. He continues to have nightmares and flashbacks which triggers his anger issues. Mikhail doesn’t want to subject a woman to his tortured soul. Until he meets Amy. Amy is such a sweet soul but has a lust for life. She has led an overprotected life until she had heart surgery that gives her the freedom to live her life. She was born with a heart valve defect and was living in her family’s protective bubble. That was great but when she had the successful surgery her family wouldn’t allow her to fully live her life without hassle. So, she up and moved 1 hour away to start over. When she finally got to meet her grumpy but handsome neighbor, it was lust at first sight for Amy. Their relationship developed as a friendship and even though there was a spark there, Mikhail put the skids on. He kept gravitating to Amy more and more, seeking that solace that only she could provide. Amy enjoyed her time with Mikhail and wanted more. They both had secrets from their pasts that they needed to share and when things came to light, misunderstandings happened, families got involved and it got messy. I won’t give any more away as you need to read this story for yourself. I loved the friends to lover’s aspect, however, I felt it dragged on too long, thus causing the story to drag in spots. I was hoping to have a longer period where they figured out their relationship instead of the rushed ending, which was a big disappointment for me. The book had a lot of promise, it was just those things that caused me to enjoy it less.
nelriv More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC for an honest review for netgalley. It was a touching story. Liked that they got to become friends first and developed feelings for each other before becoming intimate. It had its tragic pasts, and truly touched the heart. Poor Misha, suffered from PTSD and the memories of his mothers suicide, and then you have poor Abby she never had a normal life. The poor girl gre up sheltered, dealing with overbearing brothers, parents, and health issues, and was just starting to live her life. Of course they fall in love but are scared and don't know how to deal with it, but it does it work out, and you as a reader, sit on side lines rooting for for them.
Arch_Angel More than 1 year ago
From the very first story, Always for You: Jack, Alexis Morgan has penned a profound, emotionally charged and heartfelt series of three young boys with scarred pasts and a penchant for trouble, who were fostered by a selfless couple with a strong hand and love to spare. As men, Jack, Tino and Mikhail have become proud and independent, but still harbour anger and doubts from the youth they left behind; and none more so than Mikhail. Carrying the guilt of an innocent child and compounded by his losses in the military and then his job as a firefighter, Mikhail has a demon inside that won’t allow him to ever let down his guard or truly know the serenity of happiness. But when Amy moves in next-door, Mikhail feels and undeniable pull, even knowing that the shadows in her eyes often mirror the darkness in his soul. Love, Always and Forever is a passionate, gripping and heartbreaking story of open wounds and overwhelming sorrow; but more importantly, it reveals the need to trust your heart to know when love is worth the risk. While this story is the final chapter about Sergeant Joe’s Boys, hopefully there may be room for Jay to get his story too and find his HEA. Once again thank you Ms Morgan; the passion and devotion that fills the pages of your stories is what keeps readers coming back for more and this is definitely a compelling series that deserves recognition.
jbebout1295 More than 1 year ago
This is the third novel in the Sergeant Joe’s Boys series, but for me, this is the first book in the series that I have read. I have to say, not having read the previous two books did not detract from my enjoyment of this book in any way whatsoever. It did, however, make me very anxious to read the first two books in the series, because if they're anything like this book, they will be fantastic. I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. The plot was interesting and the characters were complex and well thought out. These characters really draw you into the story, and you just can't help but become invested in their lives. I was hooked from very early on and remained riveted to the very last page. This is a story of love overcoming hardship; one that highlights the struggle many of our veterans go through, and one that shows how love can truly help to manage the unmanageable. It is compelling and provocative yet endearing and enchanting in its own way. I would highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more in the series. *I was given an ARC of this story via NetGalley and voluntarily chose to review. All opinions are my own.
astroyic More than 1 year ago
This was a heartwarming and tender story about two neighbors that are instantly attracted to one another, but each of them have flaws. Two beautiful flawed characters that come from very different backgrounds, but who are very much alike. These characters are well developed, lovable and real, their journey and issues tugged at my heart strings and made me cry. Afraid to hurt the other because of their flaws, they try to hold back their feelings and the truth. But will they be able to truly fall in love, if they don't know everything? An amazing storyline with ups and downs, that will help them grow stronger, as well as closer, helping to heal those flaws with the power of friendship, passion and love. This is the first story that I have read by Alexis Morgan and it was deeply emotional, heartbreaking and Poignant. It really brought home the importance of living every moment with no regrets, loving passionately and taking the time to truly enjoy life with the ones you love. I voluntarily requested an ARC through NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for a honest review.
Lorizen More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book !! This is my favorite book in the series. I loved Misha and Amy and loved their story. Misha is the youngest of Joe's sons and the last home after 10 years in the Marine Corp. He hasn't transition well so far but he seems to be trying. His job as a firefighter seems to exacerbate his stress at times. Between his childhood and his service, he's carrying a lot. And he misses Joe. His life changes when he gets a new neighbor next door Amy. Amy wakes him up bright and early one morning after a very bad shift on duty with a plate of brownies, introducing herself, babbling about the fence and he's half asleep. Doesn't know what he nodded his head to, he just wants to shut the door and go back to sleep, but not until he grabs a few brownies. This is first time Amy has been on her own, she moves away from family, buys a house and is determined to live her life. She sets firm boundaries with her parents and her 4 brothers. She keeps them pretty much in the dark. Especially after she buys a motorcycle after riding with Mikhail. She's keeping some things from him, I felt it was because she didn't want him to look at her differently. And he's keeping a lot from her. His temper, which she manages to sooth, even after a bad flare up. These two start working toward something, neither is sure what but it works. It was great to see the brothers again and Ricky, Jack's son. And their wives make a brief appearance. Joe's wife, their Mom is present in this book also. She worries about Misha and she can read him like a book. She tries to encourage him with Amy but seems to fall on deaf ears at times. Jack seems to take great pleasure in busting his chops and it does cause friction. The bottom drops out when two of her brothers make a surprise visit, they have a huge blow out and she takes off on her bike, telling him she'll meet him at Tom's. That's when her brothers spill her private business and Misha is totally thrown off his game and angry. Man is his angry. He's cold, defensive and shuts her right down. He's not talking to her, she takes this time to go home and square things with her family. Her mother is a thorn in the backside. Seriously. After spending a couple days cleaning out the rest of her room, she decides to head back home. And prepared to move on. Meanwhile Misha has had his come to Jesus moment also. You have to read it to fully appreciate the whole story. Alexis writes a great story and this one was just perfection, it had it all. Steam, laughs, dogs and wise cracking brothers. I have really loved this series and recommend each book. Doesn't really matter what order, just read them. **arc from NetGalley and Loveswept in exchange for a fair review**
LoraJ More than 1 year ago
4 out of 5 stars Mikhail and Amy are neighbors who are both coming out of troubled childhoods though for very different reasons and adapting to a new life on their own. Mikhail is recently out of the military and Amy left her entire family behind to start a new life 100 miles away. This is the 3rd book in this series of standalones, but I never felt like I was missing anything having not read the other books -- though I am intrigued and wish I had more room on my TBR to add the others so I could read Tino & Jack’s stories! The novel moved a little slow in places and I felt like it was never going to take off, but I still enjoyed it. I think that if I had read the rest of the series and had more investment in the brothers, I might have felt a little differently about that, though. *** I voluntarily read an advanced copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ***
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in Morgan’s series, Sergeant Joe’s Boys. Each of the boys had a hard life and were in the foster system. Joe and his wife Marlene adopts them as teenagers and raises them to become the good men they are. Each served time in the Military, following in Joe's footsteps. Joe has died and they have all returned home at various times to be closer to the "mom" they love. I enjoyed this series, even though there was a little to much sex for my liking. This is Mikhail's story (Misha), the youngest of the three boys. Mikhail has recently retired from the Marines and is now working as a fireman. He has his some PTSD from his time in the military, but he is coping for the most part. He does have times where he needs to be alone with his anger and his memories. He has bought a house to begin his new life and seems to be existing, but not much more than that. Then he meets his very attractive new neighbour, Amy Short. The two soon become good friends, working together on a fence and their gardens. Amy is on her own for the first time and she is eager to try new experiences such as learning to ride a motorcycle and adopting a puppy. And Mikhail is more and more attracted to Amy but is worried about taking their relationship any further due to his demons. It’s hinted throughout the book that Amy has moved away from home to escape the smothering love of her family who are extremely protective of her because of a past unspecified health problem. We also learn that Mikhail carries a load of guilt for not being able to save his drug-addicted mother when he was young and then not to be able to save civilians in Afghanistan or the victims of the fires he is fighting. As the story progresses, you know how this is going to end, it is a romance novel after all, but the journey is nice. You see how both Mikhail and Amy realize they have fences to mend with others and themselves. I enjoy this family put together by love. Mikhail, his brothers and nephew tease each other incessantly and the love they have shows. The way they treat each other when the bad creeps in, the anger and temper that seems to come with PTSD, shows their respect and care. His brothers understand because they went through similar difficulties transitioning back to civilian life, but hold off giving advice except to suggest he find someone he can talk to. The relationship between Mikhail and his adopted mother, Marlene, is one that I think everyone would love to have with their own mother. She is loving, but knows when to advise and when to back off. This is a nice romantic series and this book ties it up nicely. I recommend this to those who like romance without a lot of erotica. There is some sex, but it is only a couple of incidents so should not turn those off that do not like sex in a book. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.
PennieM More than 1 year ago
Mikhail is home from the Marines and working as a firefighter and his new neighbor Amy is too good to be true. What starts as a chance meeting with brownies at the door as a greeting because Amy wants to tear down the connecting fence brings these two together. A lasting and loving friendship develops into a strong and thoroughly endearing love. It was a pleasure to watch both of these wounded souls heal and come together. It was also a lot of fun to catch up with the rest of the gang from the previous books in the series. This book could be read as a standalone. I highly recommend this one! I do have to say Mikhail may be my favorite of Sergeant Joe's boys. **Received an ARC copy for review from the publisher via NetGalley**
booknerd81 More than 1 year ago
Mikhail and Amy’s story is the perfect way to end this incredible series. Mikhail is a man who from a young age has felt like he always fails the people that he cares for. Amy has a successful heart surgery that has allowed her to shake her sick girl stigma and is ready for a fresh start and to start living. Mikhail and Amy’s story is a beautiful friends to lovers story. But what makes this story really amazing is the way Mikhail and Amy unknowingly heal each other from their rough childhoods. I loved seeing Amy’s strength and wisdom help Mikhail let go of the pain he had been caring around for a lifetime. I also loved seeing Mikhail show Amy what living a full life is all about. These two are very special characters that will grab your heart from the beginning and won’t let it go until the final word. This is a great series that I hope continues with a few supporting characters who I think deserve an HEA as well.
KindleKat64 More than 1 year ago
This was my first Alexis Morgan book and I absolutely loved it! The storyline was so good and the characters are so well developed; I felt a draw to them immediately and enjoyed getting to know them even further. Mikhail/Misha is one hot, sexy, gorgeous man with so much of his past driving his present. He is veteran turned firefighter and is very affected by the experiences he has had and still has in his life. Amy is beautiful and so full of energy and life. She is just adorable and so friendly and she too has had been shaped by her past. As far as heroines go, she is pretty kick-butt in my opinion. Together these friends to lovers are so wonderful together. They have so much to give each other and are such a complement to the other. They are beautiful and passionate and everything the other one needs. Love his mom, Marlene, and his brothers and nephew! Fun bunch of people and always there for each other which is so awesome! I didn't realize it was the third book in this series but it can definitely be read as a stand-alone. I will be going back and reading about Tino and Jack though after meeting them in this book. So thankful I requested this ARC or I might have missed out on something pretty special. 5 stars!!
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Mikhail Wanjek, the last of Sergeant Joe's boys, is back home with Marlene and his brothers Tino and Jack. Struggling not only with the loss of his beloved father but also dealing with the guilt of war. Always the protector, Mikhail can't deal with not being able to protect the innocents caught up in the war. He has trouble containing his rage until he meets his beautiful next door neighbor Amy Short. There is something about her that seems to calm his soul. There is something about Amy that is sweet and innocent. Almost naive. Mikhail wants to protect her from the darkness of his life but the draw to her is just too strong. I have loved each book in this series and this one may just be my favorite of the three. The love of this family and the uniqueness of each of the characters made this entire series a must read. This one is definitely one for the must read list!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Feel Good Read! Two people struggling to lead a "normal" life. Mikhail, recently back from military service, battles those unsettling memories and other guilt. Amy has issues of her own. These neighbors become friends and share an attraction for one another. Self doubt and guilt may prevent any happiness they'd find together. An enjoyable, feel good contemporary romance. Loved it! This last book of the series was full of emotional turmoil and healing. I adored Mikhail, as I did his brothers. Amy was a delight, holding her own throughout! I would love to read Jay's story. Voluntarily read an ARC, thru Netgalley and publisher, for an honest review.
ytcruz More than 1 year ago
I became a fan of Ms Morgan when I read the first book of her series, Sergeant Joe’s Boys. Each book has been touching, heart wrenching and wonderful. Though I have to confess, book 1 was my favorite. This story belongs to the third “brother”. The three had had awful childhoods but were adopted and given not only a home, but also a lot of love and values by Joe and his wife Marlene. Mikhail is currently a firefighter that takes his job as a “savior” very seriously. He has come back from war a different man. One that has seen death and the horrors of war, and suffers from PTSD. It seems all he has experienced in life is loss. HIs new neighbor is Amy, a young woman who too has had to deal with issues her entire life. Hers being health related , and now wants to embrace life away from an overprotective family. These two have baggage, heartaches, but also are seeing the possibilities of living life. Can they find true love? Are they willing to take the risks to achieve it? Above all , it’s a book about reminders. One being , that health is precious and should be cherished, that love is never easy, that we as a society need to be sensitive to the sacrifice our troops make to keep us free, and that even if in the end our love is not returned, it was worth it. My only complain is that I will miss these guys whom I frequently wanted to just hug and sit down with them. Will Jay, their friend, have a story as well? I sure hope so. I was gifted this book by Netgalley. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
4 - "We're at a crossroads right now... with a decision to make." Stars! The third book in Alexis Morgan’s really enjoyable Sergeant Joe’s Boys, series finally brings us Mikhail Wanjek’s story. I have to say this book just pipped Tino’s story to be my favourite, and in its entirety, this is a series that has gotten better with each new release. Every book has had a little twist on your standard boy meets girl type romance, and the author has hit the right level when it comes to balancing romance with drama and character backgrounds for me perfectly. "You’re sweet and funny and so damn beautiful. You deserve better than a messed up vet fighting to keep his head above water…" Both Mikhail and Amy have pasts that they are trying to move on from, for wholly different reasons, and seeing the strong but emotionally vulnerable warrior falling for the innocent yet independent and feisty heroine made Love, Always & Forever a book I read in one sitting. The last thing a woman with such innocent eyes needed was to tangle up her life with a man who had seen and done so many ugly things… You also get plenty of interaction from all the previous characters and I loved the banter between Mikhail, Tino and Jack, not brothers by blood, but brothers nonetheless. Add in two cute dogs, and it was a joy to read start to finish. "Nothing’s going to happen that you don’t want to happen. Not now. Not ever." I hope the little hint that was dropped towards the end of the book about the guy’s mutual acquaintance Jay comes to fruition and the author is given the opportunity to match-make and give him a story as well. I also think there is spin off potential here with Amy having three single brothers all perfect for more books too. Whatever the outcome I will definitely looking to read more by Alexis Morgan in the future. **This is a voluntary review of and advanced copy of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the series very much. If the first book didn't have a basic cover I would never have considered the other two because of the covers.