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Always Be True: Tino

(Sergeant Joe's Boys #2)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  179 ratings  ·  87 reviews
When Sergeant Joe and his wife, Marlene, adopted Tino Gianelli as a teenager, the foster kid began to heal from his deep insecurities. Now, with a successful military career behind him and a good job as a contractor in the family construction business, Tino shouldn’t have any reason to doubt himself. He’s fallen hard for a beautiful heiress, and she seems to be crazy about ...more
ebook, 233 pages
Published October 4th 2016 by Loveswept
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ARC requested through Netgalley, and kindly provided by Random House Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.

Always Be True: Tino was a very sweet and enjoyable follow-up in the Sergeant Joe’s Boys series. We first met Tino in Jack’s story and I was very excited to get to hear Marlene’s graveside update to Joe on Tino finally finding love.

Recently out of the military and feeling a bit directionless, Tino found inspiration in the form of volunteering at a community centre and one feisty
Claire Robinson
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 real
Jane Stewart
DNF. It was nice, but not special or different enough.

This is a nice sweet contemporary romance. The main characters (Tino and Natalie) are nice good guys. Natalie was brought up in a wealthy family but is not looking for a wealthy lifestyle. She prefers helping the less fortunate and working in a community center. Tino’s parents died in a car accident when he was 13. He was taken in by Joe - his foster father. Tino recently got out of the army and is deciding what to do. He meets Natalie when h
Aug 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I must say, I enjoyed this one just as much as the first book in the "Sergeant Joe's Boys" series. I really like the whole backdrop of the series in which three troubled, at risk youth, Jack, Tino and Makhail, were adopted by Army Sergeant Joe and his wife Marlene. Wanting to honor and follow in Joe's footsteps, each enlisted to serve their country when they turned seventeen and then continued to serve others in their hometown once they left military life behind. This is one of those fast paced ...more
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Aug 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sergeant Joe’s Boys were definitely raised right, and damn, if that doesn't make for good reading… I can't express how much I enjoyed being back with these three adoptive brothers, this time watching and waiting for Tino to get his HEA.

And what a truly sweet and fun and sexy HEA it was. My smile stretched from ear to ear as I watched Natalie and Tino circle each other, lust for each other and fall for each other. Always Be True: Tino was a smooth read, with likable characters and an easy but cu
Jun 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, e-book, romance
This one was very sweet. Tino and Natalie were great together when they could just be, sadly that couldn't always happen. Tino had issues from his past, ones where Natalie's wealthy family brought them to the forefront. But Tino had great people to go to talk things through, they all helped him clear his and get his girl in a spectacular way.
Oct 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads, arc
This book is the second in Alexis Morgan’ Sergeant Joe’s Boys series about three adopted brothers who recently lost their beloved foster father. Two of them, Jack and Tino have left the army and returned to their hometown, to be close to their foster mother. The hero of this second stand-alone in the series is Tino Gianelli. He is a decent and genuine character, deeply attached to his foster mother. He has spent the last 10 years of his life serving in the Army, and is trying to adapt to civilia ...more
Bette Hansen
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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'
Aug 03, 2016 rated it liked it
***ARC received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I'm a sucker for a brother series and enjoyed Tino's story and glimpses of Jack.

The good:
*Story pacing and development of relationship between Hero and Heroine. The emotional and physical relationship made sense.
*Both Hero and Heroine were good people with their heads on straight.

What didn't work for me:
*(view spoiler)
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've been a fan of Alexis Morgan's paranormal books for years, so I was curious how she would be writing a contemporary series. This is book #2 in Sergeant Joe's boys, a trio of men who were the foster sons of the late Sergeant Joe and his wife and it just as good and heartfelt as the first story. Tino is now out of the military and feeling a little lost in what to do with his life. He meets the feisty Natalie who is trying to make a difference by restoring a run down part of town. They make a s ...more
Kaleigh ❤️
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
Unfortunately, this book was a DNF for me. Don't get me wrong, it was a sweet and easy read. It just wasn't my cup of tea! I prefer books that have angst and emotional roller coasters that give you all the feels. So trying to get into this one was hard for me! If your looking for a light read...this ones for you!

{I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book}
♡ Jeri's Book Attic ♡ the Romance Bibiliophile ♡

Always Be True: Tino (Sergeant Joe's Boys #2) by Alexis Morgan is the second book in the Sergeant Joe’s Boys series.

And while it still feels kind of strange to read Non-Paranormal books from Alexis Morgan it really looks like she got the contemporary department solid under her typing fingers.

Still - Tino came to me a little more shallow than Jack in the first book. But I assume it was because of the basic Blurb of the Book.

I did not feel comfortable with Tino feeling “small” – I liked the “Boys”
Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Ann Lorz
I really didn't think I'd like Morgan writing contemporaries after I fell in love with her paranormal's. But guess what...I do! I can almost say that I enjoy them as much. I'm still having a affair with her paranormal's so it might take me a while.

Always Be True: Tino is book 2 of her latest series, Sergeant Joe's Boys. I love the whole idea of this series. Having all the boys come from crappy lives only to finally find a family with Joe & Marlene.

Poor Tino is slightly lost in his life. Af
Heather 123
Aug 17, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was just okay for me; it was sweet but it didn't have a lot to hold my interest. I absolutely loved the first book in this series and perhaps because of that the bar was set too high for this book.

I found Tino and Natalie to be very immature, especially with the constant joking about sex. Tino's insecurities were the basis for this entire story, which I think would have been warranted if he were a younger adult but by age 28-29 I would have expected his confidence to be a little highe
Becky Burciaga
Sep 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
The second in the Sargent Joe's Boys series is a sweet HEA romance that can be read as a stand alone, but with characters from the first book making an appearance here, reading the first one helps.

Tino and Natalie's story lacks a lot of drama, angst and tension...making for a comfortable romance without too much heat. The characters, as in the first book, are well developed, making an emotional attachment easy...especially if you've read the first book, the attachment was already formed. There'
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
This couple was cute together and the connection they had. The sex was hot and fan worthy. I liked seeing members from the first book and a little of their life after they found their own HEA. The hero has some issues to deal with from his past if he wants to be with her. She doesn't see those differences and wants him. It takes some time, a few talks with loved ones, and some love on their way to get their happy ending. I cannot wait to see the woman Mikhail ends up with and gets his happy endi ...more
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
3.5 stars.

This is the middle brother Tino and the runt of the family.. if over 6 feet is still considered a runt!! I see Natalie as one of those perpetually cheerful energetic type that would make me feel tired just watching her. And apart from the obnoxious ex-fiance and his family, everyone else is quite decent.

Again, Ms Morgan tries to tackle both PTSD and disadvantaged kids in this book, but in a very light-handed way. Another very pleasant read.
Emma bramley
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
this is a sweet enjoyable follow up read in this series. this book can be read as a stand alone or as part of the series. this author gives you fab characters in an amazing story. the story is well paced and very enjoyable to read. this book is perfect for relaxing either on the beach or on the sofa. i cant wait to read more from the author in the future.
highly recommended

Sep 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
This review is based on an ARC that the author and/or the publisher sent via NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion.


This was essentially a standalone. There was some reunion aspects to the book, but not enough that you couldn't follow along and enjoy it. This was a good book.
ARC given to me by NetGalley I want to thank them for giving me the opportunity for reading this book in
exchange for my voluntarily honest review.

This is book two on the "Sergeant Joe`s Boys" series
This is Tino`s story with Natalie. I really liked this book, it continues with the same family loyalty and love from book 1. This brother Tino was in the military for 10 years, he was a military policeman. He just decided to retire and return to civilian life after he lost his father, but he doesn
Kathleen Gray
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
if you've read others in the series, you'll be happy to read TIno's journey toward Natalie. If you haven't (and you can read this as a standalone). this is a sweet gentle series that has a little bite underneath due to the circumstances of the men. Morgan has a nice writing style and her characters are pretty relatable. Natalie is a switchup for the family but, golly, you know it's just the right thing. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Conquered Trust

The cover, HOT! As I read the intro to the book, I was pulled in. I wanted to know more about Tino's story and the woman that changed him. This is a great read of a love that conquers all self doubt. In the end, Tino truly won the battle and gained Natalie's trust for a future.
Rita C
Nov 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Not as good as the previous one, but still good. The characters are pretty likable.
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well developed characters you can relate too and conflict that is also relatable to real life instead of the overly dramatic internal conflict and overreactions that many romance authors create.
Pennie Morgan
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 reha ...more
Nadine Bookaholic
Tino is the second of Sergeant Joe's Boys to get his story and although his backstory isn't as harsh as Jack's was, it's still pretty sad. Tino had a loving family but they died and he was bounced around from family member to family member until his inheritance ran out and he was put into the foster care system. That is when Sergeant Joe and his wife Marlene met Tino and adopted him. If you have read Always for You: Jack then you know that Joe and Marlene have hearts of gold, and now that Joe ha ...more
Michelle the Romance Witch
a fun second book in a heartwarming and sometimes heart-wrenching series. Full review coming soon to the blog.
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the first book in this series, Always for You enough to keep reading the next book. The series is about 3boys who had really crappy childhoods who were first fostered and then adopted by Sergeant Joe and his wife. Joe had just died at the beginning of the first book and the series is how the three young men by now deal with his death. This is Tino’s story. At the end of the previous book Tino was still in the army but he’s out now and a bit a loose ends. He works sometimes with his bro ...more
Aug 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Before I start my review, I would like to thank NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group- Loveswept for allowing me to review Always Be True: Tino by Alexis Morgan.

**All opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone. I received Always Be True: Tino from Random House Publishing Group- Loveswept through NetGalley as an ARC for my honest and unbiased review**

Now onto my review:

I really liked this book, a lot. It is refreshing to read a book where the characters don’t sleep together afte
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Alexis Morgan grew up near St. Louis and received a B.A. in English from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She and her husband have made the Pacific Northwest their home for more than thirty years, where she launched her career as a writer. She is published in paranormal romance, fantasy romance, American West historicals, and most recently, contemporary romances with her new Snowberry Creek s ...more

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