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 him too. So why does he keep trying to hide his working-class roots?
Natalie Kennigan’s ideal guy is someone who will consider her an equal and his best friend, not merely a box to check on the road to success. Tino—with his down-to-earth personality, generous heart, and passionate embrace—might just be the one, at least until he finds out about Natalie’s family money and starts treating her like the typical rich girl who needs to be wined and dined. Natalie will have none of it. She won’t be happy until he accepts her for who she truly is—just as she wants to love the real Tino.
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
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 series.