Published October 4th 2016 by Loveswept
Synopsis: 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.
My Review: 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.