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:
Title: Always Be True: Tino
Author: Alexis Morgan
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group- Loveswept
Date of publication: October 4th 2016
Number of pages: 233
Part of a series: Yes
What series: Sergeant Joe’s Boys
Always For You: Jack – Book 1
Always Be True: Tino – Book 2
Love, Always and Forever: Mikhail – Book 3 (expected publication date March 14th 2017)
Where to find this book: Amazon
Book Synopsis (via Goodreads):
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.
I really liked this book, a lot. It is refreshing to read a book where the characters don’t sleep together after first meeting each other. The author chose to take it sweet and slow with them. There was Instalust but not Instalove. Instead, the author had them do a slow burn until the end. Which I loved!! Like I said, very refreshing.
I absolutely loved Tino. He was sweet and so full of insecurities about his relationship with Natalie, it wasn’t even funny. Instead of being himself, he tried to be something he wasn’t. Which drove me absolutely bonkers.
Natalie, I liked too. Sure, she was wealthy and her parents/grandfather were super wealthy. She didn’t flaunt it though. She was down to earth and funny. I thought she was cute when she first met Tino.
There were some parts of the story that weren’t finished. Like the storyline about her obsessive ex, Benton. A big deal was made out of people wanting her and Benton getting back together by everyone, including her parents. But nothing was mentioned after the ball. Nothing. The storyline was just dropped. I was seriously waiting for him to show up at her apartment or do something stalkerish until the end of the book.
Also, Natalie’s bad luck with power tools were mentioned once or twice and then dropped. I really thought that the author would have made it a running joke but after it being mentioned, twice I think, it was dropped too.
Natalie and Tino made a great couple. Because the author had them go on 3-4 dates before they had sex, I felt that they had more of a connection. I did love the pom-pom reference right before the first sex scene. It made me giggle.
This is a book 2 in a series and I would suggest that you read book 1 if you want info on Jack and his family. This is not a standalone book.
The ending was cute and I loved the epilogue.
How many stars will I give Always Be True: Tino? 2.5/3
Why? This would be great as a beach/pool book. The plot was solid, to a point, and the characters engaging. There was a problem with one of the sub-storylines just being let go in the middle of the book, which really threw me off for the rest of the book. Also, the plot lagged and almost lost my attention.
Will I reread? Yes
Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes
Age Range? Adult
Why? Language, sex scenes and a pretty descriptive mugging scene