Love, Always and Forever
Book 3, Sergeant Joe's Boys - A Sergeant Joe's Boys Novel
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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.
From Publishers Weekly
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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!
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. They become friends first easily and not so easily, because Misha does it think he deserves Amy, they transition to lovers and 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.
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**
- Category: Contemporary
- Published: Mar 14, 2017
- Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
- Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
- Print Length: 280 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 3, Sergeant Joe's Boys