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.
Overall, I thought this book was an ok read. I loved the characters and found the romance to be really sweet. I am a sucker for military romances and I loved the opposites attract vibe with Tino and Natalie. These two couldn’t have been more different, but they just worked.
I did have a few issues with this story, the biggest one was the pacing. It was a bit too slow for me at times. While I appreciate characters taking time getting to know one another, these two just left me wanting more. The only other issue I had was the ending. While the ending was super sweet, I felt that it was a bit rushed. Tino and Natalie had a pretty big fight and Natalie was being so unreasonable about the whole thing. And then it just felt like boom all is forgiven, lets grab our HEA. It just didn’t work for me. I wanted more of a resolution and to see them actually work through their problems.
Always Be True: Tino was a quick and easy read for me. Despite the issues that I had with this story. I did feel that it was a sweet read. This is definitely one of those reads that you’re either going to love or you’re going to hate. And for me, it was just ok.
*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*