This is the 3rd installment in the Sergeant Joe’s Boys series. I have not read the two before this.
From Alexis Morgan’s website http://www.alexismorgan.com/books/mikhail.html
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.
He doesn’t have any underarm hair. Do all male models shave the hair under their arms?
In Men’ Health (website of which has way too many ads) it says this… Of the 4,044 men surveyed, 68 percent said they trim their armpit hair; 52 percent said they do it for aesthetics, and 16 percent said they do it for athletic reasons.
Wait… I went to the site called ASK Men, and it had more Ads than Mens Health. Do these websites realize that they are worthless? I couldn’t get a straight answer for the Shave Your Pits question because the pop ups were outrageous, and I refuse to change the settings on MY computer to make it so that THEY can do what they want. I am a rebel in the worst sort of way. A rebel. I refuse to have to change my computer for them. If people want to ruin the articles they have spent hours preparing by selling out, then, they can eat it. I will not go there anymore. But I got this sweet pits tally before MH pissed me off. Save!
So, what is the consensus? Should you shave your man pits? I suppose women find hair offensive. I would be uncomfortable if my husband shaved his pits. Trim some of those locks, sure. That would be cool, but all in all shaving…I personally find it slightly offensive to shave it. It would look odd. Your a Man, man! Act like one. (Unless you are a swimmer, or have some reaction to hair.. )
From http://www.realmenrealstyle.com/ This site does NOT have a bunch of ads , I love you, Real Men Real Style!!!
Why Would A Man Want To Shave His Armpit Hair?
- Armpit Hair And Sweat. There is circumstantial and somewhat vague evidence suggesting that shaving your armpit hair reduces sweating. While shaving your underarms won’t make your armpits cooler – or produce less sweat – the sweat stains on your clothes will be less pronounced.
- Underarm Hair And Hygiene. The odor from sweat is caused by bacteria and the bacteria can multiply in the damp area of armpit hair – shaving the armpits results in less space for bacteria to breed. And increased effectiveness from your deodorant products.
- The Aesthetics Of A Shaved Armpit: If you are an athlete or an underwear model – shaving your armpit hair would be of a professional advantage to you. Even if you are a regular guy – no one likes to see hair poking out from under your arms.
- The Connection With Smell: There are widely circulated opinions that shaving armpit hair actually helps reduce a man’s body odor. Other studies show that a man’s confidence is lowered when he is aware of his own body odor
According to this website there were experiments on how a man smells with hair and without, and the results were inconclusive because it all depends on way too many variables. In the article, the man decided he had no reason to shave his pits. And I agree.
See….This is what happens. I am sure I have ADD or some kind of variant. I am suppose to be reviewing a book.
Love, Always and Forever
Love, Always and Forever was a very cute story. A man fresh out of the military , trying to find himself after seeing too many things. PTSD is related here. He is trying to live a normal life, away from his overprotective family. His mental state is constantly in question.
Amy, has many scars herself. She has an overprotective family, and she is also trying to live a normal life. She has a defective heart valve, one that has been fixed with surgery, but her family is terrified of loosing her, so she moves away from them to try to find a place to heal without her family watching her every move. They meet because they are neighbors and help heal each other..
There are some points that need to be brought up. If you are suffering from PTSD as much as this guy is, do you really think that you would be able to get a job as a firefighter? I have a friend with PTSD who can’t get anything more taxing than security guard for a trucking company. It is unlikely they would let a mentally unstable person have that kind of duty. Especially right out of the Core. I believe you need extensive training to become a firefighter. A volunteer firefighter, yes; especially in a small town. But, I am not sold on his ability to handle firefighting.
Mikhail is confrontational. His brothers are also. These boys all have backgrounds in some kind of abuse, either mental or physical, and this may account for some of the aggressive tendencies. They are all adopted from various places, but they seem overly assertive for no reason. Like, when Mikhail brings Amy to meet them all, and his brother gets in his face, ready to fight him because Mik says they are just friends. I literally was expecting some Bear or Wolf Shifters to come from this kind of behavior. No one acts like that in real life. Not even in prison. It is forgiven in shifter books because, come on, there are no rules in shifter books. You can make them act any way you want, and it is acceptable. But two times he almost went to the ground with Jack, because he didn’t want to get involved with Amy. ?
In another scene, things got heated when Mik meets Amy’s brothers. They also wanted to attack him. Who acts like that? Overprotective is one thing, but the overly aggressive behavior a little much. Unless they (Amy’s family) are really bears , and Mik’s family were wolves or bears, also. Than, well I could get behind it.
Yes. Desserts, treats, happy food. How many brownies,cookies,cakes,pies,and banana splits can this girl eat? How much does this woman weigh? I am guessing she is pretty plump. Who can say they ate a banana split and then say that they know that Mik wants to eat apple pie ? Agh. The thought of that much sweetness is disgusting. I am not against dessert, but come on! It was a diabetic nightmare. Unless………… They are shifters!! That must be the answer for all of this. No way that normal people act like this. I wonder when we get to find out that this is a shifter series?
All in all , I liked the book, and I read it quickly and enjoyed it. This is part of a series. The others in this series include :
Always for You: Jack’s Story
Always be True: Tino’s Story
I especially like the cover for Tino’s story. I want to read that one most. (cover slut strikes again.)
I don’t know if those links will work, but I put them there anyways.
P.S. Men…. Groom..but don’t shave your pits. 🙂 And…… Bears….. I think bears would be the answer!