Her One and Only
About This Book
After ten years in the NFL, superstar Gray Fowler is accustomed to obsessive fans. But when Gray starts receiving death threats from a stalker, his team hires an executive protection agency to guard him until the culprit is caught. Dealing with bodyguards 24/7 is a headache, especially when one of them is a young, beautiful woman. How can a female half his size possibly protect him better than he can protect himself?
Dru Porter is a former Marine, an expert markswoman, and a black belt–none of which saved her from disaster on her last assignment. In order to rebuild her tarnished reputation, she’s determined to find Gray’s stalker and, since relationships between agents and clients are forbidden, avoid a romantic attachment between herself and the rugged football player with the mysterious past.
Yet every secret that leads Dru closer to the stalker also draws her closer to Gray. As the danger escalates, they’ll survive only if they can learn to trust their lives—and their hearts—to one another.
Anyone who has followed my reviews knows that I am a Becky Wade fan. Big fan. Big. Huge. 🙂 The first three books in the Porter Family series made like a couple cowboys—and I hate cowboys! That’s how good Wade is. She could write an entire romance about all the things I hate—a vegan broccoli specialist with a penchant for chain-smoking falls in love with a dishwasher manufacturer (yes, I hate dishwashers) who moonlights at a pet crematorium—and I would still be first in line to buy it. So the fact that one thing I detest only slightly less that cowboys is pro football was certainly not going to keep me away from Dru Porter’s romance with NFL star Gray Fowler!
I knew Dru and Gray’s story would be tricky from the very beginning. A female bodyguard? Really? And from scanning comments on Goodreads, I know I wasn’t the only reader who had that concern. But for my part, Wade did an excellent job of convincing me that such a plot was indeed plausible. Dru is a very unusual heroine, but one I found myself surprisingly able to relate to. She’s tough, independent, knows her own mind and spent her life standing up for herself. Some readers might find her too cold and intimidating to relate to, but not me. I knew it would take a special type of hero to break down her defenses. I couldn’t wait to meet him.
And that’s really the only tiny problem I had with this story. For the first 75% of the book, I did not like Gray Fowler. Not. At. All. And I didn’t want Dru to like him, either. He was an arrogant jerk! I was actually rooting for Dru to give him the heave-ho… which isn’t exactly the best recipe for a contemporary romance. I must admit, if anyone else had been the author of this book, I never would’ve kept reading past chapter two. But I trusted Wade not to let me down…
And I’m very, very glad I did. Once Gray’s armor finally—finally!—began to crack, I saw this romance for what it truly is: a beautiful story of forgiveness, trust, the futility of human striving and the freedom to love that can only come from embracing God’s love first. Gray and Dru fought tooth and nail (often literally) for their happily-ever-after, but they definitely earned it. As do all of the Porters.
Her One and Only is a sizzling romance and a bittersweet farewell to the Porter siblings and their extended families. Fans of the first book in this series, Undeniably Yours, will particularly love the subplot featuring Meg and Bo. I thought it was an excellent way to bring the series back full circle, and give everyone of these sweet, memorable characters a last bow. I will miss spending time with this family, and will definitely be re-reading this entire series many, many times in the years to come. Can’t wait to see what Wade will deliver next!
Available May 3, 2016 from Bethany House Publishers