My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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Gray Fowler, star NFL tight end, is being pursued by a stalker, so his team hires a protection agency to keep Gray under the watch of a bodyguard at all times. When Gray meets Dru Porter, an agent assigned to him, he's indignant. How can an attractive young female half his size possibly protect him?
But Dru's a former Marine, an expert markswoman, and a black belt. She's also ferociously determined to uncover the identity of Gray's stalker. And she's just as determined to avoid any kind of romantic attachment between herself and the rugged football player with the mysterious past. But the closer they get to finding the stalker, the closer they grow to each other. As the danger rises, can Dru and Gray entrust their hearts--and their lives--to one another?
I really enjoyed this last book in the Porter series. The author does a great job of tying up the stories of all four of the Porter siblings. You get a glimpse into the lives of each of them and get a feel for how things are going for them since you last "saw" them when you read their stories. :)
Ha! I loved Dru's spunkiness! She is fierce and doesn't let her size or the fact that she's a lady keep her from knowing that she can bodyguard this huge NFL guy! :D Gray, on the other hand has a LOT of doubt as to how a female half his size could protect him. There is lots of fun sparring between these two as they adjust to being together and fight their growing attraction and affection for each other. The fact that Gray plays for a football team that her brothers do not like also makes for some laugh out loud moments.
I can't say I was that enamored of Gray at first. He's a stereotypical football player in that he drinks and dates a lot of woman and makes that bet with his best friend about Dru (eye-roll). But he falls pretty quickly under Dru's spell and once you find out about his childhood you can actually admire that he has achieved as much as he has. Through his growing feelings for Dru and her bluntness about his relationship, or lack thereof, with God, Gray finds his way to a place of humbleness, peace, & forgiveness for himself and towards his parents.
I appreciated Dru's story in that Dru didn't come from a bad childhood or a broken family but she made choices in life that led her down the wrong paths and far away from the faith of her childhood. She's facing the consequences of her past and is in a good place now but she's still somewhat haunted by past mistakes. She has to learn to really let God have it all before she can learn to trust and allow herself to love.
The thread of suspense of an unknown stalker was woven through the story and played out with some intense moments. I can't say I really guessed for sure who the stalker was. There were plenty of candidates but in the end I was a little surprised at who it was.
I also have to mention that from a Christian standpoint, in my opinion anyways, Dru gave in to her physical attraction too quickly. Gray was not a Christian and therefore their physical relationship (clean - kissing and hugging) and Dru going out on dates with him should not have happened according to the biblical standard of being unequally yoked. Dru finds herself going against her conscience in this (she realizes she's rationalizing having a relationship) and they both suffer some hurt when things go bad after a while.
All in all, this is a great romance with plenty of spark and a background of suspense to keep you riveted to the end!
*Thanks to Litfuse and the publisher for a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are my own.*
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Becky’s a California native who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and settled in Dallas. She published historical romances for the general market before putting her career on hold for several years to care for her three children. When God called her back to writing, Becky knew He meant for her to turn her attention to Christian fiction. She loves writing funny, modern, and inspirational contemporary romance! She’s the Carol Award, INSPY Award, and Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award winning author of My Stubborn Heart, Undeniably Yours, Meant to Be Mine, A Love Like Ours, and Her One and Only.
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Becky Wade’s ‘Her One and Only’ Porter Prize Pack and $100 Cash Card Giveaway
Meet Dru Porter, former Marine, expert markswoman, and black belt—who also happens to be assigned as a bodyguard to star NFL tight end Gray Fowler. Don't miss the final Porter family novel by Becky Wade, Her One and Only. Gray starts receiving death threats from a stalker, and Dru is determined to find his stalker. 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.
Join Becky in celebrating the release of Her One and Only by entering to win her Porter prize pack and $100 cash card giveaway!
One grand prize winner will receive:
- A copy of Her One and Only
- A $100 cash card
- Follow Your Heart tote bag
- 24 oz Tervis Wonder Woman Tumbler
- The Blind Side DVD
- Necklace with star charm
- Porter Family navy jersey
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