Her One and Only – Becky Wade – Bethany House – Published 3 May 2016
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?
Her One and Only concludes the Porter Family series. This is the perfect book and the perfect end to a perfect series. Her One and Only is fun, romantic, nostalgic and breaks all the old romance novel clichés. As the last book in this series it is nice to reconnect with all the past characters, see how Bo and Meg are doing, check in with Ty, Celia and their brood of kids and catch up with Jake and Lyndie. Meg and Bo play a substantial part in the book, but ultimately it is Dru and Gray’s story that, rightly so, grabbed my heart.
Dru Porter is one tough heroine. She’s smart and not afraid to let everyone around her know it. Youngest Porter sibling, former Marine, and now executive protection agent, she can more than hold her own. And she’s going to need to when she takes the post as Gray Fowler’s bodyguard. Gray is a star NFL player, rich, determined and very used to getting his own way. Well, he hasn’t met Dru yet.
The prologue lets the reader know that they should expect plenty of suspense and action in this book along with the regular romance. And what a fabulous love story it is. Dru and Gray don’t get off to the best start. That might have something to do with Gray’s comments about female bodyguards. Gray isn’t perfect. He has had a rough childhood, followed by an unchecked adult life. In no way would he tick every box on someone’s Perfect Guy list. He is flawed. He is human. And Dru can’t help falling for him. I love the verbal sparring that passes between Dru and Gray. They excel at giving the other a hard time and making it extremely cute to read. I love how Dru calls him big football player. I love how Gray teases Dru about her role as a woman.
I loved watching the changes in Gray and Dru, both as individuals and as a couple. They both have complicated pasts but work through this through God’s forgiveness and their honesty with each other. As a result, their faith plays a subtle but consistent understory in this book, underpinning their meeting of hearts, undeniable attraction and shared good humour.
It’s been eight years (in the series’ time) since we first met Bo and Meg and it’s been a wonderful journey sharing in the Porters’ story of family, love and life. It’s been a pleasure to read this series and I can’t wait to read what Becky Wade has in store for us next.
The publishers provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Genre: Christian contemporary.
Themes: Romance, love, football, personal protection, female bodyguards, suspense, family, infertility.
Published: 3 May 2016 by Bethany House Publishers
Format: Paperback, ebook. 368 pages.