Her One and Only
by Becky Wade
Bethany House Publisher
"Filled with genuine emotion and overflowing with positive examples of faith, the story captures the imagination while warming the heart."
---Publishers Weekly starred
review of A Love Like Ours
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.
My thoughts: HER ONE AND ONLY is the fourth book in Mrs. Wade's Porter Family series, but it easily stands alone. I only read one of the books in this series and I wasn't lost at all, though fans will want to read the romances of the Porter boys in the first three books, Undeniably Yours, Meant to be Mine, and A Love Like Ours.
Ms. Wade is indubitably a stunning author, definitely accomplished in the art of telling a story. Characters that leap off the page, larger than life. A tomboyish heroine, out to prove herself to the male world. A hero who has only known football, is suffering extreme pain, is beyond super nice, and has a stalker who could be anyone and he doesn't care! Because whoever it is needs forgiveness. Yes. I like that attitude. Except--he's getting death threats. Plus, two pro football players both want to date Dru--and are taking wagers on it, but neither know quite how to act. There's enough tension to keep the pages turning.
Downside: Our very nice hero is an alcoholic. He comes from an abusive dysfunctional home, so I can see how he might think he needs to drink to escape, but... I didn't like that the hero and his best friend put wagers on who would get Dru to kiss them first. And I know that some people said the faith message was very strong but I found it rather weak. I also could not relate to the characters at all. I didn't care. Not about him, not about her. And about midway through the book there is a chapter that is all telling/summarizing so time will pass in the story a little faster.
Very conservative Christians who don't want to read about drinking, getting drunk and that stuff might want to skip this book/this author. Those who don't mind will definitely enjoy it.
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Meet the Author
Becky Wade is a native of California who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and moved to Dallas. She published historical romances for the general market, took time off to raise her children, then felt God nudging her to pursue contemporary Christian fiction. Becky's work has been a finalist for both a RITA and an INSPY Award.
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