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Her One and Only, by Becky Wade
When NFL tight end Gray Fowler is threatened by a stalker, his team hires a professional bodyguard to watch him. But when Gray's "protection" turns out to be a woman half his size, he's indignant. Will Dru Porter, a former marine and expert markswoman, prove to be up to the job? Meanwhile, who's guarding Gray's heart?
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Bethany House
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
Series: Porter Family
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?
homesteadingHampton Roads -- VAAge: 45-54Gender: Female3 Stars Out Of 5I liked it but didn't love itOctober 3, 2016homesteadingHampton Roads -- VAAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Dru Porter is a personal protection agent who became too emotionally attached to her last assignment and is determined not to let that happen again. NFL superstar Gray Fowler sees his new bodyguard as another gorgeous woman to be conquered. You can imagine what kind of sparks are going to fly!
Drus character is intriguing, especially since she is a former Marine. She's always trying to prove herself so its interesting to see how her family dynamics work with three older brothers. Gray Fowler is a complex character. Hes a chauvinistic, spoiled and obnoxious famous athlete who has a tragic familial back story. Gray is the stereotypical football playertall, broad shouldered, and fabulously gorgeous to look at with an ego the size of a stadium.
With an engaging plot and vivid dialogue, the story moved at a fast pace. I truly enjoyed the suspense element! It was excellent from beginning to end. Ms. Wade is an expert at writing vivid imagery which usually makes for a delightful read. In Her One and Only, the romance went too far for my own personal taste. I thought there was an excess of physical desire between Dru and Gray, crossing over into lust. I realize this doesnt bother some readers, but it does me. Plus, I was hoping to see Gray make some serious spiritual changes sooner in the story but he didnt. By the time he did, it felt rushed and over too soon. I liked the story but I didnt love it. I will say that Ms. Wade knows how to weave a family drama and draw me into the lives of the characters, making me care about them. Ill definitely be on the lookout for her next book series.
I was provided a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. No compensation has been received.
AnnelrBrighton, MIAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5'Big Football Player' meets 'Revengeress'September 26, 2016AnnelrBrighton, MIAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Her One and Only, the fourth and apparently final book in the Porter Family series by Becky Wade is an engaging and entertaining book. Never having read the first three I can say this is easily a stand alone book. There is enough back story to not leave the reader lost and enough lure to make you want to go back and read the complete stories of the other family members. Dru Porter is a former Marine now a bodyguard; she is a beautiful pistol-packing biker-gal who is tough but chic. Her new client is the famous NFL player Gray Fowler and of course, he is on the wrong team as the Porter family roots for the opposition! As the search for Gray's stalker continues, the relationship between Dru and Gray becomes complicated. Can she keep him safe? Can she remain detached emotionally to do her job well?The story is action-packed and moves quickly and the characters are strong and likable. And, oh, you dont want to forget a fan or make sure theres a fainting couch nearby with the kissing scenes. Thousands of woman would want Gray to be their man, yet Dru longs for a place in his life. Can he truly just become Dru's alone? Can love rescue this relationship from the past, a past that Gray has been trying to leave behind most of his life? Family, danger, romance and a thread of the Christian faith are woven together to bring a great finish to this series.
Yvette K.4 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful faith journey in a fun and sometimes touching novelAugust 31, 2016Yvette K.Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is the fourth book in Becky Wades Porter Family series and there may be some spoilers if read first, including a one particularly touching secondary storyline. But not reading the other books (and not being a football fan) did not stop me from thoroughly enjoying this story of a former bad girl turned Marine turned bodyguard and the football player (emphasis on player) she is assigned to protect.
If I had read the prior books, which seem to have taken place years before this one, I probably would have been a bit less confused in some of the scenes that included Drus family (though whats not to love about a big fictional family that includes some overprotective, bossy older brothers who are all Cowboys fans and dislike Gray's team). I felt I was missing a lot of background and could not always keep the characters and their relationships to Dru straight.
One of the aspects that I really appreciated about this book was the faith journeys of the main characters. While the interplay between Gray and Dru (just thinking of the nicknames they give each other especially Big Football Hero makes me want to chuckle) is great fun to read, where their story really shines is in the ways they help each other face their pasts and heal. Drus conversion story and the message that sin to a lesser degree is still sin gave me a bit of a pause. Introspection is not something I expect to come from a contemporary romance, but it is a pleasant surprise when it does.
Recommended. Becky Wade infused this story with a mix of action, romance, humor and heartache that has me wanting to read the rest of the Porter Family series.
This review refers to a review copy provided by the publisher, Bethany House.
A ReaderNCAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Great Conclustion to the Porter Famiy SeriesJuly 28, 2016A ReaderNCAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Porter Family series by Becky Wade has been a joy to read. Her One and Only features Dru, the youngest and only daughter of the Porter Family siblings.
Dru Porter is hired to guard Gray Fowler, a professional football player, until he is safe from the threat of a stalker. I wasnt certain how I would like Her One and Only, because I know from the previous books that Dru is nothing remotely like me or anybody I know personally. Becky Wade accurately likens her heroine to a larger than life action film star. Dru is beautiful, has done tours of duty with the Marines, is a sharpshooter, and loves a good fight; she is no girly-girl. Dru is just Dru. The further I read, the more she grew on me. I liked her for herself; because she is different. Dru stands out and leaves a lasting impression on oneself, even after closing the novels cover at the end. Each book in this series has a heroine with a different personality. No one lady is exactly like another. I like that.
Gray Fowler is a tough-as-nails, handsome football hero. I liked how we got to see a vulnerable place in his soul that made him a little more human. Gray has to work though childhood hurts in order to be the best man for Dru and also, to bring him into a right relationship with God.
Her One and Only has an All-American-Family-God-Bless-Texas feel to it. However, a deeper thread runs through the novel, showing another side - the different lives and consequences of the sinful choices some people make. Not all children have a happy upbringing. This part of the plot was very moving to me.
I am not into football in the least, but I enjoyed reading about Grays life, job and teammates. There wasnt too much football talk to make ones eyes glaze over! :) Drus occupation as a protection agent is fascinating. I felt like I learned a lot and would be privileged to have her as my guard if I were ever in need of one.
The romance in this novel is right on par with Beckys other books; lots of good kissing without going too far. Boundaries are actually put in place by the characters when necessary. I appreciated that. Gray and Drus love/hate relationship and occasional sparring makes for some interesting conversations and scenes. Their date ideas and ways of spending time with one another are so different than most couples I know, but it fits the two of them just right.
Third viewpoints are not favorites of mine, but I actually didnt mind it in this novel. The heroine of book one has some scenes every once in awhile. I enjoyed finding out what was happening with her and the rest of the Porters.
Spiritual elements were brought up several times and I appreciated how the heroine drew the line at not only not marrying an unbeliever, but also not dating one either. Dru went to a Wednesday evening church service, but didnt seem to have a very close relationship with God. I did applaud her for turning her back on sinful activities and habits that she used to do before she got saved. She is still a fairly new Christian, so Ill her some slack. :)
Over all I really enjoyed Her One and Only and am still thinking about the deeper messages of it more than the romance actually. If you like the writing of Denise Hunter, Shannon Taylor Vannatter, and Dani Pettrey (minus the mystery/suspense), Becky Wade is the author for you.
Carole JarvisJonesboro, GeorgiaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful conclusion to seriesJuly 20, 2016Carole JarvisJonesboro, GeorgiaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Her One and Only concludes the Porter Family series in a moving way and is an outstanding story on every level. Becky Wade is one of my favorite authors in the contemporary romance genre, such that I almost tend to go against type and get a little giddy when holding one of her new releases in my hand. Ive read enough of Beckys novels to have certain expectations when I begin a new one, and I am never disappointed. The writing is tight, not one single word is wasted, and it moves at a fast pace.
Beckys stories are multi-dimensional, both from really rich character depth, to a mixture of emotion, humor, spirituality, sizzling romance and in this case, suspense. I think the term transformational fits her books, because Becky doesnt shy away from difficult social issues, such as PTSD, alcoholism, child abuse, infertility and miscarriage and its all about the transforming power of God and how He works through His children. It was also wonderful to see Bo and Megs story brought full circle.
Executive protection agent Dru and sports superstar Gray both have difficult personal histories and are portrayed very realistically. Dru is always trying to prove herself and Gray finds his self-worth in his sport. They have a lot of together time in the story and its so much fun to watch their initial negative assessment of each other gradually change.
Spiritual themes are never lacking in Beckys books. I loved Drus faith and how she takes her elderly neighbor to a bikers church, showing that church is not a one size fits all institution. Theres a couple of gems that I could totally relate to and I think readers will also. First, the question of where we find fulfillment, for Dru questioned if Gray was looking for fulfillment in stuff like achievement and wealth, only to find it empty. Secondly, whether from our own making or from circumstances beyond our control, who of us doesnt have a flawed past?
Thank you for writing this series, Becky, for in the Porters, you have created a family that not only entertains and inspires us, but one that we care about and will never forget.
Thank you to Bethany House and Litfuse Publicity for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.