HER ONE AND ONLY
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.
Contemporary romance with a side of suspense? Yes please! Such delicious fare! A fitting grand finale for the Porter Family Novels, even if it is bittersweet since we have come to the end. I'm going to miss losing myself in the midst of Porter mania. Nothing like sibling banter, incorrigible big brother teasing and the sweet glimpse of three happily ever afters in full bloom. There's also a bonus Meg/Bo side story that had me blubbering like a baby...and expanded this last book to nearly 400 pages. An added bonus of reader bliss for sure!
Haven't read any of the books in this series? (Why ever not?!) No worries -- you can still enjoy Dru and Gray's story. You just won't get the full Porter impact that will leave seasoned fans cheering.
Okay -- it's true confession time. I wasn't that into Gray....at first. Hunky football player with plenty of charisma -- sure. But his attitude left me cold. He's everything you might imagine a mega super sports star to be. Way too macho for his own good. Women and booze and a love 'em and leave 'em mentality did not endear him to me. But Wade works her magic -- in fact there's one teensy little piece of information at the very beginning that I clung to. It gave me hope for the scarred soul of a man clearly on the run.
Dru is the perfect foil for Gray. She's tough and feisty and not about to take any nonsense from her latest client. Some of the best dialogue ever in a contemporary romance. Unexpected jabs of humour in the midst of intense conversation had me chortling out loud. And no subject was taboo -- they talked about sex and faith with equal candor. And that's what I love about Wade's characters -- she writes them real and flawed and grappling with the same issues the rest of us are.
Dru is a recommitted Christian. She's made significant changes in her life and achieved a certain level of peace with who she is and what her faith means to her. Gray thinks of himself as a Christian, but his lifestyle doesn't speak of conviction. His faith journey is profound. It brought to light the fact that Jesus can make a difference in even the most jaded and broken heart. And Gray has a lot of hurt. His story, slowly revealed throughout the book, explains a lot and I found myself feeling ashamed for judging him so harshly when I first met him. (Yes, I know he's a character and this is a novel but it feels that real to me!)
An incredible conclusion to an unforgettable series that I'm sure to read over and over again.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. in exchange for my honest review.
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