Her One and Only by Becky Wade (review)

heroneandonly_wade_bethanyhouseGod was a football fan, surely. (p.313)

Grayson Fowler is a hard drinking, love ‘em and leave ‘em player for the Mustangs, a (fictional, I’m guessing) Texas NFL team. When forced to accept a bodyguard due to the escalating threat of a stalker, Dru Angelica Porter is not anything that he expects. She’s tough, she’s gorgeous, and having her pose as his girlfriend is both genius and torture.

Her first impression of him, formed the moment they’d met was proving itself accurate. He was trouble. Dark, headstrong, dangerous trouble. (p.136)

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.

He need to change the way he lived. Change the way he thought. Change his old habit of keeping himself apart, and thus safe, from other people. And he needed to forgive. (p.286)

Her One and Only is the fourth book in Becky Wade’s Porter Family series and there may be some spoilers if read first, including a very touching secondary storyline involving a pregnancy. Having not read the other books (which I will remedy), and not being a football fan (which I probably won’t), I still found quite a bit to enjoy in this story of a former bad girl turned Marine turned bodyguard and the football player (emphasis on player) she is assigned to protect.

Apparently ordinary girlfriends don’t tackle their boyfriends at the first crack of gunfire. Who knew? (p.207)

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 Dru’s family (though what’s not to love about a big fictional family that includes some overprotective, bossy older brothers who are all Cowboys fans and dislike the Mustangs). I felt I was missing a lot of background and could not always keep the characters and their relationships to Dru straight.

Just so you guys know, I don’t fall for men. I prefer to let the fall for me. (p.39)

One of the aspects that I really appreciated about this book was the faith journeys of the main characters. Dru’s 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. I might be more of a contemporary fan than I thought. Hmmm… gonna go read something historical now, though the first two Porter books are sitting on my shelf, the characters winking at me from their spines (have you seen #3 Meant to Be Mine?  The whole series has appealing covers, but that one is just so stinkin’ cute!) .

Her One and Only by Becky Wade | Bethany House, 2016 | paperback, 387pgs

This review refers to a review copy provided by the publisher, Bethany House.

From the cover:

After 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.