Thursday, May 12, 2016

Her One and Only {Review}

Her One and Only (Porter Family, #4)
Her One and Only by Becky Wade
Porter Family #4
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Publisher: Bethany House
Publishing Date: May 3, 2016
Romance Fans Eagerly Anticipate Every New Release from Becky Wade 
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?
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Buy a copy today!!

My Thoughts: 
The final installment of the Porter Family series, 'Her One and Only', is all about character development. NFL tight end Gray grows and learns throughout the story in such a natural way that it makes him truly come alive. The story begins with him as the typical famous footballer, into the party scene and money. By the end, he is learning to open up and trust again and to forgive his trouble filled past. Gray's profession was an added bonus for me. Anything with even a smidge of football is alright with me! I enjoyed that Wade seamlessly added a new team to the NFL but kept all the other real teams -- again so realistic, believable, that it drew me right into the events.

I really enjoyed Dru, even though we are pretty opposite people. She is tough as nails and the direct product of an only girl with three older brothers. Dru is driven, competitive, and unwilling to back down. She made a great challenge for Gray! The only thing I was sad about: I wanted more butt-kicking moments!! It would have been great to see her tackle more bad guys or fire her weapon, even if just on the range. (Dru's profession really wanted to make me dive into Lynette Eason's book!) I enjoyed the bit of suspense so much that I found myself wishing it was a larger focus of the story. Don't get me wrong, I loved that the story was so character driven. But Wade made the suspense and Dru's character so intriguing, that I just wanted more!

The attraction between Dru and Gray occured a bit quickly, but the progression of their relationship was natural enough. Their thoughts were rational, logical, and yet totally romantic. There was no 'we are attracted and thus must be together immediately' vibes. Instead they both realize the futility of it, fight to remain partial, and yet still end up falling for each other. SO CUTE.

Wade proves yet again that she is the queen of contemporary characters. Her writing is fun, romantic, suspenseful, natural, inviting.... I highly recommend her books if you are a fan of character driven contemporary romances! 5 stars from me. Lucky for me, I still have the Porter family book one to read...can't wait!

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