Friday, May 6, 2016
My Review: Her One and Only
"A person could live a million ordinary minutes that changed nothing. Then a few tragic minutes could change everything. They could divide a life into before and after." - Gray Fowler
After ten years in the NFL, super star 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.
About the Author:
Becky makes her home in Dallas, Texas with her husband and three children. She’s the Carol Award, INSPY Award, and Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award winning author of contemporary Christian romances, My Stubborn Heart, Undeniably Yours, Meant to Be Mine, A Love Like Ours, and Her One and Only.
My Review: 5 stars
I abhor the final book in any series that I’ve enjoyed, particularly if I’ve fallen in love with the characters. So reading this book was definitely a challenge, solely because I didn’t want it to end, but at the same time, I wanted to know how it would end. My dilemma. How to savor a book, while also reading as quickly as I can. Though I really didn’t want this book to come, the one signaling the end of The Porter Family series, I was also extremely excited to read Dru’s story! It definitely lived up to all of my expectations, while also surpassing quite a few of them.
I fell in love with Ms. Wade’s books with the very first one she published through Bethany House, My Stubborn Heart, and have immensely enjoyed all of her books, this one being no exception. Her writing is outstanding, as always. My Kindle copy has several highlighted places throughout, lines that made me laugh, or caused me to stop and think. Her writing leans just a touch toward historical, with her writing style and word choice, which I frankly love. Her characters are delightful and I’ve fell in love with all of them over the past 3 books, so this book was a little like coming home for me. I loved the opportunity to reconnect with the Porters and spend time with them once again.
Dru Porter is definitely not someone would anyone ever accuse of being a girly-girl. She is stubborn, tough, and strong. She’s an ex-Marine and now an executive protection specialist. Though her entire demeanor screams “tough girl,” we do see her softer side with her family and eventually with Gray. I loved those glimpses into her heart and the understanding of her character. Though I’ve met her in the previous books and loved the wiseacre little sister, in this book she really comes to life amid the pages. I rarely play favorites with characters, because I try to avoid comparing one book to another, but goodness! Gray Fowler might be my favorite hero of Becky’s! He is so incredibly swoony, while also being funny and unusual, and really just a perfect match for Dru! He is just as stubborn as she is, with a huge streak of determination, as well as a strong side of mischievousness. And speaking of being a wiseacre! He could give Dru a run for her money! The dialogue between them had me laughing out loud more than once! I adored their barbs and general banter as they continually poked fun at each other and tried to ignore their attraction to one another. Even though Gray would probably say that he is perfect, he does have a few flaws that make him perfectly human. While I enjoyed his fun side, I also loved his serious nature and getting to see beyond the surface of his mask.
Much of the spiritual side of the story focused on forgiveness and trust, both of which can be difficult topics. We get to revisit Meg, from Undeniably Yours, and in doing so, get the glimpse of her continual struggle to trust God when trust is the last thing she wants to do. Gray also struggles with trust, as well as forgiveness. I loved how both of these issues were handled - the characters’ battle with these are very realistically portrayed and Becky reminds us that it isn’t a change that happens overnight. I especially appreciated that reminder.
Though I was sad to turn the final page of this book, I do have to admit that it was excellent and Becky did a fantastic job of bringing the story in full circle. There were no loose ends left and the ending gives hope for a future, while almost making me cry, because I knew that it was the end. I will definitely be rereading this book and the others in the series and reconnecting with this delightful cast of characters.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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