I’m so excited to be able to share this one with everyone. It releases today 🙂
Porter Family series
by Becky Wade
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (May 3, 2016)
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?
“Down-to-earth, in-depth characters give the story an authentic feel. Dru, being the youngest Porter, is headstrong and sympathetic, and when she matches wits with Gray, their connection is as electric as their budding romance is sweet. A delightful read.”—RT Book Reviews
This is only the second one of this series I’ve read (the other was A Love Like Ours) and I’ll definitely be looking up the rest 🙂 It’s a contemporary Christian novel so it is very low on the heat scale and the characters’ religion does play an important role. However it isn’t overly preachy so if that isn’t your thing then I think you’ll still enjoy it.
Dru is a little harsh at first – one of those girls who feels like she has to prove that she is as good (or better) than any guy, but once you get to know her she proves to be much more complicated. Gray has some scars from his childhood, which led to a distance between him & God and a difficulty to commit to a woman. Thrown together by the threat of a stalker, the two quickly find themselves growing closer and challenging each other’s beliefs.
Speaking of the stalker, I thought that Wade handled the suspense portion really well. The way it went didn’t come out of left field but it wasn’t overly obvious either. It fit well into the story and left me satisfied with the ending.
Returning readers will be pleased by updates on Dru’s siblings but new readers will be fine meeting them for the first time. And likely looking forward to going back and reading their stories – I know I am 🙂 Her brother Bo and sister-in-law Meg play a pretty important role but it’s just a footnote to their story, not a continuation so starting here is fine.
Even though this is the last of this series, I hope that Wade plans on starting a new one with Gray’s teammates. I think that a team full of manly football players could give her a lot of material to work with.
(This story is part of the Porter Family novels but can be read as a stand alone.)
Becky Wade is a native of California who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and moved to Dallas. She published historical romances for the general market, took time off to raise her children, then felt God nudging her to pursue contemporary Christian fiction. Becky is a Carol Award winner and a finalist for both a RITA and an INSPY Award.
The prize is two packages of 4 new releases from Bethany House.