//by Becky Wade//
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?
This is my third Becky Wade book, and by this point I have established three things. 1) the woman deserves better book covers. All her book covers are hopelessly girly and spirally and sappy-looking and give a false impression of how good the book actually is. Plus, I think they could get more attractive cover models. These people look like you could find them in any business office anywhere. 2) couldn't you maybe come up with a little bit less-cliche title, Mrs. Wade? I mean, Her One and Only???? Sounds like a dime novel. Not exactly the thing I'd be tripping over myself to get my hands on.
The third thing, though? Becky Wade is actually a really good writer.
I've made almost a complete turn-around; last spring I reviewed the third book in this series and pretty much wrote it off as fluff. Then I went back and read the second book and surprised myself by loving it. So with so much of myself now invested in this Porter family, there was no way I wasn't going to request this book for review when I got the chance. ;-P
I've developed an appreciation for Becky Wade's writing, and I genuinely like her. I'm not going to deny, this is pure romance. Is it sappy? Goodness, yes. Is it cliche? Eh...a little bit. Total contemporary rom-com? Uh-huh. But it's enjoyable. A year ago I disliked all books in this category. Now, I can take them once in a while, and I'll even let myself enjoy them. I liked this book. It was fun. :-)
Of course, I'm the farthest thing from a football fan there is, so all the stuff concerning Gray's NFL career was boring as heck. Actually the main thing that bothered me about the book is how stinking rich Gray is. Can you really get that rich just by playing football? And he seemed kind of lazy to me, sitting around in his great big mansion and driving his expensive cars and not really doing anything. Seriously, dude, get outside and work. Build some fence! Clear some land! Get your hands dirty! The rich football-star persona is completely unattractive to me, so I'll admit I'm not a huge Gray Fowler fan. He's too mainstream. I'd rather have a Porter brother.
Another thing I often encounter in modern fiction...the setting is just so "modern" and so different, at times, from my actual real life that it seems kind of fantastical. I know I'm an old-fashioned person, but I'm reminded just how behind the times I am when I pick up a contemporary novel. But that doesn't really matter, when it comes down to it; I've come to love the Porter family, and I care about what happens to them. Becky Wade knows how to write about a close-knit family, and that's my favorite thing about this series -- the camaraderie between the brothers, the family gatherings, the way they rely on each other and care about each other.
I really did like it...but methinks that'll be the last romance I'll read for a long time. I need to give my system time to clean out. ;-P
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.