HER ONE AND ONLY
(Porter Family #4)
Genre: Contemporary Inspirational Romance
Publisher: Bethany House
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Date of Publication: May 3, 2016
# of pages: 368
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After ten 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.
Praise for Her One and Only
“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
Why Fictional Heroes Wouldn’t Make Good Real-Life Husbands
I was recently thinking about romantic heroes—in fiction and in real life. Yes, there’s a difference…and that’s not always a bad thing. Some of my readers joined me to come up with 10 reasons why fictional characters wouldn’t make good husbands.
- Limited Dialogue. Fictional heroes are restricted to the words printed in their books. And sure, some of their words are yummy. Here’s a speech given by Bo, the hero of my Undeniably Yours. “I can’t do many things,” he said fiercely, “but I can love you, Meg. I can love you every hour of every day for the rest of my life. I swear to you I can. I want to earn the right to try.” The pad of his thumb rubbed her cheek. “I love you so much I can hardly see straight. I can’t concentrate. I can’t sleep. I can’t make myself care about anything on earth except for you.”
Let’s fast-forward ten years into the married life of Meg and Bo….
“Hey, Bo?” Meg calls while sweating over the fourth load of laundry that day. “Would you mind running to the store for some eggs?”
Bo answers, “I love you so much I can hardly see straight. I can’t concentrate.”
“Yep. Got it. Thanks and all but I’m really in need of some eggs for breakfast tomorrow. And it probably wouldn’t kill you to vacuum the living room carpet.”
“I can’t make myself care about anything on earth except you,” Bo says.
- Trust Issues. “My favorite type of fictional hero is the flirty, charming kind but in real life I don’t think I could trust a devastatingly handsome flirt, who’s rich and athletic…or maybe I just can’t trust women around him.” -Cynthia M.
- Baggage. “I will finish a book with a flawed or damaged hero and think, ‘Oh, honey. You have no idea right now, but if you were not actually fictional, you would be dealing with that issue for the rest of your life with that man.’”- Heidi D. A fictional hero’s sad backstory that includes a drug addicted father, a mother who’s a prostitute, and a three legged dog arouses our sympathy. But none of us desire to spend Thanksgiving dinner across the table from those in-laws.
- Cougar Town. Heroes are usually around the age of thirty. It’s well and good for a man to be thirty. But when you’re sixty and you have to bring your fictional thirty year old hero to a party where he meets your real life thirty-five year old son — it’s awkward. It no longer feels romantic. Things have now crossed over into creepy land. “My biggest problem with the heroes is that most times they are quite a bit younger than me. Not happy to be a cougar!” – June H.
- We’d be rendered useless. If we were married to a romance novel hero “we wouldn’t get any ‘real life’ done for sitting around drooling over our husbands all day long.” – Carrie S. It’s fairly impractical to marry a fictional hero. If we’re incapacitated with adoration and infatuation who’s going to pack lunches and load the dishwasher and call to schedule orthodontic appointments and give the dog a bath?
- Suffocation. Jessica W. says, “We all love that heroes constantly think about the girl in their life, but in reality….” that would grow extremely tiresome. Yeesh! Quit hovering, fictional hero man. Just go play golf already. Think about making par and let me have some breathing room to read some other guy’s romance novel.
- Procreation. Well? It’s not possible to ‘go forth and multiply’ with fictional heroes and some of us would like to become mothers to non-make-believe children.
- Limited Actions. “Fictional heroes only make appearances for the big stuff–first dates, first fights, first kisses, weddings… Real life heroes are there for the real stuff. Going to the store to buy tampons when you’re too tired. Changing the baby in the middle of the night. Cleaning up vomit. And a whole lot more.” -author Leslie G.
- Perfection. “He needs to have some flaw I can complain about, right?” – Darcy S. “If our husbands were perfect, then we would be worshiping them instead of God.” – Tonya R. “They are prettier than us! Who wants that??”-author Jill B.
- Broody-ness. You’re at a church function and you’re laughing with one of the men in your Sunday school class when you happen to glance across the room and see that your fictional hero (dressed in a Regency cravat and tailcoat) is staring at you. His mouth is a thin line. His eyes are burning like turquoise coals. You groan. He’s jealous. Good grief! Again?! Which means he’ll remain silent for the rest of the evening and spend lots of time stalking around looking anguished.
So there you have it! As much as I enjoy reading and writing romance novels, I’m very pro real life husbands.
Becky’s a California native who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and settled in Dallas. She published historical romances for the general market before putting her career on hold for several years to care for her three children. When God called her back to writing, Becky knew He meant for her to turn her attention to Christian fiction. She loves writing funny, modern, and inspirational contemporary romance! She’s the Carol Award and Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award winning author of My Stubborn Heart and the Texas-set Porter Family series: Undeniably Yours, Meant to Be Mine, and A Love Like Ours, and Her One and Only.
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