Author: Becky Wade
Publication date: May 3, 2016
Series: Porter Family #4
Genre: Contemporary, Romance , Christian
Synopsis: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?
When I first begun reading this, I didn’t know what to make of Dru as she is different from all the other heroines that I’ve read. She is tough – bad ass -, knows how to use a gun and can defend herself like it’s nobodies business. She is a little rough around the edges, but when her nieces or nephews are around, she turns into a whole different person – kind, patient, and loving towards them. I really loved those scenes that Becky included as it shows an extremely different side of her.
I really, an I mean really, loved Dru and Gray’s banter. Becky writes great books, yes, but I believe that this one had the most and best banter dialog between the hero and heroine. They both had me chuckling many times throughout the book. I also liked how Gray was depicted, his description was a lot different from her other heroes. He was 6’4, dark hair, green eyes, had a tattoo starting on his pectoral muscle that wraps around the top of his arm (google Dwayne Johnson’s shoulder tattoo, it will give you a physical image of what Gray’s tattoo could look like), and the man is built like a brick shit house. I kept picturing Dwayne Johnson’s build and tattoo when Becky would describe Gray. I loved how he liked to rile Dru and get her dander up – he always got a kick out of that. Gray may appear as the big tough NFL player, but inside he’s not. Growing up, he had a hard life, abusive at times from his stepfather. In high school, he discovered football, which became his outlet. Gray doesn’t do long term relationships nor does he know how to ‘love’ a woman as he doesn’t want to end up in a toxic relationship like his mother. I like how Dru slowly seeps under Gray’s skin and he can’t shake her. She is different, isn’t intimidated by him, and can stand toe to toe to him unlike anyone else, plus she truly understands him like no one else ever has.
Aside from Dru and Gray’s story, you get updated on Meg and Bo’s struggle to start a family. I am glad that everything turned out beautiful for them. I am also happy that Dru and Gray got their HEA but yet it saddens me that this is the end of the Porter novels as I have fallen in love with the Porter clan as I am sure other readers have as well. I for one cannot wait for new material from Becky in the near future.
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All Tanner Johns ever wanted was a place to call home. After inheriting Wranglers Ranch, Tanner is determined to carry on with his guardian’s legacy and turn it into a camp for troubled kids. Widow Sophie Armstrong is just as focused on her goals—and on raising her two young children…alone. Meeting the rugged cowboy changes everything. Tanner is a natural with her kids, and he lightens Sophie’s load in ways she couldn’t have imagined. But as the shadows in his past come between them, Tanner must convince Sophie he’s a man she can count on—for keeps.
I really enjoyed The Rancher’s Family Wish. I found Tanner to be really a great character. He has had a hard life – being abandoned as a newborn by his birth mother, in and out of foster care, plus living it ruff on the streets as a teen. He was such a caring man, giving away money or meals to the needy or homeless people as he knows how they feel as he was once in their shoes.
All throughout the book, you can tell he desperately wanted a family to call his own as he never had one plus he craves the approval of Sophie when he does things or makes decisions. Tanner was pretty smitten with Sophie from the start pus he was so good with her children. I liked how Beth called him ‘ Mr Cowboy’ all throughout the book.
A short read – 215 pages – but a very good one, none the less. Definitely worth the read if you like heroes who are down on their luck, gets a second chance to better his life, plus craves the love of a good woman and family.
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