Genre: Contemporary Inspirational Romance
Publisher: Bethany House
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Date of Publication: May 3, 2016
# of pages: 368
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.
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Grayson Robert Fowler looked to her like a load of dark, headstrong, dangerous trouble. He rose smoothly to his feet without breaking eye contact. She’d known before entering the room that he stood at six feet, four inches and weighed two fifty. Even so, the physical reality of his size took her back.
It wasn’t common, in everyday life, to come across a person as big as he was. Beneath the Mustangs hooded sweatshirt and track pants he wore, his body was huge, his muscles ropy and hard.
Not for the first time, she wished she’d grown to a height of six feet, eight inches, like some of the WNBA stars. Instead, her three-inch heels boosted her up to five-eleven, not a quarter inch more.
“Gray,” Mack said, “this is Dru Porter. She’s with Sutton Security. She’ll be your protective agent for the 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. shift five days a week, starting today.”
Gray’s face remained unmoving, as if he was waiting for someone to shout, Just kidding, dude! and fist bump him. Exactly as expected, he was busy trying to process the fact that she was female.
“This is Gray Fowler,” Mack said to Dru, “our new client.”
“Nice to meet you.” She extended her hand, and Gray shook it, his grip strong and slightly calloused.
“Likewise.” He had blunt cheekbones. Faint creases marked the skin at the edges of his eyes and across his forehead.
Mack edged toward the GM’s desk. “I’ll just go and let Mr. Morris know that Dru’s arrived.”
Gray stuck his hands into either side of the rectangular front pocket on his sweatshirt and took his time studying her. “You’re my new bodyguard,” he stated slowly.
“Executive protective agent.”
“You’re my new executive protective agent.”
“I’m one of them, yes.”
“Yes. Me.” She brought her long, straight, dark hair forward over one shoulder.
“I was expecting all of the agents from Sutton Security to look like Mack.”
“All of our clients expect the agents to look like Mack.”
“You don’t look like Mack.”
“How old are you?”
He scratched the side of his head, returned his hand to the pocket. “Why would Sutton Security send a woman younger than I am and half my size to protect me?”
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