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The Ideal Man by Julie Garwood

November 22nd, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication date: August 9, 2011

Publisher: Dutton Adult

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars

Summary from Goodreads.com: Dr. Ellie Sullivan has just completed her residency at a large urban hospital. While jogging in a park nearby, she witnesses the shooting of an FBI agent in pursuit of wanted criminals, a couple identified as the Landrys. The only person to see the shooter’s face, Ellie is suddenly at the center of a criminal investigation.

Agent Max Daniels takes over the Landry case. A no-nonsense lawman, he’s definitely not the ideal man that Ellie has always imagined, yet she’s attracted to him in a way she can’t explain.

Ellie heads home to Winston Falls, South Carolina, to attend her sister’s wedding. Shortly after she arrives, though, she receives a surprise visitor: Max Daniels. The Landrys have been captured, and she’ll be called to testify. But they’ve been captured before, and each time the witnesses are scared into silence-or disappear before they can take the stand. Max vows to be Ellie’s shadow until the trial, and it isn’t long before sparks fly.

For the longest time Julie Garwood was one of those authors that I bought her newest book without even hesitating because I love her so much.  However, since she moved from writing historical romances to focusing on contemporary suspense romances I’ve lost some of the excitement over her books.  I read maybe the first 3 or 4 of her contemporary books and they were so blah I gave up on them.  The only reason I picked this one up was a friend told me she thought it was so much better than the rest of her contemporary books.  Lo and behold that was very true.  I found myself really enjoying this book and I pretty much read it through in one sitting.

Ellie was a great character and returned back to the spunky, smart heroine who you can’t help but admire and fall in love with that were present in Garwood’s historical books.  She’s gorgeous, was a child prodigy finishing medical school years earlier than most and yet still kind and caring.  I loved Max just as much.  He was handsome, smart and had a heart of gold.  Despite stating he was more into one night stand relationships you could feel the chemistry sizzling between he and Ellie.  Garwood’s trademark humor was also back in force and made me smile and almost laugh out loud several times through out the book.  Her humor is so memorable that while out shopping I even found myself staring at the candy display looking for a Clark bar and Hershey bar (once you read the book you’ll get it). lol.

The only part that really bugged me about this book was the secondary story about Ellie’s sister, Annie.  It gets thrown in pretty late in the book and I thought it was setting up for another book.  It sounded intriguing as we find out she fell for a Navy SEAL who has disappeared.  So I was excited thinking that was going to be the next book.  To my shock that story gets wrapped up within a few pages at the very end of the book.  It was a disappointment as I felt that story deserved to be so much more fleshed out.

Still I am glad I picked this one up and suggest it to even those who aren’t contemporary Garwood book fans.

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Romance

2 Responses

  1. Allison

    I thought this was – by far – the best of her romantic suspense novels as well. The characters and the plot were both fantastic!

    I think the beginning reminded me a lot of Grey’s Anatomy, so it was easy for me to get into the story really quickly.

    I also agree about the sister’s side plot feeling like set-up for another book. Although, if it was, I’ll definitely be reading it!

  2. Debbie's World of Books

    I know! I was getting all excited over reading about her sister’s book and swooning over a Navy Seal. :)

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