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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Review – The Ideal Man by Julie Garwood

The IDeal ManTitle: The Ideal Man

Author: Julie Garwood

Publisher: Penguin Group Inc.

Buy Link: Buy The Ideal Man Here!

Rating: You Need to Read

Reviewer: Wendy Mitchell


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.


Dr. Ellie Sullivan has not had an ideal life. A child prodigy, she is targeted by a mad man at age eleven, sent from her home for reasons of safety, had her fiancé stolen by her sister, and now less than a week before her return home for her sister’s wedding, she witnesses the shooting of an FBI agent and makes herself a target for a hit man.

Agent Max Daniels is a gruff, “facts just the facts ma’am” type of guy. So he isn’t prepared for the attraction to the beautiful surgeon who may be the key to solving his case. This is not an ideal situation for either of them.

I am always excited when I pick up a Julie Garwood book, whether it’s one of her excellent historicals or exciting contemporaries. I know I am about to embark on an exhilarating journey of romance and intrigue. Ms. Garwood is like the sun rising every day, you know that her books are going to be excellent, it’s guaranteed, no exceptions. I love her characters strength and deep down sense of right and wrong. I love the wit and humor used to temper sometimes dire situations, and I especially love how the chemistry and passion come alive for the reader in Ms. Garwood’s books.

The Ideal Man brings together a heroine, who despite a very tragic life, is strong, intelligent and sometimes just a bit too nice.,(I really wish she had decked Ava just once) with a damaged hero who fights his deepening attraction to Ellie. Oh, he doesn’t mind a little time between the sheets, but both he and Ellie make it clear that this is NOT a long term relationship. Max is just such a MAN. That’s what makes this such a wonderful read. You see the internal struggle going on in Max, and know he’s fighting a losing battle. Ellie, bless her proud little heart, doesn’t chase after him (thank goodness). Does Max crawl back? Read it and see. You’ll be very glad you did.

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