Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Review - The Ideal Man by Julie Garwood

Review - The Ideal Man by Julie Garwood

Author: Julie Garwood

The Ideal ManRelease date: 9th of August 2011
Published by: Penguin Group (USA)
Imprint: Dutton
Reading level: FICTION - ADULT: Mystery, Detective, Suspense
Pages: 352 in Hardcover

From Goodreads:

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.

The Ideal Man is genuinely a good book. Julie Garwood is a very good and experienced writer which also shows from her writing. If you like to read romantic suspense, then this book would definitely be for you. It was an easy and entertaining read.

Meet Ellie, an intelligent, kind, generous and beautiful surgeon, who has been hiding most of her life from the stalker from her past. Her life gets more complicated when she is becoming an eye-witness to shooting where one FBI agent gets shot. Besides the stalker from the past, she now needs to struggle with one more threat to her life – a coldblooded hit man, who has got the task to eliminate her.

Ellie meets with Max, a FBI agent who has been working on catching the shooters for several months. Max needs to find out how much Ellie witnessed and during the interview these two get attached to each other very quickly. Max is taking on a personal task to protect Ellie whatever the cost.

I really enjoyed reading how the relationship developed between Ellie and Max. Author did a very good job describing the sizzling connection between the main two characters. There was tension, attraction, humor – everything you need in a good and captivating romance.

Ellie’s family was very loveable, especially her parents trying to protect their daughter. I loved the scenes describing Ellie’s family! I think that Ellie’s dad was so sweet, so I totally fell for his attention and worry to his daughter. Ellie’s sister Ava was definitely a character who added little spice – she was not nice at all, but the parts of the book where Ellie and Ava were interacting were fascinating to me. It also added several good laughs to the book.

To sum it up, The Ideal Man is very good book from this genre. It was entertaining, interesting, had good romance in it, there were realistic characters and very sweet ending!
4 stars out of 5.

Thanks for providing a free galley for reviewing.


  1. Stopping by from the hop and to announce a giveaway on my blog.

    Stop by if you like.

  2. I can't wait to read this book! I'm so jealous of you right now!
    Take care,
    Romance Around the Corner

  3. Thanks Elizabeth and Brie for coming by and leaving a comment! I love comments!

    Elizabeth, I will definitely come by.

    Brie, the book was really good, so whenever it is available, it's worth of buying.

  4. The title of this book caught my eye! But even though your review sounds good, I don't think this is the type of book I would read. Nice review!


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