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The Ideal Man

by Julie Garwood

Signet | June 5, 2012 | Mass Market Paperbound

The Ideal Man is rated 4 out of 5 by 4.
A woman’s life and love are compromised in this pulse-pounding new thriller by #1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood...

Dr. Ellie Sullivan has witnessed the shooting of an FBI agent in pursuit of a ruthless modern-day Bonnie and Clyde known as the Landrys. The only person to see the shooter’s face, Ellie is suddenly thrust into the center of a criminal investigation spearheaded by the no-nonsense, by-the-book, and tantalizingly handsome agent Max Daniels.

With the Landrys captured, she’ll be called to testify. But the Landrys have been caught before, and each time the witnesses are scared into silence—or disappear. Now Max vows to be Ellie’s shadow, promising never to leave her side until the trial. But that could be dangerous for both of them, and it isn’t long before the sparks—and the bullets—fly.  

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 352 pages, 6.76 × 4.3 × 0.99 in

Published: June 5, 2012

Publisher: Signet

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0451235134

ISBN - 13: 9780451235138

Found in: Contemporary

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I have loved all of the books in Garwood's Buchanan series and I enjoyed this one just as much. There was only an extremely brief mention of a Buchanan at the very end but this one followed a very similar format to that series. And, of course, it opens the door for further books. It was a fast-paced, quick read that will appeal to all fans of romantic suspense. I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Fun Romantic Suspense Story The Ideal Man is the first book by Julie Garwood that I’ve read. From what I gather, she is quite a popular voice in the romance world and I can see why. Her style is charming and I also really enjoyed the pacing in this book. It’s action and suspense, without giving me the shakes – I like that in a romantic suspense book. This book focuses on Ellie, a young and super smart doctor who is on the verge of finishing her fellowship as a trauma surgeon. She witnesses a shooting during a busted FBI sting operation and that is how she meets Max Daniels. I did like Ellie as a character. Oh to be that smart! She is a strong woman who has one amazing life. And I don’t mean good amazing. She was stalked and attacked by a deranged man when she was only 11 years old and has been looking over her shoulder ever since. She still managed to make quite the life for herself, she’s a brilliant doctor and she knows it, yet she hasn’t been able to truly live. She wasn’t trying to be stronger than she was. She still let some vulnerabilities show, but not in her professional or her public life. I liked how Julie wrote her struggle to find a balance…and pretty much failing. It was realistically written. And Max! Oh Max! What is it about an FBI agent who goes all Neanderthal in protecting ‘his’ woman that makes us all swoon?! Max was fun. He’s a tough and gruff cop, but not too much so. You know when authors try to make tough guys hard and it just makes them obnoxious? That didn’t happen in this book. Max has a great heart and you really feel that he just wants what’s best for Ellie. I love how he interacted with her family and I really loved how he was with her. They really do make a good match. I enjoyed most of the secondary characters but I have to admit that I really disliked Ellie’s sister Ava. She’s getting married to Ellie’s ex-fiancé (you can see where there would already be issues there) and she is essentially a bridezilla. She was so selfish and heartless! I know she was supposed to be like that and she was written as the character everyone is meant to hate, but I wanted to smack her into next week then throw mud at her. A lot. Maybe Julie did too good of a job at writing an annoying and spiteful character… The other little thing that I found to be a bit much were all the people chasing Ellie. Yes, this is a suspense story, and where is the suspense if no one is tracking our hero or heroine down, but there were so many! This didn’t dampen the story by much for me, but once in a while I found myself thinking that maybe that last one was one too many. The declaration of love took me by surprise. Okay, not the declaration itself, this is a romance novel after all. But when it occurred and the words used surprised me. In a good way. I actually laughed. They were not the most eloquent words ever spoken, but they were true to the character and therefore I loved it. The premise for this story was not original, but I enjoyed how it was told. (I seem to be saying that a lot lately about my contemporary romance reads. *g*) I can see why Julie Garwood fans love her. I believe fans of romantic contemporary suspense novels will quite enjoy this book.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I miss the old Julie Garwood Previous contemporary books keep me hanging. In the beginning the story was interesting but half way through book I lost interested and began skipping pages.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Hit! Julie Garwood is fantastic! Another great read. I love her style of writing, her characters, her plots!! I can never put her books down.
Date published: 2013-10-29

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The Ideal Man

by Julie Garwood

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 352 pages, 6.76 × 4.3 × 0.99 in

Published: June 5, 2012

Publisher: Signet

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0451235134

ISBN - 13: 9780451235138

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ONE The first time she slit a man’s throat she felt sick to her stomach. The second time? Not so much. After she cut five or six more, the blade in her left hand began to feel like an extension of her body, and she started to take it all in stride. The exhilaration subsided, and so did the nausea. There was no longer a rush of anxiety, no longer a racing heartbeat. Blood didn’t faze her. The thrill was gone, and that, in her line of work, was a very good thing. Dr. Eleanor Kathleen Sullivan, or Ellie as she was called by her family and friends, was just four days shy of completing a grueling surgical fellowship in one of the busiest trauma centers in the Midwest. Since trauma was her specialty, she had certainly seen her share of mangled and brutalized bodies. It was her responsibility to put them back together, and as a senior fellow, she had the added duty of training the first – and second-year residents. St. Vincent’s emergency room had been full since 4:00 A.M. that morning, and Ellie was finishing what she hoped was her last surgery of the day, a repair of a splenic rupture. A teenager, barely old enough to have a driver’s license, had decided to test the limits of the speedometer in his parents’ Camry and had lost control, rolling the car over an embankment and landing upside down in an open field. Lucky for him, he had been wearing a seat belt, and luckier still, a man following some distance behind him had seen the whole thing and w
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A woman’s life and love are compromised in this pulse-pounding new thriller by #1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood...

Dr. Ellie Sullivan has witnessed the shooting of an FBI agent in pursuit of a ruthless modern-day Bonnie and Clyde known as the Landrys. The only person to see the shooter’s face, Ellie is suddenly thrust into the center of a criminal investigation spearheaded by the no-nonsense, by-the-book, and tantalizingly handsome agent Max Daniels.

With the Landrys captured, she’ll be called to testify. But the Landrys have been caught before, and each time the witnesses are scared into silence—or disappear. Now Max vows to be Ellie’s shadow, promising never to leave her side until the trial. But that could be dangerous for both of them, and it isn’t long before the sparks—and the bullets—fly.  

About the Author

Julie Garwood is among the most critically acclaimed—and popular—romance authors around, with thirty-six million copies of her books in print. She is the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers. She lives near Kansas City. 
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