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Monday, October 17, 2011

Guest Review: The Ideal Man by Julie Garwood

One of my favorite people in the whole world, Natasha, agreed to do the following guest review for me -- thanks for helping!

The Ideal Man
By Julie Garwood

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.

Pages: 322 Publisher: Penguin
Released: August 9th, 2011 Standalone/Series: Standalone 
Genre: Romantic Suspense Format Read: Print
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Where did I get the book?
Jen lent me the copy, and she received it from the publisher.
For anyone who loves:
Romance under pressure
Alpha men who are soft for their women
Why did I read it?
  I have really enjoyed Ms. Garwood in the past.

My Rambles:
In my opinion, Julie Garwood is one of the best romantic suspense/contemporary romance type authors.  Please don’t get me wrong, there absolutely are points in her stories where I have to suspend my beliefs and understanding, but you know what? I don’t have to work hard at it. I find her books to be very entertaining and exactly the sort of thing that takes you away.
I suppose you could say a very vacation read.
I love vacation read books!
The interactions between Dr. Ellie and Agent Max were delicious. I want to just lick Max up!!
There was more to this than what the blurb says. The story was rich with back-story and details that really help you to connect to the characters.
They weren’t perfect. But that makes it better!

Quality of writing: 10/10
Pace: 10/10
Plot Development: 8/10
Characters: 9/10
Ease of Reading: 10/10
Enjoyability: 10/10
Overall: 5/5

I received this from  Penguin in exchange for an honest review!


  1. Thanks for letting me borrow Jen!

  2. Anytime, my books are always your books : )

  3. I was really disappointed in this book. It took me a long time to get into it and put it down several times. Normally I can't put down a Garwood novel and read it cover to cover forgoing sleep when necessary. The conversations were choppy and the amount of detail detracted from the story because it just didn't flow. It read like an amateur novelist during the conversations. I did like the characters a lot and wish that I could have enjoyed their dialogue more because they had merit. It was also such a contrived and convoluted plot that had elements that were not essential to the story and should have been left out. Some of the relationships were poorly developed and not resolved, especially the relationship between Ellie and her evil sister, Ava. I kept waiting for Ava to "get it" or at least get what she deserved but then it just kind of fizzled out. I wasn't able to really lose myself in the book and then it wrapped up with a few quick lines. All of this being said, I would still rather read a bad Julie Garwood book than a good book by many other authors.

  4. Nicely written - really like to hear different peoples opinions about books