The Ideal Man

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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 ...

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Overview

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.  

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In Julie Garwood's latest pulse-rating romance, there is good news and bad news for heroine Dr. Ellie Sullivan. The good news is that she's met the ideal man. The bad news? Ellie's heavenly hunk is the FBI agent assigned to protect her from a homicidal Bonnie-and-Clyde who will stop at nothing to silence her. (P.S. Further proof that those thirty-six million Julie Garwood books in print were bound to be read.)

Publishers Weekly
Bestseller Garwood (Shadow Music) turns out another high-quality romantic thriller. St. Louis trauma surgeon Ellie Sullivan walks in on a failed gun-dealer bust, saves an FBI agent, and quickly becomes more than friendly with another agent, Max Daniels. As Ellie and Max develop their relationship, the dealers send an assassin after Ellie; the psychopath who stalked her as a child is freed from prison; and her "bridezilla" younger sister prepares to wed Ellie's former fiancé. While two murderous stalkers feels excessive, the thriller elements help compensate for a near-overload of soap opera. Competent, quirky Ellie is a wonderfully assertive heroine who gives as good as she gets in the face of Max's stubborn and sometimes overbearing determination to protect her, and the erotic attraction between these two busy careerists makes for a top-notch contemporary romance effectively leavened by suspense and family affection. (Aug.)
Library Journal
When trauma surgeon Ellie Sullivan witnesses a crime and saves the life of the victim, FBI agent Max Daniels fears she may be in danger from the perps. But Ellie has her sister's wedding to attend and can't put her life on hold, so Max tags along as her "date" and ends up dealing with a stalker, vindictive crooks, volatile family dynamics, and the surprising passion that is rapidly developing between them. VERDICT With her classic combination of easygoing humor, heart-stopping romance, and nail-biting danger, Garwood takes a tough, protective hero and a brilliant, courageous heroine on a risky, romantic journey that will have fans cheering as the good guys win, the bad guys get their comeuppance, and Ellie and Max get their much-deserved happy ending. Garwood (Sizzle) lives in Leawood, KS.
Kirkus Reviews

A paint-by-numbers thriller by bestselling romance writer Garwood.

Dr. Ellie Sullivan has had her fair share of trouble: At 11, an older boy stalked and nearly killed her, sending her into hiding. Now that she's finished her medical residency at a St. Louis hospital (she's a brilliant surgeon) and her stalker Evan Patterson has been released from an institution, she's not sure where to turn. To make matters worse, while jogging she is witness to the attempted murder of an FBI agent and is soon involved in the case. The Landrys are husband-and-wife weapons dealers (as well as murderers and kidnappers) that the FBI has been trying to nail for years. Unfortunately, their witnesses keep disappearing. Ellie witnesses the failed sting and is soon being guarded by Agent Max Daniels. Happily, both feel an immediate, uncontrollable passion. Max is ruggedly handsome, forthright and a little bit controlling. Ellie is any man's dream come true: gorgeous but laid back, brilliant, but a little insecure, and the kind of girl who wants to end the evening watching SportsCenter with a cold beer. And absolutely no post-coital snuggling. Amid the danger, they begin to fall in love, even though neither is up for a commitment. When Ellie needs to go home to South Carolina for her sister's wedding, Max soon follows; it seems one of the witnesses to the shooting has disappeared. And it is just as well—psychotic stalker Evan Patterson has been sighted in town at the local gun shop. With the Landry's hit man driving to South Carolina and Evan Patterson on the loose, the question is who will to try to kill Ellie first.

Undoubtedly Garwood is a pro—the pacing is taut, the characters are swiftly drawn and she even throws in a few surprises before the obligatory happy ending. But everything is too formulaic to be truly suspenseful, too clichéd to be truly romantic.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451235138
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/5/2012
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 125,004
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.76 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Julie Garwood

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2011

    too expensive

    I will have to wait for it to come out in discount
    paperback. I love love Julie Garwood though.

    34 out of 56 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2011

    Great Read!!! PLEASE DONT COMPLAIN ABOUT PRICE ON HERE!!!!

    After grinding my way through the complaints about the price. I finally found a review or two about the actual book. Thankfully I didn't get discouraged and found the reviews!! This book is amazing! I found myself looking for more Julie Garwood books, she is an amazing writer. Give it a try, screw the price!! :)

    20 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 10, 2011

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    CAn't wait!!

    I am so excited to get my hands on this one.!!!a

    16 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2011

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    readers will enjoy this entertaining contemporary romance due to the sassy observant Ellie

    In St. Louis, trauma surgeon Dr. Ellie Sullivan works at St. Vincent's ER while also training residents; however, she leaves the hospital in a few days though the administration would agree to anything for her to stay. She begins her run in Cambridge Park thinking about her facing the ordeal of going home to Winston Falls, South Carolina to attend her sister's wedding to Ellie's former fiancé and the possibility that Evan the maniac will be in town. Shots are fired and FBI Agent Sean Goodman is hit. Ellie stops the bleeding so the victim can be rushed to St. Vincent ER to finish saving his life. Agents Tom Bradley and Max Daniels thank her and question her,

    Ellie and Max are attracted to one another from the moment he learned she was the trauma expert and not a high school soccer player and she when she realized he had a self-deprecating sense of humor. Cal and Erika Landry are the gun dealers who escaped the Feds; they try to kill Ellie as she saw their faces while Evan the psycho stalker is free from prison planning a return engagement with Ellie. Max arrives at the Magnolia State wedding to protect witness Ellie so she can testify against the recently captured Landry duet, known for killing or frightening away anyone who fingers them.

    Although the suspense is over the top of Sassafras Mountain with two stalkings, readers will enjoy this entertaining contemporary romance due to the sassy observant Ellie. The fast-paced story line grips the audience with Ellie's trauma life saving work while also appreciating Max's dedication to duty and his smile. This is a wonderful tale of two delightful heroes in love.

    Harriet Klausner

    16 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2011

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    Couldn't put this one down!

    Ellie Sullivan has it all.she is young, beautiful, and a gifted trauma surgeon. Unfortunately, she is also the witness to a murder, has been stalked since her pre-teen years by a man from her home town, and has to go home for her sister's wedding to Ellie's ex-fiancé. She meets FBI agent Max Daniels at the murder scene and there is instant attraction between them. Because of the history of disappearing witnesses against the killers, Max becomes her "plus one" at the wedding to keep her safe.
    I enjoyed this book tremendously. Ellie is feisty and independent even after having her life disrupted by her crazy neighbor. She and Max have major chemistry and both have been traumatized by events in their early life which make them somewhat wary in relationships. The unfolding of their relationship is classic romance and yet the suspense element is always there. There were some good bits of humor in this book as well. I especially enjoyed a scene where they go out to eat and Max eats a ginormous BBQ meal which leads Ellie to realize she doesn't have to worry about him being killed at work because his cholesterol will kill him first. There is also a very funny part about an air conditioner that is in the bedroom they share.
    The subplot with her "bridezilla" sister Ava adds tension and humor to the story. I would have liked to see Ava get a little more comeuppance than she gets, but she is Elli's sister after all. There is an interesting twist with Ava's twin, Annie. The back home section of the book dealt very realistically with the stress on a family when a member is threatened. Max's brother adds a little bit to the story as well.
    This book is a page turner from beginning to end. Ms. Garwood always does a great job with her characters and plot and this book is no different. I can't wait for the next book to arrive!

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2011

    Disappointing

    As a longtime fan of Julie Garwood (I have read everything she has written to date) I was sorely disappointed in "The Ideal Man". The primary charachers are just tweeked versions of the characters in "Mercy"; the prodigy woman doctor, the strong silent hero with 6 brothers etc.....She is capable of such good story structure, this seemed like some "throw away' attempt to get something published this year. Maybe she has run out of story lines and characters. The next book I won't buy but will check it out of the library to see if I want it for my library. Would like to see an effort in line with Mercy, Heartbreaker, Murder List, or Slow Burn....Julie, you are capable of much better.

    9 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 11, 2011

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    Not Ideal

    As much as I love Julie Garwood, this book didn't hold up to her usual offerings. Yet, it was worth reading, but not at the current price. Wait for the price to lower.

    The main characters, Ellie and Max lacked conflict and tension. They was a lack of would they or wouldn't they, and often they seemed more like friends than the passion I love from Julie's other characters.

    The plot also lacked twists long associated with Julie's books.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 12, 2011

    Not her best!

    Was looking for more from this book. I usually love Julie Garwoods books, this however was just flat. It read like it was written by someone other than her. No twists, no turns just a readable story.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

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    Excellent book!

    I've been a fan of Ms. Garwood for years. When she made the move to contemporary romances, I wasn't sure how I felt about it, but this book solidifies my mind. I love her in this genre.

    I really enjoyed reading Ellie and Max's story.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2011

    An ideal read...

    If you like reading Julie Garwood's books then The Ideal Man will not disappoint you, you'll love it. The story starts off simple enough, an off-duty trauma surgeon witnesses the shooting of an FBI agent during a sting operation gone awry. Although Dr. Ellie Sullivan can't actually identify the couple (other than saying it was a man and a woman), she is still considered a potential witness and may be in danger. Enter FBI agent Max Daniels. Max and Ellie hit it off and begin this rather sweet, and weird (in a good way), romance. Max is concerned about the potential that the gun-running couple that got away, may have hired a hit man to kill Ellie before she can testify, as this has happened to previous witnesses. His fears are well-founded as there is a hit man after Ellie.
    The fun really begins when Ellie returns to her hometown for her younger sister's wedding. Her sister, Ava (a self-absorbed, egocentric bridezilla), is engaged to marry Ellie's ex-fiance. Ava slept with the guy the day after Ellie had brought him home to announce their engagement. (I said she was self-absorbed.) Annie, Ava's twin sister, is also in crisis mode because she's pregnant and can't locate the father-to-be. Oh, did I forget to mention that Ellie also has a demented stalker based in her hometown? So make that two potential hit men after Ellie.
    There are a lot of twists to the story that keep it lively and intense. I found myself reading it in one-sitting simply because I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. This is not your typical romantic suspense but it is definitely worth reading. The characters are all somewhat quirky but likeable, well except for the bad guys.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2011

    Good read - as usual.

    If you are looking for a good read with both romance and suspense, The Ideal Man is a book to pick up. Julie Garwood has delivered as usual.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

    Better but not classic Julie Garwood

    If you've read every Garwood book from Saving Grace to Heartbreaker, you'll be a little disappoint. I have loved Julie Garwood (Mercy and Heartbreaker being my favorite) until the last book, which I still think was written by someone else. This one is a little better, but not quite equal to the best of her books. What she is known for - great characters, humor and intelligent suspense - is not quite here in this book. It is entertaining but Max still feels flat (for example he switches from being portrayed as surly to suddenly charming and funny). He feels incongruous at times. Ellie is more entertaining and rounder. There is humor but not the laugh out loud of her older books. The suspense, well, it's too much (two stalkers) and not enough (the middle is entirely devoid of suspense. So the resolution feels flat.

    I think it's worth a read but if you are expecting Heartbreaker or even Murder List, this falls short. However, not as bad as her last book which was completely unreadable.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

    A solidly entertaining romantic suspense novel

    Ellie Sullivan was a child prodigy whose life was almost cut short at a young age by a brutal stalker. Now a surgeon, Ellie does her best to keep her life normal. But a run in the park leads to Ellie witnessing a FBI agent being shot. She saves the man's life, but now hers is under threat from the criminals still at large. Agent Max Daniels is determined to protect Ellie at all costs, so if he has to go to South Carolina to act as Ellie's bodyguard during her sister's wedding, that's what he'll do. But Ellie's hometown isn't as peaceful as it seems on the surface. Danger has Ellie in its crosshairs as old threats meet new.

    The passion's on high as Julie Garwood spins a tale of love, obsession, feuds, and crime. The Ideal Man is an engaging read and both Ellie and Max are sure to win readers' hearts; they definitely won mine.

    Ellie is a brilliant woman whose hard work, kindness, and general likeability make her an appealing heroine. She also hasn't known what it's like to be safe since she was eleven years old and a crazed teenager began to stalk - and later - beat her. The sense of never being truly secure made my heart break for Ellie and it also made me sympathetic toward her in that she wasn't a cardboard model of a heroine with a picture perfect life. Max, in turn, is a deliciously sexy hero. He's smart, protective, and understanding; he's a strong man who isn't the stereotypical "alpha male" and that almost made me swoon. I loved Max and Ellie together and I eagerly turned the pages of The Ideal Man to follow along on their journey.

    The threats to Ellie's safety add a splash of danger that adds further dimension to the story, making The Ideal Man feel like a "full" book. Even though The Ideal Man is missing Ms. Garwood's signature humor, which first made me fall in love with her books, there were really only two things that kept me from one hundred percent loving The Ideal Man. The first is Ellie's obnoxious sister Ava, whose antics were so over-the-top they detracted from the story. The second is a small subplot I won't spoil. What bothered me was not the subplot itself, but rather the fact that it seemed to be a setup for a future book - one I was very excited to read. Unfortunately, the wonderful plot was abruptly wrapped up in just a few pages at the end of the book, disappointing me terribly. With that being said, I still really enjoyed The Ideal Man. Ms. Garwood has delivered a solidly entertaining book that made me smile, laugh, and read late into the night.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    Same price at Amazon!!

    Don't know where OCD was looking on Amazon maybe it was $9.99 for preorder but it is now $17.49 for hardback and $12.99 for ebook! When are y'all going to stop blaming B&N for the ebook prices!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2011

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    Loved it

    Julie Garwood didn't disappoint. I loved this book and hope there will be many more.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2011

    Very dissapointing

    For those of you who are concerned with t high price def not worth it, wait till t price drop. I bought Julie Garwood book at that price because I am a fan, have read her previouse work and deemed it worth it to spend that. Boy was I wrong the first chapter is awesome and so promising so much spark and sizzle but then it gets lost. I found the family completely annoying, the fact that nobody took a notch or two off Ava is mindbuggling. Really your eleven year old sister is almost killed aaaanndd Ava throws a tantrum very vexing and frustrating book

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

    Excellent

    As always, a great story! A must read. Get over the price and stop messing up the ratings by using cost as a factor!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    WAS WORTH EVERY PENNY/ LOVED IT SOOOOOOOO MUCH

    THIS WAS DEFINITELY A PAGE TURNER FROM BEGINNING TO END.
    I JUST COULD NOT PUT THIS DOWN STAYED UP TILL 4:00 IN THE MORNING JUST SO I COULD FIND OUT THE ENDING. U WON'T BE SORRY/ HAPPY READING.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2011

    Love Garwood!

    Good read, love all her books!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2011

    LOVED IT!!!

    Great story. Starts out with lots of fast paced action that keeps up until the very end. JULIE GARWOOD is one of my favorite authors. I have read all her works, and have never been disappointed. Can't wait for her next book. This was worth every penny!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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