Julie Garwood is among the most critically acclaimed - and popular - romance authors around, with 36 million copies of her books in print. And now, with The Ideal Man, Garwood is poised to expand that already huge audience.
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....
©2011 Julie Garwood (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
This is a "Julie Garwood" which to me translates to "automatic buy. I'm a little disappointed, I expected more. The characters didn't engage me and hang on like I expected, but it was an okay read.
I have never read Julie Garwood, just because her genre is mostly historical romance, from what I've seen. But this summary appealed to me and I'm really enjoying it! I've also discovered a new narrator that I like. A good book can be ruined by a bad narrator, but Christina Traister does an excellent job. I hope this team will be doing more like this one!
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I enjoy this story very much. It is a stand alone novel with a good mix of action and passion. The narrator does a good job and I would listen other titles narrated by her.
I love to listen to books while driving makes it pass by so fast.
I thiught this was a great story and will purchase more of her books. I was not sure would like it but the story kept me thinking
Okay - I've read this book before, but I tend not to pay attention as well, until I hear it. And so things that did not annoy me at all while reading it - annoyed me to death while listening.
Julie Garwood missed a lot of marks. First of all, Ellie, the main character, looks the Landry's (bad guys - and a married couple who are arms dealers - whaa?) right in the face and notices a lot of details about them, from fake contacts, to a wig, and sun glasses and portliness and all this stuff, but when it comes time to identify them, she cannot. HOWEVER, she is able to identify, from mug shots, several patients she's worked on over the years.
Evan Patterson's (childhood stalker from hell) parents are supposed to be wealthy and powerful and smart enough to get their son out of jail and into private mental institutions, but behaved like they were down on their luck, poverty stricken, mean-spirited, ignorant, chain-smoking morons.
Ellie randomly diagnoses people. She sees a man with a wonky mole and tells him he has cancer. Nevermind she a trauma surgeon and even people trained to look for that kinda thing would still need to make sure. She sees someone across the courtroom and diagnoses him, publicly, with pink eye because, of course, there is no way he could have had an eyelash stuck or a contact go wacky.
The high-powered attorney for the Landry's keeps repeating the same question, like an idiot, and is, "unzipped". Really?
The hired gun is really confident and sure of himself, but spends 4 days hiding in the falls waiting for Ellie and Max to show up because they MIGHT go see the sights? He also gets a text telling him to cancel the hit on Ellie, but decides to ignore it so he can keep half the money...dude, they told you to cancel, they aren't paying you if you do it. And even knowing that he tried to kill her without a contract, they're still giving him a deal and putting him in witness protection.
I loved the relationships in the story. Ellie with her foster parents, Ellie and her real parents, her sisters, and Max with his friends and co-workers. I laughed at the broken air conditioners and the cheap parents who buy bright purple paint because it's on sale. I genuinely wish I could have read her sister Annie's story in it's own book.
For the most part, Julie Garwood's books always make me smile and I love that the guy and the girl are going to get together at the end. Julie Garwood is an author I will ALWAYS read. I've read most of her books a couple of times and even though the girls are always stunningly beautiful and then men are perfectly handsome - that's what I love. Those stories that are romantic and sweet and something to dream about.
No. Not at all. BORING. When Ellie tells Max she needs to get a pregnancy test, he answers with the same toneless, bored "okay" as when she he's hearing the story of how she saved a choking man's life when another doctor thought he was having a heart attack. DULL. DULL. When she narrated the men's voices she was lifeless and tired. I think maybe she was picked for it because she does the women's voices with little laughs and inflections, but the men sounded the same and were exceedingly blah. It was actually distracting from the story. I would not have cared to hang out with the Max that Traister created, but rather the one I heard in my head when I was reading it.
I LOVE Julie Garwood. I do wish sometimes she'd write with a little more depth and back story, but she still makes me smile and dream. Whenever I close one of her books, I do it with a grin on my face and wonder when the next one is coming.
I bought this book on special months ago. If I had known it was this good... Julie Garwood made me feel a boatload of emotions while listening to this book. The actress reading them portrayed them all so well. I felt the lead characters fear and frustrations. I wanted to come through and wring her petulant sister neck. I wanted to hug and hold her dad. I felt it all. It was a trip.
I have to ponder on this one. If they gave me four choices, I'd do better.
The lead characters sister really sticks out. She was completely annoying but she really made the book come together. How the entire family suffered by this abusive stalker and how they all coped differently.
Have to ponder this one too.
Highly recommend this book.
A decent book - another case of FBI agent falling for a protectee, and vice versa, with the inevitable troubled pasts and his frustration with her independent streak making him crazy when she puts herself in harm's way. Great portrait of the family and the life of a surgeon. Some great teasing steamy moments leading up to the real heat. I was a little annoyed with her resistance to the relationship based on geography after a few repetitions, especially after having made it clear that she wasn't permanent in her situation - by the time they'd gotten through the events of the party, I wanted to say "duh, just move if you want to be with him, you were thinking of picking up and moving somewhere new anyway!"
The narration was alright, no real issues, but her character voices did get muddled in dialogue a few times, where Max suddenly had her father's accent, or her responses sounded like Max's voice...but it wasn't overly hampering and context usually cleared up those few confusing instances.
An okay way to while away the day, but it's not in my top favorites list.
Have not read the print version.
Can't really say as it just fell in line with the story of that last 5 books before it in the series. Boy there to protect girl, girl falls in love with boy that can't be attached due to his job then boy realizes he is in love with girl when possible tragedy could separate them forever.....
maybe improve accents....just not a lot of emotion there.
No! It took me longer to read as I was so bored, I listened to 2 other books by another author before I finally finished this one.
I am a huge fan of Julie Garwood but am just so disappointed in the "Contemporary" series. Every story is the same but takes place in a different town with a different type of professional female damsel in distress story line that just ends up being the same. I loved her Medieval, Regency and Western books from long ago and have listened to them more than once but these stories are just not as captivating. I keep trying to give this line the benefit but......
A trilogy. Say it in three. Done.
I have tried half the books in this series. I liked MERCY the best, but the narration spoiled the book (terrible Cajun accent for the men). The direct seque to MERCYl -- KILLJOY -- is also good, and the narration is perfectly fine.
This book? Not so great, even though the narration by Christina Traister is solid. Too bad she was working with fairly weak material.
The hero and heroine (Max and Ellie) are just like all Garwood's lead couples -- perfect Ken and Barbie. The suspense is lame, with two distinct suspense threads, disconnected from each other, and neither one well developed.
First plot thread: Ellie witnesses murder and immediately becomes the killer's new target (Max, FBI hero, will protect her).
Second plot thread: A psychotic stalker from Ellie's childhood is released from the loony bin and comes gunning for her. (Max will protect her from in this case, too.)
But who will protect Ellie from the sister from hell? Nobody. Not Max. Not their Mama or Papa. Ava Is horrible. Why did everyone in the family put up with her? Eva consumed too much of this story. Her tantrums did not create good plot tension. Her nonsense was not funny, either. Not cute. Just ridiculous. Cannot believe Ellie agreed to stand up in her wedding.
Some nice love scenes in the apartment over the garage -- with the air conditioner that blows only blazing hot or ice cold.
Then at the end, that section with Annie and her SEAL. Who cares? We never even met the guy! Why should we care? Felt like an epilogue from some other book -- Annie's book.
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