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Publisher's Summary

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.

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Couldn't turn it off!

Absolutely wonderful! Captivating, exciting, laugh out loud while tearing up. Totally worth every minute of our time.

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loved it

great story line. the narrator was awesome. can't wait to listen to her next book.

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Really good book

I love Julie Garwood's books good mystery, good characters, great plot. highly recommended. well worth the *money.

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Not the Julie I love

some of my favorite novels from the past 30 years her Julie Garwood novels. But, her modern novels just lacks that same intensity and joy and compassion and funniness that used to be. I don't know if it's because the person reading this novel acting out this novel just doesn't do a super great job but it's just not the same.

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Typicle Story Line in the Series

Would you consider the audio edition of The Ideal Man to be better than the print version?

Have not read the print version.

What did you like best about this story?

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.....

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

maybe improve accents....just not a lot of emotion there.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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.

Any additional comments?

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......

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Narration is fine but story is weak

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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  • mickey
  • GEORGETOWN, TX, United States
  • 07-04-12

Fun listen

If you are a fan of Julie Garwood, you know her typical format for her books. Girl needs the help of boy to stay safe. Though the girl is smart and strong, she needs a man's help fighting the villain. And in the process, they grudgingly fall in love. Whether she is a damsel in distress in the highlands of Scotland and her hero is a Laird or a professional woman in modern day America and her hero is a law man.

The secret to a good Garwood book is how creative the details of the story are in her tried and true format. I happen to be a fan of Ms. Garwood. I have read the majority of her books. While this wasn't my favorite of her books, it was enjoyable. The narrator did an excellent job.

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Entertaining but hardly original

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes, I'd recommend the book to others because it was an easy listen with very clearly defined characters. Each person is either good or bad, kind or nasty, selfless or spoiled. Sometimes it's nice to listen to a book where the good guys win out and the bad guys get their just rewards.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

No surprises here, but the ending was like the book: clean, clear, happy.

Which character – as performed by Christina Traister – was your favorite?

Ellie was my favorite performance by the reader.

What would have made this romance irresistible?

There's nothing I would have added.

Any additional comments?

This book is for the Idealist in all of us. The story was well written and well read, nothing spectacular to throw the reader's emotions or to change the reader's perception of life. It is a sweet book that gives us a look at what life should be like (at least what life should be like after a terrible event) as opposed to the reality of today. It presupposes that evil will be punished and that the good will be happy. How I wish this were a manual for human behavior.

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Loved the narration and the story was great

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, the story was entertaining

Who was your favorite character and why?

Elle,
She is caring and positive despite the tragedy in her life.

What does Christina Traister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Christina brings the characters to life. They are three dimensional and believable.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was moved when Elle told Max about her childhood stalker, and how it tore her family apart.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the audiobook and I would recomend it to others.

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  • nee
  • Duncanville, TX, United States
  • 05-05-12

Ideal

What did you love best about The Ideal Man?

I like the way the story went into different direction, with obsess neighbor, witnessing a gun shot FBI agent and target by an assassin while falling in love with the agent who wanted to protect her.

What other book might you compare The Ideal Man to and why?

It fits books by other authors like Sandra Brown, Linda Howard and early Jayne Ann Krentz.

What about Christina Traister’s performance did you like?

I like her style.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I have listen to book more than once.