The Ideal Man
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.
The Ideal Man is an explosive book filled with lots of action surrounding two well written characters.
That being said, I feel that this is one of those books that just had too much going on. Some of the smaller story lines, while they were good, seemed like spot fillers and in the end disappointed me. One of which I felt was building very nicely for a second book, but to my shock was quickly and neatly tied up at the end. As a reader I don’t do quick and I don’t do neat (That’s what she said! That’s what she said!). Once I like a character I want to spend time learning and enjoying them, and very much do like to see them suffer. We are mean readers, I know. However, let it be known that Garwood knows how to build a character. The fact that I was so disappointed is proof of that.
As far as Ellie and Max, they were a well suited couple. I was charmed by their relationship and had them on my mind long after I finished the book. Though I do wish there had been more dialogue. I, for one, would love to do a little word sparring with Max, and wish that I’d gotten to see him to do more of the with Ellie.
Over all, as a first time reader of Julie Garwood, I find her to be unique, fun, and highly creative. I can’t tell you just how creative I found her writing to be, not without giving stuff away, but the opening scene of this book is a clear example of it. I definitely wouldn’t mind reading more of her romantic suspense books.
What’s your favorite Garwood book or do you have a favorite suspense you’d like to share?
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*I received this book via netgalley in exchange for a fair review.