The Ideal Man

The Ideal Man

Julie Garwood / May 28, 2020

The Ideal Man New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood delivers a contemporary romance that s pulse pounding in every sense of the word Dr Ellie Sullivan has just completed her residency at a large urban hos

  • Title: The Ideal Man
  • Author: Julie Garwood
  • ISBN: 9780525952251
  • Page: 244
  • Format: Hardcover
  • New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood delivers a contemporary romance that s pulse pounding in every sense of the word 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 seNew York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood delivers a contemporary romance that s pulse pounding in every sense of the word 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.

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      • Julie Garwood

        With than 35 million books in print and 26 NEW YORK TIMES bestsellers, Julie Garwood has earned a position among America s favorite fiction writers.Born and raised in Kansas City, MO, Ms Garwood attributes much of her success to growing up in a large family of Irish heritage The Irish are great storytellers who relish getting all of the details and nuances of every situation Add in the fact that I was the sixth of seven children Early in life, I learned that self expression had to be forceful, imaginative, and quick, says Ms Garwood She began her writing career when the youngest of her three children entered school After the publications of two young adult books, she turned her talents to historical fiction Her first novel, GENTLE WARRIOR, was published by Pocket Books in 1985 Since then, she has branched into other genres including contemporary romantic suspense Today, her name appears regularly on the bestseller lists of every major publication in the country, and her books are translated into dozens of languages around the world Her bestselling novel FOR THE ROSES was adapted for the HALLMARK HALL OF FAME television movie ROSE HILL.Ms Garwood lives in Leawood, KS and is currently working on her next novel.


    1. Oh. My. Freaking. Goodness! What can I say? (maybe this would be a good time for a warning)*WARNING* Hair pulling, foot stomping, red-face screaming, hissy fit tirade about to commenceAre you kidding me? ARE YOU STINKING KIDDING ME?!?!? THIS is what happens once a talented author hits superstardom and is content knowing her adoring hordes will never leave??? (Listen up, Janet Evonovich, Iris Johansen, Catherine Coulter and the rest.) They sit back and write CRAP?! (No that's not a swear word - i [...]

    2. Update: 2/4/15Sofunny story While stuck at work last night for over 15 hours, with a dead smart phone and no computer access (*gasp* oh, the horror), I decided to grab one of the cast-off paperbacks that always end up in a stack in ourwe'll call it a "ladies' loungeEmphasis on cast off.Now, being that I normally won't read ANYTHING without first checking GR for reviews and - perhaps most importantly - to MAKE SURE I HAVEN'T READ IT ALREADY, I took a leap of complete desperation faith and just gr [...]

    3. 3 ½ stars – Contemporary Romance/Romantic SuspenseIdeal Man is my first read by popular romance author Julie Garwood, which is surprising considering how many romances I've read. It's a good, not great, romantic suspense read that focuses more on the character relationships, and is therefore rather light on the suspense element.Dr. Ellie Sullivan is a prodigy surgeon finishing her residency in the trauma center of a major urban hospital. While out running in a nearby park, she witnesses a sho [...]

    4. A surprisingly good romance suspense with a perfectly matched H/h, the kind I love to route for. Loved them both. Garwood did a great job of balancing a steamy romance, honest passion, and a suspenseful storyline with plenty of twists -- just how I like my romance suspense books. The first few paragraphs sucked me in and I never lost interest. We learn quickly that Ellie is a prodigy surgeon who witnesses a crime that nearly killed a man, and Max is an FBI agent determined to keep her safe - and [...]

    5. 3.5 StarsJulie Garwood is one of my fav HR authors! Some of my best reads are from this very talented writer. Therefore, when I open one of her books, I'm looking forward to great. Unfortunately, The Ideal Man never reached that status. I enjoyed this book and from the very first page I wanted more of Max and Ellie's story. But her magic was missing, making this very good, but not great.

    6. Julie Garwood is one of my guilty pleasures. I've read almost every book she's ever written, and I've liked 'em! But if I'm being honest, I'd have to admit that I like her historical romances way better than her contemporary books. But even so, I raced through the Buchanan-Reynard series, and I was expecting to feel the same way about The Ideal Man. Tragically, it was not meant to be. After SFF and YA, romantic suspense is probably my favorite genre. I love the dual tension, between the characte [...]

    7. October 2017 Series Reread and Review3.5 Stars!Dr. Ellie Sullivan is a child prodigy and completing her trauma surgery residency when while jogging in the park, she unwittingly witnesses a crime and saves the life of an FBI Agent who was shot during a sting operation gone wrong. Max Daniel's is a FBI Agent attempting to catch a husband and wife in the arms dealing business, but, the sting goes wrong and an agent on his team is shot. Now Max needs to keep Ellie safe, since witnesses against the L [...]

    8. This was an enjoyable story. I enjoy Ms. Garwood’s suspense more than her historicals. For a romantic suspense book however, it wasn’t very suspenseful. There were two completely different suspense story lines so neither one was really done justice. Neither one was particularly suspenseful. There was a lot going on in her relationship with her sisters and other family members. The scenes with them concerning her sister’s wedding seemed to slow down the story and negate any suspense that wa [...]

    9. After the Buchanan series, I've waited for ages for another JG's suspense book. And seems that I have to wait some more. This book was of romantic-suspense genre, being 70% romance, 20% suspense and 10% about the damn wedding. Ellie was a brilliant gorgeous surgeon who met Max, a brooding hot FBI agent at a shoot-out near her hospital. They kinda reminds me of Vishous and Doc Jane of JR Ward's book a bit. Anyhoo, after the mishap, Max was assigned to protect Ellie from the bad guys. So Max went [...]

    10. Blog post: happilyeverafter-reviewssNice romance, ok suspense. I loved Ellie. A successful trauma surgeon, she deals with a past trauma of her own that won't let her fully live her life. She's everything I enjoy about a leading heroine - smart, take charge, strong. She doesn't make dumb choices (one of my huge pet peeves with characters) and she was very enjoyable to read.Max was a nice balance to Ellie. He's a FBI agent who, due to Ellie being in the wrong place at the wrong time, is protecting [...]

    11. This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.Expected Release Date: August 9, 2011Publisher: Penguin GroupImprint: DuttonAuthor’s Website: juliegarwood/My Source for This Book: NetgalleyPart of a Series: NoSteam Level: Steamy**REVIEWER’S NOTE** This was an uncorrected advanced copy, so it’s possible that some details may be changed by the publication date.I do believe that I am now officially a Julie Garwood fangirl. *nods decisively*Ellie was a child prodi [...]

    12. I am NOT a contemporary genre type of girl. I'm also not into heroines that overcome tremendous adversity to become a brilliant success in their adult life. Call it jealousy. Nevertheless, in The Ideal Man you have a contemporary romantic suspense novel that has Ellie, the wonder surgeon, who can not only practically perform surgery with her hands tied behind her back but also is kind and caring and an excellent teacher to the upcoming future brilliant surgeons. She's overcome a horrible past, t [...]

    13. There is just something about Garwood’s men that just makes you want to rip them off the pages and pull them into the real world. *sigh* If only.;)Some girls have all the luck. In Ellie Sullivan’s case it’s all bad. Stalked at age 11 by a 17 year old psychopath and left for dead, she is a survivor. Still looking over her shoulder after all these years she’s learned to be cautious and go on living knowing he‘s still out there somewhere. Now she’s the possible target of a hit-man. In t [...]

    14. This review is going to spoil quite a bit of the book because I can't rant properly without spoilers.I hated this book, which really surprised me because I started reading Garwood's historical romances 20 years ago and still go back to reread some of them. This book, though, good grief is it L-A-Z-Y. First, we begin with a huge exposition dump as our heroine, Ellie, ponders her entire life story while jogging. During this we learn that her main (turns out, only) character flaw is that she's clum [...]

    15. I thoroughly enjoyed this latest by Julie Garwood, which I received as an ARC from Netgalley. I thought that the main characters were very likeable, and the storyline caught and held my attention. There were some good secondary characters and the author even gave us one of those characters we love to hate in one of the heroine's sisters. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romantic suspense.Just after finishing her shift at the hospital where she practices as a surgeon, Ellie Sulliv [...]

    16. Either this was a short book or it was a fantastic book!! I have a sneaking suspicion that its BOTH!!The Ideal Man is a story about a woman, Dr. Ellie Sullivan, who witnesses a crime and then the shit hits the fan! At the start, when we meet Ellie, she is finishing up her residency at a St Louis hospital. She's a trauma doctor and I think she's also a surgeon. Either way, she's one hell of a doctor! She has the respect and admiration of the students under her and her boss, the Chief of something [...]

    17. The Ideal Man is the first novel I've read by Julie Garwood, but if more of her novels are like this one was then I'll be reading many more. This novel wasn’t just good, it kept me up until 3am reading. I couldn’t put it down. Ellie is a wonderful heroine. She’s smart, extremely attractive and one of the nicest people you’d ever read along with. She’s also the best surgeon on staff at the St. Vincent Hospital. Ellie meets Max during a shooting with a modern day Bonnie and Clyde. From t [...]

    18. Anyone who knows me, knows I'm a big Julie Garwood fan but this one just didn't quite make it for me. It started out great and promising but somewhere along the way it seem to fizzle. It felt as if someone else came along about midway through and finished it for her. The action/suspense was lacking and had more of a feel of a contemporary romance. But even the romance portion seemed to suffer at times. I didn't feel the chemistry and sexual tension I normally feel in Ms Garwood's stories. That s [...]

    19. Charmed by the CharactersSurgical resident Ellie Sullivan went for a jog in the park near her hospital to unwind from a harrowing day, her thoughts on her future now that her fellowship was almost over. The sound of gunshots snaps her out of her musings and focuses her attention on a man and a woman hurrying out of the woods. While Ellie watches, the man turns and fires off a shot at a pursuing FBI agent before the pair make it to their car and get away. Jumping into action, Ellie races over to [...]

    20. Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Julie Garwood was my gateway to the romance world: a classmate of mine lent me The Secret and Ransom (which remains one of my top favourites of all time) in what must've been sixth grade and I was forever hooked. I favoured historicals until relatively recently, when I made the transition to romantic suspense, and own every single JG historical. I have read and re-read said historicals (except Shadow Music, but I hold out hope that that was an anomaly) to the poin [...]

    21. What happened to Julie Garwood?The Ideal Man is several books in one and I don't mean that in a good way. It reads more like a comedy than a romantic suspense, and I have so many issues with the plot and characters it's hard to know where to start.Let’s begin here:Garwood gave the main female character, Ellie, way too much back story.- Ellie witnessed the shooting of an FBI agent and is now being hunted by a hit man even though she did not see the suspects well enough to identify them or testi [...]

    22. Read only if you like Pollyanna "turn the other cheek no matter what someone says or does to you" B.S. The book is filled with terrible/evil people and gutless/spineless weenies. By the end I was rooting for everyone to get murdered. The characters were weak. The suspense was weak. The romance was exceptionally weak. (view spoiler)[The Ideal Man? No. The ideal man would not have been okay with the way the family of the woman he cares about abused her. I thought that at least he would be on her s [...]

    23. Julie Garwood delivers again! Her latest suspense was a thrill to behold.Max and Ellie are thrown together when she witnesses a shooting of a federal agent while she was out for a jog. Although she finds Max rather rude, it doesn’t cool her intense attraction to him.There was true chemistry between Max and Ellie. Their relationship took time to develop and progress in a manner that was believable and not rushed. Both Ellie and Max were great characters. You wanted Max in your bed and Ellie as [...]

    24. I guess my expectations were low, because I liked this one despite it's obvious weakness as a novel. The Ideal Man follows the Garwood suspense template closely. Dr. Ellie Sullivan goes for a quick run and manages to witness a shooting. FBI agent Max Daniels puts himself in charge of her safety. They're instantly attracted to each other and they're playing kissy-face within two days of meeting each other. There's plenty of Garwood's trademark humor and the chemistry was boosted by their casual b [...]

    25. I liked this book; however, it doesn't come close to the caliber of Ms. Garwood's earlier historical romances. But, as I've read and heard repeatedly, Ms. Garwood has no intention of writing any historical romances in the future. Until that time, if ever, I will continue to re-read all of her historical romances in my personal collection and get her contemporaries from my local library. That's right. I won't purchase one of her contemporaries. The main reason being, of course, because they just [...]

    26. I have never read anything by Julie Garwood before and now I will have to check out some of her other books. I really enjoyed her writing style. I really enjoyed this book. It was fast paced and fun. I really like that Ellie was so damn smart but so very compassionate and not cocky or a smart ass know it all. Max was a tough FBI Agent but when he was around Ellie he was possessive and protective and sometimes even sweet. Max and Ellie were really great together and I enjoyed their slow romance. [...]

    27. Great characters that I really liked and essentially the reason I enjoyed reading this book. I was a bit disappointed overall because I felt the story wasn't anything new or even a good variation on an old theme. The writing just didn't fill me with excitement or anticipation. It was okay - but for the price, I expect much more. I love Julie Garwood's older books, both contemporary and historicals but her last few just haven't been up to her normal standards for me.

    28. Reviewed for: paper-cup*sigh*I love Julie Garwood. She was one of the first romance writers that I read and after reading Saving Grace, I went out and stocked up on Garwoods because that book was beautiful. Unfortunately, she was branching out into her contemporary market by then and they just aren't as strong, and honestly, they've been getting worse with each one, culminating with this.Her heroines are always perilously close to Mary Sue territory, and her heroes are usually the same--gruff te [...]

    29. Originally posted on Wit and Sin: witandsin/2011/08Ellie 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 bo [...]

    30. Ok this one is going to my favorites shelf XD- I think this one was a bit shorter than the previous ones but certainly it was amazing.I loved the couple in her especially him gruff one moment then sweet the next, and she being the first female in this series with a horrible past full of restraining orders and hospitalizations. even their first meeting was a bit funny during the circumstances of the shooting, he thought she was a high schooler XD- I liked the fact that she was a prodigy since she [...]

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