3.15.2011

ARC Review: The Ideal Man (Julie Garwood)

Synopsis:

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.

Review:

I loved this book! It was an easy read for me, drawing me in right away and keeping my attention through the whole book. It only took me about a day and a half to finish.

I loved that despite being hunted by a contract killer, Ellie was hardly the damsel in distress.  Sure, she needed Max, but she was intelligent and independent.

And of course there is Max.  The alpha.  The tough guy with a soft spot.  My favorite type of male character.  Can you hear me purring over here?  Mmm... I love the way he takes charge of Ellie's safety and will stop at nothing to protect her.  Who wouldn't want a man like that in their life?

The drama of the crime combined with the attraction between Ellie and Max makes for an intense and steamy read.  The passion at times left me breathless and wanting more (in a good way!).  Definitely blush worthy! There was never a point in this book where I was bored, distracted or found myself skimming.

Rating: 4 stars

I had to give this book 4 stars!  It kept me hooked and I couldn't put it down.  It was a great read and I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of action and romance.

The Ideal Man is scheduled to be released on August 19, 2011.
An electronic copy of this book was provided to me for review by the publisher and netgalley.com.

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