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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,788 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julie Garwood Narrator: Christina Traister Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN: 9781441882684
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Julie Garwood is among the most critically acclaimed — and popular — romance authors around, with thirty-six 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. . . . Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 2/13/2014

    " Julie Garwood, no one does romantic suspense better! Absolutely loved the humor of Ellie, definitely not a woe be gone heroine! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 2/4/2014

    " Quick read.....Enjoyed it; no brainer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawna | 1/31/2014

    " I thought this was a great book from beginning to end. I really enjoyed reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 1/28/2014

    " This is my favorite contemporary novel of Julie Garwood's. Her historical novels have always been very good, but I enjoyed this book a great deal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill Pearson | 1/21/2014

    " It was quite good, liked it a lot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danette | 1/19/2014

    " A bit unrealistic to meet an FBI agent & fall in love within two weeks. Fluffy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy Lutes | 1/15/2014

    " This author never disappoints me! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 12/30/2013

    " First Julie Garwood book. Interesting part was a strong female lead (doctor) and the attractive FBI agent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynette Hague | 12/22/2013

    " Read this on spring break!! A good beach read filled with romance and suspense, a strong women doctor character, FBI agents, and family controversy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valerie | 12/10/2013

    " I'm married to the IDEAL MAN! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsey | 11/29/2013

    " I got this book as an e-book without seeing the cover or knowing anything about it. It could have been worse but I should have guessed what I what getting into by the physical descriptions of the characters. A good read though, nice and light. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hpitcher | 9/23/2013

    " I loved this book but I think the storyline between Annie and the Navy seal was forced or rushed depending on how you looked at it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 9/8/2013

    " Now that was an entertaining, fast read! (Finished the novel in two days.) Hunky FBI man meets a witness to a murder ... a young, cute surgeon who happens to be having issues with a stalker. Always looking forward to more Julie Garwood novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer M | 8/16/2013

    " I loved both the hero and the heroine in this novel. Max could save me any day!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin Brennan | 7/9/2013

    " Interesting, fast paced with 2 seperate villans to spice up the plot. Always liked Julie Garwood, but haven't read anything by her in awhile. She doesn't disappoint and keeps things moving along at great neck speed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 5/17/2013

    " Nice light read. Had suspense and mystery along with a love interest. Good beach book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 5/12/2013

    " I love Julie Garwood's work I don't think there is a single book she has written that I have not enjoyed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kati Gardner | 4/11/2013

    " I liked it well enough, but would have liked more on one of the sub-plots. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daffodil | 4/5/2013

    " Another fun read from Garwood, but not as captivating as I've come to expect from her. I loved Ellie's family and her interactions with the "evil" sister were humorous. But that didn't quite make up for the lack of edge-of-your-seat suspense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 8/18/2012

    " Now this is an exciting romance novel-perfect blend of suspense, trauma, romance, and sex. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louise | 6/24/2012

    " I love everyone of Julie Garwoods books and this is no exception. She knows how to keep you involved with a story line. Will always be a fan.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa B | 2/28/2012

    " Very cute story. I think the ending was wrapped up pretty quickly and I HATED that she actually caves to Ava... but beyond that, definitely enjoyable. If you like Garwood, you'll like this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 11/7/2011

    " This was a very quick read. It was good, typical romantic suspense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 11/6/2011

    " Now this is an exciting romance novel-perfect blend of suspense, trauma, romance, and sex. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dorothy | 11/3/2011

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    Nice, easy reading. Nice story line. Her books are usually enjoyable "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Auralia | 11/1/2011

    " I love reading Julie Garwood's books. I enjoyed getting to know Max and Ellie, I was drawn into their lives right from the start. Ellie, a trauma surgeon, witnesses a shooting and Max, a FBI agent, protects her because a hit has been placed on her. Fun and interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 10/31/2011

    " Another quick book. Gotta say the sex scenes were laughable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 C.C. | 10/29/2011

    " Garwood's best contemporary ever. Loved both leads, Ellie and Max, and the supporting characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 10/22/2011

    " I love Julie Garwood's work I don't think there is a single book she has written that I have not enjoyed. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jsehmke | 10/18/2011

    " As obvious as the story was, I liked it. I am only grossed out by reading (or skipping, as the case was with this for me) other people's sex. Ew. So, no, not recommending. I guess if it is classified as "romance", I should expect sex? I am wishing not, since I like me a good romance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 10/10/2011

    " This latest romantic thriller by Julie Garwood left me wanting. I liked it, liked the main characters but it just didn't wow me like previous novels of hers have. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlene | 10/6/2011

    " I loved the characters and the story but it was was wrapped up rather quickly in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 10/6/2011

    " good story by a great author. but I wish she would go back to her historical romances or finish sidney buchanan's story. or did I miss it? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 BJ | 10/4/2011

    " I always love Julie Garwood's books. If only she wrote more often! "

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About the Author
Author Julie Garwood

Julie Garwood is a bestselling historical romance novel author. Over thirty-five million copies of her books are in print, and she has had over twenty titles on the New York Times bestseller list. Her first novel, Gentle Warrior, was published in 1985, and her novel For the Roses was adapted into a Hallmark Hall of Fame production on CBS. She lives in Leawood, Kansas.

About the Narrator

Christina Traister, Earphones Award–winning narrator, has worked nationally as a professional actor for over fifteen years with a career focusing on classical theater. She teaches acting, voice, and stage combat in the Department of Theatre at Michigan State University.