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3.00034548281223 out of 53.00034548281223 out of 53.00034548281223 out of 53.00034548281223 out of 53.00034548281223 out of 5 3.00 (5,789 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julie Garwood Narrator: Christina Traister Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN: 9781441882646
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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 Maggie | 2/15/2014

    " Another book I loved by Julie Garwood. Her books are an easy read for me. The story flows, the writing flows. I'm off to find the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill Pearson | 2/11/2014

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Holly | 1/19/2014

    " After the last two books I read, I needed a light , easy read. "Brain Candy". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 1/11/2014

    " Fluffy, quick read. Not bad for a holiday. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn Stewart | 1/9/2014

    " Hadn't read one of her books in a while and picked this up the other day to give it a try. I LOVED it. Zipped through it because I so enjoyed it. Now I'm going to have to go back and track down some of her other contemporary, newer releases that I hadn't yet read and give them a try as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 1/6/2014

    " I totally enjoyed this book. Read it in three days finding it hard to put down at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cassandra | 1/2/2014

    " A fast enjoyable read but definitely not Garwood's best. It's so "formula," she probably wrote it in her sleep. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 12/21/2013

    " I have never read this author and I was pleasantly surprised by this novel. I loved the characters and story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jill | 11/28/2013

    " Read a review that sounded interesting but then saw the cover. However, decided to expand my Reader's Advisory repertoire. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerinbrasseau | 11/21/2013

    " Great book:) I love her suspense ones! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Keane | 10/11/2013

    " This is the first contemporary by Julie Garwood that has the romantic tension of her classic Highland historicals. Definitely going in my re-read pile. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy B | 9/2/2013

    " It's a quick read. A typical romance with o.k. suspense. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marie | 8/29/2013

    " drama drama drama ... guess my mood wasn't right "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MostlyDelores | 6/16/2013

    " 3.5 stars. Not so much with the suspense, but an enjoyable romance. And I liked Ellie's Dad and his good deal air conditioner that tried to blow Max out of the room. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Octavia Cole | 1/8/2013

    " The book was good. The relationship with Ellie and her sister Ava is what kept the book from being great. Ava is a huge BITCH. How the parents dealt with Ava was also a big downer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 11/3/2012

    " Enjoyed this; fast pace. Like the mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Myra Boles | 6/29/2012

    " My first Julie Garwood book and I will definitely read MORE! The Ideal Man caught my attention at the beginning all the way through the end. In fact, I didn't want it to end...I wanted more. It was full of suspense, romance, laughter, anger...the complete deal. I definitely would want a Max! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 1/27/2012

    " If you're looking for an easy read filled with romance, action, a really hot nice-guy and an intelligent heroine, I highly recommend. Whether historical or modern-day romance, Julie Garwood knows how to write em! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Isra | 12/9/2011

    " This was a colossal disappointment. I hate her contemporary suspense romance. I hope she reverts back to her historical romance style and drop the Clarkesque imitation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie Knox | 11/26/2011

    " enjoyed this book. Liked the main characters (Ellie & Max) very much. Wanted more but of course, every book has to end!!!!!!!! "

  • 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

    "

    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 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.