The Ideal Man by Julie Garwood


9 Critic Reviews

...her stories are always worth the wait.
-NY Journal of Books


A woman’s life and love are compromised in this pulse-pounding new thriller by #1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood...

Dr. Ellie Sullivan has witnessed the shooting of an FBI agent in pursuit of a ruthless modern-day Bonnie and Clyde known as the Landrys. The only person to see the shooter’s face, Ellie is suddenly thrust into the center of a criminal investigation spearheaded by the no-nonsense, by-the-book, and tantalizingly handsome agent Max Daniels.

With the Landrys captured, she’ll be called to testify. But the Landrys have been caught before, and each time the witnesses are scared into silence—or disappear. Now Max vows to be Ellie’s shadow, promising never to leave her side until the trial. But that could be dangerous for both of them, and it isn’t long before the sparks—and the bullets—fly.  

About Julie Garwood

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With tens of millions of books in print and numerous New York Times bestsellers, Julie Garwood has clearly earned a position among America’s favorite fiction writers. Her reputation as a masterful storyteller is solidly founded in her ability to deliver stories with appealing characters, powerful emotions, and surprising plot twists. Readers claim that it’s the humor as well as the poignancy of her novels that keep them laughing, crying, and thoroughly entertained. She lives in Kansas and is currently working on her next novel. When her schedule allows time away from family and career, she devotes her efforts to promoting literacy, and especially enjoys sharing her love of reading with student groups. For more information, visit her website at
Published August 9, 2011 by Signet. 352 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
Bestseller Status:
Peak Rank on Aug 28 2011
Weeks as Bestseller
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on Jul 20 2011

...the pacing is taut, the characters are swiftly drawn and she even throws in a few surprises before the obligatory happy ending.

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Publishers Weekly

on May 30 2011

... the erotic attraction between these two busy careerists makes for a top-notch contemporary romance effectively leavened by suspense and family affection.

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NY Journal of Books

Reviewed by Lezlie Patterson on Aug 09 2011

...her stories are always worth the wait.

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Book Reporter

Reviewed by Hillary Wagy on Aug 18 2011

...Julie Garwood can be counted on for a captivating combination of fantasy and reality, and the promise of the ideal man.

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RT Book Reviews

Reviewed by Jill Smith on Feb 12 2013

Count on Garwood to provide her readers with reasons to smile even as they hang on to the edge of their seats.

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All About Romance

Above average
Reviewed by Jane Granville on Feb 12 2013

The Ideal Man was a quick read. It didn’t drag, and kept me moderately entertained.

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City Book Review

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Reviewed by Debbie Suzuki on Dec 08 2011

...this is a wonderful book for Garwood’s historical romance fans and contemporary romance fans.

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Portland Book Review

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Reviewed by Rebecca Feuerbacher on May 13 2012

In The Ideal Man Garwood has written great popular fiction but if it is romance you are looking for, look somewhere else.

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Fiction Addict

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Reviewed by Elizabeth Olmedo on Aug 15 2011

The relationship went too fast. Though Garwood tried to paint it as love, I never saw more than just plain lust.

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