Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Review - The Ideal Man

The Ideal Man
The Ideal Man by Julie Garwood

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I started reading Ms. Garwood's books when I was in high school and loved her stories. I've just started to get into her contemporary romances and I was not sure how I would like reading her in this genre. Some writers can make this switch and others, it just doesn't seem to work as well. I have to say that I have been pleased so far with the stories that I have read.

This book did not disappoint me. The story and characters were well written and very interesting. I was rooting for Ellie Sullivan from page one of the book. Ellie is definitely a strong female lead who has had a lot to deal with while she was growing up. She has been stalked by a boy from the same town that she grew up in and had to leave her home at an early age and live under another identity to avoid being found. She rarely saw her family once she left for their safety and for her own.

The story begins with Ellie leaving the ER where she works and witnessing the shooting of an FBI agent. As a potential witness, the FBI assigns Agent Max Daniels to protect her. Max was there when the first agent got shot but didn't see the shooting. He is the perfect counter balance to Ellie. He is strong and wants to protect her even though he tries to avoid getting involved with Ellie on a romantic level. Watching the romance between the two of them as they went back to Ellie's home town for her sister's wedding was fun. The story had me laughing as I enjoyed their banter and growing romance.

Her younger sister, Ava, had me wishing that I could tell her to grow up. Ava was very self-centered and needed everything to be about her and would throw a big tantrum any time any attention went Ellie's way. She was also a good balance to Ellie with her attitude and behavior.

I truly enjoyed this story and was sad to see it end. I can't wait to read more of Ms. Garwood's contemporary romances.

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