Title: The Ideal Man
Author: Julie Garwood
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Release Date: August 9, 2011
List Price: $26.95
Blurb: When Dr. Ellie Sullivan witnesses a shooting of a federal agent, Agent Max Daniels places her under his protective custody.
Why I chose this title: I’ve long enjoyed Julie Garwood, and I was hoping this would be a return to form.
Review: Julie Garwood’s voice is still there and can drive a story, but it’s frustrating when there are so many “are you serious?!?” moments in the story. I found the dialogue to be stilted and stiff at times, the character development seemed shallow outside of their professions, and I had trouble believing in the motivations and relationships between Ellie and Max and the secondary characters. The conclusion of the story also seemed rushed as a tertiary romance, which was barely developed had a HEA ending tacked on to the end of the story. Overall, I think the story had potential, but with the dialogue and character development issues, I’d recommend borrowing this title from the library if you’re intent on reading it. For librarians, I would only purchase this title if you have patrons who are specifically asking to read it or are avid fans of Garwood who will read anything with her name on it.
Final thought: Only recommended for fans intent on reading all of her works.