Ideal Man is the story of Dr. Ellie Sullivan and FBI agent Max Daniels. I guess I should start off saying I have been a Julie Garwood fan for over 20 years. I love everyone of her books so this was a pre-order for me, but it lacked the interesting elements I have found in her books from the past.
Ellie is out for a run after her shift at the hospital when she witnesses a couple who look suspicious running away as they are confronted by FBI officers. One officer is shot while confronting them and Ellie steps in right away to save his life. After surgery she meets Max to give her statement and instantly they are attracted. But little things are going to keep them apart, like Max is from Honolulu and Ellie is running from her past living in St. Louis, but has just finished her residency. Max ends up protecting Ellie when they believe a hit is placed on her by the “bad” people, ending up in Ellie’s hometown for the wedding of her “evil” sister Ava. In the end Ellie is being stalked by a past stalker, on a hit list, and dealing with one sister who is pregnant and another who believes everything wrong is Ellie’s fault.
So I was left wanting by this tale. I didn’t feel much of a connection between the main characters, I wanted to spank and send Ava to her room, hug Annie, and just put down the book and not finish it. It just left me not really with a good feeling when it was over. The ending was rushed. The sex was hot. The emotions confusing. Just wasn’t what I have come to expect from Julie Garwood.