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The Ideal Man Mass Market Paperback – June 5, 2012
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"Romance writer Julie Garwood attracts readers like beautiful heroines attract dashing heroes."
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Give her back. And please take back this fake Julie Garwood clone who's been putting out mediocre minus books under her name the past few years.
For an author who used to be an auto-buy, even in hardcover, she's now become an author I don't even bother buying in paperback. Borrowing from the library is just fine for a quick, unmemorable read, and that's all The Ideal Man is. Flat characters, tired plot, weak dialogue, and at times just plain boring. I get the sense she's writing to fulfill a contractual obligation rather than out of any driving need to tell a story, and it shows.
So it is time to mount the campaign. We want the real Julie Garwood back. The one who toiled over books until the dialogue sparkled, the one who plotted carefully, and above all, the one who wrote characters you cared about and remembered.
Possibly coincidence, possibly because the heroine of Sizzle: A Novel was an absolute idiot, The Ideal Man features trauma surgeon Elle Sullivan as a child prodigy once driven from her home by an obsessed classmate. Awesomely, that obsessed classmate has almost nothing at all to do with why Elle ends up needing protection (provided by FBI Agent Max Daniels, previously seen in Sizzle). Elle rings true both as an exhausted trauma surgeon and a distanced family member. Her parents are frustrated working folks thrust outside their comfort zone by life's events. The family relationships are really the star of The Ideal Man. Max is great as an agent slightly outside his comfort zone and a man for whom family is foremost. Together they tell a smoothly entertaining tale for a late night read or a sunny snooze.
But this book? "The Ideal Man"? There's no other way to say this than to come right out and say it: It is nothing short of pitiful. If I hadn't seen Julie Garwood's name on the cover for myself, I would never have believed she wrote it.
It's trite, ungodly predictable, and completely lacking in depth.
You tell me, Ms. Garwood, would those scenes REALLY take place between Ellie and Ava? Would people REALLY stand around and let Ava get away with all the crap she pulls?
Of course not, and that's but one example of how shallow and silly this book is. I cannot imagine reading any future novels written by Julie Garwood if this sort of simplistic tripe is indicative of what we can expect from her.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Julie Garwood does it again. Enjoyed the twists and turns family dynamics are realisticPublished 15 days ago by Love2read
really enjoyed this book! really enjoy most of Julie Garwoods work!Published 1 month ago by robin mignogna
This author has a special gift that makes her work flow as though you are living it. There is drama, love, and a splendid conclusion. I would highly recommend this book. PhyllisPublished 1 month ago by Phyllis
This is a great book. I just couldn't put it down.
Read this book and enjoy it as I did.
This is the second Julie Garwood book I've read. The first was the 1st book in her Scottish Laird's series which I rated a 1. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Originally