The Ideal Man is the latest fun and exciting romance/thriller from Julie Garwood. This one is set in St. Louis, near where I grew up. It is always great fun to read about locales with which I am familiar.
Julie loves setting her heroines up with FBI agents. This FBI agent arrives in a St. Louis public park from Honolulu chasing international arms dealers. The lovely lady is an award-winning trauma surgeon jogging through that park where the gun runners are planning to make a deal. The ensuing gun battle between agents and smugglers leaves one of the good guys in need of surgery, and the game is afoot.
Keeping Ellie away from a hit man hired by the gun runners and a violent stalker from her past while she is in her home town for her sister’s wedding, keeps Max busy, but not too busy to notice how attractive she is. And, what girl can resist a knight in shining armor (or agent with shiny badge) who is not only keeping her safe and alive, but falling in love with her at the same time?
If you are a Garwood fan, you will be well pleased with this book. It has similarities with her recent thrillers, and retains the fun of her earliest romances.