I got this book because I was looking through the free Kindle downloads and it looked cute. In the end, that's exactly what is was: cute. I enjoyed itI got this book because I was looking through the free Kindle downloads and it looked cute. In the end, that's exactly what is was: cute. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would, especially after the first 1/2 or so.
The protagonist is likeable enough, although some of the supporting characters weren't as fleshed out as they could have been. Also, a couple of the conflicts were solved a little too neatly to be entirely believable. Still, this was a nice, light read and funny enough in places to get a chuckle out of me. There's no sexual content, but there is enough sexual innuendo to make me say that it's not for younger teens.
In end, the book was a fun, quick read, and I'd probably grab something by this author again if the price is right....more
**spoiler alert** This review is going to spoil quite a bit of the book because I can't rant properly without spoilers.
I hated this book, which really**spoiler alert** This review is going to spoil quite a bit of the book because I can't rant properly without spoilers.
I hated this book, which really surprised me because I started reading Garwood's historical romances 20 years ago and still go back to reread some of them. This book, though, good grief is it L-A-Z-Y.
First, we begin with a huge exposition dump as our heroine, Ellie, ponders her entire life story while jogging. During this we learn that her main (turns out, only) character flaw is that she's clumsy. Joy. Haven't heard that before. The beautiful, kind, moral, inhumanly brilliant, size 6 with large breasts, trauma surgeon is clumsy. And yet, not once through the entire book does Ellie stumble, bump into tables, or drop anything, even while confronting the bad guys.
Second, the dialog is often clunky enough to take me right out of the book. The heroine is prone to saying "It's all good," which I haven't heard unironically in years. And Ellie's father, a man from South Carolina, offers his daughter "iced sweet tea." No. Just no. Those are nitpicky, yes, but they led to much face palming.
The villains are completely phoned in and dispensed with neatly within a chapter or two. And I never once felt like I knew anything about the hero. So much so, that after finishing the book only yesterday, I can't remember his name.
What I do remember is that he told Ellie that they were going to get married. Not asked. Just unapologetically told. Twice. When he told her they were going out on a date, it came off as being charming enough. But the "marriage proposal" did not. It was incredibly creepy and stupid. And of course, our modern day, independent heroine just swooned over it.
Finally, the tacked-on resolution to her sister's story was a waste of paper, and had the same creepy male-dominance vibe as the hero's proposal.
I've never liked Garwood's contemporaries as much as her historicals, but "The Ideal Man" reads like bad harlequin.
Oh, and I have to say that the plot summary on the book jacket contained 2 factual errors in the description. I'm not sure how much that matters other than that these errors make the book sound like it will be a suspense thriller when it is decidedly not....more