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Ladies' Man

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  1,524 ratings  ·  74 reviews
The moment she spies the rugged hunk in the faded jeans at the airport, Ellen knows she should run for cover. Instead, she throws caution to the wind and plunges into a sizzling affair with the gorgeous cop. Between romantic dinners, sensual limo rides, and a perfect night of passion, Ellen is living every woman’s fantasy. Until she’s caught in the sights of a deranged sta ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 216 pages
Published August 29th 2006 by Dell (first published July 1997)
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Opening line:"Ellen Layne knew it was a mistake to leave the house without a book."

Originally published in 1997 and at just 215 pages LADIES MAN is your average stand-alone romance. Not my favourite of Brockman’s however it’s a quick read and stands up fine today. I enjoyed all the characters and while the plots quite basic it is helped along by a plausible enough stalker mystery and some hot older woman-younger man lovin.

Of course I should mention that the first 5 chapters (1/4 of the book) is
Julie (jjmachshev)
Oct 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2008-reads
This "Ladies Man" is the reprint of Suzanne Brockmann's 1997 Loveswept release. It has all the tension, romance, and action Brockmann's fans crave. Her slick pacing and skill with writing passionate scenes without resorting to purple prose is as evident in this '97 book as it is in her releases today.

Fans of the older woman, younger man romances should put this one on their 'must have' list.
Dec 08, 2007 rated it really liked it
I picked this up because it was not a full book and I needed something quick to read and not too involved. I enjoyed this "little" book. It was easy to read, moved right along, well developed characters. Nice romance! Took me about 4 hours to read the entire book. PERFECT!
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
classic Suzanne.
Jun 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
This was a cute and quick read/listen. It's not very heavy on the suspense, but Brockmann does it extremely well anyway. I didn't pay too much attention, I chose this novella because it seemed light and fun, so maybe that's why I didn't see the ending, and it took me by slight surprise. Of course a book blurb I read beforehand says Sam/hero takes a bullet intended for Ellen/heroine, when that turns out not to be the case, but that's the blurb's fault, not mine or Brockmann's. I don't have many b ...more
D.K. Marie
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Better than expected. I was a sweet story and just the right amount of tension between the two main characters.
Pam H
Dec 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, z2017, rsus
Sam and Ellen meet while waiting for passengers of an inbound flight. She thinks he's cute and young; he thinks she's just plain hot. The suspense is actually pretty good for a rom-sus book and it certainly was a quick easy read.
Pam Marcola Duff
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a great fun read!
Jan 26, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5. Short but sweet, while a little implausible. I love Suzanne’s ability to create interesting characters, even in the sidelines.
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed Suzanne Brockmann's book, Ladies' Man. I like reading books that are a combination of romance and mystery. This book fit the bill!!
Feb 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
The sexy young man at the airport bookshop was checking her out! And Ellen couldn’t keep herself from throwing caution to the wind and flirting back. But when he asks for her number, Ellen knows this Ladies’ Man is not one for commitment and besides, she’d be robbing the cradle, he’s got to be ten years younger. But fate has other ideas, and it seems that the person Sam is to meet is the same person Ellen is meeting. They share a very long limo ride alone, and end up stuck in traffic for hours. ...more
Sep 05, 2011 rated it did not like it
I listened to this audio book, read by Kathe Mazur, on a recent trip.

Lackluster, predictable love story. Ellen Layne is at the airport to pick up a relative when she meets a drop-dead gorgeous man who is also meeting the same person. Ellen, a 37-year-old divorcee, has a Ph.D. and is a tenured English professor at Yale. The man,Sam Schaefer, is a 26-year-old detective with the NYPD. Ellen and her two children, aged 10 and 13, have left Connecticut to spend the summer at her uncle's New York apart
Allyson Abu-hajar
Apr 02, 2014 rated it liked it
I was given this book. It is not my usual genre. For me, this book was way too racy, but if the reader enjoys lots of steamy, detailed dialog, then they may enjoy this book. There is a mystery and I did enjoy the mystery. Ellen Layne with her two children are spending the summer with her wealthy Uncle Bob, in NYC. Ellen is fresh out of a bad marriage, and has decided to look for a change. That change, begins in the airport while waiting with Uncle Bob, for her Great-Aunt. Ellen forgets her book, ...more
Dec 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Can I just gush once again about how much I love Suzanne Brockmann and her romances? Once again, she hits it out of the park with an older woman/younger man. Originally published in 1997, she was including this as a romantic trope even before it was popular.
The characters aren't incredibly well-developed but this was a short book. I was a little disappointed in the penultimate chapter but most of the story I really liked.
Ellen sees a cute younger man in the airport and flirts with him. When it t
Mar 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
3.5* rounded up to 4* for goodreads.

My frequent complaint with romance novels, especially short-form romance, is the lack of development of the main relationship. In slightly over 200 pages, it's often difficult to have the characters spend enough quality time together for the reader to feel the attraction and understand the hesitations. In Ladies Man, Brockmann successfully used a unique situation to give uninterrupted time for the Sam and Ellen to get to know each other. This allows the reader
Bronwyn Rykiert
Rather an ordinary story.

Ellen is spending the summer, with her children, in New York at her uncle Bob's apartment. She meets detective Sam Schafer at their airport while they were both waiting for her great aunt. There was a bit of a mix up and Sam was taken for TS Elliot (an author who is doing a biography on Bob). Ellen and Sam spend a memorable night together, but Ellen decides that is all it will be as Sam is 10 years younger than her and she does not want to trust her feeling to another ma
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
"Ellen Layne knew it was a mistake to leave the house without a book." This first sentance had my hooked. Heck, I would give it 5 stars on that alone! But, this is a romance with a little mystery, not to mention a lot of humor. I LOVE this book. Straight romance is NOT my genre, but this is a wonderful, fun book. Ellen and Sam meet at the airport and spend a night in the limo of Elen's uncle - a late night talk host. A lot of steamy sex later, Ellen decides that it was only a one night stand. Yo ...more
When Detective Sam Schaefer was offered a ride in a limo with a beautiful woman, he couldn't turn it down. He didn't expect them to get stuck in traffic, nor did he expect a night of passion. Sam wanted to see Ellen Layne again, but she kept turning him down. Then he catches a case involving a deranged stalker. The target of the stalker is Ellen.

Ellen doesn't want to get involved with Sam. She's sure that eventually he will leave her for a younger woman and she'll be hurt. But Sam will do anythi
Nov 01, 2008 rated it it was ok
I listened to this one on tape. (I'm getting worried because each time I go to the library, the number of books on tape seem to be dwindling rapidly, and I don't have a CD player in my car.)

This book was all over the kept changing in tone, and the plot became more far-fetched as the story moved forward. The title of the book is misleading; it does not really fit with the main character to which it refers. In spite of all of this, however, I grew to like the main male character, Sam,
Apr 12, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up at a library used audiobook sale as I enjoy Suzanne Brockman. This is one of her shorter stories and while enjoyable, the length wasn't long enough to fully develop the character to their potential.

I did however like the storyline and the charactes how they were presented. I really liked Ellen. Yale Professor, mother of 2 divorcee looking into acting for a change. Sam, "ladies man" cop, in his late 20's, who is drawn to Ellen for various reasons that go beyond her appearance. Lo
Nov 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, 2008-reads
Nothing by Suzanne Brockmann could ever qualify as a total waste of time - but this one does come close. Like most of these re-released short novels, it reads like a dry-run for relationships she reworks more effectively in her later stuff. (*sniff, sniff* What's that I smell? Is it protagonist Sam Schaefer? Or is proto-Mike Muldoon?) Which doesn't mean there aren't a couple of brilliant Brockmann moments, particularly early on before we descend into classic FemmeJeop. Slightly disappointing, b ...more
Shirley Owl
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
I have rated this a two and the criteria for this is would I keep this to read again? The answer is that I would not because there are so many of her later books that I adore. This is an early work and the book is quite short. The book is written in 1997 and was a very limited release. It is still very readable telling the story Ellen who is an English professor at Yale and Sam a policeman. Ellen has trust issues and also the fact that Sam is 10 years younger and a ladies man. Ellen and her two ...more
Erin Dixon
Apr 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I liked the story for the most part but had trouble with a few things. Maybe it's because I am older and more paranoid BUT when you have a witness against a large crime boss you most certainly DO NOT allow said witness to be walked outside of a courthouse where anyone can take a pot shot at least not without a bullet proof vest/helmet! And you keep the location of the blasted safe house very close to the vest because of possible moles. Plus when someone is being stalked, you don't let a child go ...more
Alexis-Morgan Roark
Currently listening to audiobook from County of Los Angeles Public Library ( I know I've read it before, but, alas, no review. Oh, darn!

I'm done and what a gem! From the older woman/younger man theme to the well adjusted kids (they do exist) to the nerdy, writer best friend, this was a quick, fun, sexy as heck read!

Of course, there was the obligatory bolding, cheating (7 plus years), ex-spouse-what a slimeball!

I liked it a lot and am looking forward to re-reading
Apr 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, audio-book, 2011
I was surprised by how much I liked this one. I don't always like books with men who really get around, but somehow Sam was just so charming in this one that you can't help but to love him.

I also loved Ellen, taking this summer for her, which at first glance looks very selfish, but once you get her story you are cheering her on. I get her reluctance to start anything with Sam, but was glad that she was forced into close proximity with him.

This is a a sweet story about people with great differenc
Sep 24, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: military-heroes
Short but sweet.
This book defies the unspoken rule that all women must date men who are older than them.
Reminds me of Jennifer Crusie's Anyone But You where the heroine learns that it's okay to date and eventually marry a man 10 years her junior.
Dec 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
I liked Ellen from the first sentence - she knew she'd made a mistake leaving the house without a book - my kind of woman, but in this case it certainly leads to good things. Sam is pretending to be his best friend TS and that kicks the story off well, with mistaken identities that lead to a twist I didn't see ahead of time. This is a pure romantic suspense with one of Ms. Brockman's incredible and humanly flawed heroes. Put your feet up and enjoy.
I was surprised by how much I liked this one - it's a basic romance with a suspense plot. The title in particular made me wince. I liked how Ellen and Sam worked out the issues between them without too many stupid decisions or hiding of what they were thinking and feeling. The suspense part was not super suspenseful but did surprise me a couple of times. I found this to be one of her better early books
Mar 30, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
3.5 stars
This was one of Suzanne Brockmann's earlier category books which was reissued a few years back. Kathe Mazur does a good job narrating and I appreciated her slight New York accent for Sam and how she brought out his easygoing charm with her narration. It's a younger man/older woman story with limo sex!
Feb 23, 2010 rated it it was ok
I found this book to be a disappointment. I thought because I enjoy the Troubleshooters series, I'd also like this stand alone novel. The story moved slowly, which is not good for a short book, and I could never fully engage with the characters. Even the climax was not that exciting. An overall disappointment.
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After childhood plans to become the captain of a starship didn’t pan out, Suzanne Brockmann took her fascination with military history, her respect for the men and women who serve, her reverence for diversity, and her love of storytelling, and explored brave new worlds as a bestselling romance author. Over the past twenty-five years she has written more than fifty-five novels, including her award- ...more