Julie Garwood is among the most critically acclaimed and popular romance authors around, with thirty-six million copies of her books in print. And w, with The Ideal Man, Garwood is poised to expand that already huge audience. Dr. Ellie Sullivan has just completed her residency at a large urban hospital. While jogging in a park nearby, she witnesses the shooting of an FBI agent in pursuit of wanted criminals, a couple identified as the Landrys. The only person to see the shooter s face, Ellie is suddenly at the center of a criminal investigation. Agent Max Daniels takes over the Landry case. A -nsense lawman, he s definitely t the ideal man that Ellie has always imagined, yet she s attracted to him in a way she can t explain. Ellie heads home to Winston Falls, South Carolina, to attend her sister s wedding. Shortly after she arrives, though, she receives a surprise visitor: Max Daniels. The Landrys have been captured, and she ll be called to testify. But they ve been captured before, and each time the witnesses are scared into silence or disappear before they can take the stand. Max vows to be Ellie s shadow until the trial, and it isn t long before sparks fly. . . .