It hasn't been the best day. Joshua Bellinghausen is
angrier than he has ever been after the reading of his
father's will. He can't believe that after years of toiling
in the ranch and dairy operation that his father has left his entire
estate to others. Joshua has no plans to get married after having watched his father
marry five times after his mother's death -- but he could live with marrying for convenience if he
absolutely had to consider it as an option. The
problem is that his five stepmothers have been appointed
to the Board of Trustees of his father's estate, and he just knows they will
run the company into the ground.
Ellie Winfield would do anything for family. Her youngest
sister, Lauren, has medical problems that require
surgery. Unfortunately, the surgery requires money they
dob't have. Although it's not clear why Ellie decides a
night of passion will be the cure, she stakes her claim
at a run-down bar where she meets a man who promises
the world and gives it to her without a thought.
Come morning Ellie is filled with shame, and Joshua
has lost his sense of direction -- and the gold money clip
that had belonged to his grandfather. But it's not what it
seems. Ellie is determined to forget all about the
cowboy, while Joshua is determined to find the minx who
stole his money. In the end, neither can forget that one
night of passion.
Although Joshua tries in vain to locate the mystery
woman through his friend, it isn't until they pay a visit
to the Ellison Farms that he finds the woman he just
had to get to know much better. Meanwhile, Ellie wasn't
feeling well and she unsure she can trust him, or
any man, for that matter. She knows how they work.
Ellie's father left his daughters and pregnant wife without a word. Even so,
Joshua manages to convince Ellie to visit him in Austin
after she is done with her doctors' appointment. And it
doesn't end there; it's just beginning.
In the middle of it all are a brother, two
sisters, and five meddling stepmothers trying to make
Joshua and Ellie see the situation from their point of view. The most
endearing is Lauren, a spunky child intent on telling
everyone that her sister, Ellie, has a boyfriend. Of
course Lauren approves, because Joshua provides her
with a never-ending supply of ice cream.
From cover to cover, Wild Angel is a riveting tale of
intrigue and passion. The pages unfold deep secrets that
Ellie and Joshua refuse to share with each other. While this is an excellent story, it has a downside:
the sex scenes seem forced in spots, grinding the fast pace to a halt until the thread of story is picked up again. Regardless, author Carolee Joy has talent. Here's
hoping she'll spin some more wonderful tales involving
these characters, because it's a bet readers will be
wondering what the future holds for them.