Harlequin Temptation #284
Candace Schuler’s Harlequin Temptation #284 Wildcat was published in 1989, and I cannot believe that 31 years have come and gone since I read it. I read this book when I was a preteen, so don’t be too harsh on me for liking this drawn-out battle of wills between a tempestuous female and an ultra-macho rancher.
Stacey Richards was banished from her Texas home over a decade ago, as her wild, unruly ways were too much for her grandfather to handle. She was sent to Paris to learn how to become a lady. In the meantime, the ranch is capably looked after by Ben Oakes, a man whom the teenaged Stacey had the major hots for. Stacey returns home after grandpa’s death and is shocked by the demands of his will. For Stacey to inherit the property, she must marry Ben.
Beneath her sophisticated airs, Stacey is still a wild girl at heart and will not be dominated into marriage. Ben is no card-carrying feminist, and he tries his cave-man best to reign in Stacey’s wild temper. Will these two crazy kids ever admit to their mutual lusts and come to an agreement?
Final Analysis of Wildcat
I loved the original Temptation cover with Ben and Stacey lying in the grass, Ben on top of her, holding her arms at each side of her head, sweat pouring down his cheeks, while Stacey’s shirt is unbuttoned, and there’s this look of anticipation on her beautiful face… Great memories.
Maybe it’s best to keep treasured books in your memory so as not to spoil them by looking at them with jaded, aged eyes. So I won’t be rereading this one anytime soon, even though in my mind this still exists as a fantastic 5-star romance because I loved the OTT drama.