Taking a Stand

Taking a Stand

by Ken Casper

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Overview

Homebuilder Jesse Amorado and former Air Force Captain Tori Carr come from the same Texas town but from very different worlds. When she returns home to Coyote Springs to help her father, a real-estate developer, turn the seediest neighborhood into an exclusive resort for the wealthy, Tori and Jesse immediately clash. He'll do whatever it takes to save his heritage, and she is caught up in proving herself to her father.



As personal tensions rise and local trouble begins to brew, Jesse and Tori fall in love-despite it all. They soon find, however, that they must not only confront vested interests and prejudices, they have to fight for their very lives.



Ken Casper brings readers back to Coyote Springs for another tension-filled visit. Come along for another story of mystery and passion from the author of AS THE CROW DIES, book one of The Jason Crow West Texas Mystery Series.



Ken Casper is the author of more than 25 novels, short stories and articles. Born and raised in New York City, Ken is now a transplanted Texan. He and Mary, his wife of thirty-five-plus years, own a horse farm in San Angelo. Along with their two dogs, six cats, and eight horses-at last count!-they board and breed horses and Mary teaches English riding. She's a therapeutic riding instructor for the handicapped, as well.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611940879
Publisher: BelleBooks
Publication date: 12/22/2011
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

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Taking a Stand 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Stewartry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Received from Netgalley for review, thank you. I pounced on Taking a Stand on Netgalley as soon as I recognized the author's name: a little while back I received, and very much enjoyed, Ken Casper's As the Crow Dies from Netgalley. This is a new series, set in the present day rather than "Crow"'s 70's, but there will be overlaps: both are set in Coyote Springs, Texas, and in fact the characters in this have dinner in The Crow's Nest, the restaurant run by the family at the center of the other series. Tori Carr, just honorably discharged from the Air Force and flying home in her own Twin Cessna, is a nicely built character. That is, of course she's gorgeous ¿ a tall leggy blonde ¿ but her construction on the page is equally well done. She is more than the pretty: she is committed to achieving her dream of flying for a living, which the Air Force did not provide her. In the meantime, she has come home to work with her father in the business he started, Carr Enterprises, a high level real estate developer. She goes straight to work on the Riverbend Project, the multi-million-dollar plan to take the Santa Marta district of town ¿ the rundown and ramshackle Barrio ¿ and develop the heck out of it into a high-priced community, golf courses and all. Problem is, a decent sized chunk of the area on which Carr Ent. wants to build is owned by another company, Amorado Construction. Jesse Amorado, who inherited the company from his father, is of Mexican descent, as are the other inhabitants of the neighborhood (for he not only owns the area but lives there), and knows better than anyone how strong the ties of neighborhood can be. This is not something anyone in that district is willing to sell ¿ although the inhabitants who live in homes that have been bought by Carr Enterprises, Jesse tells Tori, have been left with little choice. She is informed that her father's company has refrained from making even necessary repairs on the houses they rent to the inhabitants, leaving them little choice but to vacate. She can't believe it ¿ that's not how her father operates ¿ but she has to believe it. When she goes to the area to see for herself, it's in front of her face. Naturally, since she is an attractive young woman and Jesse is an attractive young man, the antagonistic sparks between the two of them mutate into other kinds of sparks. Theirs is not the only romance developing, which is rather nice in one direction and unfortunate in another, unrequited, direction. I like the background characters, and I particularly like how the bad 'uns are written, although somewhat as in As the Crow Dies the climax is cinematically dramatic, somewhat much so for my tastes; still, the dollar amounts involved in the plot justify extreme action, the bad guy is very much a bad guy (though I hadn't thought he was that bad), and it gives the hero a chance to be a very good hero indeed without detracting from the abilities of the rescue-ee. It's a satisfying tale ¿ well done.
rhonda1111 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Taking a Stand by Ken Casper 4 starsIt starts out grabbing your attention right away. Air Force Captain Tori Carr has resigned from service and is flying herself back home to Coyote Springs. When another plane suddenly is their. her plane is damaged and on fire.Winslow Carr and his partner are planning to tear down the barrio and replace it with upscale developing. Their is only one hold out Jesse Amorado who owns a small construction company and owns six houses that are all in their way. He knows his part of town is in desperate need to fix up but he likes thier community and no matter how much money they offer him the answer is no.Jesse brother who was gunned down in a drive by shooting has made a plan to fix his community. He likes how they pull together. Jesse is single and living in the family home. His mother, sister-in-law and her kids live on a ranch close by. Jesse has a lot of pride.Tori has agreed to help her father with his business while she waits for a job offer from an airline. Tori first lover was Burton Hazlitt but she broke it off years ago. Tori is trying to find a compermise that will help her father and keep Jesse dream alive too.Thier is more action,romance, some mystery to keep your attention. Good clean story. Looking forward to reading more from Ken Casper in the future. I was given this ebook to read in exchange for honest review from Netgalley.11/01/2011 PUB Bell Bridge Books
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
Taking a Stand by Ken Casper 4 stars It starts out grabbing your attention right away. Air Force Captain Tori Carr has resigned from service and is flying herself back home to Coyote Springs. When another plane suddenly is their. her plane is damaged and on fire. Winslow Carr and his partner are planning to tear down the barrio and replace it with upscale developing. Their is only one hold out Jesse Amorado who owns a small construction company and owns six houses that are all in their way. He knows his part of town is in desperate need to fix up but he likes thier community and no matter how much money they offer him the answer is no. Jesse brother who was gunned down in a drive by shooting has made a plan to fix his community. He likes how they pull together. Jesse is single and living in the family home. His mother, sister-in-law and her kids live on a ranch close by. Jesse has a lot of pride. Tori has agreed to help her father with his business while she waits for a job offer from an airline. Tori first lover was Burton Hazlitt but she broke it off years ago. Tori is trying to find a compermise that will help her father and keep Jesse dream alive too. Thier is more action,romance, some mystery to keep your attention. Good clean story. Looking forward to reading more from Ken Casper in the future. I was given this ebook to read in exchange for honest review from Netgalley. 11/01/2011 PUB Bell Bridge Books