- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: 22 West Books (April 30, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0976778815
- ISBN-13: 978-0976778813
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,221,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Top Customer Reviews
Erica, the computer whiz, has been given the daunting task of developing a new program to allow ease of use for financial advisors in entry and completion of financial transactions. Unbeknownst to Erica, her boss Brad is setting her up for ruin, as well as jail time. Brad is working undercover and with the protection of a man who has great power over him, to steal from the company and his brother-in-law who heads up the entire company. Brad has access to every room and department in the company and is ensuring that he frames Erica for all of the money that is quickly disappearing from the customer's accounts. Meanwhile Greg, the manager of customer services, has what he thinks is a hopeless crush on Erica and would do anything to get her attention and time.
Greg finally wins Erica over and they start a slow but sure romance. Brad has to move fast to get all of the money for his secret partner and get out of the country as quickly as he can. Brad tries to escape his secret partner but realizes his secret partner has a large reach and even greater power than Brad. Brad makes an attempt on Erica's life and things seem even more complicated with Greg when Erica makes a trip to Greg's family farm. It all heats up as Brad attempts to escape and is caught and sent back to get the final payment for his partner. Brad also tries a last-ditch attempt at ensuring Erica is investigated by the company. The security department in the company is torn between Brad and Erica. Sarah, the new security member, is convinced by Brad that Erica has been stealing money from the company. Greg and Erica convince Stan, the long security member, something else is going on and that Erica is being framed.Read more ›
When BFS's new promotion-hungry auditor unwittingly assists the thief by setting her venomous sights on Erica, Erica and Gregg turn to Stan, the 70's cop show buff who longs to fight real crime. Tension builds as Stan seeks to prove his worth by absolving Erica, and then culminates in a frantic fight for survival after the conspirator is exposed. Faced with the ultimate challenge, Erica becomes the assailant to protect the person she loves and discovers surviving in the present means changing her perceptions of the past.
As a person with a short attention span and no patience for a sluggish story, I appreciate the action and suspense that keeps Taking Stock in motion. An appealing love story, strong characters, and picturesque settings make this an enjoyable read. And Mr. West's characteristic short chapters make it an easy read for those with busy lifestyles.
Another engaging story from CJ West.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pretty bad writing but will keep your attention if you are stuck on a plane for 6 hrs.
Hope all his books aren't this awful
Five stars to an interesting account of the investment money market. Madoff must have set the standard for the thieves in this story. Read morePublished on June 14, 2014 by Sals
I really enjoyed this. the plot was great. Characters very real. I will enjoy reading more books from CJ West.Published on August 17, 2012 by doggies
I enjoyed this story, even though Wall Street mysteries are not exactly what I usually pick up to read. It really kept my interest all the way through. Read morePublished on March 24, 2012 by BOOK SPRITE
Good story, decent writing and plausible situations made this a better than average read. I liked that the author didn't fall into the trap of having the leading male character... Read morePublished on March 24, 2012 by Eternal Reader
This is my 3rd West book-I loved one & didn't like the other one. I'm glad I gave Taking Stock a chance. I particularly liked the strong female lead, Erica. Read morePublished on March 23, 2012 by Gingersnap
Quick, good read. Kept me guessing about the secret partner til author revealed who it was. Love Erica and Gregg!Published on November 18, 2010 by Brandi Brash