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5 stars image 55.0 out of 5 starsFun and entertaining…
VINE VOICEon November 23, 2015
The Second Time Around (Belanger Creek Ranch Book 1)
Gloria Antypowich
The Second Time Around is the first book in the Belanger Creek Range series; if the following books are even half as good as this one the series is sure to be a success. The Second Time Around quickly drew me in and held me captive until the very last page. Let’s meet the main characters. First there is Dr. Frank Lamonte, DVM. Frank is very depressed; recently she has had several emotional blows the latest and hardest hitting being a broken engagement. Second let’s meet Colt Thompson. He recently divorced his wife who had cheated on him. He is determined to protect himself from women. He will not allow his heart to be broken again. He is an acrimonious and sarcastic man. Ok I’ve set the stage. We have two damaged but very hot adults.

Frank’s boss insists she leave town. He is concerned for her and tells her to leave town until she gets her head on straight again. He wants her to take time and heal her weakened emotions. He feels she needs to go where there will not be constant reminders. Determined to heal quickly Frank heads to Belanger Creek Ranch. When she meets the owner the sparks begin to fly. Now Colt enters the picture; he is the owner of the Belanger Creek Ranch. One look at Frank and his emotions begin to sizzle. He’s determined not to like her; he is sure she is a cheating liar just like his ex. He is so determined to protect his heart that he is tempted to marry Shauna Lee Holt his friend in and out of the bedroom.

The Second Time Around is an entertaining and fun book to read. I didn’t want to put it down and didn’t want it to end. I had to laugh at Frank and Colt of course they are going to get together but who would make the first move. Or at least we hope they get together will either of them take a chance on the other. Take a strong independent woman and add a strong and sensitive man and you get The Second Time Around.

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Make room for this new book beside Fifty Shades of Grey on your book shelf— The Manservant could be the first instalment in the FIFTY SHADES OF GAY series!
Honi suit qui mal y penseevil be to him who evil thinks! (French) This phrase come up repeatedly and I have to believe that it had more meaning to the book than simply a tattoo on a “gentleman” farmers arse!
This book came up as looking for reviews and I had a good idea of what it was about when I bought it. I am a monogamous heterosexual, but I do not judge people on their personal and private sexual practices. To me, we are all people first; we all have feelings and share every range of emotion that mankind experiences. I know people who are homeosexual, lesbian and bi sexual- their lifestyle is not what I choose, but I have no desire to “change” them. They are who they are.

I read for many reasons—entertainment, learning—a look into niches of society that I know nothing about. The Manservant gave me a glimpse into the world of modern aristocracy and the life of a man who is homosexual. (I found myself wondering if the English aristocracy really does still live with all that pomp and pretentiousness—and are a large percentage of the men in merry old England so  handsome, raunchy and“naughty”??)

The Manservant is well written, well edited, descriptive, and humorous. I chuckled more than once. I have read sexual scenes in today’s modern erotic romances that have pushed my “OMG- meter” to a far higher level than those described in this book. There are hints at bondage and some spanking scenes- a bit of shoving and male roughness while making out, but mostly it was what any human does when they engage in foreplay—touching, caressing, kissing.

BDSM has become a big seller, even though I personally do not understand today’s fascination with it. I am claustrophobic and I would freak out if I was confined and unable to get away, and I do not associate inflicting pain with arousal—I firmly believe that chocolates and dinner are more effective! But I acknowledge that different strokes work for different folks.

If you have strong feelings and beliefs about what many consider “normal”sexual preferences, be WARNED—this book will probably offend you; not because of the quality of the prose, but because of its basic contents.

I recommend The Manserant to anyone who is willing to read with an open mind and not want to crucify the authors excellent work because they have a different beflief about human sexuality.

The Manservant is available on Amazon.com

 

5.0 out of 5 stars Gloria Antypowich does it again!, 20 July 2015
By mbsgreg (British Columbia, Canada) – See all my reviews
This review is from: Full Circle (The Belanger Creek Ranch Book 2) (Kindle Edition)
“Full Circle is the second book in the Belanger Creek Ranch Series and it doesn’t disappoint. I enjoyed the first book The Second Time Around so much that I thought I would give Full Circle a read and just like the first book, I found all of the characters real and endearing and I found myself rooting for them.

I loved the relationship the characters Colt and Frank have developed since the first book. They have a marriage filled with love and devotion to their children and ‘family’, which includes their closest friends. Without giving away too many details, their marriage is tested big time when they suffer a terrible loss – make sure you keep the Kleenex box handy!

The character Shauna Lee was a big surprise! I wasn’t sure if I liked her very much in the first book, but book II lets us in on her background and the personal tragedies she has endured and you learn the reason she is guarding her heart from love and close friendships. Shauna Lee learns the hard way that you can run but you can’t hide from your past forever…

Shauna Lee’s love interest Brad Johnson is another sexy cowboy like Colt, and a real gentleman. Luckily he also has the patience of Job when it comes to Shauna Lee. Will he give up on his wounded little ‘Tweetie Bird’ (his pet name for Shauna Lee) or will love prevail… and, Just like in the first book the author steams up the pages just enough to titillate the reader.
If you are looking for a very sweet story with endearing characters that value family, and stick by one another through thick and thin, Full Circle will not disappoint!

I am looking forward to reading the next book, “The Hand of Fate.”

NOTE: This person notified me that they had posted a review for The Second Time Around, Book One of the Belanger Creek Ranch Series, and when they attempted to post this review on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca they were told they were ineligible, even though the book was a verified purchase at Amazon.ca. I have heard about this happening before–now it has happened to me.

 

This afternoon I was thinking about reading and how much I love books.  When I went on FaceBook  I saw this quote and decided I had to share it with you all.  

I am proudly Canadian, and our July 1st celebration is almost upon us. The July 4th long weekend is coming up in the USA too…these would be great opportunities to escape the relentless heat and relax with a cool drink and a book! 

I invite you to check out my new contemporary fiction/ western romance books on Amazon.com These are not your usual “girl gets boy” romances. These books feature mature characters, who face real issues and seem so life-like that they could be your next door neighbour!

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Enjoy your long weekend–enjoy your read!!

Genre:                Romance – Contemporary

 

Completed on: 06/04/2015

Review Rating: 5 stars!

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Reviewed By Gisela Dixon for Readers’ Favorite

The Second Time Around (Belanger Creek Ranch Book 1): Book One of The Belanger Creek Ranch Series by Gloria Antypowich is a romance novel set in the modern world. Frank Lamonte is a veterinarian whose life seems to be spiraling downward as she struggles with depression after a broken engagement of 5 years. Her manager understands that she is going through a rough patch and advises her to take a leave of absence and have a break. That is how Frank finds herself on Belanger Creek Ranch as a ranch hand. Colt Thompson is the owner of the ranch and is wary of all women and love after a bitter divorce and his ex-wife’s cheating. Colt and Frank meet and, despite their attraction toward each other, it is a bumpy ride as they get to know each other and deal with their painful pasts.

 

The Second Time Around (Belanger Creek Ranch Book 1): Book One of The Belanger Creek Ranch Series by Gloria Antypowich is an intense, realistic love story that is not the usual boy-meet-girl type. I loved reading about life on the ranch and the outdoors lifestyle that goes with it. I also found Frank’s character to be superbly portrayed, and hopefully a book like this will open up the discussion about mental health and mental illnesses and how devastating they can be. I actually liked both of the central protagonists and found myself rooting for them. A great new novel in the romance genre and a fun read!

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Completed on: 06/04/2015

Review Rating: 5 stars!

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Reviewed By Faridah Nassozi for Readers’ Favorite

In The Second Time Around (Belanger Creek Ranch Book 1) by Gloria Antypowich, following the advice and insistence of her boss, Frank left her home and job to find herself again. She needed time to heal from the effects of her father’s near fatal accident and especially to get away from the mess that was her personal life. She needed something new and different; and what better way to do this than by signing up to be a ranch hand? She soon settled into the exciting routine of the new job, the comforting friendship with the ranch manager, and the serene ranch environment. When the ranch owner finally showed up, he was not at all what Frank expected; not only was he handsome beyond words, he was also the very rude stranger she had had a couple of nasty run-ins with. What started out as a very unpleasant introduction soon turned into the most memorable 24 hours for both, but soon reality struck. Frank’s wounds from the past were now nearly healed, but Colt had deep scars from his marriage and he was willing to take the coward’s way out and settle for a loveless marriage instead of risking his heart again.

 

The Second Time Around by Gloria Antypowich is an enthralling contemporary romance story with a captivating plot and fresh characters, set against the serene and enchanting background of a beautiful ranch. Gloria Antypowich’s incredible writing brought out the characters and their inner wars and wounds perfectly. Frank and Colt brought out a whole mixture of feelings in me; sometimes I wanted to give them each a hug and ease their pain, and at other times they were so infuriating I felt like smacking them on the head. Their story is a perfectly portrayed example of how fear of being hurt again can get in the way of true love. The Second Time Around is the beginning of what is going to be a compelling romance series. For all lovers of contemporary romance on the ranch, the Belanger Creek Ranch series is exactly what you have been looking for.

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Completed on: 06/09/2015

Review Rating: 4 stars.

 

Reviewed By Tina Gibbons for Readers’ Favorite

In The Second Time Around (Belanger Creek Ranch Book 1) by Gloria Antypowich, veterinarian Frank Lamonte gets dumped by her long-time boyfriend and coworker for the receptionist. Her boss realizes she’s depressed and needs to get away from working with the pair every day in order to heal. He convinces Frank to take a leave of absence and work as a ranch hand at Belanger Creek Ranch. She meets Colt Thompson, the owner of Belanger Creek Ranch, and feels an instant attraction. Sparks fly between the two because of suspicions and misunderstandings. Colt has also been hurt by a cheating wife, and has vowed to never fall in love again. He thinks his current long-term arrangement of friends with benefits he shares with Shauna Lee Holt is best for him, and if he ever marries again, he’ll marry her.

Gloria Antypowich has created a world with vibrant characters in The Second Time Around. Frank – a very interesting name for a lead female character – can do anything a male ranch hand can do and better. She’s been hurt and she’s vulnerable, but she’s strong and independent at the same time. Her attraction to Colt sizzles and their chemistry is undeniable. They both make their share of bad decisions trying to find the right path. Painful moments brought tears to my eyes, and the stubborn streak in that cowboy, well, it’s what kept me reading. Shauna Lee is also a multidimensional character. I wanted to dislike her for being in Frank’s way, but I couldn’t. Part of the second book in the series was included. I look forward to reading that installment to continue Shauna Lee’s story and find out more about her.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read, June 10, 2015

By Kathleen Ball “kathleen”

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This review is from: The Second Time Around (Belanger Creek Ranch Book 1) (Kindle Edition)

I love a book full of emotion and The Second Time Around is such a book. One minute I was hopeful and the next I was near tears. Gloria Antypowich has written a winner!! Her characters are flawed and true to life. The story is complex with the right mix of action and emotion. This book is a keeper- the type you’ll want to read again

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5 Stars By Juliette Douglas on June 4, 2015

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Loved It!

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Loved It! Author Antypowich pulled me in gently and before I knew it, finished the book in 3 hours. Just a delightful, wonderful afternoon read! The two main character fought their feelings for each other like they were fighting the plague. Lots of tugs, tension and pulls. I like a book with good descriptions and this author did that for me. I love the author’s writing style…and well…hummm…will have to read her others now… Well done!

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I don’t usually write book reviews but really felt I needed to take the time to do one for this book. I read it quite quickly and stayed up into the wee hours to see what would happen next…

First off, I love this book and can’t wait to read more from the Belanger Creek Ranch series… I really love stories with strong independent women and the character Frank Lamonte fit the bill to a tee. She, yes I said she, is bright and gutsy and while she is obviously attractive to the male population, she never comes across as conceited, but more as a wholesome country girl. However, bear in mind that even though I used the word ‘wholesome’ never fear, this book is not lacking in the spice department, but the author still knows how to titillate the reader without going over the top, so don’t expect full on erotica, which was a nice change for me from most of the romance books on the market.

In the book, Frank suffers from depression brought on by some challenges she has had to face, but rather than wallowing in self-pity she decides to listen to her boss, who senses she is suffering and a big change is needed . I appreciate that the author touched on the subject of mental illness, as it is so prevalent nowadays and we all need to be able to talk about it just like any other illness without feeling as if it is something we should be able to snap out of, or be ashamed of having.

I also loved the chemistry between Frank Lamonte and Colt Thompson. While it wasn’t quite love at first sight (without giving too much away) it was really sweet how the relationship unfolded slowly but surely even though due to past hurts on both their parts, they were both guarding their hearts.

I also liked the character Shawna Lee even though initially I didn’t because she came across as being a bit shallow as Colt’s ‘friend with benefits’ but I am looking forward to learning more about her in the second book,. as I am pretty sure there is a reason why she is also guarding her heart and I can’t wait to find out more about her in book two . I also really liked the character Patch, Colt’s trusted friend and hired hand who becomes her staunchest supporter and really develops a deep caring for Frank while she is working on the ranch.

It was also nice to see a book cover that you wouldn’t be ashamed to let your young children see you reading, unlike some of the full frontal nudity that leaves very little to the imagination.

I plan on buying book two Full Circle and will post a review on that one soon!

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I am super excited. Months of long hours and hard work are coming to fruition!  The Hand of Fate, Book Three of the Belanger Creek Ranch Series will be available on Amazon in Kindle format and paperback soon! 

THE HAND OF FATE eBook