4.0 out of 5 stars An engrossing romance!, July 26, 2015
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This review is from: The Second Time Around (Belanger Creek Ranch Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
‘The Second Time Around’ by Gloria Antypowich is an engrossing romance. I found it to be generally well written and well plotted, affording the reader strong male and female characters to relate to.

The main female character is Frank Lamonte, who despite her typically male name is an auburn haired beauty with a temper to match. She has been a ‘farm girl’ almost from birth and that combined with her love for animals and degree in veterinary medicine make her a formidable persona.

Despite her strong exterior, as the story begins we learn that Frank is suffering from depression stemming from a failed romance with a colleague whom she met while attending university. Her kindly boss proposes a change of scene and recommends she take and extended leave of absence to get her head on straight.
He suggests Frank sign on as a hired hand for a large cattle ranch. Misgivings aside, Frank decides to take his advice, and nearly immediately is embroiled in a conflict with her new boss, Colt Thompson, the son of the owner of the ranch. Colt is another well described and strong character and the majority of the story revolves around their complex relationship and its sometimes surprising twists and turns.

The writing in this story seems to get stronger as the tale progresses; earlier chapters wander and have some tentative passages but Ms Antypowich finds her voice as the plot picks up pace and the tale finishes very strongly and with a most satisfactory conclusion.

I gave this story a rating of four stars, mostly due to the early plot construction which came across as somewhat pat as well as some of the early dialog issues. However as previously mentioned the latter half of this book becomes very exciting and the reader becomes captivated by the strong interpersonal dynamics of the main characters.