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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.

on October 29, 2015
“The Second Time Around” (book one in the ‘Belanger Creek Ranch’ series) by Gloria Antypowich is an engaging romantic western read set at the picturesque Belanger Creek Ranch. The story revolves around Frank Lamonte, a veterinarian with depression issues, and Colt Thompson, a jaded cowboy who wants nothing to do with love anymore. Both characters have been spurned in the romance department and are determined to not let their hearts be broken again. But as with real life, things never go as we plan. When Frank and Colt meet, they both experience an unwanted but undeniable attraction. Can a second chance at love be in store for these two or will heartbreak come again?

I thought the aptly titled “The Second Time Around” was an entertaining read. Antypowich does a good job setting up the characters and storyline. I felt that both Frank and (especially) Colt were justified in their thoughts about romance and love after what they experienced. I would recommend to fans of romance, western and women’s literature genres.

on October 29, 2015
I don’t read a lot of romance stories, but the author did a great job in making this so much more, I also loved the second chance theme and the way both the main characters in the book, Frank and Colt have moments of hate and love just like the rest of us. The writing style is very reader friendly and will have readers clinging to the book as they quickly turn page after page and find themselves immersed in a well written, compelling story. The author did a great job also with the feel and locations in this novel. well done.
on October 25, 2015
Frank loves being a vet, but she doesn’t love working alongside the man she thought she wanted to spend her life with, while he is fawning all over someone new right in front of her face. She is a very capable woman, but there is only so much she can take. At the insistence of her boss, she takes a leave of absence to take her mind off of things, and hopefully work through her depression. This leads her to become a ranch hand on a small ranch far from home, where she meets an interesting man that infuriates her as soon as she meets him. This of course changes after a while, and the story takes a different turn. The tale that unfolds between the two of them is predictable and sweet. If you are a sucker for romantic stories and happy endings, read this one as soon as you can.
on October 21, 2015
For those of us, who have loved and lost, who have closed their hearts off to the possibility of new love so that we not are hurt again, this book is for you. If you long for a nice romance story that seems real and not far fetched, then this book is for you. The quirky choice of name for your main character here (frank as a girls name?) was a bit distracting but in the end not terribly so.
Frank and Colt are two people who have been through the “happily ever after” and are not looking for that hurt again so when their feelings for each other collide they are too bull headed to see how good they would be for each other in the long run. Since this is a romance it has a happy ending, although there is a little surprise (or two) thrown in there and it doesn’t feel like its just one more romance. I was able to emphasize with both characters, although I wanted to shake them out of their stubbornness on more than one occasion.
It was a fast and nice feel good book for me.

The Second Time Around, Book One of The Belanger Creek Ranch Series tells a truly Canadian story about ranching, cattle, romance, tough choices and taking chances. The characters that come to life on the pages are people that you feel like you know from somewhere–or wish you did. Readers meet -continue reading…>

4.0 out of 5 stars One thing I liked in this books was that the characters improved and …, October 14, 2015 This review is from: The Second Time Around (Belanger Creek Ranch Book 1) (Kindle Edition) One thing I liked in this books was that the characters improved and developed during the story. The female characters are strong and independent Frank fits that ideal to a tee. She is strong independent but doesn’t realize what kind of reaction she has over the men in her life. She has this inner spark that can’t be blown out. She has had hardships and is suffering from depression from the tragedy. But she doesn’t wallow and heads out to a new adventure. As she works at the ranch she grows stronger and we see the true Frank come out . The strong woman, with a tender side. She knows when to go after what she wants and knows when to step back when things aren’t going right. Even though it might mean heartbreak again. Colt is hot and sexy and quite the alpha man, but also has the sweet, sensitive side and was once hurt by a woman o he has some prejudices related to Frank but it’s just great to see her putting him in his place. It’s good to read a romance that teaches an important life lesson.

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Ok I fell in love with this book by just the cover alone . As I started to read , I got sucked into the story of second chances and falling in love. Set on a cattle ranch in South Western Saskatchewan . Where two broken souls come together , with misunderstandings and broken hearts . They find each other but will they survive and find their way back to each other .

Lets just say this , this book will make you laugh and cry and then laugh some more . The characters are so well written and complex. She writes such strong female characters . They are independent and not conceited at all. Frank fits that ideal to a tee. She is strong independent but doesn’t realize what kind of reaction she has over the men in her life . She has this inner spark that can’t be blown out. She has had hardships and is suffering from depression from the tragedy . But she doesn’t wallow and heads out to a new adventure. As she works at the ranch she grows stronger and we see the true Frank come out . The strong woman, with a tender side . She knows when to go after what she wants and knows when to step back when things aren’t going right . Even though it might mean heart break again. She is a fighter and fighting she does . Colt is the man she fights with. This man is hot and sexy and quite the alpha man , but also has the sweet sensitive side. He is there to help his family when they need him . But he is also holding onto a bunch of hurt . He is tough but tender and will protect what is his . He is the type of guy you want in your corner and take home to your mom . But like most men he jumps to conclusions and has a temper and he admits when he is wrong .

The supporting cast of characters are so fun to read . I won’t go into details but Ollie is my all time favorite characters, he like the comic relief / father figure to both the main characters . You really feel for the position he is put in and you can see he really wants to knock some heads together.

I absolutely fell in love with this book , like I said she has based the story on a ranch in South Western Saskatchewan. In the Cypress hills near Maple Creek and Swift Current . She paints a great picture of what Saskatchewan is about . The story blends right into the area and flows so well . I started reading it in the morning and finished in a day . I couldn’t put it down . I loved the characters and the story . I actually shed some tears and laughed a lot while reading this book. As soon as I finished book one I started book two. I just had to know what happened . I also like that the author brought the characters back in book two. I like to know what happens to them as you read . But they don’t take away from what is happening in the rest of the books . I adore this set of books for so many reasons . But most of all that they are great books written with such a passion and a love . So if you want a sweet contemporary romance with a cowboy flair . This is the series for you . So check them out. Colt and Frank will sweep you off your feet

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on August 24, 2015
Great contemporary romance
“The Second Time Around”, by Gloria Antypowich is a great romance. Frank Lamonte, an attractive and good looking veterinarian, is having a hard time to overcome her failed romance with her co-worker Martin Cole. Her boss, Dr. Winters, noticing that Frank was depressed and how hard it is for her to continue working with her ex, recommended that she takes an extended leave of absence. At first Frank didn’t like the idea but at the end she agreed with him that it would be the best for her. Dr. Winters helps her to find another job in a ranch as a ranch-hand.
Things didn’t work perfectly between Frank and her new boss Colt Thompson at the beginning, but both made an effort and they came along well.
It wasn’t on Frank’s agenda to fall in love again, but she could not resist the handsome, Colt Thompson.
Colt has his own demons to put to rest and is not interested in any long term relationship.
Both Colt and Frank are strong characters and the story is centered on their complicated relationship.
There are some twists and turns that keep you hooked until the end.

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.

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