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stars-5-0__V192240867_Refreshing romance with important life lesson, July 22, 2015 By Cold Coffee Press

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

It is refreshing to read a romance that not only satisfies the readers desire to read this genre, but also teaches an important life lesson.

‘The Second Time Around’ is the first book in the Belanger Creek Ranch series. Well-developed characters like veterinarian Frank Lamonte (Female), Dr. Jason Winters (DVM) and Colt Thompson (Owner of the Belanger Creek Ranch in Saskatchewan, Canada) to name a few, bring real life issues into normal life settings where the reader can relax and relate in one or more ways.

When courage comes before comfort to assist a friend, co-worker and employee to seek the help needed for a depressional episode, the main character can not only find help, relief, time and the environment to promote healing, she can overcome the root cause of her depression and help a man that comes into her life to live and love again.

Realistic, warm, touching and romantic with writing that draws the reader into the story. Author Gloria Antypwich brings her own experiences, environment and fascination with human nature to the table in her creative process.

In my reviews I always quote at least one passage to show the writer’s style and intent I am very careful not to spoil the story for you the reader. I quote from page 62. “The Thunder Breeding Hills, she mused as she fanned herself with her hat, appreciating the movement of air as it wafted across her face. Native people had called the Cypress Hills that, because they thought they were the home and breeding ground of the storms. She lifted her face to the sky. The night was going to be spectacular. It was a good thing she wasn’t afraid of thunder and lightning, or being by herself.

When she stepped out of the tub an hour later, a loud clap of thunder shattered the night. Within seconds, rain sluiced down in a torrent. Frank dried off, wrapped a fresh towel sarong-fashion around her body, and then stepped back into the bedroom. Shaking her hair loose around her shoulders, she went to stand at the window. She smiled as she watched the welcome drops bounce on the cement walk below. Their pounding rhythm on the roof was almost exciting, and she was stirred by the sound of it as she ran her fingers through her heavy, damp hair. She turned to pick up the electric hair dryer and a styling brush and worked her hair until it floated around her shoulders like a soft, fragrant cloak. Fiery lights glinted off it like sparks borrowed from the lightning that pierced the evening sky.”

Cold Coffee Press Endorses ‘The Second Time Around’ (Belanger Creek Ranch Book 1) by Gloria Antypowich as a Contemporary Adult Romance inspired by her husband (they are both retired) who is the love of her life.

This book was reviewed from a Kindle/PDF version. The review was completed on July 22, 2015. For more information please visit Cold Coffee Press.



on July 20, 2015
Second Time around is the perfect name for this book and I really enjoyed the story.

Both the h and H had back luck at love and no wonder they both fought it so hard even tho they were clearly perfect for each other.

Colt was stubborn and very stupid at times and I wanted to hit him when he got engaged to his friend with benefits and announced it at a party Frank attended yet expected her to stay. Huh?!?

Frank (very odd name for a woman although it’s explained why she’s named that in the story) was a hard worker who was also a vet and I was definitely rooting for her.

I’m glad they got their HEA.

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent romantic tension with great characterization – start of a wonderful series, July 17, 2015
This review is from: The Second Time Around (Belanger Creek Ranch Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
I really enjoyed reading Second Time Around. Straight romance is not a genre I often read, so I was surprised by how drawn in to the story I became. Gloria skillfully built up the tension between Frank and Colt, and while most female protagonists have me scratching my head as to why they don’t just go already to the hunky male lead, Frank’s reasons actually made sense to me. At times the dialogue was wordy and a bit repetitious with the character’s thoughts, but the story and characters themselves were intriguing enough to look past it. Gloria has a gift for engaging the reader, making it easy to keep reading. If you’re into romance, especially romance with a more rustic feel, I recommend checking out Second Time Around. This is certainly the start of a great series.
Female veterinarian Frank Lamonte is going through a series of depressing bouts in her life in Stettler, Canada. Martin Cole, her co-worker, fellow veterinarian, and former fiance works at the same clinic and has dumped her to take up with the office secretary. Additionally, her father is recovering from a medical condition in Arizona and was forced to sell the family ranch Frank grew up on.

Following the suggestion of her boss, Dr. Winters, to take a prolonged leave of absence from the clinic, Frank hires on at Belanger Creek Ranch in Saskatchewan under the supervision of Ollie Crampton, a seasoned ranch manager. The ranch is owned by Colt Thompson, an absent owner who is good looking, but who has an irritable disposition at times–having been burned in a prior love relationship. As soon as the main characters meet, the sparks fly and misunderstandings occur.

Gloria Antypowich writes in an engaging clear style and describes both the characters and settings realistically and vividly so that the reader is pulled into the story and plot from the first chapter. This is a charming (contemporary) western romance that’s enjoyable, easy to read, and includes a little spice to make it nice. The added bonus of “Second Time Around,” is that this is the first book in the Belanger Creek Ranch series and there are more stories awaiting the reader.

TOTALLY AWESOME!! Another 5 star review for The Second Time Around! This one is from another person who I know nothing about (as 90% of them are). Thank You to Amber Z!!

5.0 out of 5 stars great book, June 28 2015
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Great book!!! Really enjoyed the characters and it felt like u were there in the moment.

Wow!! I found this review on–to be honest I seldom go there–and was AMAZED to find two 5 star reviews there. They also show the reviews from –something that I didn’t know happened. I also checked this book in the UK and it has 2 reviews there!

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AWESOME!! Awesome!! A terrific 4 star review for The Second Time Around, Book One of The Belanger Creek Ranch on Amazon. A big Thank You to Rachel Willmeron!

A good contemporary romance for your holiday reading
ByRachel Willmeron June 24, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
A well-written contemporary romance, set on a ranch. The heroine is a veterinarian, escaping from some trouble in her past; the ranch she chooses to escape to is where she meets our hero.

Much combative dialogue reveals two engaging characters, both strong and weak at varying times, and with character flaws that make you want to bang their heads together. Add a well-written side-character and the outdoors interest of the ranch itself; what you get is a great escapist holiday book.

It’s the start of a series, so if you like this one, there’s more to follow.

Disclosure: I was given a review copy

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WOW!! I’m absolutely THRILLED to find another 5 Star review for The Second Time Around on–by another MAN who read my book! Thank you “Father Ted”!
“A Western romance that gallops along”
ByFather Ted on June 23, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
A western story that is both contemporary and adult. An ideal book to read in the garden on a sunny afternoon, or by the fireside on a winter’s night. The two main characters, Frank Lamonte and Colt Thompson are strong, believable and have troubled pasts. Troubles with the opposite sex that is! A well written, well observed spicy romance. Highly enjoyable.

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Book Reviews are vital to the success of a book and I value everyone I get. I am sharing a couple of lines from the full review, which can be read below. …..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…..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.
Thank you to mbsgreg--this person understood me and my writing.  I’m so pleased and so humbled.
From reviews of The Second Time Around, Book One of The Belanger Creek Ranch Series.

By mbsgreg on June 15, 2015

Format: Kindle Edition

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 Shauna 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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Dear Goria,
I read both of your books Hearts at risk and Run. Wow! I couldn’t put them down, but at the same time I had to slow myself down because I didn’t want either of them to end. I actually felt loss each time I finished a book. Your stories captivate me. I am wondering when the release date for the third book in the trilogy will be released! I look forward to reading the stories you create. Thank you for writing them.
Margaret Ramsey
100 Mile House B.C.

 Nice and smooth April 28, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I have seen this book and author around on several blogs and sites, but each time I looked at the cover, something just kept me from buying it. I’m a visual person right off the bat, and the cover never really called to me. However, I finally looked past the cover to see what the story was really about. This was one case where I am glad that I looked beyond just the visual and took a leap.This book was a very good read, very smoothly written and well edited. I loved Frankie the lead female in the story. I could relate to her strength and her insecurities. The depth of the character was strong and really filled you in. While I liked Colt, I felt that sometimes we didn’t always see the complete side of him and I would have liked to see a bit more about how he ticked.

The storyline moved along very nicely and I enjoyed how it grew and how it ended. I would have liked to see a final conversation with Ollie, the boss at the ranch, when all the news broke at the end because I believed it played a vital role in the story, but the way it ended worked well. The sexual nature of the book is very calm and clean, leaving your to visualize how much you want to, or not.

I am very glad that I picked up this book and gave it a chance. It was a great quick read – took me just about 4 hours to read cover to cover. I will definitely be reading more of this author.

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