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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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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 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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Broken Wings by D.G. Torrens

The haunting reality of Broken Wings stayed with me for days after I’d read it.

Twenty six year old Angelina Ferria has experienced more pain than most people do in a lifetime; a tragic childhood followed by shattered hopes and dreams when her fiancé had been killed in a car accident three years earlier.  She’s certain she has no more room for pain, no room for a relationship.

Joshua Allen is a Bomb Disposal Expert in the British army.  He has served in Afghanistan and saw his childhood friend and comrade die when their group was attacked by insurgents only two weeks before they were due to return home to England.  He has watched his friend’s wife struggle to deal with the devastation of losing her husband.  He is haunted by his own loss.  He has vowed to not get involved until his tour of duty is over.

But fate intervenes and when Angelina and Joshua meet, it isn’t long before they are head or heels in love.

When he is sent to Afghanistan for another six months, they are both paralysed with fear and anxiety.  Angelina clings to his promise that he will return.  Joshua realises how much more he has to lose as he leaves this time.  He can barely stand to leave, but he must go.

There is so much detail and richness in Torrens writing that I felt she must have known intimately the terror of waiting each day, the pain of loss, the tragedy of war, and I felt it with Angelina.

The ending was sadly shocking; an example of the life that many real life couples are faced with as a result of the war in Afghanistan.

Broken Wings really touched me in the heart.  Don’t miss this great read.

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Stephanie D.   4/5

“You Can Run” by Gloria Antypowich, Book Two of the ‘Thompson Family Trilogy’, is more than a feel good story, although that is what it also is. Shauna Lee has undergone some very unpleasant experiences in her life that have left her vulnerable, and an emotional mess. She feels good by working excessively hard and bringing men home for one night stands, telling herself that it is all she wants and needs. But Brad Johnson enters her life, and he knows better. He can see that Shauna Lee is trying to bury something and he knows she’ll be able to heal and move on only if she can let it out. He takes this on as a challenge, but Shauna Lee is not necessarily grateful or appreciative. However, he is nothing if not persistent but Shauna Lee is stubborn and very self-willed. What is going to happen with two such immutable opponents? There is a lot of depth to this book. You are drawn right into the characters’ complex lives (and can only admire Brad’s iron self-control)! You get to know the whole of them. The author has a highly readable and approachable style, and can turn her hand equally to sensual romance, thrilling suspense, bleak suffering and hate-filled violence. The plot is interesting with unforeseen twists on the way. And there is completeness in the story as certain things turn full circle. The writing is well-paced, entertaining and also informative. You get to see inside ranching, which is a fascinating extra. Like a ranch, this story is a dusty, gritty slice of real life.

Reviewed by Kristie I. for Readers Favorite

“You Can Run…” by Gloria Antypowich is book two of the ‘Thompson Family Trilogy’ and it is a book that the reader will be hooked on from start to finish. Shauna Lee is a successful business woman running her own business and handling accounts for many including her ex-fiancee, Colt Thompson; however, she holds back from personal, intimate relationships. Shauna Lee has flings, but not anything that is going to go anywhere long-term. Shauna Lee meets Brad one night while out with another man and Colt introduces the two of them. Brad is determined to find out more about Shauna Lee and break through the wall that she keeps between herself and others. Shauna Lee is not ready to share her secrets, hurts and her past with anyone, but does Shauna really want to continue living life as she has been doing?

I started reading this book, but then decided to read book one first. I am so glad I did that as I felt I got so much more out of this book than I would have if I had not read book one. The characters are all so likable and I enjoyed reading about Frankie and Colt and their story in book one and continuing on with them in this book as well. There is so much more to Shauna Lee than what she presents and shares with others and the author does a great job at developing the relationship between Shauna Lee and Brad and how he chips away at her front and gets to know the real Shauna Lee. This book is easy to get into as the style of writing is enjoyable and the characters are people you would love to meet and are “real” as they could be the neighbors next door. A great series and I am looking forward to reading book three of the trilogy.

 

Read Me Dead

I really enjoyed “Read Me Dead” and I am a grandma, not a YA!

Emerald Barnes has crafted a compelling read: a thriller, murder, mystery, with a romantic triangle and betrayal by someone in a position of trust. This book grabbed my attention from the beginning and held my attention to the end. There were many twists and turns in the plot, and the main character experienced real trauma (physically and emotionally), not just the threat of it.

Emerald makes you feel the romantic conflicts of a teenage girl, compounded by her fear for her own life and the lives of those that she cares for.  Alex’s emotional distress felt very real and I could understand how difficult it was for her to deal with everything that was hanging over her.

I enjoyed Barnes’s novella, “Piercing Through The Darkness” and it left me wanting to know ‘the rest of the story’.  This time she has written a full length, satisfying novel and she still leaves you wondering.

I recommend this book to all ages.  I read every  genre and I enjoyed this book.

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