There are problems, however: Matt's jealous ex-girlfriend being one of them. But the main trouble is Nicci's determination to qualify for the Badminton horse trials. Because although Matt treats horses for a living, a tragedy in his past makes him terrified every time Nicci competes.
So when Nicci has a terrible accident, a devastated Matt gives her an ultimatum: it's either him or the riding.
Nicci can't believe he means it. But can she risk putting him to the test?
I've become a huge fan of Cathy Woodman's Talyton St George vet series ever since I was given a copy of Trust Me I'm A Vet as a present a couple of years ago but one of the things I've enjoyed most in the last couple of books is that we are now starting to be introduced to new characters in the village.
In Vets in Love we meet two new characters, GP Nicci, who's dream ambition is to compete in the Badminton Horse trials, and Matt, the local Equine vet. Nicci and Matt seem perfect for each other with so much in common but they each have their own baggage that creates problems for them. Matt, in particular, is haunted by an event from his past that makes him unable to support Nicci's ambition to compete so when he gives her an ultimatum, will she be able to give up her dreams to be with him?
One of the things I love about Cathy's books are that some old characters turn up like old friends so it's pleasing to see that, although in this books we're introduced to a few new characters including Nicci's mother, sister and family, a couple of oldies make brief appearances but it would be nice to see Maz and Emma make a reappearance soon.
I do have one minor niggle though, and it also applies to the previous book, and that is the titles of the books as they are not strictly accurate. In this book there is only one vet, not plural, so surely it should be Vet in Love whereas in The Village Vet,Tessa is a vetinary nurse and not a vet. But that being said the titles of the books do not detract from the enjoyment of the storyline.
I'd like to thank Cathy's publishers Arrow for sending me a copy of Vets in Love to review, I'm already looking forward to the next installment in the Talyton St George series which is due to be published next year.