Title: Vets in Love
Published: 22nd November 2012
Publisher: Arrow Books
Author: Cathy Woodman
Love is in the air in Talyton St George, Devon’s most romantic town.
Glamorous GP Nicci (aka the galloping doctor) and Matt, the very handsome equine vet, have caught each other’s eye. On paper it looks like a match in heaven.
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?
Light-hearted romance read.
I have never read anything by Cathy Woodman before so I felt pleasantly surprised with how the story played out. It wasn’t until I had read the book that I realised it was part of a series, though I think most can be read as stand alone books like this one. I liked the author’s light style of writing with how she creates her story.
The title may be a little misleading, as only one of the leads is a vet, Matt, with the other being a doctor, Nicci, but the romance defiantly isn’t. When Matt and Nicci first meet you can see the sparks fly between them, even if Nicci is causing him a bit of pain trying to sort out his shoulder. This would be ok in a normal situation but as Nicci is the local GP and Matt is the patient it makes things a little more complicated. Matt never the one to back away from something he wants just goes right ahead and switches doctors so Nicci will have no excuses for dating him.
Their romance gets off to a great start, even with their crazy work schedules, the chemistry between the characters is clear. Everything seems to be going in the right direction for them, but with Nicci’s sister, niece and nephew suddenly showing up for a ‘visit’ which turns into a lot longer, Matt’s ex dropping some devastating news on him and Matt’s dislike of Nicci’s eventing for fear she might get hurt, things start to unravel fast. A lot of things seem to be being thrown at them and they have to decide if all the stress is worth it in the end.
After about half way through you can see how the story is going to play out (it is a romance novel after all) but I still found it a good lunchtime read, a light-hearted romance to get swept away with. It does make me want to check out the rest of the series now.
4 out of 5 stars