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Trust Me, I'm a Vet (Talyton St George #1) by Cathy Woodman is an adorable small town, chick-lit type romance about a woman trying to find her place in the world after leaving her big town job as a veterinarian when her lover of four years reconciles with his ex-wife. The heroine goes through a lot in this story to find happiness and peace that includes a romance with a local man who should be all wrong for her, but isn't.
Maz has left her old veterinarian job in the city, and takes a sabbatical of sorts. She's actually going to fill in for her best friend Emma, who runs a veterinarian practice in a very small town. Maz's friend Emma is going on a much needed vacation with her husband. Maz thinks they job will be easy, but then she finds out all to quickly why her friend needed to get away. The locals are very suspicious of newcomers, and are very protective of their own, which includes another long time vet they go to. The townspeople aren't the friendliest to Maz, which also includes some of the employees at the vet she's now in charge of. Emma has a money problem, meaning her practice could close. Then they're Alex, the town's favorite son whose father runs the rival vet practice. Alex's father does everything he can to run Maz out of town, including ruining Emma's practice. Maz refuses to be ousted, and fights back. Her initial introduction with Alex is pretty bad because he's so snarly and rude. But as she gets to know him better, she sees he's a really nice guy with strange parents, and a broken heart over his marriage. She and Alex become friends, bond over their love of animals, and then develop deep feelings for one another.
Alex is too good to be true, but Max is afraid of taking that next step with Alex because she's still hurt over her lover tossing her aside, and how her visit is temporary. Alex wants more from Maz, but he's not will to be someone she just bides her time with until Emma comes back. Maz has to decide if she can let go of her past so she can have a future with Alex.
Trust Me, I'm a Vet is a sweet romance with a lot of flavorful characters, and the love and care of animals mixed in. Maz has trouble growing accustomed to the small town life, especially with all it's eccentricities. Maz has such a sweet heart, especially when it comes to the animals in her care. This has a nice homey feel with some important messages mixed in. Watching her confidence grow, including finding a place where she can belong makes Trust Me, I'm a Vet an enjoyable read. I look forward to reading the rest of the books in this series to see how how Maz ends on her feet, and whether she gets her HEA with Alex.