Horse Play, By Jo Carnegie


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Thirty years on from Jilly Cooper's Riders, and the erotic lure of the stable block remains. In this latest instalment of Jo Carnegie's Churchminister chronicles, we're introduced to Kizzy Milton, a young stable girl whose pretty curves have made "grown men fall to their knees".

Her ambitions of Grand National fame soon evaporate when she canters across the path of Olympic dressage medallist, Javier Hamilton-Scott. Son of an English aristocrat and a Spanish flamenco dancer, Javier is harbouring a secret - and not just in his tight-fitting jodhpurs.

The novel's racier encounters might make even Jilly fans blush, but this behaviour is nothing new in a sleepy Cotswolds village where "the women know exactly what they want, and it's not cream tea with the vicar".