The Art of Running in Heels (Chinooks Hockey Team, #7)
Running in five-inch stilettos is an art formLeaving your fiancé at the altar on live television is a disaster. Lexie Kowalsky thought she was ready to get married in front of millions of people, but at the last minute she fled the set of television’s hottest reality show, Gettin’ Hitched. Wearing a poofy white dress and a pair of five-inch sparkly shoes, Lexie hopped a float plane for Sandspit, Canada. She figured no one would find her there. But she was wrong.Sharing her flight was the Seattle Chinooks biggest star, Sean Knox. Lexie wasn’t just a reality-show runaway, she was his pain in the butt coach’s daughter. She was chaos and temptation and definitely off limits, but getting her luscious body out of that wedding gown, he couldn’t resist getting her in his bed for one amazing night.Then a photo of Sean and Lexi breaks the internet—and suddenly they’re both swept up in a crazy plan to spin the whole story. But you can’t run from love—

The Art of Running in Heels (Chinooks Hockey Team, #7) Details

TitleThe Art of Running in Heels (Chinooks Hockey Team, #7)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 26th, 2017
PublisherAvon
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary Romance, Sports and Games, Sports, Contemporary, Sports Romance

The Art of Running in Heels (Chinooks Hockey Team, #7) Review

  • RachelW (BamaGal)
    January 1, 1970
    Full review...3.5 Stars. Fast forward twenty-something years from the very first book in the "Chinooks Hockey Team" series; and we have John and Georgia Kowalski's daughter Lexi all grown up. Lexi decides to drum up business for her pet couture enterprise by appearing on a Bachelor style reality series. The reality part of the series has gotten away from her, and she suddenly finds herself at the altar as the 'winner' of the series; about to marry a man she barely knows. She runs away from the w Full review...3.5 Stars. Fast forward twenty-something years from the very first book in the "Chinooks Hockey Team" series; and we have John and Georgia Kowalski's daughter Lexi all grown up. Lexi decides to drum up business for her pet couture enterprise by appearing on a Bachelor style reality series. The reality part of the series has gotten away from her, and she suddenly finds herself at the altar as the 'winner' of the series; about to marry a man she barely knows. She runs away from the wedding to hide in a small town in Canada, where she meets up with hockey player Sean Knox. When her bolt from the wedding earns bad press for her business; she concocts a fake romance to bolster public opinion of her. That is, if she can convince Sean to go along with her plan...Cute story, classic humorous RG. It's been a long time since she's put out a new book in this series. Gibson's writing style hasn't changed much over the years or really even evolved much; but that's okay, it worked for me. In a day when most love stories involve jumping into to bed within days (or less) of meeting for sweaty, slippery, overly erotic sex scenes; this was a breath of fresh air. The characters actually spent time together getting to know one another. Family is actually involved. Not many do that anymore. Many contemporary romances have lost sight of what romance really is. Now it's meet, have lots of sex, then they suddenly decide they are in love at the end of the book. To me that's not romantic; and I truly enjoyed reading this throwback romance.
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  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 starsI’m a sucker for the fake relationship trope, so I was pretty excited for this one. Lexie and Sean are okay characters. I wanted to like them both so much, but she comes across as flighty and he’s really cocky {and not in a good way}. Sean’s inner monologue mainly alternated between thoughts of Lexie’s boobs and thinking about how there were several other women “out there”. Plot wise, it was what I expected. There was a bit of drama, due to the reality show aspect, but my main complaint 2.5 starsI’m a sucker for the fake relationship trope, so I was pretty excited for this one. Lexie and Sean are okay characters. I wanted to like them both so much, but she comes across as flighty and he’s really cocky {and not in a good way}. Sean’s inner monologue mainly alternated between thoughts of Lexie’s boobs and thinking about how there were several other women “out there”. Plot wise, it was what I expected. There was a bit of drama, due to the reality show aspect, but my main complaint is that I just didn’t see the relationship progress between Lexie and Sean. Sure, she tried a little, yet he only wanted to hook up. The chemistry was there, but I didn’t see anything else. Overall, it was a quick read with a lot of promise, but I just couldn’t connect to the MCs enough. **Huge thanks to Avon Books for providing the arc free of charge**
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  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsLexie and Sean met under circumstances very similar to the way her parents, John and Georgeanne met in Simply Irresistible (a book I re-read as a refresher), which I found highly improbable, but I guess it worked for the story and some readers might appreciate the symmetry. I wasn't sure I was going to like Lexie (although she was adorable in Simply Irresistible). In fact, I kept going back and forth on this character. No sooner would I decide I liked her, than she would do something th 3.5 starsLexie and Sean met under circumstances very similar to the way her parents, John and Georgeanne met in Simply Irresistible (a book I re-read as a refresher), which I found highly improbable, but I guess it worked for the story and some readers might appreciate the symmetry. I wasn't sure I was going to like Lexie (although she was adorable in Simply Irresistible). In fact, I kept going back and forth on this character. No sooner would I decide I liked her, than she would do something that was a complete turn off for me. such as allowing people to mistakenly believe Sean had forced her to have sex with him. I struggled to forgive her for this. Rape and/or sexual assault is too serious an issue to be treated in such an offhand manner. She did have her charms--she was dedicated to her business, her dog Yum Yum, and her animal rights advocacy. Some of the details of her life and her business didn't ring true, and issues disappeared into thin air, but overall she was an entertaining character. Sean was, by far, my favorite character. His childhood was so sad, it just broke my heart. The anxiety he experienced when his mother was around was very well-written. The distance he created between himself and others felt very authentic for someone who had grown up in the chaos of his early life. Sean's character had more depth than the other characters, and his wicked sense of humor had me laughing out loud several times. The Art of Running in Heels was a bit uneven. The story moved along well until the end, which felt forced and rushed. The sudden revelation of deeply held feelings just doesn't work for me, and I found it too predictable.I can't say this is the best book in the series, but it is entertaining, as long as you don't look too closely at the details.
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  • Jasprit
    January 1, 1970
    Reading a book by Rachel Gibson has been a long time coming and now after finishing The Art of Running in Heels, I feel like kicking myself for not trying her books sooner, as this book was such a delight to read. I’ve always been a fan of sports romances in books, but lately with books featuring hockey I’ve been devouring and I’ve kind of become hooked to these big hockey stars prowling around everywhere. And with The Art of Running in Heels, Gibson gives us an excellent mix of sports romance a Reading a book by Rachel Gibson has been a long time coming and now after finishing The Art of Running in Heels, I feel like kicking myself for not trying her books sooner, as this book was such a delight to read. I’ve always been a fan of sports romances in books, but lately with books featuring hockey I’ve been devouring and I’ve kind of become hooked to these big hockey stars prowling around everywhere. And with The Art of Running in Heels, Gibson gives us an excellent mix of sports romance and fake relationship trope. It really was done well, as aspects of Lexie and Sean’s scenes I wasn’t sure if it was all an act or actual genuine emotions that the characters felt for each other. Yes, Lexie’s original plan of getting together was so that it would improve her reputation, but I loved the way that things actually played out. I also kept forgetting at times that both Sean and Lexie only really knew each other for such a short period of time, but Gibson really made their relationship believable and their feelings really realistic. What I liked the most about Lexie’s character was that a lot of people assumed what she was like, and their judgement couldn’t have been more wrong, Lexie really had a lot to deal with especially with the spur of the moment decision she made to leave Pete from reality show Gettin’ Hitched on their wedding day, of course this would bring about a lot of backlash for Lexie, but I admired her strength, to try and bring her reputation back any means necessary. Also, she had a business which was on the brink of success, which she couldn’t let it go down the toilet, with all her hard work. Lexie really made this story for me, her extensive lists and escapades had me totally eager for more and wanting to know how things would go down. Also with a super hot hockey player roped in her plans, I knew Lexie’s adventure would be a lot of fun! Gibson was also able to give us wonderful secondary characters in Sean’s mom and Lexie’s father who honestly had me laughing so much. Like Lexie’s whole situation was serious enough, who knew what repercussions she would have to deal with, but I enjoyed the humour that Gibson bought along the way. There was one thing later on which I wished hadn’t gone down, but I think it was completely necessary for a certain someone to realise that they were making one of the biggest mistakes ever. This is my first book in the Chinooks Hockey Team series, but after reading The Art of Running in Heels, it certainly won’t be my last! I need more hot hockey players and swoony romances in my life!
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  • Sharon Redfern
    January 1, 1970
    How much do I like Rachel Gibson's books? So much that even though I have many, many, books to read that come out before this one, I bumped it up to the top of the list and I am so glad I did. The book opens with Georgeanne and John from the first Chinook book "Simply Irresistible". John is now the coach of the Chinooks and he's mouthing off about one of his new players, Sean Knox, and how much he dislikes him. They also wonder how their daughter Lexie is doing with starting her new business and How much do I like Rachel Gibson's books? So much that even though I have many, many, books to read that come out before this one, I bumped it up to the top of the list and I am so glad I did. The book opens with Georgeanne and John from the first Chinook book "Simply Irresistible". John is now the coach of the Chinooks and he's mouthing off about one of his new players, Sean Knox, and how much he dislikes him. They also wonder how their daughter Lexie is doing with starting her new business and surprise, she shows up on their TV in a reality wedding show with pigs. I knew then I was going to enjoy this book.Needless to say, Lexie and Sean end up in a fake relationship after she bails on her TV fiancee, ends up in Canada with Sean, and then gets photographed in a compromising position. In order to save both of their careers, they agree to pretend to her parents and the public that they love each other and are together.I loved that both of these people are so smart but screwed up on some level and that they center each other. Unfortunately, they don't realize that until it's almost too late. I got a kick out of the new secondary character of Sean's mother as well as seeing old favorites.Long time Gibson readers will appreciate the deja vu all over again aspect of this story. (I went right to my bookcase and started reading "Simply Irresistible" as soon as I finished this book). That said, this book holds its own for a newbie reader. Very enjoyable addition to the Chinook series!
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    ARC courtesy of publisher in exchange for an honest reviewFind me on
  • Tammy Zautner
    January 1, 1970
    I'm thinking Rachel Gibson is another author it's time to move on from. In the past, she was always my go to but as of late, I have not been enjoying her work. Where the hell was the chemistry and connection between Sean and Lexie? At least 60% of the book was them spent apart, in their own worlds, unless sex was involved. No real progression. Heck, I didn't even feel the friends aspect. Not to mention, if I had to hear how hot Lexie and her chest was one more time...Absolutely no depth or chara I'm thinking Rachel Gibson is another author it's time to move on from. In the past, she was always my go to but as of late, I have not been enjoying her work. Where the hell was the chemistry and connection between Sean and Lexie? At least 60% of the book was them spent apart, in their own worlds, unless sex was involved. No real progression. Heck, I didn't even feel the friends aspect. Not to mention, if I had to hear how hot Lexie and her chest was one more time...Absolutely no depth or character to either of these protagonists. Which definitely left me feeling meh about The Art of Running in Heels. I'd suggest skipping and trying one of Rachel's older books in this series, especially The Trouble With Valentine's Day. Rob and Kate are wicked fun and hot!!
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  • Bambi Unbridled
    January 1, 1970
    In the latest installment of the Chinooks Hockey series, The Art of Running in Heels, we are returning to a favorite family of the past - the one that started it all - The Kowalsky's. It's not necessary to read the entire series before starting this book, but I highly recommend that you read Simply Irresistible, so that you have the back story on our heroine's parents and remember her adorably precocious personality as a child.Little Lexie Kowalsky is all grown up and following in her mother's f In the latest installment of the Chinooks Hockey series, The Art of Running in Heels, we are returning to a favorite family of the past - the one that started it all - The Kowalsky's. It's not necessary to read the entire series before starting this book, but I highly recommend that you read Simply Irresistible, so that you have the back story on our heroine's parents and remember her adorably precocious personality as a child.Little Lexie Kowalsky is all grown up and following in her mother's footsteps. She has carried her zany sense of style and love for animals into adulthood and turned it into an entrepreneurial venture. Lexie is the proprietor of Yum Yum's Closet, an online and burgeoning retail chain featuring clothes and accessories for canines inspired by her uber-sensitive Chinese Crested, Yum Yum. It was therefore a shock to her parents when Lexie suddenly turned up Gettin' Hitched, what I can only describe as a redneck version of The Bachelor. Lexie is suddenly wearing daisy dukes and wrestling pigs on national television in a bid to win and marry the chosen bachelor... but she takes after her mother in more ways than a crazy personality and voluptuous figure. A la Georgie in Simply Irresistible, Lexie pulls a runner and finds herself escaping in the company of a high profile hockey star. Lexie was a ridiculous heroine, but a lot fun. You couldn't not like her or the crazy train she rode in on.Sean Knox is the newest member of the Seattle Chinooks, only recently traded from the Philadelphia Penguins. Unfortunately, he doesn't seem to be well-liked by his new coach, John "The Wall" Kowalsky. Sean is a cocky show-boat and comes off as somewhat cold and unemotional. That is likely the result of his childhood with a hypochondriac mother in the middle of nowhere, British Columbia. As an adult, Sean abhors drama and tries to stay as far away from it as possible, until he has to return home several times per year to convince his mother that she is not dying. He can't believe his eyes when he ends up on a puddle jumper plane with the crazy Lexie Kowalsky, but he can't deny his attraction to the gorgeous busty blonde. There wasn't a whole lot of meat for me to sink my hooks into with Sean's character. He was stoic and broody with a somewhat troubled upbringing, which are usually the hallmarks of a good hero for me. I did like Sean, but I would have liked to get inside his head more.The romance between these two is up and down in a fake it until you make it scenario. This is not a super steamy romance, but our characters had good chemistry and fun banter. I liked that Lexie ended up keeping it in the hockey family, and I enjoyed revisiting Georgie and John Kowalsky. They don't seem to have changed much in 20 years, and I loved John's cranky old man attitude. Overall I had a good time with this romance and it kept me entertained through a bought of bronchitis, which I was otherwise feeling poorly. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received from the publisher, Avon.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    "Simply Irrerstible"...this was fun. I wasn't totally convinced about lasting love at the end because that realization was too quick on Sean's part but still sweet. The lists drove me a bit crazy too. Sexy times and mad cap reality show drama.
  • Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)
    January 1, 1970
    3.75 starsThis was really cute, but I didn't buy Sean's sudden realization that he was in love, after denying it so vehemently. Lexie also didn't make him grovel enough.full review to follow
  • Aly
    January 1, 1970
    "Love at first sight deserves a second look."Lexie Kowalsky's life doesn't seem to be on the right track because she make bad decisions after another. The last one was participating in a reality show to promote her dog clothing business, where she fought for the prize but ditched the groom before they could say I do in front of millions viewers. Hoping to let the dust settle on her mistake and avoid the medias and all the craziness, she board a friend's plane, direction Sandspit, Canada. She wil "Love at first sight deserves a second look."Lexie Kowalsky's life doesn't seem to be on the right track because she make bad decisions after another. The last one was participating in a reality show to promote her dog clothing business, where she fought for the prize but ditched the groom before they could say I do in front of millions viewers. Hoping to let the dust settle on her mistake and avoid the medias and all the craziness, she board a friend's plane, direction Sandspit, Canada. She will share the trip with a man she doesn't recognize as one of her father's hockey player. Thanks to her dad's work, being aroung hockey players all her life accustomed her to testosterone overload, but the sexy stranger is a temptation she couldn't resist. But that's okay, because she'll never see him again... or so she thought. Sean Knox can't help but recognize his coach's daughter and the runaway bride of the Gettin' Hitched show. Thanks to an hypochondriac mom, he have a strong desire to not make waves and doesn't tell Lexie about his true identity. Still new in the Chinook's team, he doesn't want trouble in his life nor with Coach Kowalsky, since they only tolerate each other. But not so easy to do when the beautiful lady embody lust and chaos. Seventh book in the Chinooks series, The Art Of Running In Heels is also one I was eagerly awaiting because it features the daughter of Georgie and John Kowalsky, whom we met in the first book of the series and was my favorite. And I was excited to see the difference versus the similarities because if you read book one, you'll see that Rachel Gibson choose the same starting point for the story; with the heroine as a runaway bride. Unfortunately, I have to say that I ended up a little disappointed by the book. I'm not saying it wasn't fun or that I didn't like the tropes, but I was just not convinced by the whole. There was lots of good ideas. I liked the titles at the beginning of each chapters, the lists Lexie always make about everything, the storyline with the hero and his odd mother, that a part of the story is set in Canada, the beginning with Georgie and John was so hilarious. But for me, it was the romance that didn't sold me and the fact I never got attached to any of the protagonists. How both of them acted toward the end and at the end disappointed me too. I never really felt the chemistry between them. I saw the lust, I saw some affection but I never saw nor felt the love. It was a fun book and entertaining, but as a fan of romance, I need to believe in the love story to be satisfied.
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  • Michele
    January 1, 1970
    Actual Rating: 3.5 StarsSee the full review at HarlequinJunkie.comFun, flirty and sexy, The Art of Running in Heels is yet another entertaining installment in the long-running Chinooks Hockey Team series. Lexie Kowalsky’s story basically brought us full circle, giving us glimpses back where it all began with her parents in book one, Simply Irresistible. *And* with Lexie becoming a runaway bride just like her mama was back in the day.I always get a chuckle (okay, more than one) out of Rachel Gibs Actual Rating: 3.5 StarsSee the full review at HarlequinJunkie.comFun, flirty and sexy, The Art of Running in Heels is yet another entertaining installment in the long-running Chinooks Hockey Team series. Lexie Kowalsky’s story basically brought us full circle, giving us glimpses back where it all began with her parents in book one, Simply Irresistible. *And* with Lexie becoming a runaway bride just like her mama was back in the day.I always get a chuckle (okay, more than one) out of Rachel Gibson’s romances. And even though I found Lexie to be a tad on the act-first-and-think-later side of things and Sean could come across as an arrogant alpha, I still had a good time with their over the top antics and their fake relationship. I think this was the type of fluffy feel good story where you just have to let go and let things happen. Don’t overthink it. Don’t get caught up in the trivial details. Just have fun... Read More
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  • Carole
    January 1, 1970
    Funny bookRachel Gibson has a tart way of writing, that makes you laugh and take the part of the characters. Sadly, the plot holes slow you down. She writes great fiction, well worth reading.
  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Full Review to Follow
  • Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Stars
  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Pub date: Dec 20173.5 A cute romance with some excellent love scenes. I liked Sean way more than the flighty Lexie, so her character was a little bit of a stumbling block for me. Otherwise, a fun quick read.
  • Sascha
    January 1, 1970
    review upcoming
  • Katherine Wallis
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not going to lie - I am a huge fan of Rachel Gibson. Her book Truly Madly Yours is one of my favs. I haven't read all of the Chinook series, but when I received a copy of The Art of Running in Heels from Avon, I was super excited. And not disappointed. As someone who watches The Bachelor, I thought it was hilarious that Gibson made up a similar show called Gettin' Hitched. Insert all the ridiculous farm puns here. As you can read in the synopsis, Lexie (daughter of Georgeanne and John from b I'm not going to lie - I am a huge fan of Rachel Gibson. Her book Truly Madly Yours is one of my favs. I haven't read all of the Chinook series, but when I received a copy of The Art of Running in Heels from Avon, I was super excited. And not disappointed. As someone who watches The Bachelor, I thought it was hilarious that Gibson made up a similar show called Gettin' Hitched. Insert all the ridiculous farm puns here. As you can read in the synopsis, Lexie (daughter of Georgeanne and John from book 1 of this series), runs away from a reality TV wedding and falls into the lap of Sean, newest hockey team member of her dad's team. I love their chemistry. I love Lexie and how she's a bit of an airhead, and certainly not perfect. I love how she was the "villain" of the reality show - too often characters are perfect people and super nice, while she is not. And Sean is hot. Maybe a little too preoccupied with Lexie's boobs, but let's face it - they do sound amazing.
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  • Gaele
    January 1, 1970
    Oh this was fun – and easy to wholly see Lexi’s impulsive choices leading to difficulties kind of like the first snowball that rolled down the mountain, unaware that it would grow in size and take out several trees and a small village in the valley! Lexi is the oldest daughter of the coach of the Chinooks, John “The Wall” Kowalsky, and has been slowly growing an online pet clothing business named after her latest pooch, a Chinese Crested named Yum Yum (or several variations and endearments of th Oh this was fun – and easy to wholly see Lexi’s impulsive choices leading to difficulties kind of like the first snowball that rolled down the mountain, unaware that it would grow in size and take out several trees and a small village in the valley! Lexi is the oldest daughter of the coach of the Chinooks, John “The Wall” Kowalsky, and has been slowly growing an online pet clothing business named after her latest pooch, a Chinese Crested named Yum Yum (or several variations and endearments of the same). She has signed a lease on a brick and mortar store, and in looking for more publicity and a jump-start to make a splash for her store, she decides to join a reality show “Gettin’ Hitched” a bachelor-style story with a decidedly low-brow country theme. Unfortunately, while her online store saw a large uptick in business, her competitive nature took over and she is the ‘lucky winner’ of a wedding to the bachelor chosen as the catch. Knowing she doesn’t love him, and finding that circumstances have snowballed beyond her control – she makes a plan with two childhood friends to escape – in a sea-plane decorated as a tree frog. Sean Knox has just been traded to the Chinooks, and another of his mother’s health emergencies has cropped up, forcing him to leave the team for a few days to head to the tiny British Colombia island where his mother lives. He’s hired Jimmy to fly him to Sandspit – a cooler of Grey Goose and tonic water and a small overnight bag his only companions. Until a woman runs down the dock in sparkly heels, veil, tiara and a wedding dress with poof and puff galore. And the story begins: Lexi becomes headline news on the morning shows with many offering trips and rewards for ‘spotting her’, with Sean’s interest (and moment of omission in not telling her who he is) increasing despite his better judgment. Of course, nothing in this story can go well, and after her return and struggle to appear sympathetic and not heartless in the press are shot to bits when a photo of she and Sean outside her motel door on Sandspit hit the tabloids. A fake romance plot takes over here – and while the chemistry between them is obvious to everyone BUT them, the story isn’t breaking new ground in any way. But, the moments with these characters, Lexi’s sharing of her father’s comments about Sean, unwittingly as he hasn’t told her his full name, are adorable – and the team’s obvious affection for Lexi and oddly sweet ‘protective’ statements made about her are sure to bring a laugh. While you see Lexi as a bit flighty – her purpose and intention, if full of stumbles is clear, and even as she frustrates Sean to no end – he can’t help but think of her. Always. Gibson’s way of making characters accessible and empathetic no matter how arrogant (Sean) or ditzy (Lexi) appear to be makes it evident, in neon lights evident, that these two are meant to be together. Lovely snips of moments with friends and family for Lexi, and her ability to understand and even redirect Sean’s mother’s attention-seeking behavior is lovely, and the story leaves everyone with a smile in the end. Perfect for those “escape the moment” reads to distract and entertain. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Review first appeared at I am, Indeed
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  • July C. B
    January 1, 1970
    1,5 estrellas.Este libro es ridículo. Así de simple.Al principio, me gustaba la premisa y me parecía que podría ser una historia entretenida, pero terminó siendo un desastre. La trama carece de consistencia, es como si no hubiera realmente un hilo conductor de la historia, sino un montón de capítulos llenos de escenas sueltas que no parecían tener mucha relevancia para los personajes. Si dejamos de lado la locura del reality show, y el desastre de la madre de Sean... nos queda un romance a media 1,5 estrellas.Este libro es ridículo. Así de simple.Al principio, me gustaba la premisa y me parecía que podría ser una historia entretenida, pero terminó siendo un desastre. La trama carece de consistencia, es como si no hubiera realmente un hilo conductor de la historia, sino un montón de capítulos llenos de escenas sueltas que no parecían tener mucha relevancia para los personajes. Si dejamos de lado la locura del reality show, y el desastre de la madre de Sean... nos queda un romance a medias y tan poco creíble que ruedo los ojos de solo pensarlo.Y eso se debe a que Lexie en realidad pasó más tiempo con la madre de Sean que con el propio Sean. Como su madre es hipocondríaca y él no quiere lidiar con ella, se la saca de encima encajándosela a Lexie, una mujer que apenas conoce. Sí, es así de cruel como suena. Además, al parecer Lexie era hipocondríaca de niña, pero se curó mágicamente por un perro. No creo que la enfermedad funcione de ese modo, y me parece que ha sido tratada de forma terrible. Por un lado Lexie curándose por arte de magia, y por otro la mamá de Sean ridiculizada todo el tiempo y tratada como si lo único que hiciera es buscar atención.Los personajes... bueno, no los amé ni los odié. Pero es que son tan planos y están tan mal construidos que no tengo suficiente información para amarlos u odiarlos. Por si fuera poco, los datos que nos dan sobre ellos se contradicen todo el tiempo. Quieren hacernos creer que Lexie es organizada y le gusta planificarlo todo con sus listas y guiones, pero las decisiones que podrían cambiar su vida las realiza de forma impulsiva. Sean supuestamente no cree en el amor a primera vista y lo único que siente por Lexie es lujuria, pero dos días después de haber sido cruel con ella tratando de hacerle creer que ella le había dicho que lo amaba solo porque el sexo era bueno o porque estaba por tener su período, se da cuenta de que está completamente enamorado de ella. Como decía antes, ridículo.El estilo de escritura es terrible, no parece tener consistencia ni sentido. La autora se dedica a dar detalles de cuestiones sin ninguna importancia para la trama y todo el libro transcurre de este modo hasta que al final parece ser que los protagonistas se aman y deben estar juntos. Supongo que su historia de amor quedó enterrada debajo las capas y capas de escenas aburridas y sin sentido. Estoy segura que no voy a leer ningún otro libro de Rachel Gibson en el futuro.Otro punto a mencionar es el grotesco reality show. Lo único que hace es presentar odio entre mujeres peleándose por conseguir un hombre. No había necesidad de que existiera, ni siquiera para que Lexie tuviera un novio a quien dejar plantado en el altar. Porque con los absurdos motivos que tenía para seguir adelante con la boda... hubiera sido preferible que ni siquiera existiera esa parte de la trama.Ya ni sé qué decir. The art of running in heles ha sido una lectura extraña, con personajes vacíos, un mal estilo de escritura, una trama absurda y un romance tan poco creíble que da gracia. Le doy media estrella más solamente porque los primeros capítulos me gustaron y a pesar todo ese sin sentido seguí leyendo hasta terminarlo.
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  • Misty (Red's Romance Review's)
    January 1, 1970
    Lexie Kowalsky had a plan, get on the show, compete for the bachelor's heart, and use her newfound notoriety to jump start her new business... which worked perfectly until it came time to say "I do"! The idea of spending the rest of her life with a man she barely knew just didn't sit well with her, sure they had a few fun dates while on the show, but the man just didn't make her heart skip a beat, and if she was getting married she at least wanted true love. So she did the only thing she could t Lexie Kowalsky had a plan, get on the show, compete for the bachelor's heart, and use her newfound notoriety to jump start her new business... which worked perfectly until it came time to say "I do"! The idea of spending the rest of her life with a man she barely knew just didn't sit well with her, sure they had a few fun dates while on the show, but the man just didn't make her heart skip a beat, and if she was getting married she at least wanted true love. So she did the only thing she could think of, and ran, in her wedding garb and all... and took the other vacant seat on her friend's plane headed to the middle of nowhere. Little did she know this little trip held the promise of everything she was looking for... and so much more!The moment Sean Knox eyes land on the buxom bride running down the dock and headed to the same plane he was on he knew one thing... trouble was about to hit. He was well aware of who the runaway bride was, and he really wanted no part in her drama, but little by little he found himself being pulled right into the middle of it... and he knew it wasn't going to sit well with his coach, and her father! But somewhere along the way taking part her drama began to lose it's importance and something else started to take it's place... feelings he never knew were possible!The Art Of Running In Heels is a laugh-out-loud feel good romance read that is sure to charm it's way into readers hearts and leave them brimming with joy! Lexie and Sean's lives become intertwined in kind of an unconventional way, but once that first little link is in place, they just can't seem to walk away from one another... it's a match made in literary heaven. Neither were really in the market for love, but love chose to find them anyhow, and boy did it make for a thoroughly enjoying read, these two had me giggling and swooning the whole way through!! I am a sucker for a well written sports romance and I have to say this one checked off all my must have's and left me aching for more, I really hope Ms. Gibson returns with more about this amazing characters! Highly recommend this one, it's a fun little read that is sure to leave your heart happy!!I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.
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  • Melody May (What I'm Reading)
    January 1, 1970
    Posted on What I'm ReadingThe Art of Running in Heels was a pretty good read. Okay, this is Lexie Kowalsky all grown up, so those who have read Simply Irresistible get to see this. Now for those who are jumping into the story with out reading about her mother, like me, you I think it's a safe bet you will be okay. All I know is Lexie and her mother have similar tendency, they are both runaway brides. Now trying to figure out where to beginning with this story. I thought it was a cute read. We ha Posted on What I'm ReadingThe Art of Running in Heels was a pretty good read. Okay, this is Lexie Kowalsky all grown up, so those who have read Simply Irresistible get to see this. Now for those who are jumping into the story with out reading about her mother, like me, you I think it's a safe bet you will be okay. All I know is Lexie and her mother have similar tendency, they are both runaway brides. Now trying to figure out where to beginning with this story. I thought it was a cute read. We have Lexie who has decided that getting married on reality TV is probably not the best thing, but she doesn't man up, oh no she runs. So right there makes the story interesting. She basically crashes Sean Knox's flight, and has no clue who he is. While he recognizes her as the coach's daughter. They basically hit it off. Things get a little complicated and they need to have a fake relationship. By the way, love fake relationships. We all know it's down hill for both of them. Now all they need to figure out is how to make this fake relationship as a real one. Yes, I thought this story was super cute read. I thought Sean and Lexie were adorable together. I love how she kind of drives him crazy, but deep down he loves it. As I got closer to the end, I was thinking this story could use an epilogue. I thing seeing these two a little down the road would probably helped the story, but then again that's my opinion. However, The Art of Running in Heels was still a cute read. If you are a fan of fake marriage and reality tv, you might consider reading The Art of Running in Heels.Copy provided by Avon
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  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    This is the seventh book in Rachel Gibson's Chinooks Hockey Team series. It's one of my favorite contemporary romance series and helped me get hooked on romance when I was just starting to read the genre. RG has since become an auto-buy for me. She wrote the first Chinooks book in 1998, and the last book was released in 2011. I just love returning to an old series and reuniting with characters I haven't seen in awhile. This one is about Sean Knox (a star hockey player) and Lexie Kowalski (the da This is the seventh book in Rachel Gibson's Chinooks Hockey Team series. It's one of my favorite contemporary romance series and helped me get hooked on romance when I was just starting to read the genre. RG has since become an auto-buy for me. She wrote the first Chinooks book in 1998, and the last book was released in 2011. I just love returning to an old series and reuniting with characters I haven't seen in awhile. This one is about Sean Knox (a star hockey player) and Lexie Kowalski (the daughter of the hero & heroine from Simply Irresistible - the first Chinooks book). Like mother like daughter, Lexie starts the book as a runaway bride and finds herself throw together with Sean during her escape. The plot features a fake relationship, plenty of hockey, a so ugly-it's-cute pup, and a Bachelor-style reality show. I was little let down by the heroine. Lexie was definitely too concerned with fame for my taste, and she too often came off as a spoiled, often superficial, hockey princess. Still, I'd say this one stayed true to the series, featuring Gibson's classic style and humor, and while it isn't my favorite in the series by far, I do think it was a fun, sweet, and solid reunion with the Chinooks.*eARC provided to me by the publisher for an honest review.
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    Fans of The Bachelor/The Bachelorette will enjoy this novel by Rachel Gibson. It was drama meets big boobs and small dogs which might not make sense, but you'll totally understand if you read this.Lexie was brash, bold, and unapologetic. Sean was cocky bastard who needed a romantic wake up call in the form of a buxom blonde in a wedding dress. Together they made quite an oddball pairing but in the end they seemed to work, building off one another's strengths and filling in their weaknesses.I don Fans of The Bachelor/The Bachelorette will enjoy this novel by Rachel Gibson. It was drama meets big boobs and small dogs which might not make sense, but you'll totally understand if you read this.Lexie was brash, bold, and unapologetic. Sean was cocky bastard who needed a romantic wake up call in the form of a buxom blonde in a wedding dress. Together they made quite an oddball pairing but in the end they seemed to work, building off one another's strengths and filling in their weaknesses.I don't know that I really connected with either of the characters, but I think they were quite relatable to the general public. I mean, Lexie stores things in her bra for goodness sake (she instantly reminded me of my old roommate on that one).There were some things I wasn't quite keen on with this novel. For instance, it got a little tiresome hearing about her boobs all the time (from her and from Sean). I also felt that Lexie got a little preachy at time regarding small dogs and some of her other values. But honestly I think that made her seem more realistic because I meet a lot of people who semi-annoy me on a regular basis. It doesn't make them bad people... it just makes them people.I think this is one of those novels where you're going to have to find out for yourself whether it's up your alley or not. It just wasn't quite for me, but there was nothing overtly wrong about it.
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. Reality TV meets hockey and what a whirlwind it is. Sean Knox is new to the Chinooks but he knows who Lexie Kowalsky is, even she doesn't recognize him. Hard to believe since her dad is is the coach. But since she's now playing the role of a runaway bride, he doesn't think she's got her mind on anything other than her problems. Lexie decided to be a contestant on Gettin Hitched as a way to promote her doggie clothing compan I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. Reality TV meets hockey and what a whirlwind it is. Sean Knox is new to the Chinooks but he knows who Lexie Kowalsky is, even she doesn't recognize him. Hard to believe since her dad is is the coach. But since she's now playing the role of a runaway bride, he doesn't think she's got her mind on anything other than her problems. Lexie decided to be a contestant on Gettin Hitched as a way to promote her doggie clothing company. Only thinking of winning, she doesn't realize that getting married is not something that she wants to until five minutes before she's due to walk down the aisle. Running off to Canada seems like a good idea, anything to get away from the media circus that has become her life.Sean has had enough drama to last a lifetime and he doesn't need anymore. However, something draws him toward Lexie and he's unable to stay away from her. One night with her is more than he imagined he would ever have. When he finds that the drama surrounding her is now pulling him into her orbit once again, he can't help but offer his help. He can't do it on her terms exactly, but if he can save her reputation he will do anything in power to help her.This is a wonderfully written take on how trials and travails of falling in love/lust on reality TV and what happens when the cameras stop rolling.~~Wicked Reads Review Team~~
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  • b.Reading
    January 1, 1970
    Lexie Kowalsky got swept up in the reality dating show competition she only entered to help boost sales of her doggy costume couture. So swept up she won the whole thing and almost made it down the aisle to marry a man she only really went on a few dates with.Instead of going through with the wedding, she bolts and ends up in a plane with a sexy man who eventually helps her escape the paparazzi and hide out for a short time in his small Canadian hometown. What Lexie doesn't know is that Sean is Lexie Kowalsky got swept up in the reality dating show competition she only entered to help boost sales of her doggy costume couture. So swept up she won the whole thing and almost made it down the aisle to marry a man she only really went on a few dates with.Instead of going through with the wedding, she bolts and ends up in a plane with a sexy man who eventually helps her escape the paparazzi and hide out for a short time in his small Canadian hometown. What Lexie doesn't know is that Sean is one of her hockey coach father's new star players and that once they return to the states she is facing an even larger controversy than simply running from her wedding.Unfortunately, I did not like this. I admired Lexie's kookiness, her drive, but I truly detested Sean. He lies to Lexie, his thoughts mostly revolve around how hot she is, how big her breasts are, and how even though he thinks she's crazy, he'll sleep with her anyway. He doesn't really redeem himself for the entire book, and when he does decide he loves her the decision comes far too quickly and conveniently.I haven't read the other titles in this series, but don't think I'll be picking them up. Thank you to Avon for the ARC!
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  • LeeAnne
    January 1, 1970
    I have really mixed feelings about this book. It's fantastically written, I enjoyed the storyline and loved the characters - what I didn't like was Lexie leaving her tv show fiance at the alter the way she does. It just makes her seems like a bia right of the bat and I didn't like that. Putting that aside, I loved every other aspect of the book and that's why I'm giving 4 stars. Lexie decides the best way to advertise her new business is to get on TV so she joins the cast of dating show. Her com I have really mixed feelings about this book. It's fantastically written, I enjoyed the storyline and loved the characters - what I didn't like was Lexie leaving her tv show fiance at the alter the way she does. It just makes her seems like a bia right of the bat and I didn't like that. Putting that aside, I loved every other aspect of the book and that's why I'm giving 4 stars. Lexie decides the best way to advertise her new business is to get on TV so she joins the cast of dating show. Her competitiveness gets her to the end game - marriage. Only she decides, literally at the last second, to bail and this is when she meets the newest member of her father's hockey team, (though he doesn't tell her this) Sean. When the publicity Lexie was looking for for her business becomes negative after the runaway bride incident, Lexie talks Sean into being her long lost boyfriend whom she "decided to go back to." In the act of pretending feelings become real and the two wind up falling for one another. I love hockey books, sometimes they're overpowered by the romance but I think the author does a terrific job balancing romance and sport in this one. I'm looking forward to more from the series!Read and reviewed for Wicked Reads!
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  • Asmaa
    January 1, 1970
    I was so excited to return to the world that Rachel Gibson had created in Simply irresistible. I had always wondered what had happened to Lexi who is the daughter of Georgeanne and John who were the hero and heroine in Simply Irresistible. This is a fun story about a runaway bride who is running away from her wedding which is part of a reality show. Lexi entered the reality show for publicity for her fledgling business and was shocked to win. While running away Lexi runs into Sean who is now a m I was so excited to return to the world that Rachel Gibson had created in Simply irresistible. I had always wondered what had happened to Lexi who is the daughter of Georgeanne and John who were the hero and heroine in Simply Irresistible. This is a fun story about a runaway bride who is running away from her wedding which is part of a reality show. Lexi entered the reality show for publicity for her fledgling business and was shocked to win. While running away Lexi runs into Sean who is now a member of the Chinooks which is coached by Lexi‘s father. They have a night of passion. The fun of the story is seeing how both the characters have to deal with their pasts. Lexi is such an interesting fun complicated woman and it’s fun to see how Sean starts to fall in love with her. Both of their past have affected how they see romance. It’s a fun sexy story. It was fun to return to the world of the chain hooks but even better is to return to any of Rachel get his books. Her characters are so complicated and her stories are so fun. I highly recommend this book.
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  • Avid
    January 1, 1970
    I didn't enjoy this book as much as I did the first book which is about our heroine's parents John and Georgeanne Kowalsky.It was nice to catch up with the main characters of book one. The book did keep me interested and I read it in one sitting, but I didn't chuckle as much as I did with book one. I found some things annoying like calling Lexie calling herself a hypochondriac for wanting bandages for scrapes and cuts. I did find Sean realizing he was in love to be very sudden.Loved how they sho I didn't enjoy this book as much as I did the first book which is about our heroine's parents John and Georgeanne Kowalsky.It was nice to catch up with the main characters of book one. The book did keep me interested and I read it in one sitting, but I didn't chuckle as much as I did with book one. I found some things annoying like calling Lexie calling herself a hypochondriac for wanting bandages for scrapes and cuts. I did find Sean realizing he was in love to be very sudden.Loved how they showed Lexie to still be a girly girl who loved her animals, but that she was book smart too. I may have liked an epilogue, but have the feeling that we will see Lexie and Sean have the same "consequences" of their affair as her parents. I think we will probably see them mentioned if book 8 is released.
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  • Connie
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked The Art of Running in Heels!My husband and I had a four hour drive ahead of us while on our way out of town. This book ended up being an enjoyable way to pass the time. The author had me laughing out loud at times, and rolling my eyes at other times, with the antics of the two main characters, Lexie and Sean. The secondary characters in the book help to round out the story and provide extra laughs as well, especially a hairless dog called Yum Yum!Lexie comes off a bit ditzy, but i I really liked The Art of Running in Heels!My husband and I had a four hour drive ahead of us while on our way out of town. This book ended up being an enjoyable way to pass the time. The author had me laughing out loud at times, and rolling my eyes at other times, with the antics of the two main characters, Lexie and Sean. The secondary characters in the book help to round out the story and provide extra laughs as well, especially a hairless dog called Yum Yum!Lexie comes off a bit ditzy, but is actually very intelligent as well as warm hearted and perceptive. Sean is wary of falling in love and fights their growing connection, tooth and nail...typical male🙃The ending was sweet and satisfying, everything you could ask for in a HEA. If you’re looking for a light hearted romance with tons of humor and heart, then this is the book for you!
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