This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Edelweiss+. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.The Art of Running in Heels by Rachel Gibson
Series: Chinooks Hockey Team #7
Genres: Contemporary, Sports Romance
Release Date: December 26, 2017
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Running in five-inch stilettos is an art form
Leaving 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 is Heels is the seventh book in the Chinooks Hockey Team series and a perfect read for fans of television series such as Bachelor. Although this is not a story about being a contestant who is actively trying to land the man. Actually, Lexie Kowalsky was the winning bachelorette and this story is about what happens to the woman who was about to get married to the Bachelor and realizes that she is making a huge mistake. For me that angle was the best part of this story, it was downright hilarious!
On the day of her impending marriage Lexie decided that she just couldn’t go through with the wedding. She had tried to convince herself that she could follow through with the plans, after all millions of fans had been looking forward to this wedding, not to mention that she had dragged her parents into this debacle as well. Deciding though that it was now or never, Lexie makes her great escape with the help of her best friend Marie and I just want to say that I love their friendship, it adds a fantastic element to this story. Marie was the getaway driver but it was their friend Jimmy who made her escape possible. Jimmy was a pilot who was about to take a client to Canada and was willing to wait for Lexie.
Everything seemed to be working out for Lexie until once aboard the plane she realized that she was not heading to Vancouver like she had thought but instead was going to a small town named Sandspit, British Columbia. The passenger that Lexie had hitched a ride with was Sean Knox, newest member of the Seattle Chinooks, and it was his mother that he was going to see. Sean had been shocked that Lexie hadn’t realized that he was on the same team that her father was coach of and he also was not happy to have her aboard. Sean was very well aware of who Lexie was due to the television show and he had thought that there was no way she could be as good looking in real life as she had been on TV, but apparently he was wrong.
Lexie was even more attractive in real life and Sean couldn’t help his interest, which he promptly squashed because she was nothing but drama and he strived to lead a drama free life. He had enough dramatics growing up with his mother who was a hypochondriac. Despite everything his good sense was telling him, Sean grudgingly promised Jimmy that he would keep an eye out for Lexie. Too bad he didn’t realize that even in a small town like Sandspit that Lexie’s notoriety would find a way to ensnare them both. Pretty soon Lexie and Sean had to concoct a plan to get out of the debacle they found themselves in. It was a solid plan but neither Sean nor Lexie ever expected that the plan that they came up with would turn into something that they were not sure they could walk away from.
As I said before, my favorite part of this story was when Lexie ran out of her wedding and all the fallout that occurred after. It was quite entertaining, even with the ups and downs that Lexie experienced. What did not really work for me was Sean’s character. He is brooding and he does have a good heart under there somewhere but he was also a complete schmuck for most of the book and I could have done without feeling that about him. In the end, he did turn things around but then I had issues with how everything shook out. There were some moments where my heart went pitter-patter and I did enjoy the story but I was not wowed by the romance aspect. Overall, I would recommend The Art of Running in Heels because although it wasn’t exactly for me it is an entertaining read with some swoony moments.
*Thank you to Edelweiss+ & HarperCollins for this eARC of The Art of Running in Heels*