The Art of Running in Heels

The Art of Running in Heels

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 fl...

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Title:The Art of Running in Heels
Author:Rachel Gibson
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The Art of Running in Heels Reviews

  • Sharon Redfern

    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!

  • Jasprit

    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!

  • RachelW (BamaGal)

    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

    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

    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

    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.

  • Bambi Unbridled

    In the latest installment of the

    series,

    , 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

    , 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

    series,

    , 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

    , 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

    , 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.

  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

    3.5 stars

    Lexie 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 stars

    Lexie 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.

  • Janja

    Well ... I won't drop down and sing: Hallelujah!!

  • Under the Covers Book Blog

    I've been wanting to read this author seems like forever!  I finally took the plunge and decided to read out of order, which is mostly what has kept me from trying her in the past.  THE ART OF RUNNING IN HEELS was a fun hockey romance and a great sampler for me of Ms. Gibson's style.  It has left me wanting to read more for sure.

    Lexie is the daughter of the Seattle Chinooks coach.  She's also a business owner trying to get some exposure for her doggie clothing line who decided the best way to g

    I've been wanting to read this author seems like forever!  I finally took the plunge and decided to read out of order, which is mostly what has kept me from trying her in the past.  THE ART OF RUNNING IN HEELS was a fun hockey romance and a great sampler for me of Ms. Gibson's style.  It has left me wanting to read more for sure.

    Lexie is the daughter of the Seattle Chinooks coach.  She's also a business owner trying to get some exposure for her doggie clothing line who decided the best way to get free advertising was to go on a reality TV dating show.  Except she didn't expect too actually win and end up about to get married to the eligible bachelor.  So she does what any sane young woman would do in her situation.  She ends up running away the day of the wedding, dress and all.  And that's what lands her right on Sean's lap.  Sean, who plays for the Chinooks and is one of the players her father dislikes.

    The great thing about this book is that I feel like it's very light-hearted and even if some things can't be taken too seriously, it brought a smile to my face.  Which is exactly what I like my cute contemporaries to do.  It felt very reminiscent of Susan Elizabeth Phillips.  Not too steamy, not too complicated, light-hearted fun with a sexy hero.

    I can't say Lexie was my kind of heroine which is probably one of the things that kept me from giving this a higher rating.  Not quite TSTL but she was a bit immature in some respects and that detracted from her other accomplishments in my eyes.

    If you are looking for some light-hearted, angst-free, cute hockey romance then I think this is the series for you.

    *ARC provided by publisher

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  • Stacee

    2.5 stars

    I’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 stars

    I’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**

  • Tammy  Zautner

    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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