Rachel Gibson returns today with the seventh book in her Chinooks Hockey Team series, based in the Pacific Northwest. Please read on for my review of
The Art of Running in Heels
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.
Title: The Art of Running in Heels
Author: Rachel GIbson
Series: Chinooks Hockey Team #7
Also in this series: The Trouble With Valentine's Day
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Avon
Published on: 26 December, 2017
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
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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.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.