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

  • 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.

  • Karen

    I did really enjoy this one, but it was my least favorite of the series. I just didn't bond well with the characters. But it was a cute story.

  • 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.

  • Auntee

    Ohh, it pains me to say it, but I was

    in this one!

    I was expecting so much more.

    I've read every previous book in this series, and all were winners. But this one...*sigh*

    It had a lot of promise, and touches of humor.

    I liked the whole premise--but the execution was just...meh.

    John Kowalsky and Georgie's daughter Lexie running from her wedding to a Bachelor-like reality star--at first this provided a lot of laughs.

    While on the run she meets up with surly hockey star Sean Knox. Isn't th

    Ohh, it pains me to say it, but I was

    in this one!

    I was expecting so much more.

    I've read every previous book in this series, and all were winners. But this one...*sigh*

    It had a lot of promise, and touches of humor.

    I liked the whole premise--but the execution was just...meh.

    John Kowalsky and Georgie's daughter Lexie running from her wedding to a Bachelor-like reality star--at first this provided a lot of laughs.

    While on the run she meets up with surly hockey star Sean Knox. Isn't this how her parents met?

    Now you have to suspend disbelief here--because even though Lexie is a big hockey fan (her dad was a superstar and now coaches the Seattle Chinooks) she doesn't recognize Sean? Isn't he like the league scoring leader? Does she only know players who play for the Chinooks? (And while I'm talking hockey you don't win/lose by "points", you win/lose by

    . It's not, "they lost by two points"--this isn't football or basketball--it's "they lost by two

    "

    Okay, that wouldn't bother me so much if the story was good...

    I think my main problem with this story was Lexie and Sean. I didn't think they even

    each other. Forget love. They might have had a healthy case of lust, but love? I wasn't convinced at all. And neither were all that likable, I'm sorry to say. Lexie came off as a bit of a ditz, and Sean? He did nothing for me.

    Kind of sad, because I think the story could've been fun. Lexie appears on a Bachelor-like TV series to promote her "brand" (she has an online doggie duds business), she gets caught up in "winning", and the next thing she knows she's about to marry a guy she hardly knows. Sean come into the picture, sort of "saves" her while dumping her on his hypochondriac mother, and thinks about how he can get in her pants. If only the author had shown Sean

    Lexie a bit more, than

    it could've been believable when they

    fell in love. I just wasn't buying it.

    3 stars for the laughs at least

  • Janja

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

  • Zairobe25

    2,5 estrellas.

    Toda la serie de los Chinooks me ha encantado, pero este fue un poco decepcionante, fue un poco aburrido y plano, fallo en emocionarme, aunque si logro hacerme sonreír en algunas partes y una que otra carcajada también me saco. Esperaba mucho mas de la hija de kowalsky y Georgie. Un final abrupto, anticlimatico, no solo le hace mucha falta un epilogo, es que ademas sentí que le falta un capitulo completo.

  • ~Kristin~

    I was so excited when I realized this was Lexie's story, I just finished the first book in the series about her parents in which she had a huge part, I decided to jump right in to this one.

    I was sadly quite a bit disappointed, mostly because of its similarity to her parents story, which was so notable because I just finished it, as well as something just plain missing here. I still really like Lexie and I enjoyed Sean, but didn't love this one...it was just ok.

  • 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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