Java Girl’s Review – The Art of Running in Heels (Chinooks Hockey Team #7) by Rachel Gibson

The Art of Running in Heels was a bit uneven, but the characters made it an enjoyable read. ~ Java Girl, Guilty Pleasures

Blurb:
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—

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.

3.5 stars

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