Thursday, January 4, 2018

The Art of Running in Heels by Rachel Gibson

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—

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
Reality TV meets hockey and what a whirlwind it is. Sean Knox is new to the Chinooks, but he knows who Lexie Kowalsky is, even she doesn't recognize him. Hard to believe since her dad is the coach.

But since she's now playing the role of a runaway bride, he doesn't think she's got her mind on anything other than her problems. Lexie decided to be a contestant on Gettin Hitched as a way to promote her doggie clothing company. Only thinking of winning, she doesn't realize that getting married is not something that she wants to do until five minutes before she's due to walk down the aisle. Running off to Canada seems like a good idea, anything to get away from the media circus that has become her life.

Sean has had enough drama to last a lifetime and he doesn't need anymore. However, something draws him toward Lexie and he's unable to stay away from her. One night with her is more than he imagined he would ever have.

When he finds that the drama surrounding her is now pulling him into her orbit once again, he can't help but offer his help. He can't do it on her terms exactly, but if he can save her reputation he will do anything in his power to help her.

This is a wonderfully written take on the trials and travails of falling in love/lust on reality TV and what happens when the cameras stop rolling.

I have really mixed feelings about this book. It's fantastically written, I enjoyed the storyline and loved the characters – what I didn't like was Lexie leaving her TV show fiancé at the altar the way she does. It just makes her seem like a bia right off the bat and I didn't like that. Putting that aside, I loved every other aspect of the book and that's why I'm giving four stars.

Lexie decides the best way to advertise her new business is to get on TV, so she joins the cast of a dating show. Her competitiveness gets her to the end game – marriage. Only she decides, literally at the last second, to bail, and this is when she meets the newest member of her father's hockey team, (though he doesn't tell her this) Sean. When the publicity Lexie was looking for her business becomes negative after the runaway bride incident, Lexie talks Sean into being her long lost boyfriend whom she "decided to go back to." In the act of pretending, feelings become real and the two wind up falling for one another.

I love hockey books, sometimes they're overpowered by the romance but I think the author does a terrific job balancing romance and sport in this one. I'm looking forward to more from the series!

3.5 stars of ice hockey star meets runaway bride chemistry heaven

I have to admit to not having read any of the previous books – but may well go back and catch up, as I am a big fan of ice hockey romances.

Being a huge cynic about reality shows, I enjoyed the direction which this story went, and the whole manipulation by and of the press was, I am guessing, pretty accurate! Thankfully Lexie made the right decision and we get to follow her as she clears up the mess... by falling into bed with one of the least appropriate men she could, one of her father's hockey players.

It is fun, sexy, and although not entirely unexpected in the turns that it takes, it does it well, and was an enjoyable read.

Rachel Gibson began her fiction career at age sixteen, when she ran her car into the side of a hill, retrieved the bumper, and drove to a parking lot, where she strategically scattered the car’s broken glass all about. She told her parents she’d been the victim of a hit-and-run and they believed her. She’s been making up stories ever since, although she gets paid better for them nowadays.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Art of Running in Heels (Chinooks Hockey Team #7) by Rachel Gibson to read and review.

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