The Art of Running in Heels

The Art of Running in Heels

by Rachel Gibson

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Overview

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—

 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062247476
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/26/2017
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 117,477
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

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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The Art of Running in Heels 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unlike her early work, there is no chemistry in these two dimensional characters. Once a huge fan of hers, this is my last Gibsin buy.
gaele More than 1 year ago
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. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read. Enjoyed the humor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Normally i really like her books and find that she has a similar writing style to S.E.P but this book was a huge disappointment. The timing was completely off, the characters were haphazardly developed, and the plot felt rushed and lacking in substance. I would skip this one if i were you truth be told. It isn't one you would truly care to have missed out reading.
smg5775 More than 1 year ago
Lexie is a runaway bride from a reality show. She jumps on her friend's seaplane that hockey player Sean Knox has chartered to go home to see his ailing mother. Lexie is trying to hide and does not recognize Sean. He keeps it that way then it all blows up in their faces. I enjoyed this story. It was cute. It had humor. It kept me interested. Lexie was no shrinking violet but she did have troubles. She starts with the best on intentions then it goes wrong. Sean does not want his coach to know he's met Lexie. Now he has to face the truth. They do get themselves all twisted. A good read for a winter's weekend.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
Sassy & fun! I could have done with a little more concentration of actual hockey, but the people were a treat regardless. It was easy to connect with Lexie & Sean and his mother, she was an unexpected delight! Lots of drama, laughter and some steamy chemistry to round it all out! Leaving a groom standing at the alter seems to run in the family! Alexis Kowalsky can't seem to get out of the mess she got herself into, so she feels like she has no other choice than to just run! In her wedding dress, in heels, in full tv makeup! This reality show idea of hers was quite the blunder! Seattle Chinooks hockey player has no idea who Lexie is at first ... and when he does figure it out, he doesn't pony up their connection. She's clueless to the fact that he's on her father's hockey team, so when things get heated between them while in Canada, she goes with the flow ... but man does that come back to bite them when a picture hits the tabloids!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute and funny. I read for entertainment not anything else. Thanks
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was cute and made me smile and chuckle. I loved it!
KristiBug More than 1 year ago
Rachel Gibson was always my first recommendation to people who wanted a book to read. I was so thrilled to see her come out with a Chinooks update! I loved meeting Lexie and Sean and going through their adventures. Lexie was hilarious with her dog, mannerisms, and lists. Sean definitely had a backstory and I was sympathetic to him. Really enjoyed this one and can't wait for the next Rachel Gibson. I want Marie's book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story has a similar theme to Georgiane and Jon's story but has a few twist. I think I expected a little more because I love the Chinook series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The whole book from start to finish is awful, last Rachel Gibson I ever plan on reading.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
The Chinooks Hockey Team is back! Yesssssss :) I was so excited to see that there was going to be a new book to this series--I didn't even read the blurb before jumping at the chance to read it. When I started it and found out that the heroine was Lexie, John and Georgie's daughter from Simply Irresistible ? My excitement level doubled...and I am happy to report The Art of Running in Heels did not at all disappoint! Sean and Lexie were cute together--I loved all of her lists and memos, and the fact that he actually read and remembered at least parts of them gets him some points as well. I also appreciated that the book wasn't one big sex scene after another, like so many contemporary romances--their first time wasn't on the night they met, and they went for a decent stretch of their fake relationship without sleeping together. I laughed out loud more than once while reading--Sean's attempted grand gesture was one of the times--and loved seeing John and Georgie again, twenty years later and still happily married. Fingers crossed that Ms. Gibson will be continuing the series. Surely Sean has plenty of single teammates? ;) If you're new to the series, The Art of Running in Heels would work just fine as a standalone. There's more than a few references to John and Georgie's story--just enough to fill you in with what you need to know and tempt you to add it to your TBR before you're finished with this one. Rating: 4 stars / B+ I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
lilmo More than 1 year ago
This book was a total disappointment! Don't waste your time or money. The 2 main characters have zero chemistry. Lexie is presented a savvy business woman with an online business and 10 employees - and also as a ditsy blonde!! Not really believable! And - Sean comes off a as a good looking (naturally) meat head of an athlete who seems to have no personality at all. The ending completely predictable - and boring.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Ms. Gibson scores a victory with The Art of Running in Heels. Lexie and Sean make it easy not to take life to seriously. In a world of unnecessary reality shows, needless celebrity and heartbreaking current events, it's tales like Running in Heels that make you sit back and take notice. A flighty bride on the run finds her prince in the most unexpected of places. The first time I read a Rachel Gibson novel I fell in love. Through kooky characters and over the top situations, she provides wisdom. In this case she shows the benefit of loving yourself, despite what others believe. A lesson we're never to old to learn and share.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked Rachel Gibson's latest. I did want a little more at the end, like an epilogue. And I would have liked to see more of Lexie's parents, but I still enjoyed the book and I read it in one day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I REALLY wanted to love this book...I read Simply Irresistible when it first came out and I just loved it so I was looking forward to reconnecting with Georgeanne and John and many other cast of characters from the Seattle Chinooks series. Well, this book really kind of underwhelmed me...it needed more...more chemistry between Lexie and Sean...more backstory about Georgeanne and John's life since SI...more about Lexie's siblings...more updates on everyone...and an epilogue! It just seemed like this one skimmed the surface and then was quickly tied up with a shiny bow. I really love many of Rachel Gibson's books and have re-read many of them...not sure this one will be a re-read and I hate to say that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Simply Irresistible and was hoping for a great book for Lexie. Really disappointed in this one.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Lexie Kowalsky had a plan, get on the show, compete for the bachelor's heart, and use her newfound notoriety to jump start her new business... which worked perfectly until it came time to say "I do"! The idea of spending the rest of her life with a man she barely knew just didn't sit well with her, sure they had a few fun dates while on the show, but the man just didn't make her heart skip a beat, and if she was getting married she at least wanted true love. So she did the only thing she could think of, and ran, in her wedding garb and all... and took the other vacant seat on her friend's plane headed to the middle of nowhere. Little did she know this little trip held the promise of everything she was looking for... and so much more! The moment Sean Knox eyes land on the buxom bride running down the dock and headed to the same plane he was on he knew one thing... trouble was about to hit. He was well aware of who the runaway bride was, and he really wanted no part in her drama, but little by little he found himself being pulled right into the middle of it... and he knew it wasn't going to sit well with his coach, and her father! But somewhere along the way taking part her drama began to lose it's importance and something else started to take it's place... feelings he never knew were possible! The Art Of Running In Heels is a laugh-out-loud feel good romance read that is sure to charm it's way into readers hearts and leave them brimming with joy! Lexie and Sean's lives become intertwined in kind of an unconventional way, but once that first little link is in place, they just can't seem to walk away from one another... it's a match made in literary heaven. Neither were really in the market for love, but love chose to find them anyhow, and boy did it make for a thoroughly enjoying read, these two had me giggling and swooning the whole way through!! I am a sucker for a well written sports romance and I have to say this one checked off all my must have's and left me aching for more, I really hope Ms. Gibson returns with more about this amazing characters! Highly recommend this one, it's a fun little read that is sure to leave your heart happy!! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.