Thursday, December 28, 2017

ARC Review: The Art of Running in Heels by Rachel Gibson

Series:     Chinooks Hockey #7
Pub. Date:Dec. 26, 2017
Publisher:Avon
Length:384 pgs
Source:Edelweiss

In the latest installment of the Chinooks Hockey series, The Art of Running in Heels, we are returning to a favorite family of the past - the one that started it all - The Kowalsky's. It's not necessary to read the entire series before starting this book, but I highly recommend that you read Simply Irresistible, so that you have the back story on our heroine's parents and remember her adorably precocious personality as a child.

Little Lexie Kowalsky is all grown up and following in her mother's footsteps. She has carried her zany sense of style and love for animals into adulthood and turned it into an entrepreneurial venture. Lexie is the proprietor of Yum Yum's Closet, an online and burgeoning retail chain featuring clothes and accessories for canines inspired by her uber-sensitive Chinese Crested, Yum Yum. It was therefore a shock to her parents when Lexie suddenly turned up Gettin' Hitched, what I can only describe as a redneck version of The Bachelor. Lexie is suddenly wearing daisy dukes and wrestling pigs on national television in a bid to win and marry the chosen bachelor... but she takes after her mother in more ways than a crazy personality and voluptuous figure. A la Georgie in Simply Irresistible, Lexie pulls a runner and finds herself escaping in the company of a high profile hockey star. Lexie was a ridiculous heroine, but a lot fun. You couldn't not like her or the crazy train she rode in on.

Sean Knox is the newest member of the Seattle Chinooks, only recently traded from the Philadelphia Penguins. Unfortunately, he doesn't seem to be well-liked by his new coach, John "The Wall" Kowalsky. Sean is a cocky show-boat and comes off as somewhat cold and unemotional. That is likely the result of his childhood with a hypochondriac mother in the middle of nowhere, British Columbia. As an adult, Sean abhors drama and tries to stay as far away from it as possible, until he has to return home several times per year to convince his mother that she is not dying. He can't believe his eyes when he ends up on a puddle jumper plane with the crazy Lexie Kowalsky, but he can't deny his attraction to the gorgeous busty blonde. There wasn't a whole lot of meat for me to sink my hooks into with Sean's character. He was stoic and broody with a somewhat troubled upbringing, which are usually the hallmarks of a good hero for me. I did like Sean, but I would have liked to get inside his head more.

The romance between these two is up and down in a fake it until you make it scenario. This is not a super steamy romance, but our characters had good chemistry and fun banter. I liked that Lexie ended up keeping it in the hockey family, and I enjoyed revisiting Georgie and John Kowalsky. They don't seem to have changed much in 20 years, and I loved John's cranky old man attitude. 

Overall I had a good time with this romance and it kept me entertained through a bought of bronchitis, which I was otherwise feeling poorly. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received from the publisher, Avon.

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