The Art of Running in Heels By Rachel Gibson Release Date: December 26, 2017 Publisher: Avon Book #7 in the Chinooks Hockey Team series Number of pages: 384 Kindle Edition Source: MCL Contemporary Romance/Sports M/F Rating: NC-17 Read 6/11/18 – 6/12/18
Now that I’ve reached the end (for now?) of this series, I can honestly say I’m glad I stuck with it. This book was one of my favorites, along with Nothing But Trouble. I love how the series comes full circle in this story, with the main character being the daughter of the main characters from the first book, Simply Irresistible.
Although Lexie could have definitely come across as an air-headed spoiled rich girl, the author did a wonderful job of keeping the character grounded and sympathetic. She may have had a lot growing up, but she also had her share of family drama when she was young. Lexie is very level-headed even though it doesn’t seem that way from the outside…especially when she first talks about her dog and her business.
Most sports romance stories have the hero start out as a total dog, at least a horn-dog anyway. Sean was never really portrayed as such. Sure, he had his fair share of women. But that’s not the way he was defined by others. Mostly because Sean really kept to himself and was new to the Chinooks franchise. But even so, if he had been a total womanizer his reputation would have followed him to Seattle. So even though Sean wasn’t the most chivalrous man when he first met Lexie, he also wasn’t a total jerk. And over the first few days they knew each other he was even quite kind and caring.
I love the way Sean and Lexie met, it was a real meet-cute. And as much as I enjoyed that this book took the series full circle, I enjoyed how the story itself is a full circle. The big thing that started wearing on me and had me even knock off a half a star in my rating is something that may not bother some. I know the author used bullet points and such throughout the story to stress how hyper-organized Lexie liked to be, but for me it got to be too much. It almost seemed as if the author was using it as a crutch. I’m probably wrong in that, but it annoyed me after a while. That’s not too bad when that’s my biggest complaint though, right?