Lynne Russell wrote an amazing story Hell on Heels which is the first book in the PJ Santini Series. There is a creative way of writing a suspenseful and witty crime story. Her characters are fully developed and a blast to follow along in the story. PJ the main character is a sharp and down to earth. PJ has taken on a little more than being just a news reporter and found herself in over head in a mystery. You will be a on wild ride through the eyes of a reporter.
This is the first book I have read from this author and she blew me away. I love a good suspense romance but this talented author exceeded all my expectations. This is the first book of the PJ Santini series and what a great start to this series. I was hooked to these characters right from the start. I could not put this book down and I read it in only a day.
PJ Santini is a news reporter that is also a private eye. She loves her job but when one of her colleges go missing she is the one that has to solve the case. Pj finds herself working with a police detective trying to solve this mystery. She finds Daly very attractive but an overprotective friend of hers tries to keep her away from him. Pj and Daly start working the case together and they find out that things are not adding up right. She starts to feel another connection to Daly she has not had in years. They quickly realize that they have feelings for another. When Pj and Daly start to unravel some secrets it starts to get dangerous. Will Pj and Daly solve this mystery or will they find themselves in danger?
I absolutely loved this book. The storyline has it all romance, suspense, and mystery. You can’t help but to fall in love with these characters. Pj is a beautiful woman that loves her job and fashion. She is so intelligent but also stubborn. There are times that she made me laugh out loud. Daly is very handsome with a good head on his shoulders. He knows what he is doing. The way he treats Pj will melt your heart. This talented author will keep you at the edge of your seat until the end. I can’t wait to see what will happen to these unforgettable characters next.
Hell On Heels (PJ Santini Series Book One) by Lynne Russell
Janice is an interesting character. Her thoughts were chaotic. Sometimes during the read of would be so lost on what she was talking about. Inside her head is a place I never want to be. The wording was really different and made it a little hard to follow. There were some interesting parts throughout the story that did hold my attention. Her relationship with Daly for one was different and a little surprising. The author is new for me and I will have to give the next book a shot. Like it wasn’t my thing but it wasn’t bad. The plot was interesting because it’s a woman doing what we do best. Finding the answers to the craziest things. Janice was good at what she did even if done in a different way.
Review by @gguerrero89
HELL ON HEELS is the first book of a new series starring a strong female protagonist who is one thing by day and another thing by night. It’s a fast paced story with mystery and suspense and while fully developed there is a brevity to the writing that allows the reader to read without any of the filler to make a word count deadline.
This reminded me of a few series I have read in the past and I can see how this can go on and on for many books to come. It is my opinion that it holds its own when held up to the high standard of a good female PI who brings me laughter and a well plotted story.
I enjoyed reading this story very much and it’s one I would recommend to a knitting circle, a wine-centric book club or anyone that loves to read a good story. I look forward to more to come.
Review by @mauraharper
Hell On Heels (PJ Santini Series Book One) by Lynne Russell is a romantic mystery/suspense. Talk about a story that will blow your expectations away and set the bar!! Lynne Russell has created a masterful story in Hell On Heels. The suspense built into this story was steadily paced to the point you were begging for more. PJ Santini is a magnetic character that maintained your interest as the story proceeded. As the first book of the series, this was an outstanding story and I cannot wait to read what comes next for PJ Santini and Lynne Russell as this series continues. The writing was unbelievably amazing!!
Reviewed by @hbahm
Hell On Heels (P.J. Santini Series Book 1) by Lynne Russell
Hell On Heels is funny, romantic, and full of mystery. This is one book I could not put down. We follow private investigator P.J. Santini as she attempts to solve the murder of Sigy, a former coworker. She balances her PI job with her new reporter role taking Sigy’s place. Her character was wonderful to follow with her crazy men and family. I found myself laughing every time I turned around. I found the storyline easy to follow and all the characters interesting. There is mention of severed parts, sex, and kidnapping in this novel, so if you are bothered by that this book is not for you. I felt that it really gave the story some oomph and made it seem more realistic. I highly recommend this book!
Hell on Heels by Lynne Russell is the first of the PJ Santini series and I hope to see many more to come. This is a fun read that had me laughing as well as some suspense and a mystery to untangle. I liked there was a good combination of the two. PJ is a great character. She is tough but also loves her shoes. I like that she makes fun of herself and can handle that she might be running in circles at times.
The two primary men in her life are Tango Daly and Johnny Renza. Tango is her steamy boss at the PI investigations office she does work at while Johnny is her lifelong temptation at the news studio. The two are a great contrast and add to PJ’s character and the story. I really enjoy a book where I get immersed and enjoy myself. This was a great read and I look forward to reading more from Lynne Russell in the future.
Review by @sherimichelle1
Hell On Heels (PJ Santini Series Book 1) by Lynne Russell was a fun, entertaining, sparky rom-comm, that had me laughing while flipping the pages as fast as I could.
My first read from this author, I went in with an open mind, and right away I was hooked. This book pulls you in and with it’s snarky writing and laugh out loud moments, you can’t help but love the MC right out of the gate.
This book has this quirkiness to it that you just can’t help but fall into. The MC is a powerhouse, and she just has this spark that you can’t help but follow. The plot is fast moving, and the pace was smooth and steady, there were no dull moments, there was always something to keep your interest, and either spark some anger (for the MC) or laughter.
This book is a must read and I can’t rave enough about this it! So please take my super high recommendation and my stamp of approval, that you will get hooked on this hell fire of a book.
-Review by @eawalsh
This book would make a killer start to a TV series. I am a huge fan of shows like Bones and Castle. I was enticed by fantastic synopsis and slightly because I love the song Hell on Heels by the Pistol Annies.
One of my only problems is that PJ seems like she was originally written as a male character but then stereotypical male things were switched to female things, like beer to wine ect. But honestly it was pretty easy to ignore that bit of it because I was so engrossed in the story and where the plot was heading.
Very excited to read book 2!
What a book! I heard people saying what a great book this is, but I never expected it to be as brilliant as what it was. This is my first read from this author and defiantly will not be my last. Lynne Russell has created an incredibly written book that is suspenseful, has humour and is totally captivating until the very end. It was fast-paced, engaging, captivating and thrilling, it made me physically laugh out loud on quite a few occasions and made me not want to put the read down.
Can we also point out how incredible P.J is. She is the perfect leading lady that makes this book even better. This book keeps you guessing and you don’t want to put it down until you have it all worked out.
This was one book that I want to read over and over again, I enjoyed it that much! This is a book that shouldn’t be missed, its a series I can tell is going to be epic and brilliant all at the same time! Do not miss this read!
Reviewed By @tillytillzz