PJ Santini Series Book One
Approx 200 pgs
"The heroine, PJ Santini, is the lovechild of Janet Evanovich and Elmore Leonard." (Toronto Star)
Quirky and witty, HELL ON HEELS is fast-moving recommended reading for those who crave danger and passion in life, but still want to be home by dinner.
Welcome to blistering summertime in Buffalo, New York, scene of the crime. Thirty-three year old P.J. Santini, television news reporter and marginally successful private eye, is on a wild ride between men, her certifiable Sicilian family and insufficient funds notices, ever since her husband died on her – literally. But good news, she's inherited the juicy journalistic job of Gerald Sigmund (Siggy), a sleezy investigative reporter who has vanished into thin air. Her first assignment is to find him, dead or alive. She's also inherited his disgusting office, which holds a secret that's worth her life. But she has no idea what that secret is, or who would kill her to get to it. All she knows is that there's a bloody finger in the desk drawer, and it lost most of its value as evidence when she threw up all over it.
Her only comforts are Chianti, four-inch heels, and chocolate. And two men. Fiercely protective Tango Daly is her mysterious, tanned, toned private detective boss, a martial artist with a para-legitimate past tucked lustily into seductive slacks and silk shirts. PJ and Daly play exhilarating mind games when her stilettos get caught in the thick carpet of his office. Upstairs, the place is equipped with more surveillance electronics than Cheyenne Mountain…and a bed with satin sheets.
Lanky Johnny Renza is darkly handsome in his trademark cream linen suit, and the first boy P.J. ever loved… over and over, all through high school. Now he's a top-notch competitive crime reporter who gets away with plenty because he still knows how to hotwire her with fattening food. As her butt is about to get its own zip code, it's getting harder and harder to concentrate on staying alive.
P.J. Santini lives in an uncharted corner of author Lynne Russell's brain. When P.J. spends long, boring hours stuck in a car on a surveillance job, she amuses herself by counting all the places on her body where she can stash her gun – she's up to twelve now – and she wishes to thank Lynne for the idea. It helps to make up for the indignity of having to pee into a one-pound coffee can.
Lynne Russell anchored CNN and CNN Headline News from 1983 to 2001, the first woman to solo anchor a daily prime time network newscast. Her long-standing dedication to the people's right to know was recognized in The New York Times, which called her a "just-the-facts stalwart of CNN Headline News". The Times also called her a news anchor with the personality of a professional wrestler, which she took as a compliment. In the Washington Journalism Review, she won a spot as "Best in the Business". A private investigator and former Deputy Sheriff, Lynne now writes romantic crime novels and works out of Washington, D.C.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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. Happy Reading -E.A. Walsh
Hell On Heels is the opening chapter of Lynne Russell’ PJ Santini series. We meet PJ Santini, her crazy Sicilian!!! family, best friend Vicky and two hot guys of her life! Man … how does she find them?! Daly and Renza … I could not choose either … how does one choose between ice cream and cake? Can one have them at the same time??? PJ is a TV news reporter and a PI; she is witty, independent and stubborn like heck! She is like a dog with a bone, once she has an assignment, she will find an answer, even if it might be a bit dangerous for her health (get my drift??). You will find yourself on the edge of your seat and biting your nails and other times you are cracking up so loud that if you are in the public, you get those stares (know what I am talking about, right?). If you are looking for a mix of hilarious and crime then this series is for you! I have the next book in the series already waiting for me on my e-reader!
Hell On Heels (PJ Santini Series Book 1) by Lynne Russell 5 +++ Stars Oh my goodness I loved this book! I am a sucker for solving a mystery and a leading lady that makes me want to jump into the book and be her friend, a friend that makes me laugh just about every time she opens her mouth LOL There isn't one thing I didn't love about this story, I loved the fast paced suspense that kept me guessing and I sincerely appreciated the “no added fluff”, every word was needed in this story and the flow was perfect. I loved the slight hint of romance throughout and the crazy friends and the family bonds throughout. This was the perfect book, my favorite genre for sure and as much as I'd love to compare this to another series out there which I love as well, this one stands by itself and I absolutely can not wait for more and know that PJ Santini will be on my favorite character list and I hope there are many more books to come in this series. I'm kind of star struck as I remember well watching this author on my TV years ago and her experience on CNN made this story that much more believable and fun. I already can not wait to read this again :)