Author: Dani Pettrey
Series: Jeopardy Falls #1
Release Date: February 6, 2024
Publisher: Bethany House
A deadly string of heists.
Two broken hearts trapped in a killer's game.
Christian O'Brady was pulled into a life of crime at a young age by his con artist parents. Now making amends for his corrupt past, he has become one of the country's foremost security experts. When a string of Southwestern art heists targets one of the galleries Christian secured, he is paired up with a gifted insurance investigator who has her own checkered past.
Andi Forester was a brilliant FBI forensic analyst until one of her colleagues destroyed her career, blaming her for mishandling evidence. She now puts those skills to work investigating insurance fraud, and this latest high-stakes case will test her gift to the limit. Drawn deep into a dangerous game with an opponent bent on revenge, Christian and Andi are in a race against the clock to catch him, but the perpetrator's game is far from finished, and one wrong move could be the death of them both.
Reviewer: Marie Edwards
This wasn’t a bad book, by any means. Despite the 3-star (neutral) rating, I’d read it again. I may need to go back and read the story. Rarely do I need to read a book twice. That isn’t always bad. And I do enjoy the genre.
Some of the problems started at the beginning of the book, with one of the baddies being known right away. There is no suspense there.
I prefer walking alongside the main characters when trying to figure it out. A character guide would’ve been helpful, since this is the first book in the series. There were a lot of characters to sort through.
There were at least four main characters—siblings Christian, Deckard, and Riley—in addition to Andi (Miranda). There’s a past between Deckard and Andi that is tied to her losing her job with the FBI. They all had a ton of baggage from their past that cropped up like a cadre of restless ghosts.
I liked the Penn & Teller reference for two reasons. Since 2001, they’ve had a residency at the Rio in Las Vegas. And Penn was a guest star in an episode of Miami Vice (Prodigal Son), directed by an actor I like, Paul Michael Glaser. Like those connections, this story was just as mind-bending with the multiple subplots.
I also enjoyed the Sonic Drive-In mention and knew what the food tasted like as I read that part. The onion rings are my favorite, while my mother prefers tots. While the cherry limeade is one of the top sellers, I prefer Cherry Coke or Ocean Water.
New Mexico has rightly earned the nickname “The Land of Enchantment” with its vibrant landscape. It also shares the Four Corners region with Colorado, Utah, and Arizona, bridging the southwest with the mountain region. I wish more books went to this region due to its contrasting landscape, and I enjoyed Pettrey’s venture into this area.
The story is rather long, at 372 pages. What helped were the really short chapters. They were so short that there was a total of 75 counting the prologue.
While this is a Christian book, there are two heinous murders along with a major art theft. The sweet romance between Christian and Andi begins almost immediately.
Despite owning several Dani Pettrey novels, this is the first one I’ve read. It won’t be the last. I definitely want to read the next books in this series.
I received a complimentary copy courtesy of Bethany House through Interviews & Reviews for my honest opinion.
Reviewer: Elisha Varela
I love how the author captured the attraction without making it a cheesy love-at-first-sight book. Both characters showed their obvious interest, and it was sweet.
I really enjoyed Christian’s character and persona. His interests and pastimes make him seem like an adventurous and interesting person.
Andi’s life drama was a nice touch to the whole mystery aspect. It made it more interesting and enjoyable that two mysteries were being solved at once.
I love how they were both Christians and when it came down to it, both characters were heavily dependent on it. The twist was not too obvious like in other books, but that direction was still an option in the back of my head. So it was still enjoyable. I loved the expansive points of view. It gave a greater sense of perspective. It showed the different sides of the story that wouldn’t normally be thought about.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers through Interviews and Reviews. All opinions are my own.
Reviewer: Laura Thomas
This fast-paced romantic suspense is the first in the new Jeopardy Falls series and is a compelling read from start to finish!
There were actually two cases being worked on and two romances blossoming, the primary being a current string of art gallery heists with main characters Andi, an insurance fraud investigator, and Christian, a security expert. Both are working to move on from terrible situations in their pasts, but soon discover they work exceedingly well as a team!
The secondary case is an attempt to clear Andi’s name after she was framed and forced to leave the FBI. This is taken on by Christian’s brother, Deckard, and Andi’s best friend, Harper. Neither are in a place for a romantic relationship, but both are obviously smitten.
Although it might seem there’s a lot going on in this book, the author keeps the relationships organized and the plot moving forward in this fascinating southwest setting.
The importance of family, faith, and forgiveness are all naturally baked into a story where real and raw characters are being targeted and lives are on the line. I’m looking forward to the next book in this series!
I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishers through Interviews & Reviews. All opinions expressed are my own.
Reviewer: Tammy Lunsford
I can already see this is going to be a fantastic new series. I could not get enough of it. I did not want the story to end.
When a series of heists in local art galleries are successful on behalf of the offenders, it is obvious that it is the work of professional thieves. Christian O'Brady is a top security expert who actually installed the security systems on two of the galleries. The gallery owner wants to know how the thieves bypassed his top-notch system.
Andi Forrester was a top forensic analyst for the FBI until her career was destroyed. She is now an insurance investigator who is called to the scene of the heist. When you pair up Christian and Andi, you have a dream team for justice, not so dreamy for the offenders. The thieves are also leaving riddles taunting them. During the course of the investigation, they realize they are in danger from an unknown person who has no regard for human life and will kill them in an instant.
The race is on to put this complex puzzle together. The mystery was captivating. The suspense was off the charts as they are on the run for their lives while trying to outmaneuver an opponent who will stop at nothing to get what they want. It was also emotionally intense as you learn more about Christian's past and the grief that Andi still experiences after losing a job she loved so much. Their faith has girded them up to be the strong man and woman they are today. The plot twists kept me glued to the pages. Strong, magnetic characters make this book a dream to read, as you can feel real empathy for them and their situation. The family dynamics of the MacLeod family make this story even more interesting as you get to know them. I am so thoroughly impressed with this book that I cannot even put a pen to my thoughts. Those who love action-packed Christian romantic suspense will love this book. I look forward to the next chapter of Jeopardy Falls.
Thank you to Bethany House for a copy of this book through Interviews & Reviews. I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Reviewer: Ewurabena Wilson
A suspense-filled novel that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat!
Dani Pettrey’s One Wrong Move is a modern-day investigative novel set in the town of Jeopardy Falls. A string of art heists brings Christian O’Brady, part of a private investigative team, and Miranda ‘Andi’ Forester, an insurance investigator and former FBI agent, together. But the story doesn’t end there, as Dani Pettrey has skilfully incorporated two male leads in this novel, effectively merging two investigations together. Deckard, Christian’s brother and private investigator, joins forces with Harper, Andi’s best friend and fellow FBI agent, to investigate what happened to a missing piece of evidence that had exonerated Deckard’s client but led to the loss of Andi’s job in the FBI. Christian’s past catches up to him when he realizes that the string of art heists being investigated are closer to home than he had imagined.
This is a suspenseful novel that is very well written and has a perfectly executed plot. I loved the generous dose of faith where both Andi and Christian are broken people who are learning to trust God every step of the way. The romance in the novel was very good between Andi and Christian, as was the brewing romance between Riley, Christian’s sister and co-PI, and Greyson Chadwick, another PI. I cannot wait to read what happens between Harper and Deckard and how the plot develops around them. Overall, it was a good read with a strong dose of faith, romance, and suspense.
Don’t judge a book by its prologue, first chapter, and full caps on the first page of each chapter. I almost put this book down because of these, but I would have done a great disservice to myself.
I received a complimentary copy courtesy of Bethany House through NetGalley and Interviews & Reviews for my honest opinion.
Reviewer: Anna Bottoms
One Wrong Move has absolutely all the right moves. The plot had twist upon twist entwining two mysteries, three couples, and more suspects than you could count. The action just kept on coming, my heart pounding out a rhythm with each character.
Christian took his skills from a broken past and turned them into a career that helps others. When he meets Andi while investigating a heist, he’s immediately drawn to her. Though hesitant to involve his heart, he steps into the waters of a relationship and soon finds he may be in over his head. Will he swim away or find an anchor in Andi?
Andi is an insurance investigator who lost her job with the FBI along with her fiancé when she was framed for botching a case. Now she treads softly when it comes to men. She’s not sure she’ll ever trust again until she meets Christian, a man who shares her faith and her drive for the truth. Could he be the one to break down her walls?
The other characters were pivotal to the story and helped it move along at the perfect pace. I was moved by the authenticity of each character’s back story and path to faith.
This was one of the best romantic suspense books I’ve read in a long time, and I can’t wait for the next in the series.
I received a complimentary copy courtesy of Bethany House. This is my honest opinion of the book.
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