Book Review (and a Giveaway!): One Wrong Move by Dani Pettrey

Posted February 20, 2024 by meezcarrie in Book Review, Christian, contemporary, Dani Pettrey, giveaway, mystery/suspense, romance / 61 Comments

One Wrong Move book review

One Wrong Move by Dani PettreyONE WRONG MOVE by Dani Pettrey
Jeopardy Falls #1

GENRE: Romantic Suspense (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Bethany House
RELEASE DATE: February 6, 2024
PAGES: 393

Taunting riddles.
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.

One of the things I always love so much about Dani Pettrey’s books is the team/family bond that her characters have. Whether it’s the McKennas from her Alaskan Courage series or the law enforcement friends in the Chesapeake Valor books or the CGIS team in the Coastal Guardians series, her characters have each other’s backs and have fun together, even in the midst of stressful situations. This never fails to put a smile on my face AND keep me coming back for more time with these friends/family/teams that I quickly grow to love.

Now Pettrey has introduced us to the Jeopardy Falls crew of private investigators & security specialists (made up of the Macleod siblings and a close family friend), and I can already tell that these characters will be another strong team who isn’t afraid to joke around but takes their jobs – and their relationships – very seriously. I loved the dynamics between brothers Christian & Deck as well as their kid sister Riley and their mentor Greyson (who seems to be harboring some secret feelings for Riley – oh the romantic possibilities!!!). Christian’s kindness to Andi, his belief in her innocence, and his brokenness over past mistakes endeared him to me right away. The addition of former FBI analyst-turned-insurance-investigator Andi and her best friend Harper (still with FBI forensics) is a good one that synced well with the Macleod personalities and skill sets. Andi is a great character who has been dealt a bad hand, and I really enjoyed getting to know her and watching her & Christian fall for each other. I loved Harper too (though I think Riley will end up being my favorite female of the bunch… a close call though), and I’m all a’swoon with the sparks between Harper and Deck that promise to develop into more in a future book.

On the surface, One Wrong Move seems to be about a cleverly-orchestrated art heist. And it is. But it’s also so much more than that. Their investigation is layered and multi-dimensional and it takes them down paths and to suspects that I wasn’t initially expecting. What began with art heists escalates to something even more dangerous as Christian & Andi follow their suspicions & leads around New Mexico. Along with the immediate case demanding Christian & Andi’s attention, Deck and Harper also have their own separate pursuit involving the case that ended Andi’s FBI career. I was solidly invested in both investigations, eagerly turning the pages as my mind whirred with suspects and clues, my heart staying near my throat as these characters I immediately loved had to dodge bullets and threats and other pulse-racing attempts on their lives.

Bottom Line: Swoony romance. High-stakes suspense. Compelling characters. Dani Pettrey’s newest novel One Wrong Move has all the right moves when it comes to an engaging story that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Meaningful explorations of redemption and forgiveness occur naturally within the plot, adding to the character layers without feeling forced or distracting from the story. I was already excited about this series but reading One Wrong Move made me even more eager for the books to come – I can’t wait to catch up with the characters again and see what else Pettrey has up her sleeve for them to investigate.

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. In the interest of full disclosure, the company for which I freelance as a blog/review tour coordinator was hired to promote this book with a social media tour at an earlier date, with which I had no involvement. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4.5 stars / loved it!

KissingBook Level: 3+ / will forget to breathe on occasion

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Dani Pettrey

Dani Pettrey ( is the bestselling author of the Coastal Guardians, Chesapeake Valor, and Alaskan Courage series. A two-time Christy Award finalist, Dani has won the National Readers’ Choice Award, Daphne du Maurier Award, HOLT Medallion, and Christian Retailing’s Best Award for Suspense. She plots murder and mayhem from her home in the Washington, DC, metro area.

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61 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): One Wrong Move by Dani Pettrey

  1. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for your review on ONE WRONG MOVE by Dani Pettrey. This book has been on my TBR list since it was first mentioned. Sounds fabulous! LOVE the cover! Can’t wait to read and review

  2. Patty

    I actually haven’t read any of Dani’s books, but the first in a series sounds like a great place to start.

  3. Megan D Hamsher

    Checkered pasts
    Security Expert & Investigator

    Chances are that I’d have a terrible time putting down the book…

  4. Thank you so much for taking time to read One Wrong Move and for writing such a thoughtful review. I deeply appreciate your time and for sharing it with your readers.

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