Review: Stranger At My Door by Mari Manning

Stranger At My Door by Mari Manning
Series: A Murder in Texas (# 1)
Release Date: January 11, 2016
Publisher: Entangled: Select Suspense
Pages: 284
Source: Book provided by publisher for review

 

 

The only thing standing between her and disaster is a man she can’t trust…

As far as Dinah Pittman is concerned, men can’t be trusted. Especially cops. Her own father was a former cop and a convicted felon who stole a small fortune before dying in prison. The best part? No one knows where the money is…and someone is willing to kill off everyone who knows anything about it.

And Dinah is next.

Rafe Morales left the Dallas police force to settle down to a simpler life in the small Texas town of El Royo. Instead, he finds himself protecting an infuriating, tough-as-nails, oh-so-sexy victim—and driving himself crazy with a thoroughly unprofessional desire.

But as the body count rises, Rafe and Dinah must find a way to trust each other…before they both end up dead.

 

Review: Stranger At My Door is a good mystery-slash-romance. There’s plenty of both to satisfy either genre fan but it’s not too heavy handed. The mystery was enough to keep me guessing and the romance was of the “I’m not good enough for him” type, which kept the characters pushing and pulling at each other (which I find find fun).

Dinah is strong but she’s pretty much given up. This is real. People get buried under something that happens to them, or around them, and they give up. This makes me like Dinah all that much more. She also lashes out at Rafe, telling him she’s no good, she’ll hurt him, and forecasting their future. Yet somehow she also has a trusting side. While she doesn’t trust law enforcement, she does trust the pregnant girl who tries to steal her groceries. In her position, I’m not sure I’d trust any one.

Rafe has also given up but in a different way. He’s afraid of having to draw his weapon, and of having to use it. He’s lived through some hard times himself and came back to his small hometown so he wouldn’t have to shoot anyone. When he finds himself protecting Dinah, he finds himself opening up those old wounds and having to heal them.

The use of terms of endearment seemed extensive but then, I was raised on the West Coast, not in small town Texas. From TV and movies, it seems endearments are more commonly used in the South. They just seem foreign to me and therefore, a little distracting. But the writing is good and the mystery kept me intrigued. Well worth picking up.