Spy Stories, Mysteries and Covert Affairs are some of my favorite Book Categories. We are lucky enough to find all 3 in this book by Tinnean.
Mark Vincent works for Washington Bureau of Intelligence and Security (WBIS) and Quinton Mann is CIA. In this story these 2 agencies do not work together and treat each other as adversaries. Vincent is a hardcore Senior Agent considered one of the best in the field while Mann is a Deputy Chief in the CIA and also top in his field. When the 2 meet they feel a connection that neither man will accept or deny. The mind games begin with each of the characters playing games with the other, from Vincent drugging Mann and handcuffing him to his bedpost and Mann digging deep enough in Vincent’s personal past to come up with his actual Birthday, the thing is no one was supposed to know the date. The antics are funny and I enjoyed reading about them it made me smile. The sex scenes were good, to the point and sexy.
There were a lot of characters in the book to keep track of, I was little hindered because the characters were referred to by their first names at some points and the last name at other times. Once I got them straight in my head it was pretty easy to follow. It was very fun watching Vincent and Mann deny their attraction to each other and then act upon it.
I really enjoyed reading the book, the only thing I didn’t necessarily care for; was the author wrote 2 point of views for almost every scene. I heard Vincent’s account and then all of sudden I am reading the same material from Mann’s point of view.
There are a couple of good back stories going on during the main story. We have congressmen with rent boys, a love tryst in Europe and Vincent’s apartment blowing up.
After I was finished I was a little confused by the title so I contacted the Author and asked about it and this is the response: “Mark and Quinn are determined to deny their feelings for each other. They’re very happy living on that houseboat.” When I found out it was a Metaphor for their relationship, I thought it quite clever.
Book 1 in a Series
Print Length: 354 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 30, 2012)