A Stella Review: If You’re Going Through Hell Keep Going (Mann of My Dreams #1) by Tinnean

RATING 4,5 out of 5 stars

Mark Vincent, spy with the Washington Bureau of Intelligence and Security, has become the lover of Quinton Mann, spook with the CIA. With what’s going on in both their organizations, can two such diverse men maintain any kind of relationship?

Mark Vincent and Quinton Mann have finally kind of, sort of, exchanged promises. Mark has returned from an assignment on the West Coast, and he’s looking forward to spending some quality time with his lover. After all, it’s the St. Patrick’s Day weekend. What could be better than a little beer, a little corned beef on rye, and Quinn in his bed?

However, on Monday it’s back to the grind—this time to an almost empty department: Matheson is away on assignment and Ms. Parker, Mark’s secretary, is taking sick time, something she never does. But these aren’t the only signs of something unusual, well, more unusual than normal, going on. Gradually, Mark uncovers a series of events going back to the previous spring and involving not only his senior special agent but Theo Bascopolis, a former rent boy who is Mark’s friend.

While Mark unravels the threads of the Gordian knot the WBIS has become, he realizes how deep his feelings for Quinn have grown. But can a spy like Mark ever hope to be “the one” for a spook like Quinn?

I first met Mark Vincent when I read The Light in Your Eyes some years ago, I fell in love with Theo and Will, but I have to admit the character of Mark intrigued me a lot. Although the Mann of My Dreams series doesn’t let me know how Mark met his Quinton, I didn’t have problems to see how amazing they were and how deep their relationship was. Sure they worked in two very different worlds, two enemies, it was hard to spend time together, they were always caught in some dangerous mission. Still their own little time was precious, I adored every single scene. But I found interesting their calls too, and all the measured words and gestures they shared.

Plus the author did a wonderful job at keeping me updated, with all the lovely second characters she showed me, with all the previous missions the MCs did. I’m not a huge fan of the use of a single POV, in this case it was just Mark’s, it always feels like I’m missing something. Not this time, even hearing only Mark’s thoughts, I was able to know how in love Quinn was, how ready he was too to make a step forward in their life.

I can’t wait to read the next installment in this series and see where the author will lead these men.

Cover art seems better suited to a supernatural story than to this one.  Not a fan.



ebook 337 pages

Publishing date July 31 2019 by JMS Books

ISBN: 9781310203404

Edition Language English

Series Mann of My Dreams #1

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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