Hitting the Mark

Hitting the Mark

by Aidan Wayne

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Overview

Marcus Economidis is a famous action-movie star renowned for doing his own stunts. But put him back in his Michigan hometown for his latest project and he’s a nervous wreck. Why? Taemin Choi—the taekwondo master who trained Marcus and helped him move beyond debilitating shyness to become the man he is today. Taemin was Marcus’s first crush, and now that he’s grown, their reunion might lead to more than a mentorship. 

Marcus’s kindness and confidence impresses Taemin, and the attraction is instant—for both of them. Making time for each other won’t be easy, what with Taemin training to qualify for the Olympics and Marcus working on his latest film. But it all seems worthwhile when they’re together, reacquainting themselves with each other—in the dojang and beyond—and nurturing a romance more satisfying than anything either ever thought possible. 

But can their romance withstand the pressures of Marcus’s fame and Taemin’s grueling schedule?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781644051436
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: 05/28/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 193
Sales rank: 687,063
File size: 2 MB

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Hitting the Mark 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous 4 months ago
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ChaosMoondrawn 4 months ago
I would rate this 4 stars. The story starts with Marcus going back to where he's from to film a movie. He has the chance to visit the taekwondo academy where he spent five formative years, from age 10 to 15. Back then, his crush was the son of the owner, Taemin, who became an instructor, training to take over the family business. Meeting Taemin again and getting to know him as an adult and equal, shows Marcus everything he wants in a partner. Taemin takes a bit longer to realize what he is feeling, that it's ok to feel this way, and that Marcus is someone he wants in his life as more than a friend. There is smart writing on the author's part in the use of all the side characters. Preeti, a former student and now instructor, gives them a buffer and shows that they are adults now--that Preeti and Taemin are friends and colleagues, especially with Preeti being younger than Marcus. Mr. Avi is the father figure, even though he is Taemin's employee. Marcus's assistant, Billy, is not just an employee, but also a supportive friend. When you spend as much time at work as these two do, their whole world is really their colleagues and people they meet through work. A huge amount of this book is the day to day details about Marcus and Taemin while they are at work, doing what they love. With Taemin's work ethic, his schedule is grueling. He teaches almost every day and is training for the Olympic qualification tournament on top of his charitable work. This is a habit, but may also be a way to stave off the loneliness of down time. Marcus's life as an actor, doing most of his own stunts, is also full of training, publicity, and requires travel. There are no surprises about the travails this couple will face. There is no manufactured angst--just the real work of making it through their first disagreement. This is a realistic view of two men falling in love who must work out a way to integrate their lives together. It is a solid, well crafted romance about strong, masculine men who are confident about who they are. The love scenes are beautiful without being salacious. That the author captures that feeling of butterflies in your stomach, of wonder that the person you want, wants you back, is satisfying. It is the length, that the reader really gets to know who these men are, that elevates this above most romances.
amatate 4 months ago
In a word, Hitting the Mark could be described as nice. This author is relatively new-to-me, but I enjoy their writing style and the blurb certainly sparked my interest. Unfortunately, this one didn’t quite work for me. Despite pleasant characters, a simple story, an easy romance, and good dialogue, it was missing the oomph that kept me reading and invested. I loved the idea of Marcus returning to his hometown and meeting up with a mentor for whom he’s always harbored a crush. I also quite liked the characters and plotline, but I kept waiting for something to happen and it simply never took off. I’m certainly not opposed to a romance having minimal angst and conflict, and often seek out authors I know write easier, comfort romances. However, this slow burner combined a sluggish pace with an overly simplistic storyline, and I felt lost among the mundane life details of the characters rather than in a romance boasting chemistry and palpable emotion. Hitting the Mark is definitely for those readers looking for a low-key, slow build romance without much drama and conflict. And while it wasn’t a hit for me, I did enjoy the author’s easy, polished writing style and will look into more from them in the future. *Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*