Book Reviews

Hitting the Mark by Aidan Wayne

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Artists/Actors/Musicians/Authors / Interracial / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 26-March-2020

Book Blurb

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?

First edition published by Dreamspinner Press, May 2019.

Book Review

In a slow-burn romance that incorporates a lot of trope elements I like, from second chances to a slight age gap of ten years and an old crush being looked at in a new light, the tale of Marcus the action movie star and Taemin the taekwondo master is a very gentle love story. There is an abundance of emotions as both men figure out what they mean to each other but the sex is mentioned rather than on-page. There is not much drama and barely any conflict – both men are settled in their lives and in themselves, so the focus is on figuring out if and how they can make a relationship work.

Marcus has basically got it all: he is a well-known action movies star, has played both straight and gay characters, and does most of his own fight scenes and stunts. His latest movie is set in his hometown in Michigan, and it gives him a chance to see the man who brought him out of his shy shell when he was a teenager. Marcus had a crush on him many years ago- and when they meet again, it turns out the feelings are still there, quietly smoldering all that time. It takes very little to reignite the flame – but reality could easily complicate things.

Taemin is easy to like: he is a great teacher, takes care of everyone else first, and has enough ambition to aim for an Olympics qualification while he works long days. He has principles and is humble, he makes sure all his students get what they need, and he has neglected his personal life for years. Meeting Marcus again, seeing him all grown up, makes Taemin realize how well they are suited to be friends – or more – now that they are both adults. There is some discomfort around the fact that Taemin used to be Marcus’s mentor, but enough time has passed for it not to be a major issue.

If you like slow-burn romances with a solid basis in friendship, if two men redefining the role of mentor/mentee into that of lovers is your thing, and if you enjoy a romance that gradually deepens rather than one that takes off “fast and furious and steamy”, then you will probably  like this novel. It should be sipped and savored rather than gulped down in haste.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 160 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 27-September-2019
Price $4.99 ebook
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