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Fear stops dreams in their tracks before they even have a chance. Then again, so do injuries.

Natalia Grekov was born to win a gold medal. As the USA’s top gymnast, she’s calm, confident and ready to make her country proud in just two short months. And her elite athlete lifestyle includes no time for distractions—especially men. When a disastrous fall in practice puts her d
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Kindle Edition, 250 pages
Published August 4th 2016
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Shannon Moore
Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
I'll write a review for this eventually but I tried today and it still bothers me. If I write anything now, it'll just turn into a rant fest, so all I can give you at the moment is this: I don't like it. At all. There's better romance books and better gymnastics books out there. Considering the author kept boasting about her years upon years as a gymnast on social media while writing this book, I expected more of a storyline and less of her rants and disgusts with the sport and how it's portraye ...more
Mg Herrera
Jul 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 "BLIND LANDING" stars!

I'm still struggling with how to write this review. But it's time so here I go.

The premise of the book was good enough for me to be salivating for it. The story flowed nicely and the messages included was a good one. I also had a lot of fun with the "Fearsome Foursome's", especially with Peyton, hope she gets her own book, she was a very enchanting character and I want to know more about her.

All the characters from this book were lovable, well except you Novak Filipe,
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✿kawehi.reviews
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
With the Rio Olympics about to go underway, I was looking for my perfect fix to go along with that inspirational mode. Blind Landing is my second ever Carrie Aarons read and I got to tell ya, I'm in no way going to stop any time soon.

A lot of this novel centers around taking risks....jumping into the unknown...even when you don't know where the results may lead you.

Natalia and Spence. I liked what the other brought out in the both of their characters. I also enjoyed how they could emphasize an
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1-Click Addict Support Group
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
I’m not going to lie—I’ve never given a whole lot of thought to the Olympics. I mean, it’s a fun thing that comes up every once in a while, and I do enjoy watching the gymnasts twist and contort and fly through the air the way they do.

But Carrie Aarons has given me an entirely new appreciation.

Not only do I have her vivid imagery in my head, but I have a deepened understanding and appreciation for the work it takes, the drive a gymnast must have and how completely all-consuming it is. It’s clear
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aNneMarLi - Chatterbooks Book Blog
Jul 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-arc
4.0 "BLIND LANDING" Stars

“I don’t run away from a challenge because I am afraid. Instead, I run towards it because the only way to escape fear is to trample it beneath your foot.” ~Nadia Comaneci

Blind Landing is my first Carrie Aarons book and to be honest it was the cover that caught my attention first.It's gorgeous and it doesn't just exudes beauty but there's just something with it that makes it really appealing as if it's calling unto me even if it's just there sitting.

First few pages and
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Red Cheeks Reads
Aug 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
“Flirty friends kiss right?”

I love a sports romance and I am a fan of Carrie Aarons so I was excited to start Blind Landing. I love the Olympics and this new trend of books revolving around this setting is right up my alley.

‘Natalia Grekov has sent my system spinning, and the only way to relieve the dizziness was to attack it at the source.’

Blind Landing revolves around Nat, an Olympic hopeful, and Spencer, a coach for the Men’s team. Their relationship starts as friendship with both of them
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Cocktails and Books
3.5 Cocktails

This was a good book and I enjoyed what Nat and Spence went through working up to the Olympic trials, but it felt like the Trials themselves and the Olympics just flashed by. And then there was what was happening with Novak. I wanted more with that. He was one of those secondary characters that lurked in the background, but he was set up as a bad guy who had to take a fall. But it didn't feel like we got into the ins and outs of why Novak had it in for Spence and Nat, separately. Th
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Sarah - Musings of the Modern Belle
***LIVE EARLY-FULL REVIEW***

5 Make My Heart Tumble CROWNS

Carrie Aarons has made me fall in love with gymnastics. I loved every single aspect of this book: the characters, the plot, the truth about gymnastics. I just adored it all.

I enjoyed every single character, well except the antagonist, obviously, in this story. But let’s start with Spencer. He is one of my top heroes ever! He has the perfect combination of cocky, sexy, and sweet. The reader can see his love for gymnastics; the way he speaks
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Christine
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Blind Landing by Carrie Arrons is a spicy sports romance with a twist. Set in the world of gymnastics with months to the Olympics in Rio we follow Natalia Grekov who’s been training all her life to challenge for the gold medal. Natalia is one of the top gymnasts for USA until the one thing that can stop an athlete in her tracks: Fear. With only a few months to the biggest stage Natalia will ever compete at the last thing she needs is a distraction. Spencer Russell has trained all his life to be ...more
Kindling Micky
3.5 stars

With the Olympics around the corner, a book set in the gymnastics setting is just what I needed. I'm a huge fan of sports romance so this book hits my sweet spot. It is abundantly clear early on that the technicalities of the sport are well researched but not laboured in the writing so that you switch off; this background context was well executed.

The book centred around Natalia, an elite gymnast who is so focused on making the USA team that everything else is secondary. One of the ma
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Naughty Book Blog
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A sports romance perfect score! This is definitely my favorite Carrie Aarons book to date. The heart and passion she poured into to this book is very evident in the characters, the plot and the feels! The result is a beautiful love story highlighted with determination and inspiration. Extra points for Spence and Nat's improper use of the gym equipment. The story had me conflicted between turning on the Olympics to watch gymnastics and finishing the book. I ended up sort of doing both at once. I ...more
Jan
Aug 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: sports-stars
3.75 Gold stars.

Great characters, hot moments, a plot that didn’t quite grab me but the characters kept it interesting with their flirting and humour.

The whole Gymnastics thing was lost on me unfortunately, I'm sure the author did lots of research on the whole subject but upto 50% I was struggling with the plot.

I'm sure if the plot was something completely different my interest would of been more piqued.

Told in dual pov's with great characters,Spencer was funny,hot and a great guy while Natai
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Joy Novel Thoughts
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you love gymnastics, the Olympics, and forbidden romance, STOP what you are doing and purchase this novel!

From the beginning you will fall in love with Nat and her determination to get over her fear. She hasn't ever been afraid to throw a trick in her life so now that she is feeling fear for the first time in her career she will do whatever it takes to get over it. Including taking up the former gymnast turned coach, also the bad boy of gymnastics Spencer.

When these two team up things get c
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Brianna
Aug 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm so glad I was recommended this book on Facebook after searching for another gymnastics book after watching the women's all around finals last week. I have been dying to find another Out of Bounds by R.S. Grey because I needed to at least have book form of more gymnastics and this was it! It even takes place (briefly) in Rio for the Olympics which puts more icing on the cake! I'm excited to see that this is a series and where it will lead. :)
Silvana [The Book Voyagers]
So... haha. I don't know how to start this because I'm very conflicted about this book. I did enjoy some part of it (like the couple - in a way -, the GYMANSTICS!!, the road to Rio!!, friendship-to-love trope) but I also didn't enjoy some parts.

For me this book was like a TV show I hate to love. It's addicting but it's also problematic. It's cliche as heck but very entertaining. I don't know what to do oh my god

I will write a very detailed review soon I promise.
A
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
ARC received in exchange for an honest review :)

I absolutely loved this book :) inhaled it in one evening :) the story of Spence and Nat deserves a solid 4,5 stars and the remaining 0,5 I have to give to all the secondary characters :) I cannot wait to read more books in this series :) and just look at that cover... GAH!!! :) gorgeous :) I can't tell you more now, cause once I start I won't be able to shut up, so you'll just have to wait for the release date for my full review ;) but do yourselv
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Sue
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
First thoughts after reading: absolutely loooooove the dynamics of the story

When I heard that Carrie Aarons is writing a new adult book about gymnasts I just had to read it. I was so curious what the story would be like. I was lucky enough to get an ARC from Carrie. The moment I started reading, I also started falling in love with the story, the characters, and the sport. The book is so nicely written it melted my heart. After reading it I had so many thoughts, which I needed to sort out. It’s l
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JoAnna G
Jul 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: alpha-book-club
Title:Blind Landing
Author:Carrie Aarons
Series:Flipped
Publisher:Self
Reviewer:JoAnna
Release Date:August 4, 2016
Genre(s):Forbidden Romance, Sports
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Heat Level: 4flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5stars out of 5
Blurb:

Fear stops dreams in their tracks before they even have a chance. Then again, so do injuries.

Natalia Grekov was born to win Olympic gold. As the USA’s top gymnast, she’s calm, confident and ready to make her country proud in just two short months. And her elite athlete lifestyle inclu
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Lauren ♥ Inked in Chapters
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.

Natalia is an elite gymnast headed – hopefully – to the 2016 Olympic Games.

Spencer, a now retired gymnast, (not by choice) works as a coach at one of the country’s premier gymnastic gyms. The same gym Natalia arrived at a few weeks ago.

Naturally, the sparks fly between these two.

Spencer is sort of cocky, the type of man who’s not looking for anything serious. He enjoys playing the field. But Natalia changes all that. She’s hardworking, determined, and seemingly fearless, and he can
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Rebecca
Jul 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
In gymnastics, a blind landing requires fearlessness, skill, and the ability to trust oneself to complete the vault with both feet still and pressed into the mat.

Natalia Grekov, a premier gymnast, has always been fearless in life and in gymnastics, but when Spencer Russell enters her life and her gym, she questions that bravery not only when she allows her fear of the vault to consume her, but also when Spencer becomes so much more than a “flirty friend,” complicating her dreams and her life in
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Chloe
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love reading about Athlete sport romances, the whole chip on their shoulder and thinking they are the best. I loved this book because it was about gymnastics, as a little girl I would always dream of doing what they could and to finally read a romance novel about it, my dreams came true. (in a sense.) Natalia is sassy while Spence is loveable, their characters was a great combination.
What better way then to kick off the Olympic Games then a book about it!
Lee
Aug 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed every page of this book. As a former gymnast, many moons ago, I loved that this story was so accurate in its descriptions of athletes and the world of gymnastics. I will definitely read the next book in this series!
Chanpreet
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
To come soon!
Hilary
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Aarons will have you tumbling head over heals in love with Blind Landing.

**Full review to come.**

* I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. **
Marianne
Aug 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, new-adult, sports
Fun, sassy and sexy! What a lovely read. :D Really enjoyed it! Need more Natalia and Spencer though...they were a great couple!
Janna ♥ I'm A Sweet And Sassy Book Whore ♥
just couldn't get into it
Logan Hr
Aug 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Simply amazing! I wish all sports books were just like this one!!
A Hopeless Romantic's Booklandia
With just days to go before the Olympic games get underway this book was an excellent choice for me. I've enjoyed Carrie Aarons previous works and when I saw she was writing a novel centered around the world of the U.S. gymnastics team I absolutely knew I had to have this book on my kindle. Gymnastics is by far my favorite event.

This isn't the first Olympic read I've read in the past couple of months but it is by far the absolute best. Aarons has a gift for storytelling, drawing the reader in.
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Becky Wise
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazing

Amazing forbiddenish sports romance. I love the gymnastics aspect really brings new air into the realm of sports romance. Spence and Nat are so hot. Amazing. I can't wait to read the next book.
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Author of romance novels such as Red Card and All the Frogs in Manhattan, Carrie Aarons writes sexy, swoon-worthy, sarcastic characters who won't get out of her head until she puts them down on a page.

Carrie has wanted to be an author since the first time she opened a book, and can’t imagine a better or more maddening profession.

A lover of good manicures, Riesling and the beach, she enjoys chasing
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