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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 r ...more
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Published May 28th 2019 by Dreamspinner Press
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Cadiva
May 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another beautiful exploration of the power of connection and of love from this author.

I've read two now by Aidan Wayne and their hallmark seems to be lots of emotional connection but very little steam. It worked in the first book of theirs I read Rule of Thirds where one of the MCs was suffering from serious PTSD and their two companions were sentient AI.

Unfortunately, for this book, while I completely got the love and respect between Marcus and Taemin, the passion was lacking as there
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Meep
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Two nice men reconnect, they have busy busy lives, HEA the end. I want to like it, the characters are nice, as are the side characters from what we see. But the book is so bland it's boring. It could have finished where they agreed to try and date.

There's an age gap which isn't touched on. Taemin is the ex-mentor of Marcus before he moved away, which is mentioned but never an issue. They're both nice people, neither have any ego or seemingly any confidence despite one being a popular move star a
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Ariadna
Aug 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I loved the cover for this book so much that, even though I had some reservations about it, I ended up borrowing it from my library...only to end up DNF'ing it.

The premise was okay, the characters were nice, and everything about the story indicated that there wasn't going to be any high-stakes conflict.

On the negative side, the book was 100% telling and that got really tiresome to read. What I mean is that we follow both MCs throughout their day, then they meet for dinner or lunch and see them
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Joyfully Jay
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: veronica
A Joyfully Jay review.

4 stars


I liked this interracial romance, especially all the sporty bits, which form strong themes of discipline, honor, and community. Marcus and Taemin are tentative in building their relationship, hesitant to upset the rekindled friendship, and not eager to take over each other’s lives. Taemin is a quiet man, and Marcus knows his celebrity will upset their peaceful times, but they both are so lonely, and they find such comfort in one another. There are some side characte
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meep
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, bbj
4.5 stars

Hitting The Mark is a standalone by Aidan Wayne. Marcus is a movie star. Once upon a time he was extremely shy but with help of the son of his taekwondo master he became the confident man he is. Taemin, who is now the master of the school, is also an Olympic hopeful. What starts as reconnecting quickly turns to more. Can simple and generous Taemin handle dating a movie star?

I absolutely loved Taemin. He was adorable. He loves all his students, does volunteer work as well as trains for t
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Ami
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Marcus Economidis is a famous action movie star – his latest movie projects bring him back to Michigan, his hometown, the place where he first gained his confidence and “cured” his shyness by studying Taekwondo at Choi’s Taekwondo Academy.

The school is also the place where Marcus’ first crush, Taemin Choi, the son of the Grandmaster Choi who runs the school now works, taking over the school from his father. Could this reunion bring Marcus closer to his dream – asking Taemin for a date and maybe
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Serena Yates
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay, read-2019
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 i ...more
Chris, the Dalek King
Marcus is on the top to the world. He is famous actor, his career is going great, and he has everything he could ever want right in his sights. Including the man he has been crushing on since he was a teen. Now, all he has to do is get up the courage to tell him hello.

It has been years since he last saw Taemin, the man who taught him taekwondo and helped him break out of his shell. And when he was 15 there was no chance that Taemin ever saw him as more than a gangly teenager. Now grown up, and m
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Serena Yates
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay, read-2020
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 i ...more
Annie
May 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Slow burn romance that was a bit too slow

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 al
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Dieter Moitzi
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay-book-reviews
More accurately, it's 4.7 stars.
I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
This review has been originally posted at Gay Book Reviews - check it out!


Does this book fit into the friends-to-lovers trope? I guess you could say it does. Two guys who haven’t seen each other for a decade meet again. In fact, it all started when Marcus Economidis was a kid too introverted for his own good. He took taekwondo lessons with Taemin Choi, ten years his senior, who not only taught him
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ChaosMoondrawn
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 feelin
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JenCW
May 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, contemporary
3.5 Stars!

This is a sweet, angst-free story. Marcus is back in his hometown after years of being away. He left as a child and is now a well-known action movie star. He's in town to film a movie, but he also wants to reconnect with Taemin, the son of his old Taekwondo master. Taemin never forgot Marcus, the shy student in his father’s dojo, and is happy to catch up with the more confident adult that Marcus is now.

I liked Marcus. He clearly kept this head after finding success in the film industr
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