- File Size: 22491 KB
- Print Length: 234 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: B08CGCXZPW
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Tanya Chris Publishing (July 14, 2020)
- Publication Date: July 14, 2020
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B08BLTSBFK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,204 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Aiming High Kindle Edition
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As always this author delivers incredibly realistic characters. I love that both Spencer and Flynn showed very different attitudes toward competition. The relationship between the two competitors had such depth to it. Having the backstory really helped draw that out and give the readers more perspective. Tanya Chris’ world-building was intricate and vivid. It felt very much like I was right there.
It was a captivating story that hit its mark. I fell in love with the characters and I enjoyed the unique take. I also appreciate how the author wrote rock climbing so that I could follow along with it, as I have no experience in that sport.
5 stars for a sweet, unique, and realistic story!
Flying Flynn. Flynn, who only started climbing at 17. Flynn, whom Spencer met when he was 19, and shown him all the tips and tricks he knew. Flynn, whom, a mere 6 months later, was climbing at the same level he was. His abilities and talents came naturally. Flynn was not like Spencer. Flynn was laid back, go with the flow, and didn’t seem to take the sport seriously. Flynn knew there was more in Spencer than he was giving. His rigidity was holding him back. On the flip side, Flynn knew he could also learn from Spencer.
Spencer felt anger towards Flynn, that Flynn couldn’t figure out. He was determined to try though, and miracle of miracles, a friendship slowly emerged. Spencer was openly gay, but Flynn was not. He wasn’t in the closet, but he didn’t want the media attention. Was it possible their tentative friendship could evolve into more? It could, if Flynn had his way.
I really enjoyed this story. The writing had an easy flow to it. I liked the camaraderie between the competitors, minus Ashley. Ashley was a HUGE jerk. I’m not sure who I disliked more: Ashley or Spencer’s coach, Pierre. Pierre acted as if he didn’t really want Spencer to win, and I wanted to throw things at him. Grrrr. I find even getting angry over a despised character, is a sign of a good book. A good book gets you to feel for the characters, not just read about them. I definitely recommend this book.
***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn’t a requirement. ***
Spencer has been climbing since an early age. He is regimented and cautious, which provides consistency but not the results he longs for. Flynn’s climbing aspirations began a little later and he is more aggressive in his approach, earning him the nickname of “Flyin’ Flynn”. Spencer and Flynn meet at a competition at the age of nineteen and seventeen respectfully. There is an immediate attraction they conceal; Flynn is underage so nothing can come of it.
Spencer’s sexuality is known but Flynn keeps his close to his chest, he doesn’t want his climbing overshadowed. By no means is he ashamed of his sexuality; If the right person comes along, *cough, cough* Spencer, he would jump out of the closet. Sadly, he’s certain that isn’t going to happen, Spencer has withdrawn over time and Flynn doesn’t understand why.
Spencer and Flynn have vastly different approaches to their sport and quite often this becomes a point of contention. But there has to be a compromise and their time in Tokyo is spent going around in circles trying to reach a middle ground. However, one thing that isn’t uncertain any longer, is their mutual attraction.
The competition and adventures they embark upon as climbers exudes friendship and respect. There are of course a couple individuals who appear less than professional but there has to be at least one sour apple in the bunch. Then there is Spencer’s coach, not sure what his problem is other than loss of control over Spencer. All I saw was him holding Spencer back, could it be jealousy?
The feel of the competition, the Tokyo landscape, the friendships and the contention engulf you as the Olympic events unfold in Aiming High as Spencer and Flynn’s romance blossoms. There is an overall sense of family with the ups and downs as these athletes prepare for, and compete in, a dream that they have been training years for.