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The Heights

(Lakeshore #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  132 ratings  ·  63 reviews
Twenty-one years ago, a four-year old child was kidnapped from his front yard. He was never found. Until now.

All Nat Walker wants is to make his late father’s dream of running a father/son woodworking shop come true. And he had the perfect building in mind—until the new guy in town came in and bought the place right out from under him. The fact that the new guy is adorable
Kindle Edition, 235 pages
Published September 20th 2018
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Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
So, this book. I have thoughts, lots of thoughts but mostly I really loved the whole premise of the plot and I think that element was carried out perfectly.

Now, my other major thought is that, due to the vast majority of the romantic elements - including the smexy times which help to build up an emotional connection between the characters and the reader - happening mostly off page or fading to black, I wasn't as invested in Nat and Quinn as a pairing as much as I was with their individual story
I don’t know how to review this one without sounding like I hated it.

I didn’t, I promise, it just didn’t work for me and it’s kind of difficult to explain without sounding mean. Ugh, really I just want to be honest. So, here goes.

If you take all the pieces, the separate components of the story, I was into it. Really. I liked all the characters, mostly, I loved the setting and the mystery was intriguing, but somehow, all of it together just did not work for me. I never really understood the “rela
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, m-m
4.5 stars The story starts (just like the blurb) where a four year old twin boy is kidnapped.
Some reads are so comfortable and warm. With people who want to do good in life and not make each other sad or bad on purpose. This read is not only a romance, it’s more a story about life and with a lot of family matters.

The progress was natural, no overdone drama. Even their fights and make ups were lovely and kind. I hiccuped more than once and let some tears flow.
Quinn is new in town following his a
Sep 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
The Heights tell a tale about Quinn who move to Lakeshore and long to find his biological family. I feel that the prologue give away some of the mystery behind his past. Knowing how it actually happened took away some of the guessing game. The love interest, Nat is a woodworker in Lakeshore and started off disliking Quinn after Quinn bought the place that Nat wanted. It would have been an interesting enemies to lovers troupe if only Nat hold on to the animosity towards Quinn longer. Maybe I'm no ...more
Sep 19, 2018 rated it liked it
The prologue is the best part of this book.
It's not that I didn't like the book. I like some part of it, but this felt dragging.
I thought this is the romance between Nat and Quinn. But I've gotten the vibes that Nat is just a supporting role in Quinn's life. I liked Nat, I liked Quinn, but the whole story seemed too focused on the twin thing with Evan, a hell lot of family matters. Not that I don't like family story, but this one is too much.
Too many people to remember, it's crowded, and I don'
Joyfully Jay
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.75 stars

The premise caught my attention right away with the kidnapping and the mystery behind what happened, and it made for an intriguing set up for the story. The book starts with a Prologue that shows the kidnapping and we learn early on that Quinn is adopted and looking for his birth family. So we know right away that this conflict is building and I think Aislin does a nice job not only showing the challenges this brings for Quinn in terms of shaking up his sense of
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-books
3.5-4 Stars

The blurb for this book is what pulled me in Initially. The storyline just sounded so intriguing and the plot ended up being laid out well over the full course of the book. I am assuming that since there was somewhat of a cliffy ending, and it was the first book of the series, that we will get more to the full storyline as time goes on.

Once I started reading it though, I personally had little bit of a hard time following the story and characters. There were so many people and names i
Sep 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
I really liked the idea of the book, the long-lost twin finally finding his way back home. Unfortunately the book didn't really deliver what I had hoped it could. I liked the characters well enough, their struggles were real and absolutely understandable. And yet... it didn't quite come together in a way I had hoped. Something was missing for me, so unfortunately that only leaves 3 stars.
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Sep 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: missy
A missing child returns twenty-one years later? A romantic suspense and M/M? Count me in!

I was so ready to fall in love with Nat and Quinn, and I did! I loved them together—loved how they fell in love with each other. Both a little bit bruised—especially Quinn, who goes through so many different emotions! And Nat who’s trying to come to grips with what he wants out of life and his future. And I loved them together, that their relationship was immediately so strong and an “adult” one with little
Jules Lovestoread
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved both Nat and Quinn, and totally enjoyed this story. <333333 Full review coming to
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and still, I have trouble reviewing this book. Not that it was bad. On the contrary. It was really good, and it had a very interesting storyline with lots of surprising turns of events. Right from the start, I was holding my breath, waiting to learn how the story would unfold. No, it was more how I could typecast this story. I felt tugged into several directions. It is a sort of enemies-to-lovers story mixed with mystery, but neither left me completely satis ...more
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Quinn has recently moved to Lakeshore from Manhattan to be closer to his brother. He opens up a dance studio on Main street in the building that long time resident Nat has wanted for the expansion of his woodwork business.

Their relationship gets off to a rocky start. Nat is determined not to like Quinn despite his attraction to the other man.

Quinn is also trying to find his birth parents who he believes originated from near Lakeshore.
"It doesn't matter what you find. You're still my brother."

Diane Dannenfeldt
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a new to me author and I can’t wait to read more by her. This story tore me up. Not only the pain that Court and Evan went through all these years looking for their brother but the pain that Nat went through blaming himself for not being able to save his dad. Not to mention the guilt that Quinn puts himself through when he finds out what happened all those years ago. I was lost on why we never got a glimpse of Quinn’s bio-parents. You would have thought that after thinking your child was ...more
Dara Nelson
Sep 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-blog
Let me try to sum up how I felt about this one. I liked it, I did. I liked Quinn a lot. Liked Nat. Liked Evan and really liked Court. But parts of this moved really slow. Parts were odd (where were The Mitchells and why was that never resolved?), what was with Evan and his ‘friend’. That was just so random. But overall I really enjoyed this story.
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have to wonder who the next story will be about and if we'll learn more about Quinn's background.
Karen Lectrice Compulsive
mignon sans plus. un peu long et j'ai eu du mal à m'intéresser vraiment aux personnages.
Jenny Wood
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sheeew, this one was angsty to me, because I kept feeling like something terrible was going to happen… Well, something more terrible than Dylan getting kidnapped and turning out to be Quinn, twenty years later…. Wouldn’t that be a trip?

Quinn moves to the tiny town of Lake Shore with his brother Shay, who is amazing and has always taken care of him. Even when Shay was twelve and Quinn came to live with him and his parents after being adopted illegally when he was four. Shay is the best big brothe
My The Heights inspired nail art.
Forest nails!

3.5 stars, I enjoyed this romance with a twist.
I really didn't know what to expect from this book at first, especially since I read it based on the cover. I love covers that feature something other than a naked torso. Don't get me wrong, I definitely still love me some naked torsos, but sometimes I something a bit different.
So, I was expecting a straight up enemies-to-lovers kind of romance from the start, but it wasn't quite that. Then I thought we
Natosha Wilson
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Talk about a sad tell. It broke my heart for certain reasons and then for others I felt as though maybe things happen for a reason. I truly had some mixed emotions about this book and how it made me feel. Regardless of not being able to say which emotion I felt the most, this was a great read.

This book starts out with a set of four year old twins playing in their front yard. One boys name was Dylan and the others name was Evan. While playing in the front yard, a lady that Fylan knew from the lib
Jessy Mpdl
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ma note 3,5 sur 5
Mon avis en détail ici ⇢

Un résumé qui avait tout pour me plaire. Cependant, même si j’ai passé un très bon moment, la magie n’a pas totalement opéré…

Un univers que je découvre et qui me plait bien. Une plume aussi bien fluide qu’addictive. Une trame très attrayante riche en émotions et pleine de mystère ainsi que de rebondissements. On n’a pas le temps de s’ennuyer un seul instant. Une fois la lecture commencée, les pages se tournent d’elles sans que l’o
~lil maso~
Sep 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Argh! Ok, so I have tried to read this book 4 times now.
I have given myself a break, picked up something different, came back and still, I just can not force myself to finish after 72%.

I was so excited by the blurb, it sounded incredible and had so much promise, which is why I gave it so many chances.

Firstly, I am not too big on third-person, so that was a bit of an issue but definitely not a deal breaker.
This story seemed all over the place and rushed and I found it repetitive in a lot of place
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: xd-assigned-read
Cliffhanger? I loved it but I'm conflicted.

Wow, as soon as I read the blurb for this book I knew that I wanted to read it. So, I was really excited to get an ARC to review for Xtreme-Delusions. I've read this author's work before and her On the Ice is one of my favorite reads for this year.

The Heights is a hard one for me to review. I'm not a fan of cliffhangers and I'm not even sure if The Heights qualifies as one but it kind of felt like it to me. So, I felt like I had to ding it one star even
Jess Gabriel
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-or-arc
This one is a bit tough for me to review, and as I read back over what I've written, it feels a bit choppy. Hang in there with me. The topic of this story sits very close to to my heart as I was adopted myself. Aislin does a great job describing the internal conflict one encounters over the birth family versus the adoptive family. Overall, this was a story about overcoming guilt and learning that things happen that we have no control over.

All of the characters here were solidly written. The rom
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 to 4 stars
Sometimes the family you make is not the family you were born into…. But if you are lucky, both families can meet and blend…
Quinn Carroll is a dancer who abandoned his career to open a dance studio in a quiet town to be near his adopter brother, Shane, and to get away from the stressing streets of New York. Shane is also looking for his blood family, but he is not prepared for what he finds…
Nat Walker does not do relationships. Too stressing, too much responsibility. And yet, sweet
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was left feeling confused and unsure of how I felt about this book. I definitely enjoyed it regardless that I felt something was missing. It took me awhile to process how I was feeling, and needed to talk to out loud with a friend. With probing questions I figured out why I had felt so unsure of the story.

Nat and Quinn are both dealing with life changing events in their lives. They are attracted to each other but Nat keeps his distance and doesn't allow anything to occur between them until Qui
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Meet Quinn, the owner of the new dance studio in town. He's bubbling with energy and good vibes. He sees a tall, brooding man standing outside of his studio on opening day and asks scowly guy to shoo because his bigness is scaring the little dancers.  Scowly guy is Nat, the too serious and super hot, local woodworker. Nat swears he recognizes Quinn, but can't remember from where.

Nat and Quinn have hot chemistry together. There is laughter and silliness and drama. Not super angsty drama, more lik
Sep 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Quinn has moved to Lakeshore to kick off his life and his career. He opens up a dance studio on the main street of the two, where he meets Nat, who was eyeing the same space but lost out on it to Quinn. There’s more to Quinn though. He was adopted and he’s still searching for his biological family.

There’s something familiar about Lakeshore to Quinn though. Turns out, Quinn might have been the twin that had been taken right from his front yard.

There were times I wondered what this story was act
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I’m sort of at a loss for words!
This book will break your heart! The story line will bring out powerful and conflicting emotions.

It starts with two twin boys playing in their yard, only for one of them to go off in the car with a friend...
Twenty years later we meet Quinn, a bubbly dancer who has decided to follow his brother Shay to the town of Lakeshore and open his own dance studio.

We also meet the brooding Nat. Grumpy is one word for him, but deep down he is suffering so much guilt over h
Amy Dufera
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Heights is a unique, suspenseful, and thought-provoking romance by Amy Aislin.

After being adopted at the age of 4, Quinn's been searching for his birth family. He certainly never expected to discover what he did.

Nat is still reeling from his dad's death, and he's struggling to decide what he wants his future to look like. He doesn't want to open his heart, afraid of losing someone again. He's not a risk-taker, but seems to need to take a chance on Quinn.

The romance is sweet, and well-execute
Sarita Chapdelaine
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I love everything about this book and I could not put it down. It is beautifully written, emotional, has an intriguing mystery, an interesting family dynamic, surprising twists and amazing characters. Quinn's attitude and personality had me falling for him immediately. Nat is a sweetheart and I love how Quinn sees through his grumpy exterior to the incredible person he truly is. Quinn and Nat are great together even though their relationship develops very quickly. They both are dealing with diff ...more
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