No Place Like You: A Cloud Bay Novel

No Place Like You: A Cloud Bay Novel

by Emma Douglas

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No Place Like You: A Cloud Bay Novel by Emma Douglas

In Emma Douglas' new novel, No Place Like You, home—the island village of Cloud Bay—is where the heart is. . . . .

Leah Santelli always knew that Zach Harper, son of a rock legend and her best friend’s brother, was painfully out of reach. Then, on the night of her eighteenth birthday, Leah shocked herself by asking for—and receiving—the gift she wanted: one night of passion with Zach before he left town to pursue his rock star dreams. Now, years later, Zach is back in Cloud Bay to record his first solo album. His return could also be Leah’s big chance to step up her own music career. But getting the producing credit she needs means spending long hours with Zach in the recording studio…and falling back into the habit of longing for him, for better or worse.

Zach used to believe that a man must put his past behind him. But coming back home for Cloud Bay’s famed music festival has allowed him to finally make amends with his family and, much to his surprise, reunite with Leah. He might have left her once but now it seems he can’t stay away. Trouble is, even though the heat between them burns hotter than ever, Leah has old wounds in need of healing before she can give Zach a real chance. Can he find a way to convince her that they can make more than just great music together—and that she’s the one that he wants for all time?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250111029
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 12/05/2017
Series: Cloud Bay Series , #1
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,197,351
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Emma Douglas would love to live in a world where professional napping was a thing. But until then, she thinks writing books is a pretty awesome alternative. When not writing about imaginary people, she can be found reading, doing something crafty, bingewatching TV, playing her latest song crush on repeat, or singing badly in her car. She lives in Melbourne, Australia in a tiny house stuffed full of books, too many craft supplies and two cats who take up more space than you would expect.

Emma is the author of the Cloud Bay Novels, including No Place Like You and A Season of You.

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CHAPTER 1

"Now there's a sight for sore eyes," Billy Lawler said, sounding, for once, completely sincere.

Zach Harper glanced back at him. Billy stood at the wheel of the yacht they were sailing back to Lansing Island, gray hair spiking from the salt spray. He wore an old CloudFest T-shirt and a manic grin.

Billy adjusted course and pointed past Zach. "Home sweet home."

Zach rolled his eyes and turned back to study the view that lay ahead of the boat. Cloud Bay. A small town on a small island. But it nestled around a very pretty harbor and yes, with the boats that were bobbing around in the sunshine, backed by the town and the hills beyond, it looked like it had been staged for the perfect tourist snap. Cozy. Welcoming. Pity that the reception waiting for him once he set foot back on Lansing might not be quite so friendly.

"Home sweet freakin' home," Eli Lawler, seated beside him on the bench below the wheel, muttered.

Zach nodded in agreement. "How long since you've been back?"

Eli pushed his sunglasses up his nose. "Couple of years, maybe? I think we had Thanksgiving at Danny's. When was that?"

"Dude, that was nearly six years ago."

"Nah." Eli frowned and shifted his right foot — currently encased in some sort of complicated-looking medical boot — a little. "Can't be."

"Not a date I'm likely to forget," Zach said.

Eli cursed. "Sorry. I forgot."

That had been the first Thanksgiving after Zach's dad, Grey Harper — rock god, legend, less-than-perfect father — had died. Danny Ryan, who'd been the guitarist in Blacklight, the band Grey and Billy and Shane King and he had formed over thirty years ago, had insisted on holding Thanksgiving at his place on the island.

He'd probably been thinking that it would be easier on the three Harpers — Zach and his half sisters Faith and Mina — to spend the holiday somewhere less familiar than their own house. But the truth was that Danny's house was just as haunted with memories of Grey as their own had been. Danny had done his best and all the other Blacklight families had showed up but it had been a subdued holiday. After that, Faith's mom, Lou had insisted that the four of them get off the island for Christmas. They'd gone to Tuscany, somewhere they'd never gone with Grey. It had been a little easier that way, but still not great.

Grey Harper, hard as he had been to live with at times, left a big hole behind him. He'd also cast a long shadow, musically. One that Zach had been trying to fight his way out from under for nearly ten years now.

Leaving Lansing Island behind had been a first step. He'd spent less and less time here as the years passed.

But now he was back. About to confront some of the things he'd left behind.

Which included Faith and Mina.

"You think they'll be rolling out the red carpet for you?" Eli asked, staring at the rapidly approaching island.

"Mina might. Think Faith is more likely to set the dogs on me." Not that he knew whether or not Faith had dogs right now. Grey had collected stray animals, but surely they'd all passed away by now. Mina would have told him if Faith had bought a dog. Of course, Stewie, Mina's big yellow lab could probably do some damage if he decided he didn't like someone. Not that Stewie ever did. Zach folded his arms, trying to ignore the growing desire to ask Billy to turn the yacht around and take him back to the mainland. Not an option. So he was just going to have to man up and face his sisters.

"You still haven't patched things up with her?" Eli said. "You didn't tell me that."

"You've been a little busy recovering from nearly killing yourself coming off that damn bike of yours," Zach pointed out. "Didn't seem like the time to share."

"I don't know," Eli said easily. "Watching you fuck things up is always kind of entertaining."

"Right back at ya," Zach said.

The boat hit a wake trail left by a smaller craft and bounced. Eli winced and sucked in a breath, lifting his injured foot off the deck.

"How are you holding up?" Zach asked.

"Kind of wishing we'd opted for that chopper," Eli said.

Billy hadn't wanted to take the ferry — the island's sole form of connection with the California coast — claiming he didn't want to deal with fans. He and Eli had been heading for the island when Zach had announced he was heading home to Lansing. Billy had talked Eli into spending a couple of months on the island to complete his rehab. They'd offered Zach a ride.

Eli had vetoed the helicopter idea.

Zach wasn't sure if it was because of his injuries or because his best friend had never really liked helicopters since the first time Grey had taken them on a sightseeing flight over Hawaii and the pilot had decided to play a little game of "impress the rock star client" with some acrobatic moves. Grey had loved it. Zach had thought it was pretty cool too. Eli, on the other hand, had lost his lunch all over the chopper's cabin.

"Won't be long now," Zach said. "We can always get a cab from town up to the house." Billy's master plan was to moor at the harbor, stock up on groceries at Cloud Bay, and then sail the rest of the way around the island to where the Blacklight guys had all bought land and built houses after the album they'd recorded on the island had turned into their first multi-platinum all those years ago. Why, when Cloud Bay's stores were perfectly happy to deliver — after all, the island wasn't that big — Zach wasn't sure. Maybe Billy just wanted to show off his new boat.

"I might take you up on that," Eli said as the yacht bounced again. He braced himself with his right hand; the left was bandaged halfway up his arm. It was supposed to be in a sling but Eli kept slipping it free, claiming his shoulder ached.

The boat jolted a third time. This time, water sprayed over the side of the yacht, half-drenching them both.

"Dad, I'd prefer to arrive un-drowned," Eli called up to Billy.

"You're not going to melt, princess," Billy yelled back.

Zach grinned. It was mid-May and the California weather was warm enough that getting wet didn't bother him much. And he was starting to realize just how much he'd missed Eli's company. Zach had spent a big chunk of the last three years touring with his band, Fringe Dweller. The relentless schedule didn't leave a lot of time for friends and family. Or hadn't until two weeks ago when their lead singer, Ryder Lange, had suddenly announced he was taking a year off to "find himself" — whatever the fuck that meant. In Ryder's case, it wasn't code for going to rehab, as it often was for other musicians. But Zach hadn't been able to get the reason out of him and neither had anyone else in the band. They'd played the last two shows on the tour they'd been finishing in a stew of seething resentment and then they'd gone their separate ways.

Fucking Ryder. Always a drama queen. Zach had joined Fringe Dweller as a fill-in guitarist. He'd stuck. But Ryder and he had never truly become friends. Probably because Ryder belonged to the "I'm the lead singer and I run the band" school of musicians. They worked well together and stayed out of each other's way the rest of the time. But pulling this crap was just not cool. Not when it looked like they were finally building to something bigger.

Not cool at all.

And now, thanks to Ryder, he was back on Lansing.

Home sweet freakin' home indeed.

*
Holy crap, Zach Harper. Leah Santelli stared out the window of The Last Crumb, where she was waiting in line for a sugar fix and her second coffee of the morning.

Then she stepped a little closer to the glass so she could watch as the man who wasn't supposed to be anywhere near Lansing kept walking down Main Street toward the bakery.

Double holy crap.

It was definitely Zach. It wasn't as though you could mistake the guy. At least, she couldn't. She doubted any other woman with working eyeballs could either.

Zach Harper.

One long tall streak of trouble. Too talented and too hot for his own good. His hair was longer, falling around his face, and he wore sunglasses, hiding the amazing gray-green eyes he shared with his sisters, courtesy of their father Grey, but there was no mistaking that loose-hipped stride. Or those shoulders. Or the three guitars tattooed on his right forearm.

"Born to prowl." She'd heard one of her mom's friends call Zach that once at a party. And maybe she'd been mostly basing that off her assessment of Grey, who was born to do many things, prowling definitely among them, and had perfected his rock-god persona many years earlier — but she had been right. Like father, like son, maybe.

Zach kind of glided across the earth, moving like a cat who knew he was king of the jungle, and not much caring about those left stumbling around in his wake when he left.

Once upon a time, Leah had been one of those left behind.

But not any more.

She rubbed the spot on her finger where the missing weight of her recently discarded wedding ring still bugged her. She'd moved on from Zach Harper. Turned out she hadn't exactly chosen the perfect man to do it with but that wasn't anybody's fault. Her marriage to Joey Nelson had kind of faded away, ending not with screaming fights and tears but with Joey announcing that he wasn't happy, that he'd met someone else, and with Leah realizing that she felt more relieved than any other emotion when he did so.

So they'd divorced. And she'd finally pitched her wedding ring and her engagement ring into the sea one night six months ago after she and Faith had been drinking champagne and she'd been cursing men — even the friendliest of divorces came with some pain after all. She hadn't thought she'd miss them.

But she did.

Every now and then she'd look down at that finger and wonder how she'd screwed things up. Twenty-eight years old and one marriage down. Not exactly her life plan.

Zach and Eli — God, Eli as well — were almost at the bakery now. Eli had his left arm in a sling and was limping in a walking boot, looking too thin. Right. He'd crashed his motorcycle. Faith had told her he'd banged himself up pretty good. But he was laughing at something Zach said, and Zach was grinning — dammit, that smile should be outlawed. And dammit, she was staring and they'd be able to see her any second. She ducked back out of sight, heart pounding.

Dealing with Zach took some prep time. She hadn't seen Faith's brother very often since Grey Harper had died. Zach hadn't been back to Lansing much over the last six or so years. But the few times he had come home, she'd learned that she needed to steel her defenses when it came to him.

Because he was still funny and charming and well, to be honest, smoking hot, but none of those things had been appropriate to think about when she'd been married to Joey. And now she wasn't married to Joey and they still weren't appropriate to think about. Because Zach Harper was born to prowl and born to leave and she wasn't going to let him wreck her a second time.

What she was going to do was call his sister and find out what the heck he was doing here and why the hell Faith hadn't told her he was coming.

But not here in the middle of Stella's bakery with six other people ready to listen in on the conversation.

She'd grown up in Cloud Bay and yet there were still times when small-town life annoyed the crap out of her. Mostly when it involved everyone knowing your business.

Not that Zach was her business. But he was Faith's.

By the time she was back in her car, loaded up with doughnuts and muffins for today's studio session, she was still trying to process Zach being back. Gobbling down one of Stella's best apple cider doughnuts — okay, two — in record time didn't help. So she licked sugar off her fingers, wiped her hands on her jeans, and dialed Faith on speaker as she backed out of the parking space.

"Hey, Leah." Faith's voice was a little tinny through the car's speakers. She sounded distracted.

"Hey," Leah said. "Um, is there something you forgot to tell me?"

"Not that I can think of," Faith said, voice sharpening. "Why? What's wrong? Did someone show up at the studio you weren't expecting?" "No. Everything's fine at the studio." Leah ran the recording studio that Harper Inc. operated on the island. Did a lot of the sound engineering too. Even a little producing when she got the chance. She had the place running like clockwork. Well, as clockwork as a business that regularly had to deal with rock stars and other musicians — who, in Leah's experience, could have a flexible relationship with the concept of "on time" — could get.

"Good." Faith said. "I can't think of anything else. Wanna give me a hint?"

Did she really not know Zach was back?

"Well, I'm not sure if this counts as a hint, but I just saw Zach and Eli walking down Main Street."

"What?" Faith's shriek made the car speakers squeal.

Okay. So that was probably a "no" to her knowing about Zach's return. "So you didn't know he was back?"

"No." Faith sounded pissed. "Are you sure?"

"As I haven't recently hit my head on anything, yes, I'm sure that I recognize your brother and his partner in crime."

There was silence on the other end of the line.

"It might be good," Leah offered. "Maybe he's realized he's been a jerk and has come home to apologize." She tried to sound convincing, but it was a struggle. She'd always thought there was a good guy underneath the swagger and the burning desire to prove himself, but over the last few years Zach had put himself and his career ahead of his sisters too many times. Totally didn't matter how hot the guy was, a pretty face and abs of steel didn't make up for being a dick.

When it came to Faith versus Zach, she was firmly Team Faith.

"Always the optimist," Faith said. "If Zach's back, then I'm guessing he wants something."

"Fringe Dweller just finished their tour, didn't they? Maybe he needs a vacation."

"I don't think Lansing is high on Zach's list of prime vacation spots."

Leah sighed. Nope. Zach had been keen to leave Lansing in his rearview mirror since he'd been about thirteen. She hadn't really believed he'd do it when she'd been young and stupid. Or rather, she'd known he'd go, but she'd always thought he'd come back regularly like Grey had. But now she knew better. "Okay, you're right. But I thought you should know. Just in case he turns up on your doorstep or something."

"Thank you," Faith sounded sincere. "It's nice to get a heads-up."

Because her idiot brother hadn't given her one.

"Call me if you need anything," Leah said. "I'll be at the studio in about thirty minutes. Are you coming down today?"

"Yes, I want to hear Nessa again." Faith said, sounding more cheerful. "I'll try to get away from the office for an hour or so this afternoon."

"See you then. I'd offer to save you a doughnut but with the ravening hordes at the studio, I'm not sure I can promise anything."

"Damn. Though Lou brought pie over last night when she came for dinner. Which means I had pie for breakfast."

"Healthy." Leah laughed.

"Just making sure I get my share. Caleb loves Lou's pies so much he'll eat the whole thing before I get home otherwise. And anyway, you're the one eating doughnuts at eight a.m."

"Who says I was eating any?" Leah said, checking her mouth for sugar in the rearview mirror.

"I know you too well, Santelli. See you this afternoon."

CHAPTER 2

Zach wasn't surprised to find Faith and Mina sitting on the front step of the guesthouse he usually stayed in when he was home.

The main house on the Harper estate felt like Faith's now. Had kind of been that way since Grey had died and Mina had gotten married. He assumed it would only feel more so now that Faith's fiancé, Caleb, lived there too. He knew his old room upstairs in the big house was still waiting for him if he wanted it, though he'd hauled all his stuff out of it several years ago. But the guesthouses were more private. More space. If he was going to do what he had come here to do, he'd need more space. So here he was.

And here were his sisters waiting for him. Identical pairs of gray-green eyes watching him with carefully neutral expressions. His sisters didn't much resemble each other. All three had different mothers, though Faith with her long brown-blond hair and tanned skin looked more like him than tall, dark-haired, pale, and slender Mina.

But the eyes — their father's eyes — marked them as siblings.

Would Grey be disappointed to see the three of them now, silent as a group of cats sizing each other up?

(Continues…)



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blonde_betty More than 1 year ago
No Place Like You is the Third in the Cloud Bay trilogy by Emma Douglas. Most of us know Douglas as Melanie Scott, who writes amazing baseball heroes. Fans of the baseball gods will find her rock gods to be equally as arresting and book boyfriend material. Zach Harper finally comes home to Cloud Bay to regroup after the lead singer of his band decides it is time to take a year off. Zach thinks that home might be the place to launch a solo career. He just didn’t plan on Leah Santelli and the impact she will have on his heart. At its core, this book is about finding and following your dreams. Lucky for Leah and Zach their dreams eventually travel the same path. Watching them get there is all the fun. While this was originally a trilogy there is a surprise twist at the end which leads one to believe there might be more Cloud Bay in the near future. Fingers crossed. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novel.
Monnie777 More than 1 year ago
This book was okay, not as good as the first two books. You You could read this book as a stand alone but I think you would be lost on things that have gone on in the first two books if you do. This is Zach's book and I really think it could have been a novella or even added into one of the other books. I feel the author needed to make his story so this was the story line but it was lacking. Then the whole thing at the end with Billy was just dumb, I know why the author did but I really think she could have come up with something else better. *Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to read this for my honest opinion*
Brigittehf More than 1 year ago
When I read the previous book in the series, I fell in love with the beautiful setting of Cloud Bay and the captivating storyline. No Place Like You is just as captivating. Zach, a native of Cloud Bay left to persue his musical career, leaving his friends and family with pain, heartache and resentment. Ten years later and he has returned to explore a different aspect of his career. Leah is Zach's sister's best friend and works in their family music studio. She hasn't had much luck in her love life and is now looking to advance in her career as a music producer. Zach's return stirs old memories and a longing that Leah didn't expect. With him going solo and her new career aspiration, it's the perfect opportunity for them to work together. After some gentle persuasion, Zach agrees to give it a go. Leah keeps telling herself that she can keep this arrangement on a strictly business basis. Somehow, she can’t forget about what happened between them all those years ago and decides to take matters into her own hands. Zach is game. They agree that it's a temporary arrangement as Zach would be leaving again sooner or later. Easier said than done! They spend quality time making sweet music in the studio as well as in the bedroom. When the plans for the music festival take an unexpected turn, Zach reverts to his old self. He leaves an emotional turmoil behind, only this time, he gets a dose of his own medicine. Can he make amends or is it too late to salvage what could have been the best thing for them? Although Zach can be stubborn and oblivious to his true feelings, he is a lovable character. Leah shows her strength of character when she takes a chance and hopes for the best. She is a loyal friend and adorable with it. This second chance story has its up and downs. There is love and passion. Mistakes are made. Lessons are learnt. It's a beautiful storyline in an idealistic setting. A rewarding read, indeed. I was kindly issued with an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley and the views expressed are my personal opinion.
DebDiem More than 1 year ago
No Place Like You by Emma Douglas is a great read. Ms Douglas has provided readers with a well-written book loaded with phenomenal characters. Zach is trying to record his solo album. Leah works at the recording studio run by Zach's family. Their story is a second chance romance full of drama, humor and sexy bits. This story is fast-paced and kept me up way past my bedtime. I enjoyed reading No Place Like You and look forward to reading more from Emma Douglas soon. No Place Like You is book 3 in the Cloud Bay Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of this book that I received from NetGalley.
grammyx3 More than 1 year ago
In Emma Douglas' latest in her Cloud Bay series the author treats us to a sometimes intense yet heartwarming second chance story. Zack Harper, son of famous Blacklight rock star Grey Harper and rock star in his own right, and Leah Santelli grew up together in Cloud Bay. Leah is Zack's sister, Faith's best friend. Leah is part of the Blacklight family in that she is the daughter of Blacklight's music producer and is following in her father's footsteps trying to break into the music production industry herself. Leah had a crush on Zack when they were younger. She acted on her attraction to Zack on her eighteenth birthday when she precipitated a one-night-stand with him, her desperation act before he planned to leave Cloud Bay to launch a music career. Ten years later Zack's back and the attraction on both sides still exists. Emma Douglas does an excellent job of telling Zack and Leah's story of their HEA. The plot flows smoothly and the story held my attention throughout. The sex scenes were hot starting with up against the wall sex. The author cast the scenes very well to describe the emotions and reactions of our hero and heroine. She made me feel a part of the story and very invested in what occurred with Zack and Leah. I really enjoyed this book! I voluntarily read an ARC provided by the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review.
JuliaAD More than 1 year ago
I haven't read any other book by this author, but not I have to get the previous books. I really liked this story and the characters. Zach left home years ago and rarely comes back. His sisters are mad at him right now and he is trying to make up with them. Leah has loved Zach since they were kids and now that he is back, she needs to keep her heart safe because she knows he will be leaving again. She has just gone through a divorce and can't let her heart be battered like that again. And Zach is just the person who can do that to her. The problem is that she will be working closely with him and there is such an attraction that it makes things awkward. She comes up with the idea of having only a physical relationship with no strings attached. Easy! Right!? Maybe.
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
No Place Like You by Emma Douglas is the Third book in the "Cloud Bay" series. This is the story of Leah Santelli and Zach Harper. Leah and Zach had one night together when she was young and before he left their town. Now years later Zach is back in Cloud Bay and working on becoming a solo singer. Leah wants to work with Zach but he isn't sure about taking that chance it seems but the work toward their friendship which leads to more in their relationship...and working one. Loved this second chance at love story.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Leah has been living in Cloud Bay all her life. She is producing music in the Harper family’s studio and happy with her life. There is nothing that Leah wants more than landing a big name to skyrocket her producing career…and now that Zach Harper has returned to town, he would be the perfect person to do it. Leah has known Zach Harper her whole life and has even had a night with him on her 18th birthday, but that was before he became a world-famous Rocker. Zach is back in Cloud Bay and hoping that he can record some solo work while his band is on a break. He thinks he’s put the past behind him, but he has unresolved issues with his ½ sisters and the beautiful Leah, he left behind. Leah and Zach both quickly realize the burning passion from the past still burns brighter than ever. Deciding on a friends with benefits relationship, it is soon evident that the new circumstances are going to end in heartbreak and might just destroy careers. Zach puts his desires above his family, his friends, time and time again, all for his career. What happens when everything you've been looking for stares you in the face but you have to pick one dream over the other? No Place Like You is one of those feel good, second chances romance that put a smile on your face and keeps you wondering how often two singularly minded people could be so oblivious to what is right in front of them. In the end, I found No Place Like You to be easy, enjoyable and serving a good dose of humor/angst. I received this ARC copy of No Place Like You from St. Martin's Paperbacks. This is my honest and voluntary review.
Murasake More than 1 year ago
Zach Harper and his sisters are the children of Grey Harper, late leader of the band Blacklight. Since Grey's death, his former bandmates and his three grown children have all, in various ways, been struggling. Zach has spent the last year playing for a new band. The youngest sibling, Mina, has gotten married after some hardships of her own, and middle sibling Faith is planning her own wedding. A friend of the siblings, Leah Santelli, is sound engineer at Harper Studios on Lansing Island, but has ambitions to be a producer. She needs a break, a way in to the ranks of producers. When Zach comes back to Lansing to make a solo album, she hopes Zach's album can be that break. The problem is that she and Zach have a romantic history. She doesn't want to rekindle that history, not because she's over him, but because she isn't. The "don't rekindle romance" goal is of course doomed from the beginning, but that's just a piece of the problems and challenges they face. The Harpers, Grey's former Blacklight bandmates, and their friends on Lansing Island make a large, complicated, and often disfunctional family. The main story here is Leah and Zach, but there's a lot more going on around the edges. Former Blacklight band member Billy may have problems of his own that haven't come out yet. The Harpers have been told by the lawyers handling their father's estate that there was a $5 million payout by Grey to someone, six months before his death. Other things lurk in the background. This is the third book in the series, but clearly not the last planned. I like the Harpers and their friends. The character development, and the relations between them, are interesting and well done. Sadly, I found that I don't care about rock stars' romantic lives. Not even a little bit. That's really not a criticism of the book. I don't think my annoyance with that aspect of it was a function of the writing. I think it's a function of what I do and don't care about. There's enough that's very good about this book to make me believe that a lot of people will like it a lot better than I did. So bear that in mind. I received a free electronic galley from the publisher via NetGalley.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Since that night with Zach Harper, Leah Santelli has lived a lifetime of experiences, marriage, divorce and a budding career as a music producer. Now he has come home, a successful rockstar looking to break out on his own. All he needs is a producer, but even as he rebuffs the idea of using unknown Leah for a big name in the business, they begin a friends with benefits relationship that may end in heartbreak for a career that may never get off the ground and the another chance lost with Zach. NO PLACE LIKE YOUby Emma Douglas is a second chance type romance that sometimes had me shaking my head. Two people, both seeking the same goals, one desperately trying to convince the other how well they work together, because in their small island town, they do, while the other is more consumed with his career, completely missing the forest for the trees. When things don’t go his way for his big breakout plans, his selfishness could cost him more than he ever bargained for. This contemporary romance is good, I haven’t read the others in the series, but I don’t feel I missed any major background. That said, while the plot flowed along, it just didn’t scream, OMG at me with that I have to keep reading vibe! For those who like an easy read with some higher levels of angst, I think you’ll enjoy the small town feel where everybody knows your name and whose shadow you live in. I received an ARC edition from St. Martin's Paperbacks in exchange for my voluntary review.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Zach Harper constantly feels like he is living in the shadow of his famous father, and it's a daily struggle for him to break free of the shadow and earn a reputation in the music world on his own merit. He thought leaving Cloud Bay behind, and going out on his own would help him find the stardom he craved, but things didn't quite pan out like he thought, and now he finds himself returning home to face all that he left behind. Namely, Leah, a beautiful woman he spent one night with, and then walked away from without so much as a goodbye... Leah Santelli has harbored a serious crush on Zach Harper for as long as she can remember, and the one night that they shared years ago, still lingers with her everyday. She so desperately wanted to explore the feelings their one night brought about, but Zach had other things on his mind, a music career that would bring him the stardom he craved. So, she reluctantly moved on, married another, but things didn't turn out like they were supposed to, and now she is a divorced woman trying to find her way in the music world. When she hears that Zach is returning home she is filled with reservations about seeing him again after all these years, but he could also be the one person who can help her break into the music world... problem is the moody musician has no interest in what she has to offer. No Place Like You is a touching read that is filled with moments that will push your emotional buttons, and moments that will have your heart singing. This is my second visit to the series and I have to say I enjoyed this trip just as much as the first, these wonderful characters pulled me into their world, made me feel right at home, and their journey to finding forever left my heart happy. The story line was well crafted, it was poignant, rich with emotion, and kept me captivated from start to finish! Highly recommend you make a visit to Cloud Bay, the folks there will pull you into their world and have you never wanting to leave! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
No Place Like You by Emma Douglas Cloud Bay #3 On a small island off the coast of California lies Lansing Island and where the ferry lands is the town of Cloud Bay. A small island brought to the world’s attention by a rock group that settled there and created a venue for the annual rock festival “Cloud Fest”. One family, the Harpers, is at the forefront of the island and of this series – at least so far. In book one Faith Harper falls for tennis player Caleb White and breaks all of her island rules to achieve a HEA that thrills both of them. In book two the story of widow Mina Harper and whiskey distiller Will Fraser find love. And, in book three Zach Harper comes home to lick his wounds, make a record and get a second chance at love. Leah Santelli has worked with her father, Sal, for years and has begun to make a name as a sound mixer who has aspirations of producing records. She has been married and divorced and perhaps has always treasured her one night of passion with Zach. Now Zach Harper is an entitled wannabe rock star. He is part of a ban that suddenly finds itself on hiatus for at least a year and all the members are scrambling for what to do next. Zach has opted to write songs that will push his career forward IF all goes well. Being back home for him is a mixed bag…still rather entitled, a bit at loose ends, still driven, sometimes unable to see beyond his own needs and yet…as time goes by he does seem to begin to realize how his past behavior might have impacted others. The question, in the end, is what will prove to be most important to Zach and whether or not his second chance with Leah will become more than a no strings fun time for the two of them. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4 Stars