Saturday, February 24, 2018

No Place Like You (#3 A Cloud Bay Novel) Emma Douglas


Author 
Emma Douglas 

Publication Date 
5 December 2017 

Genre 
Contemporary Romance 



Home—in 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?









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.




Emma Douglas has read like a wild thing since she was small. She discovered romance novels at an age that way probably way too young but she survived unscathed. When she realized you could make up stories as well as read them, she started taking notes about what the characters wandering through her head were telling her and then, eventually, books happened. 

Before the books happened she did the usual things (was a band geek (and a geek generally), had crushes on rock stars and fictional characters, spent chunks of her summers on an island beach, got a degree in something sensible that doesn’t involve writing about kissing, became a black belt in internet procrastination, fell down the rabbit-hole of craft, traveled a bit, indulged her love of baked goods, got bossed around by cats, began a quest for the perfect margarita, and napped to recover from all of the above. 

She still does most of that plus the writing thing from a tiny house which her feline overlords have kindly agreed to share with her.






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