No Place Like You

No Place Like You

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...

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No Place Like You Reviews

  • Beth

    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 th

    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?

    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

    to be easy, enjoyable and serving a good dose of humor/angst.

    I received this ARC copy of

    from St. Martin's Paperbacks. This is my honest and voluntary review.

    is set for publication Dec. 5, 2017.

    My Rating: 4 Stars

    Written by: Emma Douglas

    Series: Cloud Bay (Book 1)

    Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages

    Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks

    Publication Date: December 5, 2017

    ISBN-10: 1250111021

    ISBN-13: 978-1250111029

    Genre: Contemporary Rocker Romance

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  • Dianne

    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.

    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.

    by 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.

    Series: Cloud Bay - Book 3

    Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (December 5, 2017)

    Publication Date: December 5, 2017

    Genre: Contemporary Romance

    Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages

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  • Sissy's Romance Book Review

    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 chan

    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.

  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

    The prodigal son returns home in Emma Douglas’ No Place Like Home, the third book in her Cloud Bay series. After ditching his sister and their combined musical career when his late father got ill for another band, not showing up for a show with his new band at the family’s big music festival last year, and basically ignoring his family for years Zach Harper is returning home to lick his wounds after the lead singer of his new band decides to take a year off. Zach has plans to start a solo album,

    The prodigal son returns home in Emma Douglas’ No Place Like Home, the third book in her Cloud Bay series. After ditching his sister and their combined musical career when his late father got ill for another band, not showing up for a show with his new band at the family’s big music festival last year, and basically ignoring his family for years Zach Harper is returning home to lick his wounds after the lead singer of his new band decides to take a year off. Zach has plans to start a solo album, but knows that making amends to those he left behind will also come with his return. While he expects to have to grovel to his family, what he doesn’t expect is to mess up repeatedly with his sister’s best friend, and the girl he left behind years ago whose help he needs with his new album.

    If I didn’t like the characters in these books so much I’m not sure I would keep reading this series because there seems to be some continuity issues with the books and manufactured drama is getting old. I’m going to address those issues first; in the first two books the town’s mayor, Angie, seemed to have it out for the Harper family at every turn and yet in this book she is never mentioned which I found to be ridiculous. Yes, she was somewhat put in her place in the last book, but to be completely missing in this one especially with the Cloud Fest musical festival on the horizon just seemed strange. Secondly, the way the big drama played out between Zach and his father’s former band mate at the last minute was just ridiculous and made no sense to be honest and it was unnecessary.

    As for the romance in this book, there was little of it; yes, Zach and Leah spent time together but basically it was a friends with benefits arrangement and they never until almost the very end ever really talked about it being more. There was a lot of sex (which is fine) and a lot of them working on getting Zach’s album ready, but there was very little of them talking or sharing anything about their lives or plans. I get that they practically grew up together and knew each other well as children and teens, but they’ve had many years apart so it would seem logical for them to share their lives with one another, but instead we got the bare minimum, a blow up, he leaves, and then they are together professing their love. It was disappointing to not actually see them forming a relationship, just sex and then boom they are in love. There was a distinct lack of character and relationship development in this story.

    I liked Leah and felt at least she was honest and proved time and time again to be forgiving and had great work ethic. I’ll admit I didn’t like Zach much because of what he did in the previous books, and after the stuff he pulled in this one; my opinion of him really hasn’t improved. Since it seems like they’ll be at least one more book, I’m hoping maybe we’ll see some growth in him.

    I loved the first book in this series so much that I had really high hopes for this series, but unfortunately No Place Like You did not live up to my expectations and I was disappointed.

  • ♥ WishfulMiss ♥

    I'm a sucker for 2nd chance romances but I'm really picky with them. Like Goldilocks, they have to be

    (for me) or they tank tragically.

    No Place Like You sadly, tanked for me. It had a slow start, the characters never really engaged me and the romance was too subtle for me. I don't mind slow burn but there needs to be a spark . It might be instant and intense or it might be tame and blossoming but give me something to build on.

    I felt Leah was too invested and the "H" Zach wasn't inv

    I'm a sucker for 2nd chance romances but I'm really picky with them. Like Goldilocks, they have to be

    (for me) or they tank tragically.

    No Place Like You sadly, tanked for me. It had a slow start, the characters never really engaged me and the romance was too subtle for me. I don't mind slow burn but there needs to be a spark . It might be instant and intense or it might be tame and blossoming but give me something to build on.

    I felt Leah was too invested and the "H" Zach wasn't invested enough.

    The story is about Zach and Leah. Zach is back in town after his band unexpectedly splits when their lead vocalist leaves to "find himself." Zach heads home to regroup and finally start working on his solo career. Leah's dream is to produce music and Zach would be a big name that could launch her career.

    This is where I had issues connecting with the characters. Leah approaches Zach with an offer to work his music and produce his solo album but Zach blows her off and instead focuses on getting big name producers to work with him. It's not until the big wigs either turn him down or accept but take his music in a completely different direction, does Zach reconsider Leah's proposition.

    Zach's character is introduced as a guy with a big ego and a one track mind, making it big in the music world. Leah is introduced as a friendly girl next door type who's been half in love with Zach for years and has been left behind once before by him and taken second place to his dream of hitting it big.

    Why this didn't work for me was the simple fact that neither character changed much from their initial representation. Zach doesn't learn from his mistakes and again rejects and abandons Leah for his superficial dream of fame and Leah is still the girl who makes excuses for his jerk treatment and in the end not only begs him to stay, takes him back after zero groveling. Ugh! It was cringe worthy to see her cry in front of him and ask him to please stay but to have the author separate them for weeks and have Zach do an about face was not very believable. For someone like Zach to change, it would have helped to see it happen gradually over time and not so rapidly. I felt like if you blinked, you would have missed it completely.

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