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?
Lucky for me, St. Martin’s included me on the release of this book by Emma Douglas, No Place Like You. Because I had read Book 1, Need You Now (click HERE for that review), and Book 2, A Season Of You (click HERE for that review), I knew I wasn’t going to miss Book 3! While you can read No Place Like You as a standalone, since I already knew the background, I’m betting it would be a better read all the way around if you would read them in order. Just my opinion…. but read on……
In No Place Like Home, the third book in Emma Douglas’ Cloud Bay series, the prodigal son returns home. As with the other books in this series, the setting is a small island called Cloud Bay located off the coast of California. Cloud Bay is best known for an annual music festival and for being home to the musicians of a well-known band and their families.
Faith and Mina’s brother, Zach Harper is returning home after ditching his sister and their combined musical career when his late father got ill for another band. He didn’t show up for a show with his new band at the family’s big music festival last year and he has basically ignored his family for years. After the lead singer of his new band has decided to take a year off, Zach Harper is returning home to try and start a solo album. He knows that he will have to repair the relationships he had broken in the past when he returns.
Leah Santelli has lived a lifetime of experiences, marriage, divorce and a budding career as a music producer. She had a night of passion with Zach on her 18th birthday, which feels like forever ago. While Leah and Zach are the main story, there’s a lot more going on around the edges of the story. A former band member, Billy, may have problems of his own that haven’t yet been revealed. The Harper children have been told by the lawyers handling their father’s estate that there was a $5 million payout by their father to someone, just six months before his death.
The story is told in the third-person from the alternating points of view of Leah and Zach. This is not always separated into chapters, but the transitions are clear and not confusing. This is the third book in the series, but clearly not the last planned.
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, binge-watching 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.
Find out more about Emma at www.emmadouglasbooks.com.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from St. Martin’s Press through NetGalley in exchange for my participation in this post! I would like to thank St Martin’s Press for allowing me the opportunity to participate, read and review this book. My views are my own and are in no way influenced by anyone else!