No Place Like You by Emma Douglas

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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  • 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.

  • ♥ 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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  • Lis Carey

    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

    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.

  • Lauren - SERIESous Books

    This is my first novel in the Cloud Bay series despite it being the third. But I didn't mind because I adore the "in love with best friend's brother" trope and it intrigued me that this was also a second chance romance of sorts. When I dive into a series that's already established, it usually works in my favour and

    This is my first novel in the Cloud Bay series despite it being the third. But I didn't mind because I adore the "in love with best friend's brother" trope and it intrigued me that this was also a second chance romance of sorts. When I dive into a series that's already established, it usually works in my favour and I end up picking up the other novels because I get interested in the previous stories.

    Why this one didn't work? I felt lost almost immediately. Keeping Zach's band members and the different bands straight wasn't something I was able do. I felt like I missed a chapter or two where their relationships are explained--and I hate feeling like I should know something innately when I pick up a book (especially one that is toted as a standalone in a series).

    I also didn't connect with these characters. I'm all for slow burn romance but nothing was really happening other than the acknowledgement that they had slept together nearly a decade ago. I didn't see the draw these two had towards each other besides physical attraction. Perhaps that would have come in time but when it is labelled as (or at least gives the allusion it is a) second chance romance, I want that tension to be there from the start. I want those lingering feelings to be there, waiting to be built upon.

    Overall: I'm sure fans of the previous novels will enjoy this one but for someone new to the series, it didn't convince me to give the other books a read.

    Full Review: N/A

    Actual Rating: DNF

  • Vânia Nunes

    Zach, son of the famous rock star Grey Harper (deceased) and brother of Faith and Mina (living on the island of Cloud Bay, and happy), he wants his fortified career once and for all recording a solo album. For this, he would enjoy the sabbatical year taken by his band.

    Getting back to the island that brings him so many painful memories may be the beginning he needs to make peace with the past and delineate what he wants for his future. And one of the good surprises is his reunion is Leah.

    Leah ran

    Zach, son of the famous rock star Grey Harper (deceased) and brother of Faith and Mina (living on the island of Cloud Bay, and happy), he wants his fortified career once and for all recording a solo album. For this, he would enjoy the sabbatical year taken by his band.

    Getting back to the island that brings him so many painful memories may be the beginning he needs to make peace with the past and delineate what he wants for his future. And one of the good surprises is his reunion is Leah.

    Leah ran the recording studio that Harper Inc operated on the island. She always had a crush on Zach - and that was no secret to him.

    But even though she knew that Zach was leaving, years ago, to go after his dreams of fame, it it broke her heart to know he never looked back.

    Zach now wants to have Leah to complete his picture of happiness and personal reunion, but you can not "take back" what never belonged to you, right?

    Here closes the trilogy of the Harper brothers

  • booksofallkinds

    **RATING 3.5**

    Leah Santelli has never truly forgotten that one night all those years ago with her best friends brother, but she has changed in the last ten years and is no simpering girl with stars in her eyes. So when Zach Harper returns with plans to launch his own solo career, Leah is certain that she is the producer he needs to make him a huge success in his own right. And she can definitely ignore the spark of attraction that still seems to exist between them ...

    Zach hasn't been the best br

    **RATING 3.5**

    Leah Santelli has never truly forgotten that one night all those years ago with her best friends brother, but she has changed in the last ten years and is no simpering girl with stars in her eyes. So when Zach Harper returns with plans to launch his own solo career, Leah is certain that she is the producer he needs to make him a huge success in his own right. And she can definitely ignore the spark of attraction that still seems to exist between them ...

    Zach hasn't been the best brother in the past few years and when he returns home to Cloud Bay he hopes to salvage some of the closeness that he used to share with his sisters. And after being left in the lurch by his current band, a solo career just feels like the right move. And when he sets his eyes on Leah again there is something about her that just seems to get under his skin. But Zach is used to things going his way and when it comes down to it will he make the biggest mistake of his life and walk away from Cloud Bay forever?

    NO PLACE LIKE YOU by Emma Douglas is the third book in this series but is easily read as a standalone. While I did find the pace a tad slow throughout, I really liked Leah, Faith, and Mina, and the community of Cloud Bay. Zach is handsome, charismatic, and sexy, but at times he got on my last damn nerve, and I wanted to shout at him to wake up!!

    NO PLACE LIKE YOU is a lovely romance about family, friendship, and finding your own place in a world where everyone compares you to someone else and is an enjoyable story.

    *I voluntarily reviewed this book from Netgalley.com

  • 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.

  • Olga Miret

    Thanks to NetGalley and to St. Martin’s Press for providing me an ARC copy of this novel that I freely chose to review.

    Although I am not a big reader of romance, this novel is an example of what I think is a subgenre of it, the romance that takes place in the world of music and musicians. The setting of the novel is a small imaginary American island called Cloud Bay, off the coast of California, best known for a music festival and for being home to the musicians of a well-known band and their fa

    Thanks to NetGalley and to St. Martin’s Press for providing me an ARC copy of this novel that I freely chose to review.

    Although I am not a big reader of romance, this novel is an example of what I think is a subgenre of it, the romance that takes place in the world of music and musicians. The setting of the novel is a small imaginary American island called Cloud Bay, off the coast of California, best known for a music festival and for being home to the musicians of a well-known band and their families. Grey Harper, the singer and leader of the band, passed away a few years back, and his family members and associates have been keeping the music festival and the studio going, quite successfully, but although the business is going well, their personal lives have seen a fair amount of turmoil.

    The story centres on the second generation of the family, on Zach, Grey’s son, and Leah, a good friend of his sister Faith, and daughter of the sound engineer of the band. She also does sound engineering and producing now, and has had a crush on Zach since they were teenagers, and they have a bit of a history together. Their professional and personal lives get entangled in a way that seems impossible to avoid in Cloud Bay, and no matter how determined they are not to allow things to get complicated, they do.

    The author manages to create a good sense of place and of the strange and slightly incestuous relationships that happen in such a setting, where everybody knows everybody and nobody can step outside of the house without somebody knowing about it. Nothing is private and the actions of one person have far-reaching consequences. I particularly enjoyed the exchanges between the female friends (Faith and Leah in particular) and the wedding preparations (Leah is due to get married after the festival, at the end of the summer), as their friendship is portrayed in an easy and natural way and the way they support and care for each other is heart-warming and feels real. Those and other elements of the novel reminded me of a chick-flick (there are plenty of cakes, pastry, and ice-creams as well) but the fact that half of the story is told from the point of view of Zach gives it a different emphasis.

    As for the romance, although both of the characters are gorgeous, as is to be expected, this is not a love-at-first-sight story, as Leah and Zach know each other and have a bit of a history (however brief) together. I found it interesting that their behaviour at times goes counter to the traditionally expected male and female roles, as Leah is the one to initiate their relationship (both in the past and now), and she is the one to suggest a no-strings-attached sexual relationship, while he initially resists (although his resistance doesn’t last long). I don’t think you need to be an eager reader of romance novels to suspect how things are going to go from the beginning, and although there are some twists and turns, there are no major surprises. There is sex, but it is not very explicit (described in a lyrical and poetic manner), and although I do not like erotica or sex scenes, as I feel they slow the action, I don’t think many readers would feel offended by it (but I would not class it as “sweet” or “clean” either). The ending… I think romance readers will enjoy it, and there is a hook to keep people coming to read the next novel, although it is a side-story not directly related to the romance.

    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. As mentioned above, the division between the characters is not down to standard gender roles, and they both seem to behave more in keeping with their characters and their history (that we get snippets of thanks to their conversations and memories throughout the book) than with traditional male or female roles. There is a moment of crisis towards the end of the book, and I felt that the novel’s pace grew faster at that point, while until then it had moved steadily. I realised later that this is the third book in the series (for some reason I thought it was the first) so I am not sure how well it fits in with the whole series, although I had no difficulty following the novel (but I imagine the background story would increase the expectations and enjoyment). I must admit that I did not think there was much depth to the characters and they seemed to act younger than they were (Leah had been married, and Mina, Zach and Leah’s sister, is a widow), but perhaps they have developed slowly and it is unfair to judge them by the events in a single book. Leah is a fairly rounded and sympathetic character, and I felt she behaved in a consistent manner, although I was not as convinced about Zach, who has much to atone for.

    The music business background will be of interest to those who enjoy that genre, and the descriptions of the way the characters feel about music are inspiring, but it is not as detailed or technical as to interfere with the enjoyment of readers of other types of romance.

    In sum, a romance set in the background of the rock music business and in a lovely setting, which will be enjoyed by lovers of the genre and followers of the series, but with few surprises for the rest of readers.


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