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?
Douglas combines style, substance, and a bevy of appealing characters in her cleverly plotted third Cloud Bay contemporary (after A Season of You). Plucky, ambitious sound engineer Leah Santelli has long been in love with sexy musician Zach Harper, son of a rock legend and a star in his own right. When Zach returns to their hometown Cloud Bay, on an island off the coast of California she doesn't intend to waste the opportunity to show him how much she's missed him. Zach has mixed feelings about being back home: he's grappling with his complicated relationships with family, his nervousness about making his first solo album, and his plans to take the island's music festival by storm. He had a hot night with Leah years earlier, and when she proposes a no-strings sexual relationship, he first declines but then changes his mind and is all in. What he doesn't expect is to fall for Leah and be faced with a heart-wrenching decision that could permanently alter their relationship. Though Zach and Leah's story concludes in a satisfying fashion, the tale ends with a tantalizing cliff-hanger that will draw readers back to this small island town.
No Place LIke You
I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book.
This is the story of Zach, brother to Faith and Mina who were the heroines of books one and two of the series, respectively. He’s come back to Cloud Bay for the music festival and to also record a solo album. Leah manages the music studio owned by the three siblings. Leah’s and Zach’s paths cross again and they start a casual relationship.
I like that Leah faces situations head on and that she goes after what she wants. Zach also goes after what he wants but unlike Leah, tends to hurt people in the process.
Since I’ve read the previous book in this series, the setting is familiar as are the characters. Overall, I enjoyed reading this small town romance.