Saturday, December 2, 2017

ARC Review: No Place Like You by Emma Douglas

No Place Like You
Author: Emma Douglas
Publication: St. Martin's Paperbacks (December 5, 2017)

Description: 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?

My Thoughts: Leah Santelli grew up with a crush on Zach Harper but he was the son of a rock legend and her best friend's older brother. Worst of all, he was leaving their island home for a music career. Before he left and on her eighteenth birthday, they got together for a sexual encounter. Time passed but now Zach is back home in Cloud Bay and Leah is finding that her feelings for Zach never really went away.

Zach is home to begin his own solo musical career after the lead singer of the band he was with decided that he wanted to take a year off. Leah, meanwhile, has become a sound engineer and wants to be a producer. At first Zach turns her down because he has feelers out to better known producers. But after being turned down by one and not liking the way the other arranged his music, he and Leah begin working together to produce Zach's solo album.

The two of them find it hard to work together because of the mutual sexual tension. Leah proposes that she and Zach have a no-strings affair while he is on the island. She doesn't want to risk her heart on a man who will be leaving. Zch first turns her down and then accepts and they begin their secret affair and collaboration on his album. Everything is going well but Leah is finding it harder and harder to remember that their affair has an expiration date.

This was an entertaining romance and is the third book in the Cloud Bay novels. The first two tell about Zach's sister's romances. The sisters, especially Faith, are strong side characters in this story. I want to read about their romances too. The final few lines of this romance set up the next book in the series.

Fans of a nice, not too graphic, romance will enjoy this series.

Favorite Quote:
"Trust me," he said, ad she had to fight a shiver.

Trust him? It sounded easy. It sounded simple. She would love to trust him. Love to believe he's always be there. But that would be beyond stupid. Because he was leaving.
I received this one in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.

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