Q & A & Slick’s Review – Need You Now (Cloud Bay #1) by Emma Douglas

Need You Now is everything I look for in romance and a fantastic start to a new series! ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures

Welcome to the small island town of Cloud Bay, where it’s never the wrong time to find a love that’s oh-so-right. . .

Caleb White knows what he wants out of life–and being a star tennis player is not it. After speaking to the press about his plans to retire, Caleb decides that a trip to quaint, beautiful Cloud Bay for its legendary music festival is exactly what he needs. There will be time to figure out what to do with his life without a racket in his hand soon enough. Until then, Caleb is content to be stuck on an island with CloudFest’s gorgeous director Faith Harper. . .

The daughter of a famous rock star, Faith knows all about fame, fortune, and hot flings that aren’t meant to last longer than a few good songs. Gorgeous, built Caleb is a temptation she can’t resist, but she’s not prepared for the way he makes her feel. . .and the dreams that they both share. What begins as a carefree distraction deepens into something real. But is Caleb ready to put his celebrity behind him and give life in the slow lane with Faith a chance?

Need You Now takes place in the fictional town of Lansing Island, California and as such has a very small town feel complete with all the charm, quirkiness, and everyone knowing your business that comes with life in a small town only this small town hosts a huge rock music festival every year that was started by the front man of Blacklight and now carried on by his daughter following his death. Need You Now is everything I look for in romance and a fantastic start to a new series!

Faith Harper has spent a good part of her life in the public eye, as one of the children of Blacklight’s front man, Grey, she grew up backstage, being around musicians, and now organizes CloudFest every year as well as oversees many of the family’s other businesses. Busy doesn’t even begin to describe her life the week before the festival begins and knowing she’ll be able to get away after and find someone to blow off some steam with, while waiting for her Mom to get off the ferry coming to the island she spots a man that takes her breath away.

For the last 20 years, tennis has been Caleb White’s life and following a shoulder surgery and a comeback of epic proportions to take the number two spot and making the Wimbledon semi-finals, Caleb announced his retirement from the sport at age 32. He didn’t handle the announcement well and with the media hounding him and his friend Liam offering him the chance to get away to Lansing Island and CloudFest, Caleb jumps at the chance to get out of his house and away from the press and prying eyes.

At first it was all attraction, need, and lust between Faith and Caleb and neither one was interested in more, but as they spend more time together it becomes easy to see how much they truly enjoy each other’s company, feel better when the other one is around, and find it easy to talk about their lives, their fears, and their hopes. They fell fast, they made mistakes, and they both had to face some cold, hard facts about their baggage but they did come to the realization they needed one another and together they would work towards a future.

I was perfectly happy with the happy for now ending in this book because I have no doubt that we’ll see more of this intriguing couple when Faith’s half siblings meet their match, probably both of them kicking and screaming.

Review copy provided for a voluntary review.

4.5 stars

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Slick’s Q & A with Emma Douglas

Hi readers!  Today I’m interviewing new author Emma Douglas about her first published romance and the fictional town of Lansing Island, California


Slick: Welcome Emma to Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews, we are so happy to have you visit with us today!


Emma: Thank you for having me! I’m very happy to be here. I’m excited to share this series with the readers, though it’s my first book as Emma Douglas (I also write as M.J. Scott and Melanie Scott).


Slick: Now I know why I loved this book so much, I loved your New York Saints series as Melanie Scott. I’m going to admit I got totally sucked into Need You Now and the fictional town of Lansing Island, can you tell our readers a bit about this series?


Emma: The Cloud Bay series is set, as you say, on Lansing Island which is my small fictional island off the coast of California. The three books (Need You Now, A Season Of You and No Place Like You) are about the three children of Grey Harper, who was the lead singer of Blacklight, one of the biggest rock bands in the world. Blacklight recorded the album that made them famous on Lansing and then came back and bought land and lived there on and off. Grey was a brilliant musician and great front man but not always the greatest dad and his three kids, Zach, Faith and Mina have to live with his legacy while they’re falling in love.


Slick:  I’m a big lover of music which is one of the reasons I chose this book to read, what band or bands did you model Blacklight after and was there a particular singer you model the late Grey after?


Emma: I’m a music lover and have been since I was a tiny thing. My parents played a lot of music at home and when we were driving places, so I’ve been a dance-around-the-living-room-singing-too-loud gal all my life (not to mention a dyed-in-the-wool car singer – have iPod will rock out while driving). So I’ve had my share of musical crushes over the years. I guess Grey is a bit of a lot of the male singers who have made my ears and eyes very happy over the years. And a bit of some of the bad boy musicians whose lives have intrigued me. In my head he’s a touch of Elvis, Jagger, Bono, Chris Isaak and Robbie Williams to name a few. Definitely a front man.Definitely gorgeous and charismatic and one hundred percent hot. Definitely not the guy you should want to try and get to settle down.


Slick:  Can you share a bit about what is coming next in this series?


Emma: A Season of You (Mina’s book) is out October 3 and then No Place Like You is out on December 5. So not long to wait between books. After that, hopefully more!


Slick: Do you keep a strict writing schedule or do you write when inspiration strikes?


Emma: I try and write at least something six days a week. I don’t always but when you have deadlines, the words have to get done. It’s definitely easier if you’re feeling inspired though.


Slick: One last question, Emma what is your GUILTY PLEASURE??


Emma: I really love cheesy sports movies. Give me an underdog athlete, a romance subplot, an evil rival and a training montage or two and I’m all in. (One of my faves is The Cutting Edge which is actually a pretty good romantic sports movie). Though I refuse to call it a guilty pleasure . . . I firmly believe in doing the things that make you happy!


Slick: Thank you so much for being with us today and we wish you much success in your writing career.


Emma: Thank you!


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