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. ~ Kitty, Guilty Pleasures
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?
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.