The New York Times Bestselling author of the On Dublin Street series and Play On returns to the world of the arts in this intense and emotional standalone romance about love, sacrifice, and surviving both.
Once upon a time Skylar Finch was the lead singer of a hugely successful American pop-rock band. But fame made her miserable. When years of living a lie suddenly ended in tragedy, Skylar fell off the map. Eighteen months later she’s sleeping in a tent in a cemetery in Glasgow, making just enough money to eat by busking on the streets. She manages to avoid recognition, but not the attention of one of Glasgow’s ambitious A executives.
Killian O’Dea works at Skyscraper Records, Scotland’s most successful record label. Raised by his uncle and owner of the label, Killian’s upbringing would have been devoid of affection entirely if it wasn’t for his loving sister. Killian is unflinchingly determined to bring the label more success than ever, and the young homeless woman who busks on Buchanan Street is going to help him do that. Her music speaks to him in a way he refuses to over-analyze. All he knows is that if it can touch his dark soul, it’ll set everyone else’s alight.
Skylar makes it clear that she doesn’t want to sign with him. But when she experiences the dangerous reality of a woman sleeping rough, Skylar has no one else but Killian to turn to. An undeniable connection forms between them. But Skylar doesn’t want the career Killian is trying to forge for her, and when her past comes back to haunt her Killian will be faced with a decision that could ruin him. He must either free Skylar from his selfish machinations and destroy everything he’s ever worked for, or lose a woman who has come to mean more to him than he ever thought possible…
So What Did I Think Of As Dust Dances by Samantha Young?
A s Dust Dances by Samantha Young is a compelling story filled with complex characters that really made me connect with the story.
From the beginning I was pulled into Skylar’s rough journey and I had so much questions raised about how she got to where she was and how she going to get herself out. That strong curiosity propelled me into the story and finding out the answers was an intense, enjoyable journey.
This story had real depth to it that really got me invested. It dealt with deep issues such as loss, toxic relationships, the pressures of fame and much more. When more about her situation was revealed I side eyed Skylar, hard. Cause why? But I realized that was depth of the story and her dealing with the mental issues that she needed to face with her past and present is what the story is about. As well as her friendships with others in her situation well as Killian’s sister.
I really liked how upfront Killian was in addressing what Skylar was doing and how she needed to really figure out her issues to get better. Now Killian was not perfect, he had his issues too that he needed to deal with, with his family and Skylar helped him see where he needed to address and fix his issues as well.
I really enjoyed how Skylar and Killian connected and bonded over music. Even though they butted heads from the beginning they ended up really complementing each other. They had this hate to love relationship challenging and pushing each other with really great banter that really took time to develop which I appreciated. Add to that the blazing sexual connection really lit up the page it made a compelling story.
Overall I really ended up loving As Dust Dances by Samantha Young. From the moment I started reading, it grabbed me and took me on an intense journey that I loved!