As Dust Dances
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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&R 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 much more than 5 Stars
I love Young Adult, I forgot how much until I read ‘As Dust Dances’. A firm favourite from my 2018 reads, this book has made an impression that I’m sure will last for a long time to come. Based in Glasgow (any book based in Scotland is a firm win for me), it follows homeless busker Sarah as she tries to make enough money for food and a shower, but, everything is not as it seems. Sarah can sing, and whilst busking she catches the attention of one of Glasgow’s up and coming A&R executives for one of Scotland’s biggest record labels, and herein lies the problem. Sarah doesn’t want to get noticed, because Sarah is not who she says she is. A beautifully written, heart wrenching story filled with secrets, lies and a whole lot of music. A wonderful story, written totally from “Sarah’s” point of view (I was dying to get into Killion’s head), a story that had me hooked from the get-go, praying for a HEA and leaving me with so much pride for the strength portrayed by our heroine. I was provided with an advanced copy of this book from the author. This is my honest review.
Oh my Heart ❤️
Oh dear lord my heart!!! Samantha Young I love you! I read the first Play On book directly just before this in case I needed so I am in Romance heaven right now and heading straight from a double whammy book hangover from hell. Heeeeeellp!
For those thinking they must read Play On #1 first you don't, so you can go straight into this BUT I highly recommend that one too trust me!! Both are truly EPIC.
Like the first play on we have another strong female character that has been through so much heartache and if you ever wanted to be famous I think you might reconsider after reading this book. Not once did you think Skyler was selfish she was selfless and man I loved her. She was a rock and Samantha wrote her in such a way that you were rooting for this fictional character like she was real.
Killian was another amazing lead. He started off as a total dick. (sorry but he was) He took longer than most to stop his dickish ways but you were rooting for him to for Skylers sake lol. He was romantic and said all the right things but it took him a while to see the bigger picture which made this book even more exciting and unputdownable!!
Talk about a rollercoaster!!! All the highs and lows and thrills and I loved it!!!! You will too! Check it out or you are missing out! 5/5 or 10/10 or just the highest recommendation!!
5 star serenade
I dare say anyone would disagree about the extraordinary life American born Skylar Finch has led. A onetime international singing sensation, she now scrapes by busking on the streets of Glasgow. The pressure of fame and a shattering family tragedy led her to turn her back on the life she once knew. Such is Samantha Young’s writing we are never in doubt at how harsh and cruel the perils of homelessness are and the dangers being faced on a daily basis.
Skylar is brave and resilient but it’s her fragility that made it impossible for me to feel anything but support and compassion for her. She’s survived this far by keeping her head down, but she hasn’t escaped the notice record company executive Killian O’Dea.
Its Killian job to recognize talent and the scrappy busker he’s seen on occasion has an abundance of it. Her voice is stunning but it’s her original pieces that strike a chord within his frosty being. Feisty and defensive it takes all patience he doesn’t have to persuade her to meet with him. He’s driven by success to the point of somewhat ruthlessness and he sees Skylar as a means to get him there. As expected with their strong personalities the two clash, but he gives her his card in the hopes that she’ll see sense.
Confronted with just how chilling life on the street can be for a female Skylar has no choice but to turn to Killian for help. She mistakes his directness for fury at her naivety, but his anger is in fact directed towards those who meant to harm her. He means to help her get on her feet and in return for her to produce an album. It’s not an easy decision for her to make. In doing so it means coming face to face with the ghosts of her past that have haunted her, but she’s also confused and unsettled by her range of emotions evoked by the being in the presence of Killian.
Skylar & Killian’s relationship is one that defines romance for me. It’s confronting the ugliness we sometimes see in ourselves and having someone love us in spite of it. It’s the rawness of our pain and having someone who makes it their mission to sooth it. I adored their chemistry and intensity but even more so the growth they made as individuals and as a couple.
Young did not just write a novel, she composed a compelling love song that captured me from its first note to its last.