Book Review As Dust Dances by Samantha Young

May 162019

As Dust Dances (Play On #2) by Samantha Young

Once upon a time I was a pop-rock princess.
It was a dream that turned into a nightmare.
I lost everything to that world.

Scotland was supposed to be a refuge. I hid in Glasgow, singing on street corners for money.
But then he found me. Killian O’Dea. A record executive. An ambitious one.
I didn’t want anything to do with the brooding and ruthless Scot.

Until the day I realized it wasn’t safe for me to be on the streets, and I had no one else to turn to but Killian.
In exchange for help, I agreed to give Killian what he wants. But what he wants is to return me to a life I hate.

And to make things worse, there’s something growing between us. Something hot and dark. A bond. A passion that can’t be denied.

I made a deal with the devil. And now I’m falling in love with him.

Killian O’Dea is going to ruin me.
I wonder if he realizes… I’m going to ruin him right back.

*This is a complete standalone. The Play On Series are books connected by the theme of the arts industry, not by characters.

As Dust Dances BLURB:

The New York Times Bestselling author of the On Dublin Street series and Play On returns to the world of the arts in this sexy 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.

Title: As Dust Dances
Author: Samantha Young
Publication Date: August 7th, 2018
Shelves: Contemporary; Romance;
Format: Kindle (361 pages)
Rating: 10/10

Just as Play On, Book 1 of this series, As Dust Dances is one hell of a book. There are no common characters between book 1 and 2, just the city of Glasgow.

As Dust Dances plays a unique storyline about a famous rock princess who was beginning to lose herself, so she left her life ending up busking on the streets of beautiful Glasgow. She refused to reach her money, so she was homeless for 5 months.

Skylar managed to survive a life so bad, that she refuses to contact anyone from her previous contacts. When Killian O’Dea finally introduces himself, she runs away scared of what he might want from her. That is until the inevitable happens, and she is mugged for her guitar.

Killian recognizes her against every attempt to hide who she is, and he makes a deal with her to sign for an album. Being her only choice, she accepts.

Little they did know that this is the start of something both never felt before.

The book is so beautifully written to show the struggle Skylar faced, but love and hope can heal a soul. Especially when her soul started healing through her songs.

Unlike book 1, book 3 Hold On will tell the story of Autumn O’Dea, Killian’s sister. Hold On is a part of the Big Sky Crossover of Kristen Proby’s series, so that sounds awesome.

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