REVIEW – AS DUST DANCES (Play On #2) by Samantha Young


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…

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FIVE STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

I brushed my fingers over his face. What must it be like to be loved by him? I imagined it a heady thing, winning the love of a man who offered it so sparingly.




AS DUST DANCES, the latest contemporary romance by the amazing Samantha Young is incredibly steamy and a total angst fest! In other words, a PERFECT summer read!! I absofreakingutely loved this one ladies and I can’t wait till you all can get your hands on it! The chemistry between Killian O’Dea and Skylar Finch is off the charts HOT!!! I was consumed by this couple’s love story and nearly died from the sexual tension that built between them through the plot development.

Almost two years ago, Skylar Finch was one of the most famous American pop stars known around the world. No one would ever believe how far she would end up falling from grace. Once living the high life, wearing designer clothes and jet-setting around the globe, now she was living on the streets of Glasgow, with only her beloved guitar which was a gift from her mother and a few dollars to her name from busking. Skylar had dreamed of becoming famous with her band when she was a teenager but when her dreams came true, she found that the reality wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. She hated that every aspect of her life was no longer her own and had become fodder for the media. But it was a tragic incident that pushed her over the edge and resulted in her quitting the band and literally dropping off the face of the earth.

Skylar was falling on seriously hard times living on the streets of Glasgow. Ironically it would be a surly record executive who spotted her busking for money that would become her savior. The last thing Skylar wants is to get back into the record making business, but Killian is her only hope for getting off the streets and so she reluctantly agrees to sign a one-album deal with him.

There is seriously chemistry between them from the very start. Even when Skylar looked a sickly and grungy mess, it was easy to see that Killian was drawn to her. His need to protect her was intense and I couldn’t wait till these two finally got past their insecurities and apprehension and just gave into the passion instead!

Skylar and Killian live in a little bubble they created for a while but they know they won’t be able to shut out all the frenzy from the paparazzi once she comes out with her new album. Being in the spotlight is the last thing Skylar wants. Will Killian choose his career over what’s truly best for the woman he loves?

Here are my overall ratings

Hero: 5
Heroine: 4.5
Plot: 5
Angst: 4.5
Steam: 5
Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 5

AS DUST DANCES is currently available! It’s definitely one that should be bumped up your TBRs!

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