- File Size: 799 KB
- Print Length: 446 pages
- Publisher: Samantha Young (August 7, 2018)
- Publication Date: August 7, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07D241CSN
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,549 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"I couldn't put it down once I started! This is by far one of my favorite of Samantha Young's books. Absolutely adored it."--L.H. Cosway, bestselling author of The Hearts Series.
"Six Stars! This book filled my heart with every feeling I could think of... Skylar and Killian made for an absolutely mesmerising couple. The chemistry between them was off the chart...this book was unbelievable!!!! I'm speechless at how much I loved it!"-- Elisa @ Living in Our Own Story
"Fans of Joss and Braden will love Skylar and Killian. 5 stars!" - Dreaming of Alba Reviews
"THE read of my life! Samantha Young is my hero of romance novels...And As Dust Dances is her best work yet." Little Red Reading Hood Reviews
"Samantha Young has consistently blown me away with every romance she's written and As Dust Dances just landed up there as one of my new favorites."-- Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads
"It's raw, it's sexy, and it moves you in ways that only hearing a song that's tethered to your soul can. READ. IT."-- Quinn's Quippy Quotes
"What can I say-- I just loved this book! Amazing romance! With all the feels."-- BJ's Book blog
"A really sexy book...Highly recommend this one."--USAToday.com
"Humor, heartbreak, drama, and passion."--The Reading Cafe
"Young writes stories that stay with you long after you flip that last page."--Under the Covers
"Charismatic characters, witty dialogue, blazing-hot sex scenes, andreal-life issues make this book an easy one to devour."--Fresh Fiction
"The one thing you can count on from Ms. Young is some of the best, steamy, sexual chemistry."--Fiction Vixen
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This book is...a train wreck. At first, I was drawn in by the young heroine busking on the streets of a Scottish city to make enough to feed herself, and get by being homeless. But then as details began to emerge about the heroine...I absolutely lost sympathy for her.
She's already been a musical star. She's actually wealthy--fabulously wealthy. Yet she's living homeless in a foreign country, courting starvation, rape and the other disasters that await homeless kids.
So, she must be running from the law, right? Erm, nope. She's just ...heck, I don't know. All I know is, at this point I lost all sympathy. The author did not give me any reason to feel compassion or curiosity for why she is doing this to herself.
Hero: Completely uninteresting. Colorless. A guy in a suit, who wants to make money. Uh, yeah? What's different about him? What's even a tiny bit attractive about him?
Honestly, it wasn't a bad book. It just wasn't that great for me. However, I'll still be eagerly awaiting the next book from this author, I have no doubt in my mind about that.
My heart broke for Skylar from the off. Regardless of what had led her to a life of homelessness, her life was difficult. Learning about how she had arrived at that point was a different kind of devastating. Skylar’s story shone a light on the side of fame we like to pretend doesn’t exist in horrifying relief. Ms. Young gave us a small glimpse of what it might be like to not have a modicum of privacy and just how arduous that life would be, how deeply it would scar you, and how costly the complete lack of privacy would be.
I loved Skylar and Killian’s connection; it went beyond physical chemistry into something transcendent. From the moment Skylar let her guard down an inch I could feel how important their bond would be. Though neither of them wanted to admit it, they were both searching for something to fix their broken pieces and when he found her, saved her, cared for her at her weakest point you could almost feel their souls call out to one another as if they recognized each other and knew they were destined. The music they made together only further strengthened that feeling for me and I was in love with how deeply they were both connected to each other and their music.
Family was a huge theme in As Dust Dances. I adored how Ms. Young demonstrated time and again that family is less about sharing DNA with a person and more about finding the people who love you, care for you, support you regardless of what you can give to them. There is a purity in the love of family that isn’t found in any other kind of relationship and the familial relationships, the ones built on those foundations of love, care, and support, in this book were beautifully illustrated.
As Dust Dances is the second book in Samantha Young’s Play On series. These books are complete standalones and do not need to be read in order. As Dust Dances is written in first-person perspective, narrated by Skylar.
Samantha Young showed not only her storytelling chops but also her lyrical skills in this novel. While the storytelling in As Dust Dances was fabulous, I was utterly enamored with the lyrics she wrote. They were raw and provocative and, even without melody, I could feel how profoundly emotional the songs would be.
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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.
Skylar is homeless. She’s been busking in Glasgow and living in a tent for the summer months. She’s been lucky so far because no one has paid her much attention. But as the cold weather arrives a man keeps approaching her trying to get her to talk about her music. It turns out that Killian is a A & R guy at a local Label. He wants to sign her. When life gets too much and living on the streets becomes too hellish she reaches out to Killian and he sweeps her up and ‘rescues’ her.
It turns out that Skylar is running away from fame. She signed her record contract at age 18 not realising that fame can devour you whole, so she ran away. Killian got her to sign a single album contract so she wouldn’t have to access her money and have her location revealed to her old band mates who she hadn’t spoken to in 18 months.
This is a complex and interesting plot. It’s full of difficult subject matters and you really feel for Skylar. She’s incredibly talented and also damaged. Killian is cold, manipulative and at the same time kind. He has so many hidden depths that are slowly unravelled throughout the book.
Both characters are created with great depth and sensitivity. The author handles difficult issues with understanding and compassion.
I loved this book and stayed up reading it far too late. I’m delighted to see there are more books written in this series and I’m definitely going to read more of this author.
I wasnt sure what to expect for this story as I've not read a lot by Samnatha but I saw this on my kindle and the cover drew me in making me pick it up to read.
So I can say that this book is gripping and intense from start to finish.. it makes you feel completely invested in the story and feel every emotion that is written.
We have Skylar Finch who is homeless and busking to making a living when she meets Killian O'Dea who wants to sign her to his uncles record label.. what could only be a dream for most but it seems to be Skylars worst nightmare.
Both these characters are broken in their own way but can they work out how to put each other right again?
Brilliant characters...unique story.... well written.. I would recommend this story for all to read.
While busking she was approached by Killian O'Dea who worked for a record company, offering her a life of stardom. What he didn't know was that is the life she ran away from.
All was going well until an awful incident pushed her into reaching out to Killian when she reached an all time low and was scared. He agreed to help her in return for a record deal, which she was so desperate, she took.
The story reveals what happened to make Skylar run in the first place and makes you think whether stardom is all it's made out to be.
This book can be read as a standalone book. Great strong female lead.
Throughout this story every scene is bought to life because Samantha Young’s attention to detail is always so good, I’ve never been to Glasgow but I felt as if I have now... I felt as if I was there.!
As Dust Dances is beautifuly written, it’s so interesting for many reasons. You are desperate to know everything that is Skylar Finch, what bought her to Glasgow... why she left her old life behind...add to that, she suspects someone is watching her, that someone turns to be Killian O’Dea.. it all starts to unravel.
Absolutely brilliant from beginning to end.!!
Looking forward to Autumn’s story.
I was surprised how intense the story was, although I shouldn't have been since I knew Skylar had experienced a tragedy and was homeless.
My only criticism, and the reason for 4 stars and not 5, was that I thought the last third was over long and the continuing angst got a little irritating but it may be that I am just insensitive.
the plot and the characters all scream out to you and Lillian is my new crush. As I got further through the book I got more and more anxious knowing it was coming to an end. I'm now going to have a large book hangover and can't wait for the next one.