As Dust Dances

As Dust Dances

by Samantha Young


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ISBN-13: 9781723128806
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/16/2018
Pages: 446
Sales rank: 96,436
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.99(d)

About the Author

Samantha Young is a Scottish book addict who graduated from the University of Edinburgh. She is the New York Times bestselling author of On Dublin Street and Down London Road.

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As Dust Dances 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As Dust Dances is one of the best books written by Samantha Young. I loved Skylar and all she went through. I loved Killian and loved their chemistry. This story took me on an emotional journey and couldn’t get enough of it. I wish the story didn’t end!
Arys More than 1 year ago
As Dust Dances by Samantha Young is an intriguing contemporary romance. Skylar Finch had it all, or at least that’s what it had seemed from the outside. She was the successful singer for a hit band. But things came crashing down and for Skylar that was way further down than could have been imagined. Busking on the street in Glasgow she is noticed by a record exec Killian O’Dea and she is pulled back into a world she hated. Will it be different this time? I liked the real-ness of this book. Both Killian and Skylar had a rawness to them. That Killian saw and noticed Skylar at her worst makes their journey even better. Their connect is something more that just superficial. Overall I enjoyed As Dust Dances by Samantha Young and very much recommend it. The story hit on many levels. What is success? How do we find love and connections that make us happy and the best people we can be. (I voluntarily reviewed an advance review copy of this book I received for free from the publisher in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)
Hershey07 More than 1 year ago
Ahhh...this is one of those romances that makes my toes tingle and leaves my heart warm. It is full of romance with a bit mystery...I wondered why Skylar was now in the position she was in. I asked myself if Killian really knew who she was or what his real motivations were. Those questions and the romance is what kept this book interesting to me. It was the perfect balance. Skylar was quite the character. She was living a life most of us would dream of and now she was homeless, facing danger as a single woman on the streets. As I read in the synopsis, I knew something drastic happened to Skylar for her to now be homeless and sleeping in a cemetery halfway across the world. This girl had guts!!!! She left everything familiar to her and went on a journey to figure out who she was and what direction she needed to take. I really admired that kind of strength. Killian was a complex character himself. I wasn’t always sure what he was wanting from Skylar. However, Young does a great job of revealing to us who he really is. Oh man, could he make me swoon, especially towards the end when he tells Skylar how deeply he loves her. WOW! As good as the romance was, the storyline itself was just as good. Even though this was Skylar’s story to tell, Young told us Killian’s too. The pacing was perfection, especially in the way she revealed more of her story in the States! As usual, Young does such a fabulous job of describing her setting wherever it is. I saw that clearly in her YA novel, The Fragile Ordinary. She did it again here in Glasgow. I have now added another place on my bucket list to visit. I love when a romance has a deeper meaning for me. This one definitely did. Oftentimes, life is unpredictable and throws some major curveballs. It’s not necessarily those curveballs that determine our fate and happiness, but it’s how we deal with those. Skylar and Killian both proved that. Another excellent read from Samantha Young!
Febbabie212 More than 1 year ago
Wow, this book. I needed a few days to contemplate and take it in after finishing. It caused all the feels. Skylar and Killian were both such powerful characters and their love story really packed a punch. It was a slow burn story of which I’m usually not the biggest fan. In this case, it was necessary to the story for their relationship to go slow. Skylar has a lot of serious issues to deal with as she slowly puts herself back together. Their relationship starts as a antagonistic friendship of sorts but Skylar quickly learns to lean on Killian for support. Skylar is homeless when she and Killian first meet. She’s had a traumatic past and events have led her to choosing that life. Killian pulls her back into the world when a horrible event forces her to turn to Killian for help. Skylar uses her music to help cope with the tragedies of her past. The songs in this book are beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. The lyrics have a way of touching your soul. This was just such a pure love story that I couldn’t put the book down. I spent every page rooting for Skylar as she heals and then for Killian and Skylar as a couple as they help each other to overcome their pasts. Simply put, this book is beautiful.
Lisa_Loves_Literature More than 1 year ago
Maybe 3.5 stars. This is a really hard review for me to write. I have loved every other book I've read by Samantha Young. I mean, couldn't put it down, laughed, cried, gushed over to everyone everywhere as I read it and after I finished it. And it wasn't that it wasn't a good story. It had a lot of great things about it. While there was the end that definitely had me crying in a way that only this author can make me cry. I think that these were characters that maybe I just didn't connect with? I also was never quite sure how these characters connected to the characters in the first book, which I loved. The reason that probably bothered me is that as I read each book in the On Dublin Street series, I had an idea who that character was, or I got to see the characters that I'd already met and fit them into the story. I also don't feel like maybe there was the humor in this one that I feel was in the other books? 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.
Elisa_Booklover More than 1 year ago
Omgggggggggg, this book was unbelievable!!!! I’m speechless at how much I loved it! This book filled my heart with every feeling I could think of! I was hooked from the first page and I just lost myself in the lives of Skylar and Killian
kvsgrimes More than 1 year ago
THIS STORY!! It truly makes you think twice about the people you meet in the world. We get so caught up some times, that we may never know just what some simple kindness shown to others may actually do for them on that particular day. Reading about Skylar touched my heart on so many levels. And as we traverse through her story an understanding forms on why she is where she just makes your heart ache... Skylar is a beautiful and complex character and she absolutely captured me the moment I met her. You dive in to this world she has accepted as life and silently scream for something good to come her way. For her to LET it happen and ACCEPT it when it does come... And we meet Killian...Ahhhh...Killian!! There are times he may be hard to read...but when he lets the wall down...*sighs* -- totally captivated me!! While As Dust Dances is a beautiful blooming romance, it also brings a struggling young woman trying to live with a past of memories and regrets on a journey to self reliance. I loved Skylar and struggled right along with her...I was beyond elated at how she grew and became the outstanding strong woman she is at the end... I highly recommend this amazing story... One of my favorites!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Laughed, cried, and fell in love with the characters! Well Done!
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
4.25 stars--AS DUST DANCES is the second instalment in Samantha Young’s contemporary, adult PLAY ON erotic, romance series. This is twenty-four year old, American singer Skylar Finch, and thirty year old, Scottish record producer Killian O’Dea’s story line AS DUST DANCES can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. NOTE: Due to some of the story line content, there may be some triggers for more sensitive readers. Told from first person point of view (Skylar Finch) AS DUST DANCES follows the tumultuous journey of singing superstar Skylar Finch. Eighteen months earlier Skylar Finch fell off the face of the earth in the aftermath of a tragedy that all but destroyed her life. Fast forward to present day wherein our heroine has been living and busking on the streets of Glasgow, Scotland until the day a record producer recognizes Skylar for the talent she was. Enter record producer Killian O’Dea, and the man with whom Skylar would fall in love. What ensues is the slow building relationship between Skylar and Killian, and the potential fall-out as fame and the glare of the paparazzi begin to overwhelm our heroine, once again. Killian O’Dea recognized Skylar the moment he heard her voice on the street but Skylar had been reported missing for close to two years, and her backstory and history were tragic and sad. Killian knew the woman hiding beneath the worn clothing and dirty hair was a flower waiting to bloom when cared for and loved. Skylar no longer needs the spotlight of fame and notoriety but her love the music is what propels her forward. Broken by tragedy, and the glare of the spotlight, strong-willed but stubborn Skylar ran from her past only to find herself battling her will to survive. The relationship between Skylar and Killian begins as a business arrangement when Killian must come to terms of what happened and why. Skylar is but a shadow of her former self, having lived on the streets for several months, a life that proved harder as the weeks went by. As Skylar’s emotional and physical health began to improve so did her feelings for her ‘would-be’ rescuer, and happily ever after. The $ex scenes are intimate, seductive and passionate without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. We are introduced to Killian’s half-sister Autumn O’Dea, a woman who struggles to find her path in life; their uncle and record company owner James Byrne; Killian’s assistant Eva; as well as the members of Skylar’s former band-lead guitar Micah, drummer Brandon and bassist Austin. Autumn’s story line is next in HOLD ON. AS DUST DANCES is an emotional story of betrayal and loss; heartbreak and pain; falling in love and letting go of the past. The premise is sensational and inspiring; the characters are colorful and creative; the romance is inspiring and captivating. AS DUST DANCES follows one woman’s fall into obscurity, and one man’s struggle to bring her back to life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Samantha Young is the best! I loved that this book was centered on music and she always does a wonderful job with character development. You really get to know the characters and I couldn't put the book down.
VPV613 More than 1 year ago
This was another emotional and beautiful story in this series. The main character's journey and inner struggle is an amazing one. It is another awe-inspiring story. This author continues to have the talent to tell stories in such a way that it sucks you in. I can't recommend this book and this series enough. A wonderful author and a great read.
JDZ87 More than 1 year ago
Samantha Young does it again! She is SO good at taking relevant and thought provoking content and turning it into such relatable and engaging characters. Skylar's story and her journey resonated with me and I could really engage with her suffering and what she was going through. The relationship and friendship that develops between her and Killian had me hooked from the beginning and the moment the sexual tension hit, I couldn't get enough. Every single time one of their scenes ended, I was left wanting more and more. What I love abut Skylar is her kindness and her compassion for others despite all that she has been through. Facing her fears and doing it anyway is empowering and this is something I love about the heroins in SY books, they are just killer women, doing amazing things with their life, trying their best and despite all their flaws or their issues, they get there in the end. For me that is one of the major reasons I love this book! She gets there in the end and she gets what she believes she deserves and wants for herself. That is empowering! Her stubborn mentality and her intuition of doing things her way is something I truly admired in Skylar. The fact that it is a series connected to Play On has me really excited because it reminds me of the On Dublin St series, especially Skylar's relationship with Autumn. It had me feeling extremely grateful for my lovely lady friends and reminded me so much of the relationships formed in the On Dublin St Series. I am so excited to see where it is going to go next!!! The fierce love and protectiveness is something to be admired and cherished. As always SY keeps you wanting more, the book has everything you want in a YA, contemporary romance novel, the tears, the challenges, the tension, the doubt and the love - plus the six pack and hot book boyfriend! I highly recommend the read, it will keep you up at night like any good book does and you will be left wanting more. I won't spoil it for anyone, so do yourself a favour and dive deep into the story of Skylar and Killian. I have a feeling we have not seen the last of them yet. Give me some Killian perspective writing please!!! haha.
Millionreads More than 1 year ago
While this is book 2 in the Play On series, it can be read as a complete standalone. I have not read Play On yet. I wasn’t sure about this book at first, but as I kept reading, I became hooked and couldn’t put it down. I loved the banter between Skylar and Killian. They had great chemistry and I loved how their relationship evolved. This book turned out to be an extremely satisfying read.
MTCKMason More than 1 year ago
Killian O'Dea and Skylar Finch are two broken individuals who find each other. From the beginning, they have a connection. Skylar Finch is a musician who has trouble dealing with the deadly consequences of fame while Killian is in the music industry who has personal family issues. They find each other and have to work through issues that affect their lives and the music they create together. They each must figure out what is worth fighting for and what decisions can they live with during their journey. Killian and Skylar reminds me of the men and women of The Dublin Street series so you cannot go wrong keeping them in mind as you read this. They are both stubborn, strong-willed people. Yet, they are also vulnerable to each other and they try to protect each other from the world. I always have high expectations for a Samantha Young novel ever since the first time I picked up one of her books, and this one does not disappoint. I look forward to reading more from this wonderful author. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I would like to thank Samantha Young and InkSlinger PR for this opportunity.
Addicted_Reads More than 1 year ago
Skylar’s dream was always to be a musician. After finally making it big with her band she realizes being famous isn’t all its cracked up to be. She finds herself miserable and pushing away everyone who cares about her. After her mother is murdered, Skylar decides to run away from everything and everyone, and she finds herself backpacking through Europe and eventually running out of money. To make some cash, Skylar finds herself performing on the street. One day she meets Killian, an ambitious man who works at one of the most successful record labels in the country. He wants to sign Skylar, he know she’s got the talent and sob story perfect to win over everyone. I will say, I’m still not sure if I 100% like Killian. He was very ambitious, to the point where he sometimes didn’t care who he hurt to get his success. Skylar also makes some very questionable decisions throughout the book. But they were both such flawed characters, which I love to read about. I did like how their relationship developed. They were characters who both used music as a way to cope with their tragedies and through it they spark a friendship that turns into more. This reminded me a lot of the On Dublin Street series, so fans of that should definitely look into this!
ParisAja13 More than 1 year ago
As Dust Dances has become quite possibly my favorite Samantha Young book that she has ever written. The book is beautifully told. The characters are relatable even given their statuses. It’s so easy to get sucked into Skylar and Killian’s story. From page one, I was hooked. I couldn’t put the book down and ended up staying up far too late just so I could finish it. This book made me laugh, it made me cry and it made me really think. This book was an emotional roller coaster with plenty of dips and turns. While this book is a romance and the romance is heavenly, it is the complexity of Skylar’s life that really took me for a ride. The songs she writes throughout the book are ridiculously beautiful. I only wish I could actually hear the songs as I read the book, I bet it would have taken the experience to another level. If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would. The songs alone deserve 5 stars and then you add in the rest of the book and it’s another 5. Even though I finished this book recently, I feel the need to re-read it already. Even though I know it’ll make me cry all over again, I need to jump back into this world and revisit these characters.
JenPH More than 1 year ago
My heart broke for Skylar, but goodness how I cheered her on as she strove to create a whole new life for herself, devoid of all the trappings her old one had--and trappings is a more than apt word since she felt shackled and miserable. When Killian came into her life, especially knowing that he was an A&R executive for the top record label in Scotland, I worried and wondered about the direction the story would take. Of course, I should have trusted that Young knew what she was doing. She didn't give what would have been expected; instead, she gave a story that highlighted the resilience that people have when they take necessary risks and the sacrifices one makes in the name of true love. As Dust Dances is the second in a series, but can be read as a standalone. Five-plus stars. ♥
Aras40 More than 1 year ago
This book is brilliant! It is the story of Skylar, a former teenage rockstar now homeless. Events and unhappiness led her to walk away from her golden life. We see her living on the streets of Glasgow busking to get by. She meets Killian, a record executive, who makes her an offer that she eventually has to take. What follows is an emotional slow burn. This story unfurls perfectly. The chemistry between Skylar and Killian is off the charts. This story even has delicious amounts of angst. Once again, Samantha Young has created a story that draws the reader in from the beginning and keeps them invested until the end. I love that she always writes interesting secondary characters that add to the story. I hope that we will learn more about them in future stories. Although this book is book 2 in the Play On series, it can be read as a complete standalone.
KristyJewel More than 1 year ago
If I could rate this book with infinite stars I would. Samantha Young is definitely my favorite romance author. Her books capture you in a way that too many authors fail to do. As Dust Dances was simply breathtaking. The plot captured me from the moment I picked it up. I never wanted it to end. Samantha Young captured the magic from her On Dublin Street books and made something so beautiful I'm going to experience a book hangover from. The characters were well written, and realistic. I loved the chemistry between each character & I loved them for their heartaches, imperfections, and their story. The Plot, like the characters, was engaging. It has been way too long since I picked up a book that grabbed me so forcefully I couldn't focus on anything else. The plot was a unique twist to a rockstar romance and I loved every second I spent reading it. Honestly, I'm so upset that this book is over. I'm actually tempted to reread it right now to experience it again. I received this book in exchange for an honest review. With that said, I bought this book because it is just so beautiful I knew I had to own it. It's seriously one of my favorite books that I have read. It's beautiful, heart wrenching, and touching. This has the magical feeling that Samantha Young has created with all of her books.
bbarneybooks28 More than 1 year ago
Boy have I’ve missed how Samantha Young uses her story’s setting of Scotland to illicit just as many emotions as the characters themselves, and due to the heroine’s need to flee her old life and leave everything she once was behind, readers see a much different side of Scotland than we’re used to picturing, but in illustrating the circumstances that Young’s heroine finds herself in, it proves just how desperate Skylar Finch is to never go back to who and what she was…from a highly successful lead singer to a homeless woman who busks in order to survive. Music plays an extremely important role in both Skylar Finch and Killian O’Dea’s life; it’s how they make money…it’s how they prove their worth, but while they are passionate about the same thing, what they want to achieve with it is drastically different, and it’s those differences that separate them at the beginning of As Dust Dances and continues to divide them as their feelings for one another grow, which means that while one aspect of their connection flourishes, their varying purposes and the outside forces that surround them wreak havoc and stall Skylar and Killian’s progress on a number of personal and professional fronts. There are so many layers to both of the main characters that the plot line slowly reveals the whys and the hows of their life, but because there’s so much to understand about Skylar and Killian, the presentation of those facts need to be dispersed in small amounts because delivering everything there is to know about them in one chunk would be too overwhelming and not easily grasped, which means the technique that Young uses, while a bit frustrating, is the best approach, and it’s one that provides answers to the multitude of questions that surround the characters’ lives. Through Skylar’s lyric, she’s able to describe her feelings in such vivid ways and it’s her words that help readers understand her heartbreak…her losses…her need for a new beginning…her reasons for forgetting who she once was. Her original music allows her to be real even while she’s attempting to fake who she is as she’s busking on the streets of Glasgow. Because Killian seems so closed-off and unreadable, it’s difficult to gauge what he truly wants and needs from Skylar…do his feelings for her have more to do with what she can help him to achieve or is the fact that she can assist his record label an added bonus to what he personally shares with her? There’s not any easy answer to this question, which made me constantly wonder what Killian’s end game is and what would happen when everything runs its course and all that’s left is the raw truth that neither Killian nor Skylar necessarily wanted to share. Between the backdrop of Scotland, the relationship that the main characters have with the music industry, and the slow burn romance that makes everything that much more complicated, readers can’t help but be invested in Skylar and Killian’s story and feel every emotion that drives Skylar’s life. I felt her heartbreak…her pain…her sadness…her anger and as much as I wanted her to embrace and consolidate the old and new versions of herself, I understood her decisions and her attitude towards Killian when they first meet and what happens when he won’t stop pursuing her and it’s an experience that left me an emotional but hopeful mess. 4.5 Poison Apples
arhodes11 More than 1 year ago
As dust dances is another 5+ star read by Samantha Young. It gave me all the feels with this love/hate relationship between Skylar and Killian. Samantha gives us another strong heroine in Skylar. She has a strong will to not make the same mistakes a second time. Skylar is living a life full of heartache, and has so much love to give to the right person. Killian is dealing with his own issues and trying to hide his feelings for Skylar. His possessiveness of Skylar keeps coming through. The banter and chemistry between them is off the charts. This is a story of healing from a tragic loss on both sides. It has just blown me away. Skylar shows everyone her amazing soul and her healing through her song lyrics/music. This is a must read that will have you falling in love with Skylar and Killian from the start.
LilleyLoohLah More than 1 year ago
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.
LilleyLoohLah More than 1 year ago
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.