ARC Review: As Dust Dances

As Dust Dances by Samantha Young
Series: Play On #2
Release Date: August 7, 2018
Genres: Romance
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

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…


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!

**ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**

four stars

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