LIVE NOW!! Samantha Young’s AS DUST DANCES! + My Review

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. AS DUST DANCES is now available on all retailers! Grab your copy today!


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…

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My Review:

Holy Jeez! This is a beautiful, angsty, emotional love story with magnificent characters that could only come from this author. I love her wonderful words as she introduces us to characters that jump off the pages right into our hearts. Skylar as the traumatized pop/rock goddess reeling from all the drama and tragedy in her life and seeking escape as a busker in Glasgow is one of her best. There’s so much to love about her like her sarcasm and wit and talent. But for me sometimes her “woo is me” is a little overdone. I loved Killian and O’Dea! I don’t care if he’s being a dick or a lover, he’s so good even when he’s bad. Sexy, swoon worthy, masculine, protective, possessive and a real man. Killian has his demons too. The story is told from Skylar’s perceptive and there is a lot of her trying to decipher his sexy stares, delicious sighs and questionable actions. As they open up to one another baring their souls with heartbreaking emotion, their relationship goes to another level that was so beautiful and heartwarming. Their communication through song writing was wonderful and as their connection grew so did the sexual tension. And when they went there it was hot! Lots of steamy sex between these two. Skylar’s move back into the music business at O’Dea’s manipulation brought back the drama and created a few problems between our lovers. But they’re too connected to be apart. This is a marvelous story of love between two tortured souls looking for peace, justice and a life worth living. There are terrific secondary characters in the story and I especially loved Autumn. I do hope she gets a story.

About Samantha Young:

Samantha Young is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of adult contemporary romances, including the On Dublin Street series and Hero, as well as the New Adult duology Into the Deep and Out of the Shallows. Every Little Thing, the second book in her new Hart’s Boardwalk series, will be published by Berkley in March 2017. Before turning to contemporary fiction, she wrote several young adult paranormal and fantasy series, including the amazon bestselling Tale of Lunarmorte trilogy. Samantha’s debut YA contemporary novel The Impossible Vastness of Us will be published by Harlequin TEEN in ebook& hardback June 2017

Samantha has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award 2012 for Best Author and Best Romance for On Dublin Street, Best Romance 2014 for Before Jamaica Lane, and Best Romance 2015 for Hero. On Dublin Street, a #1 bestseller in Germany, was the Bronze Award Winner in the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2013, Before Jamaica Lane the Gold Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2014 and Echoes of Scotland Street the Bronze Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2015.

Samantha is currently published in 30 countries and is a #1 international bestselling author.

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