Review: As Dust Dances by Samantha Young (Play On #2)


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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I am so bummed out I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I was hoping. I’ve only read one book by Samantha Young before this one and while it was a nice read, it didn’t win me over completely. I really believed AS DUST DANCES was going to seal the deal for me and it unfortunately didn’t. Guess I’ll have to keep looking for the Samantha Young book that’s meant for me!

AS DUST DANCES was an entertaining and overall nice read about music, love, fame and crazy things that come with the fame. It has pretty much all the ingredients for an amazing story, it just wasn’t for me. Sure, I enjoyed it but there were some factors about the story I wasn’t a fan of which led me to skim read a lot of pages throughout the book and not enjoy it to the fullest.

For starters, I didn’t love the relationship between Killian and Skylar, the hero and heroine, AKA basically what the entire book is about. They had a very businesslike (since he is in the music industry and she is an artist) and not very friendly relationship in the beginning then all of a sudden (I swear it felt like the blink an eye) they were in love and I got very frustrated. I mean… I didn’t even know Killian was interested Skylar?! Well, I’m exaggerating. Of course I knew because this is a contemporary romance book, duh! But still I would have liked a little more openness or emotion from Killian. He was stoic most of the story and I needed for him to show some real interest in Skylar with some flirting or banter or SOMETHING before falling in love with her in what seemed like a snap of the fingers. 

Another thing that played an important part in the reason why I didn’t love this book was Skylar. I found it nearly impossible to understand her, her way of thinking and acting. I know I’m not miss-I-take-the-best-decisions but man, I truly couldn’t understand her one bit and I disagreed with most—if not all—the decisions she took. I couldn’t and still can’t understand why she did some of the things she did.
I was also hoping to see a significant change in her through the story but I didn’t get that change. I got a very small change and it left me wanting way more. In my opinion, she had a lot of issues to work through and I would have loved for her to seek some (medical) help and not avoid facing her problems/past at all costs.

If we could take out (or change) the relationship and the characters of this book, I would have loved it but we can’t and those are very important pieces of the story so y’all can probably understand why I’m not the biggest fan of this one. Enjoying a book to the fullest when you dislike the main characters is a dang hard job and I’ve never been able to make it happen.

I hope y’all get the chance to pick up this book soon and enjoy it way more than I did. Cross your fingers for me so I can find THE Samantha Young book meant for me (and soon). I’m not ready to give up on her books yet and I’m determined to find the one that will steal my breath away.
f you have any recommendations, feel free to leave me a comment!


3.5 / 5 flowers



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“The omelet is good,” I offered reluctantly when the silence felt too heavy.

But it was followed by more silence, the only sounds between us that of cutlery on plates and the soft sipping sounds of us drinking. I could barely finish the omelet, not used to eating something so substantial in the morning. O’Dea’s brows pinched together as he took my plate, but he didn’t say anything.

“I need a shower.”

“There’s an en suite in the bedroom. Fresh towels, soap, shampoo and conditioner in there too.” He reached into the carrier bag on the counter and pulled out a brand-new electric toothbrush and tube of toothpaste. He offered them and feeling a little unbalanced by the gesture, I took them.  “There’s a hair dryer in the bathroom as well. Your backpack is in the bedroom.”

I nodded, not quite able to thank him again after the last attempt.

“I’ll be out here when you’re done. We’ll get straight to the audition.”

And suddenly I didn’t care about thanking him. Throwing him a look of disgust, I disappeared into the bedroom and slammed the door behind me.

Unfortunately, a few minutes later, I had to come out of the room again. I found him sitting on the couch, drinking coffee, and scrolling through something on his phone. O’Dea looked up at me with an eyebrow quirk. I hated that eyebrow quirk.

I lifted my wrist with the cast. “I need something to cover this.”

Without saying a word, he got up, put his coffee and phone down on the island, and rummaged through one of the large drawers beside the range. He turned around with cling-film in his hands and gestured me to come to him with an odious curl of his finger. Internally huffing, I strode over to him and held out my wrist.

“This place is pretty well stocked,” I grumbled.

“We like to make sure every need is catered to.”

I harrumphed.

Then O’Dea triple-wrapped my cast with such gentleness, it stunned me silent.

I was still standing holding out my arm while he put the cling-film away. I frowned at his back, puzzled by his complexity. That is until he turned around and gave me that eyebrow again.

Just like that I was back to being annoyed and desperate to get out of his company.

My building resentment toward him only increased the moment I saw my reflection in the bathroom mirror.

How the hell could he look at me like this and demand that I audition?

Bluish bruising covered my puffed-up, swollen eye and upper cheek. My lower lip was swollen on one side where it had split. And underneath the injuries, my cheekbones cut sharply against my pale skin. The shoulders of my T-shirt hung down on my arms because my shoulders were too small for it.

I looked like a battered waif.

Skylar Finch was no more.



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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