Synopsis from Goodreads
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.
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…
As Dust Dances is a powerful look at the way in which grief can cause us to lose ourselves. Yet it also reinforces the belief of everything happening for a reason and although we may be lost for a while ultimately the path leads us to where we should be 💞
Skylar fell off the grid following her mother’s death, landing in Scotland and living rough in a Glaswegian cemetery of all places. Although Skylar hated the price her fame cost her, music is a part of her soul and a way in which to express all the tumultuous emotions whirling inside helping navigate her way in her new reality. Busking helped with her passion as well as providing a small source of income with which to survive. Although Skylar had millions in the bank the longer she was anonymous the harder it was to connect with the people she left behind. Toxic relationships are also scrutinised within the plot and show the extent to which they build negativity for all concerned.
When Skylar’s safety is brutally torn apart she turns to the only person to offer her a quid pro quo arrangement. A safe haven and an outlet for her music in return for signing a new record deal!!! Even though the thought of living in the public eye again creates a tremendous amount of anxiety for Skylar.
Killian has his own baggage to contend with, having lost his parents at a young age and basically raising his younger sister; he strives for validation from his only other relative, his uncle. Killian has walls a mile thick, which are understandable but also make him a bit of a douche at the beginning. However, his love and appreciation of music and his underlying attraction to Skylar provide a softer side to Killian, one Skylar can’t help but be attracted to.
I loved the explosive chemistry between Killian and Skylar, alongside their joint connection to music. Even with the reservations, they have about a relationship, they are unable to deny the escalation of their feelings. Unfortunately, the past has a way of clouding the perception of the future and the intrusion of the paparazzi highlights the divides between Killian and Skylar.
Skylar grows exponentially throughout the narrative and should be commended for resisting falling into old patterns where her relationships are concerned, despite how difficult it is to make a stand.
The use of original song lyrics within the narrative added to the overall emotion of the story and will appeal to all of the music aficionados as well as the romance fans. Music and romance what more could you ask for 💝💞😍