To kill is easy…
Killian knows the nickname fits. He’s a cursed man with a screwed up childhood and a hellacious hot temper. With school, work, anger management sessions, and taking care of his ailing granddad, he doesn’t have a social life. The demons from his past won’t let him get close to anyone even if he wants. His one respite is art. When he gets lost in a project, he can ignore the monster lurking within. A temporary cleanse that never lasts.
To live is torture…
Olivia never dreamed she would return to Louisiana, not after that fateful day ten years ago that changed her forever. But Liv didn’t argue with her mom when she’d encouraged her to transfer. Why bother? She has zero friends. Hell, she isn’t even daddy’s little angel anymore. She just exists, destined to live in a shell of her past’s crumbled embers. And even those pieces are too tiny, too many. She’s blanketed in them, her dust.
To try is hard…
When Liv sits next to Killian in art class, he realizes she could help him with the one major assignment standing between him and his degree, and she reluctantly accepts he can help her with more than an art class. The two embark on a relationship previously uncharted for either and quickly discover how hard it is just sifting through life’s ashes. Can two damaged souls find a way to heal old wounds, or will trying only ruin them forever?
I really enjoyed Dust by Mandy Harbin. Liv starts out as such a sad and tortured soul. She has so much to overcome. Killian has his own demons, but a chance meeting in an art class puts these two social misfits together. Hard to swallow at first, Killian gets under Liv’s skin. He means well, but due to his own issues, he is quick to speak without realizing that he may be saying the wrong thing. They each have needs the other one can help with and because of this, they form a quick friendship. Liv brings out feelings in Killian he never wanted to feel and Killian helps Liv get over her childhood trauma and fear of men. The bond and closeness these two form is sure to lead to something more than friendship, right? How is Killian going to deal with his self-proclaimed no relationship status?
Dust is a great read. It has a few twists that I was not expecting. I loved Liv and Killian’s characters. They both called to me and made me want to read more of their story. I loved the dialogue between these two characters. They were fun and sexy. I look forward to reading more by Mandy Harbin.
Reviewed by Shannon
LLEP Review Team
About the Author
Mandy Harbin is a USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of several books across multiple romance genres ranging from contemporary to paranormal erotic romance. She is also the number one bestselling author in teen romance under the pen name M.W. Muse with her popular Goddess Series. She is a Superstar Award recipient, Reader’s Crown and RWA Passionate Plume finalist, and has received Night Owl Reviews Top Pick distinction many times. She studied writing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, earned several degrees, and even pursued an MBA until she realized becoming an author did not have to remain an unfulfilled dream. Mandy is a PAN member of the RWA and serves on the board of her local chapter. When she’s not penning her latest book, you can find her hanging out online where she loves to connect with fellow readers.