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Dream Spinner (Dream Team) Paperback – May 25, 2021
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Hattie Yates has finally met the man of her dreams. Yet years of abuse from her demanding father have left her petrified of disappointment. She's already failed to reach her goal of becoming a professional ballerina-she can't handle the terrible consequences of another dream becoming a nightmare. But when a stalker sets their sights on Hattie, there's only one man she dares to hope can help . . .
Axl Pantera knows Hattie is the only woman for him. Yet despite the attraction burning between them, Hattie refuses to let him in. The former soldier is determined to woo her into letting down her walls. And when danger comes calling, he's up against more than her wary and bruised heart. Axl will do anything to prove to Hattie that they're meant to be, but first, he'll need to keep her safe.
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- Publisher : Piatkus (May 25, 2021)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 0349425892
- ISBN-13 : 978-0349425894
- Item Weight : 11.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.96 x 1.5 x 7.8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,562,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This isn't one of those.
It was just okay.
I ended up doing some skimming due to the HUGE amount of super long monologues. And when I say HUGE, I mean HUGER than usual. Much. Huger.
I've said it before and I will say it again...I don't require all of cameos from previous books. It's too much and it takes away from the new characters' story. It seems like KA is taking the hint at least a little bit because there weren't 5000 Rock Chicks and Dream Women clogging up the storyline for a change.
That being said, there was very little character development and the plot was just okay.
1. Axl dated another woman while he was into Hattie, and they are still good friends. One of the first things he says to Hattie when they begin dating is that he hopes she isn't the type of woman to get jealous of women friends. Hattie also mentions later that they text a lot. Okay, first off, this is not a woman friend. This is an ex. Big difference. One of Hattie's girls even says "He's probably been inside her." I mean, ugh. It just made me uncomfortable. He even mentions another woman he's had sex with that occasionally texts him. No. Just, no.
2. Hattie has an emotionally abusive father (he called her a whore and actually backhanded her once), and she goes over to his house every night to make him dinner. Axl goes over with her, has this big epiphany that he loves his daughter and is just expressing it in an f-ed up way, and he and Hattie begin taking her dad places and spending time with him (I guess in a non-dysfunctional way?). And poof! It's all better! I'm sorry, years and years of abuse is not justifiable in any way, and a toxic relationship like that is not changed miraculously overnight. Once again, no. Just, no.
Hattie was shy, a bit withdrawn, and burrowed into herself when her problems arose. The fact that one of the bad guys (Is he really though?) was the one to help her see what she was doing, was interesting. The girls in this series are awesome and their support of one another just adds to my overall enjoyment.
As for Axl, he was so sweet and protective of Hattie. Being a KA hero, obviously he was all alpha, but he didn’t feel like the type that was right in your face. His quick understanding of Hattie and the emotional reason why she was burdened as well as his initial plan of what to do about it had me falling for him all the faster.
Hattie and Axl were perfect for one another. Both of them had father issues and while Axl was able to help Hattie, it was in a different area that she was able to help him. One that often had me choked up and when the final piece of it was on display for him to see, I outright cried it was just so special. The mystery evolved into something more and has developed some serious hooks in me. I see so much more happening in the future of all these amazing characters.
Kristen Ashley is a must buy, must read author. This story leaves many questions unanswered. No editing errors, gratuitous violence or drag-you-down drama.
This story started out interesting. Descriptive writing that draws the reader into each scene. Realistic procedures, actions and reactions. Believable characters with distinct personalities and great banter. Thought-provoking and memorable dialogue. Always great to read mention of BRCC who remind me of Kristen Ashley characters.
What I did not care for was the racist criminal police cluster f@ and not figuring out who was sending the porn threats. Why did we not get a joyous epilogue that we’ve come to live and expect from Ms. Ashley?
‘A person was born clean. But I believed they died with the stains their parents gave them.‘
I will re-read this story as I do all her works.
Remember this is my personal opinion and does not reflect on the author.
The story was a little confusing with Hattie having a terrible father, yet finding out he loved her. Many of the conflicts did make sense, and Axl seemed to be quite insightful, then most of the issues did resolve themselves. Loved the storyline with complex characters and the interesting turns within. Story seemed to leave me hanging a bit at the end, but not quite sure why. Maybe Spinners 4 will take care of that.
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Second, I discovered Kristen Ashley's books through Dream Maker and then the Rock Chick series. As a result, I have expected a certain amount of action going in to each of these books. But I felt like Dream Spinner was really lacking in action (I also felt this way about Dream Chaser) and I miss the action that used to draw me in so well. Where are the kidknappings? Where are the gunfights? I am here for <I>relationship drama and action neither of which I got.
I did still enjoy this, Axl and Hattie had cute moments and I guess it was cool at the end seeing a lot of the overarching plot of the series starting to come together but if you asked me now, I could not tell you what the actual plot of this book was.
Another recurring element in the Dream Team series has been dysfunctional families and Hattie’s is the worst so far. Her father has an almost insidious grip on her life leaving her self-harming and feeling worthless and undeserving of love resulting in her pushing not only Axl away every time he tries to get close to her but her friends and fellow Dream Team members as well . Axl has been attracted to Hattie since he first met her but, unaware of her abusive childhood, he’s losing patience of being rebuffed at every turn. When Hattie is threatened however there is no way he’s standing on the sides lines when his woman is in danger.
What I loved most about this book was the development of the relationship between Axl and Hattie. Despite being one of Kristen Ashley’s usual alpha heroes Axl was willing to take things slowly and go at Hattie’s pace or rather what he thought so was ready for. This was despite him being of the opinion that their relationship had started months before not the days that Hattie says. Instead of being pushy and holding her up, he helps her to soar. I have to be honest though. Despite loving this book the parts with Hattie and her father towards the end just don’t sit right with me. I find it her reaction a bit hard to believe.
My favourite character in Dream Spinner has to be Cisco and I live in hope that one day he’ll get to be the hero in his own book and find his girl obviously with the help and approval of the Dream Team.
My gripe is the books are never long enough, really novellas and the epilogue is always brief. However all good and roll on book 4.