REVIEW: KRISTEN ASHLEY – DREAM SPINNER

REVIEW: KRISTEN ASHLEY – DREAM SPINNERDream Spinner by Kristen Ashley
Also by this author: Rough Ride, The Gamble
Also in this series: Dream Maker, Dream Chaser
Series: Dream Team #3
Published by Forever on May 25, 2021
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Tropes: Childhood Abuse, Stalker
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley, Forever
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Narrator: Susannah Jones
Length: 12 hours 45 minutes
Cliffhanger: No

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three-stars

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.

So here’s the thing: You either love or hate Kristen Ashley’s books and I’m in the LOVE-corner. When I think back to Rock Chicks, Dream Man and Colorado Mountain and Chaos, I want to have that excitement I felt back then. I did get that with the first book in this series but DREAM CHASER was already a bit of a mixed bag. Alas, DREAM SPINNER was a continuation of that mixed bag.

A person was born clean. But I believed they died with the stains their parents gave them.

Now I know that KA can redeem a jerk like no other. She’s proven it with both Tate and Tack. But if you have the main character start out as a jerk in every single book of a series it becomes repetitive. All three, Mag, Boone and Axl acted like dicks at an early point of the story. I wasn’t really impressed with Axl getting in Hattie’s face because she didn’t attend her friend’s bachelorette bash. She took care of her dad and while this is a completely different story it wasn’t his business. But Axl had a way of making everything about him. When Hattie got a creepy phone call ten minutes after Axl was a jerk she turned to someone else. Axl had the audacity to get really pissed and AGAIN got in Hattie’s face for it. At this point I was really wondering if he could come back from such douchebag-y behavior. Eventually I did like him but it was a rocky path.

“Christ, baby, I can’t get it out of my head. I go to sleep, thinking about you dancing. I wake up, and the first thing I see before I open my eyes is you looking at me after that dance.

Hattie is the shy one in this group of girlfriends and taking care of her abusive dad took a toll on their friendship because she was unable to articulate her issues. She was embarrassed by letting him continue to abuse her and the visible effect her dad’s treatment of her had when Ryn and Axl watched her dance in the last book. Self-harm is a serious topic and KA gave it one or two sentences. I wish she had explored this a little more along with the abuse.

Overall this wasn’t the Kristen Ashley I know from the days of the above mentioned series. I thought that Axl and Hattie’s story was a little uninspired and lacked the emotional depth that some of her other books had. I still got some decent enjoyment out of DREAM SPINNER and will grab the last one in this series.

“You make people feel when you dance. You make them gasp. Your dad’s been a dick to you all your life, he messed with your head, hurt you, and your loyalty to blood doesn’t break. Your art, babe, we haven’t even gotten to that. Fuck, we haven’t even scratched the surface of you.”

three-stars

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