By Kristen Ashley
In this steamy and emotional contemporary romance from a New York Times bestselling author, two damaged souls must overcome the pain of their pasts to have the love they’ve always dreamed of.
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 far this series has been a hit (book 1) and a miss *book 2) for me. Dream Spinner is square in the middle. The first book is definitely my favorite but this book was a decent continuation of the series. Hattie was a lovely heroine and Axl was alpha without being too much of an alpha-hole. There was the proper amount of danger and rescuing for a Kristen Ashley story. Both Hattie and Axl have detailed backstories and you certainly do want to see them overcome past trauma and end up together. The usual girl group and hero commandos played their part in the story and gave it that Kristen Ashley flair. Honestly, this book is exactly what I’ve come to expect from a Kristen Ashley story and because it didn’t really push the envelope, I didn’t love it as much as other books. I’m definitely intrigued for the next book, which features a single mother. However, Dream Spinner was firmly a three star read for me.
Spoiler/ Trigger Warning: The heroine’s dad was verbal and at times physically abusive and yet is redeemed throughout the story.
I was not fan of the redemption.
*Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.