I was prepared to be an emotional wreck reading this book, I had a new box of tissues beside me and everything. But I didn’t need them for the most wonderful of reasons, because this book was so empowering! Hattie and Axl had such growth, filling the pages with their flaws, their doubts, their pain, and they didn’t overcome it. No, no they recognized it, they named it, and they worked with it, and it was pure beauty to watch. There were sweet moments, a lot of them, and there were sexy moments, a lot them too, and a couple of moments that had me barking with laughter (looking at you Mag at the dress fitting). The seriousness of the on-going big bad escalates even more, and the joy of the already established couples brings big swoons, and Brett “Cisco” becomes even a bigger player in the story, making us fall in love with him even more. Moments made me gasp, in shock and delight, moments made sigh, as these men are wont to make you do, and moments made me cringe, as happens as you figure things out, but at the end of Hattie and Axl’s story, a sense of peace settled on me, that all was great in their world, after a lifetime of not so great. And that was just so freakin’ wonderful <3
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I've really been enjoying the Dream Team series and diving into Dream Spinner was no different. We continue to learn about all of the different characters as we move along in this series. This is a series you need to read from the beginning; you can't pick it up easily in book three. Hattie is a ballerina and she's struggling with an incident that happened which caused her to push her friends away. She's got Daddy issues that spill over into her daily life and they are definitely beginning to bring her down. She wants Axl more than anything, but with her baggage, she doesn't want to pul him into it, even though truth be told, he's already there! Axl is a true alpha hero. He's all about protecting what is his and he will do anything to protect Hattie. He's got his own parental issues, but he's a strong, has a very calm demeanor (most of the time!) and he's so good at what he does. When Hattie receives a series of disturbing messages, she doesn't immediately call Axl which doesn't set well with him. When the two of them finally make the decision to be together, the chemistry is explosive. They are so good for one another and they help each other in ways that no one else could given the things they've been through in their pasts. Also, the mystery about what is happening with the police department keeps things interesting. I am looking forward to hopefully getting some answers on that in Pepper's book! I enjoyed this a lot and the way it's written you feel like you are right in the room with these characters. I'm looking forward to what is next to come in this series!
DREAM SPINNER is the third instalment in Kristen Ashley’s contemporary, adult DREAM TEAM erotic, romance series focusing on a group of exotic dancers who call themselves the ‘Dream Team’. This is twenty-six year old dancer/ artist Hattie Yates, and thirty four year old, former soldier turned commando Axl Pantera’s story line. DREAM SPINNER and the Dream Team series is a spin-off from the author’s Rock Chick, Chaos and Dream Man series. DREAM SPINNER can be read as a stand alone but for back story and cohesion I recommend reading the series in orders as there is an ongoing plotline throughout. Told from first person perspective (Hattie) and third person (Axl) including a couple final chapters from Pepper and Lee, DREAM SPINNER follows the building romance and relationship between twenty-six year old dancer/ artist Hattie Yates, and thirty four year old, former soldier turned commando Axl Pantera. For months, Hattie Yates has refused all advances from our story line hero but someone has placed a target on our heroine’s back, and Axl is livid that she called in help from someone else. Taking control of the situation, Axl moves Hattie into his house, and resumes protection and guardianship of the woman that calls to his heart. Using all of the resources offered by Hawk and his team of commandos (a group of former US soldiers who now work domestic civilian contracts for Hawk Delgado), Axl and his friends must come to terms that sins of the past are threatening the women they love. What ensues is the building romance and relationship between Axl and Hattie as our couple navigate the fall-out of dysfunctional family dynamics, and the threats to our story line heroine. Meanwhile, Axl and Hattie have personal family issues that are about to implode. Axl Pantera knows the disappointment of rejection first hand as he struggles with the mess of his father’s misplaced affection. From his long-suffering mother to his father’s inability to see beyond the bottom line, Axl refuses to become what his father has always expected. Hattie Yates is in a co-dependant relationship with her father, a man uses his ill-health to control the only woman left in his life. Hattie’s mother left years before but our heroine refuses to sit back and watch her father destroy his life. The relationship between Hattie and Axl began months before as Hattie continues to rebuke Axl’s advances believing herself not worthy of love or a happily ever after but as the threats to our heroine take on a more personal and sexual nature, Hattie slowly discovers that Axl is the man that calls to her heart. The $ex scenes are intimate, erotic and intense but once again, I struggle with the use of a certain four-letter word in my romance story line. There is a large ensemble cast of colorful and familiar secondary and supporting characters including many from the author’s previous series. We welcome the return of Hawk Delgado, Augustus Auggie Hero; Mo and Lottie, Ryn and Boone, Mag and Evie; Elvira; the ‘Dream Team’ dancers, Pepper, and Ava; their boss Smithie, and security specialist and Smithie’s nephew Dorian; Mama Nana, and her security guard Jorge; and Cicso aka Brett Rappaport, as well as the introduction of both Hattie and Axl’s parents. DREAM SPINNER is a story of family, friendships, relationships and love; a story of dysfunctional family dynamics, revelations and acceptance; romance and love. The premise is engaging, intriguing and captivating; the romance is seductive and steamy; the characters are broken but healing. DREAM SPINNER ends on happily ever after-for now, as the people threatening our story line heroine have yet to be revealed.