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Dream Team #3

Dream Spinner

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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.

424 pages, Kindle Edition

First published May 25, 2021

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Kristen Ashley

137 books37.6k followers
Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn't taken her first breath!).

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.

Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

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3,818 reviews32.4k followers
May 11, 2021
4.25 stars


I'm really enjoying Kristen Ashley's 'Dream Team' series. I love getting glimpses into some of my favorite characters from previous series and this world is just so fun. All three books in this series have been great, but I have to say, Dream Spinner is my favorite so far!

Hattie is an incredible dancer, but after not reaching her goal of being a professional ballerina, along with some issues with her father, she is down on herself. It effects all areas of her life, including her love life. Axl Pantera has had it bad for Hattie since he first met her, but how much rejection can one man take?

Eventually, though it does take time, Axl breaks through Hattie's barriers. And when he does, let me just tell you, it is beautiful. I adored these two together. They had such a wonderful friendship and relationship and watching Hattie's growth was a thing of wonder. I even loved her dad by the end, which I never expected to happen. Another favorite thing in this book was Axl's cat. I'm all for cats in books and this cat reminded me so much of my girl.

This book was fun, emotional at times, steamy, and all around a great read. I'm excited for Pepper to get her story next! I'm always here for a single parent romance.
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2,163 reviews278 followers
May 31, 2021
Quick(ish) Review

This ain’t going to change hearts and minds of disenchanted KA fans. This ain’t going to give a lot of logic if that’s what you’re looking for. What always draws me in and keeps me coming back, is the friend and family scenes, because those moments are where KA can shine.

Now, the romance between Axl and Hattie resolves pretty quickly, and while it has its sweet moments, I was left with a bit of “that’s it?” feeling at the end of it all. This is not the book for those with little patience for heroines who aren’t perfect in general, and where things falter is in a actual cohesive narrative, and the big issue of Hattie’s self-harm tendencies just kind of goes away, which was unsatisfying.

KA does make attempts to build the overarching corruption storyline, even if it’s still vague and messy. All in all, I’d say this is really only for fans/completists of this series.

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2,657 reviews3,235 followers
September 13, 2021
4 Dream Team Stars
* * * * Spoiler Free
I have been enjoying Kristen Ashley's Dream Team series. With each entry, we learn more and more about all of the women and the men who are part of it. We also have the pleasure of some of her past characters from her past books that we know so well.

In this entry, we have known it would be Hattie Yates and Axl Pantera.
They have been circling each other for a while now and the interest is serious. There is a problem though, Hattie wants Axl but will not allow herself to have him. She keeps turning all of his interests down because she thinks she doesn't deserve it. This has become a problem for Axl because he knows she is needing him.

This love story has all of the Kristen Ashley elements and reminds me of the Rock Chick feel. There is more than that though, lessons in forgiveness and friendship. Also, don't forget the relationships Kristen is known for...caring and hot.

Quiet Man (Dream #0.5; Dream Man #4.5) by Kristen Ashley Quiet Man (Dream Man/Dream Team, #0.5)
Dream Maker (Dream Team, #1) by Kristen Ashley Dream Maker (Dream Team, #1)
Dream Chaser (Dream Team, #2) by Kristen Ashley Dream Chaser (Dream Team, #2)
Dream Spinner (Dream Team, #3) by Kristen Ashley Dream Spinner (Dream Team, #3)
Dream Keeper (Dream Team #4) by Kristen Ashley Dream Keeper (Dream Team #4)

~~~~~ Before Reading ~~~~~
My Head Is Spinning, Got This On My Kindle, Woo Hoo
January 22, 2021-Hints From KA's Newsletter
Hattie's Has A Dream She Cannot Accept...
Axl Pantera Is The Man She Would Want If Dreams Came True...
But Hattie Yates Learned Some Extremely Tough Lessons...
Growing Up All Those Years Ago...

First, Only Rely On Yourself...
Second, It Is Hopeless To Dream...
And Most Importantly...
There Was Only Success...
Because The Consequences Of Failure...
They Were Never An Option...

So Thick, Strong Walls Have Been Built...

Axl Pantera Knows Hattie Is For Him...
And Deep Down Hatties Knows It Too...
This Soldier Is Determined...
And With Wooing And Patience...
Is Willing To Scale Those Hattie Walls...

It Will Take A Dangerous Situation...
For Hattie To Reach Out To Axl...
And Now He Is Fighting For More Than Her Heart...
With All That Must Be Overcome...
Can Axl Become Hattie's...

Dream Spinner (Dream Team #3)- May 25, 2021

December 14, 2020-Hint, Hattie & Axl
Buckle Up ButterCup...
KA Has Everything Under Control...
We Have Had Dream Maker...
And Dream Chaser...
So Next In Line Is...

Dream Spinner (Dream Team #3)- May 25, 2021

A gifted copy was provided by author/publisher for an honest review.

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995 reviews807 followers
May 26, 2021
The only thing I got right now is : WHY IS THE HERO PURRING IN THIS BOOK?
Meet "Axl Sylas Pantera " :

Can we please leave the purring to the felines? I wouldn't bat an eye at this in a PNR shifter book but we're in a badass commando contemporary romance kinda book. Grown men don't purr.
I will admit that with a name like "Pantera" the man is maybe entitled some feline vibes.

I didn't hate Dream Spinner but I didn't enjoy it much either. I liked both hero and heroine okay and they were definitely cute playing house together but I felt so detached from the different plots the story had going on. I didn't particularly care about Hattie's ongoing problems with her dad, which seems to be the main attraction in this book for a while as it took precedence over the stalker plot in term on page count I think. There was such a huge build up about her issues with her father but then it just magically died down after Axl had a thirty seconds "talk" with him and it was apparently enough for her dad to do a complete one-eighty. Without even acknowledging all the ways he abused her? Where's the long awaited apology to Hattie? Dads can grovel too.

The stalker plot went from basic to loony to just plain messy. Add to this KA intricate—not to say tortuous— storytelling and you've earned yourself a migraine. There was just too much info unloaded and too many side characters involved for the sake of the characters cameos from other series.

The more KA books I read with the years the more I feel like an asshole.
Ever since 2017 it seems KA and I are not a good match anymore. I'm not sure exactly what the matter is with her new content that it doesn't grab me the way it used to be. I've rated over 45 of her books 5 stars. About 10 books 3 stars. Now I can barely enjoy one enough to give it 1 or 2 stars when I don't simply decide to just skip the book to avoid disappointement.
Listen, I know, a few friends advised me to stay away from her new releases from now on and maybe they're right. And I've tried, believe me, I did. But it's KA we're talking about. I still reread my faves several times a year, I can't just write her off. I'm still hoping for that KA magic and I always will.
The next book is about Pepper, I love single moms in romance so I'm once again hoping this one will be KA best.

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2,669 reviews629 followers
October 11, 2021
I honestly just don't want these books to end. I don't always love the start of KA books due to the angst that is always there before the couple get together but boy when they get together, I absolutely love how the men are with their woman.

KA men are very protective and treat their woman so good. Granted I have not read all of her books yet but I'm close and this is generally the formula and I LOVE IT. I'm always left wanting more.

In Dream Spinner there seemed to be extra couple time between Axl and Hattie, which really puts this over the top goodness for me. I love couple time. I love seeing how a couple get to know each other and have each others back. It's one of my favorite things to read in a romance book. You totally get that in this book.

I'm really looking forward to book 4. The teaser at the end makes me nervous because the beginning may be even more angsty than usual, but I know the middle and end will be worth every bit of that angst.
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781 reviews1,635 followers
January 30, 2022
(omg silly ol me mistakenly put this review under the fourth book, and its been up in the air for 8+ hours. im so ashamed. 😩 oh well, its all good now. sorry for the confusion. but i dont think yall even noticed cause no one told me. some friends yall. 😑)

#1 Dream Maker — 2.75 stars
#2 Dream Chaser — 3.5 stars
#3 Dream Spinner — 2.5 stars

aHahAhaHaha my reviews of this series so far has been a shitshow of me making a clownery out of myself cause it seems the only thing these books can do to me is make me a liar. here i am again going back on my words cause this book is a sNoOzefeST. to think that there would be no downhill after how well the journey of the 2nd book went.....🤡

(part of) KAs definition of a shy heroine is someone who doesnt speak or when she does, she gets cut off that she cant get a word in to save her life. ive had it up to hERE🌡with that. the only shy heroines ive liked from her are Mara (Law Man) and Belle (Lucky Stars). even then sometimes i feel like banging my head against the wall when i re-read their books.

the plot in this book seemed to regress from the previous one. it was still a continuation, but in a way that was indirect cause we were dealing with a stalker targeting Hattie (h). it was supposed to distract the men, so the enemy could bring them down easily. but damn it was so underwhelming. there was little action (if any), and the problem was solved in like... whopdeedoo *puff* gone. 💀🔫

the romance was... eh. Axl (H) was ready to give up cause he’d been shut down so many times by Hattie he didnt want to enter creepy territory if he kept trying. i mean, how considerate. 😒 but duDE i need you to keep going and be a creeper cause this shit aint givin me life. and since when a commando has such decency. not just any commando, but homeboy is HAWK’S man.

also oh MY dont get me started on the crossover! not just that, but it was the most optimistic crossoversssss to ever graced the history of crossover. its HOT GUYS OVERLOAD over here. 😮💨 KA literally brought in all the Hs shes ever written (ok, more like the ones from FIVE of her series). still it mounted up to more than a dozen alpha heroes.

i mean, i love crossovers as much as the next girl bUT damn a girl can only handle so much testosterone at once before she started to lose all her brain cells. ☠ seriously, they gave me a whiplash. i barely had it in me to put a face to the name before KA was moving on to the next one. please stop this is not sexy. im not a fan of being gang banged. 💩✋

the only good thing out of this was Cisco/Brett. he started as the bad guy, but now hes an ally. and i officially love him. 🥰 hes more interesting than all the Hs of this book combined, and he OUTSHINED them all in this book. i hope he gets his own book. or else, im going to rIOTTT!! though if he does, whos to say KA wont botched it (too). 😩

this review turned out more rant-y than intended. 🙏 im going to round up the rating to 3 stars cause evidently im still KAs bitch and i dont give her 2 stars or below unless i hate the book, which i dont in this case. it was just boring and felt like a filler. im reading the 4th book cause its the last one (i wanna see how the plot concludes) and pray for the best. 🤞

(read as an audiobook)
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549 reviews6 followers
October 3, 2021
So who we thinking? Auggie and Pepper? Or Axl and Hattie? Personally I’m hoping for Axl and Hattie. Just because I’m a sucker for bad boy and shy girl romances. And Hattie kind of reminds me of Jet. And I adore Jet.

Edit: YAY! So it’s definitely Hattie and Axl’s story! What we know so far. Hattie is a ballerina, with a traumatic back story and major daddy issues (probably an abusive father) and also some major mental health issues too, if the whole self-harm scene was anything to go by (when she messed up a ballerina practice recital and started hitting herself really hard - and also simultaneously made me want to reach into the book and give her the biggest hug).

So, we got a little insight into why Hattie is the way she is and why she is so shy. And honestly that just makes her already the most complex heroine of the Dream Team and I am so ready for her story.

SIDE NOTE: If Hattie doesn’t get into some KA trouble and Cisco isn’t in the middle of it, and doesn’t end up trying to protect her like he did with Ryn and Evie, then what is even the point of this book? 😂

#Petition to make Cisco protect all (as he, himself even claimed) “his girls” in some way.

Hopefully KA finds a way to incorporate him into Hattie and Pepper’s problems too! As you can tell I am seriously in love with Cisco. Hehe.



The start was 4 stars. As in the BEFORE they got together part, which as usual was everything I love about a KA book.

But the end and the middle 3 stars.
I grew SOO bored of the secondary plot line. Like I liked the family drama, I always love KA family drama.
But the action plot was so boring, and I just skimmed through all of that. I don’t even know who the big bad is that’s how much I skimmed.
I just preferred when they were getting together as opposed to after they got together. And usually KA does the AFTER a couple gets together part really good, because there is some drama, maybe a big fight or a huge break up etc. and then a reconciliation.
But with Axl and Hattie AFTER they got together was SO boring, no drama, too loved up, too happily ever after. Yeah, so the plot was just really lacking.

But I’m excited for Auggie and Pepper’s book after that little sneak peak we got!! I CANT WAIT TO SEE HOW THAT DRAMA UNFOLDS. One night stand, turned bad? Count me in hehehe.

Also I love Brett/Cisco with all my heart, I would die for that man, and if there is not a book 5 dedicated to him and his redemption arc and HIS happily ever after, I will never forgive KA.
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794 reviews876 followers
May 2, 2021

AUTHOR: Kristen Ashley
SERIES: Dream Team #3
RELEASE DATE: May 25, 2021
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
THEMES & TROPES: Childhood Abuse, Stalker
RATING: 3 Stars


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.”

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1,051 reviews2,414 followers
June 2, 2021
The Dream Team series is one of the most addictive series I’ve read. As soon as one book ends, I’m jonesing for another! I don’t think I’ve had this much fun since Rock Chick! I SIMPLY CANNOT GET ENOUGH and hope the series continues beyond the next book.

Dream Spinner was everything I wanted it to be and more! Axl Pantera, with his ice blue eyes and silver hair intrigued me from the very first book. I wanted to know everything about what made him tick. And don’t even get me started on Hattie. After reading Dream Chaser, I felt so much for her and hoped her HEA was everything she deserved. I’m happy to report that it was!

Here’s what I loved:
I know this book is about Hattie and Axl, but Brett Cisco Rappaport has been slowly but surely stealing my heart! I need his book!!

Axl and Hattie are special. It was amazing to finally see th3m come together and to fully understand Hattie’s issues. I enjoyed her backstory and obviously Axl’s OTT alphaness.

What Kristen Ashley does so well is interconnect her stories in a way that you usually get a glimpse of a past favorite character. This story is no different. It’s like snuggling up with your best friends for a really good time. I’ll forever and always love this about her stories.

If you’re a KA fan, this series is a must!

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Profile Image for Katie Utterly Unashamed.
634 reviews166 followers
May 19, 2021
4.5 Stars

Guys, it's Kristen Ashley. You love her or you hate her. I personally love her. Now, I went into this book not knowing if I was going to like it or not. I mean seriously, some of her biggest fans are not impressed with this book. And maybe that helped me, because I had absolutely no expectations when I started. But in the end I really enjoyed this book.

There was no kidnappings, car bombs or shootings.

What there was is an over protective alpha-hole and a heroine who is dealing with the emotional scars her dad gave her.

This books continues where Hattie is pushing everyone away. Her friends, and especially the hot guy she wants to be with, but can't bring herself to let it happen.

In true KA fashion, Axl gets mad at Hattie for pushing everyone away, acts like a completely fucking alpha-hole (but I won't lie and she kinda deserved it for ditching out on her girls).

Literally not 5 minutes after alpha-hole Axl walks out, Hattie gets a super creepy call. Who does she call? Definitely not alpha-hole Axl. She calls Cisco, of course.

Let's just say when Axl finds this out, he is now even more unhappy. And so start Hattie and Axl finally get their shit together.

Now, I personally love all the background mystery about the dirty cops. I love trying to figure out who the bad guy is, but sadly we have to wait for Pepper's book to get the answers, or at least some answers.

Seriously, no one writes dialogue like KA. Even if you don't like her alpha talk, you have to appreciate the pure incredibleness of it. I hope you all can read and enjoy this one as much as I do.

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83 reviews
May 26, 2021
The very worst kind of KA book. Boring and pointless. A whole lot of run up to nothing.

A couple of things I hate that KA now does below -

I absolutely hate that she shoves every character and his mums brothers cousin in every single book. It makes no sense. A lot of time has passed since the first Denver book and these people are a generation (or more) apart. To me, a crossover is good when it’s infrequent and special, not on every other page.

I also hate that she has to mention BDSM, “playing”. I’m an avid reader of m/m so her talking about that, that’s not my problem. BDSM is not my thing but I don’t hate it when done well. KA is just so fucking bad at it. So so bad at it. It’s not sexy and it mostly doesn’t make sense. Her sex scenes are turning into page fillers and not at all meaningful to the plot and that’s a book ruiner right there.

I hate that she built up an action plot in this book with the stalker and then... killed it. I thought there was going to be some fun kidnapping, blowing shit up, commando saves the day action but no. Nada. Dead end. Let face it, in the end I’m sure Dax Lahn will save the day. Or a Dom from the fucking honey series. No commandos required.

Redeeming characters - Cisco, Dorian. Ill make up stories in my head for them because I’m sure the real books will be a bloody disappointment.

Having said I’ll this I’m sure I’ll torture myself and read the final instalment.

Can anyone tell I’m annoyed.

I think it’s time for KA to put the Denver people away, like she should have done after the disaster that was free, and find some new characters with different lives to write about.

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3,239 reviews1,935 followers
May 25, 2021
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Kristen Ashley does some of the best character pairings and Hattie and Axl are proof of that. They were amazing together and I really loved how we got to see them work through their issues together. It wasn't easy for them to finally be together but the journey that got them to that point was so fun to read. I easily fell in love with them both when they were on their own and adored them even more when they were together.

There was definitely a good dose of drama in this book but it was done so well and kept the book very interesting. It also brought some other characters to focus, some that we've already seen get their HEA's and some that I am now dying to know more about. Overall, I can't wait to get my hands on KA's next book and while I wait I see some re-reads in my future.

ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.
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628 reviews330 followers
June 17, 2021

... why is this series so damn boring? dnf @ 80% because I've been skimming since the first quarter of the book good gravy.
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808 reviews1,016 followers
June 24, 2021
3.5 'After you' Stars!

Kristen Ashley's new Dream Team series reminds me of the stories that made me fall in love with her writing. I was highly anticipating Hattie and Axl's story since she has been teasing us about it from the very start and I am also a sucker for a shy heroine finding her strenght and the best man to love her. We definitely got that with Dream Spinner!

However, I do have to say, my expectations were not quite reached for this one. I was expecting so much more of this story and these characters and I found myself skipping through the book too many times. Did I still enjoy it? Of course! Is it my favorite in the series? Sorry but no. Of course, I am still super excited about the next installment and I am always here for KA's amazing stories!
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2,850 reviews822 followers
May 26, 2021
Dream Spinner is the most latest release into the Dream Team series and it is also one of my top anticipated releases for the year. I was thrilled to finally have this on my kindle library and jumped right into it immediately and while it was far from my favorite of the series, I definitely had a blast with this installment. Its a bit different from the others to be honest, but it felt so relatable in some respects which is one of the most attractive aspects of Kristen Ashley's writing. There is such an easy connectability with her stories and how "real life" they feel.

Dream Spinner is a story that we see happen with Hattie and Axl. Now parts of this story was built up in the previous book and I would say you might want to read these books in order. They could be read as a stand alone but the reader will be missing out on certain clues.

Hattie is full of pride and stubbornness especially when it comes to her friends and Axl. She has been turning down Axl for weeks and just being in her own "zone" she has plenty of daddy issues and trying to live up to a certain standard, and right around the time a stalker comes knocking on her door is when Axl stops being so nice and gives it to her straight in how she is treating everyone that cares about her and she is starting to realize how she has been and none of them deserve that treatment and that Axl she will need to work on and win him. As Axl and Hattie work out their issues not just in their relationship, but each having daddy problems of an abusive nature and Hattie's stalker which leads to more questions, other factors come into play threatening Axl and the men he works with, he is determined to find the answers and explore what he has with Hattie.

Dream Spinner is a story that I had a delight in reading but I will be honest at times it felt slow now I am not sure if it was just me (I am in a bit of a hangover from my previous read) or I was just wanted some more action than this slow feel romance. I honestly think it might have been my mood that I had for this one. I was charmed by it and of course I fell hard for the hero and I always get a kick out of this author's writing. Her style is just so unique from anything else. Now this book is part of a series I have really loved but its pretty much just part of this unique world that encompasses the Rock Chicks and Chaos. I really enjoyed seeing Hattie and Axl work out through their issues here and was charmed in seeing their relationship build. Now they both had daddy issues so some of the story was focused on that and I actually found this portion to add depth to the story as it showed more of the characters and what they had to deal with in their growing up. There was plenty of fun times with all of our favorite characters from the series and an old enemy crops up. I definitely am eager to see how it plays out in book four.

Overall I found Dream Spinner to be a fantastic foray into the series that gives off a sense of comfort and normalcy, of romance and emotion and learning to overcome flaws to embrace a future.
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1,399 reviews495 followers
May 24, 2021
This gets a serious lip curl from me - I did not like it AT ALL. It’s very rare that I dislike a book so much within the first few chapters, but that was definitely the case here. I continued on because I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series, but things did not improve, and I ended up skimming a significant amount of the back half. There are SO MANY things that rubbed me the wrong way, and I honestly feel like most of the relationship development happened in the books prior to this. These two are already inevitable when the book begins - Hattie just needs to say yes... and Axl needs to stop sleeping with the girl he's seeing.

Fair warning: there are several triggers in this book, from abuse to self harm to stalking to kidnapping - and beyond. The story follows Hattie and Axl, two people who have been dancing around their feelings. After Hattie rejected Axl, he started seeing someone else, but he still thinks about her all the time and butts into her life in a big way. This (toxic) alpha male just can't seem to stay out of Hattie's business, so when she starts receiving some scary messages and hanging out with a questionable guy, Axl is quick to intervene. Once Hattie starts letting Axl in, it's not long before they're crossing the line and starting up a relationship.

I just... didn't like anything that happened in this. It felt SO, SO toxic, and very cringeworthy. I'm not a longtime KA fan, but I've always heard such great things about her work. Dream Maker WAS a pretty solid read, so I expected a LOT more from this. I skipped Dream Chaser because of the Dom/sub storyline, and apparently most of Hattie and Axl's feelings must've developed during that book, because it certainly didn't happen here. This jumps right in with Hattie befriending her former kidnapper (did I read that right?), and Axl trying to win Hattie over despite the fact that he already has a woman in his life. There are tons characters from past books included, and it's just assumed that you'll already know everyone. There was nothing good for me to latch onto here, so it was a total miss for me. I do enjoy KA's unique writing style, but storyline-wise? No thank you. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this suspenseful romance.
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2,763 reviews1,338 followers
May 16, 2021
I have been obsessed with Kristen Ashley's Dream Team series from Mo and Lottie's book. Frankly, I have been obsessed with all the Commandos since Mystery Man and never ever want them to leave me. EVER. It runs that deep, y'all. For that reason, I just knew that Axl and Hattie were going to rock my world and boy did they (and then some!!)

What I love in Ashley's stories is the excitement, anticipation and an amazing alpha hero. Axl was calm and patient and what he did for Hattie was beyond epic. He was the solid and patient man that she needed. I LOVED this story and could not read it fast enough. Hattie's story was heartbreaking and poignant and I lived seeing her girls rallying behind her.

Overall, this stirybwas fabulous. Now I am so intrigued about the corrupt and crooked cops and the extent of Cisco's involvement. I love this series so much! 4.5 stars! ~Ratula 
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May 26, 2021
Why do I continue to do this? This is the generic version of the Rock Chics. Also, please stop with the sisterhood cheesiness. I want angst and heartbreak, not the h/H/OW all best friends forever. Good grief. It feels like the author is afraid to take the chances she did with The Golden Dynasty, Lady Luck and At Peace.
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384 reviews29 followers
May 4, 2021
Once a KA fan, always a KA fan but...not every book will feel the same.

I loved Lottie and Mo, like I really loved it. But since then this series hasn’t really done it for me. It’s not bad. It doesn’t make me angry (frustrated maybe) but it is no Luke or Hawk or Joe.

Axl and Hattie are good together. They have sweet. They have hot. They have a lot in common and I can see them together.

But here’s where their story missed for me:

Hattie’s dad- No way, unrealistic, divinely changed in an instant with no conversation between himself and Hattie

The stalker story- Unresolved for me. It just sort of stopped. There was some explanation but it was convoluted and messy.

Brett Cisco- Turned good, turned sweet. I don’t know, it was too easy. Even the guys all worked with him without much fuss.

Hattie’s mom- Why??? It didn’t fit in the story, add anything, just why?

No drama- Hattie had no drama. Nothing. No kidnapping. No car chase. No getting hurt.

This book had a different feel and maybe that’s not bad, just different. It wasn’t what I expected of a KA book but I finished it in a day and there were a lot of things about it that I liked. Up to 80% the story was focused on Hattie and Axl and I liked it. From there to the end, she lost me.

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1,805 reviews458 followers
May 21, 2021
Kristen Ashley continues her heartfelt and steamy Dream Team series with this tale of exotic dancer and gruff, domineering Axl Pantera.

Axl wants Hattie Yates and he’s been pursuing her for what feels like years, but the shy beauty is excellent at internalizing her feelings and keeping people at arm’s length. After attracting the attention of a stalker, Axl doesn’t hesitate to erase the distance between them and lets her know just how much he wants her while keeping her safe.

Hattie is extremely talented. She’s not only a wonderful classically trained dancer but also an artist just waiting to be brave enough to show the world her creations.

Axl is patient, caring, supportive and all around swoon worthy. He was the perfect man to coax Hattie out of her shell, build her up and help her through her problems even though he had family drama of his own.

I really enjoyed how Axl and Hattie communicated and navigated the ups and downs of their burgeoning relationship once they were on the same page regarding their relationship which was to work on one.

The steaminess is a given with the domineering, swoon worthy alpha male. It was hot, it was fun and it was spicy.
“The last guy I date was somewhat a long time ago and he was really boring in bed.”
“I’m sorry, honey,”
Axl replied. Though, in saying this, he looked both sorry and like he thought something was funny. I homed in on the last part.
“Bad sex isn’t funny, Axl,” I told him the God’s honest truth.
“I know, baby. Christ, you poor thing,” he soothed at the same time teased.

The suspense wasn’t the nail biting kind but it helped the main characters in the romance and pushed the series’ overall arc forward.

I loved all the secondary characters both the ones who’ve had their own books and the ones who haven’t. I hope the latter get theirs soon. I also enjoyed the cameos by characters from other series. I can’t wait to read the next installment in the series.

Dream Spinner book #3 of the Dream Team series by Kristen Ashley. A spinoff the Dream Man & Rock Chick series. Told from both points of view, with a happy ending. Subgenres: Contemporary Romance with a dash of suspense

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★ I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via NetGalley. The excerpts are from that copy. I am voluntarily reviewing this title. ★

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1,446 reviews1,156 followers
January 4, 2022
I can't get enough of the Dream Team

Another great instalment to the Dream Team series and I'm going to be so sad when I don't have any more to binge on. The characters were interesting, the storyline was interesting and the ongoing investigation is moving along well.

I had an epiphany while listening to Dream Spinner, ... I'm a bloody hypocrite. I have been known to get a little testy when the hero thinks things that impact my visions of the perfect hero. My epiphany was that if we're getting their thoughts and feelings (which I LOVE), of course in the beginning stages of a relationship, they're going to be comparing to their past experiences. Crazy thoughts...Huh? How could I be so Judgey McJudeson when I did the same thing (back in the olden days) and compared a new love interest to an old one, because obviously, I want to improve my relationships and experiences? I realised that you have to take the good with the bad. From now on, if I want to know what the hero is thinking, then I'm going to have to suck it up and hope he works out quickly that the heroine is perfect for him. ;-)

Anyways, I'm still loving the series and enjoying the audiobooks. I am moving on to the next in the series which I think is the last one available, unfortunately. Fingers crossed there are plans for more.

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295 reviews1,486 followers
July 24, 2021
honestly, how do you even rate a KA book? They're all so bad, but then there I was up late last night finishing it. It's complicated.
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1,869 reviews307 followers
May 22, 2021

I have been loving this new series from KA, so I read Dream Spinner right away! While each book features a new couple, there are over arching plotlines that make it better to read in order.

This is Hattie's story. We know she has issues with her father and that there was some abuse. We also know she likes Axl but won't pursue the relationship. These two danced (literally) around each other and when it seemed like it just wasn't meant to be, things change. I think their relationship was great because each understood the pain the other felt at the hands of their family. They support each other in really productive ways that allow for the building of a really strong foundation. This book is lighter on the danger/suspense angle, which at times was a slight disappointment for me, but the focus is really on Axl and Hattie.

If you love stories with lots of character development and relationship building, Dream Spinner is a 5 star pick for sure. One thing I love about this series is that the previous couples never go away. There are so many interesting supporting characters as well that the book feels so full!

Finally, I have to mention the narration. Susannah Jones did a fantastic job with Dream Spinner! Her voices were great and she didn't distract you from the story. She did the male voices well-which I always think is a difficult area. Audiobook fans will have no complaints!


  POV: 1st, 3rd
  Tears: a few
  Trope: mercenary, dysfunctional family
  Series/Standalone: series

authors like Tessa Bailey, Aurora Rose Reynolds, Katee Robert...then you will probably like Dream Spinner!

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4,062 reviews273 followers
May 31, 2021
First of all I really dislike the covers in this series, to me it looks dated.
This book is okay at the start.
I think the author is trying to rekindle the success of her earlier Rock Chick series.
The ideas are there but for me this series isn't living up to its predecessor.

Hattie is one mixed up woman.
We've had hints in previous books, she has an abusive dad, verbal and at times physical.
Axl, the Hero has tried with her several times, she has shut him down.

So like any good Hero, he gets himself a woman, just what a good romance needs, the Hero waiting patiently in the wings while fulfilling his 'needs' elsewhere.
I can see both sides to this, she has shut him down several times BUT!!!
He feels he is banging his head against a brick wall and is he tries anymore then he becomes a creeper.
This is romance, romance to me is not moving on to someone else.
Also this gives the heroine the wrong message, any decent woman is not going to steal another woman's man cos she messed up.

To be fair the Hero has a woman in his life who isn't actually in his life as long as the heroine thinks but he tells her that they broke up, he ended it when he saw her dance at the studio then harm herself, but he also tells her the other woman has started a relationship with another man.
They are still friends, and he hopes the heroine isn't the type of woman who wouldn't want him to have female friends.
Well personally that kinda depends on the ex..... But!!
Why does KA have to have them all friends, if they have Xmas together I'm done,.
Give me a good old vindictive ex 😁

There are a few expressions that I didn't understand.

“Okay, I’m getting a bead on where you’re at with this now,”

A bead?

And then

"These texts had been Axl’s first experience with holding his tongue when it came to this sitch, because her father texted right back, saying he didn’t want company."

A sitch? Apparently short for situation, I must be getting old.

For me the bad guy, Marcus copy, is his name Brett, the one who kidnapped them earlier in the series but is a kingpin, he steals the show, I'm more interested in him than any of the others.
I assume he will be getting a book.

Both the Hero and heroine have 'daddy issues', so the subject of verbal/emotional abuse is explored.
I did feel it lagged a bit in the middle and didn't really pick up again.
Unresolved enemy thread which involved the Heros from Denver from several other series.
This meant we see Lee and gang, Choas, Mitch, Brock and Knight and as the heroine is a sculptor on the side we get a few scenes with Sadie.
Breadcrumbs dropped for Pepper and Auggie, a teaser chapter at the end.

I did feel that once the couple resolved their issues it was quite boring.
And the recovery of the heroine's fetter, who had been abusive concerned me.
I just can't see anyone making that sort of change and the reasoning that he loved her really despite his actions I feel is a huge lack of understanding of these sort of relationships.

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3,525 reviews333 followers
May 27, 2021
I have yet to read a book by Kristen Ashley that I didn't enjoy and you know why...because she writes like a rockstar! I try my best to make sure I have no interruptions when I sit down with a KA novel because I want to be transported into a different world and that is exactly what happened with this book especially with the audiobook narration done by Susannah Jones.

Hattie and Axl have been dancing around their feelings for one another for a while now, mostly because of Hattie not wanting to give into her feelings because she feels she isn't good enough...silly woman. But now that Hattie has a stalker after her Axl will not let her go unprotected and if that means she finally realizes that she is exactly what he wants then that's a bonus.

The chemistry was great between Hattie and Axl and I loved the way he was protective of her but not overly protective, meaning she could still be who she was.

There is a lot more than just Hattie's stalker going on in this story and we get to see a whole bunch of the old gang from Nightingales, Rock Chicks, and the Dream Man Series. This book can be read as a standalone but I guarantee once you read this you'll want to read more!

I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys Romantic Suspense, Steamy Contemporary Romances, Alpha Males, Strong Women, and an awesome gang of friends.

Happy Reading!!!

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1,659 reviews330 followers
July 18, 2021
Same old, same old....why are all these h's putting up with so much crap from their family members? Like dang cut ppl off and move on. Anyway the mcs were carbon copies of all previous mcs.....my opinion Ion care....the end
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1,856 reviews846 followers
May 25, 2021
Striving to be a good enough dancer and never quite reaching her father’s expectations over the years has made Hattie struggle with self-confidence and opening herself to others.

She’s been crushing on Axl and he’s definitely been into her, but Hattie runs every time Axl tries to get close and finally he’s wondering if he’s wasting his time trying. Surprisingly enough, it’s the semi-bad guy Brett who lights a fire under Hattie’s butt and convinces her to take a shot before she loses Axl for good. What pushes them together even more is the anonymous creepy calls and notes Hattie starts receiving. Stalker behavior for sure! Hattie needs protection and Axl wants her safe.

As usual, Axl was a bit of a jerk to Hattie before they came together but seeing things from his side I didn’t really blame him. They both just needed to get on the same page and then it was all heart eyes for me.

I can’t write up Dream Spinner without mentioning Cleo, Axl’s very prissy cat! I just loved Cleo! Kristen Ashley nails cat behavior so well, (we live to serve them, obviously!), making me giggle every time Ms. Cleo stepped onto the page!

I’ve been enjoying the Dream Team series. Dream Spinner had all the hallmarks of an old-school Kristen Ashley read: solid female friendships, bossy Alpha men, and a sweet likeable heroine with a bit of sass! Pepper’s story next and it seems like it’s going to be a bit of drama, in the best way, of course! I can’t wait!

A copy was kindly provided by Forever via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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2,871 reviews932 followers
May 6, 2021
4 stars!

I loved this book. A fantastically sweet, sexy and swoony romance with an alpha hero who completely stole my heart. This is KA doing what she does, and I loved it!

Axl and Hattie are the third couple in this series to be set-up by their mutual friend Lottie. He is a badass commando working with Hawk, and she is a stripper working in Smithie’s bar. They have met, there is a mutual attraction, but although Axl has made a movie, Hattie has knocked him back repeatedly, terrified of being hurt again after a lifetime of abuse at the hands of her father. She’s also feeling a whole lot of shame after Axl witnessed her at her lowest, and as a result, she has withdrawn from everybody in her life.

Axl gets that Hattie has walls up, but when she becomes the target of a stalker, he wades on in like the badass alpha that he is, giving Hattie the wake-up call that she needs, and setting her on the path to letting those close to her in – and that includes finally giving Axl a chance.

I really enjoyed watching this relationship begin. Axl and Hattie already have a bit of murky history between them, but they address everything head on. They are honest and open, and they work through their issues to get to the place where they both want to be. They don’t rush it, which builds the chemistry beautifully, and there’s this great sense of anticipation waiting for them to get where we know they’re going to be. It’s a really gorgeous journey watching them come together.

“Is there … making up?”
“Yeah,” he confirmed.
“Don’t you have to kind of be
together to make up?”
“Hattie, this is the longest non-relationship relationship in history. We’ve been together since the first time you shot me down for a date and I think you know that better than me.”

I love Axl so much! He’s the same kind of hero that KA writes so frequently, but this one actually smiles! He smiles, laughs, and teases, and he has this wonderful playfulness about him. Plus, he’s completely open about his feelings, and he guides Hattie into a functional relationship that is sweet, emotional and super sexy.

“One kiss and a whole lot of mindfuck and we’re here. We’re here because we both want this, we both know it and we both know how bad we want it.”

And when they finally get to a place where they’re ready to be together, they throw themselves in whole-heartedly, and they have a wonderfully entertaining dynamic. I just love them together.

I’d never really noticed how magnificent lips were when they moved.
Especially lips like Axl’s.
“Do you wanna kiss me?”
“Then, baby, kiss me.”

But while Axl and Hattie are falling in love, they’re still dealing with Hattie’s stalker, and the ongoing case of crooked cops that the boys are investigating with the help of the Rock Chick, Dream Man and Chaos boys (love those cameos!). There’s also family drama in this one, with both Axl and Hattie having issues with their parents, and I really enjoyed those storylines. There are some fantastic ‘come to Jesus’ moments, and great character development, and though I would have loved to have seen some of those issues teased out a little more, I loved the way they were handled, and I was fully satisfied with the resolution.

I really enjoyed this read. Axl and Hattie’s love story is just beautiful, and I smiled and giggled and swooned my way through it from start to finish

“I can dare to dream. Because I have what I need. I know who I am. And the thing that makes it safe is that I’m in love with a really great guy who also loves me.”

And after all of the teases dropped in this one, I cannot WAIT for Auggie and Pepper’s book up next!

4 stars!

An Advanced Review Copy was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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868 reviews120 followers
May 24, 2021
There's a reason Kristen Ashley is one of my favorite authors and this is it. Dream Spinner was freaking fantastic! Amazing story with incredible characters and a solid storyline that contained the perfect amount of humor and heat, drama and suspense, emotion, healing, and love. This had it all!

I loved the remarkable journey Hattie was on. I loved her coming out of her shell, all her revelations, and really soaring! Axl was so incredibly protective, caring, and sweet and I loved learning all about him. I loved the back-and-forth tension and pull between them, they had undeniable chemistry. When walls start to come down and they open up and share, I could feel all the emotion. Hattie’s got a difficult history with her dad and Axl's got some things from his past he’s dealing with as well and I loved the healing involved, the growth that took place, and how they were there for one another, building each other up. There was drama, pain, and emotion and I got choked up more than once but I loved them coming out on the other side. There were a lot of lighter, entertaining moments mixed in and I loved seeing their playful sides as well, their connection was awesome. When things heat up, these two were smokin’ hot!

I loved all the different characters involved. I adored the women and their bonds and the men and their camaraderie, there were a lot of wonderful moments that had me tearing up. I loved all the different
connections and seeing favorite characters from other series. There were some new characters introduced as well and I liked what they brought to the story. I also loved what was introduced with Pepper and Augie. Their book is next and I know they will get their happily ever after but holy heck it's going to be a heck of a ride getting there.

A real stand-out character for me was Brett, aka Cisco, who has been in the other books in the Dream Team series. He’s a total anti-hero with a big heart and I loved him. I liked him in the other books but the man shined bright in this story. He’s protective and caring and I love the role he's taken upon himself with the women. It outright delights me. Dear Kristen Ashley, please oh please give Brett his own story. This man needs a HEA.

There was excellent development as all the details were laid out and layers were pulled back. It was thrilling to read! I loved the suspense element that was happening and I was on the edge of my seat. I love the overall storyline for the series that continues and all the different working parts involved. This book was a game-changer for sure. I cannot wait for the conclusion.

This story was really entertaining but it had an intense and emotional vibe mixed in. I loved the drama with the families, the fun time with friends, and I absolutely adored Axl's furry friend. I was hooked until the very end! And the epilogue, setting everything up for the next book, there were so many bread crumbs leading to more revelations, I cannot wait. Absolutely incredible read!

Complimentary copy received from Forever Romance.
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1,313 reviews66 followers
July 8, 2021
after three books my theory is that any new KA release around this length will be disappointing compared to longer lengthened novels

⇢ this series is shorter, so the characters get together quicker than your typical KA book. meaning the development + conflict + resolution is unsatisfying. i need more.

⇢ i assumed this book was going to be good bc i thought hattie was going to make axel work for it but that mostly happened off page.

what’s with KAs obsession w. making the her h’s feel obligated to be okay with their own mans past partners.

“—and i hope you aren’t the kind of woman who can’t handle the man in her life having female friends.”

↳ let me preface by saying that men and women can be friends that’s fine. and your partner should be okay with that. HOWEVER, personally i don’t think it’s cool to expect your partner to be okay with you still being friends with someone you’ve been with. everyone has boundaries and i don’t care for KA’s constant need to push this on women.

↳ if you’re cool with this, that’s cool. it’s your gig, so no one should argue with you. BUT what we’re not going to do is making other women feel shamed bc that’s not something they’re comfortable with.

↳ ⭒ i also want to add that i cant think of a single KA heroine that is still friends w. an ex the way she does with her heroes.. im not a fan of this double standard

⇢ honestly this was kind of boring. there were 2 main subplots: first, the one featuring some nefarious plot (i don’t really care); second, the family drama (significantly less interesting than ryn’s or even evie’s)

↳ where's the slowburn romance that never feels like slowburn bc KA writes scenes that are basically foreplay even outside the bedroom. hattie + axle had 0 chemistry and i honestly didnt care at all about their romance.
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