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.
Kristen Ashley’s latest book, Dream Spinner, is a deep romantic read. It’s both a contemporary romance and a romantic suspense novel. The main female character is dealt with a so-so life. Her father was abusive to her. Yet despite that, she still makes it over by him every day to make sure he’s doing well. His health has turned for the worse and she’s the only one who suffers abuse to take care of him. He’s still her dad even though she doesn’t like the abuse he throws at her all the time. Instantly, there’s more to this protagonist than the shallow life her father believes she’s living. Hattie has always loved dancing but because of her size and the few mistakes she made, she didn’t hit it big. Her father dishes out verbal abuse and sometimes is physical too. Overtime, Hattie couldn’t get her dad’s words out of her head. However, he mother told her to dance for herself and that’s what Hattie does. Her father may not like nor approve of her type of dancing but she likes it. Hattie has other talents too. Despite all of that, there’s the issue of a stalker who haunts and sends Hattie violent things in the mail. The stalker can’t take a no. That’s where her life changes. Friends of the one man she has always liked come to her rescue. They rush right in and protect her, only it complicates the relationship between her and Axl. Axl wants Hattie but he understands the issues she went through and is giving her time. He puts in so much effort yet she won’t take the bait. Axl is ready to give up…only for Hattie to finally grow a backbone and go after what she wants. It’s a bit adult in content; however, this read was great. I enjoyed how friends stuck with each other through the bad, crazy, and good times. I liked how Hattie handled her father and tried to do right even when he didn’t. Most of all, I loved how the men including, Axl stood up against abuse of women. This was not just a typical romance novel. It was deep, heartfelt, and realistic.