NEW AGE GAP, SINGLE FATHER ROMANCE
Looking for a grumpy/sunshine, forced proximity, rockstar romance? Say no more! Carrie Aarons' just released Makes the Heart Grow Fouler, and it's just as steamy as it is angsty! A famous country singer is giving the first interview in his twenty year plus career to a much younger journalist and makes her move into his compound to observe him because he refuses to sit down and talk to her.
Never meet your hero, because they’ll probably turn out to be a villain.
That thought didn’t even cross my mind when the magazine I work for assigned me to do a feature article on Dane, the greatest country singer of our generation. You know, the kind of celebrity who doesn’t require a last name because they’re that prolific.
Along with being one of my favorite artists, the notoriously private man has never given an interview in his twenty-year career, so this piece could make mine. Unfortunately, from the minute I step foot on his massive Texas compound, Dane is determined to break it.
Between his icy stares, lewd gestures, and mocking comments, the one week time table to ask him my questions comes and goes with zero answers. But for some reason, he won’t pull out of the article. And when he insists I move into his guest house in order to observe him, since he refuses to sit down one-on-one, I have no choice but to suck it up for my job.
After the year I’ve had, and the outside world I no longer want any part of, the seclusion is almost welcome. That is, if it didn’t include a sexy recluse who seems hellbent on messing with me. Working with someone I despise wouldn’t be so hard if it meant going home at the end of the day.
From his checkered past, to the rumors about his love life, to the fact that he vanished from the music scene five years ago, to the teenage daughter he’s raised as a single father her entire life … there is so much to unpack in order to learn the truth about the man buried beneath the ink covering his skin.
But the real danger comes when Dane drops the curtain completely, allowing me to see every side of him. Because it makes me want to show him every damaged part of myself.
Except two such opposite, but equally broken, people can never find a happily ever after. Especially since a villain has no heart. So what do I do when the fallen hero I can’t have wants to give me his?
I received an advanced copy of this book with the promise of an honest review.
The author teased us with Dane in her book "Say You Love Me Again" and I was definitely intrigued, so I am glad that we are getting his story.
Dane may be very famous musician, but he is also somewhat of a recluse. He just wants to make music and raise his daughter in peace. So when Margot, a reporter, shows up to interview him, she throws wrench in that. And even though he has consented to giving the interview, Dane makes it extremely difficult for her.
I'm pretty sure if you looked up the definition of grumpy, there would be a picture of Dane. Early in the book I found myself thinking that maybe he was a bit too cranky, but Margot handled him quite well. It may have taken her a bit to get used to his crankiness, but once she did, she knew exactly how to get him to talk.
I really enjoyed this book. I love me a cranky, somewhat damaged rockstar who gets taken down at the knees by someone he doesn't expect. Dane has a heart of gold and while he doesn't openly show that, those closet to him know and Margot is determined to have her story on him show that .
This book tackles some heavy subjects (TW: post parted depression and extreme grief from a death of a loved one), but the author handles them beautifully. It is also super sexy and ai enjoyed every word!
About the Author
Author of romance novels such as Fool Me Twice and Love at First Fight, Carrie Aarons writes books that are just as swoon-worthy as they are sarcastic. A former journalist, she prefers the love stories of her imagination, and the athleisure dress code, much better.
When she isn't writing, Carrie is busy binging reality TV, having a love/hate relationship with cardio, and trying not to burn dinner. She lives in the suburbs of New Jersey with her husband, two children and ninety-pound rescue pup.