Makes the Heart Grow Fouler | Review

Title: Makes the Heart Grow Fouler 
Author: Carrie Aarons
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Release date: 21 April 2023
Rating: ★★★★★


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?


This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Carrie Aarons!
Makes the Heart Grow Fouler is a standalone Romance about Margot and Dane.

Makes the Heart Grow Fouler is a standalone, but it’s set in the same world as Carrie Aarons’ other book Say You Love Me Again. After reading Say You Love Me Again, I wanted to know more about Dane, he was such a mysterious and interesting man. When Carrie Aarons announced that she was going to publish a book about Dane, I got so excited! And let me tell you, Carrie Aarons did such an amazing job with this book. I truly loved the story and the characters, and it was hard to stop reading. This book was really addictive and I had to know how the story was going to end.

Makes the Heart Grow Fouler is a Romance book with a few tropes: rock star, grumpy/sunshine, single father, age gap, … The perfect mix for a good Romance book if you ask me… The story is about Margot and Dane. Margot is a journalist and Dane is a rock star who has never done an interview before. Some lines are crossed and they both don’t know what to do with that… Ugh, I loved both characters. I’m a sucker for broken characters who mend each other’s hearts. Margot and Dane are perfect for each other and I loved reading about their situationship becoming a relationship!

Carrie Aarons wrote another amazing Romance book, and to be honest, I didn’t expect anything else. She’s such a talented author and I love how she combines different tropes and writes amazing and interesting stories. I also love that she isn’t afraid to write about difficult topics such as postpartum depression, loss of a parent, addiction, … Makes the Heart Grow Fouler was such a good Romance read, and I highly recommend it if you love a good Rock Star Romance with a grumpy, older guy!