* Review * IDLE by Arell Rivers

I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

* Review * IDLE by Arell RiversIDLE by Arell Rivers
Series: Sins of the Fathers #4
Published by Tarnished Halo Publishing LLC on September 22, 2022
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A home renovation show brings them together ~ will they update more than an apartment?


I need my independence.

My parents’ apartment is a battlefield, and I can’t wait to escape. So, when my brother’s best friend asks me to partner with him on a home renovation reality show competition, I’m all in.

The fact that I’m wildly attracted to him and he seems determined to friendzone me is irrelevant. It’s not like I need a new romance.

Or so I thought…


I’ve been living someone else’s life.

When my sister died, I fulfilled her potential. I never really focused on my own.

Until now.

With Paige’s help, I have a shot at finally making my dreams come true. I know I have what it takes to be a great carpenter.

But do I have what it takes to keep my mind—and hands—off Paige?

Seems unlikely…

They’re complete opposites with nothing in common but a little forced proximity, and an incredibly inconvenient attraction. Will competition bring them closer to happily ever after—or heartbreak?


An unlikely pair sizzles with chemistry! A quirky take on a brother’s best friend trope with a reality TV spin to it. I liked the characters and their main portrayal, but I find the background continuation of this series to be a bit weak and not keeping us on the edge of our seats enough through the possibly criminal father drama. I need a little more to fully engross me.

Paige is underappreciated and at her wits end from still living at home with her battling parents. Seeing her find a way to shine is heartwarming.

Jesse is a sweetheart, but he’s living his life for all of the wrong reasons and seeing him finally get the recognition he needs to be himself is rewarding.

I recommend this book as well as the entire series to anyone that likes a bit of family drama in the background as each sibling/cousin finds their happily ever after.


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