Four Bears Construction Series, Book Four
M/M Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 09.02.20
I’ve had my fair share of less than proud relationship moments, but waking up married to my brother-in-law’s best friend is a new low.
A drunken wedding to a man who already rejected me once? Check. A hefty bet about how long it will last? Check. My feisty new husband, determined to make our friends pay up? Double check.
I’ve never managed to make a real relationship last nearly a year, there’s no way Daniel will stick around long enough to win this bet. The only problem is the longer he stays, the more the lines blur between what’s real and what’s for show. Does he feel it too, or am I totally screwed?
***Screwed is a woke up married, faking it to their friends but also totally hooking up, sweet, STEAMY love story that happens to be the fourth book in the Four Bears Construction series. There are no bear shifters in this series, only the OTHER kind of bears.
“What am I going to do?” he asks once he finishes drying his face. I take a second to look at his face, being careful not to touch it in case it is something contagious.
“Have you eaten anything weird? Or rubbed a plant all over your face? Oh my god, do you think you could’ve developed an allergy to Cole’s spunk?” I ask, horrified. Ren’s eyes go wide with terror that matches my own.
“Is that a thing?”
“How the hell should I know? I’m a paralegal, not a doctor. I’ve had sex with a handful of doctors, but I don’t think that’s going to help us here.”
“For the love of god, please focus. I look like I walked into a beehive,” he complains, looking at himself in the mirror helplessly.
“First, try to calm down, because you might have hives from stress,” I tell him. “Let’s go lay down and try to relax for a minute.”
“Are stress hives a thing?” he asks, following me out of the bathroom and into the sitting area of the suite. I guide him over to the couch where he flops down and starts fanning his face.
“Again, not a doctor,” I remind him, and when I see the panic rising on his face all over again, I rush to reassure him. “But Ollie’s on a mission to find some Claritin and cream, we can try.”
“Okay.” He takes a few deep breaths, but that doesn’t seem to do anything for the rash, not that I really expected it would.
“So, are you nervous about your wedding night? Being the blushing virgin you are and everything,” I tease. Ren swats me but smiles.
“We couldn’t have picked a better place for the wedding. Have you gone down to the beach yet? It’s amazing.”
“Not yet. Yesterday, Ollie and I were busy with the parents getting all the last minute things squared away for today. I’m glad we had the foresight to stay for a week after the wedding, because otherwise there wouldn’t have been much time to enjoy everything.”
“I want to go snorkeling,” he says.
“Not until your face won’t scare the poor sea turtles.”
“Oh my god, I hate you,” he complains.
The door to the room creaks, and Ollie cautiously pops his head in. “I come bearing Claritin.”
“Give.” Ren greedily reaches for it, tearing the package open and downing two of them.
“Ouch, that doesn’t look great,” Ollie says, eyeing Ren’s face with concern.
“Jeez, way to make the poor guy feel better,” I joke.
“I didn’t mean—” he rushes to soften the statement but Ren cuts him off.
“I know, I look like shit,” he says. “And I’m seriously going to need one of you to look up whether an allergy to cum is a thing because I’m going to freak out if that’s what made me look this way.”
Ollie’s eyebrows shoot up, and I snicker as I type it into Google.
“Oh shit, it’s totally a real thing. Sorry, dude.”
4 of 5 Stars
I gotta say…I’m surprised by the way Ollie looks based on his character (which is all on me I know). This is a relatively low angst read. It is predictable and based on a huge miscommunication which I typically don’t like but it is the whole premise of the story here, so I have to roll with it.
Ollie and Daniel are great for each other. Daniel helps Ollie realize he doesn’t need someone else to be whole. Ollie teaches Daniel to trust someone else and learn to take a leap of faith and lead with his heart. I love that they become best friends while living through fake marriage. Daniel being Ollie’s ‘guard dog’ is a little entertaining and a little sad. It really made the other guys look like jerks which was a bit frustrating. When Ollie and Daniel let go of the pretenses, they are great together so there are several sweet moments.
Ren really came through in the best friend department here.
At the end of the book, we’re given the link to a short that is pretty critical to the story, so I recommend reading it when you’re finished with this book.
We meet a new character so I’m betting we’ll see him again and there are several hints about a future story with West and Sawyer so I’m guessing their story is coming soon.
About the Author
Author K.M.Neuhold is a complete romance junkie, a total sap in every way. She started her journey as an author in new adult, MF romance, but after a chance reading of an MM book she was completely hooked on everything about lovely- and sometimes damaged- men finding their Happily Ever After together. She has a strong passion for writing characters with a lot of heart and soul, and a bit of humor as well. And she fully admits that her OCD tendencies of making sure every side character has a full backstory will likely always lead to every book having a spin-off or series. When she’s not writing she’s a lion tamer, an astronaut, and a superhero…just kidding, she’s likely watching Netflix and snuggling with her husky while her amazing husband brings her coffee.