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Publisher's Summary

I’ve spent 44 years of my life telling the world I’m a carpet man. Is it too late to admit to myself and everyone else that deep down I’m really all about the hardwood?

It took me over 35 years to admit to myself that I’m gay, another seven to find the courage to say it out loud to anyone else, and exactly 30 seconds to develop a massive crush on my daughter’s music teacher. It’s really not my fault. Have you even seen those cute bowties he wears?

After everything it’s taken to get here, am I going to work up the nerve to come out to my ex-wife and my best friends?

Am I ready to shake up my comfortable, simple life and take a chance on Watson? Or, am I going to throw a wrench in my own chance for happily ever after?

Hardwood is a steamy, seriously with so much delicious tension, single-dad, gay awakening, low angst story, which happens to be the third in the Four Bears Construction Series. It can be listened to as a stand-alone. There are no shifters in this series, only the other kind of bears.

©2020 K M Neuhold Publishing LLC (P)2020 K M Neuhold Publishing LLC

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The teacher!

Really excellent narration, hearing a man trying to come to grip with his life and how he denied his true self for many years until he meets the one.

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It gets harder the longer you stay in the closet!

One of my favourite Four Bears Construction stories - I’m always a sucker for an older, closeted guy embracing his authentic self! Everett loses his ‘only straight in the village’ status when he finally admits that he’s gay to his daughter’s bow-tie-wearing music teacher, Watson. Watson is happy to guide Ev through his first gay experiences while trying not to fall for him. I know other reviewers were frustrated by Ev’s lack of communication and his ambivalence about coming out to friends and family, but I felt his fear and confusion captured the older, closeted experience well - the longer you’ve spent digging the hole, the harder it is to climb out. Both men were nice guys, with Watson being particularly patient and decent. The vibrator scene was hilarious and I enjoyed the dynamic between Ev and his daughter. Audio narrators, Liam DiCosimo (Watson) and Tim Paige (Ev) performed well.

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  • RACHEL REED
  • 02-03-2021

Bravery, Courage and Romance


This one was downright adorable!

This is book 3 in the series and can be enjoyed as a standalone as well.

I love agood slowburn burn medium angst romance and this was the perfect blend of both.

I felt emotionally for the characters and rooted for them throughout.

Everett and Watson complemented eachother well.
I was proud to see Everett evolve as a character and be brave enough to date Watson.

This was a highly enjoyable listen overall.

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  • MagicalAM
  • 12-11-2020

Not the best in the series

I love this series, but was a bit disappointed with this book. It felt like 80% of the book was the two MCs internally debating the same issues over and over and over. After Everett *almost* comes out for the 7th time and Watson tells himself not to like Everett for the 10th time it really felt repetitive. There were some funny moments (especially the sex toy incident) and cute scenes. But it really didn’t feel like much happened beyond the MCs having the same internal dilemmas over and over.

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  • Danielle
  • 11-11-2020

Loved it - favorite in the series!

While this is book 3 in the series, I read (listened) to it last since audiobook book 3 was released AFTER book 4 and I have no patience! This was definitely my favorite of the series, edging out book 1 in my opinion. It just hit the perfect balance of relationship building, lower angst, funny (more Stone-isms!!), sweet, sexy and romantic.

This is a series where the humor is a little OTT and I love it!

It was nice to catch up with some of the other couples as well as some of the lead-ins for book 4 (which I already knew since I read that one before this one).

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- Everett being a brave guy entering in his first relationship with a man (although it took him long enough in the grand scheme of things!)
- Incident with the sex toy (trust me... this one is hot, embarrassing and funny)
- Watson was a sweetie who I really wanted to see get his HEA
- More Stone-isms - So hard not to love that guy and his sayings

No negatives in this one for me, so it gets all 5 stars!


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  • TALIA
  • 08-12-2020

Highly enjoyable & recommended

This was book 3 and I have to say that it was really good. At points I wanted to speed things up but without my help things got to where they needed to go. Watson & Even are so opposite that they actually compliment each other nicely. Add in an adorable little girl who hates veggies but loves pizza and tools and you have a winner in my world.

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  • Leezard_Love
  • 26-11-2020

Love this series

This book was awesome. I always enjoy K.M. Neuhold but this series is one of my favorites. Sweet, steamy, funny. Definitely recommend. can't wait to start the next one now.

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  • JD
  • 16-11-2020

fantastic

I love these books. Liam and Tim do a wonderful job with narrating these crazy guys.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-08-2021

Great love story

This story had me listening every chance I got. Great performers as well. Recommend

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  • Guy on a bike
  • 11-04-2021

Good... but...

Nice story. It’s hard to believe that a man in his forties who works in construction would be so indecisive, but the reader of that character sounds too much younger as well, so a bit disappointing.

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  • Tjhill
  • 06-04-2021

Great book.

I really enjoy this entire series. This book is sweet and wonderful, Everett finding the man of his dreams and the courage to act upon it is nice. It takes him awhile to tell the important people that he is gay but in when it matters most he tells everyone and feels awesome. Then decides to win Watson's heart for good with a flash mob which I loved, and all the guys participated in it and that was even better. I like the HEA. The narration was great also.

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  • Love222
  • 08-03-2021

Sadly sweet

This one while still sweet and snarky and fun has an underlying sadness to it. For me it was possibly a little too drawn out but overall it was a good continuation of the series with good narration.

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  • Book addict
  • 16-11-2020

It was ok

I agree with another reviewer that there was too much internal monologuing about the same issues again and again by both main characters, and nearly coming out and then not doing it got a bit repetitive. There were funny moments, and nice relationship moments, and I still liked the book - but I prefer the other books in the series.

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