Erryn reviews ‘The Problem (Single Dad Support Group Book 1)’ by Piper Scott. Self-published on April 8, 2018, 300 pgs. Released on February 11, 2020, the audio is 8 hrs & 27 mins. Narrated by Michael Ferraiuolo.
Why I listened to this audio: Piper Scott and Michael Ferraiuolo? Count me in.
Laurence’s new lover is half his age. The problem? His relationship is about to make his life a lot more complicated….
Successful, sensible, and settled in his ways, single dad Laurence isn’t looking for love when he runs into the young man who sweeps him off his feet…and onto his knees. With an upcoming raise on the line and a son to care for, he can’t let an unconventional relationship jeopardize the future of his family. He’s a parent first and a lover second, and that’s the way it has to be.
The only thing Alex loves more than older men is being filthy with them. The problem? Sometimes, it backfires in the worst ways.
Up-and-coming painter Alex is broken in ways others can’t see, and he copes with the pain by drowning himself in experience – especially experienced men. But when he crosses paths with Laurence, he finds himself drawn down an avenue of life he’s sworn he’ll never visit again.
Men are meant to be disposable, and Laurence is only supposed to be a hookup…so why does Alex feel so safe whenever he’s around?
When a matter of concealed identity threatens Laurence and Alex’s bond, they have a choice – rise above the forces that seek to divide them and find happiness with each other, or let their problems grow too great to conquer.
The Problem is an 81,000-word contemporary omegaverse mpreg novel featuring a quirky group of single dads, the naughtiest lace panties you’ll ever hear about, and the gradual development of a relationship between a Daddy and his boy.
I’m a Piper Scott fan. Easy enough to say. Her dragon shifter series contains some of my favorite books, and I think about them often. And although I haven’t always been a fan of mpreg, her books have me changing my tune on that score.
So along comes a new book to start a brand-new series and yet I felt right at home. Probably because of the first line of the book. One of the best I’ve ever heard and if I’d been drinking soda, it would’ve come up painfully through my nose. So yeah, I can recommend the book even based just on that. Unfortunately it’s not in the sample and I can’t use it here or the review might get yanked. But find it, check it out, buy the audio, and listen to the incomparable Michael Ferraiuolo deliver it so beautifully. Then sit back and enjoy the rest of the story.
Laurence is a very staid and boring alpha. He has his job and, when his boss suggests some cultural enrichment, he attends an art exhibit. Little does he know that night will change his life. He enjoys a drive-by BJ with an adorable younger man, and although there’s an exchange of a business card, he doesn’t think he’ll ever see the beguiling young man again.
Alex is an artist who sees in vivid color. His synesthesia ensures his world is full of richness. And the purple surrounding Laurence? Well, that’s a sign, right? So he finds a way to connect with Laurence and the two have a very interesting first date.
Now, life is a little complicated. Laurence is a single dad. He’d married, and he and his wife had decided to have a child. He was blessed with little Matthew, but his wife left. He’s managed to raise this being into a fully formed teenager. And he believed himself prepared, but Matthew has a few surprises for his dad. And to say the young man isn’t impressed with his father’s choice of bed partner is an understatement. After all, there’s only five years between Matthew and Alex.
Life is also complicated for Alex. His best friend Gage is a young father caring for a toddler. Their friendship is strong, but Alex frequently has to take on an almost caretaker-like role. But Alex loves Gage and his son Beau, so he’s willing to deal with all the hassle.
Then the unexpected happens and Alex and Laurence find themselves hurtling toward a new path in life. Alex has Gage to turn to while Laurence turns to his Single Dad Support group. These men have never met, but they are all connected by virtue of being single parents. And I have to say, the messages between the men are part of what makes this book so hilarious. Just be warned it’s a challenge to listen to it on audio because the messages come fast and furious. And you’ll be so busy snorting with laughter, you might struggle to keep up. Well worth the effort, I promise you.
And then there’s the role of ejaculate. Let’s just say there’s a lot of it and it plays a major role in the book. ‘Nuff said about that.
This book is funny. This book is touching. This book will grab hold of your heart and not let go. This book also introduces a whole bunch of single dads so I know there are more books to come. I hope they come soon on audio and, of course, I hope they’re narrated by Michael Ferraiuolo.
9.5/10 Pots of Gold (95% Recommended) – Compares to 4.75/5 Stars
Piper Scott debuted as a trio of authors looking to write together for fun. Their collaboration led to three novella-length books (Love Me, Save Me, and Keep Me,) before life sent them in different directions, leaving just one author with an omegaverse plot bunny that wouldn’t leave her alone. Obey was born several months later… but the plot bunny never left–it multiplied.
Left to her own devices, Piper Scott writes scorching but heartfelt contemporary omegaverse romance about men you can’t help but fall in love with.