Erryn reviews ‘The Proposal (Single Dad Support Group Book 2)’ by Piper Scott. Self-published on May 20, 2018, 256 pgs. Released on June 3, 2020, the audio is 7 hrs & 22 mins. Narrated by Michael Ferraiuolo.
Why I listened to this audio: I loved book 1 and desperately wanted Gage’s story.
After four years spent apart, Aaron is on his way home to marry the love of his life — his best friend. The proposal? It’s about to end in disaster.
Dedicated, determined, and head-over-heels in love, Aaron is ready to settle down with the man of his dreams — his best friend, Gage. With a prestigious degree under his belt, a promising career ahead of him, and a loving boyfriend to pamper and spoil for the rest of their lives, the future is brighter than it’s ever been.
The lie Gage has been living for the last four years is about to fall apart, and there’s only one way he can see himself holding it together. The proposal? It’s everything he’s ever wanted, but something he might never be able to have….
When the steamiest summer of Gage’s life leaves him pregnant with Aaron’s child, Gage knows what he has to do. He’s made Aaron a promise, and the future of their family depends on it.
Forced to keep his son a secret from everyone — even Aaron — Gage does whatever it takes in order to keep a roof over their heads. But when his child gets sick and Gage can’t afford medical treatment, he has a difficult choice to make.
How far will he go to keep his future family together?
When an unexpected reunion brings Aaron and Gage back together, they’re faced with a choice: Overcome the obstacles standing in their way to becoming a happy family, or accept that the proposal they’ve both been dreaming is never going to happen.
The Proposal is a 70,000 word contemporary omegaverse mpreg novel featuring a quirky group of single dads, a live stream you’re never going to forget, pretty pearls in naughty places, and a love that neither time nor distance can tear apart.
When I met Gage in the first book in the series, my heart broke. A single father reliant on webcam sex work and the generosity of friends just to get by. And then his son Bo got sick and Gage couldn’t afford to take him to the doctor. My heart broke every time the little guy’s lungs crackled and I tried to see things from Gage’s perspective – how he was convinced he would ruin his love’s life if the guy found out he was a father. Ugh, it was brutal. His story almost overtook Alex’s and that’s saying something. Alex got his happy ending, though, and now came this book.
In the opening scene I got a real sense of Gage and the love of his life, Aaron. Given all they did, it was hardly surprising Gage got knocked up. But the kind of deprivation he endured just so Aaron could complete is PhD was harrowing. I also found it a little hard to believe that in over four years Aaron never came back to the States, despite being desperately in love with Gage. Just a minor point but it had to be that way to keep Bo a secret. Oh, and I love what his name represents.
It takes several POV shifts before the men finally are in each other’s company. I had high expectations, but didn’t foresee the direction things would take. After that adventure, things move quickly. Aaron whisks Gage and Bo into a new home and suddenly the pair have everything they could possibly need – including appointments for tests for Bo. I had hope until I saw a side of Aaron I didn’t like. He jumped to conclusion after conclusion – all of them wrong. It’s like instead of talking to Gage, he made up his mind on certain things. I wanted to whack him on the head so perhaps he’d see some sense. Only when he’s facing losing everything does he finally get it.
I have to mention the Single Dads Club. Those message interactions are sometimes a hoot, sometimes very touching. These men are the reason Gage survived single fatherhood. The reason he didn’t give up. The reason he did such a great job with Bo. We would all be so lucky to have such a close group of friends. In the end Gage makes it and that brought me joy. Aaron also finally got his head out of his ass. Some people might be sympathetic to him but I wasn’t. Gage loved him so I tried to see things from his perspective. Had a tough time doing it.
In the end I got my happy ending and that’s what really mattered. I still worry about Bo even though things look much brighter. I’m also curious about some of the other single dads and am glad to see there are a bunch more books in the series. Hopefully they’re coming to audio soon.
Michael Ferraiuolo is narrating this series and I couldn’t be more thrilled. He does such a great job, giving each single father a very distinctive voice. He also does a beautiful Bo, giving that child-like vulnerability I expected. Another great audio and I can’t wait for the next one. Oh, and purple glitter. Have to have the purple glitter. That shit gets everywhere…
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.