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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. 

Isn’t it? 

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.

©2018 Piper Scott (P)2020 Piper Scott

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Exquisite!

This Single Dad Support Group series has become one of my top 5 series of all time. The Proposal is book 2 and follows Gage – the youngest of the Single Dads and someone I have the softest spot for. Gage is simply the most adorable and devoted man who loves with his whole heart. This book is pivotal to the whole series and sets up many other plot points along the rest of the books. The narration by Michael Ferraiuolo is exquisite and he brings Gage, Bo, Aaron and Knot to life in ways my mind didn’t have capacity for.

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  • Katy Beth
  • 16-10-2020

Communicate

I admit that there were times that I got frustrated at both of these men. They kept either overprotecting the other one or jumping to conclusion and thinking the worse. They had a serious late of communication. I think the whole idea of keeping a secret for over 4 years by Gage just made everything so much harder. I like that at least Knot My Problem stopped being a jerk long to tell the truth and now I feel bad for him and want him to have something good happen. I'm glad they finally got it all worked out but I hope the whole family learns to be open with each other going forward.

Listened to the audio version and it was very well done and enjoyable to listen too.

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  • amowens
  • 08-05-2021

Wildly Unbelieavable

The narrator was wonderful.The plot and character reasonings made absolutely no sense. There were so many gapping holes in the logic it was distracting.

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  • Morgan Kindle Customer
  • 23-01-2021

- 3.5 to 4 stars -

This was the first time reading and listening to this book from start to finish. I had some doubts that I would like it because of the miscommunication between a lot of the characters, but it was a pretty decent book. I have tried reading this book before the audio book came out, but I had a hard time keeping my attention on the book. I am looking forwards to reading the next book in the series.

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Before reading and listening to this book, I had a lot of questions such as: Why was Aaron away for 4-5 years? Why did Gage come to the conclusion that keeping Bo a secret was the best option? How long did Gage plan on hiding Bo's existence? A lot of my questions were answered in this book.
There was so many secrets, lies, and miscommunication between Gage, Aaron, and both of their parents. I don't exactly like reading about those types of scenes because you know how it's going to end with unhappy characters and the reader knowing what is going on while the character is completely oblivious while making plans that will be completely destroyed at the discovery of another character's secrets. So many things could have been avoided by not keeping things secret and communicating to other people. I was honestly surprised that Aaron's parents kept his father's health scare about his lungs and nearly dying a secret. I would think no matter how scary it would be you'd at least tell your kids when they are old enough to start dating, especially if it could be passed on genetically. But I guess I can understand about them not wanting to worry their kids. I actually felt I learned something new while reading about Marshall's illness as someone in my family had it as well, so that was definitely a bit of an eye opener to me that it could possibly be passed on genetically. I really feel like so much could have been avoided if Gage had just said something and revealed the truth. I don't know why he thought Aaron's parents or Aaron himself would force Aaron to come back home from school to support them when there was other options, just as Cedric had stated. Gage and Bo wouldn't have had to gone through any of what they ended up having to because of the lack of money, Aaron could have been there for both of them and wouldn't have missed Bo's first couple of years of life - same for everyone else that was kept in the dark. I honestly find it sad that this situation was kept in secret for so long, and I will admit 4-5 years of keeping this secret hidden was a bit of stretch. How do you keep something like that hidden for that long especially from your family? I honestly think that because of what Gage did, I'm not surprised if there is a bit of distance or negativity between Gage and his parents, and possibly with his brother as well. I'm not exactly sure of what their feelings are on the subject or if they understood why he did it, but I wouldn't be surprised if they were their feelings were hurt and thought Gage couldn't trust them. I knew Aaron was going to be upset when he found out about Bo, but I wasn't expecting him to think that Gage had cheated on him. I was more thinking that Aaron would be upset with not being there for them and missing out on Bo's first couple of years of life, which he was in a way upset about it or at least he was about not being there to support them. I also figured that Bo would take a little while to warm up to Aaron, but I expected it to be because he was missing in his life, not because Aaron had frightened him by yelling in the hallway and because Bo is shy and wasn't feeling good.
I don't know if it's just me, but I found Aaron and Gage to be rather idealistic characters who have plans on how their life is going to be, when things are always changing and almost nothing really goes according to plan in my opinion. I think, in a way, their love for each other is rather possessive, possibly obsessive, and a bit unhealthy, especially because of the miscommunication between Gage and Aaron by what he meant by Gage having to be strong, which led Gage to do so much on his own in secret and caused a lot of people to be in pain by the end result. I also thought they were acting a bit reckless by having unprotected intimate scenes without any prevention measures, especially after they had just heard about the reason behind Bo being sick. I thought they would at least sit down and take some time to consider the risks and the potential future of their children along with the possibility that they might end up with the same illness as Bo. I also don't understand where the whole BP nickname comes from. I know Aaron stated it's from Little Bo Peep, but I don't understand the connection between the nickname, The Shepard (which I think might be a club or something from another book in a different series by this author), and Gage. I did find it interesting and rather cute that Gage named his son after the nickname Aaron gave him. I also wish we could have gotten a little bit more detail on how long they've known each other - which might have been all of their lives - how and why Aaron is so protective of Gage/how he protected him from bullies, the meaning behind the Gage's nickname, why Aaron chose to be in the field is, how they fell in love with each other, things they like about each other, and so forth. I also would have liked a bit more detail about Aaron's relationship with his twin brother Caleb and with Alex, Gage's sort of cousin and best friend.
I do hope that everyone has learned from their mistakes and will start communicating with each other a lot better now.
The situation with Knot. I was a bit surprised about how blunt, forward, and out of bounds he was. On one hand he did make a valid point on some of his comments as Aaron could have been leading Gage on, just like Jason had done to Alex and Matthew in book 1. So I could understand where some of his concerns were coming from. On the other hand, a part of his concerns were rather selfish because he wanted to be with Gage and support him, so he was over stepping his boundaries by saying a lot of the things he did when Gage has clearly been turning him down and ended up acting a bit like a jerk who won't listen and take no for an answer. I did feel bad for him though in the end as I think he is rather lonely, just like a lot of the other members of the group currently are. I also agree with Gage about how Knot really knows nothing about his situation or about Aaron and Gage. I don't really think Aaron and Knot will ever really get along, but I was glad that Aaron put his pride aside in order to get the information he needed to figure out where Gage was and the reasoning behind their disagreement.
I was surprised to learn quite a few things I hadn't realized before. I had heard that one of the characters that had made a brief appearance in the Rutledge Brothers series (hopefully I spelled that correctly) makes an appearance in this series and gets their own happy ending. That character is apparently Mal. I've not yet read any other series by this author except for the dragon alpha/omega series (Finch, Magpie, etc, can't think of what the series is called at the moment) but I do plan on reading them sometime in the future. When Mal was first mentioned in book 1, I thought Gage was talking about a woman and that Mal was short for Mallory or something. So I was surprised to find out who Mal actually was and I'm looking forwards to reading more about him. He seems like a very sweet character. Mal was not the only character I realized had their own book. A friend of Mal's named Seth has his own book in the Rutledge Brothers series, and both Aaron and Gage's parents have their own books as well in the His Command series. I hadn't realized that they might possibly have their own books as well until Gage's parents displayed Dom/sub behavior when Gage was trying to explain everything that had happened (I have absolutely no idea how Gabriel was able to flip a switch from sobbing to being almost emotionless after Cedric ordered him to stop and lay down on the couch in the other room to calm down a bit). I also figured out that Gage and Aaron's brothers both have a book as well in this series so I am really interested in reading about them as it seems like Caleb is rather competitive with Everett but at the same time they seem to be very close to each other - which I find Caleb's competitiveness with Everett amusing. We learn absolutely nothing about Everett so I am curious to learn about him and if he share any of Gage's characteristics, along with his relationship with Gage. It didn't seem like they were very close to each other.
I was also interested and surprised to find out that all of the members in the Single Dads support group were alphas except for Gage. Again, I enjoyed their conversations. I had hope that Laurence would have had more of an appearance in the book since Aaron is working at the same company as him - probably in different departments though - and because Gage now knows him in person. I am very excited to see the group finally meet in person in the next book. I was also surprised to find out that not everyone in the group lives in the same city. I also have no idea what xVerity meant by what he said to LoveHarly about what he would have to do if he said what his occupation was.
I also didn't understand why Gage, his parents, and Aaron were so upset by the job Gage was forced to do to make money. I can understand with Aaron not wanting to share Gage when he is vulnerable. With Gate I can understand hating it because he is basically being objectified instead of being seen as a person, but I have no idea except for a vague sense of what he actually did. His parents seemed to have a good idea of what he did and I couldn't understand why it affected them the way it did.
I feel like I had more to say about this book, but nothing else is coming to mind.

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I thought the narrative was pretty good. Once again I though Aaron would have a deeper tone of voice so it was a bit hard to adjust to in the very beginning, but I got used to it. At some parts of the book it does help to read while listening to the audio book.

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  • Maria V.
  • 14-07-2020

True Love Wins

I'm going to be honest, this book wasn't as good as book one, but it was still good.

Story: 3.5 stars
I love the thought of Gage waiting for his true love, Aaron. That said, I wanted to smack the two characters more than once, and Aaron constantly jumping to conclusions, he could have won the high jump at the Olympics he was bouncing around so much. Both of them were a little whiney, but it wasn't too bad. That said, the story was good and I loved how Gage was true and held onto his belief that Aaron would be back for him. I love the same belief that Aaron had in Gage, except when he was so easy to doubt. Well written and I loved the Single Dads Support Group.

Narration: 4 stars
Once again Michael Ferraiuolo brought life to these characters. I did have some issues in this book because there were times the voices sounded the same, or when i questioned why Aarons twin brother had a deep gravelly voice and he had the total opposite.

Overall: 4 stars
it's a good story with a good narration. I highly recommend downloading this audiobook for yourself! 4 stars!

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  • Sadie G
  • 13-07-2020

SO GOOD

This book was so good and has all the feels. I just loved it. This is one of the best mpreg series ever. Narration was awesome!!

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  • JAW
  • 12-07-2020

going for a book number three

I love it when I can go book one book two for three this has been a phenomenal series sometimes a little corny but it's all good oh the narrator Michael he is the best He really makes it seem real

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  • Lissa K
  • 07-07-2020

A heartwrenching love story

Gage and Aaron's story is one that will break your heart again and again, but then repair it in time for a happy ending. Listening to this story made me feel so much closer to the characters and I often was crying while driving. The narrator does a wonderful job of bringing them all to life.

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  • loveQhuay
  • 04-07-2020

Cute teen love with HEA and lovely romance

TeenDad2 aka Gage is a cutiepie! I fell in love with him in the first book and couldn't wait to finally read/listen to his story. And this book was everything I hoped for Gage and everything he deserves.

Gage and Aaron's relationship was really cute, teen love with the promise to love each other in their whole life. Loved Gage and Aaron and Beau♥

The Single Dad chats are always fun and loved how Knot was this cute with Gage. And I just LOVE the way Michael narrates those voices, everyone is just perfect. Love listening to these guys with Michael's voice.

Loved the story and how strong Gage was in every way. And loved how caring Aaron was and how perfect they were for each other. This book was full with love and emotions.

Really loved listening to this and I can't wait the other books to be on audio too!

Ps. Gage's voice is like Harry from the Forbidden Desires *swoon*, love it!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-07-2020

excellent

great story. like all Piper books. great continuation of the sdsg I forgot how hung up on td knot was there for a second. and omg Harley actually was speaking that blew my mind. after his book he just hardly speaks I feel like. just pops in. I felt so bad about td keeping everything hidden .and his dad Gabriel must have went into a horrible tailspin of flashbacks after what he went through. so good.

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  • Abrianna
  • 03-07-2020

Amazing narration

I love the narration of this book. The book itself isn't my favorite, I thought that the secrets the characters kept were over the top and I wanted to scream at them to get their stuff together. Thanks to the amazing narration I was able to enjoy this book much more than I did when I was simply reading it. The characters were brought to life and the text conversations between all the single dads were well done.
I think I appreciated this book more thanks to the narration and it was a fantastic feeling. I cannot wait to see what the narrator does with the next book.

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  • Laora
  • 30-03-2021

Two men with a communication problem.

Gage is a sweet innocent man who is to stubborn for his own good and is hard on himself. Aaron is his 'man' who left to study so that they will have a good future together. Aaron has cone back unexpected and the misunderstandings and suspicions are kicking in. Ofcourse they find their happy ending with their toddler Beau and family secrets are revealed.
The narration was as I am used to by Michael Ferraiuolo excellently done. Voices of all the characters are consistent with the earlier and later books. I really enjoy his use of his voice to represent emotions etc

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  • Gwen
  • 06-07-2020

Awesome series!

A story I couldn’t wait to listen to since I read the first book in the SDSG series. Gage (TD) has been waiting for his love to come back. It’s all a mistery in book 1 but when Aaron comes back and the background is told I felt so touched by Gage’s sacrifices. They are so in love with each other but secrets and their time apart seem to have a bad effect on them. Aaron is kind of impulsive but with a great heart. Gage is sweet and a bit too proud to make ends meet for his son Bo. It wraps up beautifully though, they do have their ever after. And the narrator... the best!

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  • Allison's Book Corner
  • 26-06-2020

Awesome

This was a very entertaining story.
I loved Gage and Aaron and I loved watching their story unfold.
I couldn’t put it down.

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 23-06-2020

Gage, Aaron, and Bo

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 sh-, uh, stuff, gets everywhere…

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  • Joanne1988
  • 23-06-2020

Loved it!!

I loved Gage and Aaron when I first read the book. It broke my heart watching Gage go through the things he did to hide that he had a son. When his son starts getting sick my heart was in my throat. When Aaron finally comes home from school after been away for years and finds out Gage had a baby and thinks the worst I wanted to cry for Gage. This book takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions and the narrator did an amazing job with it.

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  • Belinda Zamora
  • 23-06-2020

Second chance romance

High school is over and you have one glorious summer to enjoy with your best friend and secret crush.
What would you do to protect his future and help him realize his dreams?
Keep the ultimate secret until a health scare suddenly tips your hand.
This one put me through a gamut of emotions; from fear of discovery over keeping secrets to worrying about someone's safety and well-being to the absolute adorableness of that once in a lifee kind of love and getting a second chance with your soulmate.
Michael Ferrieulio has done a superb job of bringing all these emotionally packed moments to life.

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  • Shannon
  • 22-06-2020

Outstanding

This is a perfect friends-to-lovers, second-chances romance! While the story isn’t my favorite of the series, it is still a great read! All the characters are fun and have great chemistry! My absolute favorite is the conversations between the dads in the group! They add so much humor and entertainment to the already great story! Michael Ferraiuolo does a truly outstanding job bringing this series/this story to life! Outstanding listen!

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  • XG
  • 22-06-2020

Another wonderful book on this series!!

I loved so much this series. I've read and read all the books on it and I am yet to decide which one is my favorite, but this is one of the finalists. Gage is the most endearing character Ms Scott has ever written, and his bubbling personality and attitude made him my favorite. He and Aaron got a long ride to get their HEA but their love worth every bumb in their way. I am sure it must have been difficult to find the perfect voice actor to bring alive these characters but Mr Ferraiuolo was totally up to the challenge. A wonderful book read by a wonderful narrator.

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  • Magnus
  • 22-06-2020

Great addition

Piper Scott did amazing work with the second book in the series and Michael Ferraiuolo did his magic as usual. So happy to get Gage's story.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Susie Umphers
  • 21-06-2020

Perfect mix of narrator and story

I love many narrators, but I am not sure any of them except Michael Ferraiuolo could have done this story justice. It requires a performer whose voice is able to be strong and vulnerable at the same time for Gage and Michael is perfection here. He also captures Aaron's joy and hope at his return, his shock at the revelation he comes back to and both men's struggles to understand each other and the new relationship they must establish. This book takes a trope that has been around forever in the romance/soap opera genres and makes it ring emotionally true for a contemporary m/m audience. A stellar effort by both author and narrator.

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