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 read about, and the gradual development of a relationship between a Daddy and his boy.
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.
This book was trying way too hard. I could not connect with the lyrical writing at all. I’m also never a fan of the MCs hooking up on page 2.
Just some examples why the writing didn’t work for me:
The pressure exploded as color behind his eyes—purple, primarily, but then blues and greens that exploded like fireworks against the darkness and fizzled into nothing.
Alex held himself taut and let the sensation of his slacks loosening paint a new picture in his mind—purples and greens exploded like clouds of dust behind his eyes, and Alex let the colors flood through him and craft his mood in their image. Beautiful. Cathartic. Stunning.
He circled the head of Alex’s cock with his tongue, then pressed into Alex’s leaking piss slit.
Why not just use the word slit? If you’re talking about a leaking piss slit, my mind is not thinking of precome leaking, but of something else, simply because of the wording.
He let them snap back into place near Alex’s balls—a fleeting moment of pain that exploded in orange amongst the purples and greens of lust in Alex’s mind—then ran his tongue up along Alex’s shaft and took him into his mouth. A puff of breath exploded upward from deep in Alex’s stomach, allowing room for pleasure to fill the space left behind.
Heat spread through his cheeks and across his forehead. It crept under the collar of his dress shirt and made him aware of himself in ways average life never did.
And this is just 6 pages filled with the description of a blowjob. It was too much. Too flowery, too everything for me.
The writing style was ... odd, rather formal and stilted, like the author was patting herself on the back for the pseudo fancy language (see Susan's review for examples of the prose). I had a hard time engaging with the story and characters, and skimmed quite a bit, as a result.
There was an extensive setup for other books in the series. One of the MCs has a group of single dads he chats with, and there was a big focus on them.
This is an mpreg story, which I usually don't mind, but the birthing scene was too much for me. Been there, done that, got the t-shirt.
I think this is mostly a case if It's Not You; It's Me. Other readers may enjoy this story more.
WOW!! Ok. This book was super Hot. And I didn’t want to put it down at all. This is the start of an omegaverse. Single dad, and Hot older alpha Laurence meets omega Alex by chance an an art exhibit. Alex is a young and up and coming painter half Laurence’s Age. But that does not stop Alex from seducing Laurence into a one night stand. But of course that one night turns to more. Hot Daddies. Panties. Dirty Talking. Sweet & Sexy younger men. Their one time encounter connects them a lot more than Either man expects or wants. But there is no way of denying their connection to each other. Alex just wants someone to take care of him the way he deserves. And Laurence wants to have a social and Love life after raising his teenage son alone for years. They are totally perfect for each other. Throw in Some Drama with Laurence’s snarky Teenage son. And a douchebag of and Ex. A group of Single Dads to lend support. And some disapproving parents and you’ve got a great and Very Colorful story. And man was this book really dirty in all the right places. I cannot wait for the next book in this series.
This was a quick, pretty light, enjoyable read with a bit of a different omegaverse than I've read before. Laurence is a scientist and single dad to a 16 year old boy. Alex is an up and coming artist who is living life his way, including using men for one night of inspiration and no repeats. All this changes when his seduction of Laurence at his art show creates colors he can't deny. Alex has synesthesia and really can't hide from his emotions.
I have to say that for the first quarter or so of the story, I forgot this was an omegaverse. The author does provide a thorough explanation of her verse in the back of the book and the Mpreg story does come out in full force in this story (birthing scenes included), but I didn't get a good feel for the overall society.
I enjoyed the secondary characters, especially Alex's best-friend Gage. His situation is intriguing and I'm definitely going to read his book. The online interactions with the Single Dad Support Group were fun and revealed a bunch of different personalities who I assume will be the stars of their own books.
The sex was down and dirty for the most part. Alex has a cum fetish (that Laurence seems to share), likes lacy panties and calling Laurence "daddy", though I didn't really feel any daddy kink other than that name. The two definitely have a great chemistry.
There's enough drama, family and otherwise, to keep things interesting and things really ramp up towards the end. There was some flowery writing and phrases, maybe that's attributed to Alex being an artist and his synesthesia - I haven't read this author before to know - so I wasn't really bothered by it in this case. There were also some odd phrases here and there. The relationship moves quickly and I would have liked to see a bit more development of the romance. I was left wondering how much the alpha-omega dynamics played a part.
While there were a couple of bumps for me I enjoyed the ride and will definitely be moving on to Gage's story.
I really enjoyed this one, it was a page turner for me. Definitely will want to read more of this author in the future, for sure.
This is omega!verse with mpreg, so if that ain't your thing, then go ahead and skip this one.
Alex is a 21-year-old artist, and Laurence is a 42-year-old father of a 16-year-old boy, who goes to one of Alex's art shows because it was suggested that he go by one of his colleagues, so he goes and then he meets Alex, who has a thing for older men.
And so pretty soon after starting conversation - which was a good first conversation for me, because I felt their connection already - they go to a private room in the gallery and Laurence blows Alex. Alex, also, has that condition where you can see colors, like Lorde can. At first I though the author was just trying to be all...idk, artsy? with Alex saying he saw all these colors, but it was nice to know that it was an actual thing and not Alex just being pretentious lol.
Anyway, there is something there that they both can't let go - even though Alex is the sleep with them once or twice and leave 'em guy, and Laurence hasn't been with anyone since his son's mother left, but they just can't forget each other.
I will say that I felt there wasn't much of the daddy!kink in this, and it was mostly just some of Alex calling Laurence "Daddy" and Laurence calling him a "good boy" sometimes. So pretty mild form of the kink, which made me feel it might not have had to have been included, but at the same time it isn't that big of a deal.
There are some really hot sex scenes in this book, and then the relationship formed with Alex and Matthew, how they get to a good place - with Alex dating his dad and all - was nice and they all ended up being a family, in the end.
Gage, Alex's best friend and a teen dad to Bo, who is a round 3 or so, was interesting and engaging and I sooo can't wait for his book. I feel his and this Aaron's story will be fairly angsty!
Also, Laurence is part of the Single Dad Support Group online, and they were funny conversations and nice little addition to the story.
Definitely recommend this one if you like or don't mind mpreg and a little daddy!kink. It's one of the best mpreg stories I've come across and am definitely gonna read more of this author! :D
This story was CRAZY hot. Laurence and Alex together were just SMOKING, they had lots of great scenes together. The Problem also hit a LOT of checkboxes for me - age gap, mpreg (this is non-shifter ABO mpreg, folks!), crazy good chemistry, LACE panties, and Daddy!Kink! I thought the Daddykink was handled well, it was just a light tough of it really, and that was the perfect amount for me.
I also enjoyed the family relationships in this - Laurence with his son, Matthew, is going through his own problems, and I love the eventual friendship between Matthew and Alex. I don't want to give too much away with everything that happens between the three and what ties them all together.
My one negative complaint would be that even though I loved most of this story, there was a LOT of purple in it - and by that, I mean purple prose. The writing was just...purplely. Both literally (because Alex sees the world in color, and when he's around Laurence he sees a lot of purple) and figuratively. Especially at the beginning, it just was a bit...rambling and lofty prose for me. However, I'm glad I stuck with it because I really enjoyed the characters and romance in this.
I'm looking forward to more of the Single Dads getting their own HEAs. Laurence is a member of an online chat group with single dads, and I loved all of their conversations together! He even meets one who happens to be Alex's best friend, Gage. And I think he'll have quite a story based on the few times he hinted towards his alpha.
The first book in Piper Scott’s Single Dad Support Group, The Problem sets up what promises to be a fantastic series! Filled with creative characters, lots of Alpha/omega action, and baby birthin’, I can’t wait to see what the next book brings.
Nicely low on the angst level, there are still some interesting conflicts in The Problem. Teen pregnancy, abusive older Alpha lovers, and intriguing family dynamics, Piper Scott weaves her magic to keep my attention the whole way through.
Of course I’m doing the audio versions of Single Dad Support Group, especially since they're being narrated by Michael Ferraiuolo. He has a way with Ms. Scott’s stories: his wonderful accents, and his sultry, seductive voices bring everything to life in the best way possible.
an audiobook copy of The Problem was provided to me for the purpose of my honest review
This delicious MM romance hit all my buttons. It was super sexy with some lovely kinks, it was sweet and tender at the same time, the chemistry was off the charts, and it was beautifully written. The dynamic between Laurence and Alex was beautiful from the start, and I loved the kindness Laurence showed again and again. He was such a perfect fit for Alex. There was enough tension and drama to keep me hooked, but it never got too much. I loved the secondary characters, from Laurence's quirky single dad support group to his son, but also Alex's friends... A touch of humor completed the whole package...and did I mention the gorgeous writing that was almost poetic at times? Five well-deserved stars and I can't wait to read the rest of this series.
I have a few favorite MM authors. They are absolutely amazing. One was having Piper Scott do a takeover in her group not too long ago. She posted a little teaser of this book and I thought wow, that sounds kind of hot. Since it was KU I figured why not ? Let's just say I'm glad I didn't pay for this book full price.
I'm going to drop some spoilers so maybe skip this if you want to be surprised ... * * * * * Ok that should be sufficient warning. Oh boy, where to start ... Alex suffered from Synesthesia, so basically he can see his emotions as colors in his mind. That was pretty clever, until it got annoying, mainly because it seemed to take over anything else when he was having moments. Also, I really hated that he called his one night stands "canvases". I get it, he's an artist, it's his thing and perhaps he did it to keep emotionally detached, but it just rubbed me the wrong way that he saw the men he was with as objects. There were a lot of inconsistencies in the story where the author obviously dropped the ball. One character was wearing just a robe yet 2 seconds later he's described as putting something in his back pocket, then 2 seconds after that he was getting dressed. Whatever, those are little things all over the book.
There were somethings that had me cringing. I'm not a prude by any means, but having two men swap jizz from one mouth to another just irked me to no end. There are so many ways to make a sex scene hot as hell, why would any author decide to go this route is beyond me. Another cringe worthy scene is when Alex tells his moms about his relationship with Laurence (who is 20 yrs his senior and works for Alex's mom). He actually told his mom he was a c*m slut, he liked to take it raw up the a*s. Who says things like that to his mother ???? Why ????? He sounded more like a petulant teenager, saying whatever he could to get a rise out of his parents in the middle of a temper tantrum. Did I mention this author seemed to think that "piss slit" was a sexy term? I hear that and no, I don’t think “wow that’s hot”, I think of piss.
Speaking of teenagers ..... oh sheesh. Laurence has a 16 yr old son. How did Alex meet said son? Oh it happened while he was screaming something along the lines of "f*uck me Daddy" and the son happened to walk in on them. That's just gross. Gets even more twisted too when they find out that Alex's ex boyfriend, the one who took his virginity, got him pregnant and then proceeded to beat him until he lost the baby, happened to be the same 27 yr old who took Laurence's son's virginity and proceeded to get him pregnant too. What in the hell kind of world are these people living in ?
Alex's best friend is an idiot who puts a man's well being above his own baby's. He also somehow managed to miss the connection between Alex & Laurence all along, even though he was slapped in the face with it more than once. Needless to say, I will NOT be reading his book, or any other written by this author. The characters are so shallow, no depth at all, the dialogue was crude and vulgar. So much no.
If ever a story is going to be so far outside of my wheelhouse this one is it...
it’s pretty much got everything I was never interested in reading. This one’s got an age gap of 20+ years, there’s MPreg, there’s knotting, there’s daddy kink with some very dirty daddy kink talk happening and on the upside there’re lace panties, steamy sex, one of my absolute favorite narrators and an interesting storyline and as an added bonus I have to admit I enjoyed the random conversations of the ‘Single Dad’s Support Group’.
Let’s start with the narrator…Michael Ferraiuolo, without a doubt this is one of my absolute favorite audio book narrators. I could listen to him read all day…oh wait, I have listened to him read all day…several times and will do so again in future, I’m sure. This is a narrator that I can count on. Anytime that I see his name on an audio book I know that regardless of what the story is I’m going to get a top-notch performance where the narration is concerned.
Laurence is a mature (read 45ish) single dad with a teenage son, a solid and successful career and in the span of an evening while this all remains true…Laurence’s life is about to become complicated by what should have been a quick hook-up…one and one…that’s Alex’s motto.
Alex is an up and coming artist with a weakness for older men but one bad relationship is all it takes for Alex to swear off of relationships and dedicate himself to a life of hook-ups…one and done or if they’re really good…two and through until Laurence…no matter how hard he tries Alex can’t seem to be done with Laurence.
While I’m not easily bothered by most things, I am still someone who has their likes and dislikes but when it comes to what I read or listen to I’m always willing to give things a go that aren’t necessarily the norm for me in terms of choices.
Ironically, I didn’t seem to have nearly the problem with the MPreg and knotting as I did with the age gap and daddy kink. For reasons that I consider to be too spoilerish I’m not going to go into the details of why this was and just say that it was.
I actually really liked both Laurence and Alex and the contrast in their personalities worked for me and in some ways helped to offset the disparity in their ages. Because of his past relationship Alex at times seemed more mature than his 21 years which also helped to offset the age gap between these two men.
One of my absolute favorite things about this story was the on-line chats that the Single Dad’s Support Group had throughout the book. They were often humorous and gave insight into the MCs in this story and future stories in this series. I hear there’s a book 7 that’s focused solely on these conversations and I have to admit that while I’m not sure how far this series and I are going I’m greatly tempted to get my hands on a copy of this or better yet…if it comes out on audio and Mr. Ferraiuolo is the narrator, I definitely see this in my future.
While I was intrigued by the blurb for this book it’s the overall concept for the series that convinced me to give things a try. Laurence and Alex’s relationship turned out to be a case of the fast and the furious which doesn’t always give the connection that I like between the MCs.
This was my first time with a story by Piper Scott and I’ve always felt that one book does not an author/reader relationship make…ssssooooo….
I feel that since there really wasn’t any one big thing that kept this from being a better than average story for me and I definitely wasn’t put off enough to not give the next book a try, especially since some of my niggles were specific to the MCs in this story and may very well not occur in future stories leading I’m left feeling that there’s potential for me to find something different that I might really enjoy if I just give the next one a try and now I’m off to do just that and enjoy some more Michael Ferraiuolo as he tells me about “The Proposal”.
An audio book of “The Problem” was graciously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
This is a fun, seductive and enjoyable. Just what I needed when I had a full plate of 'life' goes on. Alex and Laurence hit it off from the first time they met in the gallery, and they're down 'dirty' with a little Daddy kink and some fetish I would't dare to mention here :) It was love at first sight, though they didn't mentioned it, but the 'aura' was there. I didn't mind, since this is a omegaverse world, and you know how omegas works. There's a little angst with one super mean ex-boyfriend (whoops, I didn't see it coming!), but Alex handled it quite well. A very nice and erotic omegaverse May December you are not to be missed!
I read this book in my try again with omega stuff. It is a well loved sub genre and I do so think mpreg is intersting so I keep trying to find one I will like.
So, I liked world building noted in the back of the book about basically another sex characteristic that comes on in puberty around reproduction. I especially liked that one of our heroes, Alex, has two moms and the Alpha knocked the Omega up. lol But really other than the fact that Alex is an omega and Lawrence is alpha and some dynamics with other characters the book doesn't do much more with this world building.
There was a great deal more kink (Daddy Kink and Cum Kink) than I expected. This not bad just a note that a lot of pages space was given to these dynamics when I had not expected the romance would spend time there.
Alex is really messed up within himself and because we are in a much more submersed point of view him more than we are with Laurence (even though there are chapters from his point of view as well), the reading isn't always pleasant because Alex is reactionary, cut off, shallowish, and just young and wounded. But he does evolve as a character.
Scott is playing around with Alex's syntheisa (a new hot character trait of late--which is fine because I like it) and this part of the writing is sometimes over done but other times it works well.
Laurence is a really nice man and way too self sacrificing but then I get annoyed with him for not cluing in with his teenager more.
There are a ton of plot turns but I saw most of them coming a mile off.
The character work is rough in places and the plot veers into melodrama and then rights itself into happy so real emotions don't get explored.
So, I can't say I liked it and I am also afraid of how Gage, who might be the hero of the next book is self sacrificing like Laurence but I like the Single Dad group.
Parts were interesting. Parts were annoying. Parts were hot. So. Hmmmm.
I really loved this book! I really enjoy omegaverse and mpreg so I knew I would like it at least a little bit. However, the writing was great and the language used was so different than so many books. I really liked both MCs and when you meet Alex, and begin to understand his character, the language is that much more significant. The character development of Alex was great! Laurence and Alex was really sweet together and there honestly was not a time what either MC annoyed me. They were really tender to each other and I loved that they do not really mention Laurence being an alpha until a little bit into the book. I knew he was, and thought maybe he just was not like super stereotypical alpha, and then sexy times happened and I was basically drooling. The sex was HOT. It was filthy and raw and seriously HOT.
I loved the side characters and I cannot wait for more books from this series! Gimme Gabe's story!
This was so sweet!! I mean, after you get over the “he paints with him cum” statement. I won’t lie and say that it didn’t have me metaphorically screeching to a halt when I read it. Because I did.
It took me several weeks to finally start the next chapter. I guess it just made it sound so tacky and like a bad, cheap porn script, you know?
But so glad I found the strength to push past it because, it’s a great story!! I think the characters are wonderful. I would have loved to get a proper in depth look at Alex’s life, instead of the brief mentions here and there. But perhaps it’s enough as it is.
Matthew was a nice surprise and great addition to the characters. Wish we saw more of him. But I’ll take what I can get. Laurence though, sweet, kind Laurence is such a contrast to the dirty, filthy bedroom Laurence. So fun!
I’m definitely looking forward to the rest of this series because I’m sure Gage has an awesome, and heartbreaking story coming soon!
There were several things I like about this book and several things I absolutely did not. The sex was dirty and imo pretty hot except for one of the things that didn't work for me. The "daddy" in this story just creeped me out. It came across more as the incest daddy than the good kind of daddy. To me anyways. The progression of their relationship was super fast and didn't seem complete. Why did they love each other? I have no idea. I never warmed up to Alex like I did to Laurence. I don't know why but there it is. I did love the concept of the single dad support group and the members all seemed really great but not sure I'll read about them even though I'd love to hear their stories. Overall, my feelings on this one are confused.
This was a very good book. Every thing i thought was missing from her past series (his command) was fixed in this book. While it was a little insta-love which i am not fond of it had a birth scene. not only the main couple but a little surprise thrown in which i enjoyed (wish we would have gotten a bit more of his story). The one thing i was not fond of was the time skips. i feel like so much more could have been added in between to show the bonding between mathew & Alex. Heck there could have been more domestic scenes between laurence and alex. besides this i absolutely loved this book and i cannot wait til the next part! thank you for letting me read an ARC for an honest review !
I enjoyed the story and the characters. I also looooved the online chats throughout the book.
That being said, I wasn't a big fan of the sex scenes in this one, which is totally new for me, lol. I'm not exactly sure what happened here for me to feel this way. I guess the only way i can think of to describe my feelings was that they were too OTT for me? The whole daddy/boy thing especially felt forced in my opinion which made it kinda cringy and not hot at all. I also wasn't a fan of the fact this book was sorta insta-lovy.
All in all, there was good stuff, and bad stuff. I'm still gonna give book 2 a try though!
So, I went into this book without reading the synopsis. If you’ve read the synopsis for this or have read this book, then you know what a surprise I got when some of the themes in this book were brought to light. While I will admit it was a bit to get used to, it isn’t the themes that has me giving this book three stars—it’s the insta-love and slow pacing at the beginning of the book. Once I got over the first 50 pages or so, I became hooked. But I considered DNFing this book at the beginning because it just wasn’t hooking me. I’m glad I didn’t and gave it a chance because now I want to read the sequel, but a slow start and third person narrative made this a little painful at first.
Also, wow, the spice level in this book is high. Be prepared.
Great new series by Piper Scott. I loved The Problem, and I can't wait for the next book in the Single Dad Support Group series. This book had me hooked from the first line, and I couldn't put it down. Loved the Daddy Kink and what a great Alpha Lawrence is with both his omega son, Matthew and his boyfriend, Alex. The chemistry between Lawrence and Alex was hot, and there were plenty of steamy scenes in the book. Definitely lived up to the other books by Piper Scott. I definitely recommend it. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
This was a lovely story which had no relationship angst. There were some third party forces which were darker but I liked the strong relationship between the two MCs. The thoughts of the main characters were written in quite a lyrical descriptive way which I liked. It was deeply thoughtful without being too repetitive. I enjoyed the online chatting in the Dad’s group and it has easily set up more characters to fill the rest of this series. I’ve immediately gone on to download the second book. If you like mpreg omegaverse with low relationship angst then I highly recommend.
This is a phenomenal gay romance. Several characters have serious issues, perhaps too many. A father finds romance and deals with parenthood. A young man who was previously burned by love gets a second chance. A boy deals with adult problems. There's another plot about a teen dad that I found a distraction. It would have best been confined to the sequel. Typo: misplaced comma and capital letter (Samantha Harper, The CEO of Synecta's, son).
The story had me, as did the relationship, but I had an issue with the writing, unfortunately. It was way too flowery, flowy, and just too many words. I felt like every 'explosion' was fireworks of different colors and they all ran together in the end. If you like flowery descriptions of prose, this is probably a good book for you!
I have been on a serious Omegaverse kick lately, so I have been CONSUMING Piper Scott books like crazy. This was one of the sweetest and sexiest of the bunch. An age-gap, a little kinky daddy play with a real single dad, TWO accidental pregnancies, and some really funny Single Dad Group chats. This was a great start to a series and I can't wait to read the rest of stories in the series.
Wow, this was good! I know I've read things by this author before, but I was delighted at how many bombs she dropped here, and lobbed so well! I loved all the guys in the Single Dad Support Group chat, and I can't wait to read more of their stories!