Erryn reviews ‘In the Name of the Father (Father Series Book 1)’ by Morticia Knight. The ebook was published August 30, 2019 and is 200 pages. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Nick J. Russo, on April 11, 2020 and is 6 hrs and 9 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I was fascinated with the synopsis.
I was living a lie. I couldn’t be caught in my deception, or my family and friends would abandon me. But my fears became reality and I was cast away as if I were garbage. Then this man, a stranger, took me home and showed me that love can take on many forms, that I’m not filled with sin or doomed to go to hell because I’m gay. He showed me that I’m not broken. I don’t need to be fixed. What I need is to be nurtured and cared for.
This man showed me that it’s okay to be his boy and to call him Daddy….
Seth was a good Christian son raised in a very conservative church.
He learned early on that the world is evil and filled with sinners – but the most horrible thing you can be is gay. When his shame is discovered, he’s shipped off to a special camp that fixes deviants like him. Years have passed since then, yet he still runs from himself every day.
Malcolm was a good Daddy for almost 10 years before his boy died.
No longer daring to be too close with another man again, he’s avoided clubs and old friends that remind him of a life filled with a joy he can no longer have. Unable to find a purpose in his lonely existence, he spends night after night in a dive bar at the edge of town. However, witnessing a scared young man being harassed by two bullies jolts him out of his misery.
No one messes with someone vulnerable and helpless on his watch….
Note: In the Name of the Father is a full-length novel with angst and a slow-burn romance between an older daddy and younger boy. You can expect lots of hurt/comfort, a daddy with some kinky tricks up his sleeve, and a sweet HEA.
Possible triggers: Extreme past abuse involving both physical and emotional trauma.
In her acknowledgements the author spoke of being raised in a strictly religious home, and how that affected her and informed her work. There is a deep level of conflict within Seth that was palpable and real. He’s been raised to believe all gays are deviants, incapable of love, and are headed straight to hell. For Seth, those notions are ingrained and unshakable. Yet, despite that, he is unable to deny his own urges. He fought against them for years and he wound up in reorientation camps several times, designed to pray away the gay, but in fact little more than state-sanctioned torture prisons. States and cities across the world are banning conversion therapy – the practice of turning someone gay into someone who is straight – but those bans cannot come fast enough. Every day young men and women are subjected to horrific situations, enabled mostly by churches. So much for God loving all of us equally.
Seth does manage to escape, but it’s harrowing and he’s always looking over his shoulder. He’s managed to make it to Oregon where he’s found a job and a cheap motel to live in. Without a social security card and ID, though, he has no rights and his position in all of this is very tenuous. Yet he decides to take a step beyond the narrow confines of his world and goes to a gay bar. He quickly discovers things are not as easy as he might have wished, encountering men who see him as fresh meat. He does meet a man who steps up to protect him and although wary, he finally agrees to some bit of help.
Malcolm sees this young man in distress and his every instinct is to take over and fix all of Seth’s problems. He restrains himself – barely – but cannot let Seth continue on in his meager and dangerous existence. He offers Seth a safe haven and protection unlike anything the young man has ever encountered. Malcolm has done this before. He was married for ten years to a man with whom he had a Daddy/son relationship. He never thought he’d have another opportunity, then a young desperate man lands on his doorstep and he has to fight every desire to make Seth his. Because Seth wouldn’t understand. He’s too naïve. Too green. Not schooled in consensual kink relationships.
Or so Malcolm tells himself. In time, though, the relationship between the two men begins to evolve. Things fall into place. They are able to be their authentic selves.
The story ends on a definite HEA, but I was left wanting more and knowing there are two more books has merely whet my appetite. I’m hoping the next books come to audio soon as I’ll be first in line to listen to them. And speaking of audio, Nick J. Russo narrated the story and, as always, did a great job. He’s a hard-working narrator who consistently delivers solid performances and this book was no exception. So hopefully more to come from Ms. Knight and Mr. Russo.
10/10 Points of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
M/M Erotic Romance author Morticia Knight enjoys hot stories of men loving men forever after. They can be men in uniform, Doms and subs, rock stars or bikers – but they’re all searching for the one (or two!) who was meant only for them.
When not indulging in her passion for books, she loves the outdoors, film and music. Once upon a time she was the singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She is currently working on more installments of Sin City Uniforms and The Hampton Road Club, as well as the follow-up to Bryan and Aubrey’s story from Rockin’ the Alternative.