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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.

©2019 Morticia Knight (P)2020 Morticia Knight

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A daddy kink, age gap, hurt comfort!

This was a sweet introduction to the series. I loved Seth and Malcolm together. Malcolm is grieving having lost his boy and Seth is like a breath of fresh air in his life. Seth needs taking care of, and Malcolm is there to do the needful!
This was a sweet daddy kink, age gap, hurt comfort, medium angst romance.
Nick Russo did an exceptional audio delivery which made the experience of listening to this even more enjoyable.

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Great first book

Overall this was a heart warming story. The story line of someone coming from a cult like environment was done extremely well. I also love the introduction to BDSM and that it is unique to each person. I look forward to additional books that get more into the Daddy/boy relationship that was building in this book. Nick Russo did a great job of portraying the feelings that each character was expressing. I love his voice variations for the characters themselves. He's got a great voice that help you dive into the story and feel the emotions "on page". Can't wait until the follow up books are released.

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A good story

Daddy-kink is a hit-and-miss with me, but here I liked. I think it was because Seth really needed someone who would love and protect him, so the relationship between him and Malcolm felts right. And even when Seth's past life is one of abuse, there is almost no angst in the story itself.

Something that caught me by surprise is that I saw that this is tagged as BDSM, which I really, really don't think it is except in the most peripherical of the ways.

Nick J. Russo, as always, does an excellent job with the narration.

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Narrator Nick J Russo rocked the heck out of this!

Awesome to the third power! The writer put dynamite into this story and blew my mind sky high! If ever there were two me that desperately needed each other it's Malcolm and Seth, the main characters of Morticia Knight's 'In the Name of the Father', Father series Book 1. We have one man who had suffered extreme physical and emotional abuse as a child raised in a very conservative church and one 'daddy' whose 'boy' died, leaving him sad and alone. He is catapulted into protector mode when he witnesses Seth being bullied. He soon discovers bullying is the least Seth has endured in his young life. Never had I been grateful for a writer's trigger warning as Seth's story unfolds. A story that leaves Malcolm determines to protect, nurture, and love Seth. How I pulled for these two. I'm particularly thrilled with the beautiful pace Morticia kept throughout this story. She allows the characters to grow towards one another in a way that is suitable for a daddy kink novel involving a character that had suffered as much as Seth. That had to be one of the best feats of writing this millennium! I am so pleased and impressed with this beginning of what could be a very beautiful story. Well done, Morticia Knight! Very well done, indeed!

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This foray into Daddy Boy kink delivers much more

I've loved audio-books since the early 60s when I first listened with my neighbors grandparents to a 16 RPM book for the blind on a cold rainy day at their cabin in Petosky Michigan. Since that time, I've discovered that certain genres tend to work better in audio format while others work better in print. Early on, I listened to several M/M audio-books that were centered on sex scenes and found them to be a bit silly or clinical sounding, and not really “my cuppa tea.”

However, after re-listening to the incredibly hot encounter in the first chapter of Aaron by J.P. Barnaby, I decided that it was time to try another sampling of sexier audio-books. I asked for a copy of this title for review. “Daddy” play has always felt a bit silly to me but I decided that it might be time to try listening again.

What I got from this book was completely unexpected. Yes, there are some hot sex scenes, and yes, there is some dialogue that (to my ear) sounded a bit silly, but there was also a tale of the rescue of a shattered runaway boy, and a somewhat older man who'd once been a daddy, but who'd kind of given up on those aspects of his life following the cancer death of his beloved “boy” 10 years earlier. I was immediately smitten with the lad, and also felt for the older man, both, expertly voiced by narrator Nick J. Russo.

Seth, the young runaway here, had a religious monster as a father, and only vague memories of his mother who succumbed to cancer when he was still young. Twice subjected to “Conversion therapy” and with zero self esteem, his “fawn on a freeway” vulnerability is so clear to Malcolm that he has to at least befriend the kid while resolving to keep it short term and to “not get involved.” Malcolm's resolutions stand about as much chance of success as the kid's chances of survival without him. I was in tears several times while listening, but they were tears of compassion, and overall, this book left me with the warm fuzzies.

There some scenes (like a bathroom scene where Malcolm washes Seth's hair) that I found incredibly erotic, particularly in that they are the kinds of low-key, everyday, eroticism that comes from affection, and wanting a bit more, while trying to “behave” that I completely identified with. Seth's need to “surrender control” and to satisfy Malcolm based on his innocent, almost virginal, concepts of love had an appeal that I've not seen in other print or audio m/m titles. There are also discussions between the two main characters that could easily be an outline for a BDSM 101 course, which while not sexy per se, help bridge the gap between “kink” and more vanilla M/M fiction. The book does feature several more conventional “sex scenes” as well and the audio-book is nothing I'd let my straight housemate overhear, no matter how open minded he is.

For me, this book was the most pleasant surprise in my 2021 reading/listening so far. If you want to listen to a hot book where the heat comes from affection between people who are actually coming to love each other, you could do far worse than to check out this book. Those worried about “triggers” should know that most of the past abusive behavior is described pretty vaguely and should not be problematic.

Nick J. Russo does an amazing job here as narrator. The pacing and the voices of both Malcom, Seth, and the 3rd person narrator are all distinctive enough to avoid confusion. The “authoritative” voice of Malcolm and the eager, puppy-doggish voice of Seth add a level of charm to the audio version of this. So much so, that I'd probably feel something was missing in the print version.


*** Note I was given a copy of this audio-book in exchange for an honest and fair review ***

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Beautiful story

I know this is just a romantic fantasy but wouldn't it be great if real life were more like this story. Malcolm's compassion and Seth's earnestness were so encompassing. How can one not fall in love with these two? The narration was emotionally spot on. I only wish that Nick Russo could have made Seth sound a bit older. After all, he is 23. But that didn't spoil anything really.

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A Beutiful and Powerful Love Story

This book took my breath away. The love story between Malcolm and Seth was gorgeous and powerful. Both men are broken and mired in grief: Malcolm for his partner who passed away too suddenly, and Seth from the extreme abuse he experienced growing up. When they meet, both men find salvation and healing with each other.

The Daddy kink was perfect in this book. Malcom was the epitome of a Daddy Dom - nurturing, protective, and head over heels for his boy. And Seth was just the sweetest boy - he needs his Daddy to function and feel whole. I adored their dynamic and loved the sex scenes between them.

Nick J. Russo does a fantastic job with the narration of the audiobook. He has a smooth and pleasant voice that really embodies each character. I enjoyed his performance immensely.

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I enjoyed how healing the relationship was to both of them, and also how natural it felt to Seth to enter into a Daddy/Boy relationship. However, getting used to calling Malcolm Daddy was weirdly effortless considering he had never heard of the concept before. I feel like there should have been a period of adjustment there, and also some need for a clarification on Daddy/Boy dynamics as opposed to actual parents and children.

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If loving you is my greatest sin so be it


Malcom has just lost his boy and he thought he never wanted to be a daddy again. And Seth is a very confused man who’s caught up in lies he himself made to shield himself and to hide his truth. And Seth texted Malcom’s resolve of not being a daddy again.

This is a very heartfelt and poignant story with a powerful message. Seth has a terrible past and it breaks my heart to see these kinds of horrible things still happen in this world. But he was very strong and brave and he never gave up on life and himself. And Malcom, he’s a really great daddy. He knows how to take care of Seth and he also wanted to start a new chapter with Seth in his life. I loved how everything proceeded. And as always NJR rocked the narration for this story. This is a HFN and there will be more to come. And I can’t wait for the continuing journey of these two.


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  • JaxBlu
  • 08-30-20

A very sweet pairing

Seth is finally discovering real love and he deserves it! Malcolm is the perfect man for him too. its a sweet story, with all the feels!

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 06-13-20

Powerful and moving story

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.

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  • Emma Burbidge
  • 06-06-20

Sweet Seth needs Malcolm to take charge

I love Daddy/Boy stories and sweet first-time gay romances, and this one offered up by Morticia Knight, one of my favourite authors, narrated by Nick J. Russo, one of my favourite narrators, was a great combination.
I like how sweet and innocent Seth is when he walks into the bar where Malcolm is attempting to down his sorrows. I like how Malcolm gently takes Seth in hand and nurtures him.
Highly recommended Daddy/Boy romance.

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  • Starwarslover
  • 06-01-20

verygood

enjoyable and well written.. amazing author.. awesome narrator.. did an awesome job with these characters and who they are.. their personalities and emotions were well done .. i really liked it

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  • Victoria Green
  • 05-13-20

Great story

This is a really good story with lots of hurt/comfort, an interesting plot and the sweetest couple. Seth's deeply traumatic past is dealt with gently and Malcolm is the perfect Daddy. I enjoyed the pace of the developing relationship and the way Seth slowly began to find himself. There are two more books in this series and I hope they will both be released on audio soon!
Narrator does an excellent job. He's a great choice for this book and captures the characters and stories perfectly.
I will definitely be listening to this again.

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  • Allison's Book Corner
  • 05-13-20

Awesome

I really enjoyed this audiobook.
It was a great story by Morticia.
I loved listening to Nick’s narration.

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  • Belinda Zamora
  • 05-13-20

Gripping, emotionally intense

Two flawed men, both weary and in need of hope find it in each other.
Seth has suffered a horrific past and Malcolm is still mourning tge loss of his boy.
This story and Nick J. Russo's narration took me from the depths of despair to the hights of joy in newly found love.
The book does end in a HFN because it's part of an encompassing arc in a series and I can't wait to continue their story.

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  • Sabbath
  • 05-10-20

A great book of feels

I lost track of time listening to this book. Between Knight's writing and Russo's narration, the combination is hypnotic and at times intense. I loved Seth and Malcolm's dynamics, their struggles, and their healing processes. There were times that I felt emotions ripped from me. The book hangover is slightly heavy, but well worth it!

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  • Joanne1988
  • 05-10-20

Really liked it...

This is the first I've hurd of this author. My heart broke for Seth and everything he has gone through. Malcolm was amazing with Seth and I loved their journey together. It isn't a long book but it didnt matter i really like how the story went and how it ended.

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  • Kirsty Mc
  • 05-09-20

How strength can come from trauma

I felt heartbroken for Seth reading his story and knowing this is the reality for people who have done nothing wrong, only be gay. I’m so glad that he found Malcolm, and likewise that Malcolm (who lost his boy) found him and they were each what the other needed. The story was fantastic and one that I’ll be listening to again.
Nick J. Russo does a fantastic job of narrating this tale of love and strength coming from trauma. A brilliant listen.