I was living in darkness. Cold and alone, I was gripped by the agony of loss and grieving for an existence I no longer believed I could have. Then he appeared in my life and I thought that maybe, just maybe, I’d been gifted with another chance at happiness. That I might be allowed the privilege of loving and caring for another man.
That I could have my very own boy…
A new beginning is more than Malcolm ever dared wish for.
Now that Malcolm has claimed Seth as his boy, he’s determined to be the perfect Daddy for the man he adores. Whatever his boy needs, he’ll make sure he gets it. But more than that, he’s sworn in his heart to protect him with his life. Seth’s bastard of a father and the twisted church that abused his boy had better stay away from them—or else.
Seth has discovered comfort and safety in his Daddy’s arms.
Finally, Seth accepts that a life filled with joy is possible. He believes that love is what matters more than anything and that he has nothing to be ashamed of. However, the demons of his past still taunt him, lurking in the shadows of his mind where they try and snatch away his happiness. Sometimes it seems as if his lingering fears will never be vanquished.
And sometimes, being afraid is a warning that should be heeded…
Note: For the Love of a Boy is the continuation of Malcolm and Seth's journey of love, redemption and healing in the Father series trilogy. The first book, In the Name of the Father, should be read prior to this one. However, you can be assured that none of the books in the Father series end on a cliffhanger and that this age gap, Daddy/boy series with lots of hurt/comfort contains a sweet forever after.
- 2 To Be Read lists
Publisher: Knight Ever After Publishing
Heat Level: 4
Romantic Content: 4
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: 36-45
Protagonist 2 Age: 18-25
Tropes: Age Difference, Class Differences, Hurt / Comfort, Love Can Heal / Redemption, May/December, True Love
Word Count: 46100
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Continuous / Same Characters
“How’s that bird doing?” Daddy breezed past the tiled counter where Seth stood stuffing celery sticks with a gourmet cheese Daddy sold at the winery. He opened the refrigerator and pulled out the bottle of Pinot Noir he’d been chilling for dinner. “It smells amazing, so I’m guessing we’re getting close.”
“I’d say about thirty minutes. But I’ll make sure it’s at the right temperature before I take it out.”
Daddy stilled, holding the corkscrew in one hand and the wine in the other as he considered Seth. He set down the bottle and opener, then stepped toward him. He leaned against the counter with one hip.
“I know you will.” Daddy pried the knife from Seth’s hand then brought one of Seth’s fingers to his lips. He flicked out his tongue and licked up a bit of cheese that had clung to Seth’s skin. “I trust you. Have faith that you’re capable when you say you are. It’s not necessary to reassure me.”READ MORE
Daddy sucked Seth’s whole finger into his mouth then swirled his tongue around the tip before letting go. For a moment, Seth forgot what they’d been talking about.
Oh yeah. The turkey.
“All right, Daddy. I’m trying real hard not to worry so much and be more confident. I remember what you told me.”
Daddy gave him a quick peck on the end of his nose. “I realize that, too. Everything’s fine the way it is, baby. And as the days go by, you’ll keep heading in the direction you want.” He snatched up a celery stick already stuffed with cheese then bit off a large chunk, crunching away. Daddy pointed to the wine and through a mouthful of food said, “Want some?”
Seth grinned. “Sure. But not much. I’ve been waiting all day for dinner, and you know how I am if I have more than one glass.”
“Do I ever.” Daddy rolled his eyes. “I want you to be awake for dessert. Pecan pie is my specialty.”
“I know, Daddy.” Seth laughed lightly. “You haven’t stopped teasing me about it all week.”
The one and only night he’d shared a drink with Daddy had been a lesson in how much of a lightweight he really was. After two glasses, he’d passed out and not woken up until much later than his usual time the next morning. He’d held off on having any more alcohol since then.
Daddy had yanked the cork out of the bottle and poured only a splash of the Pinot before offering it to Seth. He accepted it but wasn’t sure if he should set it on the counter and wait for a while before drinking any of the white wine. Daddy had made them wait for an hour with the red one. He’d even poured it into a fancy crystal decanter. Seth watched in surprise as he took a big swallow.
“I thought it had to breathe?”
“Not with this particular one. As a matter of fact, the longer it sits out, the more likely the true flavor will be damaged. Which reminds me…” Daddy retrieved the cork from the screw then stuffed it back into the bottle. “Not the most elegant way to protect it, but practical.” He raised his glass then took a less generous drink than before. “Even a decanter can aerate the Pinot for too long.”
“Wow. It’s so interesting to hear you talk about the different varieties and the grapes and soil and everything.”
Daddy chuckled. “It’s a habit whenever wine is brought up in conversation. I’m always afraid I’m either coming off as too pompous or boring the shit out of everyone.”
Seth smiled. Daddy had relaxed around him and wasn’t being as cautious with the type of language he used anymore. Not that Seth wanted him to curse up a storm, and he truthfully didn’t either, yet it was another way of separating himself from his old life. He didn’t need to use bad words, but he didn’t expect everyone else to have to edit their behavior on his account. Seth wanted to be a part of his new world—not standing off to the side as if he didn’t belong.
“I’m sure you don’t bore anyone, and you should talk about what you know. I’ve learned a lot from you.”
Daddy’s lips quirked and Seth flushed. Clearly, both their thoughts had gone right to the more intimate activities he’d learned from Daddy. Seth ducked his head and returned to his celery-stuffing task.COLLAPSE
This sequel to In the Name of the Father, sees the relationship between Malcolm and Seth grows ever stronger. Seth is a complex character who it may be hard to relate to unless you've gone through similar traumatic experiences. His feelings throughout the story seem natural, or at least what you imagine someone in a similar situation would feel, and while his progress may be a little faster than might be expected, it still fits the story well. Malcolm is still every bit the protective figure he comes across as in the first book, and his own confidence in what is right for his boy seems to grow in this installment.