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Todd Young writes books that sit on the borderline between gay erotica and m/m romance.
Generally, I aim to write erotica that goes a little further than the average. I spend a lot of time on my characters, trying to make them as believable as possible. While my stories are sexual fantasies, I want them to have a deeper meaning, and a quality of unexpectedness. To some degree, I am attempting to write literature, but more importantly, I want my stories to be genuinely engaging. I want them to be easy to read, while at the same time leaving the reader with the feeling that they have read something meaningful.
I hope both men and women will find my stories satisfying. They revolve around romance, though there is often much more going on in the texts.
on Oct. 02, 2011 :
Skip is the dumbest of dumb jocks, in "Dressing Up" we follow his American Pie style adventure in coming out and getting into a relationship. There's loads of great comedy here and lots of it is very sexually explicit slap stick, starting with Skipper going to a Fancy Dress party in the tiniest Tarzan suit (intended for a child) with inner pouch removed. Throughout the story Skipper, in various states of undress, is subjected to ridicule, exploitation and abuse though this is mostly due to his fellows youthful innocence, ignorance and hormones. Of his contemporaries only Jared is entirely nasty and why he is a bully becomes obvious. Skipper discovers that he too is not immune to abusing and throughout his adventures we see him grow in wisdom and maybe a little intelligence.
Unlike so many other writers in this genre, Todd Young's stories are not set in some hazy, romantic, simplistic world. His world is often all too real despite being spiked with gross-out comedy and coincidence. Skipper gets to cry some very real tears and his back story is sad and credible. But if you're easily offended, or like your escapism to be uncomplicated by yucky reality, you're probably safer elsewhere.
Todd Young is a good, at times very good writer. At his best he is almost invisible, putting you entirely in his characters world and leaving the reader to feel that they are discovering much of the finer detail for themselves. Progressing from his earlier title,"Corrupted" [ASIN:B004E9UA80], it's nice to see Todd really stretching his art with "Dressing Up".
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Sep. 20, 2011 :
The writing was great and detailed, maybe a little too detailed at parts but I won’t complain about since most MM books I read feel so rushed you’re lucky to get any details or development.
Honestly this book does not fit into what I normally read. I usually prefer Lighter books and I probably would have quit after a few scenes made me uncomfortable but the writing and character development where so good I had to read on to know what happens to Skipper.
The start was a little slow for me and I was under the impression Skipper was just another dumb Jock and I did not like him at all at first because he seemed so stupid. I really felt bad for judging Skipper as I read on and realized that everyone in the book judges Skipper the way I did and I got all offended and then realized well I misjudged him too. What I am saying is don’t judge skipper and read on if you’re not getting into it right away because it takes a little bit to get to know Skipper.
I love Skipper and I don’t know how many times I cried for him in this book but I loved him so much and everyone was so mean to him and took advantage of him it was hard reading some of the scenes.
There were some sweet moments but I wish there would have been more romance between Skipper and Lake or maybe some scenes in Lake’s POV just to know what he was thinking.
It is hard to write a review without spoiling anything, but I would recommend the book just to get to know Skipper because he is just so sweet and a great character.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)