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 Dec. 30, 2014 :
Simply put, I LOVED IT and will recommend to my readers. Now, I'm going to read Angel.
(review of free book)
on April 08, 2013 :
Everyone else has gone over the plot, so I will skip that part of the review. As gay erotica, it is a very well written story. Enough plot to keep you reading until the end and enough (A LOT) of sex to keep the purient interest. The characters are over 18 (just in the case of one) so the constant erections are almost believable! The story covers just about every fear of gay men as they come out and deal with real life. Rejection, abuse, self-loathing, exceptance, and the various forms of love.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on April 06, 2013 :
Joel is a young college student, who is also gay and sexually inexperienced. He likes to engage in sexual behavior at risky times and places when horny. One of those times he ended up at the beach full of people with only his see through shorts, lets just say naked. He than meets Sean, who gives him towel and a ride. Sean tells him about clinical trial at the Umberto Institute, where they pay you a lot of money for participation. Joel wanting to spend more time with Sean sign ups for this trial. He has no idea what he sign up for and when the trial starts it might be to late to get out...
I honestly like the plot, it sounded interesting enough to read it. I loved how the author made the characters so believable. At times the story also left me guessing. Like I honestly didn't know who Joel will end up with, if he get out of there... I think people who like to read gay erotica will definitely love this book. I just think it wasn't my thing, that's why I rated it 3.5 stars. But check it out if you think you like stuff like this;D
(reviewed long after purchase)
on March 21, 2013 :
Subject 19 by Todd Young is a coming of age type novel with some spine-chilling twists. Joel Makerston is a young man not quite comfortable with his life. After finishing his first year away at college, he does not want to go home. However, he finds himself not sure what to do next as he has no job, no car, and no close friends. When a chance acquaintance tells him about a three-week clinical trial that pays a small fortune he seriously considers it. Besides, he has a crush on a guy who will be there, and the contract says the program is in compliance all state, federal and local laws. Almost immediately the warning signs are there; bizarre architecture, mysterious man in the penthouse, the secured perimeter with the guard advising him away.
By the middle of the book, I was almost not able to continue. If this had been a scary movie, it would have been the stage where I would put a pillow over my eyes. Todd Young’s writing was strong enough for me to identify really strongly with the characters and had tapped into some my very basic fears; loss of control, body image, stressful personal interactions. I did finish the book and I am happy to say there is an interesting and happy resolution.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)