Todd Young can actually write. There's a lot of completely unmemorable cookie-cutter m/m fiction out there, but Young has given thought to crafting characters that have lives, personalities, motivations, and flaws. I found the story quite challenging, and in several places I wanted to stop reading, because I like the light and floofy, and this was getting fairly dark. I mean, I'm all for dark in terms of dungeons, slaves, and some harsh BDSM, but show me a college boy feeling ostracised for his sexuality and I'm keening on the carpet. The thing is, I had to keep going: I HAD to know what happened. Young made me care.
Like Young's previous work, Corrupted, this is gay erotica, not m/m romance.
I think Young will get better; there's still some flaws in the conclusion, as if too many loose ends tried to get wrapped up together. For a first full-length book it's great.
P.S. I paid full price for my copy: it's wasn't a freebie for review purposes.
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