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Dressing Up [Kindle Edition]

Todd Young
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Book Description

Skipper isn’t terribly bright. He’s made his way to college on a football scholarship, but no sooner has the year started than Skipper’s in a jam. He’s stuck at a party dressed as Tarzan, in a loincloth meant for a boy.

Fortunately for Skipper, blond-haired Lake is on hand to help him out, and once the party’s over, Skipper’s admiration for Lake blossoms immeasurably. Soon they’re sharing a room, but as he watches Lake sleep, Skipper’s unable to keep his eyes or his hands to himself.

Will Lake wake with Skipper beside him? And will these two ever be able to work it out?


Product Details

  • File Size: 437 KB
  • Print Length: 269 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Mercurial Avenue (November 18, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ME7MPK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #458,143 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Troubling April 13, 2012
By elpha
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I wanted to like this book. I read every word hoping that it would redeem itself before it ended, but sadly I was disappointed. For the most part, I simply felt that it was not consistent. The main character is almost unbelievably unintelligent, and only made it to college by his skill in football. The reader is constantly reminded of this fact, which makes it something of a surprise how little football actually occurs. The characters that surround the main character are forgettable and have little in the way of redeeming qualities, consistently abusive but never punished. Some of the abuse is simply the sort of pranks and shenanigans that many college students get up to, and one can then understand the casual dismissal of "boys being boys." It gets disturbing, however, when repeated acts of sexual assault by several characters go unacknowledged or are even excused, going so far as having a victim befriending his rapist because in retrospect he might have agreed to it had he been given the choice. In fact, I find the extent of the sexual violence and the asserted consequences of certain assaults (one in particular) to be offensive. That one event, more than anything else, was the reason I read through to the end, hoping that the character in question would realize that his understanding of the situation was wrong. When the end came and the novel simply stopped without any further mention, I was nothing short of disgusted.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a shame March 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
In the hands of a more skillful writer this could have been an interesting read. I know this because I've read pretty much the same story before, by a more skillful writer. Leaving aside the *extremely* troubling fact that the central character, Skipper, has no problem either with committing sexual assault or being sexually assaulted himself (and indeed thinks it would be fun to hang out with his rapist some time), the story is meandering, the characters are unfocused and the dialogue is stilted. There are a couple of decently written erotic scenes but their presence doesn't justify spending money on this book.
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10 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Young, dumb and full off comedy September 27, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
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 follies 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 titles, "Boyfriends" and "Corrupted" [ASIN:B004E9UA80], it's nice to see Todd really stretching his art with "Dressing Up".
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dressing Up by Todd Young September 23, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
In Dressing Up, Todd Young tells the story of Skipper, a college athlete who must come to terms with his sexuality in an environment where being gay is not accepted. Beyond that, Skipper suffers the pain of unrequited love, made worse by the fact that the boy, who insists he's not gay, constantly flaunts his goods in front of Skipper.

Skipper is a "dumb jock," attending college on a football scholarship. He works hard to keep afloat in his classes, but it takes tremendous effort. Not only does he lack book smarts, but he doesn't have much in the way of street smarts either. He's been made fun of all his life for being stupid, and it's a sore spot with him.

The guys in the dorm all talk about him behind his back. They suspect he's gay, and they get their kicks by playing cruel pranks on him. Skip denies being gay in order to fend off further harassment, but it's a secret that is harder and harder to keep as he becomes closer to the object of his affection.

It's not only the guys in his dorm that treat him badly. He is taken advantage of by all sorts of people in his life. Because he's so gullible, he doesn't even realize he puts himself in risky situations until it's too late. Once he realizes people are making fun of him or trying to hurt him, he gets angry with himself for being so stupid. It's agonizing.

Todd Young does a remarkable job of pulling the reader into Skip's head. I felt Skip's pain and anguish right along with him. I was worried and frustrated and confused and angry and sad and sorry with him too.

Somehow Todd Young manages to deliver these emotionally intense scenes with an edge of humor. Poor Skip keeps finding himself in positions where his clothes are either too tight or too small.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked the book.
At the beginning It was hard to guess where the book was going to go because it focused so much on the main characters crotch area and his oversized endowment. Read more
Published 2 months ago by auati
1.0 out of 5 stars Ok if you are a Dom into humiliating subs
The author specializes in books that humiliate the main character. If you are a Dom into humiliating subs this book is for you.
Published 10 months ago by Tom (Just one Tom)
5.0 out of 5 stars Dressing Up by Todd Young
After getting one of his other novels, Jumbo, for free, I was really excited to see that this book had also been listed for free. Read more
Published on May 22, 2012 by Shar
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun!
This book was a lot of fun to read. Really quick read too. Started it this morning and just finished it this afternoon. I liked that book was not some cheesy 'porn' book. Read more
Published on May 15, 2012 by T. J. Burzynski II
5.0 out of 5 stars Sexy and fun, but with a brain
I loved this book to bits. The book is very clever, even if it's lead is a bit thick, which is part of the fun. Read more
Published on April 28, 2012 by Uncle B
1.0 out of 5 stars The word disappointment is an understatement.
I feel nothing but disbelief and dismay with the characters in this "book;" and I use the word book lightly. There is absolutely no focus whatsoever with the main character. Read more
Published on March 14, 2012 by Robby Valliere
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Easy Read
This is a good easy read. The writing seems a bit young but it is easy to follow. It's a good story that is realistic and has good character development.
Published on February 1, 2012 by Derf Dollinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well done
There is something magical about this book. The people, the situations were real... Complex and not sugar coated. Read more
Published on December 21, 2011 by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Love Skipper
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... Read more
Published on September 20, 2011 by Bubbles
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More About the Author

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.

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