Hold my Bones by Inlovewithnight (R)

  • Jun. 11th, 2015 at 8:29 AM
Title:Hold my Bones
Fandom: Bandom
Pairing: Gabe Saporta/Pete Wentz
Categories: Angst, Family, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Length: Long (22k)
Warnings: Past Sexual Assault, Past Child Abuse, Homophobia, PTSD, Anxiety, Panic Attacks

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] inlovewithnight
Website: inlovewithnight

Summary: After Pete's summer at boot camp, Pete's parents move their family to New Jersey, where Pete meets Gabe Saporta and Gabe's dad. Contains on-screen panic attacks, discussion and descriptions of child abuse, references to child sexual abuse, dysfunctional family dynamics, teenagers exploring their sexuality (mentally and emotionally, not sexually). Upbeat ending with the implication of happy lives. Co-authored with lalejandra.

Review: This fic is primarily comfort, following Pete's period in Bootcamp. Still make sure you read the warnings first.

This is a touching take on highschool AUs. Pete is the new student at Gabe's school and Gabe finds himself helping Pete not only with school, but with dealing with his trauma.

InlovewithNight does a great job fully fleshing out ever character in the story, even the side characters. Despite its serious premise the story is ultimately very sweet.

Hold my Bones

Amour by Viola (PG13)

  • Jun. 10th, 2015 at 10:43 PM
Title: Amour

Fandom: Angel: the series
Pairing: ~gen, ~Holtz/Justine
Categories: dark, angst, drama, flashback, sad stories
Length: long, ~20,000 words
Warnings: abusive relationship, canon character death, written prior to season 4

Author on Livejournal: [livejournal.com profile] viola_dreamwalk
Author Website: Viola_dreamwalk on AO3 (not all her stories are archived here) | Viola on fanfiction.net

Summary: An un-love story, happily never after.

Review: She looks at him the way Sarah did. The way Caroline had, at least at first. As though he's a poet and a prophet and a pilgrim soul. As though he's the hero of the piece, as though he could do no wrong. She looks at him and sees exactly what she needs, exactly what he wants her to see. He sees this and knows just how to make her love him. He finds he likes it.

This is the story of the antagonists of Angel: the series' season 3; Holtz, the archaic vampire hunter adrift in time, and Justine, who fought vampires like a cut-price slayer and will be remembered by most for slitting Wesley's throat. It's also the story of Holtz' wife Caroline and Justine's twin sister Julia, and the losses that forge Holtz and Justine's single-minded quests.

Viola is the author of my previous rec Percy Weasley, Rogue Demon Hunter, but the two works couldn't be more different. There is no light-hearted humour and quirkiness here, only velvet darkness and damaged, deeply flawed people, hampered judgement and loss. The prose is very beautiful.

This is a fascinating, lyrical exploration, filling in the gaps of who Justine and Holtz were and the skewed relationship between them.

Amour

Under Wicked Sky by suge (NC-17)

  • Jun. 1st, 2015 at 8:34 PM
Title: Under Wicked Sky
Fandom: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Pairing: Sokka/Zuko
Genres: AU, Angst, Adventure, Romance
Length: Epic (60,310 words)
Warnings: Rape

Author on LJ: N/A (There is an LJ with the same username but I can't tell if they're the same person.)
Author Website: suge @ FF.net

Author's Summary:
During a raid Zhao captures Zuko and Sokka. They escape with dificulty, but surviving the uncharted earthebender territory and each other is the real challenge.

Review:
In this AU of season one a Zuko captured and raped by Zhao after their battle escapes with Sokka, who is cuffed to him. Forced to co-operate with each other, their relationship is just as rocky as you would expect, with romance blooming very gradually between the hurt and distrustful boys. Zhao is believable as the villain; you can image that the man who thought nothing of killing the moon could be as cruel as this. It's kind of like seeing a more realistic Avatar, the behind the scenes of the more kid-friendly main story. The darker places this fic goes, as well as the politics it explores, feel like different facets of the same canon.

This story isn't without its flaws. Spelling and grammar mistakes are rife, and the comma usage makes some of the sentence structure a bit jarring. Overall though, the great characterisation and plot are more than enough to make up for these little irritations.

Under Wicked Sky
Title: Student Teacher Relations
Fandom: Supernatural
Pairing: Sam/Dean
Categories/Genres: Highschool AU, Student/Teacher
Length: 99619
Warnings: Barely underage, like a week

Author/Artist on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] katie_the_sith
Author/Artist Website: On Sinful Desire.org

Summary: Sam is young popular basketball captain in High School, and Dean is his new Assistant Coach, will Sam be able to resist that golden skin and freckles?

Review:
This is one of the first fics I have ever read and still in my memories as one of the best. Sam and Dean completely in their flavour. You find Sam determined to do everything the hard way and bitching at Dean to do the same and Dean with his fond indulgence for life and simple things making him a push over, making it hard for him to decipher the angst Sam is bringing his way.

Spoilers:

What makes this unusual as far as a student teacher fic goes is that it is done in defense of the teacher. It's clear throughout all this fic that Sam knows himself. Yet when they get caught, Sam is already 18 and still his parents prosecute despite his wishes.

I love the fact its pointed out that Sam is smarter, stronger and bigger than Dean. That he is more emotionally intelligent and even that while he read medical textbooks Dean was reading Harry Potter despite being the older teacher. You are left in no doubt that Dean had no power over Sam's decisions yet what it comes down to is when they first started having sex, less than a month before he turns 18 and that's all it takes to risk Dean being put away forever.

This fic has many sweet moments. Most is Sam and Dean getting to know each other.

Student Teacher Relations

Crush by sonofabiscuit77 (NC-17)

  • May. 18th, 2015 at 8:15 PM
Title: Crush
Fandom: Supernatural
Pairing: Sam/Dean
Genres: AU, Angst, Hurt/Comfort, Romance, Outsider POV
Length: Epic (61k words)
Warnings: Incest

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] sonofabiscuit77
Author Website: N/A

Author's Summary:
Five years after the apocalypse didn’t happen and Sam and Dean have settled down, or as much as the Winchesters can ever settle down. Sam is a college professor and Dean a well-respected small business owner and they’re learning how to balance work, hunting and dog-ownership while coping with the metaphorical and literal scars of war. Life’s not perfect, not for a (sort of) out and proud couple in small town USA with a lot to hide, but they’re dealing, that is, until Dean employs one sexually-confused teenager who develops an unhealthy obsession with both of them... Switching between five years earlier and now, we learn how the boys came together, how they made it through the big fight and whether they’ll ever manage to find that flighty temptress, happily ever after.

Review:
Full of tension, both dramatic and sexual, this fic really kept my attention. The relationship between Sam and Dean is at its incestuous best here - fucked up and weird and yet intense and compelling. The fact that for half of the fic we're viewing Sam and Dean's relationship through the eyes of a formerly-straight, hair-triggered teenager really adds to that intensity. His inner monologue and his huge crush on Dean are very well written, perfectly portraying the all-encompassing nature of teen infatuation and sucking the reader into his at times awkward and funny longing.

The fic switches between his and Sam's POV as it shows us what happened between Sam and Dean before their current domesticity. Their story is both an interesting character study and a scorching hot sexual journey, as we read about their relationship developing both sexually and romantically, and how it has changed them and those close to them.

This author has also written plenty of other long and well written Supernatural fics - I highly recommend checking them all out if you haven't already.

Crush

Walk a While With Me by LadyJanelly (NC-17)

  • May. 17th, 2015 at 2:21 AM
Title: Walk a While With Me
Fandom: The Losers
Pairing: Carlos “Cougar” Alvarez/Jake Jensen
Categories/Genres: Alternate Universe, Canon Divergence, Hurt/Comfort, Angst, Drama, Friendship, Fluff, Romance, Healing, Slow Burn
Length: Long (33841 words)
Warnings: Descriptions of assault and sexual assault

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] ladyjanelly
Author Website: LadyJanelly

Summary:

Jake Jensen left the Army before he ever had a chance to be a Loser. Cougar meets him anyway.

Sometimes what a man needs to have a chance at happiness is losing the battle he’s been fighting his whole life.

Review:

Note: This fic contains descriptions of homophobic violence of both sexual and non-sexual nature committed against a gay character. The violence occurs off screen, but is frankly discussed by the characters.

I'm not quite sure where to begin, when it comes to Walk a While With Me. It's an incredible work that strikes an impeccable balance between a slowly developing romance and the realism of Cougar and Jake's respective mindsets and traumas. Between Cougar's deeply internalized homophobia and Jake's previous sexual assault, it's not by any means what I would consider an easy read, but the friendship that forms between the two men and the quiet weeks they spend together working on Jake's fixer-upper houses cushions the sharp edges. The result is a poignant fic that digs deep into the reader's emotions, but never quite cuts. It's about hurt and pain, but more importantly it's about healing.

Need is a prominent theme in Walk a While With Me. What Cougar needs. What Jake needs. What they need from each other. What they needed from others that they did, or didn't get. LadyJanelly explores the evolution of Cougar's needs as he comes to terms with his homosexuality and how they are affected by his deepening relationship with Jake. It's a stark contrast, looking at Cougar as he is introduced in the fic and then at his decisions at the end of the fic, but LadyJanelly writes his journey with such deftness that the change is fluid and inevitable.

The supporting characters range from the Losers to several original characters. Each is excellently written, particularly the OCs, who are quirky and interesting and stand out without removing the focus from Cougar's narration. They provide texture and richness to the story, interacting with and affecting Cougar and Jake's relationship even in absentia and helping the story move forward in a very organic way.

Walk a While With Me
Title: In All the Tongues of Men and Angels
Fandom: The Losers
Pairing: Carlos “Cougar” Alvarez/Jake Jensen
Categories/Genres: Post-Canon, Angst, Romance, Family, Hurt/Comfort, Fluff, Friendship, Domestic, Cooking, Misunderstanding
Length: Long (19304 words)
Warnings: Original character death, mercy killing

Author on LJ: coinin
Author Website: coinin

Summary:

In which Cougar goes home, goes on a road trip, and learns to cook.

Review:

Fair warning, the first chapter of this fic follows the declining health and eventual passing of an original character, Cougar's grandmother. It's not an easy thing to read, but the obvious love between Cougar and his grandmother, the easy, familiar relationship between them, and Cougar's devoted care during his grandmother's final few weeks makes it worth the pain of her passing.

The Losers holds tightly to the theme of families, both found and of blood. In All the Tongues of Men and Angels explores the latter when Cougar takes his slowly dying grandmother back to her father's home in Mexico to live the rest of her days in peace. Well, relative peace, considering that she insists that Cougar learn to cook, starting from the very basics of chopping vegetables and moving up through tortillas made from scratch, until he is cooking of his own volition, emotionally conning his ailing grandmother into eating just a little bit more in spite of her flagging appetite.

When Cougar makes his way back to Jensen, cooking becomes an act of expressing himself in lieu of words. What started out as obeisance to his grandmother becomes a labor of love that Jensen is largely bewildered by, never quite understanding what Cougar is saying without actually saying until Cougar's grief for his grandmother finally cracks him open enough for the words to spill out and for Jensen to finally understand.

Two short and delightfully fluffy epilogues, Unexpected Sweetness and No Home Complete Without a Cat round out the series, and are not to be missed.

In All the Tongues of Men and Angels

Farther Along [FANVID] by Ant3ka (unrated)

  • May. 6th, 2015 at 9:38 PM
Title: Farther Along

Fandom: Haven
Pairing: Audrey/Duke/Nathan
Categories: OT3, friendship, romance, angst
Length: media: vid, 2mins 49
Warnings: none standard; covers seasons 1-3 only, religious imagery in lyrics.

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] ant3ka
Author Website: Ant3ka on YouTube

Summary: Farther along // we'll know all about it // farther along // we'll understand why. Nathan, Duke and Audrey realize that they're stronger together.

Review: A while back I did propose to occasionally rec media, and since I posted earlier than usual, I figured I'd post a media rec, too.

We’re all cast-aways in need of ropes
Hangin’ on by the last threads of our hope
In a house of mirrors full of smoke
Confusing illusions I have seen...


Vidded to a beautiful song by Josh Garrels, this vid begins slowly showing Audrey alone with her personal mysteries, but soon opens out into exploring her relationships with Duke and Nathan, separately and together, their own t(T)roubles and mysteries, and the connection between the three of them... And how very important they are to each other, together through thick and thin, arrayed against the backdrop of the Troubles and the other less supernatural tensions of the town of Haven.

It's a couple of years old now so it doesn't cover the recent seasons 4 and 5(a). In fact, I think it makes quite the taster for the show, skirting the mysteries without too many concrete spoilers (just confusing/unreliable ones), and yes, these people are beautiful together and, yes, this show has one of the most convincing potential OT3s on television. Definitely a favourite.

Farther Along
Title: Five Times Synaesthesia Was a Problem For Tony Stark...
Fandom: Marvel
Pairing: Bruce Banner/Tony Stark
Categories/Genres: 5+1, Alternate Universe, Pre-canon, Angst, First Time, Virgin, Fluff, Established Relationship
Length: Medium (7009 words)
Warnings: Overt and internalized ableism

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] sonora_coneja
Author Website: Sonora

Summary:

Tony struggles to deal with his synaesthesia most of his adult life. Can he ever find somebody who understands what he’s dealing with? Written for this prompt on avengerkink.

Review:

I've always been fascinated by the brain. It's something we take for granted, calling it a 'noggin' and 'grey matter' like it's little more than a chunk of tissue as opposed to a highly refined structure made of a fragile web of connections that make the finest of lace look thick and unwieldy in comparison. Its complexity laughs in the face of our attempts to understand it, and its adaptability and flexibility mock our attempts to imitate it.

By some quirk of genetics or prenatal brain development, Tony is born with synesthesia, a neurological phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway. Howard, in his bid for the Shittiest Parent Ever Award, is utterly unsympathetic and makes no effort at all to understand Tony's experience, a mentality that Tony internalizes and carries with him for decades.

Sonora, who has synesthesia, takes very deliberate care in her descriptions of Tony's various experiences of various stimuli, from pain and pleasure to music and emotion. There are also graphic descriptions of how alcohol and cocaine affect his synesthesia. Even if you don't ship Bruce/Tony, it's a stunningly good read for how well Sonora recreates the range of sensory impressions, however exaggerated they may or may not be. If you know anyone with synesthesia, or suspect that you may have it, then this is a definite must-read simply to understand what it is that this small minority of people go through, trying to reconcile their understanding of the world with how they learn they are supposed to percieve it.

Five Times Synaesthesia Was a Problem For Tony Stark...
Title: The Fire's Out But Still It Burns
Fandom: Kingsman: The Secret Service
Pairing: Gary 'Eggsy' Unwin/Harry Hart
Categories/Genres: Fix it, Angst
Length: 2115
Warnings:

Author/Artist on AO3: Vacilando

Summary:
His mum said to call the number if he's in trouble.
So he did.
Or: Eggsy keeps calling a dead man to come and get him out of trouble.

Review:
Scouring through many, many fics that are becoming increasingly out of character, this one got me right in the chest. It's pretty short, but it's fragile and beautiful in an extremely broken way. Stuck between fics where Eggsy either has to cope with Harry being alive after all or being dead and having to move on without him, this Eggsy does neither. He doesn't break down or ask for extra missions. He's a little reckless with his life but when faced with the reality that no ones there to help him, his innate reaction is to do the opposite of surrender. He knows he has to carry on and isn't over-emotional about it except through one little habit where he calls, reaches out whenever he's at his most vulnerable. And it's through that habit that you see how clearly Harry's loss is like having a piece of glass through his chest, grating on him whenever he breathes.

The Fire's Out But Still It Burns

Tear A Way In by lady_deathangel (PG-13)

  • Apr. 13th, 2015 at 2:14 PM
Title: Tear A Way In
Fandom: Supernatural
Pairing: Dean/Castiel, Sam/Sarah/Jess, Gabriel/Balthazar
Genres: AU, Omegaverse, Werewolf, Angst, Drama, Romance, Virgin, Family
Length: Epic (41,813 words)
Warnings: Implied past child abuse, implied attempted rape

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] lady_deathangel
Author Website: lady_deathangel @ AO3

Author's Summary:
Omega wolves are so rare Dean Winchester never thought he’d meet one in his lifetime, let alone end up involved with one. But when the strange, enigmatic Castiel comes to Jackson Springs, one instinctive act of kindness throws the two of them together. Bound by instinct and something that runs much, much deeper, Dean finds himself torn between family, duty, and the stranger who's already burrowed deep under his skin.

Review:
I've read this fic so many times. The prose flows so nicely, it has a great balance of drama and romance, and it's not over the top or shoddily written as Omegaverse can sometimes be. It's a fun read with a satisfying resolution. Yes, this is a fic where omegas go into heat and alphas seek them out, but it focuses on Dean and Castiel's journeys to happiness rather than their sex life. There's no healing alpha cock in sight, and in fact Dean is the one who's the most unsure about his path in life.

Castiel is entirely himself in this fic. Though it's implied that he's had a rough or at least very isolated past, he's nowhere near a damsel dreaming of the strong arms of an alpha - he's already made his escape into the wider world and is living happily with Gabriel and Balthazar. It's Dean's issues with pack politics and his struggle with being an alpha that are the main focus of the fic, particularly his relationships with an asshole John, the usurper Azazel and a rebellious Sam who wants to get away from pack life. Though this isn't a groundbreaking fic, it's a solid, easy read that always makes me feel good.

Tear A Way In

Take Comfort by butterflydreaming (NC-17)

  • Apr. 12th, 2015 at 9:47 PM
Title: Take Comfort
Fandom: Cardcaptor Sakura
Pairing: Kinomoto Touya/Tsukishiro Yukito, Kinomoto Fujitaka/Kinomoto Nadeshiko
Categories: Romance, Angst, Post Canon
Length: Epic [84,718 words]
Warnings:Master/Creation Romantic & Sexual Dynamics, Nadeshiko/Yue pre-relationship, Jealousy.

Author Website: butterflydreaming (chrysalisdreams)


Summary: Yue's grief for Clow strains the expression of Touya & Yukito's developing romantic relationship. When Nadeshiko Kinomoto reaches out to the lonely Moon Guardian, they begin an unexpected friendship.{original summary}


Review:
I’ll start with a big win for the amazing length this fic has. Everytime I ask for Yukito/Touya in an exchange is very rare I win a fic in this fandom, and when I read fics made, they are always uber short. So let’s put our hands in the air and thank this fic exists.

After thanking that, I raise my hand for Yue and Yukito having diverse feelings, being conflicted by it and the tension overpassing their own inner conflict. Yue is living a half life, being stuck with his feelings about Clow, and the richness of details on his feelings is incredible. Yukito on the other hand is trying to figure himself and Touya’s relationship, while sharing his body with someone that cannot let go his ex.

This fic is complete on it’s own, but she has 3 short sequels, or rather stories in the same verse, two of them a very darling to me, specially the one where Yue cuts his hair, but the third one squicked me a bit: it’s a smut driven plot with a 3some between Nadeshiko (Touya’s mom), Fujitaka (Touya’s dad) and Yue. The reason for the squeak and the reason I’m commenting on it, is that there are elements of Nadeshiko/Yue in Take Comfort, so be aware. I was not comfortable with Yukito and Touya having a relationship while Yue had one with Touya’s mother. I like that they are separated beings, but is a bit weird that they share the same body and date both mother and son.

Putting that aside, and you totally can, because I was incredibly happy with the rest of the fic, Yue, Yukito and Touya are full of depth. While Yue is dealing with his sadness, Yukito and Touya are navigating their firsts.

Sakura is confident in her magic, she has hesitance, but she overpowers it and learns how to deal with the problems. It’s also great to see Sakura dealing with having her mother back - I won’t spoil how - and the family dynamics that they set in motion. I don’t dislike Nadeshiko, but I find her a bit wild to my tastes; she makes a lot of sense inside the plot and she truly triumphs and taking Yue out of his shell.

The best chapter for sure is 27, when Yue helps Yukito to seduce Touya! Oh, I was all Sakura on it, fangirling like mad. It’s super adorable and I was happy to see an almost Yue/Yukito/Touya part, even if subtle. Go read and let me know what you think, because I need someone to see the cheers genius of that scene.


Take Comfort
Title: Draco Malfoy and the Trials of Single Parenthood

Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: gen-ish, background Ron/Hermione, Harry/Ginny
Categories: drama, kidfic, diary, angst, humour
Length: long, 26,588 words
Warnings: I don't think so? See the bit about cynical-me and sobbing.

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] estora
Author Website: estora on AO3

Summary: Draco Malfoy: ex-Death Eater, former bigot, divorcee, and single father. His wife left him for Viktor Krum, his children worship the Weasleys who clash with the décor, something is rotten at Hogwarts, and he doesn't really know what he's doing. But maybe he's getting the hang of it.

Review: HP isn't really one of my fandoms, but reccing it last week made me want to re-read the previous really good HP fic I remembered reading. This rec is uncharacteristic for me, since I emphatically don't seek out kid fic. Yet evidently this story has some mysterious capacity to melt the cynical and hard-hearted. It has a couple of things working against it, actually, because I'm not a fan of the faux journal/diary style of narrative, and yet I did find that here I could get used to it after a while and still like the story very much.

Harry's generation are now in their mid thirties. As the story starts out it seems that Draco is still a prat, but a prat who loves his kids -- enough to disregard his own dignity and humiliate himself in front of his old enemies to provide parental comfort to them. And over the course of the story we get to see him mellow somewhat through the fronts he has to present and the stands he has to take for the sake of his children.

Perhaps the reason it works so well is that despite putting such an unlikely (and-yet-somehow-not) character in this situation, despite the magical world twist, the problems are real problems and the fic doesn't overplay things for angst, but takes on its situations with a genuineness and honesty. The impact of a parental separation. The way the parents' politics and actions and status impact upon their children. How parents have to fight for their children when they are different.

I suspect this has something to do with why this story reduced me to a sobbing mess in at least three places even on re-read. Really I don't know how to explain that.

Don't let that dissuade you from reading. It's actually a pretty funny story, too. Bring on the running jokes about Draco's receeding hairline.

Draco Malfoy and the Trials of Single Parenthood
Title: Marry Me A Little
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Pairing: Patrick Kane/Jonathan Toews
Categories/Genres: Alternate Universe, Harlequin, Marriage of Convenience, Fake Relationship, Coming Out, First Time, Miscommunication, Romance, Family, Fluff, Angst, Drama, Friendship, Domestic
Length: Super Epic (154814 words)
Warnings: N/A

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] bessyboo, [livejournal.com profile] thisissirius
Author Website: bessyboo, thisissirius


Summary:

When NHL star Patrick Kane's off-ice antics finally get him into trouble for the last time, captain and best friend Jonathan Toews has one final trump card to keep him from being traded: marriage...to each other. But between being the first openly gay hockey players, facing down a lockout, and the fact that Patrick has been in love with Jonny for years, will these two ever be able to work past their miscommunication to realize that their marriage may not be as much of a sham as they think it is?

Review:

First things first, a disclaimer: I am very new to hockey fandom. As such, I consider myself utterly unqualified to review the authors' characterization of the people appearing in this fic. I'll be reccing this almost as an original work.

But if you're fine with that, and if you love the fake relationship trope and all that it entails, then Marry Me A Little is the fic for you. It features such timeless classics as 'I've been in love with you since we first met', tooootally platonic sleep cuddling, emotional constipation, 'all our friends/family are surprisingly unsurprised by our relationship', fear of exposing one's unrequited feelings, the angstful suppression of said feelings for the sake of the fake relationship, running hot and cold in the attempt to suppress said feelings, and more communication failure than you can shake a hockey stick at. And let's not forget the dramatic reveal of fully requited feelings and the ensuing Happily Ever After.

But seriously, folks. So much communication failure. So much communication failure that multiple side characters in the fic make a point to tell the two of them to pull their heads out of their asses and actually communicate about important things. In fact, my only serious gripe with the fic is how bafflingly resistant Patrick and Jonny are to calmly talking things out. They go through multiple cycles of conflict and resolution throughout the fic, but with so little genuine discussion going on, the resolutions to their issues feel superficial and incomplete, provided that they're resolved at all.

What makes up for it is the sense that other characters notice and have opinions on the miscommunication roller coaster that is Jonny and Patrick's marriage. bessyboo and thisissirius don't just make the rest of the cast silent or blindly supportive bystanders. The vast majority of the people that appear in this fic have their own observations and opinions on the marriage, and though they're all supportive of the relationship, that doesn't stop some of them from expressing reservations about this or that consequence of the two of them being married and out while still being prominent hockey players. That level of detail and consideration creates a wondrously complex narrative that keeps the fic from becoming hyperfocused on Jonny and Patrick and their respective emotional struggles.

But that attention to detail isn't restricted to the people that appear in the fic. Even various news outlets offer their two cents on the relationship through a series of mock articles. Personally, I doubt that the media would be as kind to the first out and married hockey players in the league as they are in the fic, (which is probably why there's no mock FOX News article), but hey, this is fanfiction. We're only required to abide by reality as much as is necessary for the purposes of the story.

Honestly, I wouldn't recommend this fic to every hockey RPF fan out there, because obviously YKINMK and I won't assume that everyone is a fan of the fake relationship trope. But if you are, and you've been hesitating to read this because of reasons that may or may not include its prodigious length, then I would definitely say to take the leap. Don't worry, I won't chirp you (much) for taking more than four days to finish it.

Marry Me A Little

Who Watches Over Me? by Nyxocity (NC-17)

  • Mar. 27th, 2015 at 10:31 AM
Title: Who Watches Over Me?
Fandom: Supernatural RPS
Pairing: Jared/Jensen, J2
Categories/Genres: Bodyguard AU, Suspense, Porn with Plot, Romance, Hate Sex
Length: 96591
Warnings: None

Author/Artist on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] nyxocity
Author/Artist on AO3: AO3 Link

Summary: Jensen Ackles is an ex-Navy SEAL turned civilian bodyguard with a mysterious past. Jared Padalecki is a flamboyant Hollywood star known for his action movies who's been receiving death threats. The case sounds like Jensen's idea of a nightmare, and he takes it on against his better judgment. Jared drags him to clubs and parties and award ceremonies without any care for how difficult he's making Jensen's job, and to his complete lack of surprise, they hate each other. But when hate changes into passion, it begins to reveal something deeper between them, and Jensen realizes he's in over his head. Can he still do his job and keep Jared safe? Or will he fall prey to his greatest fear and fail someone... again?

Review:
Nyxocity is the author I would name as the best writer in any fandom as well as the hottest. I admit she ruined me for all other porn with her writing. Known first and foremost for her Homework Verse, her stories are what have kept me from even trying to read 50 Shades of Grey. Because I know in my heart they must be glorified Mills and Boon books in comparison to anything Nyxocity has written. Her stories are so entirely nsfw that they would never be mainstream.

There are many Bodyguard AU's but what makes this one special is the pure hatred Jared and Jensen have for each other at the start. They absolutely loathe the sight of the other and yet it is transfigured into the deepest kind of tension. They irritate each other to the point one of them explodes, usually Jensen, and this end up with them having really good and extemely rough sex. Yet Jensen's past keeps him closed off which sets them off on a rocky trail.

Who Watches Over Me?

Global and Eternal by tricatular (PG13)

  • Mar. 25th, 2015 at 11:11 PM
Title: Global and Eternal

Fandom: The Queen's Thief - Megan Whalen Turner
Pairing: Eugenides/Irene
Categories: angst, political intrigue, romance, drama
Length: medium, 3264 words
Warnings: references to mutilation and torture as per the books

Author on LJ: n/a?
Author Website: tricatular on AO3

Summary (mine): The tale of a coup upon the rulership of Attolia. (I think that the summary attached by the author is actually somewhat spoilery. Jump right into the fic! Be bold!)

Review: “You have had your time,” she said, coldly. “I want you to understand: this was always coming.”

Eugenides choked. He put his head down, shaking his head to try and clear his eye like an animal in a trap. “Irene,” he said again, “no, please. Please.”

“You did not steal me,” she said. “I was never yours.” She withdrew her foot, and fastidiously tapped it against the floor as if knocking off dirt.


I do seem to be failing on the 'epic' part of my recs lately, but here's a story that certainly feels more epic than its ~3000 word wordcount.

Megan Whalen Turner's name could almost be attached to this and I wouldn't be surprised. The author manages to capture the intensity and subtlety of the romance and politicking in the books, the chasm between the public and private faces of the king and queen of Attolia, and the layers of buried intrigue that take multiple readings (or at least the odd double-take) to unravel.

The two leads of this series of novels and their unconventional love story are long favourites of mine, and particularly in this fic I love the absolute composure of the Queen who reveals nothing, holding the threads of the plots while appearing submissive, contrasted with the King whose past trauma is all painted on the surface, and who manages to be awesome in spite of his deficit of dignity.

This is probably a primarily Yuletide fandom in terms of fanfiction production but is pretty energetic in its own right, so if you've read the books but you're not familiar with its presence online I suggest checking out [livejournal.com profile] sounis on livejournal. (A bonus free community rec thrown in!)

Global and Eternal
Title: Five Districts, Five Drugs
Fandom: Supernatural
Pairing: Sam/Dean, Sam/OMCs, Sam/OFCs, Sam/Jess
Genres: AU, Pre-Canon, Angst, Drama, Family, Hurt/Comfort, Romance, Hooker, Dark
Length: Super!Epic
Warnings: Incest, drug addiction, prostitution, underage, dub-con

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] rei_c
Author Website: N/A

Author's Summary:
Dean goes to pick Sam up from Stanford and ends up finding more than he bargained for.

Review:
The clue is in the title - this is a series of five fics, set in five different parts of San Francisco, wherein Sam is addicted to five different drugs. Instead of finding his brother at Stanford as we see in canon, Dean finds him in all sorts of places facing different challenges, both mundane and supernatural. Every fic has the same beginning paragraph and the same summary - and it's awesome to see how different the direction of each is despite this. The common theme of the fics is that Sam is taking drugs to deal with his psychic powers and their effect on his psyche.

rei-c's worldbuilding is amazing. The fics feature a wealth of different mythologies, and the author does justice to every one, despite how different they are. Hindu, Chinese, Vodou, Irish, Norse, and Wicca mythologies are all written with confidence, and if rei-c isn't an expert on all of them I certainly can't tell.

The other common theme of the series is Wincest, and healing brought to Sam by the arrival of Dean. Their relationship is definitely always a welcome comfort after the hurt, and there is a bit of the old being saved by true love trope - though the fics are too well-written to be called anything near saccharine.

Though drugs are a big part of the series, they are never glorified or portrayed as glamorous, and we clearly see that they aren't doing Sam any good. I wouldn't describe this series as depressing despite the heavy theme of drug addiction - because thankfully, there's always a Dean-shaped light at the end of the tunnel.

The warnings apply to the whole series rather then all of the fics, so make sure to look at their individual warnings.

Five Districts, Five Drugs Masterpost

you belong with me by countthestars (NC-17)

  • Mar. 15th, 2015 at 3:02 PM
Title: you belong with me
Fandom: One Direction (Bandom/RPF)
Pairing: Harry Styles/Liam Payne
Categories/Genres: Romance, Angst, AU,
Length: Long [35000 words]
Warnings: Underage Drinking.

Author/Artist on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] countthestars89
Author/Artist Website: countthestars[on AO3]

Summary: Liam and Harry grow up, fall apart, and figure it all out.
Or, the one where Harry gets famous and Liam gets left behind, and sometimes you find that what you're looking for has been here the whole time. (original summary)


Review:
This fic captures Liam so perfectly, or at least what I imagine Liam was pre-X-Factor, a kid that was awkward, lonely and still so driven to find his spot, while still wanting to share his amazing talent. First of all, this fic is a character study, written in Liam’s pov about his insecurities and how much he doesn’t know what to do unsupported. The contrast between Liam’s shyness and insecurity, but adorable fierceness with his friends and Harry’s charisma and popularity move the whole fic and enhance the internal tension of the plot.

Be aware that this fic shows Harry in a very graceless light, where if not hooked into the fic, you might feel angry, and you should, because story!Harry is a bastard! It’s not character bashing or personal distaste of the person Harry Styles, but an extrapolation of what we seen on fandom about Harry. We have several connections to the recurrent rumor of Harry moving out of the band and going solo and of the media’s constant showing him as a womanizer.

The friends to lovers cliche in this story is really well used, and we have a huge amount of pinning by Liam’s part and an oblivious jealousy on Harry’s part, which is absolutely delicious. There is also lot’s and lot’s of underage drinking and destructive behavior on Harry’s part, which is responsible for a good part of the angst on the fic.

I recommend this fic if you want a nice cry; it’s not unbearably sad, but it left me really depressed, and it was just what I need at the time. The only thing I got slightly bad was about Danielle/Liam, but even if, like me, you don’t like her, her participation is subtle, but really pointed and served the story really well. On the really happy note, the end is amazing and the progress to it is not rushed in any way.

The time of them separated, after Harry gets famous, is the best part of the story, so full of feelings. The story gets a happy ending, Niall is one lovely fairy godmother/lucky leprechaun and Zayn, my precious baby, is there to support Harry when he gets lost. When they finally start to get back together, you can count with a lovely Harry trying to make amends and Liam pissed off with Harry for using his fame to help Liam. It’s priceless. So it’s just story packed with feelings and the discovery of love, without being cheesy or predictable.


you belong with me

Title: If All Else Fails
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis/Stargate SG:1
Pairing: John Sheppard/Rodney McKay, Jack O'Neill/Sam Carter, Daniel Jackson/Vala Mal Doran
Categories: First Time, Romance, Crossover, Angst, Action/Adventure,
Length: First installment: 69k, total for series: 221k
Warnings: Violence, Rape/Non-con (off screen and never detailed)

Summary: Technically, it’s known as Operation Phoenix, but that’s a little too optimistic for Jack, who calls it the WAFGON plan: We’re All Fucked; Get Out Now.

Why You Should Read This: This series starts with the Trust taking over the SGC. In response, Jack sends out as many gate teams as he can, instructing them to try for Atlantis. SG1 is off-world when things come to a head, and thus must make their way to Atlantis with the knowledge that they're leaving Jack - and others, such as Cassie - behind on Earth to face who knows what consequences. Atlantis, meanwhile, must deal with being cut off from Earth and struggle with some pressing question: do they fight to save Earth? How can they rescue more of their people, including the families of those posted to Atlantis?

At the moment, there are 5 complete works in this series. The series itself is listed as incomplete, however. The first installment chronicles SG-1’s journey to Atlantis, as well as how Atlantis has begun to deal with suddenly being an independent colony. John and Rodney’s relationship doesn’t happen until the third installment, so be aware of that, but this fic is so good that I didn't even mind. Very well written, with an excellent focus on a broad cast of characters.

If All Else Fails

Skywalkers by Lady Karai (NC-17)

  • Mar. 9th, 2015 at 3:50 PM
Title: Skywalkers
Fandom: Kingdom Hearts/FF7/FF8/Advent Children
Pairing: Leon/Cloud, Sora/Kairi
Genres: AU, Crossover, Romance, Angst, Hurt/Comfort, Sci-Fi, Wingfic, Action
Length: Epic
Warnings: Attempted suicide, past non-con, past abuse, past torture, body horror, past major character death

Author on LJ: N/A
Author Website: Lady Karai @ Adult-FanFiction.org

Author's Summary:
Leon was used to living alone and going through the motions of his easy but dull life. Then, one night, a strange blond crashed into his bushes from out of nowhere, and he was drawn into a world no human ever dreamed of.

Review:
Leon, going through the motions as he writes trashy romance novels and mourns the death of Rinoa, his only contact with the outside world his little brother Sora (of KH fame), has his lonely life shaken up by the abrupt entry of Cloud. Damaged physically and mentally, Cloud is a fallen soldier bearing unwanted enhancements in the form of wings and superhuman power, and embroiled in a war he has never wanted any part of. A lot of this fic is about his slow recovery and the equally slow development of his and Leon's relationship. The hurt/comfort is a balm against all the horrors that Cloud has been subjected to - which are all thankfully offscreen, keeping this story from being pure angst despite its dark themes. The other half of the fic is devoted to the action, with Sephiroth and his three clones the antagonists, Clouds former torturers who are eager to claim him back. Leon's protection of Cloud is definitely satisfying, but best of all is that even when Cloud is understandably fragile, his bravery and compassion still shine through, and he fights at Leon's side.

The characters are all either their KH or Advent Children versions. There are some Organisation X cameos and the KH trio of Sora, Kairi and Riku are main characters, but as long as you know those three you hopefully won't be too confused. Leon is pretty much an older and less bratty Squall. Cloud is definitely his angstier Advent Children self, as is Sephiroth.

Skywalkers

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