Title: of the nature of the wound
Fandom: Check, Please!/Hockey RPF
Pairing: Eric Bittle/Jack Zimmermann, Larissa “Lardo” Duan/Shitty Knight, Patrick Kane/Jonathan Toews, Jamie Benn/Tyler Seguin, Past Kent Parson/Jack Zimmermann
Categories/Genres: Angst, AU, Drama, Epistolary, Established Relationship, First Time, Fluff, Friendship, Humor, Romance
Length: Long (33936 words)
Warnings: Homophobic language by hockey players

Author on LJ: N/A
Author Website: buchanan

Summary:

His first year in the NHL isn't easy, but Jack has spent his entire life playing through the hurt.

Review:

Note: While Check, Please! doesn't require knowing anything about hockey beyond the fact that it's a team sport played on ice, of the nature of the wound does require a functional knowledge of professional hockey and how its seasons are scheduled. Being a hockey RPF crossover, this fic does incorporate real hockey players, and knowledge of those players provides useful context for their roles in the fic.

A lot of the Check, Please! fic I read tends to be of the lighter variety. Humorous and/or cute, and generally threaded through with the pervasive sense of, 'oh, you adorable boys'. Considering how light-hearted the canon is, it's probably not surprising that the fanfiction I choose to read follows in that direction.

of the nature of the wound is not one of those fics. It's also not an easy fic to get through, namely because it focuses on Jack's anxieties about being a closeted professional hockey player. You could, uncharitably if honestly, call it Jack's downward spiral of anxiety and loneliness.

buchanan's fic exemplifies the proverb “it is always darkest just before the dawn” in that it feels very much like the very beginning of a story that we are not (yet) privy to, not just in terms of Jack and Bitty's burgeoning relationship, but also the NHL as a whole upon the coming out of one of its most recognized hockey duos. Hopefully more of that will unfold in buchanan's expected sequel.

And now that I've given you a lot of reasons not to read the fic, I suppose I should mention why I am actually reccing it: buchanan does a fantastic job of weaving the fluffy and fictional Check, Please! microcosm into the much colder real world, where people change and move past who they were and sometimes grow apart, and where they succeed, fail, break, and struggle to mend what is broken. Jack Zimmermann does not feel like a fictional character as buchanan writes him. Nor does Eric Bittle, nor even Chowder, who is something of a caricature even in the comic's canon. It truly is a testament to buchanan's grasp of emotional complexity that I clung, riveted until the end, in spite of the fic's darker tone and truly annoying ten-line section breaks. (No, seriously, keep a finger on the space bar or page down key.)

of the nature of the wound
Title: For An Extra Bark Or An Extra Smile
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Pairing: Roman Josi/Shea Weber
Categories: AU, Domestic, Fluff, Friendship, Romance
Length: Medium (12k)
Warnings: N/a

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] distorteddaytime
Website: DistortedDaytime's A03

Summary: Shea's new dog walker is great. Probably.

Review: This is a cute, fluffy, romantic comedy type story that manages to somehow avoid all the tropes that trigger my second-hand embarrassment.

It is far enough AU, that you can easily read this even if you aren't familiar with the hockey fandom.

For An Extra Bark Or An Extra Smile
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

King and Lionheart by thehoyden [NC-17]

  • Feb. 20th, 2015 at 9:00 AM
Title:King and Lionheart
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Pairing: Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin
Categories: AU, Domestic, Marriage of Convenience, Romance
Length: Epic (56k)
Warnings:

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] thehoyden
Website: The Hoyden A03

Summary: Sidney’s wedding day doesn’t go quite as he’d planned. When he’d bothered to imagine it at all, he’d thought of a nice June wedding in Nova Scotia, outdoors with the sun streaming down. He hadn’t imagined this hurried affair on the tarmac on a rainy and unseasonably cool day in early September, a month after his twenty-fifth birthday.

Review: This is an awesome Marriage of Convenience fic. Both Sidney and Evegeni care about each other and their relationships grows and deepens throughout the fic.

Sidney's POV is really solid throughout the fic and carries the storyline. You'll have a hard time putting it down to do anything else.

If you aren't familiar with the hockey rpf fandom, then this might not be the fic for you. It is in an alternate history AU, but it is still based on present day hockey.

King and Lionheart
Title: Fasten One Heart to Every Falling Thing
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Pairing: Sidney Crosby/Evgeni MalkinEvgeni Malkin/Alexander Ovechkin
Categories: AU, Romance,
Length: Epic (51k)
Warnings: Soulmate Au

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] thefourthvine
Website: The Forth Vine A03

Summary: Geno can't. Sidney won't.

Review: This fic turns the idea of soulmate AUs around. Sidney could theoretically bond with anybody, and Geno can't bond with anybody.

The fic builds slowly enough that you get a feel for the world, and how everything works. You also get a very good feel for the characters.

The relationship between Sidney and Geno feels completely organic as it builds slowly from people who need each other, to friendship, until they eventually fall in love.

Fasten One Heart to Every Falling Thing
Title: *'cause everyone's heart doesn't beat the same
Fandom: Hockey
Pairing: Patrick Kane/Jonathan Toews
Categories: AU, Domestic, Romance
Length: Medium (6.5k)
Warnings: homophobia, transphobia, casual use of some pretty harsh slurs, misogynistic language

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] colbertesque
Author Website: Website namecolbertesque Ao3

Summary: "Thirteen year old Pat Kane has short hair and a shorter temper, stands at five foot nothing and wants you to know about it. He plays hockey like he'll die if he can't, and if you have a problem with him, you have a problem with his whole team.
That's the way he's always wanted it."

Review: Patrick is so angry in this fic, it just feels honest. So often stories with transgender narrators become wrapped up in the issues surrounding being transgender, or try so very hard to make everything normal that they don’t take into account the differences in narrative that come along with this type of narrative.

Patrick in this story is brutally honest about what makes him who he is but never to the point that it interferes with the story.

'cause everyone's heart doesn't beat the same

blurs the darkness by Rest (Pg-13)

  • Jul. 24th, 2014 at 10:20 AM
Title: blurs the darkness
Fandom: Hockey RPS
Pairing: Tyler Brown/Tyler Seguin
Categories: AU, First Time, Romance
Length: Medium (9k)
Warnings: Past Transphobia

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] rest
Website: Rest

Summary: The thing about Tyler and Brownie is that they're really tight. Brownie gets Tyler to taste-test his latest experiments. Tyler forces Brownie to give him his brutally honest opinion about his more adventurous tattoo designs. They're both artists but they work with totally different materials, so looking over each others' work is always fascinating.

Review: This fic is wonderfully honest story that neither ignores the character being trans or pussy-foots around the issues that are involved. The romance is sweet while still being believable, and the sex is steamy.

blurs the darkness
Title: I Got a Love (That Keeps Me Waiting)
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Pairing: Patrick Kane/Jonathan Toews
Categories: Amnesia, Angst, AU, Domestic, Fluff, Pregnancy, Romance,
Length: Super!Epic (160k)
Warnings: Mpreg; Sex while under the influence

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

Summary:There's a lot of different ways this summary could go, like:

Patrick Kane gets more than a gold medal in Sochi.

Or, the classic: It's too late to pull out now.

Or: Patrick Kane continues to thrive in high pressure situations.

Or: Patrick Kane gets knocked up, goes to White Castle, and finds love, not necessarily in that order.

But, ultimately, all that really matters is this: Patrick Kane is keeping his baby.

Review: This is a sweet and slow building fic that takes advantage of a lot of the tropes wrapped up in accidental pregnancy and one night stands.

Despite this, the author doesn't make any assumptions about how the story has to follow the tropes. Svmadelyn allows Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews to narrate the story in what feels like an organic manner.

None of the little issues or problems related to pregnancy are glossed over to make everything seem glowing and happy. Neither of the main characters are without their weaknesses or issues. It feels natural that they get together, because of the way that Svmadelyn builds the story up with their families and friends getting their own opinion and screen time.

Why you might not want to read this story: If you aren't familiar with the Hockey fandom and don't feel comfortable with not knowing the base characters well this might not be the story for you. Also if you don't feel comfortable with Mpreg or partners keeping secrets from each other, this might hit a few too many of your soft spots.

I Got a Love (That Keeps Me Waiting)
Title: Hit Me With Your Best Shot
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Pairing: Martin Brodeur/Patrick Roy
Categories: Drama
Length: Medium (2900 words)
Warnings: Implications of rough sex, including consensual (mild) violence

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] 26miledrive
Author Website: Author profile @ AO3

Summary:
martin brodeur ties patrick roy's all-time win record on March 14, 2009. but don't think that makes them even.

Review:
A second great fic to come out of the [livejournal.com profile] hockeyrarepairs challenge and probably my personal favorite. As much as the first rec is fluffy and fun this one is darker but oh so wonderful. Brodeur and Roy had an intense rivalry fueled by two dynamic and competitive personalities. The author does an absolutely fantastic job with both of their personalities and the tension between the two is just absolutely palpable. The story is non-linear, which I’m not normally a fan of, but it works wonderfully here. I love the way this builds until the end. Even if you’re not familiar with Brodeur and Roy this story is so worth the read.

While I only highlighted two personal faves today, there were many other great fics posted as part of the [livejournal.com profile] hockeyrarepairs challenge. A portion of them were cross posted to AO3 but many were not. If at all interested I recommend you join the community to read some of the others not posted publicly.

Hit Me With Your Best Shot
Title: Hit Me With Your Best Shot
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Pairing: Martin Brodeur/Patrick Roy
Categories: Drama
Length: Medium (2900 words)
Warnings: Implications of rough sex, including consensual (mild) violence

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] 26miledrive
Author Website: Author profile @ AO3

Summary:
martin brodeur ties patrick roy's all-time win record on March 14, 2009. but don't think that makes them even.

Review:
A second great fic to come out of the [livejournal.com profile] hockeyrarepairs challenge and probably my personal favorite. As much as the first rec is fluffy and fun this one is darker but oh so wonderful. Brodeur and Roy had an intense rivalry fueled by two dynamic and competitive personalities. The author does an absolutely fantastic job with both of their personalities and the tension between the two is just absolutely palpable. The story is non-linear, which I’m not normally a fan of, but it works wonderfully here. I love the way this builds until the end. Even if you’re not familiar with Brodeur and Roy this story is so worth the read.

While I only highlighted two personal faves today, there were many other great fics posted as part of the [livejournal.com profile] hockeyrarepairs challenge. A portion of them were cross posted to AO3 but many were not. If at all interested I recommend you join the community to read some of the others not posted publicly.

Hit Me With Your Best Shot
Title: Hit Me With Your Best Shot
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Pairing: Martin Brodeur/Patrick Roy
Categories: Drama
Length: Medium (2900 words)
Warnings: Implications of rough sex, including consensual (mild) violence

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] 26miledrive
Author Website: Author profile @ AO3

Summary:
martin brodeur ties patrick roy's all-time win record on March 14, 2009. but don't think that makes them even.

Review:
A second great fic to come out of the [livejournal.com profile] hockeyrarepairs challenge and probably my personal favorite. As much as the first rec is fluffy and fun this one is darker but oh so wonderful. Brodeur and Roy had an intense rivalry fueled by two dynamic and competitive personalities. The author does an absolutely fantastic job with both of their personalities and the tension between the two is just absolutely palpable. The story is non-linear, which I’m not normally a fan of, but it works wonderfully here. I love the way this builds until the end. Even if you’re not familiar with Brodeur and Roy this story is so worth the read.

While I only highlighted two personal faves today, there were many other great fics posted as part of the [livejournal.com profile] hockeyrarepairs challenge. A portion of them were cross posted to AO3 but many were not. If at all interested I recommend you join the community to read some of the others not posted publicly.

Hit Me With Your Best Shot
Title: Hit Me With Your Best Shot
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Pairing: Martin Brodeur/Patrick Roy
Categories: Drama
Length: Medium (2900 words)
Warnings: Implications of rough sex, including consensual (mild) violence

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] 26miledrive
Author Website: Author profile @ AO3

Summary:
martin brodeur ties patrick roy's all-time win record on March 14, 2009. but don't think that makes them even.

Review:
A second great fic to come out of the [livejournal.com profile] hockeyrarepairs challenge and probably my personal favorite. As much as the first rec is fluffy and fun this one is darker but oh so wonderful. Brodeur and Roy had an intense rivalry fueled by two dynamic and competitive personalities. The author does an absolutely fantastic job with both of their personalities and the tension between the two is just absolutely palpable. The story is non-linear, which I’m not normally a fan of, but it works wonderfully here. I love the way this builds until the end. Even if you’re not familiar with Brodeur and Roy this story is so worth the read.

While I only highlighted two personal faves today, there were many other great fics posted as part of the [livejournal.com profile] hockeyrarepairs challenge. A portion of them were cross posted to AO3 but many were not. If at all interested I recommend you join the community to read some of the others not posted publicly.

Hit Me With Your Best Shot
Title: Hit Me With Your Best Shot
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Pairing: Martin Brodeur/Patrick Roy
Categories: Drama
Length: Medium (2900 words)
Warnings: Implications of rough sex, including consensual (mild) violence

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] 26miledrive
Author Website: Author profile @ AO3

Summary:
martin brodeur ties patrick roy's all-time win record on March 14, 2009. but don't think that makes them even.

Review:
A second great fic to come out of the [livejournal.com profile] hockeyrarepairs challenge and probably my personal favorite. As much as the first rec is fluffy and fun this one is darker but oh so wonderful. Brodeur and Roy had an intense rivalry fueled by two dynamic and competitive personalities. The author does an absolutely fantastic job with both of their personalities and the tension between the two is just absolutely palpable. The story is non-linear, which I’m not normally a fan of, but it works wonderfully here. I love the way this builds until the end. Even if you’re not familiar with Brodeur and Roy this story is so worth the read.

While I only highlighted two personal faves today, there were many other great fics posted as part of the [livejournal.com profile] hockeyrarepairs challenge. A portion of them were cross posted to AO3 but many were not. If at all interested I recommend you join the community to read some of the others not posted publicly.

Hit Me With Your Best Shot
Title: Hit Me With Your Best Shot
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Pairing: Martin Brodeur/Patrick Roy
Categories: Drama
Length: Medium (2900 words)
Warnings: Implications of rough sex, including consensual (mild) violence

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] 26miledrive
Author Website: Author profile @ AO3

Summary:
martin brodeur ties patrick roy's all-time win record on March 14, 2009. but don't think that makes them even.

Review:
A second great fic to come out of the [livejournal.com profile] hockeyrarepairs challenge and probably my personal favorite. As much as the first rec is fluffy and fun this one is darker but oh so wonderful. Brodeur and Roy had an intense rivalry fueled by two dynamic and competitive personalities. The author does an absolutely fantastic job with both of their personalities and the tension between the two is just absolutely palpable. The story is non-linear, which I’m not normally a fan of, but it works wonderfully here. I love the way this builds until the end. Even if you’re not familiar with Brodeur and Roy this story is so worth the read.

While I only highlighted two personal faves today, there were many other great fics posted as part of the [livejournal.com profile] hockeyrarepairs challenge. A portion of them were cross posted to AO3 but many were not. If at all interested I recommend you join the community to read some of the others not posted publicly.

Hit Me With Your Best Shot
Title: Come So Close That I Might See
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Pairing: Jordan Eberle/Jamie Benn
Categories: Pre-Slash, Friendship, Fluff
Length: Short (1107 words)
Warnings: None

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

Summary:
Jordan gets an unexpected reward for being woken up in the middle of the night.

Review:
This is the first of two recs today that come out of the [livejournal.com profile] hockeyrarepairs challenge on LJ. Jordan seems like such a nice guy so there’s no question that he would wake up in the middle of the night to help a teammate out of a jam, setting up this delightful story set at this years Worlds. I love the sweet, easy feeling of this and the author does a great job with the dialogue. Everytime I read this fic it leaves a smile on my face.

Come So Close That I Might See
Title: Come So Close That I Might See
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Pairing: Jordan Eberle/Jamie Benn
Categories: Pre-Slash, Friendship, Fluff
Length: Short (1107 words)
Warnings: None

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

Summary:
Jordan gets an unexpected reward for being woken up in the middle of the night.

Review:
This is the first of two recs today that come out of the [livejournal.com profile] hockeyrarepairs challenge on LJ. Jordan seems like such a nice guy so there’s no question that he would wake up in the middle of the night to help a teammate out of a jam, setting up this delightful story set at this years Worlds. I love the sweet, easy feeling of this and the author does a great job with the dialogue. Everytime I read this fic it leaves a smile on my face.

Come So Close That I Might See
Title: Come So Close That I Might See
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Pairing: Jordan Eberle/Jamie Benn
Categories: Pre-Slash, Friendship, Fluff
Length: Short (1107 words)
Warnings: None

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

Summary:
Jordan gets an unexpected reward for being woken up in the middle of the night.

Review:
This is the first of two recs today that come out of the [livejournal.com profile] hockeyrarepairs challenge on LJ. Jordan seems like such a nice guy so there’s no question that he would wake up in the middle of the night to help a teammate out of a jam, setting up this delightful story set at this years Worlds. I love the sweet, easy feeling of this and the author does a great job with the dialogue. Everytime I read this fic it leaves a smile on my face.

Come So Close That I Might See
Title: Come So Close That I Might See
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Pairing: Jordan Eberle/Jamie Benn
Categories: Pre-Slash, Friendship, Fluff
Length: Short (1107 words)
Warnings: None

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

Summary:
Jordan gets an unexpected reward for being woken up in the middle of the night.

Review:
This is the first of two recs today that come out of the [livejournal.com profile] hockeyrarepairs challenge on LJ. Jordan seems like such a nice guy so there’s no question that he would wake up in the middle of the night to help a teammate out of a jam, setting up this delightful story set at this years Worlds. I love the sweet, easy feeling of this and the author does a great job with the dialogue. Everytime I read this fic it leaves a smile on my face.

Come So Close That I Might See
Title: Come So Close That I Might See
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Pairing: Jordan Eberle/Jamie Benn
Categories: Pre-Slash, Friendship, Fluff
Length: Short (1107 words)
Warnings: None

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

Summary:
Jordan gets an unexpected reward for being woken up in the middle of the night.

Review:
This is the first of two recs today that come out of the [livejournal.com profile] hockeyrarepairs challenge on LJ. Jordan seems like such a nice guy so there’s no question that he would wake up in the middle of the night to help a teammate out of a jam, setting up this delightful story set at this years Worlds. I love the sweet, easy feeling of this and the author does a great job with the dialogue. Everytime I read this fic it leaves a smile on my face.

Come So Close That I Might See
Title: Come So Close That I Might See
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Pairing: Jordan Eberle/Jamie Benn
Categories: Pre-Slash, Friendship, Fluff
Length: Short (1107 words)
Warnings: None

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

Summary:
Jordan gets an unexpected reward for being woken up in the middle of the night.

Review:
This is the first of two recs today that come out of the [livejournal.com profile] hockeyrarepairs challenge on LJ. Jordan seems like such a nice guy so there’s no question that he would wake up in the middle of the night to help a teammate out of a jam, setting up this delightful story set at this years Worlds. I love the sweet, easy feeling of this and the author does a great job with the dialogue. Everytime I read this fic it leaves a smile on my face.

Come So Close That I Might See

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