October 5th, 2012

rosa isn't here right now

Day 04: The Stage by Feilyn (M)

Day 04 - A fic that demonstrates how a pairing with little canon romantic chemistry/interaction can totally work.

Fandom Category: Bleach
Pairing: Rangiku Matsumoto/Byakuya Kuchiki
Fic Title: The Stage
Author: Feilyn
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3830297/1/The-Stage
Rating/Warning(s): M. Violence, mentions of character death, mild sexuality
Genre: Drama, futurefic
WIP?: No, completed MC.

Why This Must Be Read: It's called The Stage. Every woman in the Seireitei goes through it. Falling in love with Kuchiki Byakuya. The number one rule, however, is to never expect him to fall back. Psht. Rangiku never played by the rules.

Rangiku's wit, humour and strength are the cornerstones of this story, but its other strengths: minor characters are given development, odd pairings that somehow completely work, respect given to their more canon relationships, and, despite the story being primarily drama, the plot is surprisingly compelling. It also features Rangiku stalking Byakuya through the streets and eavesdropping on rooftops. And other places. What more do you need?

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[Murdoch Mysteries] William/Julia - In t

Day Five: The Language of Flowers by nocleversig (NC-17)

Day 05 - A fic with the best kiss/sex scene.

Fandom Category: Sanctuary
Pairing: Helen Magnus/John Druitt
Fic Title: The Language of Flowers
Author: nocleversig
Link: Here
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17, explicit sex
Genre: Angst, smut
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: Not only this fic has the best kiss scene, but it also has a great sex scene. Perfect for today, right? This has a beautiful portrayal of Helen, but also of John. It shows how sweet and romantic he can be when the Ripper isn't in control. And the ship is written perfectly, in its tragic beauty. I think the last line of the fic says it all, really.
  • aj

Days 28-31, Multiple Fandoms, Multiple Recs.

Last, but not least! A few extras were tucked in here because I like symmetry, and four is not equal to nine. ;)

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Fairy Tales/Mythology, 3 recs

Fandom Category: Fairy Tales (Rapunzel)
Pairing: Rapunzel/Prince
Fic Title: Out Flew the Web and Floated Wide
Author: Lady Sarai
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/33969
Rating/Warning(s): General Audiences
WIP?: no

Why This Must Be Read: There are no more colors. There is no more light. He is alone, in the dark. But he will find her. The blind prince searches for Rapunzel. This story alternates between the prince's search for Rapunzel and flashbacks giving a believable and satisfying build up for what's usually a love-at-first-sight relationship. Personally, I actually enjoy this more than Disney's version of the story.

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remus & tonks: art kiss

Day 5: colours come and go by violet_quill (R)

Fandom Category: Harry Potter
Pairing: Nymphadora Tonks/Remus Lupin
Fic Title: colours come and go
Author: violet_quill
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/135668
Rating/Warning(s): R / sex
Genre: Romance, Angst
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: Of all the sex scenes I've read in fandom this piece is one of the most memorable. The way the author uses colors to show the progression of Remus and Tonks's relationship really works. A beautiful story that really showcases this pairing in all its facets.

He told her she was beautiful. She traced the scars on his back with her fingers as she came. She couldn’t see how her hair changed colour when she lost control. It came and went with every time they were together.

Days 3-5: Multiple fandom/pairing, 3 recs

Day 3: A fic for UST

Fandom Category: Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol
Pairing: Jane Carter/William Brandt
Fic Title: Needy, Desperate, Greedy
Author: havent_got_a_clue
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/340314
Rating/Warning(s): M/NC-17. Warnings for dirty talk
Genre: PWP
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: Jane has to work her wiles on a mark, but has trouble getting into character as it's a particularly repulsive mark. Brandt proves he's a team player and helps her get "in the mood" by regaling her over the comms with the hottest dirty talk I have ever had the pleasure of reading. I could imagine Jeremy Renner's voice as I was reading and I think I may have actually whimpered a little. Seriously guh-inducing. It's evident that Brandt isn't just making things up off the cuff--he's been imagining it for a long time, and Jane clearly reciprocates judging by the ending. *g* Plus, Benji provides fantastic comic relief.

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Day 1-10, Multiple fandom/pairing, 11 recs

Day 01:  A fic for your current favorite ship

Fandom Category:  Suits
Pairing:  Donna Paulsen/Harvey Specter
Fic Title:  Tangential
Author:  abvj
Link:  HERE
Rating/Warning(s):  PG
Genre:  Romance, friendship, angst
WIP?:  No

Why This Must Be Read:  This fic outlines all these different things Donna and Harvey know about each other, and it really underlines that no matter how they feel about each other, they're best friends and they will always know each other better than anyone else.  It's really a beautiful look at their relationship.

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