June 25th, 2016


Dragon Age, 4 recs, 4 rare pairings

Fandom: Dragon Age
Pairing: Merrill/Varric Tethras
Title: Deflowering Daisy
Author: Shadowfire_RavenPheonix
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/3338174/chapters/7300610
Rating/Warning(s): E
Word Count/WIP?: 32,570/No
Recced on LiveJournal By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)
Special Rec: 167 of ?

Why This Must Be Read: Merrill's friends are all shacking up with each other and with Maiden's Eve approaching, she just wants to know what all the fuss is about sex! The only person she knows who could teach her is Varric. This is fun and ohhhh man is there a lot of smut. And for anyone who's ever experienced and remembers that anxiety about being a virgin, the feelings very definitely hit close to home.

Pairing: Josephine Montilyet/Blackwall, also background Cassandra Pentaghast/Male Trevelyan and Iron Bull/Dorian Pavus
Title: Brief, Brilliant Miracles series
Author: DinosaurTheology
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/series/242140
Rating/Warning(s): rated G-M
Word Count/WIP?: 112,448/No
Recced on LiveJournal By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)
Special Rec: 168 of ?

Why This Must Be Read: The Josephine/Blackwall romance is so sweet but it's so hard to find fic for them where they're the main focus of the story and not just a background pairing. So imagine my delight when I found a multi-part series with hundreds of thousands of words that devotes the majority of its screentime to them and fleshes out their characters, families and romance. This author is doing the Lord's work.

Pairing: Inquisitor/Abelas, past Inquisitor/Solas
Title: The Long Pursuit
Author: tinyfierce
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/4032418/chapters/9067387
Rating/Warning(s): E
Word Count/WIP?: 34,096/No
Recced on LiveJournal By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)
Special Rec: 169 of ?

Why This Must Be Read: The Inquisitor and Abelas keep running into each other in the Fade at night when they sleep, both trying to track a wolf who stalks the Fade. Abelas teaches the Inquisitor how to track, as well as teaching her more about her Elven heritage. In turn, the Inquisitor convinces him to join her people at Skyhold, and Abelas learns how to make connections again, both platonic, romantic, and something far more carnal. This is a super obscure pairing, but the best authors can make even the most unusual pairings work and that is absolutely the case here. I love how the author brings Abelas to life. His interactions with the rest of the ensemble are a delight and the way his relationship with the Inquisitor gradually deepens is lovely and feels natural, without discounting the recent dissolution of her relationship with Solas.

Pairing: Hawke/Rylen
Title: Oasis in the Desert
Author: RedHawkeRevolver
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/5562535/chapters/12829042
Rating/Warning(s): E
Word Count/WIP?: 10,367/No
Recced on LiveJournal By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)
Special Rec: 170 of ?

Why This Must Be Read: Hawke spends a few weeks stuck at Griffon Wing while in the Western Approach, and gets to know and fall in love with Rylen. Again, the author does a great job with fleshing out a minor character and crafting a believable romance for an unusual pairing.

Mods, I need ALL THE PAIRING TAGS. Merrill/Varric Tethras, Josephine Montilyet/Blackwall, Inquisitor/Abelas, and Hawke/Rylen.

Hockey RPF (Rule 63, Crossover) & Actor RPF, 19 recs, various pairings

Fandom: Hockey RPF
Pairing: Girl!Jack Eichel/Connor McDavid, Girl!Carey Price/PK Subban, Girl!Seth Jones/Roman Josi, Girl!Ryan Nugent/Taylor Hall/Jordan Eberle, Girl!Dylan Strome/Mitch Marner, Girl!Tyler Seguin/Jamie Benn
Title: my head's not bowed series
Author: wonthetrade
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/series/380548
Rating/Warning(s): rated T-E
Word Count/WIP?: 149,785/Each story is complete but the series is ongoing
Recced on LiveJournal By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)
Special Rec: 171 of ?

Why This Must Be Read: This is my favorite Rule 63 hockey RPF series right now. I love how each romance has its own unique flavor and the authors do a fantastic job of making each lady her own person with her own struggles and her own approach/impact on the game. No interchangeable women here! My other favorite thing about this series is the way the women support each other no matter what, despite team rivalries.

Pairing: Girl!Roman Josi/Shea Weber
Title: sweet like tennessee honey
Author: nighimpossible
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/6017821
Rating/Warning(s): E
Word Count/WIP?: 23,220/No
Recced on LiveJournal By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)
Special Rec: 172 of ?

Why This Must Be Read: Ugh, this story is so good. Roman and Shea don't start off on the best of terms, but they gradually become friends, partners, and something more. Also, there is FAKE DATING. And also delicious smut.

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Pairing: Original Character/Tyler Brown
Title: When It's Right
Author: rsadelle
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/2148636
Rating/Warning(s): E
Word Count/WIP?: 31,799/No
Recced on LiveJournal By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)
Special Rec: 183 of ?

Why This Must Be Read: Kelsey and Tyler are both not looking to date, but their best friends are dating and if they happen to hook up whenever they run into each other, that's their business. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this! I really liked the OC, really liked the way Tyler was written, and I'm a sucker for Unexpected Romantic Feelings.

Pairing: Amanda Kessel/Sidney Crosby
Title: neon tulips
Author: ladyalysv
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/4935829
Rating/Warning(s): G
Word Count/WIP?: 4803/No
Recced on LiveJournal By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)
Special Rec: 184 of ?

Why This Must Be Read: When Amanda has to take time off from hockey due to her concussion, her brother, Phil, gives her the number of a friend of his who knows what it's like to have to deal with her situation. She and Concussion Guy text for months and start getting close...until she finally finds out that Concussion Guy?? Is Sidney Crosby. This was sweet and funny!

Pairing: Amanda Kessel/Sidney Crosby
Title: these currents pull us 'cross the border
Author: theladyscribe
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/5333969
Rating/Warning(s): G
Word Count/WIP?: 4390/No
Recced on LiveJournal By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)
Special Rec: 185 of ?

Why This Must Be Read: When Phil gets traded to the Penguins, Amanda comes along for a while to help him househunt. What she didn't realize is that they were going to be staying with Sidney Crosby while they did it. I liked the careful friendship they built, and the chirping, and then the gradual progression towards romance.

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Pairing: Kristen Stewart/Jonathan Toews
Title: Romeo and Juliet series
Author: cherryvanilla
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/series/60455
Rating/Warning(s): E
Word Count/WIP?: 43,786/No
Recced on LiveJournal By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)
Special Rec: 189 of ?

Why This Must Be Read: I don't think these 2 even know each other, but the author has written about 2 dozen or so stories for this pairing and they're all???? SO TROPETASTIC AND GOOD?? This is my favorite series of the stories the author has written. Kristen and Johnny end up drunk and Vegas-married and word gets out before they can get it quietly annulled. Their agents suggest they stay married for a while for publicity reasons and then divorce later. The last thing they expected was to fall in love and want to stay married. UGH GUYS. THIS IS THE BEST OF THE FAKE DATING TROPE. FEELINGS!! AND MUTUALLY OBLIVIOUS PINING!!! AND INCREDIBLY HOT SMUT!! AND THEN THEY STAY MARRIED AND START A FAMILY AND IT'S ALL JUST. SO MUCH.

Mods, can I have a tag for Kristen Stewart/Jonathan Toews?