Part I: http://community.livejournal.com/finefoxyladies/3601.html
Part II: http://community.livejournal.com/finefoxyladies/4008.html
Part III: http://community.livejournal.com/finefoxyladies/4816.html
Why This Must Be Read: What begins with an argument over the proper way to handcuff a suspect, continues with a debate over interrogation techniques, and ends with Carlton handcuffed to Jules's kitchen chair--and sex. This is exactly how their First Time would go:
He nodded assent. Damn her.
She leaned over to his right ear. The hollow of her bare shoulder was against his lips; her lips were against his earlobe. "I can't hear you."
His lower torso, uninterested in how humiliated he was as a law enforcement professional, betrayed him at last.
This is my all-time favorite Psych fanfic. If you read only one of these recs, read this one, although all the stories under jesshelga's lassiter/o'hara tag are worth perusing.
Title: 20 Times Carlton was glad to have O'Hara as his partner (not that he told her that)
Author: s_c [LJ?]
Why This Must Be Read: What it says on the label. This fic captures Carlton and Jules's partnership so well. Part of a larger, if otherwise OT, 20 x 20 series.
Title: Amped Up
Why This Must Be Read: kasuchi is a long-time multi-fandom fic author, who has only recently begun writing Psych fanfic. Everything under her fic: psych tag is worth reading.
This story, specifically, is Genderswap!Lassie/Genderswap!O'Hara, written for Porn Battle X. (Since both partners are genderswapped, I think it still counts as het.) kasuchi has interesting things to say about how gender affects character. Also, there's porn, which makes me happy. For a while, kasuchi was writing so much good Carlton/Jules, that it felt like she was my fannish fairy godmother.
kasuchi also wrote Iridescence (NC-17), an engaging Genderswap!Lassie/Jules femmeslash. While I realize that this fanfic is OT for this community (and, hence, not receiving its own rec), it is excellent, if you are into that sort of thing, and also has fascinating interpretations of both characters. The way kasuchi writes them reminds me of Faith/Buffy, especially in "Bad Girls."
Title: Block & Jam
Rating/Warning(s): Unrated but maybe NC-17, because it was written for Porn Battle VII
Why This Must Be Read: piecesofalice is another prominent Carlton/Jules author. All of piecesofalice's relevant stories are under the tag juliet and lassiter variety hour.
"Block & Jam" is set in the locker room, after roller derby, and Jules makes Carlton recite the Californian Penal Code while they shag. Which . . . yeah, they totally would. They're both that freaky and crazy about their jobs.
Title: "Breakfast" & "Children"
Why This Must Be Read: lo_duclavier was writing a series "One Hundred Ways to Smell of Peach," which I think was never finished. Each part was stand alone, however, and my favorites are:
"Breakfast" - Carlton and Jules are held hostage for three days. This is a hurt/comfort story, with a shifting time-frame between the two components and where *both* parties are hurt and *both* provide the comfort. It makes a change from the commonplace one-sided h/c stories in fandom. This fic also shows how our favorite SBPD partners work so well as a team. This story has *everything* I could want for this pairing.
"Children" - In which Carlton is about as smooth as a tack but Jules understands his intentions, anyway. It's a cute yet credible bit of fluff.
Why This Must Be Read: "Sunshowers" is a yuletide story from several years ago. It's sort of the inspiration for this entry, since I'm slightly saddened that Psych is no longer considered "small" enough for Yuletide.
In this fic, Jules saves Carlton from a lonely Christmas. Their banter reads like it could have come from the series
("Okay, but do you promise not to tell Shawn?"
Carlton rolls his eyes. "No. I'm going to send him all your secrets in a sparkly text message complete with little hearts, and color-coded so only Spencer and I can understand it."
"Point taken, but you do realize that it's impossible to color-code a text message, right?").
The fic gets a little sappy towards the middle, but, since it's a Christmas story, that's allowed. Plus, the wonderful character insight in the last third makes the whole thing worth it, like Jules calling out Carlton for "sitting in [her] bedroom for a good long time exploring all the ways this could end badly" or putting on a mask of grumpiness, since it's easier than dealing with his emotions.
Also, this one's worth reading, because it's just so FUNNY and JOYFUL.
Why This Must Be Read: Jules can read Carlton's mind. Literally. Maybe.
This is my favorite one-shot Carlton/Jules fanfic. The author captures Carlton's denial about his feelings and his sense of paranoia but keeps his overall decency. Every word is perfect. I adore how this author writes Carlton and Jules as completely accepting of each other—quirks, flaws, and all.