Fandom Category: The Avengers
Pairing: Natasha Romanova/Bruce Banner
Fic Title: although it's so romantic on the borderline tonight
Why This Must Be Read: A gorgeous one-shot. Natasha is given a mandatory vacation and she spends it idling in Avengers Tower, where Bruce is also spending his days. The characterization is fantastic and it's a treat to watch Bruce and Natasha get to know and become more comfortable with each other.
Fic Title: Demons
Rating/Warning(s): M/R. Warnings for non-explicit sex
Genre: Post-film, smut
Why This Must Be Read: Bruce wants to apologize for what the Hulk did to her, but Natasha has her own ideas about how to work through their issues. A lovely, sexy read with some gorgeous prose and some nice character insight.
Fic Title: Of Things Worth Defending
Rating/Warning(s): T/PG-13. Warnings for violence
Genre: Established relationship, sort of fluffy
Why This Must Be Read: This is a sequel of sorts to Neither Wild Nor Tame, which I rec'd previously. Some thugs up to no good break into Natasha and Bruce's home to get to Bruce, but Natasha isn't going to let that happen without a fight. Features Natasha being badass and protective.
Pairing: Natasha/Clint Barton
Fic Title: One Last Time
Rating/Warning(s): Not rated, but I would say PG to PG-13ish. Warnings for character death, cancer, and muchos angst
Why This Must Be Read: Written for avengerkink. Clint always figured he was going to die young, but he never expected his own body to be the cause of his death. He has cancer and it's terminal, but he's committed to living out his last days among the people he loves best. This story will break your heart, but there's some lovely, lovely team interaction and Clint and Natasha are beautiful together.
Fic Title: my chick do stuff that i can't even put in words
Rating/Warning(s): T/PG-13. Warnings for language
Why This Must Be Read: Clint's been kidnapped, and sure, he could save himself, but he knows Natasha is on her way and there's nothing he enjoys more than watching the woman he loves doing what she does best: kicking ass. A very enjoyable one-shot and I love how much Clint loves that Natasha is a complete BAMF.
Fic Title: warp and weft
Link: LJ: http://avengerkink.livejournal.com/5758.html?thread=8337022#t8337022
Rating/Warning(s): I'd say PG-13. Warnings for violence, mild gore, torture
Genre: AU, aaaaangst, whump, hurt/comfort sort of
Why This Must Be Read: Written for avengerkink. This is a slight AU wherein Loki has Clint's mouth sewn shut before Natasha manages her "cognitive recalibration". Clint has to go through the rest of the events of the movie while thus incapacitated, and Natasha is the only one he trusts to cut him free once the battle is finally over. There's some great team interaction, but the concern and tenderness Natasha reserves for Clint is beautiful.
Fic Title: I am the heart that you call home
Rating/Warning(s): R. Warnings for violence, sex
Why This Must Be Read: This is the fic that everyone who has seen the gifsets on tumblr have been waiting for: a Clint/Natasha Mr. and Mrs. Smith AU. And it is glorious.
Fic Title: Love is for Children
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17. Warnings for sex, past dub-con
Why This Must Be Read: Written for avengerkink. In the movie, Natasha claims to owe Clint a debt. This prompt/fill explores exactly what she means by that. Natasha doesn't think of herself as a real person, too used to being whoever her employers want her to be (which will make sense to anyone who's familiar with her backstory in the comics). She starts sleeping with Clint as a way of showing her gratitude/repaying her debt. This situation could be really skeevy, but the author does a fantastic job of showing that Clint genuinely loves Natasha for the person she's becoming, for everything she's had to work through to get to where she is now. And while Natasha may think she's only repaying a debt, it's clear that she loves Clint but doesn't recognize what it means to be in love. I've been stalking this fill for the past 2 days or so, and it's being updated fairly regularly, so hopefully it'll be completed soon.
Fic Title: Blood and Tears
Why This Must Be Read: Written for avengerkink. Natasha only ever cries as a cover for her missions, as a tool, as a way to manipulate marks, but she never cries for herself--until she sees Clint drop from an apparent shot to the head. This is a beautiful fill.
Fic Title: Orbit
Rating/Warning(s): E/NC-17. Warnings for sex
Genre: Post-movie, angst, first time
Why This Must Be Read: Battered and scarred by the events in the movie, Clint and Natasha try to renegotiate their relationship and heal. It's angsty, brutal, tender, and hopeful and the sex is fantastic.
Fic Title: Two for the Show
Author: mousie tongue
Rating/Warning(s): T/PG-13. Warnings for bullying, homophobic language, swearing, violence, child abuse, dub con/vague rape allusions
Genre: high school!AU
Why This Must Be Read: This is a high school AU where Natasha and Clint (and Bruce) are orphaned minors living at a group home. Surviving high school is hellish enough, but on top of that, they have to survive bullies in their own group home. Natasha and Clint forge an incredible bond and the cameos from the other Avengers are fantastic. Thor, and his mother, Frigga, in particular, are delightful.
Three different takes on Natasha deflowering Steve:
Pairing: Natasha/Steve Rogers
Fic Title: Moving the Furniture
Rating/Warning(s): R/NC-17. Warnings for sex
Genre: Smut, first time, friends with benefits, humor
Why This Must Be Read: It's not that Steve can't talk to women--it's that he can't talk to people he's attracted to, which is why he either clams up or makes a fool out of himself around Natasha. Everything Sam writes is fantastic, and this fic is no exception. It's humorous and sexy and I really enjoyed his take on Natasha and Steve as characters.
Fic Title: Kick Off Your Sunday Shoes
Rating/Warning(s): It's rated as T/PG-13 but esp w/ the later chapters, it should be more like M/R/NC-17. Warnings for sexytimes
Genre: Romance, Smut, first time
Why This Must Be Read: I am completely in love with this fic because it combines 2 of my favorite Steve!fic tropes--Steve losing his virginity and Steve learning to dance. Natasha takes Steve for dancing lessons at the local senior center (yes really, and it is charming and fantastic) and along the way, they start to fall for each other. I like that they don't immediately fall into bed, but Natasha eases him into sex (rounding the bases if you will) and it is ridiculously hot. The slow burn is immensely enjoyable and their flirting and banter is both sexy and fun. I check this fic obsessively for updates.
Fic Title: Never Have I Ever
Rating/Warning(s): E/NC-17. Warnings for sex
Genre: Smut, first time
Why This Must Be Read: A game of Never Have I Ever reveals that Steve is still a virgin. Natasha is more than willing to help him cross that never-have-I-ever off his list. Sexy and enjoyable.
Fic Title: Things More Intimate
Genre: Romance, character study
Why This Must Be Read: This is an exquisite character study. Steve draws Natasha (and no, not in the sexy Titanic way) and manages both to see and capture her essence in all her fierce and courageous glory.
Fic Title: she's a swell gal, with a gun in her hand
Genre: Character study
Why This Must Be Read: Steve tries to figure Natasha out--what he does know is that she's possibly the most impressive gal he knows. I love any story that appreciates how fantastic Natasha is. Steve is perfect in this--a little more protective than he should be, but just the right amount of noble and upstanding.