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12 November 2014 @ 11:53 pm
Challenge 135: The Avengers, 24 Natasha/Steve recs  
So...I might have...possibly...gone a little overboard with this. I just have so many FEEEEEEEELINGS about this ship, especially in the wake of CATWS and no one else is reccing them and WHY?? WHY AREN'T YOU ALL OVER THIS SHIP, FANDOM? But, ahem, for your convenience I've sorted these recs into loose categories.


Fandom Category: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Pairing: Natasha Romanoff/Steve Rogers
Fic Title: there's trees in the desert since you moved out
Author: irnan
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/2121282
Rating/Warning(s): M/R
Word Count/WIP?: 37,039/No
Recced By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)

Why This Must Be Read: Post-CATWS. Steve and Natasha can't handle their feelings (in general, not necessarily for each other) so they roadtrip across America, busting old HYDRA haunts to avoid dealing with their issues. This was everything I could have ever wanted out of a Steve/Nat story EVER. It does so right by them in terms of characterization. CATWS gave us a glimpse of Natasha's complexity and vulnerability, and the author fleshes that out BEAUTIFULLY. This Natasha is wonderfully human, wry, a bit (a lot) of a dork, super damaged and trying to cope with it, desperate for human connection but not quite sure how to manage it, and just a;sdjkasdf;lasf. PERFECT. Steve, is similarly not put on a pedestal, and while we are all aware of what his good qualities are, we also get a chance to see his darker side, the part of him that doesn't quite have it together, has difficulty coping, and is a little self-righteous and confrontational. Sam and Clint also get roped into these shenanigans, and their characterization is just as complex and multifaceted. There’s humor and angst AND FEELS and some super sexy UST. It is amaaaaazing. MUST READ.

Fic Title: After Me Comes the Flood
Author: monanotlisa
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/1897059?view_full_work=true
Rating/Warning(s): M/R
Word Count/WIP?: 10,053/No
Recced By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)

Why This Must Be Read: Lovely and introspective with a wonderful Natasha voice. I enjoyed how Steve isn't a fumbling virgin, and is refreshingly direct with Natasha and the possibility of the two of them together. And Steve speaks French in this, which is still hot even in fic, rather than audiovisual, form.

Fic Title: Wishes and Nightmares
Author: SaraNoH
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/568175
Rating/Warning(s): T/PG-13; Depicts a difficult pregnancy which might be triggering for some.
Word Count/WIP?: 121,370/This story is complete, but is part of a larger series called the Nadiaverse, which is currently at 8 parts so far, with additional stories set to be published within the next month or so.
Recced By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)

Why This Must Be Read: Loki conjures a spell which causes the Avengers to experience both their greatest wishes and their greatest nightmares. Natasha, who was rendered infertile by the Red Room, suddenly finds herself pregnant but no one is sure how long it will last and whether Natasha or the baby will survive it. Steve, in spite of it, offers to stand in place of a father figure, not out of romance, but out of duty...at least at first. I really enjoy this series and the way Natasha and Steve's relationship develops because none of it comes easy and the author allows the characters to be messy and vulnerable and flawed. The thing about Natasha and Steve is that on paper most people wouldn't think they'd work, but they work together because they work at their relationship and I think that's incredibly important. Also, Nadia and their family life is ADORABLE. I am such a sucker for Daddy!Steve, sob.

Fic Title: Close
Author: spanglecap
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/2332556?view_full_work=true
Rating/Warning(s): M/R
Word Count/WIP?: 20,649/No
Recced By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)

Why This Must Be Read: I have. So many feelings. About Steve shielding and protecting Natasha. This story was originally a one-shot about the sense of comfort Natasha takes from being tucked close to Steve under his shield and then expanded into a lovely, slow burn fic with feeeeeeelings, all of the feeeeeeeeelings.

Fic Title: Individuation
Author: cartographies
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/1736642
Rating/Warning(s): M/R
Word Count/WIP?: 11,942/No
Recced By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)

Why This Must Be Read: God, this story. This story. What an incredible Natasha character study written with such breathtaking clarity. Whether you ship Nat and Steve or not, I don't think anyone would really dispute the idea that Natasha fucking loves Steve and would walk across burning coals for him. I love their relationship in this, the realization of how much Steve means to her, and how she's trying to become her own person and be the friend he needs. Like I said, this story is more about Nat than it is about the romance, but I like that the author leaves the possibility of something more.

Fic Title: A Peculiar Advantage
Author: Partly Good (MeraNaamJoker)
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/1688891
Rating/Warning(s): E/NC-17
Word Count/WIP?: 17,333/No
Recced By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)

Why This Must Be Read: A nice long, plotty read. This was written prior to season 2 of AoS, so it's been Jossed, but it's a gripping mystery, with a great dynamic between Steve and Natasha.

Pairing: Natasha/Steve with past Natasha/Bucky and Steve/Peggy, and implied Bucky/Peggy
Fic Title: blue skies over bad lands
Author: sevenfoxes
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/1406944
Rating/Warning(s): M/R
Word Count/WIP?: 13,596/No
Recced By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)

Why This Must Be Read: Aka the one where they all have the serum and Natasha, Bucky, and Peggy were in the Red Room together. Written pre-Cap2, so thoroughly Jossed but an incredible, if heart-hurt-y read. Natasha and Steve are written so right and the insights into their characters are just beautiful.

These next recs are all about the smut, b/c let's be real, that's what y'all are here for. This is just a sampling of some of the smut that's out there, but from what I've gleaned from my ahem, exhaustive research is that the Nat/Steve fandom has collectively decided that Steve really REALLY likes going down on Natasha. LOOK I DIDN'T MAKE THIS RULE, I'M JUST SAYING. (IT'S TOTALLY TRUE THOUGH, LIKE, WHERE IS THE LIE REALLY??)

Pairing: Nat/Steve with background Tony/Coulson/Pepper
Fic Title: A Good Look On You
Author: kinky_kneazle
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/462918
Rating/Warning(s): E/NC-17
Word Count/WIP?: 1246/No
Recced By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)

Why This Must Be Read: Natasha has tried EVERYTHING to try to make Steve absolutely lose control in bed--her sexiest lingerie, a cheerleader costume, a USO girl outfit, a latex nurse outfit, you name it. When her latest idea turns out to be another dud, she unthinkingly tries something else and well...WELL. This was both unbelievably sexy and hilarious, especially the final exchange with Coulson and Natasha.

Fic Title: start how you mean to go on (and we won't have any trouble)
Author: AcreCalm
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/1058401
Rating/Warning(s): M/R
Word Count/WIP?: 1507/No
Recced By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)

Why This Must Be Read: The first of the "Steve likes going downtown" recs. Also contains public bathroom sex aw yisss.

Fic Title: Determined and Sincere
Author: circ_bamboo
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/1569017
Rating/Warning(s): E/NC-17
Word Count/WIP?: 1792/No. Part 5 of a series called he'll understand what kind of gal I've been
Recced By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)

Why This Must Be Read: Entirely about Steve going down so well on Natasha he gets his eyelashes wet. Unf.

Fic Title: Sweetest in the Middle
Author: impertinence
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/1621301
Rating/Warning(s): E/NC-17
Word Count/WIP?: 1076/No
Recced By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)

Why This Must Be Read: Not just cunnilingus, but also face-sitting. This is filthy and SCORCHING, LAWD.

Fic Title: When the World Ends
Author: nautilicious
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/1623404
Rating/Warning(s): E/NC-17
Word Count/WIP?: 4364/No
Recced By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)

Why This Must Be Read: SUPER sexy friends with benefits fic, with some fun banter and technically "half a virgin" Steve.

Fic Title: What Friends Do
Author: NidoranDuran
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/1421470
Rating/Warning(s): E/NC-17
Word Count/WIP?: 2085/No
Recced By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)

Why This Must Be Read: Natasha knows Steve can be the kind of friend with benefits to give her the rough, competitive sex she needs, but first she has to ease him into it. This was delicious.

Fic Title: You can't call it "Veritaserum"
Author: Mommybird
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/1660142
Rating/Warning(s): E/NC-17
Word Count/WIP?: 2865/No
Recced By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)

Why This Must Be Read: Steve gets dosed with truth serum and can't help himself from telling Natasha all the things he'd like to do to her. HOLY DIRTY TALK BATMAN. Reading this left me completely unable to form a coherent thought, it was that hot.

Fic Title: I Only Pretend to Know Everything
Author: copperbadge
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/1469803
Rating/Warning(s): M/R
Word Count/WIP?: 1797/No
Recced By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)

Why This Must Be Read: Natasha and Steve have comfort sex in Sam's guest room. Another Steve's first time story. This is just...so melancholy, and emotional, and lovely. copperbadge knows exactly how to write Steve and everything about his characterization and the things he says in this story are just...they ring so true. Just beautiful.

Fic Title: Steering
Author: Salmon_Pink
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/1471069
Rating/Warning(s): M/R
Word Count/WIP?: 1253/No
Recced By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)

Why This Must Be Read: A smutty CATWS interlude set after Natasha and Steve do the fakeout makeout and have "borrowed" a truck. Natasha keeps making excuses to kiss Steve for "the mission" which eventually leads to some seriously sexy times in the truck.

Fic Title: Soldier's Poem
Author: enigma731
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/1919979
Rating/Warning(s): M/R
Word Count/WIP?: 2394/No
Recced By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)

Why This Must Be Read: Oh god the feeeeeeeeeels. Set post CATWS, Steve goes over to Natasha's apartment and they find some comfort in each other. Really lovely emotional porn.

Fic Title: Glad You Came
Author: florahart
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/2312237
Rating/Warning(s): M/R
Word Count/WIP?: 6994/No
Recced By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)

Why This Must Be Read: Aside from the fact that the title is a double entendre that makes me snicker like a 5 year old (eh hehehehe), I really liked the Steve POV, especially the section where he talks about his taste in women and how that developed. I loved Nat and Steve's friendship and how that becomes more.

Fic Title: You're a Bedtime Story
Author: KatStratford
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/2328779
Rating/Warning(s): E/NC-17
Word Count/WIP?: 2586/No
Recced By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)

Why This Must Be Read: I loved the banter and the character dynamics, and I like that Steve knows exactly what he's doing here. Him offering to pretend to be a virgin and have Natasha tell him exactly where to put his fingers was sexier than it had any right to be.

Fic Title: An Honest Exchange
Author: cassandraoftroy
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/1010703
Rating/Warning(s): E/NC-17, warnings for light bdsm and bondage
Word Count/WIP?: 5136/No
Recced By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)

Why This Must Be Read: When Steve gets the best of her during sparring, Natasha discovers that she likes it a lot more than she should. While I enjoy me some sub!Steve who likes taking orders in bed, there's something to be said for dom!Steve. This was ridiculously hot and unexpectedly emotional.

Fic Title: hope you don't mind
Author: isawet
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/553652
Rating/Warning(s): E/NC-17, warnings for bondage
Word Count/WIP?: 710/No
Recced By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)

Why This Must Be Read: Natasha offers to let Steve tie her up and have his way with her. She's been called every filthy and degrading name known to man, but Steve chooses to tell her she's gorgeous and brave and kind AND UGHHHHHHHH MY FEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELINGSSSSSSSSSSS.

And last but not least, have some of my favorite stories that didn't fall into any of the above categories! *jazz hands*

Fic Title: Unintended Side Effects
Author: Margo_Kim
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/550335
Rating/Warning(s): T/PG-13
Word Count/WIP?: 5459/No
Recced By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)

Why This Must Be Read: As a result of the serum, Steve has an extremely high libido which tends to lead to ahem, little Steve "rising to attention" at inconvenient times. Particularly when he's around Natasha. Natasha, being Natasha, notices and proceeds to have way too much fun tormenting Steve. This was both hot and SCREAMINGLY HILARIOUS. I laughed until I couldn't breathe and cried. I mean, lbr, penis jokes are always funny. But poor Steve. :P

Fic Title: Threads, Frayed and Whole
Author: Jaune_Chat
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/2249172
Rating/Warning(s): T/PG-13
Word Count/WIP?: 2360/No
Recced By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)

Why This Must Be Read: I'm not normally one for A/B/O fics, but THIS FIC. MY HEART. MY HEEEEEEAAAARRRRTT. So Steve is the lone omega on the Avengers and everyone else (except for Clint who's a beta) is an alpha. It's customary for alphas to court omegas with gifts, and once Natasha sees the kinds of expensive gifts the others have lavished on Steve, she feels utterly embarrassed of the choker she made for Steve with her own hands. Oh Natasha. Thankfully Clint is a good bro. This was so so so lovely.

Fic Title: Breaking and Entering
Author: InitialA
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/1281712
Rating/Warning(s): T/PG-13
Word Count/WIP?: 1510/No
Recced By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)

Why This Must Be Read: Natasha has a habit of breaking into Steve's apartment whenever she feels like it. THIS IS SUPER ADORABLE.

AND THAT'S IT. THAT'S ALL THE RECS. *collapses!* Enjoooooy! :D
Rosa | ¯\(ºдಠ)/¯: x-menrosaxx50 on November 13th, 2014 09:00 am (UTC)
Aaaaah, Steve/Natasha recs, yeeeees.

There is no such thing as going overboard with fic recs. GIVE THEM TO ME.
super_tricie341super_tricie341 on November 13th, 2014 02:42 pm (UTC)
Hee enjoy! :D
Gramma Lunacy: underwear modellanalucy on November 13th, 2014 09:29 am (UTC)
My TBR pile at AO3 is becoming unwieldy. lol
super_tricie341super_tricie341 on November 13th, 2014 02:43 pm (UTC)
Lololol I know that feel.
blithersblithers on November 13th, 2014 02:33 pm (UTC)
1) This is awesome, thank you!

2) FYI, you're missing a closing html tag for the link for the author "circ_bamboo" which is causing some of your formatting after that to go all wonky.
super_tricie341super_tricie341 on November 13th, 2014 02:41 pm (UTC)
Dah! Thanks for letting me know. I swear I previewed this but my eyes must have slipped over it since this is so long ugh
blithersblithers on November 13th, 2014 03:00 pm (UTC)
No problem! Just thought I'd mention it. :)
darling dearest: yaynesssailorlibra on November 13th, 2014 06:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for the recs! I really love this couple.
super_tricie341super_tricie341 on November 13th, 2014 06:40 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! :D
sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: Marvel: CapTashabadboy_fangirl on November 14th, 2014 01:51 am (UTC)
I am very excited about this post and know what I'm doing this weekend. Thank you SO MUCH!
super_tricie341super_tricie341 on November 14th, 2014 05:49 pm (UTC)
Have fun! :D