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Fandom Category: Beauty and the Beast (1987)
Pairing: Catherine Chandler/Vincent Wells
Fic Title: Take Me Home
Author: Lea
Link: here
Rating/Warning(s): Unrated; reccer's rating PG-13.
Genre: amnesia, first times, romance
WIP?: No; 13,800 words.

Why This Must Be Read: This is my last special rec for the month so I decided to go with the first fan fiction I loved enough to bookmark on del.icio.us and I've read it several times over the years — a feel good read, if you will. BATB fandom seems to adore the amnesia trope and so do I (it also helps that a lot of amnesia is canon) but most of the time Vincent is the victim and Catherine assists him in remembering his life and her. Lea turns the tables by setting up a plausible scenario in which Catherine is the one with amnesia and has turned her private dreams into a reality for ten days. A wonderfully romantic AU that hits the spot for a bit of all genres.

Special Recs: 25/25
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[identity profile] maerhys.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Supernatural
Pairing: Ellen Harvelle/Dean Winchester
Fic Title: unclothed you are true
Author: [livejournal.com profile] smilla02
Link: here
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17
Genre: pwp, romance
WIP?: No; 1,500 words.

Why This Must Be Read: Smilla is incredible at setting up a credible pwp that is not so much a pwp as it is a glimpse into a moment of character motivation that just happens to involve very hot sex— and this fic is spot-on for this particular talent. Dean and Ellen come together with sparks but also in a way that honors their canon characterizations while pushing them a bit farther.

Special Recs: 24/25
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[identity profile] maerhys.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Actor RPF AU
Pairing: Eva Green/James Purefoy
Fic Title: i left you behind in that holy city
Author: [livejournal.com profile] fated_addiction
Link: here
Rating/Warning(s): unrated; minor violent imagery
Genre: fusion with The Borgias; angst, romance, horror
WIP?: No; 5,401 words.

Why this must be read: This is one of the most original fan fictions I have read in a very long time, even among other RPF AU. The story is only about 5,000 words yet it seems much longer due to the intricate layers and tight narrative structure. The chemistry and history between Eva and James is convoluted but not confusing, as the reader is shown exactly who they are — as individuals and as a part of a familial unit. The writing style is subtle and evocative; I found myself reading more than a few passages several times.

The Church is well involved in the affairs of the living and the dead; it takes a perfect construction of acceptance and the cunning to understand how to navigate between both worlds – for those of them that exist among the living and the dead. Eva, however ageless, does not agree or participate. There is something to be said about watching with patience.

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James leans into her, pressing her against the man, against him, his free hand coming to rest against her hip. He pulls at the fabric of her dress. "I love you," he says, and kisses her. This will be slow and thoughtful for her; he doesn't have to say it. She laughs though and he swallows the sound, biting her lip hard.

And that's just a taste; do not miss this story.

Special Recs: 23/25
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[identity profile] maerhys.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Fringe
Pairing: Olivia Dunham/Charlie Francis
Fic Title: Over Before It's Begun
Author: [livejournal.com profile] nomelon
Link: here
Rating/Warning(s): R; canon character death
Genre: drama, five times, romance, what could have been
WIP?: No; 2,086 words.

Why This Must Be Read: Before I became a ridiculous Peter/Olivia fan, I loved the idea of Olivia and Charlie due to their easy friendship and snappy dialogue. This fic takes everything that early seasons gave us with regards to the individuals and extrapolates on what might have happened if Charlie and Olivia became romantic/sexual, and the results are steamy and bittersweet.

Special Recs: 22/25
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[identity profile] maerhys.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Supernatural
Pairing: Jo Harvelle/Dean Winchester, Jo Harvelle/Sam Winchester, Jo Harvelle/John Winchester
Fic Title: The Family Way
Author: [livejournal.com profile] valiant
Link: here
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17; est.polyamourous relationship, pregnancy kink
Genre: kink, pwp
WIP?: No; 1,988 words.

Why This Must Be Read: The story is based on this prompt: Dean/Sam/FC or Jensen/Jared/FC (maybe even plus Jeff), established relationship (3/4some). She is pregnant, they don't know who impregnated her but they'll all be daddies. The guys can't get keep their hands off her and she can't get enough of them. Dirty talking is always a bonus.

This is a luscious and sexy AU that is also quite domestic and sweet— how all of these merge to create a fic so full of love and passion is beyond my talent, but that's exactly what happens.


Special Recs: 21/25
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[identity profile] maerhys.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Supernatural
Pairing: girl!Dean Winchester/Victor Henricksen
Fic Title: The Thing About Glass Slippers
Author: [livejournal.com profile] krisomniac
Link: here
Rating/Warning(s): R
Genre: crack, sexswap
WIP?: No; 5,000 words.

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Fandom Category: Supernatural
Pairing: Jessica Moore/Dean Winchester, Jessica Moore/Sam Winchester
Fic Title: The Only People For Me Are The Mad Ones
Author: [livejournal.com profile] who_favor_fire
Link: here
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17
Genre: Pre-series AU, spoilers for the pilot
WIP?: No; 22,000 words.

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Fandom Category: Supernatural
Pairing: Ruby/Sam Winchester
Fic Title: the sound is breaking my bones
Author: [livejournal.com profile] oxoniensis
Link: here
Rating/Warning(s): R
Genre: coda to 4x9
WIP?: No; 1,166 words.

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Fandom Category: Supernatural
Pairing: Ellen Harvelle/Sam Winchester
Fic Title: I got a taste and it's time
Author: [livejournal.com profile] orbiting_saturn
Link: here
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17
Genre: hurt/comfort, pwp
WIP?: No; 3,382 words.

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Fandom Category: Supernatural
Pairing: Jo Harvelle/John Winchester
Fic Title: Let's Find the Key and Turn this Engine On
Author: [livejournal.com profile] dreamlittleyo
Link: here
Rating/Warning(s): R
Genre: AU, romance
WIP?: No; 8,880 words.

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[identity profile] maerhys.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Hawaii Five-0 [tv reboot]
Pairing: Kono Kalakaua/Chin Ho Kelly
Fic Title: Leeward
Author: [livejournal.com profile] dotfic
Link: here
Rating/Warning(s): incest (cousins)
Genre: unrequited love
WIP?: No; 1,000 words

Why This Must Be Read: Moments in the life of Chin and Kono as they change and fall into many different loves and relationships with each other as well as other people. The unrequited romantic love is bittersweet but fits them snug as they negotiate the world that they've chosen. This is short in words, but the depth spans miles.

Special Recs: 15/25
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Fandom Category: The Avengers (2012)
Pairing: Natasha Romanoff/Clint Barton (Black Widow/Hawkeye)
Fic Title: Voices
Author: [livejournal.com profile] karnythia
Link: here
Rating/Warning(s): Mature
Genre: hurt/comfort, romance, road trip/getaway
WIP?: No; 5,400 words.

Why This Must Be Read:Gorgeous and lyrical while still telling a solid story, this is my favorite new Avengers story hands-down. Clint gets Natasha in a way the rest of the crew doesn't — he sees what she hides, what she covets, and how the war has affected her. Tender but extremely sexy, Clint and Natasha negotiate their way into time alone that allows them to connect. The dialogue paces the story so that it is just right — snapping into place as the door opens.

Special Recs: 14/25
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[identity profile] maerhys.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: CW RPF
Pairing: Sandra McCoy/Jensen Ackles
Fic Title: It’s a small crime, and I got no excuse
Author: [livejournal.com profile] standing_fic
Link: here
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17 for affair/infidelity, non-AU, sex
Genre: angst, pwp
WIP?: No; 4,866 words.

Why This Must Be Read: This is blazing hot, and while this is definitely a Sandy/Jensen fic, Jared and Danneel are ghosts in the bedroom — adding a mystical quality to their affair. One of the best het fics in this fandom because it hits emotional kinks, entertainment, and the prose is amazing.

Special Recs: 13/25
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[identity profile] maerhys.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Supernatural
Pairing: Jo Harvelle/Castiel
Fic Title: how the mighty have fallen
Author: [livejournal.com profile] valiant
Link: here
Rating/Warning(s): PG-12
Genre: first times, episode coda, kissing fic, romance
WIP?: No; 1,678 words.

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Fandom Category: Supernatural
Pairing: Jo Harvelle/Castiel
Fic Title: In the Quiet of the Night
Author: [livejournal.com profile] blackonice (Neblinosa)
Link: here
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13
Genre: character study, romance
WIP?: No; 2,526 words.

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Fandom Category: Supernatural
Pairing: Jo Harvelle/Castiel
Fic Title: War Story
Author: [livejournal.com profile] nyoka
Link: here
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17 for sex
Genre: first times, missing scene, pwp
WIP?: No; 900 words.

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[identity profile] maerhys.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Prison Break
Pairing: Sara Tancredi/Paul Kellerman
Fic Title: Flirting With Disaster
Author: [livejournal.com profile] halfshellvenus
Link: here
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13
Genre: anger, angst, post-break-up
WIP?: No; 500 words.

Why This Must Be Read: A rare pair that I love to pieces, especially when the fic is from Sara's POV. Within 500 words, the reader feels the grittiness of Sara's attraction to Kellerman whom she knows as Lance, but also how she connects the attraction to addiction and recovery. Superbly written, it is fresh and raw and leaves me wanting more.

Special Recs: 09/25
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[identity profile] maerhys.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Monk
Pairing: Molly Evans/Adrian Monk, Trudy Monk/Adrian Monk
Fic Title: It's a Jungle In There
Author: [AO3 account] Lyrastar
Link: here
Rating/Warning(s): pseudo-incest
Genre: angst, drama, dysfunction
WIP?: No; 6,450 words.

Why This Must Be Read: This is not my typical read, especially since it's a non-AU tag to the series finale, but mostly because I could not imagine a romance between Molly and Monk. Or, a traditional, no-so-dysfunctional romance. This is anything but a typical romance, or a romance at all, possibly; instead it deals with two people who believe themselves to be utterly broken without the presence of Trudy in their lives and they almost try to bring her back to life by playing out the life that she would have had with Adrian had she lived. It's messed-up to the core but utterly compelling. Every character is spot-on and their reactions to this "romance" are all over the place but perfect.

Special Recs: 08/25
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[identity profile] maerhys.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Twilight
Pairing: Bella Swan/Jasper Hale
Fic Title: Someone Else's Memories
Author: [livejournal.com profile] whomever
Link: here
Rating/Warning(s): PG; character death (off screen)
Genre: angst, friendship, romance, starting over
WIP?: No. 20, 000 words.

Why This Must Be Read: I read this when it was first posted in installments because many people recced it to me, even though I figured it wasn't for me— that old kiss of death proclamation. Instead I found this novellette to be very much for me because [livejournal.com profile] whomever takes a what if? and lets the characters run with it so that a loving friendship that blossoms into romance and a new relationship feels organic and solid. If you hate Twilight, if you've said you'd never read a Twilight fic for XYZ reasons, give this a try because it is very different than the source material. It's better.

Special Recs: 07/25
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[identity profile] maerhys.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: The Hunger Games
Pairing: Katniss Everdeen/Peeta Mellark
Fic Title: inherit the earth
Author: [livejournal.com profile] liketrains
Link: here
Rating/Warning(s): PG
Genre: angst, romance
WIP?: No; 523 words.

Why This Must Be Read: A gorgeous ficlet that makes ghostly presences of Katniss and Peeta as they attempt to make room for their fears as they cling to each other. Haunting and unforgettable.

Special Recs: 06/25
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[identity profile] maerhys.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Supernatural
Pairing: Ruby/Dean Winchester
Fic Title: A Twisting Line
Author: [livejournal.com profile] jacyevans
Link: here
Rating/Warning(s): R
Genre: AU after season 3
WIP?: No. 10,000 words.

Why This Must Be Read: A chilling post-apocalyptic world leads Dean places he'd never thought he would go— and so is the set-up for this delicious romance that is sexy but true to character in that there is a lot of complexity to their emotions and (re)actions. If you're not sure about this ship, this may be the fic to change your mind.

Special Recs: 05/25
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[identity profile] maerhys.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Beauty and the Beast (1987)
Pairing: Catherine Chandler/Vincent Wells
Fic Title: How Could I Forget Thee?
Author: Lea
Link: here
Rating/Warning(s): Unrated; reccer's rating R.
Genre: amnesia, first times, romance
WIP?: No. 38,000 words.

Why This Must Be Read: The angsty joy of this fic is second to none. It follows the canon of seasons one and two and borrows the pregnancy and amnesia elements of season three but otherwise it's a SND (she's not dead) fic that is one of the most satisfying that I've had the please to read repeatedly. Vincent's amnesia is difficult for everyone Below but Catherine deals with it gracefully but she doesn't do so without sadness, melancholy, and wistfulness. Vincent's attraction to the new member of the community frightens and intrigues him while his friends and family are delighted even as they keep Catherine's secret. This is one of my favorites because the reader gets to experience Vincent falling in love with Catherine all over again.

Special Recs: 04/25
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[identity profile] maerhys.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Musician RPF
Pairing: Adele Adkins/David Cook
Fic Title: Not the Last Time
Author: [livejournal.com profile] otherbella
Link: here
Rating/Warning(s): R
Genre: first time, romance
WIP?: No. 34,000 words.

Why This Must Be Read: I am such a sucker for RPF that is as non-AU as possible, or musicians are musicians et cetera and this is as good as it gets for a story that includes small details of life in the limelight and how one may meet and fall in love. I've always loved [livejournal.com profile] otherbella's version of David Cook and now her portrayal of Adele is just as nuanced. The sexual tension between them sizzles and their banter will make you smile.

Special Recs: 03/25
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[identity profile] maerhys.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Supernatural
Pairing: OFC/Dean Winchester
Fic Title: Surfacing
Author: [livejournal.com profile] nyoka
Link: here
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17
Genre: romance
WIP?: No.

Why This Must Be Read: A lush tale of two strangers coming together for myriad and complex reasons that help sketch them out as human but do not define them. Dean and Eva are whole persons unto themselves yet they are better together as they go about a day in the life and finally give into the pull between them. [livejournal.com profile] nyoka's OFC are always fabulous, but Eva is one of the best OFC I've read in fan fiction because she's everything special and yet entirely relateable.

Special Recs: 02/25
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[identity profile] maerhys.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: House, M.D.
Pairing: Allison Cameron/Gregory House
Fic Title: you were born inside out & running calendar graces
Author: [livejournal.com profile] fated_addiction
Link: onetwo
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13; descriptions of post-apocalyptic world
Genre: drama, post-apocalypse, romance
WIP?: Yes/No. 43,800 words for both stories.

Why This Must Be Read: These stories will carry you away into an AU that seems less of an AU and more like the road not taken. The prose is sparse in style but unforgettable in forging the characters we know and love into this new landscape where anything might happen.

Special Recs: 01/25

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