[identity profile] redbrunja.livejournal.com
First of all, I want to apologize for spamming your flist in the wee hours of this morning. I will unexpectedly (most likely) be without internet for the next couple of days and I wanted to be sure that I was able to finish up my recs for April.

Fandom Category: Legend Of The Seeker
Pairing: Kahlan/Amnell/Richard Rahl
Fic Title: Somewhere Along The Winding Road
Author: alyse
Link: http://alyse.livejournal.com/690955.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG
Genre: WAFF
WIP?: No.
Special Rec: 21 of 21!

Why This Must Be Read: If you are having a bad day and need a dose of True Love and Happily Ever After, read this fic. It's Kahlan, wallowing in Richard and her feelings for him, with just a touch of bittersweet amidst the joy.
[identity profile] redbrunja.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: The Dresden Files
Pairing: Karrin Murphy/Harry Dresden
Fic Title: Bound To Happen
Author: misura
Link: http://springkink.livejournal.com/1011332.html
Rating/Warning(s): Light Bondage
Genre: Fluff.
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 20 of 21

Why This Must Be Read: This is a cute, short little one shot for Karrin and Harry. Sweet, funny, adorable.
[identity profile] redbrunja.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Burn Notice
Pairing: Fiona Glenanne/Michael Westen
Fic Title: The Better Part Of Valor
Author: [livejournal.com profile] romanticalgirl 
Link: http://romanticalgirl.livejournal.com/539161.html
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17.
Genre: PWP
WIP?: No.
Special Rec: 19 of 21

Why This Must Be Read: This is Michael remembering his time with Fiona in a very hands-on way.

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[identity profile] redbrunja.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Supernatural
Pairing: Bela Talbot/Dean Winchester
Fic Title: Set Out Running (But I Take My Time)
Author: electrumqueen
Link: http://electrumqueen.livejournal.com/250930.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13
Genre: AU
WIP?: No.
Special Rec: 18 of 21

Why This Must Be Read: This fic doesn't shy away from the broken bits of Bela and Dean but it has a wonderfully deft touch with the jagged edges; the author doesn't shy away but she doesn't linger, either. This is one of those fics that hurts to read but you just watch more.

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[identity profile] redbrunja.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: The Vampire Diaries
Pairing: Caroline Forbes/Tyler Lockwood
Fic Title: Can't Stay This Way For Long
Author: stainofmylove
Link: http://girljustdied.livejournal.com/49906.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13
Genre: Romance
WIP?: No.
Special Rec: 18 of 21

Why This Must Be Read: This fic really shows how good these two characters would be together (as well as having a great, zippy Caroline voice. Caroline would never have to hold back with Tyler and he'd think she was the hottest thing since sliced bread.
[identity profile] redbrunja.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Firefly
Pairing: Inara Serra/Malcolm Reynolds
Fic Title: Fade Into Intention
Author: brynnmck
Link: http://brynnmck.livejournal.com/28296.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13
Genre: Romance, one-shot.
WIP?: No.
Special Rec: 17 of 21

Why This Must Be Read: Decent Inara/Mal fics are rare. Exquiste Inara/Mal, that dives into Inara head and portrays the graceful and intricate way she is inextricably bound to Serenity and Serenity's crew... basically, there's only this fic. Also, the last line is like getting sliced with a knife, it's so perfect and painful.
[identity profile] redbrunja.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Life
Pairing: Dani Reese/Charlie Crewes
Fic Title: Orange
Author: sloanesomething
Link: http://sloanesomething.livejournal.com/307639.html
Rating/Warning(s): Hard R
Genre: Romance
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 16 of 21

Why This Must Be Read: This fic wonderfully shows the issues and the broken places that both Dani and Charlie have and try to hide. Also, it's sexy as all hell.

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[identity profile] redbrunja.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Justified
Pairing: Ava Crowder/Boyd Crowder
Fic Title: Untitled
Author: elizchris
Link: Here
Rating/Warning(s): PG
Genre: Romance
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 15 of 21

Why This Must Be Read: This ficlet has an amazing Boyd Crowder voice and really shows how his desire to change and his old habits and his affection for Ava all tie up together. Also, I love how the ending makes it clear that while he appears to be in an either/or situation, he's working an angle to allow the possibly of that either/or to become 'both.' Boyd, I'd expect nothing less from you.
[identity profile] redbrunja.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Saiyuki
Pairing: Yaone/Dokugakuji
Fic Title: Bloom
Author: [livejournal.com profile] harukami 
Link: http://harukami.livejournal.com/501425.html?view=9226673
Rating/Warning(s): R. References to incest and murder.
Genre: Hurt/Comfort
WIP?:No
Special Rec: 14 of 21.

Why This Must Be Read:

[livejournal.com profile] harukami  wrote the Yaone and the Dokugakuji that are in my head. She didn't shy away from what Dokugakuji's childhood must have been like, the scars it left, how it shaped who he is now. Her Yaone is tender and strong and in control - I wish everyone wrote Yaone like this. The interplay between both of those characters is excellent

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[identity profile] redbrunja.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Pairing: Katara/Zuko
Fic Title: Ozai's Vengeance
Author: Fandomme
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3688040/1/Ozais_Vengeance
Rating/Warning(s): R
Genre: Romance.
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 13 of 21

Why This Must Be Read: If you only read one Katara/Zuko fanfic, read Ozai's Vengeance. It's a deliciously long, wonderfully plotted fanfic with an incredible Zuko voice. The slow burn and build of Katara and Zuko's relationship is fabulous but it's the revelation of Zuko's long-standing pining and doubts about his worth as a human being that make me really adore this fic. Add in some political intrigue, a few smoking hot sexy scenes, and a portrait of a land recovering from a war and decades of imperialism and you have a fanfic that truly has everything.

Plus, the fandom really embraced this fanfic, so there is a TON of awesome art to go with it.
[identity profile] redbrunja.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Naruto
Pairing: Haruno Sakura/Sai
Fic Title: Home
Author: Fallacy
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4736764/1/Home
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13
Genre: Romance
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 12 of 21

Why This Must Be Read: Because this is Sakura dealing with the loss of everything she ever knew and always wanted, this is Sai who learned to feel just in time for his country to fall to pieces, this is two characters crawling out of the (literal) rubble and slowly building a life together.
[identity profile] redbrunja.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Veronica Mars
Pairing: Veronica Mars/Eli "Weevil" Navarro
Fic Title: Perchance
Author: [livejournal.com profile] alethialia 
Link: http://alethialia.livejournal.com/232838.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13
Genre: screwball comedy.
WIP?: No.
Special Rec: 11 of 21

Why This Must Be Read: Veronica's in a towel and Weevil comes to her rescue with banter and UST. Do I need to say any more?
[identity profile] redbrunja.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Soul Eater
Pairing: Maka Albarn/Soul Eater
Fic Title: One Damn Thing After Another
Author: metisket
Link: Part One | Part Two
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13
Genre: Romance
WIP?: No.
Special Rec: 10 of 21

Why This Must Be Read: metisket nails Soul Eater's voice, slipping us inside his head to contemplate his own sanity, how Maka is the best thing since sliced bread, and the nature of weapons and miesters. Additionally, this fic manages to show to awesome supporting cast and world-building without distracting from the epic romance of Maka and Soul.

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[identity profile] redbrunja.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Criminal Minds
Pairing: Penelope Garcia/Derek Morgan
Fic Title: Wrong Number
Author: malisita
Link: http://oxoniensis.dreamwidth.org/25077.html?thread=2289909
Rating/Warning(s): R
Genre: Romance
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 9 of 21.

Why This Must Be Read: She's the FBI's resident tech goddess, he's the BAU's hot-shot profiler, and they spend the series having PG-13 rated phone sex during working hours. How the Criminal Minds has not embraced this pairing and run with it boggles my mind. This is the best fic I've found for them. It's short but it takes Garcia and Morgan's PG-13 level phone sex to R rated phone sex.
[identity profile] redbrunja.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Push
Pairing: Cassie Holmes/Nick Gant
Fic Title: Love, Love To Ease My Mind
Author: dress without sleeves
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5886934/1/love_love_to_ease_my_mind
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13
Genre: Romance
WIP?: No.
Special Rec: 8 of 21

Why This Must Be Read: If you watched Push, chances are you shipped Cassie and Nick together. Admit it. This keeps the sarcastic neon tone of the movie and shows what happens next: Cassie and Nick's vagabond life style, the trouble they get into, the screwy nature of Cassie's power in particular. Plus this fic is both funny AND hot.

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[identity profile] redbrunja.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Doctor Who
Pairing: Amy Pond/The Eleventh Doctor
Fic Title: Gifting
Author: saywheeeee
Link: http://saywheeeee.livejournal.com/4262.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG
Genre: Romance
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 7 of 21.

Why This Must Be Read: This fic beautifully fits into the fifth season of the new Doctor Who and with a deft touches shows the Eleventh Doctor's ambiguous relationship with Amy; he has an affection for her he doesn't quite admit, even to himself, he wants her to be happy, and he wants him to be the thing making her happy, even when he doesn't.

Excerpt:

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[identity profile] redbrunja.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Fullmetal Alchemist
Pairing: Winry Rockbell/Jean Havoc
Fic Title: Experimental Engineering
Author: [livejournal.com profile] metisket 
Link: Part One and Part Two
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13
Genre: Romance
WIP?: No.
Special Rec: 6 of 21

Why This Must Be Read:

This is the first Winry/Havoc I've read with manga!characterization, and I really like the glimpses we get of Jean's life after getting paralyzed and how Jean being in a wheelchair isn't glossed over or treated as Oh My God The End of The World. He's just a man who happens to be crippled and also happen to be head-over-heels in love with his crazy mechanic.  [livejournal.com profile] metisket  writes Winry excellently - she's totally tsunadre without being a cliche, and I love the way that other relationships Winry has aren't forgotten. 

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[identity profile] redbrunja.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: The Hunger Games
Pairing: Katniss Everdeen/Haymitch Abernathy
Fic Title: To The Victor, The Spoil
Author: [livejournal.com profile] annakovsky 
Link: Part One and Part Two.
Rating/Warning(s): Off-screen compulsory prostitution. Violence. Age difference. NC-17.
Genre: AU.
WIP?: No.
Special Rec: 5 of 21

Why This Must Be Read: It changes one thing in the ending of The Hunger Games and shows how Haymitch and Katniss would handle the consequences. To quote the spoilery summary: Read more... )

This fic is heartbreaking and hysterical with lovely cameos from Finnick, Cinna, and Johanna, but the root of it is Haymitch and Katniss and their fucked-up relationship and you all know that's like catnip to me. (My one is quibble is that I'm not totally sold on how Katniss breaks at the end, but the pitch-perfectness of everything else makes up for it.)

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[identity profile] redbrunja.livejournal.com
First of all, apologies for the forthcoming rec-spam. Due to a combination of extra shifts at work, the DDoS attack on livejournal, and computer troubles, I fell behind in my [livejournal.com profile] het_reccers  duty.

Fandom Category: The Middleman
Pairing: Wendy Watson/The Middleman
Fic Title: The Intermittent Kissing Solution
Author: [livejournal.com profile] svilleficrecs 
Link: Part One and Part Two.
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17, noncon, dubious consent, explicit sex.
Genre: Action, Romance.
WIP?: No.
Special Rec: 4 of 21.

Why This Must Be Read: What I love best about the aliens made them do it/mate or die (or, in this case, sex-inducing ray gun) trope is not the trope itself but the aftermath. After they've been forced to have sex, how is the characters' relationship affected? How do they move past it (or do they)? The Intermittent Kissing Solution is a perfect aftermath fic that keeps the humor and topsy-turvy timekeeping of the source material. In addition, the slow reveal of exactly what happened (both in regards to the characters and the reader) ratchets the tension up and keeps it high.

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[identity profile] redbrunja.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Misfits
Pairing: Alisha Bailey/Simon Bellamy
Fic Title: Good Clean Fun
Author: stainofmylove
Link: http://community.livejournal.com/girljustdied/57644.html?#cutid1
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17 (and how)
Genre: screwed up romance.
WIP?: No.
Special Rec: 3 of 21

Why This Must Be Read: Misfits, as a show, twists the superhero genre by giving powers to a group of anti-social and self absorbed teenagers who misuse their powers far more than they use them for good or even practical reasons. Good Clean Fun is about how bent Alisha and Simon are and how they're bent in really, really, ridiculously compatible ways.

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