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Last rec of the month, its been fun!

Fandom Category: Pride and Prejudice
Pairing: Elizabeth Bennet/Fitzwilliam Darcy
Fic Title: Some Like It Wild
Author: Beth AM
Link: http://www.dwiggie.com/derby/betham2.htm
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13 / none
Genre: Romance, Alternate Universe
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 30/30

Why This Must Be Read: In a universe where her family tries to force her to accept Mr. Collins's proposal Elizabeth Bennet does the only thing she feels she can do, she runs. Elizabeth cuts her hair, borrows some men's clothes, and seeks out Mr. Darcy hoping he'll help her leave England, but he has some other ideas in mind. What follows is an amazing piece that is sure to entertain.

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Fandom Category: Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Pairing: Alice Kingsleigh/Tarrant Hightopp
Fic Title: A Fruitful Courtship
Author: [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com] and [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com]
Link: http://fruitcourtship.livejournal.com/16078.html
Rating/Warning(s): Mature / sex
Genre: Romance
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 29/30

Why This Must Be Read: Who doesn't love some good old-fashioned sexual tension? When Alice agrees to let Tarrant Hightopp court her she really has no idea what she's gotten herself into and what follows is an amazing epic that is sure to satisfy every UST craving you've ever had.

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Fandom Category: The Good Wife
Pairing: Alicia Florrick/Will Gardner
Fic Title: we're gonna brush the sky
Author: [livejournal.com profile] mardia
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/140069
Rating/Warning(s): PG / none
Genre: Friendship, Romance
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 28/30

Why This Must Be Read: Will and Alicia have such a long history as they've weaved in and out of each others' lives over the years. [livejournal.com profile] mardia shows us six moments in time that Alicia and Will shared a meal and does a wonderful job showing the changes in their relationship and how they eventually get it right.

It feels strangely—surreal to be talking like this, to be dressed in her black gown, Will in his tux, making small talk about her kids, his job. For a second, Alicia feels this odd sort of...disconnect, and she thinks Will feels it too.

"This is weird, isn't it?" he asks, cutting to the heart of the matter.

"A little bit, yeah," Alicia concedes with a small laugh. "But it is good to see you, it's—been a while. Too long."

"Yeah," Will agrees, a corner of his mouth turning up. "It has."
[identity profile] sandystarr88.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Buffy the Vampire Slayer / Supernatural
Pairing: Buffy Summers/John Winchester
Fic Title: I Lost Two Cities, Lovely Ones
Author: [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com]
Link: http://ishieland.livejournal.com/8546.html
Rating/Warning(s): R / sex
Genre: Crossover, Angst
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 27/30

Why This Must Be Read: With great characterizations, and storytelling, this author just makes this pairing work. John serves as a wonderful narrator and both he and Buffy's voices are spot on. [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com] has done a great job here as always.

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Fandom Category: House
Pairing: Lisa Cuddy/Gregory House
Fic Title: Two Peas in a Pod, or Why Cuddy Hated Being on Crutches
Author: [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com]
Link: http://severuslovesme.livejournal.com/88685.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13 / none
Genre: Humor, Romance
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 26/30

Why This Must Be Read: Excellent dialogue, great characterization, this author has Cuddy and House's back and forth dynamic down. We all know that House just can't help pulling on Cuddy's metaphorical pigtails, and the different ways he goes about it in this piece will just make you laugh.

“Well, well, well,” House said, walking through her open office door.

Leaning on his good leg he lifted his cane to point at her triumphantly.

“It seems as though the crippler has become the cripple…eee.”
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Fandom Category: The West Wing
Pairing: Donna Moss/Josh Lyman
Fic Title: Solecism
Author: [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com] and [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com]
Link: http://national-library.net/viewstory.php?storyid=6348
Rating/Warning(s): YTEEN / spoilers for Inauguration (Part I)
Genre: Missing Scene, Humor, Friendship
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 25/30

Why This Must Be Read: Because just how exactly did Josh convince Danny, Toby, Will, and Charlie to play the bad cops to his good cop and go pick up Donna? This piece is a great collaboration by two of my favorite West Wing authors that fits perfectly into canon.

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Fandom Category: Pirates of the Caribbean
Pairing: Elizabeth Swann/James Norrington
Fic Title: a far better fate
Author: [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com]
Link: http://dollsome.livejournal.com/719051.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG / character death
Genre: Alternate Universe
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 24/30

Why This Must Be Read: Because this is a pairing that is built on the possibility of the road not taken, and in this piece [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com] gives us three plausible ways Elizabeth and James could of ended up together.

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Fandom Category: Firefly
Pairing: Zoe Washburne/Hoban Washburne
Fic Title: five stages of grief that zoe washburne never/probably/definitely went through (or, an elegy for a pilot)
Author: [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com]
Link: http://biggrstaffbunch.livejournal.com/47395.html
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17 / sex, spoilers for Serenity
Genre: Angst, Romance
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 23/30

Why This Must Be Read: Because like so many fans I was gutted by Serenity, and what happened to Wash. This is a painful piece about loss and picking yourself back up again, and as Zoe mourns her husband there is sadness, bitterness, but also hope.

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Fandom Category: Wizards of Waverly Place
Pairing: Alex Russo/Justin Russo
Fic Title: Bewitched, Bothered, And Bewildered
Author: [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com]
Link: http://amathela.livejournal.com/170192.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13 / incest, consent issues
Genre: Drama
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 22/30

Why This Must Be Read: Leave it to Alex Russo to cast a love spell without reading the fine print. This plot with everyone going love crazy is something I could easily see happening on the show, and the way this author writes Justin and Alex is just so perfect. As they both try to figure out the line where the spell ends and their feelings for each other begin.

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Fandom Category: Lost
Pairing: OFC/OMC
Fic Title: the worst-case scenario survival handbook
Author: [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com]
Link: http://falseeeyelashes.livejournal.com/235410.html
Rating/Warning(s): R / sex, character death
Genre: Romance, Angst
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 21/30

Why This Must Be Read: I initially clicked on the link because I love reading stories from an outsider point of view, but [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com] does such an amazing job making Molly and Alec characters in their own right that you can't help becoming emotionally invested in them. Don't let the original characters scare you off, this is a great piece that deserves to be read.

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Fandom Category: Doctor Who
Pairing: Rose Tyler/The Doctor
Fic Title: Non-Linear Love Story
Author: [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com]
Link: http://www.whofic.com/viewstory.php?sid=19734&chapter=1
Rating/Warning(s): Adult / sex
Genre: Romance
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 20/30

Why This Must Be Read: If you like paradoxes, epic romance, and the timey-wimey nature of the TV show then this is the story for you. This author does an amazing job writing the eighth, ninth, and tenth Doctors as well as the younger and older versions of Rose. I loved the slight mystery of this piece, unraveling the Doctor and Rose's respective timelines and watching as they both fall in love.

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Fandom Category: A Series of Unfortunate Events
Pairing: Beatrice Baudelaire/Lemony Snicket
Fic Title: Rarely Told in Full
Author: [livejournal.com profile] violacoye
Link: http://yuletidetreasure.org/archive/68/rarelytold.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13 / none
Genre: Romance, Angst
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 19/30

Why This Must Be Read: As anyone who has read the books knows Lemony Snicket has a very distinct voice that this author does an amazing job of duplicating in this piece. With the same VFD codes, unexplained references, and dark humor of the series this is such a great story and your heart can't help but break for Beatrice and Lemony in the end.

And if a woman you loved for years says, "I love you, but I can not be with you and I hope this two hundred page book I have sent with your engagement ring explains why," you would likely look over the fact that she still loves you and instead focus on the fact that she is now married to another man and pregnant.
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Fandom Category: Stargate: SG-1
Pairing: Sam Carter/Jack O'Neill
Fic Title: String Theory: An AU Series
Author: [livejournal.com profile] annerbhp
Link: http://annerbhp.livejournal.com/110853.html
Rating/Warning(s): Mature / sex, violence
Genre: Alternate Universe
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 18/30

Why This Must Be Read: One of my favorite things on the show were the multiple realities that we would occasionally get glimpses of throughout the seasons. Annerb does an amazing job in this AU showing how similar and yet different a civilian Dr. Samantha Carter would be. The gradual growth of her relationship with Jack and the slow burning romance is so well done; I'm in love with this universe and after reading this series you will be too.

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Fandom Category: Alice
Pairing: Alice Hamilton/Hatter
Fic Title: the other side of the mirror
Author: [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com]
Link: http://vega-writes.livejournal.com/13772.html
Rating/Warning(s): T / none
Genre: Romance, Post-Series
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 17/30

Why This Must Be Read: [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com]'s writing is always so gorgeous and these snapshots of life for Hatter and Alice after Wonderland are just perfect. It's the romance and adventure of the miniseries mixed in with this lovely sense of laid-back domesticity that just works for these characters.

"You all right?" Hatter asks, wincing as he shakes out that infamous right hand. His knuckles are bleeding.

"I thought it was kind of fun, actually," Alice says.

"You’re bloody crazy, that’s what you are," Hatter says, eyebrow lifting.

But he’s smiling.
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Fandom Category: Bleach
Pairing: Rukia Kuchiki/Ichigo Kurosaki
Fic Title: The "Holes in the Rain" Series
Author: [livejournal.com profile] hallowd
Link: Holes in the Rain, Girl in the Box, and Bones of the Night
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13 / blood, violence, spoilers for Soul Society arc
Genre: Drama, Friendship
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 16/30

Why This Must Be Read: This author has such a wonderful grasp of these two characters, and I loved reading both Rukia and Ichigo's point of views. Following them through three distinct points in the series these pieces really capture these two people and gives both Ichigo and Rukia such emotional depth; their interactions, banter, and the way they relate to one other is just pitch perfect, making this series a must read for any fan of this pairing.

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Fandom Category: Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Pairing: Rachel Elizabeth Dare/Percy Jackson
Fic Title: The Five Worst Ways to Keep the Virgin Part of the Oracle of Delphi
Author: [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com]
Link: http://aimmyarrowshigh.livejournal.com/27484.html?format=light
Rating/Warning(s): Mature / sexual content, underage
Genre: PWP
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 15/30

Why This Must Be Read: Percy and Rachel are just fun together in the books, and the naughtiness of this piece really goes along well with their respective rule-breaking personalities.

Of course Percy knows she’s the Virgin Oracle of Delphi.

That’s what makes it so much fun.
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Fandom Category: Sweeney Todd
Pairing: Mrs. Lovett/Sweeney Todd
Fic Title: Two Ladies
Author: [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com]
Link: http://mervin-fics.livejournal.com/23221.html
Rating/Warning(s): R / non-con, sex, violence, prostitution
Genre: Angst, Character Study
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 14/30

Why This Must Be Read: This is a violent, disturbing piece about two violent and disturbing people. Lovett's thoughts are always on Lucy and her obsession with Sweeney Todd brings her to some very not nice places.

Surely Mr. Todd would eventually come to love her. He’d have to...he just had to.
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Fandom Category: Community
Pairing: Britta Perry/Jeff Winger
Fic Title: Bad Idea
Author: [livejournal.com profile] prettypepper
Link: http://prettypepper.livejournal.com/14956.html
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17 / sex, spoilers through 2.21 Paradigms of Human Memory
Genre: Post-Episode, Romance
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 13/30

Why This Must Be Read: Because the more that Jeff and Britta refuse to admit that they're in a relationship, the harder I ship them. This piece is an excellent post-script to the drunken backseat make-outs of Mixology Certification; the author has done a great job showing their season two dynamic.

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Fandom Category: Harry Potter
Pairing: Hermione Granger/Cormac McLaggen
Fic Title: A Jerk By Nature (or; The Night Before The Morning After The Night Before)
Author: [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com]
Link: http://thimble-kiss.livejournal.com/52990.html
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17 / sex
Genre: Romance, Humor
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 12/30

Why This Must Be Read: Because Cormac McLaggen is an asshole, and the author never forgets it. I loved Cormac's directness and Hermione's initial reluctance to get involved with him was true to canon and very much in character for her. But there's an obvious attraction between them both and this fun, sexy piece will have you loving this rare pairing.

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Fandom Category: Band of Brothers
Pairing: Renée Lemaire/Eugene Roe
Fic Title: we’ll write memories of us somewhere
Author: [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com]
Link: http://fated-addiction.livejournal.com/367353.html
Rating/Warning(s): R / character death, violence
Genre: Angst, Character Study
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 11/30

Why This Must Be Read: This author has Doc Roe's voice nailed down, with the cold and heartbreak that should accompany any Bastogne related story. The way he sees the seemingly never-ending war and how Renée becomes his reprieve from all the blood and death, if just for a moment, [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com] has done an amazing job with this piece.

And it’s here where he starts to think back to her, finally - he thinks it’s sorta that thing, you see a pretty girl and you know, you know you can’t help yourself even though there’s a something waitin’ tight and ready for him at home. It’s the hands definitely and he’s glancing down at his own, rewritin’ the sorta thing he might go and say to her.

"Renée," he mumbles.

But he likes the way
she says his name, that fancy French and none of that Cajun shit that he loves and learns. He feels his mouth start right on movin’, the slur of her name lost again to the shelter of his hands

Gotta be that he’s too far away from anything now and the loneliness is startin’ to eat way at him, thin between the trees and the occasional duck and fire from the fuckin’ Germans that like to leave him with a couple bodies or two, if he’s lucky.

They’re gonna need morphine soon.

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