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Fandom Category: Law and Order: UK
Pairing: Alesha Phillips/Matt Devlin
Fic Title: easier than you know
Author: Mardia on AO3
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/144263?view_adult=true
Rating/Warning(s): R, sex, discussion of past rape
Genre: Romance, angst, drama
WIP?: No, one-shot
Special rec: 31/31
Author’s Summary: "Matt never pushes for anything, and Alesha takes things precisely as far as she wants to, and so far, this state of affairs is working out for her just fine."

Why This Must Be Read: Both Matt and Alesha are just gorgeous in this. Compassionate and understanding of each other. It deals with what happened to Alesha in such a sensitive and realistic way and it made me feel all sorts of good about these two. The writing is sensual and it’s just a gorgeous read.

Reccer's Note: Whew! Done! And just under the wire. I had a great time reccing this month, thank you all so much!
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Fandom Category: 28 Days Later
Pairing: Selena/Jim
Fic Title: North Sea
Author: Punctuator on ff.net
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2953375/1/North_Sea
Rating/Warning(s): R, graphic violence, language, sexual situations, zombies
Genre: Action/adventure, romance, drama, angst, mystery
WIP?: No, chaptered.
Special rec: 30/31
Author’s Summary: Sequel to 28DL, starting right where the original ends. Jim, Selena, and Hannah take a helicopter ride straight into a vortex of intrigue, fear, pursuit, and revenge, from West Yorkshire to the end of the world. Climb aboard!

Why This Must Be Read: Why this fic doesn’t have a million reviews is one of life’s great mysteries. It is brilliant! Extremely well-plotted, well-written, and the voices are perfect. There is action galore and you can see everything so perfectly as you read it. Selena is a BAMF in the absolute best of ways as is Hannah. Once you start this fic you won’t be able to let it go.
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Fandom Category: X-Men (movies)
Pairing: Marie D’Ancanto (Rogue)/Logan (Wolverine)
Fic Title: Defensive Lines
Author: Molly at WRFA
Link: http://www.wolverineandrogue.com/wrfa/viewstory.php?sid=2137&chapter=1
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13, none really
Genre: Drama, romance, angst
WIP?: No, one-shot
Special rec: 29/31
Author’s Summary: Logan, Rogue, and their various coping mechanisms.

Why This Must Be Read: This is what I wanted to happen between Rogue and Logan. Thoughtful, lovely prose, and a fantastic handle on these two characters, it’s exactly how I hoped they’d wind up together.
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Fandom Category: Gosford Park
Pairing: Mary MacEachran/Robert Parks
Fic Title: Servant’s Ball
Author: [livejournal.com profile] taraljc
Link: http://yuletidetreasure.org/archive/51/theservants.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13, none really, sexual situations
Genre: Romance, drama, slight angst
WIP?: No, one-shot
Special rec: 28/31
Author’s Summary: Tomorrow everything will go back to normal.

Why This Must Be Read: This fic has everything that I wished would happen if Mary and Robert ever met again. The attention to detail is just lovely, as is the dialogue and the setting. It is sensual and a perfect coda to the film.
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Fandom Category: Gilmore Girls
Pairing: Rory Gilmore/Jess Mariano, brief Rory Gilmore/Dean Forrester
Fic Title: Being Right is Overrated
Author: Kimlockt on ff.net
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1240056/1/Being_Right_is_Overrated
Rating/Warning(s): M, sexual situations, language, mild violence
Genre: Romance, drama, angst, humor
WIP?: Yes, sadly, but it stops in an okay place.
Special rec: 27/31
Author’s Summary: 'Beautiful. She called him beautiful.' - The after effects as Jess feels it.

Why This Must Be Read: This story takes what I first adored about the Gilmore Girls and runs with it: the complete and utter love of BOOKS and READING. It’s early in the series and I would have loved to see things play out on the show like they do here. Rory is young and open and Jess is bitter and vulnerable and they make these incredible connections while discussing books. It makes me feel like I’m a teenager again discovering ~feelings~. All of the other Stars Hollow characters, including Lorelai and Luke, are spot on with some great moments with Lane.
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Fandom Category: Smallville
Pairing: Chloe Sullivan/Lex Luthor (ish)
Fic Title: The Martinelli Affair
Author: linda-seton on ff.net
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/893288/1/The_Martinelli_Affair
Rating/Warning(s): PG, mentions of past drug use
Genre: Gen, drama, mild angst, UST
WIP?: No, one-shot
Special rec: 26/31
Author’s Summary: Chloe and Lex and the challenge that is head trauma in Smallville. Almost gen, but with that lovely tension that I thought might actually go somewhere with these two on the show. Early Smallville.

Why This Must Be Read: I love early season Smallville and I truly believed that the chemistry between Chloe and Lex would actually lead to something someday. This fic is a great example of said ‘something’. It takes that ‘verbal judo’ of theirs and shows both their vulnerabilities and potential friendship. It simply sizzles with intelligent UST.
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Fandom Category: Labyrinth
Pairing: Sarah Williams/Jareth
Fic Title: The Darkest Gate
Author: Lauhau on ff.net
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1022439/1/The_Darkest_Gate
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13, violence, language, non-explicit attempted rape, sexual situations
Genre: Romance, drama, action/adventure, mystery, supernatural
WIP?: No, chaptered.
Special rec: 25/31
Author’s Summary: A complete reworking of the Labyrinth story. Occasional shoutout to the movie, but otherwise quite different.

Why This Must Be Read: This is an excellent re-telling of Labyrinth. Sarah is portrayed as older yet still has the same amount of spirit and cleverness. Jareth is a still a gorgeous jerk. Did I mention there’s a quest and adventures and lots of snarking back and forth? Because there is!
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Fandom Category: Alias
Pairing: Sydney Bristow/Sark, Syndey/OC (sort of)
Fic Title: Pomegranate
Author: Rach3 on ff.net
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1211556/1/Pomegranate
Rating/Warning(s): M, mild violence, innuendo, sexual situations
Genre: Drama, romance, UST
WIP?: No, one-shot
Special rec: 24/31
Author’s Summary: A symbol of death and paradise – a man whose motives are tightly guarded – and a woman who allows both to play with her mind.

Why This Must Be Read: This story is THE definition of UST. The imagery is gorgeous along with the dialogue. Sark is wonderfully laconic and Sydney is fantastic. You feel every single moment of this story.
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Fandom Category: Iron Man
Pairing: Pepper Potts/Tony Stark
Fic Title: Beneath the Surface
Author: [livejournal.com profile] rhienelleth
Link: http://rhienelleth.livejournal.com/434006.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13, mild language
Genre: Romance, drama
WIP?: No, one-shot
Special rec: 23/31

Why This Must Be Read: I love Pepper’s ‘secret’ and I love how Tony proceeds after he figures it out. This story is sensual, with lovely, lovely prose and oh dear lord the UST is spot on.
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Fandom Category: Doctor Who (9)
Pairing: Rose Tyler/ Nine
Fic Title: Never Quite Normal
Author: Jessa L’Rynn on ff.net
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4199311/1/Never_Quite_Normal
Rating/Warning(s): M, mild violence, language, sexual situations
Genre: Romance, drama, angst, mystery, EPIC
WIP?: No, but I believe there may be a sequel at some point.
Special rec: 22/31
Author’s Summary: He can't abide his face in the mirror or the memory of what he has done. The silence has made him insane and the insanity has made him dangerous. At the end of the Time War, the Doctor takes drastic steps, with the help of friends old and new. Nine AU

Why This Must Be Read: This is a ‘fobwatched’ Nine who meets Rose Tyler. It’s very AU and yet not. If you liked Nine, you will love the ‘human’ version of him. He’s bitter and angry and slowly falling apart. Enter Rose. This is the Rose I loved with Nine in the series: strong, capable, caring and intuitive. A truly fun, compelling story. Not to mention quite steamy!
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Fandom Category: Buffy: the Vampire Slayer
Pairing: Tara Maclay/Spike
Fic Title: Ogden Nash Blues
Author: Anne Hedonia, author’s own site
Link: http://anne-hedonia.com/wordpress/buffy/ogden-nash-blues/
Rating/Warning(s): R, language, sexual situations
Genre: Humour, romance
WIP?: No - one-shot
Special rec: 21/31
Author’s Summary: Spike has a gambling problem. It’s not what you think.

Why This Must Be Read: This is a Tara and Spike romance. With kittens. Need I say more? It’s funny, clever and really very believable. I adored Tara and always enjoy fics that draw on her inner strength and intelligence. Spike is just wonderful.
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Fandom Category: The Magnificent Seven (tv series)
Pairing: Mary Travis/Chris Larabee
Fic Title: Bound and Determined
Author: Zarina
Link: http://www.blackraptor.net/m7fic-46/determined.htm
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13, mentions of violence, language, innuendo
Genre: Romance, drama
WIP?: No, one-shot
Special rec: 20/31
Author’s Summary: Takes place sometime after "Obsession", hence the reference to time passage and Ella Gaines.

Why This Must Be Read: This takes everything I love about westerns and uses it perfectly. Mary is strong and determined and just as stubborn as Chris is. Chris is gruff, bitter and yet still something of a gentleman. The dialogue and descriptions are great and the sexual tension is wonderfully delicious. Oh, did I mention the dialogue? 'Cause it (no lie) makes me giddy.
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Fandom Category: The Tomorrow People
Pairing: Ami Jackson/Adam Newman
Fic Title: The Crash Series
Author: Renay Walker, Author’s site
Link: http://alt-realities.net/efiction/viewseries.php?seriesid=9
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17, first time
Genre: Romance, drama, angst, character study
WIP?: Not really, it’s a series that may have been intended to go on, but stops at a good point.
Special rec: 19/31
Author’s Summary: Another shameless series filled with a lot of smut, but topped off with an original character or two and a little plot.

Why This Must Be Read: The Tomorrow People was a series that aired in the UK in 1973 and then again in 1992. I started watching when it first aired on Nickelodeon in 1992 and fell in love with Adam and Ami (played by the gorgeous Naomie Harris of 28 Days Later and Pirates of the Caribbean). This series explores an attraction between Adam and Ami and it’s thoughtful, sweet, sexy and sensual. I also have a soft spot in my heart for this series as it was some of the first ‘adult’ fan fiction I ever read.
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Fandom Category: Star Wars
Pairing: Padme Amidala/Obi-wan Kenobi
Fic Title: Prophecy Lost
Author: Chasing Liquor on ff.net
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/797794/1/Prophecy_Lost
Rating/Warning(s): M, very graphic violence, language, sexual situations, canon character deaths
Genre: Action/adventure, sci-fi, drama, angst, romance
WIP?: No, long.
Special rec: 18/31
Author’s Summary: AU - set between Episodes 1 & 2 - Obi-Wan, Anakin, and two other Jedi are sent to Naboo in the wake of attempts on Padme's life, but much more is at stake and the future of the Jedi is left in question...

Why This Must Be Read: This is a brilliantly written AU. You will fall in love with Obi-wan all over again and this is the Padme I wish we’d seen. This author writes the best action and fight scenes I’ve ever read. The plot is long and well-though-out, the romance is done subtly and the OCs are fantastic. I will warn any fans of Anakin however, he isn’t treated very well although there is a reason for it. Just an amazing, intriguing story.
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Fandom Category: The Bourne Trilogy
Pairing: Nicky Parsons/Kirill
Fic Title: Dissuasion
Author: vegarin, Author at Ao3
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/143871
Rating/Warning(s): T, mild violence, sexual situations
Genre: Drama, romance, action
WIP?: One-shot
Special rec: 17/31
Author’s Summary: Kirill isn't fond of Amsterdam.

Why This Must Be Read: Well, hello there, unexpected pairing. This is actually a very believable pairing considering both Nicky and Kirill moved in similar circles. The prose is gorgeous and you never lose sight of exactly who the characters are and what they’re capable of.
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Fandom Category: Stargate: Atlantis
Pairing: Jennifer Keller/Ronon Dex
Fic Title: The Will of Jennifer Keller
Author: Kalliope Kore on ff.net
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4837067/1/The_Will_of_Jennifer_Keller
Rating/Warning(s): M, violence, severe mind manipulation, language, sexual situations
Genre: Drama, mystery, angst, romance, action/adventure
WIP?: No, but the author did hint at a sequel. Long.
Special rec: 16/31
Author’s Summary: Everything for Jen and Ronon is different now.

Why This Must Be Read: This is a great Jennifer Keller story. She’s strong and smart and gets put through the wringer. Her journey to come out on the other side is handled really well and that’s partly why I’m reccing it. This story well-plotted, exciting and well-written. The characters’ voices are spot on and I love the relationship with Jennifer and Ronon. It also captures the world of Atlantis wonderfully.
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Fandom Category: CSI: NY
Pairing: Lindsay Monroe/Danny Messer, Stella Bonasera/Don Flack
Fic Title: It’s a Long Journey Home
Author: notesofwimsey, Author at ff.net
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3324458/1/Its_A_Long_Journey_Home
Rating/Warning(s): M, graphic violence, sex, language, EPIC
Genre: Romance, drama, angst, action/adventure, mystery
WIP?: No and there is a sequel.
Special rec: 15/31
Author’s Summary: Set after Silent Night ep 3:12. Lindsay's case in Montana is heating up, but the New York team is providing backup: very personal backup.

Why This Must Be Read: This takes place early in season three before we knew Lindsay’s deep dark secret. This is a far better and highly intriguing alternative. Lindsay is strong and capable, except when it comes to Danny who just manages to tear down all her walls. But, they are so good together. It is well-written, well-plotted and everyone is pitch-perfect. There is a fair amount of angst on both Lindsay and Danny’s part, along with a lot of whumpage on both of them. Things get worse before they get better. But, I truly love the characterizations here and wish we had gotten more of this on the show.
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Fandom Category: Sherlock (BBC)
Pairing: Sarah Sawyer/John Watson
Fic Title: The Affair of the Asphyxiated Acafan
Author: AJ Hall, Author at Ao3
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/106523/chapters/147254
Rating/Warning(s): T, mild violence, language
Genre: Drama, mystery, action/adventure
WIP?: No
Special rec: 14/31
Author’s Summary: Sarah flies home from a conference in the US and brings an unexpected gift home for her boyfriend - or, more precisely, his flatmate. Game on!

Why This Must Be Read: Let me count the ways I love this fic. 1. Strong female characters? Check. 2. Brilliant meta about mystery writers and their fanbase? Double check. 3. Extremely well-written? Check, check, check! I’ll admit the Sarah/John romance takes a bit of a backseat to the plot, but the glimpses we get are lovely. Plus the interactions between Sarah and Sherlock are almost downright friendly!
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Fandom Category: Law and Order: CI
Pairing: Alexandra Eames/Robert Goren
Fic Title: The Art of Being a Kept Woman
Author: B.Cavis, Author’s site
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1538186/1/The_Art_of_Being_a_Kept_Woman
Rating/Warning(s): T, language
Genre: Drama, UST, romance, humor
WIP?: No, but there are two sequels found on the author’s website: Shmuck(from Bobby’s POV) and Start.
Special rec: 13/31
Author’s Summary: Alexandra Eames: emotional bandage of the masses.

Why This Must Be Read: I love Alex’s inner voice here. It’s funny and snarky and more than just a little resigned. As the summary describes it: Alexandra Eames: emotional bandage of the masses. So, she decides to do something about it. The sequels are by turn, funny and then hot.
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Fandom Category: Northern Exposure
Pairing: Marilyn Whirlwind/Joel Fleischman
Fic Title: The Eagle and the Raven
Author: melodyclark, on ff.net
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2315634/1/The_Eagle_and_the_Raven
Rating/Warning(s): R, sex, language, flashbacks to September 11, frank discussions of death
Genre: Romance, drama, angst, humor
WIP?: No, one-shot
Special rec: 12/31
Author’s Summary: A modern retelling of the birth of the AlCan tribes through a central relationship on Northern Exposure - Joel and Marilyn.

Why This Must Be Read: Oh, I love this fic. Not because of it’s absolute amazing handle on the world and characters that is Northern Exposure, but because of how it’s such an amazing story. It’s funny, sweet, thoughtful, well-written and just simply gorgeous.

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