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01 March 2014 @ 12:16 pm
February Sherlock Recs  
Still have not finished with Season 3 and it's driving me crazy. My roommate and I agreed to watch it together, but we have been so busy lately that we are never together long enough to watch it. But we are going to watch 3.02 today if it kills me!

Anyways, here are some of my favorite fics I read this month to get my Sherlock fix. I know this recs list is pretty much an ode to BeautifulFiction, but I read one of her stories and it was so fantastic that I basically binge read all of her Johnlock fics. I'm not sorry.


Title: The Prince and the Soldier
Author: arbitrary_fic | favicon PrettyArbitrary
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 6,777
Notes: AU: Royalty, AU: Historical, bottom!john, prince!sherlock, corsetry, semi-public!sex, secret relationship, outdoor!sex, light dub-con, outdoor!sex, light D/s
Summary: How characteristic, John had thought the first time the prince bedded him, that Sherlock would choose the most forbidden of passions to pursue.
Royalty/Regency type Au's are a favorite of mine and this one was brilliant. Short and sweet, there is so much emotion in this piece. And John's character is so beautifully written.

Title: Just a Kiss
Author: emmagrant01 | favicon emmagrant01
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 19,695
Notes: bottom!sherlock, public!sex
Summary: Five times John and Sherlock kissed because of a case and one time they kissed for real.
I love the 5 times trope and it is really fun and well done here. I loved seeing the different situations they had to kiss in, and the ending was wonderful.

Title: Breath You In
Author: favicon LapisLazuli
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 22,487
Notes: AU: Omega!verse, AU: Sentinel, alpha/beta/omega dynamics, omega!john, alpha!sherlock, guide!john, sentinel!sherlock, bottom!john, knotting, heat cycle
Summary: A Sentinel AU, as well as Omegaverse. John is openly an Omega and secretly a Guide. He meets Sherlock Holmes, indifferent Alpha and remarkable Sentinel. They get a flatshare. More stuff happens after that. This story involves bonding and has explicit sexual content, but there is no dub con and no mpreg.
I've never watched The Sentinel, but I really enjoy AUs/Fusions that borrow from that verse, especially when they combine with omega!verse. I loved the way canon events are incorporated into this fic, and I thought the a/b/o dynamics and the sentinel-verse aspects were portrayed wonderfully. Plus, gotta love omega!verse heat sex!

Title: Skeleton Key
Author: truths_in_lies | favicon BeautifulFiction
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 36,092
Notes: bottom!john, barebacking, implied switching
Summary: Sherlock Holmes is anything but predictable; a fact that John has grown used to over the year they have known each other. However, nothing could prepare him for his reaction to Sherlock's mysterious decision to pierce his tongue.
This author is fantastic and I love the way she writes their relationship. Sherlock with a tongue piercing is everything I never knew I needed. Super hot and gorgeously written.

Title: The Moment Pleasantly Frightful and Achieving the Together-Coloured Instant
Author: favicon teahigh
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 17,238 and 20,776 (38,014 total)
Notes: first time, references to necrophilia (for a case), panic attacks, bottom!john, very brief bottom!sherlock
Summary: Sherlock doesn't kiss him all at once. He takes John apart, piece by piece, until there's nothing left of him. // John wonders if this is how it’s going to be: A life speaking in code, because they’re both too stupid to figure out how to say, “I love you.”
Really fantastic fics with fantastic portrayal of their relationship and the mechanics that would go into it. The first fic primarily deals with the aftermath of the Reichenbach fall, the strain it put on their relationship, and how thy could move past it and form a closer bond. The second fic takes place immediately afterwards, and has them dealing with this new relationship. A very believable approach to relationships and beautifully written.

Title: Bloody But Unbowed
Author: truths_in_lies | favicon BeautifulFiction
Pairing: Sherlock/John, past John/Mary
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 43,211
Notes: mild torture, hurt/comfort, bottom!john, implied switching
Summary: "Ever since I returned to London, you have made it plain that my behaviour is intolerable. Clearly, you no longer find me praise-worthy in any capacity, so why are you still here?"
When a familiar argument threatens to destroy the last remnants of John and Sherlock's failing friendship, both men are left questioning their worth to one another. Before either of them has the chance to make amends, circumstance intervenes. John is left at the mercy of his abductors, and this time, he's not sure Sherlock will bother coming to his rescue.
This fic was fabulous. Well-written as always with brilliant characterizations, I am always so impressed with how beautifully this author manages to capture both Sherlock and John with her alternating POVs. This is definitely a bit angstier than some of her other fics, dealing not only with the post-Reichenbach emotional fallout, but also with some slightly graphic kidnapping/tortury scenes. But yay for happy endings, believable resolution, and a porny epilogue!

Title: All Things Inherit
Author: truths_in_lies | favicon BeautifulFiction
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 53,687
Notes: AU, werewolves are known, creature!fic, werewolf!john, werewolf!sherlock, telepathic bond, pack bond
Summary: "For John, it's not a bullet that throws his existence into disarray – it's a bite."
In a world where twelve percent of the population are Mactiri - people with the ability to turn into wolves at will - John finds himself struggling with a new and horrifying existence. The victim of a shocking attack, he is discharged from the army and sent home, determined never to acknowledge what he can now become.
However, when his health starts to fail, it is up to his enigmatic new flatmate to show him that perhaps his life is not the nightmare John believes it to be.
I am seriously loving Johnlock creature!fics, and this one was wonderful, with a slightly different take on werewolves, which added a fresh perspective to a popular trope. This world and the BBC canon were very well-blended and the werewolf mythology perfectly fit the story and the characters. As always, this author captures Sherlock and John beautifully, and their connection was lovely, especially with the added layer of telepathy and the pack bond!

Title: The Stars Move Still
Author: truths_in_lies | favicon BeautifulFiction
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 96,022
Notes: AU: Magical Realism, AU: Demons, bottom!sherlock
Summary: "What could I want so desperately that would make me sell my soul? What could possibly compel me to surrender the part of myself that makes me who I am: the source of my magic, my self-control, everything?"
Nobody writes Johnlock like BeautifulFiction. She manages to perfectly capture their personalities and relationships, even in AUs. This world is fascinating and wonderfully developed, fitting almost seamlessly into canon events. The way Moriarty is incorporated into this fic is brilliant and the consequences of the magic on Sherlock and John's relationship is beautifully developed.

Title: To Light Another's Path
Author: truths_in_lies | favicon BeautifulFiction
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 128,654
Notes: sick!fic, hurt/comfort, bottom!sherlock, mentions of past attempted suicide
Summary: Teaching John to observe seems to be a losing battle, but when Sherlock falls ill and submits himself to John's care, will he realise that there is more to life than the science of deduction? Meanwhile, there is a murder to solve, and John must try and convince Sherlock not to sacrifice his own health for the sake of the case. Eventual John/Sherlock Hurt/Comfort case fic. Post the Great Game
This author writes Johnlock so fantastically and she is great at hurt/comfort fics! i was a bit worried that it might be too similar to her fic Electric Pink Hand Grenade that has a somewhat comparable premise, but this fic definitely has it's own unique development and pacing. Both characters are really fantastically captured, especially their feelings towards one another, and the mystery plot is interesting, but not overpowering.

Title: Midnight Blue Serenity
Author: truths_in_lies | favicon BeautifulFiction
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 151,907
Notes: disguise!fic, mentions of rape, bottom!john, implied switching
Summary: “This was like nothing John had ever thought to associate with Sherlock: stubble, skin-tight jeans and three small silver rings gleaming at the crest of one ear. It was unbelievable, like stepping into an alternative universe, and John couldn't stop staring.”
When Sherlock infiltrates a club in order to track down a serial killer, his altered appearance is enough to make John question his assumption that Sherlock is beyond his reach. However, is he the only one who appreciates his flatmate's charms, or is Sherlock at risk of becoming the next victim? (Warning: reviews may contain fic spoilers)
This fic, like every single other fic I have read by this author, is mind-blowingly fantastic. The writing is so gorgeous and evocative, the characterizations are flawless, and the case is intriguing and fascinating. Sherlock is dead sexy, especially in his clubby get-up, and the sexual tension between him and John is palpable. Just a really fantastic fic! :)
 
 
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