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updated January 11, 2018
Sherlock/John AU Recs
Word Count: 2,548
Content/Warnings: AU: Slavery, dub-con, slave!john
Summary: Sherlock plays his violin when thinking, but today the music is just not enough. Maybe his slave can provide some much-needed stimulation?
John giving Sherlock a blowjob while he plays the violin. So freaking hot, especially with the added slave AU aspect!
Title: With a Wolflike Sharpness
Word Count: 4,163
Content/Notes: AU: Supernatural, werewolf!sherlock, creature!fic, knotting, bottom!john, rough!sex, xenophilia, biting
Summary: In which Sherlock is a werewolf, John is not, and during full moons, they have sex.
JFC, this fic is insanely hot.
Title: Game Theory Series (2 Fics)
Word Count: 4,803 total
Content/Warnings: AU: Boarding School, teacher!john, student!sherlock, teacher/student relationship, desk!sex, office!sex, bottom!john, dub-con, dirty talk, rough sex
Summary: There are times when John thinks he should have made different life choices.
Super hot fics with fun twist on the teacher/student trope, having Sherlock being the student and the one fucking teacher John.
Title: Wasted Hours
Word Count: 4,879
Content/Warnings: AU: Omega!Verse, alpha/beta/omega dynamics, alpha!sherlock, omega!john, heat cycles, knotting, bottom!john
Summary: John is respectful. John keeps his distance. He doesn’t look at Sherlock when Sherlock decides trousers are for dull people. He doesn’t breathe in and savor it when Sherlock flings himself onto the couch first thing in the morning, wafting alpha scent, dressing gown settling around him in a cloud of blue silk. He doesn’t linger when he’s piecing Sherlock back together after a fight, even though he’s half-dressed and beautiful and right there.
He can ignore it. He can control it.
Crazy hot omega!verse fic, with some lovely pining.
♥ Title: Teacher, Teacher
Word Count: 5,720
Content/Warnings: AU, teacher!sherlock, student!john, bottom!john, dub-con, teacher/student relationship
Summary: Mr. Holmes has decided he's waited long enough for John to grow up when he realizes John just might be seeing someone his own age.
Um....holy god was this hot. Teacher/student is a huge kink of mine and this was so well done.
♥ Title: Strategy Games (2 Fics)
Word Count: 6,479 total
Content/Warnings: AU: Banking, secret relationship, bottom!john, dirty talk, desk!sex, barebacking, office!sex, boss/employee relationship
Summary: How characteristic, John had thought the first time the prince bedded him, that Sherlock would choose the most forbidden of passions to pursue.
Interesting and unique AU. Loved the dynamic between Sherlock and John here and the sex was OMG fantastic.
Title: The Prince and the Soldier
Word Count: 6,777
Content/Warnings: AU: Royalty, AU: Historical, bottom!john, prince!sherlock, corsetry, semi-public!sex, secret relationship, outdoor!sex, light dub-con, 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: Potter!lock AU Series (2 Fics)
Word Count: 7,138 total
Content/Warnings: AU: Fusion, AU: Magical, Harry Potter fusion, professor!sherlock, student!john, teacher/student relationship, secret relationship, desk!sex, bottom!john
Summary: John Watson has a crush on a certain Potions professor.
Fun and super sexy HP fusion with professor Sherlock and smitten Hufflepuff John.
Title: With Eyes Wide Open
Rating: Hard R
Word Count: 8,048
Content/Warnings: AU: Magical Realism, outsider POVs, soulmates, bottom!john, implied bondage, blindfolds, light D/s
Summary: In which souls are deceptively easy to see and no one can quite figure out what the deal is with Sherlock and John. Magic realism.
Such a fascinating AU! Loved the soul concept and I thought the alternating POVs chronicling the development of John and Sherlock's relationship worked beautifully.
Title: A Bonding Experience
Word Count: 8,357
Content/Warnings: AU: Omega!Verse, alpha/beta/omega dynamics, omega!john, alpha!sherlock, bottom!john, knotting, underage, teacher!sherlock, teacher/student relationship, student!john
Summary: Sherlock has infiltrated a school of alphas and betas, posing as a Chemistry professor, for a case. John is a beta student at the school... or so he thinks, until the day he presents as an omega in Sherlock's class.
So many of my kinks in this one, so very hot!
Title: Evening Ride
Word Count: 8,632
Content/Warnings: AU, humiliation, public!sex
Summary: John has a series of unexpected meetings with a stranger on the Tube.
Oh my goodness this is so freaking hot. John gets off with a stranger on the tube. Guess who it is?
Title: Red Dahlias
Word Count: 9,254
Content/Warnings: AU, dub-con, creature!fic, dirty talk, light bloodplay, vampire!sherlock, bottom!john
Summary: John had never thought he would one day stand with his vampire lover and laugh like giddy teenagers, but it wasn't the first time his life had taken an unexpected twist. Johnlock. Porn with some Plot.
Hot, sort of dark!Sherlock fucking John on a table.
Title: The Engagement
Word Count: 9,523
Content/Warnings: AU: Royalty, prince!sherlock, prince!john, arranged marriage, marriage!fic
Summary: from the kink meme prompt: gay!royalty!AU. For ~political reasons~, King Mycroft has his younger brother, Prince Sherlock, betrothed to a foreigner, Prince John. Sherlock is all, "How about nooooooooo" until he actually meets his husband-to-be.
This was an interesting AU, with John and Sherlock as modern royalty. Loved the way canon was incorporated and the development of their relationship.
Title: You Give Me Fever
Word Count: 16,122
Content/Warnings: AU: 1960's, bottom!john, first time, underage, car!sex, dirty talk, size kink
Summary: Thou givest fever when we kisseth, fever with thy flaming youth
Fever I'm afire; fever, yea, I burn forsooth
"He's the kind of boy you want to take apart."
Gratuitous Greaserlock. It's essentially 16k of mostly-porn.
This was crazy good! So well written and such a creative concept. And ridiculously hot, with an innocent virginal John and a seductive greaser!Sherlock.
Title: The Pleasure-Dome
Word Count: 16,161
Content/Warnings: AU: BDSM, D/s, BDSM, bottom!john, dom!sherlock, sub!john, gagging, riding crop, bondage
Summary: This is the fic where I said 'in the BDSM world AU Sherlock would totally make John strip for him. And kneel. And ... do other stuff.' and then I realized I couldn't write sex. And velvet_mace said she could write sex and yes. Yes she can. So we wrote this. Its porn with plot. Over 16,000 words of porn! and much less of plot.
"Sherlock pressed his finger on the keypad and ran a critical eye over the hotel room after the door unlocked and opened."
Super interesting BDSM verse fic with some great plot and hot sex!
Title: Man and Beast
Word Count: 19,914
Content/Warnings: AU: Werewolves Exist, creature!fic, werewolf!sherlock, dub-con, rimming, semi-public!sex, bottom!john
Summary: Sherlock is a werewolf who is captured by a facility which wants to experiment on him. When John is placed into his cage they expect Sherlock to attack him, but instead, he tries to mate with John.
Really interesting fic with human John who gets thrown in with captured werewolf Sherlock, and mating and feelings and hot sex happens! Great characterizations and I loved how the author combined the wolfy traits with Sherlock's personality.
Title: At Dawn They Sleep
Word Count: 21,109
Content/Warnings: AU, bottom!john, vampire!sherlock, creature!fic, bonding!fic, rimming, bloodplay
Summary: Vamp!lock AU set at the end of The Great Game, written for the Johnlock Challenges Gift Exchange for a prompt requesting Explicit Vamp!lock Fluff. The confrontation with Moriarty at the pool goes very differently, and the resulting revelations trigger a significant change in Sherlock's relationship with John.
Vampire AU with a really cool twisting of canon and some seriously delicious sex!
Pairing: Sherlock/John, John/Mary
Word Count: 21,811
Content/Warnings: AU: Fusion, imagine me & you fusion, infidelity, het sex, florist!sherlock
Summary: Florist!AU - Sherlock is a florist and he's doing the flowers at the wedding of John Watson and Mary Morstan. John's about to marry his best friend in the world. He's happy, in love, and content with Mary. So why can't he get tall, enigmatic man who did the flowers at his wedding out of his mind?
This fic manages to be incredibly interesting and believable and totally sells Sherlock as a florist! Infidelity can be an iffy subject for me to read, but I really liked how it was all handled here. Nobody was vilified and it felt very real. And the connection between Sherlock and John was so powerful and beautiful. Loved it!
Title: Breath You In
Word Count: 22,487
Content/Warnings: AU: Omega!verse, AU: Sentinel, alpha/beta/omega dynamics, omega!john, alpha!sherlock, guide!john, sentinel!sherlock, bottom!john, knotting, heat cycles
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: Night Shift (Work deleted from AO3)
Word Count: 26,126
Content/Warnings: AU, vampires are known, creature!fic, vampire!sherlock, bodyguard!john, bottom!sherlock, sherlock big bang 2012, sherlock kink meme
Summary: Former army doctor John Watson is a daylighter, a specialist bodyguard for vampires. When he's hired to be the bodyguard for a vampire's younger brother - a vampire who doesn't fit the usual vampire stereotypes of lazy aristocrat in a remote manor or wealthy, indolent playboy - John is intrigued. To his surprise, Sherlock seems intrigued by him as well.
Really interesting fic. The world building was really great in this and I loved the vampiric additions!
Title: On Your Knees
Word Count: 38,020
Content/Notes: AU: Fusion, AU: Alternate First Meeting, The Secretary fusion, dub-con, D/s, face-fucking, bottom!john, bottom!sherlock, switching, spanking, boss/employee relationship, desk!sex, Dom!Sherlock, sub!John, self-harm, light bondage
Summary: AU, Based on the film "Secretary": After he is invalided from the war, John feels his life is quickly spinning out of control, but when he finds a job assisting a man by the name of Sherlock Holmes he may find the very thing he's needed all along.
God, this fic was fantastic and so, so hot. Definitely some under-negotiated kink in this one and some other things as well, so heed the warnings, but I loved the dynamic the author captured here.
Title: Song of the Dauntless Knight
Pairing: Sherlock/John, background Greg/Molly
Word Count: 48,489
Content/Warnings: AU: Historical, knight!john, bottom!john, first time, secret relationship, period specific homophobia
Summary: 14th-century England. Sir John Watson and his knightly comrades return home from fighting for the Black Prince in France and enter into the household service of Duke Moriarty. Among the many castle denizens is Lord Sherlock Holmes, heir to his brother the Earl and long-time hostage of the Duke. An unlikely relationship soon emerges.
Wonderful medieval fic that cleverly incorporates all the characters. Loved the connection between Sherlock and John here, and the time period portrayal felt very authentic.
Title: All Things Inherit
Word Count: 53,687
Content/Warnings: 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 fit very within 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: Working the Edges
Pairing(s): Sherlock/John, background Lestrade/Mycroft
Word Count: 56,089
Content/Notes: AU: Sports, AU: Olympics
Summary: No matter where you put Sherlock and John, they click. Including the Winter Olympics.
Really lovely, charming read. John was aces as a hockey player, and I really liked Sherlock as a figure skater. It definitely felt very much like them, even though they were at the Olympics. Sweet, relatively light read.
Title: Some Nights
Pairing(s): Sherlock/John, background Anthea/Mycroft
Word Count: 56,212
Content/Notes: AU: Sentinel, AU: Omega!Verse, a/b/o dynamics, alpha!sherlock, sentinel!sherlock, omega!john, guide!john, rimming, biting, bonding!fic, bottom!john, heat cycles, knotting
Summary: Sentinel-alpha Sherlock Holmes has no interest in finding an omega-guide, but having pushed his body to its limit he no longer has a choice. He dreads being saddled with a mate.
Guide-omega John Watson has just lost his family and his chances at joining at the army. He has nothing left but a desolate future at some alpha's side.
If only they knew.
Great Omega!Verse combined with a Sentinel AU! Interesting plot, and I really enjoyed the world and characters here.
Title: The Measure of a Gentleman
Pairing: Sherlock/John, Greg/Molly, Harriet/Moriarty, Anderson/Sally
Word Count: 67,087
Content/Warnings: AU: Fusion, AU: Historical, pride and prejudice fusion, bottom!sherlock, implied switching
Summary: It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a partner.
Less universally acknowledged is that a single man in possession of very little in the way of fortune may be in want of a partner as well, but John Watson had little time or energy to devote to his own wants or needs...
Enter one Mr Holmes...
Such a great AU! The writing was really well done and definitely lines up with the era of the story. I love how all the characters were incorporated and I thought the author did a fantastic job fitting everything into teh Pride & Prejudice world.
Title: All The Rest Series (2 Fics)
Word Count: 71,068
Content/Notes: AU: Alternate First Meeting, first time, switching, bottom!sherlock, mostly bottom!john, daddy!kink, rimming, sex toys
Summary: After being invalided home from Afghanistan, John takes his therapist's advice and tries to meet people online. Specifically, he joins a fetish site, where he ends up interacting with a man called SH who keeps paying him money to perform odd tasks and seems very keen to take care of him.
Basically: slow-build daddy kink.
I've never been a big fan of daddy!kink with this pairing (particularly as almost all of it is with John as the Daddy which doesn't work for me) but I was intrigued by the concept here and I'm really glad I gave it a go. I thought the dynamics were fantastic and the author does an excellent job of selling the kink with the characters. I actually thought the characterizations were wonderful, and I really enjoyed how aspects/events from the show were woven into this alternate first meeting fic. Wonderful!
Title: Beneath the Silver Moon
Pairing: Sherlock/John, Mycroft/Lestrade
Word Count: 85,993
Content/Warnings: AU: Omega!Verse, alpha/beta/omega dynamics, creature!fic, werewolves exist, werewolves are known, werewolf!john, werewolf!sherlock, alpha!sherlock, omega!john, knotting, semi public!sex, mates, heat cycle, sherlock kink meme
Summary: After being bitten in Afghanistan, John was invalided home. Being a werewolf was new to him, and he wasn't interested in any of the help or orientation that the Centre had to offer, but even his wolf knew better than to enter territory that had been marked. Until his first outside change, when he met a strange alpha wolf that wanted John to follow it home into pack territory. John's initial refusal became a challenge for the curious alpha... one Sherlock Holmes.
This was so well done. The blending of werewolves and omega!verse into the Sherlock verse was so clever and believable. And some of the hottest sex between these two I've ever read! This is actually the first fic in a WIP series, but I haven't read the other fics yet.
Title: Seven Moons Series (3 Fics)
Word Count: 92,824
Content/Notes: AU: Fantasy, AU: Royalty, AU: Omega!Verse, a/b/o dynamics, alpha!sherlock, prince!sherlock, prince!john, magic!sherlock, omega!john, arranged marriage, dub-con, MPREG, biting, bottom!john, heat cycles, knotting
Summary: “This is happiness?” John asks, utterly heartsick, holding up his wrists and rattling the chains. “You’ve sold me for six gold mines and protection along the northern border.”
Wonderful fic with Omega John being betrothed to Alpha Sherlock after he essentially gives up the throne to protect his sister. I thought the a/b/o stuff was really well handled and I really enjoyed the relationship between John and Sherlock here and watching everything unfold. Definitely an engaging read.
Title: Northwest Passage
Word Count: 95,159
Content/Warnings: AU, switching, bottom!sherlock, bottom!john, rimming, PTSD, mentions of drug addiction
Summary: Seven years ago, Captain John Watson of the Canadian Forces Medical Service withdrew from society, seeking a simple, isolated life in the distant northern wilderness of Canada. Though he survives from one day to the next, he doesn't truly live until someone from his dark past calls in a favor and turns his world upside-down with the introduction of Sherlock Holmes.
Wonderful AU with awesome characterizations and a great connection and developing relationship between Sherlock and John. I loved how the author took details from Canon (like Sherlock's drug addiction and John as a soldier) and expanded upon them to fit in this verse.
Title: The Stars Move Still
Word Count: 96,022
Content/Warnings: AU: Magical Realism, 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: Saving Sherlock Holmes
Pairing(s): Sherlock/John, background Lestrade/Mycroft
Word Count: 139,494
Content/Notes: AU: Boarding School, AU: Alternate First Meeting, underage
Summary: Sherlock Holmes, schoolboy. Yeah, that basically sums it up.
Wonderful Sherlock AU that takes place when Sherlock is a teenager. This has a very canon feel, but it essentially plays with the idea of, what if Sherlock met John sooner? How would that have changed things for him? I adore the way canon events and characters are incorporated in here, and the relationship between all of the characters is just wonderfully done. Really awesome read!
Title: Baseball Series (4 Fics)
Word Count: 146,072
Content/Notes: AU: Sports
Summary: Sherlock Holmes is a pitcher and John Watson is a catcher. No, no, no, it's a baseball AU.
I was a little skeptical of this one, since baseball is such an American sport, and NOT one I can picture Sherlock playing, but it totally works! The author does a brilliant job with the characterizations, so it really feels like Sherlock and John playing baseball. Fun and charming read that just flew by.
Title: Tennis Series (4 Fics)
Pairing: Sherlock/John, background Jim/Molly, past John/Mary, past Sherlock/Jim, past Sherlock/OMC
Word Count: 215,916 total
Content/Warnings: AU: Sports, AU: Fusion, Wimbledon fusion, switching, bottom!john, mostly bottom!sherlock, dirty talk, rimming
Summary: John and Sherlock are professional tennis players and it’s Wimbledon. One is a broken almost was at the end of his career, the other an arrogant rising star tipped for greatness. It should have been a straightforward tournament. It really should have been. How were they to know that a chance encounter would change everything?
Really wonderful and believable AU that does and excellent job of fusing the Sherlock and tennis worlds together. The characterizations are wonderful and I really liked how the characters and even dialogue from the show were incorporated. I thought the sports commentary during the matches was a fun way to show the progression of the games, though it did get a bit technical at times (especially for somebody who knows little about tennis). Great connection between Sherlock and John and lots of super hot sex!
♥ ♥ Title: Performance in a Leading Role Series (9 fics)
Word Count: 223,707 total
Content/Warnings: AU: Hollywood, first time, secret relationship, switching, bottom!john, bottom!sherlock, marriage!fic
Summary: Sherlock Holmes is an Oscar winner in the midst of a career slump. John Watson is an Everyman actor trapped in the rom-com ghetto. When they are cast as a gay couple in a new independent drama, will they surprise each other? Will their on-screen romance make its way into the real world?
This is recced everywhere, and for good reason, it is fan-freaking-tastic. God, I just spent the entire day reading it and I'm so sad now that I finished! The story is wonderful, the Hollywood background is AMAZING and so fleshed-out, and the connection between Sherlock and John is so believable. I loved the evolution of their relationship and how they were influenced by their careers, and the way the other characters are incorporated into the storyline is perfect. Plus, super hot switching sex! Seriously cannot recommend this fic enough! There are also several other little sequels and snapshots from the verse to read.
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