I dedicate this week’s rec(s) to my Collective colleague. She put in a request for Johnlock smut, and I did my best to oblige. (The real challenge was in finding one she hasn’t read!). But, because I’m me, I needed some fluff too, so the solution: rec one of each. There’s no such thing as too much Johnlock, is there?
Rec #1: The Fluff…errr…Angsty Fluff
Title: With All My Heart
Author: Quinn Anderson
Word Count: ~19,000
Warning: A bit NSFW, some angsty angst, and a lot of “awwwwwwwww”
Read it here.
I’m not sure I can summarize this one any better than the author, so here’s her summary: AU in which every time a person falls in love, a red line like a tally mark appears on their wrist. Sherlock is determined to keep himself from ever gaining one of these marks for fear that love will corrode his mental faculties. Then he meets John Watson.
I’ll admit, I’m a sucker for soul bond fics, but this is not one of those. This takes that now-common trope and turns it on its head. Quinn Anderson explores Sherlock’s psychology and the reason he’s so reluctant to form relationships with anyone else. And the reason Anderson gives, it’s not as extraordinary as other authors usually make it to be. When Sherlock wakes up with his first Adoration (what the mark is called in this AU), he is less than thrilled, especially when he realizes its cause: his flatmate. In typical Sherlock fashion, he doesn’t know how to cope with his emotions, so he does his best to hide it from John…which doesn’t work out in the end. What I love most about this fic is that it feels like two real people coming together because of a slightly-supernatural circumstance. When they finally man up and talk about their feelings (or just skip straight to snogging), the result is powerful, and I, for one, couldn’t breathe. It made me remember why I ship Johnlock–because these two characters are a tour de force. It doesn’t matter what world, what universe, what time they’re written into, they will inevitably be linked together, because who is Sherlock Holmes without John Watson?
A-. I thoroughly enjoyed this one, but I felt the ending to be a bit rushed. Just a teensy bit.
Rec #2: The Smut (featuring Voice Porn)
Title: The Linguistic Propensities of Sherlock Holmes
Words: approx. 2,000
Warnings: This one will curl your toes (in a most excellent way).
Read it here.
John Watson has a problem. A growing problem. It appears that he is more-than-a-little-bit turned on by the sound of his flatmate’s voice. It doesn’t help that Sherlock has taken to reading aloud absolutely everything in their flat, even medical journals.
This one is shameless smut. PWP, anyone? I’m not much for fics-without-plot, but try reading this one without hearing Benedict Cumberbatch’s sensual baritone saying words like “circumnavigation” and “verisimilitude” in your head. It’s an inner-soundtrack of lust, it is, and I imagine that most who read this find themselves in much the same predicament as John Watson.
The mere idea of Cumberbatch’s voice reciting Shelley’s poetry whilst wearing The Purple Shirt is enough to make my heart palpitate. You may need a safe word from the sheer intensity of this fic.
Not sure I can rate this one on a traditional scale because it’s not got a plot, so instead I’ll say this: If you like Benny’s voice, a big vocab, and Johnlock smut, this one’s for you. Just don’t read it in public, because you’re sure to blush.
And, while it’s not Shelley, here’s a little
voice porn poetry reading to get you in the mood.
- Fanfic Wednesday: “Performance in a Leading Role” (acollectivemind.wordpress.com)
- Talk the Talk: A Guide to Fanfiction (acollectivemind.wordpress.com)
- South Korea Totally Wants Sherlock Holmes And John Watson To Be Boyfriends (buzzfeed.com)
- My Ben-addiction: Confessions of a Cumberb**** (acollectivemind.wordpress.com)