gracerene
28 February 2017 @ 09:00 am
I've been a little remiss in my HP reccing of late. Partially because I needed a bit of a break after the holiday season, and there usually isn't a *ton* of fic posted right after the holidays. And partially because between work insanity and trying to write in my spare time, I just haven't been reading as much. But here are some fics I read and enjoyed over the past couple of months, and you can expect some [livejournal.com profile] hp_kinkfest recs from me once that fest wraps. :D

Title: At The End of the Rope
Author: [livejournal.com profile] shiftylinguini
Pairing(s): James Sirius Potter/Teddy Lupin, background Albus/Scorpius, reference to past James/OMCs and Teddy/Victoire
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 35,258
Content/Warnings: a/b/o dynamics, alpha!teddy, temporarily-an-omega!james, heat cycles, knotting, Bottom!James, Auror!James, Auror!Teddy Lupin, auror partners, first time
Summary: Everyone presents in the springtime of their fifteenth year, and no one was more excited about this than James ― or more disappointed when it didn’t happen. But that’s okay, at twenty-two he’s now made peace with being an Absent Presentation, and with his conviction that no one in their right mind would want to be with or claim someone like him, least of all the person he really wants. He’s got his work and his right hand, and even if he sometimes thinks about what it would be like to be honest with Teddy about how he feels, he knows he couldn’t bear the rejection ― at least, that’s what he tells himself when he can’t get to sleep at night.

But all that is tested after a run-in with an overzealous admirer and a routine Auror call-out gone drastically wrong. As James is left now presenting in full as an Omega, and bound to stay in Teddy’s presence, the careful balancing act he’s built his life around grows more precarious by the second.
Eeee, this fic is just brilliant! A really fun and interesting take on the A/B/O trope and OMG this James and Teddy are just brilliant. Loved the world building, loved the characterizations, and JFC is it ever hot! Awesome read. :D


Title: This Isn't Just A Distraction
Author: [livejournal.com profile] ustorycollector
Pairings: Draco/Harry
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: ~3,713
Content/Warnings: forced proximity, Auror!Draco, Auror!Harry, bottom!Harry, [livejournal.com profile] hd_owlpost 2016
Summary: Harry hates small space. Really hates them. So when he gets trapped in one with Draco Malfoy there's really only one thing that's going to happen...
Gosh, this was lovely and super sexy! Harry and Draco are Auror partners and get trapped in a closet together. Harry begins to panic, and I thought the author did a great job showing his reaction and how Draco helps him through it. And then there's closet!sex at the end! :D

Title: Six Christmases
Author: [livejournal.com profile] thistle_verse
Pairings: Draco/Harry, brief Harry/Ginny
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: ~4,802
Content/Warnings: Auror!Draco, Auror!Harry, [livejournal.com profile] hd_owlpost 2016
Summary: A year ago— even a few months ago— Harry would have heeded the note of warning in Malfoy’s voice. He would have been more careful. But care, he thought now, twisted and flowed with the change in landscape; like magic, it fed on a continual change of form.
Really wonderfully written and paced fic that shows the evolution of Harry's feelings towards Draco over the course of six Christmases at the Auror Department. Lovely characterizations and I really enjoyed seeing their relationship change and grow over the years.

Title: Pretty Fond of Not Very Good Ideas
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lq_traintracks
Pairings: Draco/Harry, background Ron/Hermione
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: ~4,962
Content/Warnings: memory loss, Auror!Harry, semi-public!sex
Summary: Harry Peterson, Orderer Extraordinaire, and his trusty sidekick, Ray. Or: Harry's been hit with a memory charm, but it's okay because he realises he's bent for Draco Malfoy.
Really fun fic with Harry temporarily losing his memory and then seeing Malfoy and realising he really wants some of that. Super sexy and funny, with a wonderful undercurrent of poignant emotion.
 
 
gracerene
13 October 2016 @ 08:00 am
My H/D reclist for Post-Hogwarts fics under 15,000 words became too large for one LJ post, so I'm splitting it up. :)

In the Warnings section of each entry I have different tags, so if you are looking for something specific (like "auror!harry" for example) just ctrl+f and enter your tag and it should highlight the relevant entries!

CLICK HERE to get back to the rest of my Post-Hogwarts H/D recs.

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updated November 5, 2016

5,000 - 15,000 Words )
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gracerene
27 January 2016 @ 08:00 am
Now that reveals have gone up at [livejournal.com profile] hd_owlpost, I thought I'd rec a few of my favorites from the fest! There were over 90 super awesome and creative offerings, so this is by no means reflective of everything on offer. Just a handful of fics I enjoyed over the fest. I definitely recommend perusing the masterlist for more goodies! :D

holidays: winter 2015


Owlpost Recs! )
 
 
gracerene
26 January 2016 @ 08:00 am
Reveals have gone up at [livejournal.com profile] hd_owlpost so I can claim my gift for the lovely, [livejournal.com profile] kitty_fic! I had a lot of fun working on this one, as the slight soulmark AU aspect was very different for me. There were a few speedbumps, but overall I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. It's also the longest H/D fic I've published to date!

Title: Rorschach
Author: [livejournal.com profile] gracerene
Pairings: Draco/Harry, brief mention of past Harry/Ginny, background Ginny/Dean
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: ~5,500
Content/Warnings: soulmark AU, Auror partners, brief injury/mention of blood, soulmates, dirty talk, rimming, blow jobs, implied switching
Summary: Harry never gave much thought to Malfoy's soulmark. But that was before he caught a glimpse. Now it's all he can think about.
Notes: Kitty! I have actually been wanting to write you a little something for a while now, but time was always getting away from me. So I was extra thrilled to find out you were one of my recipients. This doesn't follow any of your specific prompts, but I tried to squeeze in several of your likes and come up with something that I thought you'd enjoy. I really hope you like this, and I hope that you are having a marvelous holiday season! ♥

This is essentially an EWE fic that follows canon EXCEPT that, in this 'verse, a soulmark appears on every person when they turn 17. Finding your perfect match isn't incredibly rare, but it's also not extremely common either. Because there is no guarantee that you will find your soulmate, people often think that waiting around forever for the perfect person is impractical, though most do hold out hope that they’ll meet their true match. <3

Thank you [livejournal.com profile] capitu and [livejournal.com profile] snowgall for all of your help with this one! ♥

To help me figure out where my head was at with how things worked in this verse, I sort of top-of-mind spewed out some background. I didn't want to include all of this with the final fic, but I thought I'd include it now for fun! :)

This is essentially an EWE fic that follows canon, only in this verse a soulmark appears on every person when they turn 17. Just because two people are soulmates, doesn't mean they automatically get to ride off into the sunset happily ever after. It works as an indicator of the person that you are the most compatible with. Most soulmate relationships are successful, but they still require work just like any other relationship, and they can wither and die if people become too complacent in their bond, and rely only on their mystical connection to sustain them.

Finding your perfect match isn't incredibly rare, but it's also not extremely common, and people often decide to have successful and meaningful relationships outside of the soulmark connection for a plethora of reasons. In fact, it's only within the last hundred years or so that soulmarks began to really gain traction as a viable possibility for marriage. Historically, arranging matches based on wealth, status, and prestige were considered far more important than compatibility -- it would have been unheard of for a wealthy pure-blood to marry a poor muggleborn, even if they were soulmates. The nobility often viewed soulmarks as frivolous markings of baser instincts, and would go out of their way to cover the marks with makeup and glamours. However, as children began to gain more independence with their matrimonial choices, there was a marked increase in young people searching out their soulmates.

Nowadays, there are varying approaches to soulmate-ship, and while some people consider dating and relationships outside a soulmark just practice or a bit of fun, just as many people believe that non-soulmate relationships are as valid and stable as soulmates. Many believe that, while there may be one "perfect" person out there for you, it doesn't mean that there is nobody else in the world that you can build a happy fulfilling life with. Because there is no guarantee that you will find your soulmate, many people think waiting around forever and wasting your life waiting for one perfect person is impractical. Some young people flash the soulmate at every person they meet trying to find "the one" (Seamus) some people think the whole thing is ridiculous and refuse to ever let anybody see it (Hermione). Most people view/touch early on in a courtship, on a first date, or as a precursor to a date, depending on their views of soulmarks. Express an interest, discuss your thoughts on marks, ~touch~. But generally speaking, most view touching a soulmark as an intimate experience, akin to kissing, and there is usually some kind of connection/interest there before the touching/viewing happens.

Soulmarks appear on different places on the body and look like an ink blotch to everybody but the person with the mark, and their soulmate. The first indicator of soulmate-ship is the person being able to see what your mark really is. But, of course, there is potential for fraud here, because somebody could have a lucky guess, or, since the person with the mark knows, they could have somehow accidentally let it slip what it really is. So there is a second layer, which is the pleasure-touch. The first time the mate touches is amazing, and from then on out it still feels good, but not earth shattering.

I really love soulmark AUs, but I also have some issues with consent/choice, and while I can suspend those when reading, apparently I cannot create my own verse without downplaying the "Everbody is automatically with their soulmate, and it's all rainbows and sunshine" aspect. I wanted it to feel more like the real world with options, except in this verse, instead of guessing/assuming when you are with your soulmate, you actually know.

Draco's mark is dragon, Harry's is a phoenix. Some people believe that, while it's extremely rare for soulmarks to be identical, there is often a kind of connection between the two images, though that's never been confirmed. In H/D's case, there is the connection of wings and fire for pretty much a million reasons. :)


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Rorschach )
 
 
gracerene
I am kind of cheating, because I was doing this anyways, but I'm going to kill two birds with one post and combine Day 7 of the challenge with my owlpost recs.

Day 7

In your own space, create a fanwork. A drabble, a ficlet, a podfic, or an icon, art or meta or a rec list. A picspam. Something.


Just wanted to do a quick rec post [livejournal.com profile] hd_owlpost's Winter Fest. This was a super cool Harry/Draco anonymous gift exchange with daily offerings of fic, art, graphics, icons, and basically everything you can think of, and it was super fun to see the many different and creative gifts everybody came up with. There were several gifts a day in varying formats, so I just picked a few favorite fics for times sake. You can check out their masterlist here to see all of the other gifts exchange during the fest.


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Just a few quick recs! )
 
 
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gracerene
28 May 2013 @ 01:12 pm
In the Warnings section of each entry I have different tags, so if you are looking for something specific (like "auror!harry" for example) just ctrl+f and enter your tag and it should highlight the relevant entries!

CLICK HERE to get back to the rest of my Post-Hogwarts H/D recs.

♥ = favorite

updated October 8, 2016

< 5,000 Words )
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