Thursday, March 24, 2011

TLS Fics of The Week 3/22 - 3/28/2011- There's something here for everyone

The Boys of Fall by Cullen Confection

Summary: "They didn't let just anybody in that club, To get to wear those game day jerseys down the hall, Kings of the school, We're the boys of fall." The guys are HS football players while Edward dreams of his future that includes more than football. AH Can OOC
Twilight - Rated: M

Here is what Butterflybetty, Stillwaters72 and Leslie had to say about Boys of Fall:

When I sat down to read the first chapter of The Boys of Fall, by Cullen Confection, I was automatically intrigued. As a small town girl from Texas, I know first hand just how much high school football plays into the spirit of  not only the school but the entire town. However, I was a little nervous because trying to capture that spirit is not always easy, but as I started reading the first chapter, I was hooked. The way Cullen Confection paints her scenes and builds her characters is simply beautiful. I’ve enjoyed watching her characters grow and watching her grow as a writer. If you haven’t had a chance to check out her story, do so as soon as possible. You will not regret it. I know I haven’t.
-ButterflyBetty Cullen

The Boys of Fall by Cullen Confection gives us a gift of characters who epitomize all our best memories of high school. Theses characters are optimistic and innocent and yet are not naive. Edward, though he seems mature beyond his years, observes the interactions around him with a sage and careful eye. He is always conscientious of the feelings and moods of the others around him. A peacemaker and unselfish, he almost seems to be an observer rather than a participant of the events around him. That is until the mystery figure of his precognitive dreams appears. Cullen Confection makes me believe in soul mates, that two halves of the same soul reach out to each other and when they meet they recognize the missing pieces in the other. The romance that blossoms is sweet and makes the heart of this reader yearn back to those days where every kiss and small touch meant so much more. When the object of your affection was your whole world.
-Tara aka Stillwaters

Boys of Fall is such a well thought out and ingenuous story. The flow is natural, a certain flair of wit shines through in her words, and the character’s remind you of your friends from your personal high school experiences. As for the author, Cullen Confection, she is such a charmingly, beautiful soul. She’ll cause you to turn into a squealing fan girl in a matter of chapters.
-Leslie Justice Grimmette

In Vain by Bratty Vamp

Summary: Bella is a girl who desperately wants control over her own life. Edward is a Volturi guard who is accustomed to being in a position of power and control. Together they struggle with a force that neither of them have any control over, whatsoever. OOC, AU
Twilight - Rated: M

In Vain by Bratty-vamp

Here is what nails233, author of Be My Sub, had to say about In Vain:
When I first started writing this review, I was a loss on how to properly describe it. Honestly? This story is only one of the few pleasure I allow myself.

Bratty-vamp spins an addicting tale of Bella trying to break away from the controlling factors in her life. Renee, with the financial support of none other than Aro, controlled every facet of her early life. She groomed her and prepped her for a purpose. That purpose has yet to be disclosed, but that being said, I think the scar she bears has something to do with her future.

As Bella struggles to find herself and friends, she is abruptly sent to stay in Italy with her benefactor, only to discover not all is as it seems. When she is left in the care of Edward instead, things start to shift between the two.

She wants to hate him, but there is a connection they share that makes that harder the closer they physically become. Can she keep her hatred for him? Or will she give in to the connection? We will have to continue to read it to find out. A shiver runs through me just thinking about what Bratty-vamp’s next update will bring.

Bella’s life appears to still be out of her control when Edward discloses she will not be allowed to leave. Her resistance seems to be In Vain.

The Diva Diaries by Kiya Raven


Summary: Dear Diary, I've stupidly agreed to star with Edward Jack-ass Cullen in a new Broadway show. What the hell was I thinking? I still haven't forgiven him for what he did to me during drama school. I hope the show opens before I murder him horribly. Bella.
Twilight - Rated: M

Here is what Becky has to say about The Diva Diaries:

This story is cleverly told in both the past and the present.

In the past, aspiring young actors Edward Cullen and Isabella Swan are thrown together when they both win a spot at a prestigious drama school. Edward, broken and jaded from a previous relationship, has no intention of pursuing anything with the eager, yet shy and innocent Bella. But he is reluctantly forced to reconsider this decision as their attraction and connection to each other becomes too hard to ignore. We follow their turbulent journey that brings them to where they are now......

In the present, three years have passed since they've seen each after a less than amicable break up. Cast together in a broadway play, they are once again forced to interact and overcome their differences as they discover if there is anything worth salvaging in their relationship, and if either of them has the courage or desire to try and to save it.

KiyaRaven has a way of telling stories that sucks you in and never lets you go. Her writing style enables you to connect with the characters and in such a way that you become invested in the story very quickly. I love reading about their changing relationships both past and present and I am always gripped with each chapter from start to finish. It is one of my favorites and definitely a must read.
-Becky Martin

The Gentleman from Washington State by Betty Smith

Summary: Senator Edward Cullen is the handsome scion of the Cullen family. A playboy's playboy, he is taken with an intern in his office, Bella Swan. She is untouchable for many reasons, and he's in a tough re-election battle with Jacob Black. AH,M Adult Content
Twilight - Rated: M

Here is what LaMomo, author of Business Class Girl, had to say about TGFWS

They say that for some reason you never forget your “first” of anything. Before the highly educated, prim and proper minds that usually hang around this blog decline this statement into the most perverted possibilities out there (and by all means, do…), I would like to emphasise that, case in point, I will never forget my first SenatorWard. Another fine specimen of this peculiar “Ward” has been recently featured here (Fall to Ruin One Day by sleepyvalentina), to whom I am likewise addicted, but SenatorWard for me is, and will always be, first and foremost Senator Edward Cullen from Washington State.
In the wake of the campaign in which he will have to fight with his rival Jacob Black (who may or may not be a controlling, obsessive, jealous, temperamental asshole – Team Jacob, you have been warned) to keep his Senate seat, Senator Cullen is hit with the force of a freight train by the arrival of a new intern in the midst of his staff.

This intern is one undergrad school student named Isabella Swan, also hailing from Washington. There are family connections but, most of all, Bella stands out because, in a very non-senatorial expression, “she knows her shit”. Her competence, skills, and knowledge of law and of the political arena quickly make her an asset to the team and this brings her in close contact with the Senator himself who may or may not be fighting the great temptation to…know her better?

The odds, though, are against them. One – Bella is an intern. This has “political disaster” written all over it. And Alice and Rosalie Cullen – the overzealous sisters of Senator Cullen who are in charge of his press and media contacts – will not have it. Two – Senator Cullen is known as a player. And Bella Swan won’t fall for a player. Or will she? Three – Senator Cullen doesn’t want Bella as hi intern, for some unknown.  But will he be able to send her away?

As you all torture yourselves with the possible answers to these questions, I will give you food for thought in the form of a few added perks of this story that will make it impossible FOR YOU to stay away.

1)     The usual suspects are all accounted for but none of them is in a stereo-typed, over-done role. Let’s say, for example, that Emmett is not the boyish, overgrown and good-humoured jock that we know and love. Esme is not just a good-natured, Martha-Stewart replica. The Cullens are not a perfect family. They have secrets.

2)     There are a couple of absolutely vile, totally unprincipled characters that yes, you will want to drown in the Potomac, but who will make this story a riveting read. Some chapters will make Russell Crowe’s “State of Play” look like a tale for kindergarteners. Be warned.

3)     This story should totally win a “diversity” award, if there is such a thing in Fanfic Landia. First, there is one Michael Newton, who is legislative director to one Senator Jane Volk (whom you’ll cordially wish you could drown in the Potomac within a few lines of meeting her) and who is a very smart, insanely hot, African American guy who dates Bella…before the powers that be finally re-align the stars in the constellation of Cupid in Fanfic Landia. Second, let’s just say that Rosalie does not date Emmett.

4)     When a fic deals with the corridors of power and their goings-on as deeply as this one does, it is of vital importance to have one’s facts straight, which, at the end of the day, means having top-notch research in all things legislative. This story does, and besides that, it will provide you with the nuts and bolts to move along nicely, without talking down to you. This is no lecture, but it could be. Betty is a wonderful teacher, besides being an incredible writer.

5)     A story is moved along by conflict. Without conflict, and without life-altering questions that need answers, there is no plot. Plot is the meat of the matter here, and while the lemonade is frequent, freshly squeezed, and of prime quality once things get “going”, the meat of the matter is what chains you to your armchair. You are one lucky bunch if you start to read now, because you won’t have to lose your sleep in between updates. One of the outstanding qualities of this story is how the said conflict and questions are handled. Bella and Edward will find themselves in potentially explosive situations, both from a personal and political standpoint. Those situations could have been solved with a lot of drama and paranoia, but that would only have triggered whiny and unnecessary chapters with no plot, a lot of emo faces and useless misunderstandings. No unnecessary drama here, but incredibly creative, smart and satisfactory ways for our star-crossed lovers to get themselves out of trouble. You will love Rosalie. Just sayin’.

6)     Last, but not least, a few words on SenatorWard himself. A Philosophy major. Law School graduate. Ex DA in King County. Ex Navy Seal. Loves hiking in the Olympic Peninsula. On the wrong side of his thirties, but what’s wrong with that? Need I say more?
What are you doing? Not reading? Are you insane? Click that link, you know you want to…

by LaMomo

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