Friday, April 29, 2011

TLS Fics of the Week-Reviews-Need a good read? Right here. We got you.

Trippin, Slippin, Stumbletumblin by YellowGlue
a tale of pirouettes and prayers. Marseilles and a mosaic-heart. whispers and white dahlias. leg warmers and LSD. Turtle and tutus. SixtyFour and "Since I've been Loving You". lies and lilacs. truth and the trouble with it. blood… and bearing a grudge.

Review by PAWsPeaches

It was a typical school night, March 9, around 8:00 pm. I put my children to bed, grabbed my kindle and went to my room. Conditions were perfect for reading. All was quiet and I was relaxed. I selected and opened Trippin, Slippin, Stumbletumblin from my kindle menu. About fifteen minutes later, my mind was wrapped in YellowGlue’s words and escaping my reality, to float happily, into her world, of a dainty, young-at-heart, feminine, ballerina girl and a Possessive, alluring, selfless, loves-like-no-other- darkward.

Today is April 28, 2011. It is 9:35 pm and I have been obsessed with Trippin, Slippin, Stumbletumblin for exactly seven weeks, one hour, and  twenty minutes. My obsession began with this excerpt from EPOV:

As I shook my head, a sound like seraphim singing thrilled my ears.
I stopped for half a second in my steps, and turned to Carlisle.
"Do you hear that?"
He raised a brow above his sunglasses.
I was moving toward the sound then, following it and trying at the same time to keep my pace humanlike.
I listened harder, trying to figure it out. But I couldn't name it.
"That sound..."
His steps picked up behind me, trailing after me as I followed what started to sound more and more like a lullaby in the night air the closer I came to it.
I heard her before I smelled her. Smelled her before I saw her.
The lullaby unfolded lyrics.
My name - between verses of "Please" and a chorus of "Thank you"s, surrounding a bridge of "Edward, you're welcome..."
She didn't look up at me. She didn't notice me or know me at all, but the red inside her did..
I wanted to speak, to ask Carlisle again if he could hear the music, but I couldn't find my voice.
She was a baby. Not an infant, but a child hardly more than two years old, freckles across her nose and babbling words that made simple sentences. She walked clumsily between her parents. One hand in her father's and one in her mother's, her steps were high like she was marching almost, like she'd only just recently learned to walk.
Plans - arrangements and rearrangements were forming in my mind even then. Settling on nothing, I knew only that she was everything, ever. That she was mine, and I was unconditionally and irrevocably hers.
"Edward," Carlisle called, sounding much farther than the few feet behind me he actually was.
I turned my head slightly, glancing him over my shoulder.
"What is it?" he asked.
I turned my head to the family, watching as the three of them walked hand in hand from the restaurant to their car. Her father latched her with care into a car seat and closed the door, removing her from my sight.
The sound and scent of her lingered. All softness and lilacs. All mine.
I walked back to Carlisle after they drove away, only barely resisting the urge to follow.
"What is it?" he asked again.
"The girl. She... I could hear her blood."

9:42 pm…. My review for Trippin, Slippin, Stumbletumblin was due around hmmm, let’s see…..Yesterday.  What do you do when you can’t possibly grasp the words to describe the best, most moving story you’ve ever read?

You drink wine and log onto tumblr.

Two glasses of Cabernet Sauvignon later and I’m tumblin’ nicely. Got some good Rob porn, one or two Kristin’s and a few fuck-a-rounds as well.  Lately, everything that rolls through my dash or plays on my radio, reminds me of TSS. Why is this? That’s simple. In my two years of reading fan fiction, I’ve never read anything like it. I’m taken by it.

I can’t remember a time, other than reading the Saga, when I’ve been more affected, by a story, than I have while reading this one. Only three paragraphs into the Prologue, I was hooked, and at times, this story elicited so much physical and mental emotion from me, that I had to take breaks while reading.

 The thrill, excitement and pure, raw emotion, that rolled through me while reading can only be compared with the best adrenaline rushes I’ve had. That’s what this story is to me. It’s an amazing string of excitement and smiley swoons with an occasional adrenaline rush that leaves me speechless. It’s also my number one fic. Ever.

The prologue begins in Bella’s bedroom.

Snuggling deep into the covers, pulling them up around my ears, I closed my eyes and counted to five.
At one, I took a heavy breath.
Filled my chest up.
At two, I adjusted around the breath in my chest, and felt my lips start to smile.
By three, my smile stretched up and into my cheeks.
For four, my stomach leapt grand jetés.
And just before five, I held all of myself completely still. I didn't even breathe. Just for that one second...
I opened my mouth only then, just barely so that I could shape my lips around two syllables. So that I could whisper out, so quietly, almost all air:
His answer was immediate and soft, just like the sudden breeze of night air on my cheeks and nose.
"Shhh, I'm here."
I opened my eyes when I heard his voice. He was stepping away from my window, closing it silently behind himself. And I felt my smile digging, deeper into my cheeks.

………I skipped a few paragraphs to shorten this because I couldn’t not share this next excerpt, from the same scene with you………..

He skimmed his nose over my skin once more, barely touching and I felt him breathe in. I tried to swallow the sound that threatened to come out of me, digging my teeth into the side of my lip as he spoke so low I almost didn't hear him at all.
"Shh," he whispered once more. "I'm talking to God."

The way Edward loves Bella as a child is like nothing other, and I can only compare it to the imprint that Jacob has with Nessie in twilight. It is a completely innocent, involuntary, honest love. When Bella gets a little older, it becomes clear to Edward that he won’t be able to control himself around her any longer, the way he has, the years before. Yes, Edward leaves, and yes, it’s heart breaking, but, it’s also beautiful and very necessary to the story. Edward comes back, and when he does, from the second he’s in Bella’s vicinity, you are thrown into this emotional, thrill ride, that will take you high, high, higher and leave you breathless at the end of each chapter.

After Edward leaves, YellowGlue walks you through their heart warming years together by flashing backward and forward while moving the story along at the same time.
Even when Edward is gone, she keeps you enraptured with her words, scenes and brilliant characters that I absolutely adore. Bella, Sixty Four (Alice), Leah, Jasper, Jacob and turtle will make you laugh, smile and fly high with butterflies while reading their times together, and you’ll twist and turn in the feelings of sadness, confusion and betrayal that Bella alternates while he’s away.  But Then……….. Edward …..comes…. back.
Dun Dun Dun……. No words for this and every subsequent chapter after.

There were quite a few chapters that I read over and over because they were so good I wanted to immediately re-read them. She continued to blow my mind chapter, after chapter, with this story.

After reading YellowGlue’s work, you won’t settle for anything less than the best.  She will change your opinion of great fic. I fell in love with her and she has my heart. Forevers.

Please don’t let yourself miss out on this. My words will never do this story justice, nor begin to describe how great it is.
XOXO, PAWsPeaches

2nd Review for Trippin, Slippin, Stumbletumblin by LaMomo

After reading Worst of Weather and Rose Like Thunder, I knew for a fact that YellowGlue is a sure bet.
With this tale of love and loss, of faith and doubt, she has only confirmed her worth.

Edward is Bella's best friend since she is a but a child. These are his first words when he first sees her:

"I heard her before I smelled her. Smelled her before I saw her. And I knew right away I wanted to taste her, wanted to feel her life-force, her pulse beating right into my hand, against my palm."
"Plans - arrangements and rearrangements were forming in my mind even then. Settling on nothing, I knew only that she was everything, ever. That she was mine, and I was unconditionally and irrevocably hers."

Yes - Edward is vampire. Bella is, predictably, his singer.
Since he realises this, even if Bella is a mere toddler, his center of gravity is stapled around the rhythm of Bella's heart, his lifeline lies within her growing, pulsing blood vessels.
What happens as she grows? He becomes her protector, her best friend. The dark angel that visits her at night and reads to her, and keeps her safe in her sleep, but leaves before she wakes up.

Until something changes, and Edward leaves abruptly. His departure leaves Bella lonely and broken. His departure leaves him lost and without a purpose.
Until he comes back. And nothing is ever the same, right? How can he put things back together? How can he gain her trust, her confidence, her friendship, her love back?

This is an incredible story of love and friendship lost and found again, of the unimaginable lengths we go to protect the ones we love, and of the incredible misconceptions we inflict upon ourselves.
All this is told with masterful and evocative storytelling, like impressions of colours and shapes on a canvas, that appear blurred if looked closely, but appear in all their glory if regarded from the right perspective.
You will not probably find a better, more heart-rending and clearer explanation of the "Cantante" concept anywhere else, not even in canon Twilight - with a poetic yet violent imagery that perfectly portrays the absolutes and the conflicts underlying the relationship between a vampire and his singer.

Anyone who has a penchant for vampire fics should not miss out on this.
And mark - I never thought I'd be reduced to tears by a Winnie The Pooh quote, but I was. "You can't spell love, you can only feel it."

One last word: hooked.
This is what you'll be.

Frontline by MissAlex
Edward Cullen is a mysterious, wealthy CEO, who always gets what he wants. Isabella Swan is a headstrong nurse at Manhattan Memorial Hospital. Edward arrives at her ER one night and their steamy chance encounter changes both of their lives forever.
Twilight - Rated: M

Review by evilnat
Frontline is a romance/mystery about Bella, an independent, headstrong emergency room nurse and Edward, a millionaire CEO. Bella meets Edward one night at work, he demands she be the nurse who treats him and from then the ride begins! He is very much a 'see what I want and take it' person and Bella is unsure how to proceed with him.

Bella is sassy and quite confident but finds herself questioning her judgment around Edward who influences her easily. He is used to being in control and he's almost over the top with everything he does. From the security to the cars he drives (or the convoy of cars!). He is sexy and charming, yet almost a little condescending. He just presumes she will do whatever he wants. She has trust issues as he is not very forthcoming with any answers and also stands up to Edward which in turn makes him chase her more.

The usual suspects appear in the supporting cast, Emmett and Jasper as part of Edward's entourage and Alice and Rose as Bella's friends and neighbours. Each character is entertaining in their own way, but a highlight for me is Rose's taxi driving.

Frontline is very well written. Each chapter is in Bella's point of view and conveys her frustration with Edward perfectly. She doesn't know how to read him and even when she tells him to stay away he doesn't. As the story proceeds he becomes more mysterious as Bella tries to work him out. As a reader I am still questioning what it is he is really up to, is he in the mafia, is he the good guy or the bad guy? Another of MissAlex's stories, Rebel Without A Cause, is one I enjoyed immensely. Frontline is very different, not requiring the historical research that Rebel did but you can tell she has put just as much time into it.  It is also a little darker and slightly more graphic.

There hasn't been a lot of recent activity on the front as far as updates (I think the last one was in January), but the story is so good I don't mind waiting patiently. Edward says in the beginning of the story: "Welcome to my world, Isabella," he whispers. "You'll soon discover that I live up to many reputations extremely well." This quote alone is keeping me hanging, hoping we see some more action in the near future!

High School Confidential by troublefollows1017
Bella, fresh from a breakup, starts a new job as a guidance counselor at Masen HS under the watchful eye of her very handsome but very married principal, Edward Cullen. A connection begins to develop as they work together to help the troubled students.
Twilight - Rated: M

Review by crookedsmile101

High School Confidential was the last fic I read in 2010 and that alone is enough for me to say “2010 was a good year.” Generally, I’m not fond of very married Edwards, unless they are married to a Bella.  It’s important to mention that, in this story, Edward doesn’t cheat on his wife with Bella. If anyone is hesitating to read it just because Edward is married, note that it has to be like that at first in order to create that kind of UST. And what a blissfully resolving UST it is.

Troublefollows1017’s writing style, for lack of a better word, is masterful. From the start to the end, she manages to keep her readers’ interest alive and lets the story flow smoothly. She remains true to the storyline and doesn’t bore you with unnecessary details or leave anything vague.

One of the most prominent qualities of the story is consistency. The consistency of the plot line. The consistency between and within the characters. The pace of the story is also very well built. Nothing is rushed, premature or unrealistic and nothing is “should’ve happened already!”.

The characterizationl is also very strong. The characters are quite unique and also familiar enough to make you care about them from the start.  We get to see the whole gang there. Alice is sometimes speechless, other times scary, but mostly sweet Dean of Students. Jasper is the social studies teacher who is unable to express his feelings to the love of his life. Rosalie is the principle of principal of McCarty High School and Emmett works there as the head football coach. Carlisle and Esme are your usual sweet and perfect parents.

Principal Cullen wins his readers over with the first chapter. He is a caring and charming man, who has good bonds with his family and is still trying to save his failing marriage. He is also damn good at what he does! Plays basketball with students on detention, plays drum, plays with hearts!

The game was exciting and close. By halftime, it was tied 14 to 14. The band took the field during the break and it took me a minute to understand why the student section was going so crazy. In the middle of the drum line was no other than Principal Cullen. He had a set of tenor drums strapped to his chest and he was banging away with the boys in the band.

Bella begins working as a guidance counselor at MHS. She is just out of a relationship. Heartbroken but not a mess. Sweet. Friendly. Devoted. Hard-working.  Not afraid of breaking the rules and using unusual ways to reach out her students. And she is goddamn skilled at dealing with ‘I believe in acting out’ adolescences.

"It's a shame you let Mr. Newton have so much control over what you do," I threw out there. Jake stopped walking immediately. "I don't let him control shit. I'm going to ditch because I want to ditch," he said defensively. "Yeah, but you want to ditch because of him. He's the one in control." Jacob's face contorted into an angry grimace. He was trying to figure out a way around my logic and was struggling. "I don't want to be in his class so I hope he fails me. This isn't about what he wants, it's about what I want," Jacob tried to reason. "I guess I think it would be funny if you went to his class and, I don't know, passed it, and stuck it to him since you hate him so much. That would be the ultimate revenge against a teacher like that. But what do I know? What's down this way?" I asked, changing the subject effortlessly.

 And he goes to that class very determined to ‘rock that class and make him cry when Newton has to pass him’. Jake is a very complicated character and the most troubled student of the school. Smartass. Badass. And some other asses I won’t bother with listing here. His adoration towards Miss Swan causes some difficulties. No matter how tolerant Mr.C is with him, as Jake would call Edward, he is not that tolerant when it comes to messing with a certain guidance counselor. The change in Jake through the story is very clear and strong. The readers are lucky enough to witness how Miss Swan touches his life and how her touch changes his future.

The gravity between Edward and Bella is undeniable. They try to tame it, but will it work?

I sat her on her couch and slipped her shoes off her feet. With my hand wrapped around her ankle, I had to fight the impulse to run my other hand up her soft, smooth leg. Her skin was this perfect milky white. It was like virgin fucking snow - beautiful to look at but so tempting to make your mark on. I was so tempted but managed to stay strong and put her foot down.
 As story proceeds, the readers get to see how Edward and Bella deal with the difficulties that keep them apart and enjoy a very appreciative and down to earth author’s work and read one of the most beautifully written epilogues.

You can run away and you can search for where you belong but the only place that I am ever going to belong is wherever you are.

 The Screamers by KiyaRaven
Living on the streets is hard for Bella Swan, but not as hard as putting up with Edward Cullen when he drags her into his lifestyle of sex, drugs and Rock and Roll. Will they be able to help each other before they kill eachother? Cursing/dark themes
Twilight - Rated: M

Review by MzB
Have you ever thought that you had it tough? Well as always there is someone out there who has it worse than you.
Edward Cullen is a pretty boy rock star who has an addictive personality and extreme fear of teenaged fans.
Bella Swan has been to hell and back but still has her snark and wits about her, even while living on the streets.
I have to say that I loved the story before I even finished the first chapter. I know I was late to the game and didn't read it when it was a WIP but i'm kind of glad of that. It's such a great story I probably would have been threatening Kiya to update ASAP!
And it's not just Bella and Edward who I love. Kiya has a way of writing every character into being a favorite. Even the Robert Pattinson character.
**I still believe that Rob was talking about The Screamers when interviewed about fanfiction**
This is a story that pulls at your heartstrings, makes you laugh so hard you may pee and won't let you put it down (so to speak).
It was at that moment, while I was on my knees with my hand firmly grasping the front of Rob's pants, that a barrage of flash bulbs went off, filling the darkened alley with an explosion of light. Rob and I looked up in horror to see a paparazzo there, snapping away like his life depended on it.
He was grinning like a maniac.
"Oh, boys," he breathed, ecstatic, "I am soooo glad I overheard those girls looking for you. You have just made my fucking CAREER!"
He dashed out of the alley.
Rob and I looked at each other and groaned.
This was bad. This was VERY bad.
"Fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck..." Rob was chanting quietly under his breath as we walked back to the hotel. "My manager is going to rip me a new one when she hears about this." He shoved his hands in his pockets angrily.
"Relax, Rob," I laughed. "There are worse things than being caught in an alley with a famous rock-star who seems to be going down on you..." My voice trailed off.

Where Love Began by butterflybetty
She thought he was everything; He thought she hung the moon. Now, Bella and Edward face their toughest challenge in a race against time. Will love be enough? AH&MA Cannon Pairings.

review by busymommy
When I got the alert for this story, the first thought that went through my mind is the same one that goes through it on every alert I get from butterflybetty – Where the hell does she find the time?  I think the truly amazing thing about butterflybetty and her copious amounts of WIPs and completed stories is that no matter how many there are, each one is simply outstanding! Where Love Began is yet another slice of awesomeness.

The story opens with Bella storming out of the house to go to work, after having a fight with Edward that did not end well.  Like every real marriage, Bella and Edward’s isn’t all sunshine and roses.  Unfortunately, as the day (and story) progresses, Bella and Edward, as well as the many readers of this story, learn that even in the worst of fights, it’s better to try to work things out than to leave angry words as the last ones said.

Bella is an elementary school teacher.  She arrives at school and is just getting her class settled for the day when an armed gunman burst into her classroom, demanding Bella return his son.  It is all a mix-up – the child had attended a different school and a different teacher was involved in his removal from the home, but the gunman, Phil Dwyer, still continues to demand his son be returned before he will release Bella, her TA Angela, and the children in her class. In the midst of protecting her students, Bella is physically beaten and threatened with a gun to her head.

Edward is a local police officer and he and Jasper, his partner and friend, are on the scene at the school, trying to resolve the situation. As the situation escalates, so does Edward’s concern and he struggles to maintain his objectivity in the face of his wife’s life being in danger. He speaks with the teacher over why the child was removed and discovers that Phil had been physically abusing the child.  We also see, in the classroom, Phil making statements that can only lead us to believe that the child’s mother is dead, most likely at Phil’s hand.

Bella and Edward’s personal story is told throughout the story, woven in as a series of flashbacks, and we see the disparity in the way they were raised.  Edward’s family is wealthy and his parents disapprove of the relationship, Bella is an orphan who has worked hard to make her own way.  Through the flashbacks we are given the depth of the love and commitment they share, and it only makes me even more hopeful that all will be resolved and we will have a HEA. 

This story is action-packed and I was kept on the edge of my seat as I read through each chapter.  At only 11 chapters posted, I’m sure that there is still plenty more action and anxiety to go, but I can’t wait.  Butterflybetty has woven an amazing story that will certainly hold your interest and make you heart race in anticipation and even a bit of dread over what will happen next.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Meet the Poll - What We're Reading this week in TLS

A new Poll has gone up for the coming week and since votes have already been placed I cannot edit my mistake. On the Poll, Secrets and Lies by BellaScotia is listed as Lies and Secrets. My bad Y'all. Blogger hates me and has messed with me awful today so I twisted that one terribly. SO sorry.

The Proper Links and Titles to all poll guests are below:

A Thousand Leaves by BellaSunshine

Isabella Swan grew up as the best friend of Alice Cullen, younger sister of Edward Cullen, who was never nice to Bella despite her being an "honorary Cullen." Everything changes when Edward is sent to prison for the murder of Bella's mother. AU-Human

An Undefined Affair by jayhawkbb

Bella, recovering from a broken heart, meets Edward, who isolates himself emotionally. Their attraction is immediate, but can they be friends and lovers - without the love? BxE, all the regs, some drama, some funny, lemony, language AH

Firefly in Summer by primarycolors

Edward finds himself back in the little beach town of his childhood when he inherits the local bar from his uncle. The elusive, pretty girl next door has killer legs, a sketchbook and secrets that are slowly eating her alive.

Hunk O' Burnin' Love by AS Presley

Follow E as he makes a name for himself and sends thousands of girls into a frenzy by gyrating his hips. See what happens when he finds love and maybe fame. But are things always what they seem? This is the story where Elvis lives! Collab- MzB & Robicorn

Secrets and Lies by BellaScotia

Bella once told a lie. A lie that cost her everything she ever wanted. 10yrs later, she returns to her hometown to an ailing father, an angry ex-best friend, and the man from whom she has kept a secret that threatens to unravel her existence. AH OOC M

Life is What Happens by stillwaters72

Back in Forks, newly divorced and single Mom, Bella plans to follow her old dreams. What happens when she finds herself pursued by a handsome young man? Will she be willing to love again? AH/Romance/Angst/Mid-Life Crisis/Rated M for Content and Language

Little Green and Easybella by Betti Gefecht

Bella and Edward have met before. She only remembers a silent little boy, he doesn't remember her at all. When they see each other again after years, nothing's the same any more. ExB, AU, AH. Lemon: yes. Smut: no. Entry for the "Cherry Exchange" contest

No Holds Barred by jayhawkbb

When Bella opens her dance studio right next to Edward's bar, will Edward hate her...or will he fall for the girl next door? BxE, AH, OOC, rated M for naughty language and behavior.

Oceans of Doubt by Belindella

A bookish girl is taken from her friends at Forks High and dropped into an ocean of suntanned strangers—LA. A popular surfer tells his secret only to her. Can a holiday in Mexico change their set futures? Edward & Bella love story. AH/OOC/M

Perfectly Lonely by twilightbyus

Bella was content with her single life until she met Edward, a moody bull riding cowboy.

Pigtails by Tinley Einde

"I just don't want this to be over. I know it should be. Hell, I just gave you a list of reasons why I should walk away." Will he give in to her teasing ways, or will he take the advice of a friend, "Just one word, E. Jailbait."? AH/OOC/BxE

Pressed for Time by twanza & Chele681

Is it possible to fall in love in five minutes? "He showed me what he was reading and, accidentally, I think he may have shown me his soul." Collaboration with the amazing Chele681. AH, BxE.

Stockholm Syndrome by smmiskimen

Companion fic to Stockholm Syndrome. Edward takes Bella on her first day at Forks High. What will his family do? What will they tell Charlie? How will Bella react to her new vampire captors? M for themes and situations. Darkward, AU, Cannon pairings.

The Foreign Papers by javamomma0921

AU - Bella Swan is an expert in antique documents. When the paper trail she is following leads overseas and she finds herself enamored with an enigmatic man named Edward Masen, will her training be enough to help her solve the mystery surrounding him?

Two Lines by ocdmess

The psychic told me that my love line was longer than my life line. How was that even possible? AU / mature themes

Whispered Words and False Promises by lambcullen

Words whispered while drunk are coming back to haunt Bella. A commitment was made, a contract signed, and now Edward is here to collect what was promised. A random tale of citrusy love, started in the oddest of circumstances. E&B OOC

With the Lights Out by cherry.blossomz

What if the choice you made is wrong? Isabella falls into a charmed life as the new bride of Carlisle Cullen. When she meets his unpredictable heir and nephew, Edward, she is forced to question who she is, what she wants, and the life she has chosen. AHAU

Reviews of TLS Fantastic Four - Fics of the Week 4/19 - 4/25/2011

A May to December Romance by Positively Fourth Street
My name is Isabella Swan and today, I signed a contract that would put me in the steel tight clutches of a man I didn't know, for four years. A girl's gotta pay for college somehow, right? AH. Come meet 'Sugar daddy' Edward.

Twilight - Rated: M

Review by LaMomo and PixieKat

For this week’s review of Positively 4th Street’s amazing story I have enlisted the help of her No. 1 Fangirl and partner in crime PixieKat.

Kat has been gracious enough to share with me a few of her notes and reviews on this story and I must say that her thoughts are on the same page as mine. I take, however, full responsibility for putting them together and for my other general ramblings.

As usual, a quick rundown of key elements in here, so that you all know what you are getting into.
Location, location, location: story starts in Seattle, we end up in a classy brownstone in Bethune Street, NYC.
Suspects: the usual, except that Bella is a penniless 18-year-old wanna be undergrad student who doesn’t qualify for scholarships and student loans. Renee and Charlie are unusually callous, unfeeling, selfish and downright repulsive characters. She is left to fend for herself and her dream to become a writer. What to do?
She hops online and…tries to reconcile what she knows of herself, her beliefs, her notion of right and wrong with her goal, and with the faint possibility that her dabbling with a seedy website with less-than-stellar moral standards might help her achieve it without losing herself and her dignity in the process.
Here comes the knight in shining armour, aka Edward.
Edward is a 39-year-old successful architect who lives in NYC. A good friend of his goads him and teases him to no end that he is a loner and has no companionship of any sort outside work.
Fate has a very alternative, very challenging, and extremely unexpected plan for them. They are matched. They will enter into an arrangement – a signed contract – that binds them for four years. What’s in it for both of them?
Let’s see, if you are not squicked out by the age difference – if you are, this story is not for you (although PixieKat and I think you are missing out on something great).

What’s in it for Edward?
Edward is a loner, an over-achiever, a golden boy since college days, but his life and his work don’t leave him any time for relatioships. He craves companionship but without the hassle of romantic entanglements.
He needs food for thought and intellectual exchange of ideas. He wants to nurture Bella’s talent and take care of her, in every way.
Overprotective, caring, insanely handsome, smart, profound, witty, intense. Canon Edward much? Oh yes, and the idea of a 107-year-old virgin with a 17-year-old girl didn’t trigger the yuck factor, right? But the idea of “an old soul” was there. And it’s here as well.
And don’t forget – he is completely mesmerised by Bella, but he’s not pushing her.

What’s in it for Bella?
She can leave her shitty parents behind. She gets to go to college, all expenses paid. She lives in a gorgeous place in Manhattan, lavished with attention, every material comfort imaginable, and…the most generous, caring and sweet man she has ever met, who thinks she is the most special being on earth.
She can’t wrap her mind around this, because she has lived neglected by her nearest and dearest until now, and barely has one friend.
She craves human companionship too, and tenderness. She begins craving Edward’s hugs. Until the warring sides of her subconscious (cleverly dubbed “Inner” and “Hussy”) begin detecting other feelings and cravings bubble under the surface.

This story is, up to now, characterised by some amazing writing, incredible research into the location and wonderfully detailed settings and descriptions.
There are some unexpected turns of events and some mysteries to uncover. E&B have their whole relationship to build, with their mutual doubts, hang-ups, and misconceptions. Life throws curved balls in the form of an uber-bitchy sister (Rose), friends in all places (James and Victoria, for once, are good and wholesome people), but there’s always some tenderness at the end of the day.

Edward lavishes Bella with gifts. She learns to accept them gracefully as she understands how important it is for him to indulge his “nurturing” side. The sweetest ones are charms for a Tiffany charm bracelet that he’s given to Bella. They chronicle key points and highlights of their life together. He’s just given her a silver heart with the word “happy” engraved on it. Can anyone swoon alongside me on the floor?
-LaMomo and Pixie Kat

Bella Swan: Kidnapper by Kambria Rain

Um. Hi. I don't really know how to say this, but I have your kids with me, and I was thinking maybe you would like them back. So yeah… call me.

Twilight - Rated: M

Review for BSK by OneBraveLamb
Ever thought that fate has strange ways of bringing people together? Ever seen a parent/nanny/crazy lady harming children and just wanted to smack her and take the kids away? Well Bella Swan sure does some crazy things... This story will suck you in from the beginning. You get all of the key players, some minimal angst and LOTS OF CHUCKLES! If you haven't read this story yet, then you need to get on it RIGHT NOW! If you have read it... re-read it! ;-) Trust me when I say it's worth it! ~MzB

Let’s see, what does Kambria Rain give us in Bella Swan: Kidnapper?

- A kickass Bella.
- Hot as hell Daddyward.
- Kids so cute your biological clock will start ticking faster.
- Officer Goodbody.
- TMNT, ftw.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, ladies.

Okay, so I’ll totally admit it, I’m a wussperv. Truly, I am. I have a serious love/hate relationship with angst. So, every now and again, I’ll find myself clutching a quart of Ben and Jerry’s, tissues surrounding me on the couch and spiraling into a massive depression from some of the amazing ficcage out there.

These are the times when I go searching for funny and light-hearted fics that will bring the sunshine back into my life.

Bella Swan: Kidnapper is one of those fics. Don’t believe me? Check out her summary:

“Um. Hi. I don't really know how to say this, but I have your kids with me, and I was thinking maybe you would like them back. So yeah… call me.”

Yeah. Told ya so.

The story starts out with our Momma Bear, Bella out shopping with her adorable son Leo. Now, for all the moms out there, we’ve all had our ‘slapabitch’ moments, where you spot someone else being all mega bitch to a kid. Maybe the person woke up on the wrong side of the bed, maybe that person is just a mega bitch - who knows. But we’ve all had those moments. I fell in love with Bella in the first chapter, because when she has one of those moments - she actually does something.

"For the love of God, would you shut up?" Oh great. The banshee and the poor crying girl were now outside.

"Don't talk to her like that!" A boy about Leo's size yelled back.

The beast rounded on the little guy with fire in her eyes. She dug her claws into his little arm. "You. Do. Not. Yell. At. Me."

"Let go," he whimpered. "You're hurting me!"

Leo came back to stand beside me, his eyes worried as he watched the scene, "Mom?"

"I don't give a shit. I want you and that little brat to shut up and get in the car," she practically screamed at him.

"Get in the truck," I told my son. He hesitated, but did as I told him.

"You can't tell me what to do. You're not my mother!" the other boy shouted at the woman defiantly.

When she raised her hand to hit him, I was over there before she could even blink. "You hit that kid, and I'll kick your ass."

"This is none of your business," she snapped back. "Ethan, get in the damn car. I'll deal with you when we get home." She started putting her bags in the trunk of her luxury car like I wasn't even there.

Something in me snapped. I shoved her hard, causing her to shriek and fall over in the trunk. Then I grabbed the little girl and took Ethan's hand. He was too busy looking over his shoulder in shock to watch where we were running as I pulled him along. I put them both in the back seat with Leo.

"Buckle in! Buckle in!" The banshee was getting up, and boy was she pissed. I locked the doors and took off.”

Now, by no means should we all go avenging momma’s and kidnap children from evil banshees, but man, it feels good to read about it.

This story is a fun ride, filled with laughs and love. It’s one of those that will keep you smiling and I have personally read it roughly five or six times. It’s just that good. Plus, who doesn’t love a Daddyward and Momella story?


That was the only word that could describe the sight before me. My Bella was sleeping on her side with her beautiful hair splayed out on my old pillow. She had her arm wrapped around my baby girl who was snuggled against her sweetly. I sat down carefully on the edge of the bed and just watched them. When I saw that Bella was wearing one of my old football jerseys, with my last name written across her back, I couldn't help myself. I had to touch her. I kissed Sophie on the forehead before placing my hand against Bella's cheek. When she didn't stir, I slowly moved it upward, letting my fingers run into her soft hair.

"You better have a good reason for waking me up," she said sleepily without opening her eyes.

"I missed you," I replied, continuing to caress her face and hair.

Her eyes fluttered open. She didn't try to move away from hand. "You just saw me last night."

I smiled at her. "So?"

Please insert my dreamy sigh here. Go. Read it. I promise you won’t be disappointed. -OneBraveLamb Fanfic

Expectations and Other Moving Pieces by chrometurtle

Everything I had done in my life seemed to lead up to this moment. The moment when I found myself bound inextricably to a man I didn't love, trapped in a life I didn't want. And if I left him, I would be entirely alone.

Twilight - Rated: M

First review by Fanfic Anna

E&OMP is an amazing and beautifully written WIP by chrometurtle.  The story begins four years into Edward and Bella's loveless, cold marriage in New York City.  Edward has just received word that his father Carlisle has passed away in Colorado, where he and his wife, Esme, and Edward's sister Rosalie and her husband, Emmett live.  Edward quickly informs Bella that they will be going to Colorado together.

"To Colorado?" I mumbled the question stupidly. "To the ranch house?"
"Yes." His voice was firm. It was all confidence and stability. I hated his voice.
I took a step towards him, away from the door. I could feel all the nervous energy, the desperation running through me, leaking from my pores as sweat and fear.  "You can't do this," I hissed.  His eyebrows rose slightly and I saw the corners of his mouth twitch, the beginnings of an amused smirk. He straightened, pushing his weight off the desk, and took a step towards me in response.  "I think you'll find that I really, really can." His voice was almost entertained.  I couldn't take this. Couldn't stand it, stand him. Talking about my life like it was a joke. Like I was just some kind of pawn to him. He had always viewed me as a possession, not a person.  But I was a person.  "You can't force me to go with you," I snapped with more confidence than I felt.  Something flashed in his eyes for a moment, disrupting the calm. It was gone just as quickly, before I could identify it as anger or hate or violence or anything else he might feel when hearing even a suggestion that I wasn't his property. "You're my wife. You will do as I say." His voice had never been so cold. Not in four years.

Very quickly, we begin to see little glimpses of Edward and Bella's shared and separate pasts.  We get a glimpse into Bella's mind and heart, neither of which are with Edward:   Deep, kind eyes that matched my own. Nothing cold, no green ice like Edward's. Warm, sun-browned skin instead of pale alabaster. Muscles large and toned, rather than slender and sinewy. He could wrap me up and hold me, envelope me, make me feel safe and fragile. Every physical part of him screamed of primal masculinity. Everything I desired by pure instinct, he embodied. We also get a little glimpse of Edward and Bella's first meeting:  The first time I had met him, the same taste had been on my tongue. I was laughing, drunk, watching my friends kissing their boys and wishing desperately that I was kissing someone, too. I wanted to always be kissing someone.  He had slid onto the stool next to me, shy and awkward, but with an irresistible light in his eyes, fixed only on me. "Can I buy you a drink?" he had asked politely, just the hint of a smile on his face. He was nervous, but he was fairly good at hiding it. That, or he had a hell of a lot of self-respect, even if he didn't have much self-confidence. I hadn't know such a thing was possible until I looked at his shy, hopeful face with the teasing smile hint.  I looked him up and down shamelessly, all manners forgotten, assessing him as one would a piece of meat. He was thin and pale, his hair was an unholy mess that looked as if it had never been brushed. He was wearing a white button-down that was buttoned to the very top with a black skinny tie. I smirked at him, about to turn him down with as much tact as I was capable of at that point in the evening which, honestly, wouldn't have been much.  But then I caught sight of Jessica and Lauren, still attached to their boyfriends by the lips and few less savory parts of their bodies. I felt a small twinge of indignation, which was soon replaced by mischief.  I turned back to the boy in front of me and smiled wide at him. I leaned forward slightly and grabbed at his tie. His eyes widened in surprise, but he didn't push me away. I loosed his tie and unbuttoned three buttons, exposing a hint of pale, angular collarbones. Then I turned to the bartender and ordered a gin and tonic.  These little glimpses into what brought these two into the mess of a marriage that they're in now, always gives you just enough, but leaves wanting/needing to know more.

Following Carlisle's funeral, Edward decides that he will stay in Colorado with his family.  "And what about me?" I asked quietly, afraid of his answer, afraid to hear him tell me that I would be forced to stay here with him.  He looked at me for a long time without speaking, his ice green eyes holding me. I hadn't stopped shaking and I was sure he could see it, even from across the room.  "You are, of course, free to do what you want," he shrugged at last. "You're not a prisoner."  I felt a gasp escape my lips as I heard the words that I had not expected, but that I had hoped for. He was giving me permission to leave, to go home, to go back to New York and live my life. To divorce him.  My elation was short-lived as I realized what that would mean.  Going back to a home that would no longer be mine, living in a city where I didn't have a job or a means to support myself. [...] You're not a prisoner.  I met Edward's eyes, finding him standing and waiting and always watching me.  "Aren't I?" I whispered.

As time passes, and Edward leaves Bella alone in the house more and more, Bella befriends Esme and Carlisle's neighbors, Alice and her husband Jasper.  At the same time, a very uneasy truce is slowly and quietly unfolding between Edward and Bella; one that Edward and Bella may be the last to notice.

Chrometurtle's writing of two people so hurt and angry with one another is so honest and well done.  I love the way she writes imperfect characters, neither of whom are without blame for where they have found themselves in their marriage.  Everything from their basic daily interactions, to their fights, to their more friendly conversations, are so real and true and moving/touching/honest, it's sometimes hard to not want to look away.  Although she's not always very likable, Bella's journey from how she perceives herself, Edward, their marriage and their future is beautiful, and just like the rest of the story, brutally honest.

This is angst done in the best way possible:  With adults who've made mistakes, who still make mistakes and who are trying to right the wrongs they've done to themselves and each other.  If you haven't already, put E&OMP at the top of your TBR.  You will be so happy you did.
 - Fanfic Anna

2nd E&OMP Review by Perry Maxwell

The beauty of chrometurtle’s
Expectations and Other Moving Pieces begins with its title; in that, despite its namesake, it provides no insight into the story about to unfold.  Instead, the reader is thrust into the world of two seemingly mismatched lovers, seen through the eyes of the wife within this couple, Bella Cullen.

Right away, the tone is set as one of resentment, loathing, and maybe even shared hatred between our beloved Edward and Bella, and the reader is left wondering…why?  What the hell happened?  What could make Edward tell Bella, “I won’t forgive you.”?

Then through a mixture of current events interspersed with Bella’s memories, our questions are slowly answered.  These glimpses into the past help us understand and possibly sympathize with Edward, even though his vitriolic attitude towards his wife is often cringe-worthy.

Yet, we’re shown hints of an underlining devotion amidst the indifference and annoyance they harbor against one another.  It’s in the way Bella defends the ostensibly abhorrent actions of her husband to everyone that surrounds him, and the way Edward can’t seem to let Bella go.

Some have speculated that this story mirrors the tone and temperament of The Painted Veil’s Walter and Kitty.  Though Bella’s reasons differ from those of Kitty’s, they both marry men whom they don’t love to escape certain aspects of their lives.  And like Walter, Edward starts out unconditionally in love with Bella.  This love, eventually, turns into a contemptuous anger.

Much like The Painted Veil, Edward and Bella are torn from their everyday lives and forced to deal with thoughts and emotions they have so readily ignored and kept buried.  Will Edward learn to love Bella again?  Will Bella finally unreservedly surrender her heart to Edward?  Or will they just learn to peacefully coexist?

What I love about this story is the pacing.  Chrometurtle gradually details the past and present lives of our somewhat loveable duo without offering any allusions to their future.  For the first time in a long time, I honestly can’t predict, with any sort of confidence, the fate of these two.

I’m sure I’m speaking for the masses when I say; let’s hope Expectations and Other Moving Pieces’ ending differs from that of The Painted Veil.  It’d be nothing less than tragic if Edward and Bella finally figure it out only to lose it soon thereafter.

What I do know is; I trust the author.  She consistently provides thought provoking and emotive chapters, often leaving me in tears.  Or I’m left considering the providences of the two main characters for days.

I know it will all be worth it in the end, whatever that might be.

-Perry Maxwell

Tilt by Lambcullen

MAN WANTED: 52 cards. 52 Positions. Can an internet advertisement really bring two people together? Even if it's only based on sex? AU/AH/OOC Canon Couples. *COMPLETE*

Twilight - Rated: M

Tilt Review by MzBionic

Tilt: Poker term -To play recklessly.
Something that started off as awkward and embarrassing had morphed into something beautiful and perfect. She was like a drug to me, and the plan of a once a week liaison was now spiralling into every night. It excited me, but the faster we got through the cards, the faster our time would be up." -SexDeckWard

Two nerdy book-worms with low self-esteem and minimal sexual experience. They both have sneaky friends who know the ropes of the internet and happen to own a deck of cards that depics some of the greatest positions from the Kama Sutra. Can they go through with meeting up? Can they keep it purely sexual? Great fic with lots of interesting knowledge to gain. ~MzB

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Fantastic Four: TLS Fics of the Week April 19 - 25

Please Stay Tuned for full reviews on our Fics of the Week!

A May to December Romance by Positively

My name is Isabella Swan and today, I signed a contract that would put me in the steel tight clutches of a man I didn't know, for four years. A girl's gotta pay for college somehow, right? AH. Come meet 'Sugar daddy' Edward.
Twilight - Rated: M

Bella Swan: Kidnapper by Kambria Rain

Um. Hi. I don't really know how to say this, but I have your kids with me, and I was thinking maybe you would like them back. So yeah… call me.
Twilight - Rated: M

Expectations and Other Moving Pieces by chrometurtle

Everything I had done in my life seemed to lead up to this moment. The moment when I found myself bound inextricably to a man I didn't love, trapped in a life I didn't want. And if I left him, I would be entirely alone.
Twilight - Rated: M

Tilt by Lambcullen

MAN WANTED: 52 cards. 52 Positions. Can an internet advertisement really bring two people together? Even if it's only based on sex? AU/AH/OOC Canon Couples. *COMPLETE*
Twilight - Rated: M

Monday, April 18, 2011

Meet the Poll - What We're reading this week

Trippin, Slippin, Stumbletumblin by YellowGlue
a tale of pirouettes and prayers. Marseilles and a mosaic-heart. whispers and white dahlias. leg warmers and LSD. Turtle and tutus. SixtyFour and "Since I've been Loving You". lies and lilacs. truth and the trouble with it. blood… and bearing a grudge.

Brotherly Devotion by Goldentemptress
When you play with fire you're gonna get burned. Bella's marriage has gone stale, and she soon finds herself tied up in a web of deceit involving her young brother-in-law Edward. Adultery is never as easy as it seems...BPOV, Rated M
Twilight - Rated: M

Frontline by MissAlex
Edward Cullen is a mysterious, wealthy CEO, who always gets what he wants. Isabella Swan is a headstrong nurse at Manhattan Memorial Hospital. Edward arrives at her ER one night and their steamy chance encounter changes both of their lives forever.
Twilight - Rated: M

High School Confidential by troublefollows1017
Bella, fresh from a breakup, starts a new job as a guidance counselor at Masen HS under the watchful eye of her very handsome but very married principal, Edward Cullen. A connection begins to develop as they work together to help the troubled students.
Twilight - Rated: M

Let Your Fingers do the Talkingby Busymommy
 A humdrum day at the office is spiced up with a series of sexy texts from a mysterious stranger. Or is it a stranger? Entry for the Dirty Talking Jasper Contest. NOW CONTINUED!

Love the way you lie by bnjwl
Chapter 1 of a Twilight - Angst/Romance fanfiction. A continuation of Robicorn's one shot. Follow Edward and Bella along their path of destruction, will their anger and rage consume them? Can they make it out of this relationship alive? Rated M for language, violence and lemons. Twilight-E/B pa

Reality Minus Expectations by mjinaspen
AH. When it comes to Aspen's social scene, event planner Bella Swan is a smash success. Her marriage, however, crashed and burned. The town's newest real estate attorney arrives in time to add some heat of his own to take away the sting.
Twilight - Rated: M

The Nightingale Journals by kimpy0464
Night nurse Bella Swan blogs about her experiences via "The Nightingale Journals." When Dr. Edward Cullen is named the PICU's newest Fellow, their attraction is undeniable, but they are trying to remain professional. Epic banter and UST result.
Twilight - Rated: M

The Screamers by KiyaRaven
Living on the streets is hard for Bella Swan, but not as hard as putting up with Edward Cullen when he drags her into his lifestyle of sex, drugs and Rock and Roll. Will they be able to help each other before they kill eachother? Cursing/dark themes
Twilight - Rated: M

Unloved Unwanted Divergence by content1
Twilight - Hurt/Comfort/Romance fanfiction with characters Bella & Edward. Abandoned by Edward and Jake, Bella runs away, right into the arms of danger and the Volturi. Can her new family help her heal? When the Cullens come back for her, which side will she choose, and who will win?

Where Love Began by butterflybetty
She thought he was everything; He thought she hung the moon. Now, Bella and Edward face their toughest challenge in a race against time. Will love be enough? AH&MA Cannon Pairings.

Elementary Education by Muse2MyMojo
New Principal Bella Swan's life is turned upside down when she meets Edward, a sweet sexy first grade teacher.Can she handle a not so elementary education?

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Life is Rough in this fandom

Yet another fictastrophe, Fold Your Wings by Jadalulu, which is up for TLS Fic of the Month here has been pulled from ffn. Not surprising with all of the stars, rainbows and carebears shooting out of this lovely fandom lately.

No worries though. He's alive and well right here:

Please read this excerpt, take it in and understand that NOTHING in this fic is without purpose and understanding on BOTH ends. The story is absolutely wonderful and the writing is beyond impressive, especially, considering this is Jada's first fic. I've posted an excerpt below. DON'T MISS the last sentence.

 All of the uproar over what is "being done" wouldn't have been an uproar if people would have been in touch with Bella's character from the beginning and just PAID attention to her. The last sentence says it all.

And on the car ride home, I realize that I feel considerably more relaxed. I feel...sated. It's the first time I've left there and not succumb to instantaneous self-flagellation. I'm surprised at how...smug I feel.

Edward may have approached me. He may be paying me to provide a 'service' for him. I may hate the crude words that fall from his mouth every time it opens. He may be a selfish, miserable, misogynistic asshole who takes and takes without concern for me. But it doesn't mean that our arrangement can only benefit him.

Because tonight...I took too

BOOYAH! Can I repeat that sentence? Because tonight...I took too.  That sentence says way more than those five words ladies and gentleman. Enjoy Roughie. I do.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

TLS Fics of the Week Reviews - This is why they're hot.....

Bring on the Wonder by Bronzehyperion

Bella works the streets of Seattle as a prostitute. Edward is waiting to be ordained as a Catholic priest. Is there anything they have to offer each other? Or are there just sacrifices they both have to make… All human. Rated M for a reason.
Twilight - Rated: M

 Bring on the Wonder review by SweetPoeticJustice author of 4 stories for Twilight

We'll always be two different worlds, him and me. 

Heaven and hell.

Angel and demon.

Sinner and saint.

Prostitute and priest.

Edward is working his way to becoming an ordained Catholic priest, Bella is a prostitute their ways of life, beliefs and the path each is currently headed down could not be more dissimilar.

Religion is Edward’s life; Bella shuns all religion and its teachings. Edward is patient, mild mannered and rarely if ever allows a curse word to leave his lips. Bella’s emotions could give you whip lash and the words that most often leave her tongue could rival that of the dirtiest talking sailor. How do two people so completely different from each come to meet and could their encounter change the paths of both of their lives forever? Is this a match made in heaven or hell?

Bring On the Wonder is a fic unlike anything else I have read. Its Author Bronzehyperion takes on a storyline many would be afraid to attempt and pulls off the ambitious and possibly controversial subject matter with grace and poise.  Keep in mind it does cover subject matters that may not be for everyone, there is some violent acts that happen and because of Bella’s feeling and stance on religion there are moments of religion being criticized and made fun of. Please don’t let that discourage you from reading. Bronzehyperion attacks these matters in what I feel is a very tactful way

Bring On the Wonder is unique and thought provoking story that has beauty and depth to it. It is wonderfully well-written and has completely enraptured me and quickly has become one of my favorites. The author is not Catholic herself but has obviously delved into its teaching and workings researching each to make the story as accurate as possible. The time and commitment not only put into writing the story but researching its subject matter is quite apparent as you read.

The chapters alternate between Bella’s point of view and Edwards but it is never repetitive. Understanding why Bella is a prostitute and why Edward wants to be a priest through their own minds eye is vital for the reader to be able to connect with the characters properly. The alternating points of view illuminate not only their obvious differences but show their similarities ones an outsider would not normally know or see.

The average whore spends about 80 percent of her day on her knees.

I think. Fuck, I don't know if that's factually true. I am not Amstat. What I do know is that my knees are sore and roughed up because I spend 80 percent of my workday on my knees.

It's not shocking men love to get sucked off. It might be shocking to know most of them don't mind wearing a rubber when they get sucked off. Sure, you have your pick of idiots who don't want to use protection at all. But that's their loss really, because fuck me if they don't risk a kick in the nuts for that kind of whining.

What? You think I'd take some random fucker's cock in my mouth and suck him off without protection?

That was my first lesson in Prostitution 101: what NOT to do. Never give someone a blowjob without him wearing a condom. In fact, never do anything without a condom, period.

Seems easy right? Seems smart. Well fuck me if I haven't seen girls catch STDs or HIV because they got tricked into letting a customer fuck them without protection.

It even happened to the only friend I had: Angela. Saint Fucking Angela.

Bella lives with her best friend and fellow prostitute Angela. Angela is HIV positive and one of
the kindest and most selfless people you will ever meet. After running away and escaping her father and his cult followers Angela ended up resulting to prostitution out of desperation.

One evening Angela convinces Bella to tag along when she goes to donate a check to the community center something Angela does as often as she can. Not feeling comfortable entering the community center in her tight red leather pants and black zip up leather top which speaks loudly of her chosen profession Bella waits outside while Angela goes inside and meet’s with Alice the community centers director. While waiting outside Bella has her first encounter with Edward Cullen

"Excuse me," a deep smooth voice pulled me from my reverie.

The voice belonged to a figure. A male figure, I could tell, even though most of his face was hidden in the shadows. A male figure that sounded like an angel too. Fuck, was it this location? Did the community center have an aura of attracting fucking saints now? No wonder Ang liked it here.

The sight of Edward and his proximity invoked feelings in Bella she hadn’t felt in a long time, feelings she had numbed long ago as an occupational precaution.

My body hadn't given a signal of wanting to get fucked willingly in a long time.


This guy, with hair that looked like he was pulling at it a lot because it stuck out everywhere– how fucking kinky – and eyes that made me want to come in ways I had never believed possible, destroyed my numbness completely with one smile.

Double shit.

That was the first night I wanted to fuck Edward Cullen.

This first brief meeting between the two has a significant impact on their lives from then on out. Neither understanding why the other has affected them so much. Edward struggles with what he views as impure thoughts and feelings about a Bella. This is a first for Edward, always being so focused on his path towards the priesthood his mind and body have never given the idea of attraction towards a woman a second thought. These new found feelings fill Edward with guilt as he struggles with how to deal with them.

"Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. It's been three weeks since my last confession."

I'd gone to confession at least once a month for many years – I wanted to be a good Catholic and it also served me on the path to be ordained as a priest someday – but never had I actually felt that I was confessing to something that showed a faltering in my devotion. It made me feel truly ashamed.

"Yesterday I had inappropriate thoughts about a woman," I spoke, my voice shaking slightly.

It was the first time I had confessed to such an act and it made my heart ache to feel this kind of guilt. I had failed my Lord. I had failed Father Masen, who had provided me guidance since I'd been a teenager. I had failed my faith. Myself.

Despite all this circumstances happen and they are brought into each other’s lives. Bella finds herself in some serious trouble and is enlisted to take part in the Redemption program ran by the community center. Edward happens to be a volunteer for this program and is assigned to be Bella’s “buddy” it is his job to guide her on the path to the straight and narrow.

What will happen as these two opposites attract even when they do all they can to resist it, how will this change their lives for good? Will Edward give up the priesthood for the love he could share with Bella? Only time will tell.

- SweetPoeticJustice

Could Be Worse, Right? by Savage7289

I'm tired of the dating scene. I'm tired of trying to be the nice boyfriend. I am letting go of the last scruple I have. I'm going to buy a slave. Edward/Bella. M for obvious reasons. If you don't like this sort of thing, don't read it.
Twilight - Rated: M

My Review for Could Be Worse, Right? By ttharman

So of course if you are like me you love Savage7289 she funny, sexy and confident all in one. She writes some of the most kick ass stories and you never quite know what ride she will take you on. So with CBWR, we have Edward who own successful technology “ company”  and dabbles in  some illegal dealings.

Now our Edward has no idea how to deal with woman, but then again what man does?  He thinks that if he had someone to just to have sex with then he life would be better, oh poor Edward can you really be that stupid? Yes he can be and he proves that to us.  So through one of his business associates he buys a sex slave….he treats it almost like buying a car. Color, height, weight, age, & virginity…..yeah he did that too.

So Edward gets his slave, and then has no idea what to do with her, imagine that? He realizes that he has to buy her clothes, toiletries, and basically tell her what to do, because hey she is a slave and won’t do anything without permission. Edward completely freaks out and calls Alice, who in turn is ready to rip him a new one because he bought a slave. The irony there is Alice is a little shady herself; she is a hit woman who kills people for a living. Maybe Edward will be on her list….We meet up with Rose, Emmett, Jasper and The Pack who all want to take Edward out a time or two.

Through conversation we learn more about Edward’s childhood as well as Bella’s and you kind of feel sorry for him. I did anyway, no I don’t condone the buying of a sex slave, and I don’t think Edward realized the guilt and repercussions he was going to have to deal with when he decided to buy Bella. So we have all of the thoughts and the mental anguish he goes through, and then a real person seems to emerge one with a conscience anyway.

He realizes his wrong and wants to make it right, so he tries to save Bella if you will. We go through their journey of Bella trying to save Edward from his demons and Edward trying to save Bella from himself. This is not an orthodox story and it is not for everyone, Savage has taken a lot of flack from readers and authors in her reviews. BUT, if you read her stories you know she writes a Darkward. He tries to redeem himself and really tries to do the right thing. She has disclaimers in her opening A/N notes and throughout the story. I personally love it, and I don’t think she is making light of anything.

It is a great story, well written with great characters, very OCC . I love the personalities, and traits she has given them. I like the journey that Edward has taken within himself and something’s he have realized and some he has not quite realized yet. Bella, is truly amazing, she hold her head up as best as she can for the situation. I think she has come to care for Edward in the best way she knows how, and wants to take care of him. Yes, he bought her with one thing in mind and has done a complete 180 since.

Check it out it is not all about sex, and smut….It is about doing something wrong and trying to make it right, realizing you may not be as bad of a persona as you thought. Realizing that deep down you are a good person, and can change. Great job Shay….I love it!

T. Harman

This is Not My Life by Isakasees

Follow Bella as she tries to survive a madman's abduction and keep a stranger's child from succumbing to his wild fantasies, and follow Edward as he tries to stay sane searching for his daughter taken right before his eyes.Twilight - Rated: M

Review for This is Not My Life by ButterflyBetty Cullen

It's every parents worst nightmare. One minute your child is standing next to you and the next they are gone. In Isakasees' 'This is Not My Life,' Edward finds himself in this very position when his little girl, Lily is snatched from his fingertips but a mad man. Not only does Lily get taken but so does a complete stranger, Bella, who vows to do whatever she can to keep Lily safe from the delusional kidnapper.

When I first started reading This is Not My Life, I was skeptical. Mostly because I had heard so many great things about this story and I was convinced that I would be disappointed. However, I wasn't. Quite the opposite, in fact. From the first page, I found myself completely enthralled in the story of Edward, Lily, and Bella. One moment that tied these three together for a lifetime. Isakasees does an amazing job of evoking the strongest emotions and fears in the heart of her readers, pulling them into the story as if Lily was our very own. If you haven't read this truly exceptional story, I highly suggest you don't waste anymore time and read it now. You will not be disappointed.

Review by ButterflyBetty

Undefined Affair by jayhawkbb

Bella, recovering from a broken heart, meets Edward, who isolates himself emotionally. Their attraction is immediate, but can they be friends and lovers - without the love? BxE, all the regs, some drama, some funny, lemony, language AH
Twilight - Rated: M

An Undefined Affair Review by LaMomo, author of Business Class Girl and TLS 5-Star resident reviewer

Edward works as an executive at Hale Software. They need a new PR campaign.
Emmett, Jasper and Bella run a PR company. They are great friends, and Bella's been their sidekick forever. Or are they Bella's sidekicks? Jury still out on that.

Still, the implacable market laws impose that offer must meet demand, which make Hale Software an ideal (and high end) client for our guys (and lady).
They snatch the account, but sparks fly between Edward and Bella.

Neither of them is in a good place at the moment to act on those sparks. Edward doesn't want to be emotionally invested in a relationship. Bella is recovery from a nasty break-up.
But those sparks...won't go away, and they haunt them through their board meetings, dinner meetings, all kinds of meetings.

They keep up a constant banter that's light-hearted, but charged with an increasingly unbearable UST.
Until Ned and Stella give up. And cave in.

Question from the unsuspecting reader: "Who in heck are Ned and Stella?"
Oh. Right. Ned and Stella. Edward and Bella. Because of course Edward can't bear to be nicknamed. And he hates to be called Eddie. So Bella calls him Ned instead to annoy him. And Edward calls her Stella, to annoy her in turn.

This one-upping each other escalates till they wave a tangled web - of their naked limbs, first.
Of their growing feelings, later.  Growing, unsuspecting feelings - because let's face, living in Denial is more fun, and it happens to be rent- and stress- free.

Until Reality calls, in the form of Jack Hale, Edward's boss, who is big on non-fraternization policies. An hypocritical asshole? Maybe. A cold shower for Ned and Stella? Certainly.
They were well aware of the ramifications, and embarked on this "arrangement" all the same.
They hid under the invisibility cloak of comfort sex and of their own, lust-filled bubble.
Until....until one of them reaches their breaking point, because everything they knew till that day suddenly is wrong. Making it right requires a big leap of faith, but this leap of faith will tear their lives apart.

Can they survive this? They jury is still out on this one as well.
Stella is not alone. She has her sidekicks to knock some sense into her.
Who will knock some sense into Ned's thick skull?

This fic is yet another gem - beautifully written, with easy banter, great character, super-hot sex, and a very fascinating Edward (Edward addict over here, please!). The bond between Bella, Jasper and Emmett is a thing of beauty, with their mutual respect, friendship, love and camaraderie.

Its plot starts from a well-known tenet of the fanfic clichés, that is "we can have sex without having a relationship and everything will be fine", but its evolution is as far from clichéd as it could be. Its development is honest, realistic and gut-wrenching (at times). There will be (there still are) times when you will want to punch Ned and times where you will want to punch Stella, but you will always understand why and will be able to sympathise. After you've sympathised, you'll probably feel the need to have a few choice words with Ned anyway, like for example a resounding "WHY???".

We are now at a momentous turning point in the plot, aka when the story finally reaches the scene portrayed in the prologue. Do yourselves a favour, go and read this prologue, and then catch up. Because up next you will need to be fully prepared...for a showdown!


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Lemon Drops
April 13, 2011

Sometimes, it doesn’t take a whole story to get you in the mood, just a one-shot can do the trick.  Here are some outstanding one shots to get you over that mid-week hump and rev you up for the weekend ahead.  Hope you enjoy them!  

The featured one shot this week comes from one of our own:

Best Night of my Life by jordan929
What happens when workaholic, uptight Edward meets carefree Bella in a club? Will sparks fly? Will they have the best night of their lives? *Winner of EdwardGetsFicd Contest. AH ExB Rated M for language and lemons

Jordan929 is our very own Twi-Guy Jcs on the Lemonade Stand and this is not only a contest winning fic, but the very first one he has written!  He is definitely off to an amazing start as a writer.  

Edward is aworkaholic with little to no social life.  His brother Emmett bullies Edward into joining him and Jasper for a night on the town with “the guys.” Of course, the minute they get in the club, the guys disappear, leaving Edward alone at the bar.  Well alone until he sees a pretty brunette dancing on the side of the dance floor, wearing a VERY short mini skirt and CFMs.

I gotta say, Edward is slick.  His pick up line rocks!  Check this out:
When I was directly behind her I leaned down and whispered "Should I take your shoes as an invitation?" into her ear, noticing the shiver that ran down her body when I spoke.

Smooth Eddie boy, real smooth! So, a dance, an ass rind, some wall finger sex, and they haven’t even made it out of the club yet.  By the time they make it in the front door of Edward’s apartment, a blow job in the elevator is added, too.  This story is a fun little sex romp so go give it a read and show a guy some love!

My Jasper Pick:

All For You by Twilightobsessed09
Bella Swan has always been the friend and never the girlfriend. But when she lands her dream job as a physical therapist for her favorite football team, The Washington Redskins, things start to look up. My entry for the Curvaceous and Bodacious Contest.  

I had to rec this one for two reasons. First, Jasper fic!!  Second, Washington Redskins, my team!!  DOUBLE WIN for me!!  

Recommended by the ladies of TLS: 

Pickpocket by MandyLeigh87
One Shot for the Fandom for Preemies. Bella thrives on slipping money, wallets and jewels from people but what happens when she messes with the wrong guy? Rated M B/E AH

Matriculating by Kayla Ariev
I wrote this after being inspired by the September Challenge over at Novel Novice Twilight. Now, I run the fan fic challenges at NNT, so obviously, I couldn't submit this story. But I really wanted to explore Bella's first time back in school as a vampire -- and this is what happened!

Same Time Tomorrow Ms. Swan by Savage7289
For the Twificpics Pick a Pic Challenge - Executive Edward is tired of his brand of hand lotion, but doesn't have time to date. What's the solution? Call in a "nooner" from a company of ill-repute. All smut all the time. Rated M for obvious reasons.

The Green Eyed Monster Comes Out to Play by kimpy0464
Bella Swan is a nurse in the Pediatric ICU, where Dr. Edward Cullen works. Sexual tension has been building between them for months. Will a session of heavy flirting over tequila shots resolve it? Second place winner in the Parkaward Contest.

Check them out and enjoy and let them know that The Lemonade Stand and busymommy sent you.  Make sure you come back and tell me what you loved or what you hated, too.  Don’t forget to drop by our group on FB and say hi!  If you have a rec for an awesome one shot you think needs more exposure, share it with us! Until next week, SMOOCHES!