Friday, April 1, 2011

TLS Fics of the Week - Reviews on the Fantastic Four this week.....
Edward is a young Brit actor on the rise. His problem? He's absolutely clueless, about everything. Bella is a kick-ass legal assistant at a glamourous London law firm. They hop on and off planes all the time. Will their paths ever cross?
Twilight - Rated: M

Review by Butterflybetty author of 36 stories including her latest, The Art of Love

One day, a handful of months ago, I was pointed toward Business Class Girl by LaMomo. Now, as a writer, I'm ashamed to say that I don't read many other stories and I don't typically enjoy those with all the hype that goes with the big ones. However, this story caught my attention so I sat down and read it. I was hooked immediately.

In Business Class Girl, we meet Edward, or Cluelessward as he is dubbed, who on a flight from London to LA with the intention of doing nothing but trying to stay hidden. Of course, fate has other ideas because moments later, he finds her; his Business Class Girl. Through her story, LaMomo shows just how clueless Edward is, how amazingly strong Bella is, but how much they both need each other. She's an amazing writer who keeps her readers enthralled with each word. Business Class Girl sits right up there with all the great stories in the fandom.
Bella Swan is an aspiring sports writer and her first big assignment is to interview the league's biggest, not to mention hottest, quarterback. Will Edward Cullen school her in the rules of the game or will she teach him a thing or two? Rated M.

Review by LaMomo, author of Business Class Girl

Summary: Bella Swan is an aspiring sports writer and her first big assignment
is to interview the league's biggest, not to mention hottest, quarterback.
Will Edward Cullen school her in the rules of the game or will she teach him a
thing or two? Rated M.

Anyone got a soft (*snickers*) spot for SportsWard? Because I do. Jury is still out on whether there’s any sort of –Ward that I don’t have a soft spot for, but this is a mere technicality.  This scorching hot, highly hilarious, drama-free (but entirely rid of not conflict) fic started off as a one-shot for the Sport of Love Challenge, it features an Edward who’s the quarterback of the Arizona Cardinals and, while there’s no Tom Cruise around to “show him the money”, there’s a snarky, competent and beautiful sports reporter named Bella Swan.

This story is exactly what a well-expanded one-shot should look like.The opening scene is an after-game interview in a smelly locker room. The interview is professional, confrontational, and full of innuendo. Bella is very nervous because this assignment is a huge step-up in her career, she gets to interview the quarterback of the Cardinals, instead of being stuck with high school games. The quarterback is kinda grouchy, because he wasn’t really on top of his game (pun intended). Let’s say that the temperature in the locker room reaches boiling point pretty quickly and a) no one is cooking pasta or baking pies; b) it’s not because Emmett left his locker open. Locker room sex, anyone? Just sayin’.

The following chapters of the story play catch up with the two months running up to the events in the first chapter. A great flashback, with a lot of pranks, courtesy of Emmett and Jasper (who also play with the Cardinals).  Then, when we reach that point in the story, we get to see the locker room all over again, from Edward’s point of view. This is a masterful handling of what could have been a huge, boring and partially useless overlapping of one of the capital scenes in the fic – and instead it’s been beautifully and successfully rescued by this resourceful change in point of view.

Other perks of this story, besides plenty of hot, anywhere-is-possible, wow-Edward-is-a-quarterback-and-his-stamina-shows-for-it smut? Here it is. Watch out for Emmett and his evil tendency to dish out themed nicknames. It is really challenging for your trivia skills.  Watch out for Esme, Rosalie and Alice – aka, the masters of the game “Vengeance is best served cold”. Watch out for some mix-ups, conflicting situations, mild and human mind-fuck, that is handled in a very realistic and funny way. These Edward and Bella talk about things, they even yell about things, but they do something. They don’t sweep anything under the rug.  Can’t wait to see where the next chapter takes us…just sayin’.
Bella is a smart mouthed,celebrity hating P.A. to a Hollywood Stylist. Edward is an arrogant Hollywood playboy. What happens when their paths cross on the night of the Globes? Rated M for swears and lemons.

Reviewed by MzBionic, author of  Slip, Trip and Kiss Me

This story will make you do two things simultaneously… Gigglesnort and need to change your panties (not from the gigglesnorting though). You first meet Bella Swan, P.A. to Alice who is a stylist to the stars. You find out how much she despises celebrities only to meet the one and only Edward Cullen. Between the witty banter, steamy sex and naming of their genitalia, you’ll be so hooked you wont quit refreshing your browser hoping to see that it has been updated. The author has set a tentative update schedule: once a week on Fridays (if real life doesn’t get in the way).

JLHO is an amazing writer who is taking us all on a great ride. She can be found on twitter @eveningrainjlho and is very willing to speak with her fans, but be warned: she is very humble and doesn’t believe her writing is anything special. She’s a blast to chat with and is truly an amazing writer (whether she believes it or not). You should also check out her other story Evening Rain for more genius from this amazing woman!

Sex between friends complicates everything. Bella knows this. But she has no idea how much more Edward is going to complicate things.
Twilight - Rated: M

Review by LaMomo author of Business Class Girl

There are a bunch of “sex between friends”, “crossing the line”, “friends with benefits”, whatever you want to call them fics out there. Some of them are really good, and this is my most recent obsession up that particular alley of Fanfic Landia. Edward and Bella are friends. Best friends, actually. Until, on one particular night of the year –ominously, the eve of St Valentine’s Day – they cross that line.

The scene opens on the usual suspects sitting down for a communal cup of coffee, with the girls gushing and gossiping over the fact that Bella “finally got some” but, to Rosalie’s and Alice’s intense chagrin, she won’t give up the identity of the lucky man. That is, until Jasper and Emmett barge in asking more questions, and the man himself, aka Edward, walks into the room.
Imagine all of them discussing details of Bella’s voracious romp with the ease and cheek that grants them a permanent green card in TMI Land. The best of them is Edward himself, who is taking pride in praising this unknown skilful lover, and also in feeling pretty pleased with himself. Actually, the words “smug bastard” come to mind in this context.

One quote from chapter one:
[BPOV] “You know, she failed to mention that it was the best she ever had,” Edward interrupts, drawling his words out, making sure he has everyone's attention. "But she did tell me that they did it four times, not three.” And thus they carry on, by day, in a joyful comedy of errors, where they nurse their mutual secret and dodge curved balls thrown at them because of their friends’ well-meant nosiness. Nights are different, though, because night time is the time of memories, where each of them remembers in vivid detail the night that changed the balance of their relationship forever, with cleverly done shifts in points of view that give you both Bella’s and Edward’s perspective.

Of course, this situation now poses a conundrum: can things be the same as they were? are they bound to get weird? do they want things to get weird? can’t things just be more, without being weird? Edward, being a smug, clever smartass, has it all figured out. Bella isn’t really sold on to his side of things. YET. But what do they say? That distance makes the heart grow fonder, and distance comes to Edward’s help in the guise of an impromptu business trip. What will Bella do, without her best friend around? Stay tuned…

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