Tuesday, August 30, 2011

TLS Fics of the Week Aug 30 - September 5, 2011

TLS Fics of the Week August 30 - September 5, 2011

The Slowest Burn by TypoKween
360 : He took my underwear, hung them from his back pocket, then said, "These are mine." - AH, E/B, Lemons.  - Romance/Drama -  Words: 69,595 - Bella & Edward - Rated: M

1st Review by PAWsPeaches

When Crooked Smile told me she was reading a fic that she thought I would like, I gave it a go.  Ever since that day, this fic has been on my mind and had me hooked from the first chapter.  If your brand of Ward is a badassWard and you enjoy a slow burn with a fantastic chase, then this is the fic for you.  The Slowest Burn has taken me on a sweet journey back to highschool, filling my head with memories of good times and filling my heart with love for all of these characters. I won't go into detail about the story because the next review does but I will tell you that this story has me excited and addicted. I will go as far as to say that I've moved it to the very tip top of my favorite fics list. Yes, It's THAT good.

2nd Review by Bojidara Krumova

Finding your place in the world is hard. Finding your place in the world as a teenager is ever harder.
The Slowest Burn tells the tale of Bella Swan, a girl who has it all; position in a cheerleading squad, social status and more friends than she could name. However, in life nothing is ever as it seems. Her fellow cheerleaders don’t like her, her social status is supported by her best friend, Rosalie, and friends would invite her to a party, but not listen to her problems.
Bella tries to fit in so hard, she loses herself somewhere along the way. Unable to express her own opinion out of fear she’d screw up, she walks down the path she’s supposed to.
"Okay," suddenly Rosalie's mouth is at my ear as we near the athlete table, "there's Jasper at the end. Slip in beside him and play it cool. Do not mention anything about giving his jacket back or even the fact that you have it on. Just be casual and…" she pauses to look down at me because she's so tall, "shit, you're going to fuck this up, aren't you?" she frowns and shakes her head.
The life Bella lives, it’s nice. She makes no hard decisions, she just goes with the flow. Having her life mapped out in front of her is easy, but when she finally gives in to what her heart desires, her life turns into a rollercoaster.
It only took one party, one decision on her own and one hook up, before everything went to hell. Bella gave in to her desires once, and nothing was the same after that.
Hooking up in high school is a regular occurrence, but when you hook up with Edward Cullen, the troubled rebel with anger management problems, things turn to the worse.

I slide his hand from my mouth. "What makes you so sure you have more than one night with me, Cullen?"
He grins and plays with the top elastic on my panties. "I've been waiting a very, very long time for this moment, Bella." 

What she knows is no longer the same. She tries to go on with her life ignoring the heated encounter with Cullen, but she can’t. His possessive nature is not allowing her.
With each chapter we see the internal battle within Bella — the girl she’s supposed to be and the girl she wants to be. When you’ve been a puppet for so long you don’t even know how to deal with your own mistakes, you tend to screw up.

"I can't do this with you, Cu—Edward," I correct myself. "You don't understand, okay? It's not like I can just dump him and be with you. It doesn't work like that. I'm already a pariah among most of my peers, and Jessica makes my life hell as it is. If I dump the fucking 'Golden Boy' of Forks High for you they will never forgive me."
"What the fuck does it matter what they think or what they say? Transfer out; go to La Push with me." He rams his fingers through his hair. "I know you feel this, Bella," he says and motions between us. "You felt it that night, and you feel it now. So the fuck what if circumstances are against us? Are you seriously that shallow?"

TypoKween gives Bella a new problem to face on her own with each chapter. Slowly, our narrator gets more and more strength to deal with her own demons, without asking for help. She’s fixing her long lost friendship with Jacob Black, she deals with Rosalie’s pregnancy and tells people to fuck off, all while trying to understand her feelings toward Cullen.

Theories of Bellativity by Kikki7
Bella Swan is a physician assistant student trying to survive a grueling clinical year. Add Dr. Edward Cullen, a cocky, irresistible ob/gyn resident. Throw in some chocolate, sprinkle with a few of Bella's quirky theories about life, and see what happens. Twilight - Rated: M

Review by Holdme Ransom
Doing your medical rotation in a busy hospital can be rough on you. Long hours, temperamental patients, the smell of sterility permeating the air. High strung doctors that make your heart race for more than the adrenaline of Emergency surgery.
What Bella Swan learns is that behind the medical mask, sexy Dr. Edward Cullen is more than he appears. Egotistical most days, over confident, and amazing talented, he has hands that can work your kinks by just being in the same room. And eyes and a face that should never hide behind a mask. Bella finds herself hot and bothered by Dr. F-Me as she works her rotation with him on overnights.
But he’s a moody doc. Full of himself and likes to make his physician assistant work hard for him.
What can curb Dr. Sexy? Like every other man: through his stomach.
Good thing Bella can find time to cook in between her long shifts. She tempts him with her food, warming him up to help her on her rotation.
A friendship of sorts begins, aided by Bella’s need to carry chocolate, like little Doctor treats for the doctor. She’ll start him on the lower level chocolates, reserving the good stuff for those that deserve it. He’s still trying.
Dr. Cullen can feel the attraction to her, but his past could make things difficult. He learns early that Bella’s dear old dad is Police Chief back home, where Edward was not the golden boy.
But can they have a relationship? He is by all accounts her mentor. Can she concentrate when his hands make magic on the operating table, or elsewhere? Can they behave themselves when there is nothing much to do in between traumas? Is it true what happens in those dark exam rooms when no one is around?
This story is so delightfully fresh and fun, with an amazing amount of UST to keep our hearts racing. Bella has quite the sharp wit, calling Dr. Cullen’s snark on several occasions, denying him when mere simple women might cave. This is of course intriguing to Dr. Sex God. How on Earth could he be denied? And by such an amazing creature as Bella Swan.
If you like ER, if you love the banter between a feisty Physician’s assistant and an over confident doctor, give this story a go. The banter and inner dialogue will leave you in stitches, and the ode to chocolate and food will make you hungry for more. The medical jargon is well thought out for the novice reader, without seeming too simple. I love it for the adult wit without the need to be dirty, although there is enough perving by our characters to get you hot and bothered. A strong Bella who knows where she wants to be in life makes this story win win. This is definitely one of my go to reads when it updates!

Gypsies Tramps and Theives by 107yearoldvirgin
The world as we know it no longer exists. New social classes have formed. Monsters roam free. And Mankind's survival is not what it seems. AU/BxE/ Postapocalyptic Vampfic Twilight - Rated: M

Review by Suebee0619

I’m a big fan of 107yearoldvirgin’s and have been since I started reading fic and came across Sleephumper.  I’ve enjoyed watching her push her writing style with each story she wrote, but I was not even remotely prepared for the gorgeousness that is Gypsies, Tramps, & Thieves.  With GT&T she has taken her writing to a whole other level.  As I read, her words swirl around me much like Bella’s skirt when she dances, and I escape completely into the world she’s created.  It’s what I call a fic blanket – a story that I curl up in as it wraps itself around me.

While this is a post-apocalyptic AU, that description barely does it justice.  This is the world after the end of days, where humans are divided into two distinct classes. The frightening thing to me is just how believable it really is.  The separation between the two classes is described perfectly by Bella.

Because truthfully…there was no Garden of Eden here. No Adam. No Eve.

There was simply: Them.

And: Us.

The men and women who looked down on us for the lifestyle they had forced us into. The women who scorned us in their marketplaces, speaking ill of our clothing, our tents, our way of survival. And their men who pretended to despise us, yet secretly snuck out of their own candle lit homes to watch us in the dark of night as we gave them what they lacked and had to pay for now.

They may have had all of the money and status, but we had the power. 

The gypsy women dance for the upper class men and many of them are whores as well to
earn some extra gold.  But not Bella.  Bella is kept pure and we discover why later in the story.  The first clue we get that something is amiss comes from Edward, who saves her from a man after one of her performances.  As he leaves her, the following exchange takes place:

"They've chosen wisely," he called to me in the darkness.

"Who?" My own voice sounded unfamiliar and harsh against the sweet quiet of his.

The man stood to his feet and glanced over his shoulder towards the tent city. "Isabella?"

"How did you know my name?"

His face never turned back towards me before he began to walk away. "The first chance you get…"



Edward’s protectiveness of Bella is a mission not only to save her, but to save him and the rest of the vampires in his family.

She was the apple in our Garden on Eden. And I needed to make sure she survived, in order for us all to remain in our Utopia.

He sees this world as a vampire’s Garden of Eden, where she sees almost no redeeming quality in the world as it now exists and this dichotomy is a fascinating undercurrent to the bigger plot.  You may have noticed I’m not giving away much in the way of details here.  One of the wonderful experiences reading this are the small reveals of what exactly is going on.  Slowly, you start to have enough pieces of the puzzle to begin to see the bigger picture.

The two of them are drawn to each other beyond the role of protector and protected and they are slowly figuring things out as they go.  How can he save her without bringing the world crashing down and carefully navigate their way through the tangled web set by the vampire royalty?  This is what I’m waiting, breathlessly, to find out.

Compendium of Thoughts by ItIsRaining
After Edward is struck with a serious illness, Bella offers to give him a ride to school every day. His musings on life are priceless and unique. Based in its entirety on a true story. Twilight - Rated: M

Review by Mina Rivera

The first thing that I look for in a fic before I start reading is its summary, then I go check if there is anyone else reading it and ask for their opinion.

There are rare stories that catch my eye and simply suck me in without stopping to think about it.

This story is one of them.

And it only took me one line.

“Based in its entirety on a true story and dedicated to Grant.”

Just from that line, I knew that I was about to be part of something unique and true.

What I didn’t expect was to feel so connected to the characters and the story itself on such a level that I read the story in only two hours, and then re-read it in only one hour.

And then re-re-read it in another hour.

Yeah, this is one of those stories that you just HAVE to read more than once. Not because of the hot lemons or the amazing action and mystery.


This story is so compelling in its simplicity and vulnerability that it draws you in.

The characters are REAL, in every sense of the word. You can identify their evolution with a part of yourself that you had once lived back in school.

Their growth is something you have experienced in your youth.

Their friendship is something you have found once or twice around.

Their attraction is something you have felt curious about more than once.

Their love is something you have felt or aspire to feel in your life.

Their story is something you are now part of, because you read it.

And it all starts with an email…

FWD: Edward's Schedule
To: Bella Swan, Angela Weber
Monday, April 4, 6:45 AM
Hi Girls,
I know this is a random email, but I thought you might be able to help. Edward Cullen had another seizure last week and is not allowed to drive for six months. I know he goes to school with you girls and he can't drive himself there now. Below is his schedule and I thought that there had to be kids from the area that he could catch a ride with. If you or someone you know that goes to FHS would be able to give him a lift; that would be a huge help. I'm sure they would offer to pay gas money.
I'm not trying to put you two on the spot, I just figured you'd be a good place to start looking for help.
Hope you're both doing well.
Cathleen Stanley

From a helping hand, to a partner, to a friend, to a lover and to forever.

All changes for this Edward when a small favor from a girl with a big heart shows him how life can be for him.

"I don't want to be…a burden for you, Bella. I…I have issues. I know that. You know that. I thought that maybe this thing could work out and so I tried, I really did try yesterday, to be optimistic. But, as soon as we took off, I felt sick and it was like..." he laughed a little, darkly, "I don't know, it was like an omen or something." He paused in thought for a few moments. "I just don't want anyone going out of their way for me."
It was the most I had ever heard him say at one time. I was equally happy that it wasn't because he was embarrassed and infuriated because he thought of himself as 'a burden'.
I wanted to tell him that I was different from other people. I was meant to take care of people and I had known this since I was a little girl. He didn't want to be taken care of or coddled in any way; I could understand and respect that, but I wasn't donating organs or cutting off limbs for him. I was driving him to the school and he was going to accept it, damnit.
"Edward…it's a ride to school." Somewhat sarcastically, I continued, "I accepted the challenge of taking you to school and everything else that may come with it," implying yesterday's vomit incident slyly, "so suck it up and be ready at 6:35 every week day, got it?"
Edward was looking at me incredulously, believe me, with my sailor's mouth, I knew what incredulous looked like by now. He stared for a few moments before shaking his head and then nodding, a small, but beautiful smile on his face.
"Yeah." He smiled wider, one side of his lips going higher than the other. "Yeah, okay."
"Good." Now, I was smiling.

Both characters are flawed and uncertain, but as the story progresses, so do they.

I urge you to read this story; you’ll be part of something so unique that you will want to read more from this author, even though she doesn’t have any other stories in her profile.

So, go read and review, and maybe even do a little begging for another story.

Oh! And before you read the epilogue, stock up on Kleenex, it was such a beautiful surprise!

Until next time,


Monday, August 29, 2011

MEET THE POLL: What we're reading this week, in TLS

Listed below are the stories that the ladies of TLS are reading and enjoying this week. Be a part of determining four of these stories to be featured and reviewed as a TLS Fic of the Week, next week by choosing four from the poll.

All at Once by Stella luna sky
A smoky bar, a guy with an epic beard, too much whiskey, and a seedy motel on the water. A short story about finding love in all the wrong places. Twilight - Rated: M

All Nighters by CaraNo
Edward Cullen needs a new assistant for when he travels. When Charlie, close friend and business partner, suggests Bella, Edward doesn't hesitate. After all, he knows what a bright young woman Bella is. His ex wife even used to babysit her. Drabble fic. Twilight - Rated: M

Dead Man Walking by Mandyleigh87
When graduate student Isabella Swan decides to write her final paper on death row inmate Edward Masen, she promises her mother she won't get too involved. She couldn't have been more wrong. Rated M for language, content. B/E Mini Fic Twilight - Rated: M

Fickle Hearts by bahshit
It's been ten years since Isabella Swan first broke Edward Cullen's heart. He's moved on & fallen in love again. What will happen when she suddenly reappears in his world? As the Bard said, "Love is the devil. There is no evil angel but love." Twilight - Rated: M

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. Twilight - Rated: M

He's the One by CullensTwiMistress
Bella meets Edward in the most unfortunate of circumstances, his own wedding. Will she ever have the chance to get to know him. BPOV. BxE. HEA, I swear! Rated M for language and future lemons. Twilight - Rated: M

If You Could Read My Mind by bella c'ella luna http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5122919/1/If_You_Could_Read_My_Mind
Bella has moved back home to Forks. It's only a matter of time until she crosses paths with Edward Cullen, her former best friend and first love. They both thought that they had moved on... full of angst. All-human, LEMONS. Twilight - Rated: M

Last Friday Night by KristenLynn
On Saturday morning, Bella wakes up to a broken hand, a trashed apartment, and no memory of what caused either of them! When the photos show up on-line, Bella must figure out what—and who—she might have done last Friday night. AH, fun/fluff
Twilight - Rated: M

Living Life by Branson101
Edward Cullen is a smart, arrogant, jerk who is just waiting to graduate so he can leave Forks behind for good. Bella Swan is the troubled new girl with a secret and demons that haunt her. M for language. Twilight - Rated: M

Love In My Box by Cosmoandmarvar
Bella's an intellectual free spirit and Edward is a reserved, slightly geeky med student. They have a brief, but intense encounter on Sp Brk in Miami. Can they find true love through emails? There will be lemons and laughs. Look who's writing this! Twilight - Rated: M

Make It a Part by Sweet Dulcinea
Edward meets Bella after sideswiping her car and putting her and her newborn daughter in the hospital. He is determined to make it up to her however he can. As truths about each other and their pasts surface, friendship & romance blossom. FGB for pipelynn
Twilight - Rated: M

Paradise Lost by B.Krumova
A passionate night three years ago, leaves Bella Swan pregnant with her roommate's brother's child. Now she wants her child to know his father. He wants to crush her down for having it in the first place. Very OOC, AH; Twilight - Rated: M

Resisting the Inevitable by Emotion Masen http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7260773/1/Resisting_The_Inevitable
Bella is the cohost on a morning show, Edward is the CEO of his family company,he finds his self extremely attracted to her. Unexpected events keep them near each other. How long can they resist the inevitable? Better summary inside fanfic has word limit. Twilight - Rated: M

Sentimental Journey by btwnthestacks
Edward and Bella's granddaughter Elizabeth seeks to mend her broken heart by escaping to their home in Forks for the weekend. The healing begins when she finds a photograph of them, and learns of the tremendous odds they overcame to be together. Twilight - Rated: T

Spy Games by Jenn1987
Powerful and successful, Isabella Swan held the world in the palm of her hand. Unfortunately for her, so did Edward Cullen. Written for the "Forbidden Affairs" contest and placed third. OOC, AH/AU, E/B, Rated M for Language and Lemons. Twilight - Rated: M

Supremacy by Dragonmama26
At Bella's first play party as a Domme she meets an intriguing stranger that pushes her to unimaginable limits and has her questioning all of her choices. AH/OOC. Rated M for BDSM themes and Lemons. 3rd place winner in Dommella's Dungeon contest.
Twilight - Rated: M

Terror Behind Glass by ZenOne
A mysterious invite arrives by mail -a ticket to the mysterious Glass Museum- forcing Bella to alter her belief in the paranormal.Will she make it out alive? Or will she become an exhibit like the others before her? Twilight - Rated: M

The Fallout by OCDIndeed
March 16/06 the world the Cullens knew ended. Faith, hope & love are powerful things. Edward is about to find out how powerful they are. Yes,set during a post-apocalyptic nuclear war. Try the Prologue before passing judgment. You might be surprised! NM/AU

This Buried Life by Emmanuelle Nathan
Bella Swan is content with her career and her new life in London but feels that there is still something missing. Will a chance encounter with sinister yet intriguing stranger hold the answer to what she truly desires? AU. Rated M for lemony reasons. Twilight - Rated: M

Yeah, You by Marvar
Bella starts a new school and is instantly attracted to Edward. Is the feeling mutual? Does her sister's wedding get in the way of her happiness? Read and find out. There's also a geek, French exchange student, and some laughs. Inspired by an 80s movie. Twilight - Rated: M

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

TLS Fics of the Week Aug 23 - 29, 2011: The Fab Four Reviews


Speak Now by Saritadreaming
One Bride, One Groom... One Huge Lie. When Bella learns the truth about their long ago past, can she stop Edward from making the biggest mistake of his life? Can they survive the aftermath? AH Edward/Bella/Tanya. Collab between SaritaDreaming and wmr1601
Twilight - Rated: M
Review By: Kitty Vuitton

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to attend a wedding where when the priest asks "If anyone knows a reason why this couple should not be wed, speak now... or forever hold your peace”? Well, think no further, as we dive into the wedding of Tanya and Edward, and the interruption that will change their lives forever.

Speak Now is a love story through and through. Not only is it about getting a second chance to be with your one true love, but it is about being brave enough to conquer your fears and stand up for what you know in your heart is right.

Through flashbacks, we see Bella and Edward as close friends, both wanting more, but too afraid to take the risk. At a party one evening, their timing is perfect and they admit their feelings to each other, unfortunately, their chance at love is short lived as Tanya and Mike interfere with their evening, putting a rift between Edward and Bella that would never be mended. Tanya and Edward become a couple as do Mike and Bella.

Rolling my eyes, I remember why I can't stand her; she's so fake and surfacey. If I was marrying a man like Edward, I wouldn't give a shit if it was at City Hall, just as long as I knew he was mine–that I could take him home and make love to him all night. I feel a twinge in my abdomen at that thought, and memories roll over me slowly, taking me back in time...

Fast forward to the present day, we find Bella has arrived back in Forks after 4 years away, having just broken up with Mike once he shared with her the horrible truth about what happened the night of the party back in high school. She is determined to share the truth with Edward before it is too late. Will she be able to stop the wedding in time, and does she have the proof she needs to shed light on just how horrible Tanya really is?

My mind drifts back to the brown glimmer I saw from the window just a moment ago. I wonder what I would do if Bella really were here today. I know that it's a long shot—beyond a long shot, really—it's an impossibility. The thought remains, though. And then, as if I needed a reason to forget about Bella once and for all, another memory from high school invades my brain…

This story is written in both Bella and Edwards POV’s, which allows us to get a full understanding of their true desires for one another. It is a wonderful, feel good story, with some great laugh out loud moments and while each chapter leaves us wanting more, we are left feeling satisfied with how the future of this couple has progressed into a beautiful relationship.

"Want to tell me why, honey?" Charlie asks gently. "I know you're not an impulsive girl, so there must be a good reason."
I realize that the real 'truth' wouldn't have gotten around town because very few people knew the whole story. All my dad would have heard is that I interrupted the wedding but not why. I can only imagine the rumors that are floating around, the speculation that must arise to fill in the empty space left by unsatisfied curiosity.
"I did have a good reason, Dad. Wow, this is going to be harder than I expected—I've never had to tell you something like this before."
"Honey, whatever it is, we can deal with it together," Charlie assures me. "When's the baby due?"
"The what?" I choke out. Of all the things my dad could have said, that isn't what I was expecting.

But Edward and Bella are not in the clear yet, Tanya is always lurking around the corner, for she is never truly happy unless she can have Edward all to her self.

The author continues to keep us up to date with teasers and information related to the story with her blog. Check it out! http://saritadreaming.wordpress.com/

Outbound by AftrnoonDlight
Two beautiful souls humbly traveling life's lonely path, until fate suddenly shows her hand. Will Edward and Bella surrender willingly... A tender, romantic tale of love and life in the clouds. Twilight - Rated: M

At times I find myself at a loss for words when it comes to a certain story. As of this very moment, there are over 186, 000 Twilight fanfictions posted on FFN. And that’s just the ones that are still standing.

Amongst that ridiculously large number, I am reading less than five...

So, imagine how excited I was to see that one of them was up for Fic of the Week. I jumped at the chance to do a review, and then realized that there might not be an adequate way for me to describe this story.

I could start with something witty, like, “Tell me if you’ve heard this one before: Bella Swan walks into a bar...” But that would take away from the beauty of this fic. Because, in the first chapter of this collaboration between Jaime Arkin and PhoebesPromise, Bella does  walk into a bar. With a new haircut and a wary smile, she meets some friends for a drink. But the man behind the counter won’t stop staring at her, so she can’t help but notice him. And his smile. And his watch. And the fact that he’s not exactly giving up on getting her alone after her friends depart for the evening.

What could essentially be a cliche story line is anything but as we read of these two, aptly described, beautiful souls, who have a chance encounter at the right place and right time. Even when the doubt creeps in, we are left with a feeling of ease between the two. It settles deeply inside of your soul as you read, because the characters that have been created are not inherently broken beings, but rather the only things that aren’t falling apart in their respective worlds. They are both the sturdy foundation of those around them, and it makes it all that more beautiful to see them collide.

She’s a flight attendant. He’s a bar owner. But there’s more to it, you see. They have these intricate layers and blossoming backstories that leave you craving more with each new chapter. They appear as real people in your head. Their lives are unfolding right before you.

The thing I love the most about this story is that I don’t feel like I am reading it at all. The flow of writing and dialogue isn’t straight storytelling. It’s descriptions and feelings and small little intricacies that end up leaving the reader wrapped up in this world being built by these two masterful storytellers. Its experiencing instead ofreading simple words strung along. In a time where fic has turned to gimmicks, in some cases, this is just a beautifully told tale of sweet people who meet and fall for one another.

From their first encounter:

Heart soaring, clumsy, embarrassed and more, I left it and urged him on. Our mouths connected, fevered and wild as we found the next door. The moment it closed behind, I was trapped against by his pulsing frame. A large hand on either side, just above my head, he pressed, we moaned. The dark space filled with urgent, frenzied breathing and want.

The feel, I needed to touch, I grabbed and worked the shirt free from his jeans. My fingertips smoothed over his bare stomach, his muscles contracted as he sighed, reveling. Gently rolling his forehead against mine, he ran the silk tie of my dress over his palm. "I don't think I'm dressed for this…" Mumbling and thinking aloud of my white cotton underneath the modern, sexy dress I wore.

He smirked, almost a snicker. "You're kind of… adorable."

"Adorable isn't exactly one night stand material," I said quietly, biting my lip. Feather light touches eased down by the back of his slightly trembling hand.

"Is that what this is?"

"I don't… I don't know what this is. But fuck, I want you to touch me, Edward," I breathed, he gasped quietly, wide eyed. "It's all I've thought of for the past four and half hours… and I don't usually do this sort of thing… but god I want to feel you."

I teased my hands further up and around. He held my head firmly between his hands, studying. "I never do this either, but you're so goddamn…"

"I mean I guess this is pretty reckless… But…" I rambled, heat spreading. "If you… I mean if I disappeared…" He tasted, warm lips brushed my throat. "You were the last person I was… oh…" His hard cock, his tongue, my thoughts were fading. "It wouldn't… be good PR for… mmmm… your restaurant."

"Shhh… this isn't reckless and you won't disappear and…" His thumbs teased sensitive places… behind my ear, soft kisses along heated skin along my jaw. "…I won't hurt you, Bella." My knees weakened at his whisper. Words were done, nothing more to say… only to feel.

 The introductions of their families will leave you scrambling for more answers. More truth. More interaction between the two because its NOT just fire and heat, it’s sweetness and a like-ability that is sorely lacking in a lot of places these days. It’s gentle words and sweet caresses between these two adults, who act like adults,along with a realness in their words. Whether awkward and hurried, or teasing and unsure...these two leave me breathless. Both Bella and Edward....and the ladies known as Aftrnoondlight.

With smut that’s not too graphic, and a story told with heart and humor, amidst some serious subject matter, I wholeheartedly hope that you give this story a chance. And leave them some love while you’re at it?

Restless by RandomCran
Bella's monochrome existence has left her feeling apprehensive. When the circumstances of tragedy introduce her to Edward, she feels emboldened. What will happen when her life begins to intensify? AU/AH/OOC Twilight - Rated: M
Review By: Amy Morgan (ffn profile http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1908490/)

It's not your ordinary romance!
In the first chapter, Bella Swan gets the very worst news a daughter can get:

Dr. Cullen grimaced slightly before continuing."We did our best to stabilize your father in the ER but we knew he had to be taken to the operating room as soon as possible. Unfortunately, your father suffered cardiac arrest during surgery and, despite our efforts, we were unable to save him. I'm so sorry, Bella.''

In the next few moments, Bella's shock wears off and her dam breaks, brought on simply by
overhearing a handsome young man address Dr. Cullen as “Dad”.

The very first chapter ends with a pallbearer dilemma. You should read RandomCran's remarkable narrative and dialogue yourself. Her elegance in describing a numb, yet relieved Bella is simply amazing. Some of Bella's giddy, nervous dialogue rings true. I buried both my parents nine days apart, and was brought to my knees by an all-encompassing awareness of “being an orphan”, and isolative grief. My older brother totally failed at providing any comfort.

Bella, however, immediately enters the anger stage of grief. She loses her temper at work, provoked by a careless, passive-aggressive superior. You will root for Bella's grim, hilarious revenge fantasies in this passage.

"The personal wound of losing my father so suddenly had now festered into my professional world. I had never fought with anyone at work...''

And yet, the actual funeral for Charlie is almost more than Bella can bear:

''It was only when a young man, dressed impeccably in his military uniform began performing 'Taps' on his bugle that it became very difficult for me. I couldn't look at Charlie's flag covered casket. I couldn't look at my mother because I could hear her quiet sobs increasing with intensity. But I needed to look somewhere, to distract myself somehow and when I lifted my head, I made eye contact with Edward Cullen for the first time. For some reason, he was watching me intently.”

Bella and Edward meet and talk, and Bella impulsively asks him to take her back to Charlie's house, so she can take a nap alone. On the way, Bella fears her severe allergy may overtake her. As you read Bella's account of her allergy, note the odd similarity to Twilight the book (or should I say Midnight Sun?). Bella reacts just as much, and as strangely to Edward, as Vampire Edward reacted to her in the biology lab....after which he fled to Denali, terrified by his murderous attraction.

I wonder if RandomCran made Bella's reaction similar on purpose, or unconsciously? Rest assured, there are no vampires in this tale. Strictly AH, AU. But Bella covering her mouth and then leaning toward the window, gasping for fresh air was too reminiscent of Edward's attempts to resist the siren call of her blood.

I shall not want to spoil this story for those of you who have not started it. Things progress startingly fast in Chapter Three. RandomCran has just four chapters posted thus far. You will be pleased with the emotional as well as the physical citrus:

''For the first time in my life, I felt truly comfortable in my skin." 

I have to say that this is an astonishing first effort. I have been a devotee of RandomCran's husband Morgan Locklear's Bella Voce and Brutte Parole. In this case, I believe talent chose talent as life partners.

RandomCran has taken a “plot bunny” and grown it into a living, breathing hopping hare of a story.

If you have not read the first four chapters of Restless by RandomCran, get on fanfiction and find it. You will find character development, plot and personal emotional risk, all elements of exceptional fiction.

Royal Rebellions by xNimC
Bella Swan is no stranger to hard work, but everything changes when she is forced to work in Cullen Manor, the home of America's royal family. Her encounters with a certain prince cause her to wonder if the rules are worth following. MODERN DAY. AH, OOC
Twilight - Rated: M
Review By: EvilNat <--- she's up for an Emerging Swan award, vote for her here

Royal Rebellions by xNimC is set in modern times where there is an American royal family.  Bella is the daughter of a cook who is hired to work at Cullen Manor and as such Bella is employed too.

From the beginning we see that Bella is a little quirky.  She has a hard time conforming to being a servant for a royal family where there are lots of rules.  She often finds herself in trouble due to her nonexistent verbal filter.

Her first meeting with the Prince is a scream, literally, she accidently slips into bed with him after getting lost in the dark cavernous hallways of the manor.

Sleepily, I crawl onto the bed and get under the covers.

The blankets are very warm and smell different, better, but I can't place how. I don't care; the sleep is catching up with me.

I am on the brink of unconsciousness when I hear the snoring.

Right. Next. To. My. Ear.

My eyes spring open and my head whips to the side as I see the contours of a male face in the darkness.

What the fuck! 

Then, I scream.

I'm totally freaked out and I shove the blankets off of me just as the guy in my bed lets out a startled cry of his own and bolts upright.

I get all tangled up in the covers and fall off the bed, scrambling towards the door on my hands and knees.

"Stop," he orders, and the sound of his voice makes me freeze.

The light comes on when I stand, and I blink in the bright light, anxiously trying to make out what the hell is going on.

I look around the room, realizing for the first time that the room is not mine.

I look at the guy in the bed and I am filled with absolute horror.

It's Prince Edward.

Edward is the Prince.  He is commanding and good looking, and Bella through her nervousness spills soup in his lap, among other things.  She finds him attractive and it seems he likes her for her frankness and they begin to write each other notes.  Unfortunately for Bella he is engaged to Tanya, who is really only interested in Edward for his ‘position’, knowing she will eventually be Queen one day.

The reporters are all firing questions at her and she stops just outside of her waiting car to speak to them.

The biggest grin is on her face as she answers questions, "Why, yes, yes, I am very happy. Any regrets?" – Insert super fake laugh here - "Of course not! Well, other than the fact that my darling Edward proposed in a restaurant of all places. What are we, common?" –Insert gasp of shock from reporters and another fake laugh from Tanya - "Yes, of course you can see the ring. Here it is. Too small for my tastes, but it's very beautiful, no? I might have to make him get me a bigger one." – Insert laugh - "I can't wait to be queen."

Alice is shaking her head in disbelief. "I don't know if I should be excited that there's gonna be a wedding, or disgusted with his choice in wife."

Alice is a cute character; she is Bella’s roommate and is also employed at the Manor.  She helps Bella settle in to life as a servant in Cullen Manor.

We also meet Jake when Bella moves to the Manor, he doesn’t play a huge part but he does have a lot to do with Bella’s settling in.

The Royal Family consists of a lot of familiar names, and as the story continues they get introduced.  Lady Rosalie, Sir Jasper’s sister, is one of my favorite characters; she is a little reserved but ends up becoming a loyal friend to Bella, even through the class division.

"That's not what I meant," she says quickly. "I just meant that Bella is, well, special. She's a friend, and she knows me better than most other workers."

"Thanks," I mutter, a little taken aback and embarrassed. That's as close to a compliment as I'm ever going to get from her.

Another interesting character is Edward’s Uncle Rick, he’s a friendly, well travelled playboy, who returns to the manor every once in a while between travelling to exotic places.  He’s the epitome of the ‘cool uncle’.

Rick, the stranger I kinda-sorta met that same morning, is in the middle of telling a story.

Apparently, he's been in India for a while, but not before spending six months in Brazil, two months in Iceland, and four months in Ireland.

"… couldn't find a damn rickshaw," he's saying animatedly. "Had to walk until I figured out where the hell I was, only to find out that, hey! I'm almost in Bangladesh! I guess that trip was over, eh?"

The queen giggles, covering her mouth daintily as Edward and Jasper chuckle.

The king just looks mildly amused.

"Did you stay in Bangladesh, then?" Jasper asks.

"Not that easy, kid," Rick says, taking a huge forkful of his pasta. "Got confronted by some officials, couldn't speak a word of Bengali, tried out my Hindi, but that didn't go over too well, either." He takes another forkful and then talks with his mouth full. "Long story short, I found myself in Sri Lanka a few days later. Ha!"

"Rick, please," Esme says in a chiding tone.

Rick swallows and gives the queen a sheepish grin.

"Sorry, Es," he says. "Talking with your mouth full is good manners in some of the places I've been. You'll have to forgive me."

Royal Rebellions is written from Bella’s POV, but there is a companion piece called Royal Encounters which is in Edward’s POV, and currently has 4 chapters.  Royal Rebellions is interesting, there’s a little bit of heart fail and angst but it’s mainly a nice fluffy read.  The UST between Edward and Bella makes it exciting and the supporting cast helps to round it out.  We find as the story develops there are a few twists and turns, keeping us hanging but not for too long.  With only one more chapter to go it is almost complete.  

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Meet the Poll: What we're reading this week in TLS

Each week, in our group, we share which fics are moving us, getting us excited, hot and hooked. We put all of the recs on a poll at the end of the week to vote four of them to be TLS Fics of the Week, each week. Be a part of determining next week's winners and place your vote for one of the amazing noms below.

Shout out to TYPOKWEEN author of "The Slowest Burn" ( summary below) for the crazyamazing gif she whipped up in a flash for our poll posts! Her story, The Slowest Burn has a lot of us hanging on for the next update, I've been obsessing over it for days and quite frankly, I believe this story will be the next big thing. I'm already considering it a favorite and I'm only on chapter 9, it's certainly my cup of tea. If you like the Edward with the I-don't-give-a-shit attitude, then I highly recommend that you read it, he's had me worked up all day.
Check out the other noms below, SO MANY AWESOME NOMS THIS WEEK, I think I'm reading over half of these right now.

A Compendium of Thoughts by ItIsRaining
After Edward is struck with a serious illness, Bella offers to give him a ride to school every day. His musings on life are priceless and unique. Based in its entirety on a true story.
Twilight - Rated: M

Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves by 107yearoldvirgin  http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7238915/1/Gypsies_Tramps_and_Thieves
The world as we know it no longer exists. New social classes have formed. Monsters roam free. And Mankind's survival is not what it seems. AU/BxE/ Postapocalyptic Vampfic
Twilight - Rated: M

Haven by Mmsinful 
Bella and Alice have survived everything together, including the infected. How much longer can they survive on their own. Can they trust anyone else they meet on the way? Warning: graphic violence, death, dark themes. Rated M. cannon, ExB Twilight - Rated: M

How to Paint a House by Maggie's Gutter http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7107558/1/How_to_Paint_a_House
Bella Swan is a naive fifteen year old, set to spend another kiss-less summer alone. Edward is new to town, and doesn't know a soul. Watch an unlikely friendship blossom over the simple task of painting a house. But for these two, nothing is simple. Twilight - Rated: M

Just Breathe by Jtmd24
What happens when the man you've loved for 6 years starts to change right before your eyes? Bella is forced to question her heart when the black sheep of the family returns. In the end, will she put her trust in the right person? AR/OOC/lemons Twilight - Rated: M

Love In Idleness by Twanzaa
Bella Swan meets the perfect boy during her junior year, but when she finds out he's a freshman, and an evil mastermind, all hell breaks lose. Twilight - Rated: M

My Fiance, My Mistress and Me by Vampirelover345
He wasn't supposed to go home with her, but he did. He thought it was just a one night stand, but it wasn't. He's not supposed to love her, but he does. "So make it simple, Edward. Leave her." AH, AU, OOC, canon pairings eventually ExB Twilight - Rated: M

Rolling In The Deep by Jokline14
Bella and Edward are very similar people or so they've been told. What happens when they meet and the sparks fly? Will they remain the same or have they both changed too much to ever go back to who they used to be? Twilight - Rated: M

September by AMazenLove
A story of life, love, and loss. Of "I love you's" and "Don't you leave me". A story of survival against all odds, and moving forward when all you want to do is forget the past. 9/11/2001 Theme. Rated M

The Cliffs by bornonhalloween
Edward has just graduated college and is ready to take over the family business- an island retreat called The Cliffs. Can he ever get over his boyhood crush on the babysitter?
Twilight - Rated: M

The Inheritance by iambeagle
Three stipulations are keeping Edward from receiving his inheritance money, one of them being he must obtain a serious relationship. His solution? Pay Bella to pretend to date him. There's absolutely no way this plan can backfire. AH, EPOV Twilight - Rated: M

The Nymph and the Waterfall by Pastiche Pen http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4694385/1/The_Nymph_and_the_Water
Someone is spying on Bella at an "inconvenient" time. There's a gnome and a crap ex-best friend. All-human.

Theories of Bellativity by Kikki7
Bella Swan is a physician assistant student trying to survive a grueling clinical year. Add Dr. Edward Cullen, a cocky, irresistible ob/gyn resident. Throw in some chocolate, sprinkle with a few of Bella's quirky theories about life, and see what happens.Twilight - Rated: M

The Slowest Burn by TypoKween
360 : He took my underwear, hung them from his back pocket, then said, "These are mine." - AH, E/B, Lemons.

This Is My Father by Fernn
After a stressful year at Chicago U, Bella looks forward to taking a break from it all by spending a carefree summer with her boyfriend. But all thoughts of relaxation are thrown out the window when she is introduced to her boyfriend's father, Edward. Twilight - Rated: M

What Fills the Eye, Fills the Heart byTwoTwiMoms
Bella is an erotic romance novelist who finds herself in a pub to escape her roommate's animalistic "romps". While at the pub, she meets sexy, Irish Edward. On St. Patrick's Day will she end up having a romp of her own? Twilight - Rated: M

What If I Told You by Ajsilentvoice
After nearly a year, Bella finally finds a number for the Cullens in Ithaca, New York. A last minute invitation to a reunion bash at Mike Newton's, though, leaves Bella drunk, alone, and holding a cell phone. Will a stupid mistake bring them together? Twilight - Rated: M

Young Pilgrims by Ineedyoursway
Bella lives a life without passion. Passion is the only thing Edward has. Twilight - Rated: M

Saturday, August 20, 2011

TLS Nursery: Come and See the New Arrivals!

Take a look through the window of the TLS Nursery. Here you will see the new stories, born within the last thirty days, that we are reading, loving and excited to watch grow.  Wrap your arms around these following newborn fics and enjoy the warmth they will bring to your heart.

Outbound by aftrnoondlight
Two beautiful souls humbly traveling life's lonely path, until fate suddenly shows her hand. Will Edward and Bella surrender willingly... A tender, romantic tale of love and life in the clouds.

Edward owns a resterant/bar, Bella is a flight attendant. She goes to dinner with friends, spots hot guy behind the bar wearing a WATCH (yes, I said wearing a watch *sizzle*) and he finds his way to her table. After a few shared glances, that will ignite your insides...things start to heat up.  Will they meet again after one steamy night?  Bella isn't prepared for the passenger boarding her next Outbound flight and fate couldn't have prepared either of them, for the flight their lives would take, after it.

The writing in this story and the chemistry between the two writers ( jarkin33 and pheobes.promise ) is impeccable. This story grabbed me, picked me up and flew me away from my mommy duties and anxious worries with reality, for awhile, and left me feeling light, bubbly, happy and ravenous for more. The back story to the characters in this fic will have you emotionally involved from the go and the descriptive manner that aftrnoondlight displays in this work will pluck you, right from where you are, and insert you straight into the story. Outbound is only three chapters in so far, so join us for this flight!

Dear Maggie by Jenny0719
A heart leads Bella back home to Forks... and to the brother of the woman who donated it. M for Lemons/OOC/Language

I found this story while digging through the newly published twifics about a week ago and I was intrigued by the summary which lead me to reading the first chapter. I devoured the first 2 chapters immediately and luckily the 3rd chapter posted soon after.

I can't say enough about this story to give it justice because it's just that good. You will have to trust me on this when I say READ THIS STORY FOR YOURSELF, you will see, lol. The synopsis is so refreshing and untouched in my ficlife, that I thoroughly enjoy it and who can resist a BADASS Edward? This Edward comes off with a swagger that I can only compare to PAW (PunKAssWard from A Pound of Flesh by jaxon22) Nuff said. Tell her TLS sent you:0)

Vinyl by 107yearoldvirgin
Its just another day at Vinyl Records Store: Fun. Uncomplicated. Just like having sex with your best friend, and coworker, should be. At least, that's what Bella and Edward are hoping. The rest of the employees, on the other hand...

Have you ever read a story that made you feel a little cooler than you really are? Did you enjoy that feeling? If so, then Vinyl is the story for you.  I have trouble coming up with witty remarks so I naturally admire the friends that always provide them. In Vinyl, you will find yourself giggling left and right at the hysterical banter between the characters that all gather to work in this record store aptly named "Vinyl".  Not only does vinyl deliver insanely hot lemons but you won't be able to deny the love for this Edward and this Bella. My insides constantly smiled while reading this story and Virgy has placed such a unique cast together (Ryan Gosling - Jasper / Natalie Portman - Alice / Jensen Ackols - Emmett for starters ) which she has written to perfection. Put the needle to the record and let Vinyl take you for a spin, It has an HEA!

Another new story which comes highly rec'd from our ffwhisperer Nic: 

The Mating Bond by LailaB
It's like tunnel vision. And once eye contact is made, there is absolutely no reversing it. The more contact that is made and the more intimate the contact becomes, the more animalistic and primal the bond comes to be. Will Bella be able to handle it?  

All Nighters by CaraNo
Edward Cullen needs a new assistant for when he travels. When Charlie, close friend and business partner, suggests Bella, Edward doesn't hesitate. After all, he knows what a bright young woman Bella is. His ex wife even used to babysit her. Drabble fic.

This fic finds an Older Edward partnered in an Architecture firm with Charlie Swan in Cullen Swan Architecture. When Charlie's daughter comes home for awhile and needs a job, Edward can't help but to remember the beautiful girl that he's watched grow since birth and he certainly can't deny his attraction when she steps into his office as a grown woman, no longer a child.

I love how we know how attracted Bella is to Edward and vice versa while the two of them remain oblivious for the first few chapters. I already love this Edward.. go see for yourself, you will too.

This story is brand new with extremely short chapters. It's a drabble fic, only 7 chapters so far and you can read all within 10 minutes and that counts reviewing time as well. It's perfect for those of you that are just like me, scared of committment, you won't have to commit hours of your day to this one, lol. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Fics of the Week 8/16 - 8/20/2011: Five Star Reviews of Six Sweet Fics

Edward In the Afternoon by Cosmogirl7481
My birthday present for Marvar: A boy meets girl story with sweltering heat, iced coffee and lots of sex... ExB, AH and OOC because no one is a virgin. Romance and humor with a touch of drama. Twilight - Rated: M
Review by Marvar

Are you looking for a really long chaste fic, where B and E don't consummate their love until chapter 50?

Well, this is so not that story.

Edward in the Afternoon is fifteen quick chapters of pure sex...I mean fun. The lovely cosmogirl7481, author of What Speaks in Darkness and Retail Therapy, wrote this bit of smuff - smut/fluff - for my birthday. I love being Cosmo's beta and sometime writing partner, but in this case waiting for the hourly updates and reading along with everyone else was half the fun. It was a great gift.

And this Edward keeps on giving...orgasms.

They meet in the hallway after an unfortunate coffee accident.

"You look like you could use some help," someone says above me in a deep, sleepy voice. I don't look up because I'm still pissed that I ruined everything. Including the white camisole I just bought at Nordstrom. "That coffee must have been iced because your nipples look way more excited than you right now."

Gasping, I look up, ready to kick the asshole in his shin with my heel. Maybe they are good for something other than the daily torture they normally provide. Bronze, tousled hair and eyes the color of fresh-cut grass are looking down at me. And his perfect mouth is smirking. Fucking smirking.

"Listen, I don't care how hot you are, asshole," I seethe. "You have no right to talk about my…my nipples. And the least you could do is offer to help me."

"You think I'm hot?" he replies, still smirking.

"Fuck you."

"I'd love to," he says. "But I think we need to get you cleaned up first…unless you like it dirty."

Yeah, so who else cursed their stupid building and its lack of hot neighbors, or poured coffee on themselves trying to attract an “Edward”? I think there's a support group for us on Twitter.

Lucky for us readers, Cosmogirl didn't leave us hanging for months and endless chapters. The next chapter fulfills a fantasy of so many of us Edward lovers. Within minutes of meeting, Bella gets up close and personal with...Oralward.

"Bella," he leans in and whispers in my ear, and I shiver as he pulls off my coffee-soaked camisole. "Would you like to know my name before I lick your pussy? Or would you like to know it after I fuck you? Hard."

"Before," I gasp.

He picks me up, places me on the couch and pulls my pants and panties off. And before I have the sense to try and consider what's actually happening right now, he kneels down before me and spreads me wide open. I can feel his breath against my thighs.

"Edward," he breathes. "My name is Edward Cullen."

Cosmogirl posted all fifteen chapters on one day, and my Twitter feed was sweating and panting alongside me, just waiting for another hit because the action got hotter and more intense.  She has a way with lemons that makes them erotic, not gratuitous - which is not always easy.

"What about this?" he says, his voice intense, but his eyes smiling like he's Tyra fucking Banks. But more than that – so much more than that – like he knows the answer to his question. His fingers twist and curl and hit that part of me – that secret ridge inside that I didn't think existed before him. And just as I buck and writhe against his hand, his pink tongue slips through his perfect lips and he covers my pussy with his mouth.

Breath, hot and wet.

Tongue, licking and pressing and stroking my clit until I scream.

Until I can't take anymore.

"Please, Edward…" I cry, breathless, coming. "Oh…oh, god…please…"

But he doesn't listen to me. Instead, he uses his shoulders to push my legs further apart. And then he pulls back, his fingers still inside and his mouth and chin all wet and shining with…me. I see it, reflected in the sunlight. I smell it…how much I want him. How much I still want him. Even after all of that. He licks his lips as he looks into my eyes; my body still trembling with tiny convulsions of all the pleasure that remains.

You can see why I dubbed him Oralward.

We also get one of the best openings to a chapter. Ever.  Seriously, I gasped when I read it.

"Spread your legs for me, baby," he tells me, his voice a rough whisper in my ear as his body hovers over me. "Wider."

I do as he asks, opening my legs, pressing them out against the bed until my thighs touch the sheet. And it's so fucking hard because all I want to do is wrap them around him and pull his body down onto mine.

"Fuck yeah," he rasps. "Just like that baby…"

I look between our bodies and watch as he takes his cock in his hand, stroking it. The head brushes my clit with each and every pass of his hand. And I watch, completely absorbed as his tip begins to glisten with the evidence of how much I want him.

"Just…like…that," he says, all hot, wet breath in my ear. His voice is like silk over sandpaper, causing a shiver to run all the way down my spine. "Tell me what you look like right now…tell me what you see."

"Baby, please…" I whimper. I don't know if I can take much more of his teasing. "Oh, god…please…"

"Tell me," he says, his breath louder, labored. "Is your pussy wet? All pink and ripe…and ready for me for me to eat?"

Gah. I...yeah. No words.

The story takes place over two hot weeks (because it's summer and he's Edward) and of course she falls for Sexgodward (he needed two names - he's that good) without knowing anything about him. We get a little drama towards the end, but Cosmo always brings the HEA (along with the sex). You need to read to whole thing to fully appreciate how he earns both names.

Once Upon a Saturday by Troublefollows1017
Sequel/futuretake of Fridays at Noon. Edward loves his daughter, but he must deal with the feelings of guilt he carries with him. Edward's Penny brought with her all the drama you'd expect from a Masen. Twilight - Rated: M

Like to be blindfolded?

Come meet with troublefollows1017 . She knows how to do it. She does it well.

Using  silk scarves. Around your ankles. Around your wrists. Covering your eyes. She lays you on a fluffy bed.  Puts words right next to you. Just out of your reach. Words, all around you. On white sheets. Crimson and navy blue.

You are allowed to make noises. You may ask questions. Yet, she gives you no answers. Not right away. She lets your words hang in the air. Mingling with hers.  You can feel them touching you. But, barely. Enough to sense the hidden meaning behind them, not enough to grasp it, yet. Not right away.

She has a soothing voice. If you have ever touched her words before, you’ll know that she is trust worthy. But she tells a scary story. Giving no reassurance along the way.  Are you ready for this journey?

She kissed my lips and promised, "I'm not going to die, Edward."

I kissed the top of my daughter's head and tried to purge the memory from my mind. If I had a nickel for every promise someone made me...

This is a short ride. A bumpy one. We don’t know where Isabella is. Is she dead? Is she in coma? Is she having a day away from home? We don’t know what the hell happened to upset Edward this deeply. Not at first. We get to see our usual suspects and know what kind of changes happened in their lives. Walk around edges to see how those changes affected Isabella and Edward’s world.

We meet the cutest, sweetest, the most adorable little kid ever. A little copper-haired beauty with big, brown doe eyes and heart-shaped lips. Trouble makes it so easy for us to love Pennylove by highlighting the qualities she took from her dad and mom. She doesn’t always listen, puts others before herself, and has a limitless ability to love…so much like her mother. She is a very competitive girl and a snuggler.  All Masen. An equal amount of Edward and Isabella wrapped up in one little person. And she loves her dad to heaven and back and heaven and back and then to the sun and then to the moon and then to Africa and then to heaven again and then to Grandma's house in Florida and then to China and back. Two times. Can you even wrap your head around how big her love is?

One of the most prominent elements of the story is Edward’s sadness. Even though we don’t know the exact cause at first, his pain is so real that it immediately becomes a lump in the reader’s throat. It’s following Edward like his shadow through his memories that are filled with Isabella, guilt and remorse. It almost feels like his anguish has its own personality.

And of course Trouble put her unique sense of humor in good use, too. Usually thanks to Emmett and Penny convos, we get to have a good laugh. Watching Edward become the amazing dad he didn’t get to have is breathtaking. He truly cares for his daughter and does everything in his ability to make sure that she knows the fact. Their relationship is based on love and affection. What Edward didn’t have growing up. But still, he is excellent at providing it for her. Once again, we see how Isabella changed Edward. Permanently.

I love you.

I can't do this.

I won't survive.

You promised.

I hate you.

You said you loved me too much to die.

Kill me.

I love you.

I can't lose you.

Take me with you.

Don't go.

I told you this would happen.

I will never forgive you.

I love you.

How could you?

This wasn't supposed to happen.

I wanted forever.

Not even forever would be enough.

What we had is not enough.

I love you.

I love you.

I love you.

A lot can happen in seventy-two seconds. In seventy-two seconds, I could think a million thoughts. I could die a thousand deaths. I could lose the love of my life. Seventy-two seconds could feel like a lifetime.

You know what to do to figure out what happened in those 72 seconds. Give yourself a treat and lay down on that fluffy bed. Trust her to carry you across. Just take deep breathes and close your eyes. It’s all gonna be alright.

p.s. Mama, the dearest. Thank you for reading this for me. <3

The Demons in My Dreams by Littlecat358
27 y.o. social worker Bella Swan has seen her fair share of troubled souls, but nothing like Edward Cullen, part owner & manager of The Cullen House Group Home. Will he allow her into his life? And can she survive the demons that haunt him? OOC, Lemons .
Twilight - Rated: M

Review by SueBee0619
A really well written fic (and beta’ed impeccably by our own LaMomo), The Demons in My Dreams sucked me in from the very first chapter.  The story opens with Bella, a social worker, struggling to find a placement for brothers Emmett and Tyler after Emmett is kicked out of yet another foster home for fighting.  Her last resort is to call The Cullen House Group Home, a facility she’s never had to use before.

The home is owned by the Cullens, and Edward, Alice, Jasper, and a really fantastic Tanya (who I usually hate) all work there in different capacities, but are all dedicated to helping their charges get through their time in the system and age out successfully.  Bella is equally dedicated to her job and especially to Emmett and Tyler, her first case when she started her job several years before.  This simple description from Edward tells you so much about how Bella and Edward work with the kids in their care:

I'm a little bit in awe of the relationship between this woman and these boys. They are obviously close, but not in an inappropriate way. Whereas many workers would probably scold him for his dirty mouth and sexual brashness, Bella appears to meet him where he is. It's the exact way that I handle every kid that comes through those doors. It's really the only way you can handle a large majority of these kids.  
I know that eyebrows were raised when I joined my brother in taking over Cullen House. People think I won't be a good role model for the types of boys that find their way here. But, I'm exactly what they need to see. I'm a fuck up, pure and simple. I caused trouble, I made mistakes, I did my time. And I'm still doing time, even if I'm not behind bars. People look at me and they see a monster. I hear the whispers, they all know my story. I wonder if Bella knows my story. 

While she doesn’t know his story (and we still don’t know his full one), she has a story of her own; one that led to her being somewhat estranged from her mom and step-father and eventually led her into social work.  She also gets where these kids are coming from on a personal level.  This also extends to Rose, Bella’s stepsister, who leads an extremely sheltered and controlled life, thanks to Renee and Phil.  Bella strives to give Rose some freedom to be the kid she is, but I have a sneaking suspicion this will backfire now that Rose has met Emmett.

The UST between Bella and Edward is off the charts and the dream he has the night they meet is, well, beyond hot.  To give you an idea…

I make short quick thrusts so that all either one of us feels is her pussy lips hitting against the rim of my dick. I could probably cum like this, but. . . maybe another time. After a few minutes of pure erotic torture, I finally plough into her. She cries out, her hands flying to my shoulders, nails digging into my flesh. I hope she leaves fucking scars. I want to remember this for as long as I live.

I can’t wait until she’s actually there in the flesh!  There is a constant push and pull between them – they are attracted to each other, but due to Edward’s demons, he keeps pushing Bella away.  But beyond the moments between the two of them, reading how they interact with the boys is a wonderful, touching thing.  These kids need help and they are lucky to have two people who care about what happens to them and you find yourself deeply caring about Emmett and Tyler and the rest of the boys as well. The author speaks from years of experience as an inner city social worker and it shows - there is a deep understanding of the system, its limitations, and its occasional successes as well as a wonderful attention to detail that is absolutely effortless and adds rather than distracts from the core plotlines.

All in all, The Demons in My Dreams is a really wonderful read.  It’s only up to chapter 8 and I can’t wait to see where it goes.

The Geheime Vernietiging by amoredjenaue http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6287890/1/The_Geheime_Vernietiging (THIS STORY HAS BEEN PULLED)
AKA The Secret Destruction. FBI Agent Cullen returns to NY to take down the Draconi crime family. But will his return bring more than he bargained for? Or something he never knew he always wanted. Secret missions, love & family secrets abound...& destroy.
Twilight - Rated: M
Review by Kitty & Evilnat (Kitty did most of the work -N)

The Geheime Vernietigingm (TGV) is not your average secret agent story, it’s better. Haunted by his past, Edward joins the FBI and takes on long-term undercover assignments. He immerses himself into the world in which he is working in and is reckless with his life to get the job done, thinking there is nothing left to live for. His family is prominent with a strong Dutch background but when the tragedy of September 11 occurs he withdraws from his life, or so we are meant to believe.....

“I knew when I joined the Agency I would have assignments like this. With my special skills and ability to learn languages quickly, I had been assigned to Romania for just under two years. I was working up a cover to get inside with the Romanian crime family the Draconis. The family was run out of New York and big into all things twentieth century black market. Sex trade, guns, drugs, biological weapons, you name it they ran it.”

We also meet Bella Swan, head of the Intern program at The Met in NYC.  Sexy and intelligent, we learn that she is the youngest of 2 children to Charlie, cop for Brooklyn PD and Renee, who took off when she was younger.  Brad, her older brother, followed in Charlie’s shoes and became a police officer, but also died on September 11th.

“Writing had always proved more my forte. But being a cop's kid from Brooklyn, I was practical and I knew I had about as much of a chance to make it as a writer as I did as an artist. So I compromised. I busted my ass to get a scholarship to NYU then I majored in Communications and Art History. When I was nineteen I applied for an internship position at the Met and, miraculously, I got it.”

Once Edward is ordered to return from an overseas mission to complete the job in NYC, the inevitable happens, and Edward and Bella meet for the first time in a hot dog restaurant.  Sparks fly immediately for both. Edward and Bella also share a link that they are originally unaware of, Bella is friends with his sister Alice and works with his brother in law Jasper.

“I looked back down at him, half way peering behind my newspaper when Jasper moved.

Holy fuck.

Who the hell is that?

Standing next to him was a woman. The sunlight parsed its way through the trees and cast a gleam down upon her. She was…I couldn't put a word on it. Beautiful wasn't enough…extraordinary, incredible, otherworldly.

She had dark chestnut hair, which glistened in the sunlight and contrasted perfectly with creamy pale skin. It was almost translucent in its clarity and I felt my fingers twitch with the thought of running my hand down her cheek.

What the fuck are you saying Cullen? You are essentially undercover.

Yes, but I could admire her. And admire I would.”

Edward cannot stay away from Bella even if it might endanger his mission.  He risks not only his mission but Bella’s life by secretly visiting her at night.  Meanwhile he is still fighting the demons of his past.

My fingers made their way up to my cheek where I felt like I had been branded. Branded with perfect lips by a man no less than a God and whom I wanted on so many levels; I could hardly fathom it.

A man who was my best friend's brother.

A man who was so unbelievably sexy; I couldn't keep my eyes off of him and my brain from the lascivious thoughts that ran through my head.

A man who was an FBI agent and if that wasn't as hot as the tatt I got a glimpse of, I didn't know what was.

A man who was deeply troubled no matter how hard he tried to mask it.

A man who I wanted to give a hug and yet have him take me all at the same time.
Sweet mother of God is right. How the hell had I not met Edward before tonight?

Bella is unaware of the ties she has to Edward’s mission, putting her in even more danger then either of them realize.

TGV has many twists and there are a lot of surprises along the way.  I was kept on the edge of our seat as the action picked up always leaving the reader needing and wanting more.  Once Edward and Bella do come together, their passion and sexual desire for one another continues to increase, creating some of the hottest lemons I have ever read.

It is well written and has an amazing ability to pull you into the world of an undercover agent.  You literally feel Edward’s pain as he tries to deal with his past, his job and his intense desire for Bella.

This is one of those stories where you start it, and just cannot put it down until you’ve completed it.  I would stay up into the early hours reading the chapters, always telling myself “I will only read one more chapter before going to bed”, but that was never the case.  The cliffhangers and twists keep your mind constantly wondering who are the bad guys, where does Bella really fit into all of this chaos, and will our favorite couple truly get their happily ever after.

Thankfully, the author is currently writing a sequel to this story, and while it is only in the beginning stages, you know that the action and intense sexual desire between Edward and Bella will be present throughout.

When Fiction Becomes Reality by Bittenev
Bella is a writer whose most successful book is one she wrote about Edward, her high school crush. Edward is now an A-list actor and has signed on to star in a movie based on Bella's creation. AU/AH Bella-of-the-Ball continuation. Twilight - Rated: M
Review by: Edmazing

Who hasn’t wanted to rewrite their past? Been a little bolder? Told that crush of yours how you really felt? Taken that jump that you were dying to take but didn’t? In When Fiction Becomes Reality Isabella Swan does exactly that.

In the hope of letting go of the love she’s been hiding for her best friend since 9th grade turned Hollywood movie star, Edward Cullen, she has rewritten their past. Recording all of the sweet memories and reworking their missed opportunities.

What started out as a therapeutic exercise filled with happiness and heartache has turned into a national bestselling book thanks in part to her nosy roommate, Alice.  She has pushed Bella to get her book Angel at Dusk published, and the rights have just been purchased to be turned into a big budget production. Of course it would, because as one new reader puts it:

"I bought it yesterday and I haven't been able to put it down. She captures the feeling of high school and first love perfectly. I swear it's like I could be this girl. Ugh, it's so good. "

Sounds great, right? Only there’s a problem or two. Although the names are changed, it’s Edward and Bella’s story. Complete with first day doodling and spirit week Superman pajamas. And the blonde and beautiful girlfriend whose name starts with a T. Reality, only better.
And easily recognizable to anyone who knew them.

After bumping into Edward at home in Forks after not seeing him for years, Bella learns that not only does he know about her book, he plans to read it. In part because he wants to know more about his secret high school crush and because he wants to know what all the women in his family are reading.

And because he is in private talks with the production company to star in it.

Another secret? Bella is still in love with him. Secretly, but not for long.

When Fiction Becomes Reality almost feels like reading two stories. The present is layered with the past. And the sweetness of the memories only adds to the flurries that are felt when Edward is around.

I couldn't help but stare at his perfect features as they were so well displayed before me, his thin white sweater outlining every perfect line of his torso. I caught several whiffs of the leather smell from his jacket, mixed with the intoxicating smell of his cologne. He still wore the same cologne he did in high school. My heart panged against my ribcage in protest against the rest of my body that was still trying to unsuccessfully forget what an effect he had over me.”

Not that there was anything wrong with him in high school. To Bella he was perfect. Perfectly confusing.

I couldn't fight the desire I had to ask him why he walked me to class every day. It wasn't that I didn't like it but now that I knew he was late for his next class I felt guilty.
"Hey," I said casually "Where is your next class anyway?"
"Oh, it's not far, just down the stairs." He shrugged it off as if it was no big deal.
"You're not late or anything right?"
"Nah, it's no biggie. I like walking you to class." He shoved his hands in his pocket and turned to face me. His face was serious for a moment and he looked like he was thinking hard about something. Just as quickly as the look was there is was gone. "After all…" he smiled, "what are friends for, right?"
"Yeah…friends," I repeated smiling.
I was okay with it….only….I wasn't.

As Edward battles the ever present paparazzi Bella faces the ever-meddling Alice and Edward’s all-knowing family. What we end up with is the best of both worlds. A fun and at times frustrating adult story with hot actor Edward. And the high school love story complete with an adorably nerdy Edward.

Read it and review! When Fiction Becomes Reality was last updated on 08-03-11 and is marked complete, but maybe if we all asked really nicely BITTENEV will give us an outtake or two. I know I’d love more.

Whe Life Gives You Lemons: Eat Them by DreamersDaze
When a family member's health scare makes her question her own lifestyle, Bella begins a journey to find common ground between outer beauty, inner beauty, health and peace. Will she able to find love, in others and within herself? All Human

Review by FictionFreak95
When Life Gives You Lemons... go read Mandy's story and it will cheer you up out of your funk. (DreamersDaze on FF.net)

This story is about an overweight (adorable inside and out) Bella who's dad is sick and she doesn't want the same thing happening to her so... she makes a decision. She's gonna get her act in gear and lose some damn weight.

With BFF Rose's (who I happen to... LOVE in this fic - weird I know right?) help, she stays on courses, has arguments with food (friggin' hilarious arguments, I might add) and joins a gym.

Who is her trainer? The one and only (and not to mention one of the nicest I've ever read) Edward Cullen.

This story not only makes your heart all happy and what not but it really showcases Mandy's sense of humor through sarcasm and wit and banter that I happen to love. I hope you'll give it a try and when you do... don't forget to leave her some lovin'.