Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year's 2013



December 31, 2012

New Year’s Eve is here and whether you’ll be slipping into heels tonight or skipping the confetti TLS is sharing our party with you. We’re bringing the Lemon Drop party to you early so you can get in on the action and close this year RIGHT! Kisses at midnight, college parties, midnight rendezvous, and drinking games gone terrifically right are what we’re serving up. Bottoms up and Happy New Year’s! And thank you for being part of what made our 2012 great and we'll see you in an even BETTER 2013 ! xoxo

And A happy New Year by Rosette-Cullen
The boring festivities of a traditional New Year’s party become more entertaining for Edward and Bella. One-shot, smut, Happy New Year! Fiction M - Romance/Family - Edward & Bella - Words: 3,398

Just Like Heaven by acireamos
An 80's party brings together our two young lovers...costumes, flavored condoms, and Jell-O shots...what's not to love? Oh, did I mention John Cusack and The Cure? This is just a one shot, with lemons, smut, sexin', whatever you call it. Fiction M - Romance/Humor - Bella & Edward - Words: 4,621

On The Stroke of Midnight (One Shot)by Discordia81
We were together nine years … and then we weren't. Now I'm just pretending. The trouble is, I've never been very good at lying. With one drunken kiss at a New Year's Eve party, lives change when the clock strikes midnight. Fiction M - Romance/Angst - Words: 3,987

Offline by midstormynight
New Year's Eve brings heavy consequences for Edward forcing him to re-evaluate his behavior. **This one shot must be read in its entirety.** This was written for the Twilight Gift Exchange. Angst, Humor, Romance ExB Fiction M -  Edward - Words: 6,841

Twisted Bottle: One Shot by belli486 and SavageWoman
Take two-years of unrequited love, a frat party with lots of alcohol, one new drinking game, and a dash of UST and shake it all up. A collaboration one-shot from SavageWoman and Belli486 for the “Fun Wit Your Clothes On” Contest. AH Rated M for Lemons Fiction M - Romance/Humor - Bella & Edward - Words: 8,158

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

TLS Fics of the Week 12/24 - 12/31/2012: The Fab Five are up!




Do Over by Tkegl
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6579540/1/Do-Over
Every Christmas Eve, Edward Cullen sits  in a bar and regrets the decision he made ten years earlier that tore Bella from  him. But when he gets a second chance to right that wrong, it's not quite what  he expected. Rated: Fiction M

Reviewed by: Gayle Whitlock


Being invited to her book signing has Edward remembering his life with her. Edward had a choice to make and right now he’s not so sure he made the right one.


"I was actually on the way to the party when I stopped in here," he said finally. 


Tanya sipped her drink. "And…" she prodded. 


Edward exhaled heavily before he continued, "…and, I just can't bring myself to get up and go." 


"What's stopping you?" 


Edward grimaced slightly. "Bella." 


"Bella?" she repeated slowly before her mouth dropped open. "You mean Isabella Swan? You know her?" 


"I did. It was a long time ago." His eyes focused on Bella's name in gold, sparkling script on the invitation. 


Tanya studied him for a moment before she nodded slowly in understanding. "I should have known." 


Edward turned to her in curiosity. "Known what?" 


"Haven't you heard?" she replied wryly. "All the good ones are either married or gay…or still in love with the one that got away." 


Edward flushed slightly. "Is it that obvious?" 


"Only to an extremely gifted judge of character." 


Edward chuckled. 


"I never thought a guy who dodges grenades for a living would be such a chicken," Tanya teased.

Finally biting the bullet he goes to the party but sees Bella with someone else and he knows he lost her. WIthout stopping he leaves and doesn’t look back. Outside he finds someone being attacked, Michael.

Michael buys him a drink, asks him if he has regrets and what’s the one thing he’d do over.  Once Edward answers him he gives him a bell and tells him if he needs him just to jingle it. Edward seriously thinks this guy has lost his mind, but he pockets the bell and goes home and to sleep. When Edward wakes up, however, he's on a couch and not the couch in his apartment, but in Jasper’s house.

"Morning," a raspy voice said on a yawn as the owner of the voice walked across the room in front of him. "I made some coffee if you want some." 

Edward sat up slowly, squinting at the man talking to him. "Jasper? Jasper Hale?"
 He hadn't seen Jasper since he'd left Seattle…barely spoken to him since then. And he was in his living room? 


"What are you doing here?" Edward asked in shock. 


Jasper laughed, taking a sip of his coffee. "It's my house, asshole. How much did you have to drink last night, anyway?" 


Before Edward could answer, a bouncing blur swept through the room toward Jasper. 


"Merry Christmas, sexy," the blur said once she'd stilled, planting a kiss on Jasper's waiting lips. 


"Alice?" Edward said, finally realizing he must be in some crazy dream. A dream where his former best friend and his sister were apparently involved. And he slept on their couch. 


Alice ignored him, easily jumping into Jasper's arms and wrapping her legs around his waist. Jasper caught her with one arm, not even spilling his coffee, and returned her increasingly passionate kisses. 


"Ugh. I don't need to see that," Edward complained, clenching his eyes shut at the sight of his sister, dressed only in a t-shirt and underwear, mauling a guy right in front of him. 


Without missing a beat, Alice said over her shoulder. "Then go home, Edward. That's where you should be anyway. It's Christmas." She slid down Jasper's body, kissing him once more before turning to her brother. "Did you even call Bella last night and let her know where you were?" 


Edward blinked at her. "Bella?" 


Alice rolled her eyes. "You didn't, did you? Well, lucky for you I did, otherwise she would have the police out looking for you. You're lucky we even let you in last night after Bella tossed your ass out." 


Edward's head was swimming. "She tossed me out?"


So, Edward wakes up in a house thats not his, after apparently being thrown out of the one he shares with Bella. The only thing he can figure is to go with it.


You have got to go read this story. It’s one of the best Christmas stories I have ever read. I love watching Edward figure out how to make his wife believe in him again. How he learns to be the husband and the father he needs to be in this world hes in.  Its nothing short of amazing. I know you won’t be disappointed.







Seventh and Pine by Iambeagle
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8727265/1/Seventh-and-Pine
Eating food, drinking beer, and watching football are acceptable ways to  spend your Thanksgiving Day. Wooing your niece's insanely attractive babysitter,  however, is not. EPOV  Rated: Fiction M



Merry  Textmas by DH78
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6486529/1/Merry-Textmas
Bella is forced to tackle the crowds on Black Friday with her best friend,  Angela. Can a random text message from a wrong number change the course of her  day and her life? Banter galore! AH. VOTER'S CHOICE WINNER for the Naughty &  Nice Holiday Contest! Rated: Fiction M



Willow by Aftrnoondlight
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6795048/1/Willow
First place winner in A Christmas to Remember contest - A quaint small  town. A horse named Willow. Two lonely lovers. These are the ingredients of a  DIVINE holiday romance.Rated: Fiction M


Beyond the Breakroom by Discordia81
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8581542/1/
22 year-old Bella Swan works for Edward Cullen, the 39 year-old VP at  Providence Medical Center in Portland. After years of fighting the attraction, a  tryst in the break room leads to a complicated relationship. Trying not to get  caught by the prying eyes of their entire workplace, they're forced to hide  their relationship and deal with his ex-wife and his 16 year-old daughter.  Rated: Fiction M

Friday, December 21, 2012

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




Each week we share with you what we are reading and enjoying. The following made the top of our lists last week. Please help us determine which 5 of these will be featured as fics of the week, next week, by choosing FIVE from the poll on the right!

A Love So Broken by Mafaldac-rec'd by Jaime Arkin
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8341391/1/
A story about a love broken by life. By lies and betrayal. By accidents and stupidity. A story about one boy and one girl hitting the bottom and climbing their way back up. ExB/AH Written based on WitFit prompts beginning July 17, 2012 . Rated: Fiction M

Barefoot in Texas by Planetblue-rec'd by Twific Crackmum
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8656218/1/Barefoot-in-Texas
I watch her jumping, prancing, her hands empty but taking pictures. Her feet bare on the hot Texas earth. Everything in my life that was planned to a T just whirled away in a ruffled skirt.
Rated: Fiction M

Blood by Cupcakeriot-rec'd by Suebee Betafairy
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8590794/1/Blood
I realized, with no small amount of disbelief, that my life had become the vampire version of Cinderella. Except that I didn't lose a shoe once upon a time; I lost my life. I also realized, reluctantly, that I belonged to him – that my blood was his. Rated: Fiction M

Catch My Breath by Tanglingshadows-rec'd by Nic
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8227043/1/Catch-My-Breath
Once upon a time, a quirky woman barreled into a soft-spoken man's life and turned it upside down. Not that he complained about it. Rated: Fiction M

Dancing in the Dark by Jaxon22-rec'd by Nic
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8751380/1/Dancing-In-The-Dark
"You can't start a fire, you can't start a fire without a spark. This gun's for hire even if we're just dancing in the dark." Immersed in a world of dance, drink, drugs, and women, Edward Cullen is the ultimate bachelor. Until he receives a late night phone call that changes everything. AH E/B
Rated: Fiction M

Follow the Sun by MissWinkles-rec'd by Suebee Betafairy/Evilnat
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8522710/1/
Sometimes you have to think with your heart and not your head, follow which way the wind blows, set your intentions, and dream with abandon. Because tomorrow is a brand new day, who knows what it will bring. E/B. Fluffy as fuck, with some sweet salty love. Rated: Fiction M

Hair of the Dog by Little Miss Tightly Wound-rec'd by Runtagua
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8528385/1/Hair-of-the-Dog
Love is never enough. Rated: Fiction M

Just a Kiss by Rtgirl-rec'd by FictionFreak95
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7768891/1/Just-A-Kiss
Because sometimes people arent' what they seem; they're so much better. Sometimes all you need is just a kiss to know. A short-chaptered, witfit prompted fic. college aged ExB
Rated: Fiction M

Just Call Me Bella by OCDMess-rec'd by Six Dlbfive
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8732889/1/
"To work her way through college, Bella Swan takes a job as a phone sex operator. One night an upset, drunk man calls. When he keeps calling, night after night, she starts to grow attached. Soon she has to decide: is he worth breaking the golden rule?" - fluffy angst and the promise of adult situations. Rated: Fiction M

Like Crazy by WillYouPleaseBeQuiet-rec'd by Runtagua
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7779095/1/Like-Crazy
They say that there are three certainties in life: birth, death & taxes. A fourth certainty in Edward & Bella's life is their friendship...okay, five if you include Edward's fixation on seeing her boobs. Inspired by WhatsMyNomDePlume's "Best I Ever Had"Rated: Fiction M

Louder Than Words by DazzlinSparkle05-rec'd by Agrutle
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7076522/1/
Moving back to Forks with her mother after her father's death seems to be an adjustment for Bella. She learns that sometimes peoples actions will speak louder than words... A/H, A/U
Rated: Fiction M

Of Pleasure and Pain by GemmaH-rec'd by Rose Arcadia
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7573547/1/Of-Pleasure-and-Pain
When confronted with the evidence of her husband, Edward, cheating on her with her BFF, Bella sets out to deal with the turmoil he has thrown her life into. This is her story. There are ups & downs, but no promises or guarantees here. Just like real life. Rated: Fiction M

Once Again by Marvar-rec'd by MoniNP
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8753261/1/Once-Again
When Bella goes to see the final movie in the Dusk Saga, she runs into someone from her past who just might be able to give her a happy ending - in more ways than one. My birthday present for Cosmogirl7481. Rated M for language and doing it in the projection room.
Rated: Fiction M

Pas de Trois by Amberdeengirl-rec'd by Mercyrus Tales
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7867038/1/Pas-de-Trois
Bella and Edward are the perfect partnership at one of the world's greatest ballet academies. But Bella is a First Year and Edward is a national champion. Can they last when Bella wins a scholarship to the enemy school is forced to dance with Edward's arch rival? After all, there's no pas de deux for three. Rated: Fiction T

Prey for the Wicked by Aleeab4u-rec'd by Jaime Arkin
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6785758/1/Prey-for-the-Wicked
A vampire finds the true meaning of temptation, an innocent beauty with a siren's blood. Is she prey for the wicked or the answer to a prayer for salvation? When love knows no bounds and obsession has no reason, where do you draw the line? AU/EB Darkward
Rated: Fiction M

Spy Games by Jenn1987-rec'd by FictionFreak95
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5020988/1/Spy-Games
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. Rated: Fiction M

The Good Luck Club by Lolo84-rec'd by Evilnat
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8749317/1/The-Good-Luck-Club
Perpetually down on her luck, things start to turn around for Bella in the strangest of places. Her new job. At a strip club. When a certain … 'Client' takes an interest in her. But how long will that luck last? Romance/Suspense/Humor. AH. BPOV. Rated: Fiction M

The Other Way by Honeybeemeadows-rec'd by Twific Crackmum
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8520960/1/The-Other-Way
Men, like jewels, require a setting. Even if the setting is the last place you'd expect. Rated M for language and other fun stuff. Rated: Fiction M

Under Pressure by JiffyKate-rec'd by Six Dlbfive/Remmy
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8532654/1/
Have you ever imagined what it would be like if your favorite characters starred in a John Hughes movie? We have! This is their story. The year is 1984. Bella and Edward are seniors in high school...where everyone is under pressure. Rated M for future lemons. AH
Rated: Fiction M

Upside Downtown by Fitterhappier-rec'd by Rose Arcadia
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5137839/1/Upside-Downtown
Edward follows his girlfriend from Forks to NYC. There he meets Bella Swan and it's love at first sight. Drama ensues. Will Edward and Bella find the strength to be together or will they let their pasts keep them apart? AH. Rated M for language and sex.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

TLS Fics of the week 12/17 - 12/23/2012: The Fab Five are up!



Departures by  TheFicChick
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8625604/1/Departures
"Every day for the rest of my life, I  will wonder how kissing a virtual stranger goodbye could have felt like a  hello." Rated M.

Reviewed by: Lisa A. Hollett

I first came across TheFicChick when it seemed like everyone I knew was rec’ing The Purple Banana Hammock. If you haven’t read it, stop reading this and go read that. Don’t worry; we’ll wait.

So when I saw in the A/N of this virtually grammatically perfect story that she didn’t have a beta, you can bet your ass that my overcommitted self PM’ed her and offered to take the slot. Weeks went by without a response, and I despaired that she’d chosen someone else. *Sniff* But turns out, like all of us, she was just busy. And what she sent me the next day literally blew my mind.

--
"Listen, Bella." He turns to face me, shifting his weight in one fluid motion to the shoulder still resting against the wall, and his face is as serious as I've seen it since he was recounting his decision to join the Army. "If this were any other day, and if I weren't flying off to fiddle with bombs in the middle of the desert, I'd ask for your number."

I attempt to swallow against the lump that lodges itself firmly in my throat. "If you weren't flying off to fiddle with bombs in the middle of the desert, I'd give it to you." My voice is barely more than a whisper.

Green eyes are pulling me in, and it takes all of the self-control I possess not to touch him. He watches me intently, and after a minute I see his throat muscles bob with a swallow. "If you gave it to me, I'd call. The same day. I wouldn't even try to do the whole 'play-it-cool-give-it-a-few-days' thing."

"I've always hated that game," I breathe.

"I'd take you out for Italian. There's a great little mom-and-pop restaurant near the house I grew up in that has the best ravioli on the planet." My heart aches, then begins to race as his large hand cups my cheek. "It would be really hard for me to say goodnight without kissing you." His thumb runs along my jawline.

"I'm not averse to kissing on the first date," I confess, and his eyes blaze.
--

Clearly, you are now as in love with this story as I am. How could you not be? It’s witty and poignant and just all-around amazing. Back when it first posted, it seemed like it was gonna be a one-shot, but luckily for every single one of us in the fandom, she continued it.

Just because Edward & Bella are separated by 7,000 odd miles or so and 11 ½ hours on the clock, this story does not drag. You experience Bella’s day-to-day life in her POV and get to experience the process of Photographer Bella falling in love with Solider Edward through their many email exchanges.

--
From: Bella Swan
To: Edward Cullen
Sent: Saturday, February 4, 2012 7:32 a.m. PST

Edward,
I know what you mean. A part of me wants to put this whole thing under a bright light and really study it – figure out what makes it tick, where it came from, how it can survive under these conditions – and yet a part of me doesn't want that at all. All I know for certain is that when I see your name in my inbox, something clenches in my chest. When I watch the news, I don't see random soldiers anymore; I see you.

The what, why, how don't really matter. The who, on the other hand…that feels to me like everything.

Bella
--

Every chapter draws you more and more into Bella and Edward’s burgeoning relationship, and with every update, the delicious anticipation of their eventual reunion grows. And…not to be a tease or anything…who am I kidding?...but Chapter 7, the one I’ve read and maybe you haven’t made time for yet? It’s: “askhlknbkdgj” as “the social media kids are saying these days.”

Go read Departures.  You owe it to yourself. And ArmyWard. It’s the least you can do for your country.


Quarterback Sneak by  Jayhawkbb
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8483034/1/Quarterback-Sneak
As a Seattle sports talk radio host,  it's my job to give my opinion on the Seahawks new quarterback, Edward Cullen.  But maybe I shouldn't have said what I did...you know, about his butt. E/B Rated  M for language and adult content. Rated: Fiction M



Changing My Course by Twilover76
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8670473/1/Changing-My-Course
Sparks fly when two strangers collide in the dark. Will Edward star in  Bella's future, or will the politics of her life be too much for him to handle?  AH/M  Rated: Fiction M



Age of Consent by Littlesecret84
http://www.adifferentforest.com/Fiction/Title/227/The_Age_of_Consent
Bella's summer internship turns interesting when Charlie arranges for  Edward to drive her to and from the courthouse. As they talk and get to know  each other, the sexual attraction Bella feels from the beginning evolves into  something more.



The Gap by Capitalab
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8595287/1/
Their first encounter is brief, minute, insignificant, forgettable. At  least it should be. Edward and Bella live very different lives, but a chance  encounter forces them to reexamine everything they thought they wanted. Rated:  Fiction M

Sunday, December 16, 2012

'TIS THE SEASON TO MEET THE POLL! What we're reading in TLS this week:




Each week we share with you what we are reading and enjoying. The following made the top of our lists last week. Please help us determine which 5 of these will be featured as fics of the week, next week, by choosing FIVE from the poll on the right!

Accidental Atonement by IdPattThat-rec'd by Runtagua
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6372221/1/Accidental-Atonement
Leah Clearwater considers herself a lost soul and happiness a lost cause. Will community service with the new youth pastor show her that even she deserves a second chance?
Rated: Fiction M

All I Want For Christmas by Kyla713-rec'd by Six Dlbfive
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6557703/1/All-I-Want-For-Christmas
Bella's five year old son makes a Christmas wish she'd never expected, and sets her entire world spinning. Written for the Fandom for Preemies compilation. AH.
Rated: Fiction M

Beyond the Breakroom by Discordia81-rec'd by Six Dlbfive
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8581542/1/
22 year-old Bella Swan works for Edward Cullen, the 39 year-old VP at Providence Medical Center in Portland. After years of fighting the attraction, a tryst in the break room leads to a complicated relationship. Trying not to get caught by the prying eyes of their entire workplace, they're forced to hide their relationship and deal with his ex-wife and his 16 year-old daughter. Rated: Fiction M

Bird Girl by TheQueenWriter-rec'd by Evilnat
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8263129/1/Bird-Girl
The small town girl who doesn't care about his celebrity status. Can Edward change Bella's mind?
Rated: Fiction M

Chalk by Honeybeemeadows-rec'd by Runtagua
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8097837/1/Chalk
Bella needs a new hobby. Will a new pair of ugly shoes, a shirtless guy and a bag full of chalk give her any relief from the boredom? Rated for various tensions, lemons and boys on rocks. I own nothing, not even a crash pad. Rated: Fiction M

Christmas With the Cullens by BlueIsSoul-rec'd by Evilnat
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4695668/1/Christmas-With-the-Cullens
Ever since she can remember, Bella Swan has spent her Christmas with the Cullens. This Christmas its time to sort out those Edward related "complications". But what happens when Edward has a new introduction to make? Rating: Mature Pairing: EB, AH
Rated: Fiction M

Do Over by Tkegl-rec'd by Margey DeHuff Sebastian
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6579540/1/Do-Over
Every Christmas Eve, Edward Cullen sits in a bar and regrets the decision he made ten years earlier that tore Bella from him. But when he gets a second chance to right that wrong, it's not quite what he expected. Rated: Fiction M

Here We Are, As In Olden Days by Rinabina-rec'd by Iambeagle
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8772928/1/
Bella and Edward have been friends forever but ruth be told, it's always been a little more than that. A holiday collection of the history of Bella and Edward - Past, present and future. E/B AU AH Mostly fluff  Rated: Fiction M

Hints of Me by 22blue-rec'd by Allison Z
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5560803/1/Hints-of-Me
Continuation of my one shot One Weekend. Bella and Edward have decided that one weekend wasn't enough for them, but certain rules apply. Rated M for multiple lemons and language. AH
Rated: Fiction M

I Run to You by MidnightTrain-rec'd by Runtagua
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5537263/1/I-Run-to-You
For five years, Bella Swan and Jasper Whitlock have lived as carefree vagabonds. In an old Mustang, they roam from town to town across the country. But they are broken; and they are running. So what happens when the past catches up to them? All-human. Complete.
Rated: Fiction M

Innocent by Anna0804-rec'd by Jamie M.
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8366109/1/Innocent
Bella's life was a strict routine built to keep her from remembering the one that hurt her. And her life was full of people who were desperate for her to forget. Someone had spread a vicious lie about Bella that sent him away from her 5 years ago for what she thought was forever. What will she do when he returns to her life? Rated: Fiction M

Kinky Christmas Countdown by Lfcpam-rec'd by MoniNP
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7635854/1/Kinky-Christmas-Countdown
My very own pervy version of the 12 days of Christmas. Edward wants to give his wife, Bella, a Christmas to remember so he arranges a new kinky Christmas gift every night. Taken from their fantasies, Santaward has a whole sack full of surprises for her. Rated: Fiction M

Memories of Christmas Past by Eternally Addicted-rec'd by Evilnat
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7601747/1/Memories-of-Christmas-Past
Bella and Edward dated in high school.Tragedy occurs forcing her to move away from Forks. Six years later another tragedy brings her back. What happens when on Christmas Eve with the Cullens, she sees Edward for the time since she broke his heart. Rated: Fiction M

Merry Textmas by DH78-rec'd by Six Dlbfive
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6486529/1/Merry-Textmas
Bella is forced to tackle the crowds on Black Friday with her best friend, Angela. Can a random text message from a wrong number change the course of her day and her life? Banter galore! AH. VOTER'S CHOICE WINNER for the Naughty & Nice Holiday Contest!
Rated: Fiction M

Mistletoe and You by Harperpitt-rec'd by Evilnat
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7653961/1/
Two little girls become instant friends, and their single parents are thrown into the game. Will their bruised hearts merge? AH, Christmas shortie. Rated: Fiction M

Seventh and Pine by Iambeagle-rec'd by Vampshavelaws
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8727265/1/Seventh-and-Pine
Eating food, drinking beer, and watching football are acceptable ways to spend your Thanksgiving Day. Wooing your niece's insanely attractive babysitter, however, is not. EPOV
Rated: Fiction M

The Naughty Elf by Twilly-rec'd by Evilnat/Suebee Betafairy
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7638612/1/The-Naughty-Elf
Santa believes there's no such thing as a bad elf. Bella's been fired from nearly every toy shop. How can Santa get her in the right position when everything out of her mouth is so very dirty? Santa, elves, chocolate starfish and phasing reindeer. Rated: Fiction M

The Sure Thing by Maggie's Gutter-rec'd by Sharon Henderson
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6712625/1/
Edward Cullen has a date with destiny, and Bella Swan needs a ride home. Problem? These two can't stand each other. See what happens as they make the long trek from Dartmouth to Forks, while Edward is in hot pursuit of his Sure Thing. Rated: Fiction M

Twelve Days of Christmas by Twilover76-rec'd by Suebee Betafairy
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7635824/1/Twelve-Days-of-Christmas
Bella is running from her past and Edward is deciding his future. The holiday season brings them together. Can two people from different worlds be happy together? AH/M
Rated: Fiction M

Willow by Aftrnoondlight-rec'd by JadoreJAC
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6795048/1/Willow
First place winner in A Christmas to Remember contest - A quaint small town. A horse named Willow. Two lonely lovers. These are the ingredients of a DIVINE holiday romance.
Rated: Fiction M

Saturday, December 15, 2012

TLS Fics of the Week 12/10 - 12/16/2012: The Fab Five are up!



By Your Leave by  Jonesn353402
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8436114/1/By-Your-Leave
Honorably discharged Sergeant Major  Edward Cullen meets widow Bella Black and her young son Seth. The ad says room  for rent, but maybe they have more to offer each other than just space. Rated:  Fiction M

Reviewed by: robsta (@lobsters4ever1)

I have a confession. I fic dive. A lot. I have been fic diving for years and probably won’t stop soon.  During one of my recent fic diving expeditions I found ‘By Your Leave’ by jonesn353402.

The summary mentions winning a contest I’d never heard of but when I read “Sergeant Major Edward Cullen” well, I was all in (because the thought of Edward in a military uniform just does stuff to me).

This is a sweet story about a mom, her son, and this new man in their lives.  Widowed Bella places an ad to rent a room to help with expenses and Edward responds. He immediately moves in and there is the expected awkwardness. But hey, there is that one moment when Bella sees him naked.

“My walk back to the school was filled with thoughts of Edward. Edward's bottle green eyes. Edward's sharp jaw line. Edward's pouty, pink lips. Edward.. naked. I felt my cheeks heating up with the visuals flashing through my mind.Broad shoulders.Narrow waist.Back dimples.Round, firm ass.Semper Fi was inked in black, blocked lettering across his upper back and when he turned, I could make out the black eagle, globe, and anchor, covering his left shoulder.”

Unf.  An inked, ex-Marine Edward?  Yes and please!

This story is a slow burn as you watch these Bella and Edward’s attraction and feelings grow. They are repeatedly stalled by their inability to tell the other how they feel as they both struggle with their pasts.  There are several wonderfully touching moments between Bella and Edward but some of my favorite Edward moments are due to Bella’s son, Seth.  He is just adorable and his interactions with Edward are precious.

"Did you know my dad?" My heart breaks when I hear his precious, little voice asking this question."No. I didn't know your dad Seth, but I'm sure he was a great man." Seth nods, laying his head on Edward's shoulder, and I swallow to ward off the threatening tears."Yeah. That's what my mom says. And, that's why she married him. You think he thought mom was the prettiest too?" Edward nods then lays his head on top of Seth's."I'm sure he did, Seth. I would bet that everyone thinks she's the prettiest." And in hearing his kind words, those threatening tears start to fall.”

Ohai DILFward!

But if I’m being honest nothing compares to the UST and smutty moments.

"I was thinking about you." Moving the hair from my shoulder, his thumb skims my neck. A familiar heat floods me, as it comes to rest over my pulse point."About those men kissing you." He applies the smallest amount of pressure, backing me up against the wall, and my mouth falls open. On command; it waits for him.I close my eyes as he tilts my head back. Lowering his mouth, he hovers over mine, and I swallow his cinnamon spiced breath. "Tell me to stop, Bella, and I'll stop." His already deep voice deepens; vibrating everywhere we touch. It intensifies the thready thrum under the heaviness of his thumb.

"Oh God." I exhale, releasing a breath I didn't realize I was holding. Placing my hand over his, I hold him against my neck. "Don't stop." I'm hoarse, begging; dizzy with need as I fist his dark wool sweater, and pull him closer. I softly cry out when he takes in my bottom lip.His soft, warm wetness only teases me as his tongue lightly sweeps. I let him taste before I pull it out, closing my mouth over his. I flush with eagerness. Rubbing against him, I feel him harden as our tongues meet. I moan into his heated flesh as he holds me in place, thrusting where I need him most.”

Yeah.  And that’s why I read M-rated fics. ;)  This story just makes me smile and swoon and it's definitely worth checking out.


Holding On and Letting Go by Jenny0719
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8382216/1/Holding-On-and-Letting-Go
Masen Valley, SC. Population: 10,789. It was a tiny dot on a map; an escape  of sorts for Bella Swan. But when circumstances bring a certain member of Masen  Valley's founding family back to town, she finds that the past isn't as easy to  leave behind as she thought it would be... Or let go.  Rated: Fiction M



Hot Commodity by Blueeyedcherry
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7358208/1/Hot-Commodity
Edward Cullen is used to getting everything he wants. Good looking,  wealthy, and charming, NYC's most reputable playboy doesn't take "no" for an  answer. Then he meets Isabella Swan and all bets are off ... Except for one.  *AH/OOC*Rated: Fiction M


Walk by Mustlovertp
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8263906/1/Walk
After a betrayal leaves Edward reeling, he decides to change the course of  his life. Starting over can be a daunting task. Will he let a certain young,  brown eyed beauty help him find what he's looking for? AH canon pairings Rated M  for adult content Olderward/Doctorward Rated: Fiction M



Honest Liar by A White Blank Page
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8257657/1/Honest-Liar
Bella once told me that there was nothing braver than a flower growing  through a crack in the sidewalk. I laughed because she was always giving  feelings to things that don't feel. If she was standing next to me, I'd tuck the  dandelion behind her ear. Or she'd blow on it and make a wish. A hundred wishes.  Or maybe just one. Rated: Fiction M

Sunday, December 9, 2012

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




Each week we share with you what we are reading and enjoying. The following made the top of our lists last week. Please help us determine which 5 of these will be featured as fics of the week, next week, by choosing FIVE from the poll on the right!

Age of Consent by Littlesecret84-rec'd by Margey DeHuff Sebastian
http://www.adifferentforest.com/Fiction/Title/227/The_Age_of_Consent 
Bella's summer internship turns interesting when Charlie arranges for Edward to drive her to and from the courthouse. As they talk and get to know each other, the sexual attraction Bella feels from the beginning evolves into something more.

All We Are by SarahYoungEun-rec'd by Mercyrus Tales
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7547243/1/All-We-Are
Edward is no doubt one cryptic guy in Forks High School. A star volleyball player, he's hot, blunt, and popular, but there's something about him that goes much deeper than that. Then comes new student Bella Swan, shy and naive, who doesn't know what hits her until he takes her heart. It's a soft, tender, not-so-typical romance of two teenagers who want very different things.
Rated: Fiction M

Beneath the Surface by My-Bella-rec'd by Ryden Dirtay
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7558623/1/Beneath-The-Surface
One summer, an internship in Africa, bloodlust, sharp teeth, and a boatload of fear are all that stand in the way of Bella Cullen landing a job at the Atlanta Aquarium - As long as she doesn't count cocky shark expert Edward Masen on her list. Rated: Fiction M

Breakaway Bella by Hoodfabulous-rec'd by Mustlovertp Fanfiction
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8597943/1/Breakaway-Bella
Bella Swan moves to Memphis, Tennessee from her rural Mississippi hometown to escape a painful past. A chance encounter in a grocery store unexpectedly thrusts the Cullen family into her life. She's immediately attracted to the handsome, charismatic son, Edward...that is, until he opens his mouth. Will she allow Edward to know the real Bella Swan? AH/AU/OOC/Lemons/Language
Rated: Fiction M

Changing My Course by Twilover76-rec'd by Nic
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8670473/1/Changing-My-Course
Sparks fly when two strangers collide in the dark. Will Edward star in Bella's future, or will the politics of her life be too much for him to handle? AH/M
Rated: Fiction M

Deceiving Fate by Iambeagle-rec'd by Edmazing
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6743910/1/Deceiving-Fate
Bella, engaged to straitlaced Riley, begins having doubts when Edward enters her life again.
Rated: Fiction M

Defrosting Edward by Aleeab4u-rec'd by CallMePagliacci
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4905055/1/
Bella's been trying to warm Edward up in more ways than one. With a little help from Alice, a broken truck and a few burned fingers, she just might have found his defrost button. Rated M with canon characters, based on "practice makes perfect."

Departures by TheFicChick-rec'd by Nic
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8625604/1/Departures
"Every day for the rest of my life, I will wonder how kissing a virtual stranger goodbye could have felt like a hello." Rated M.

Getting Warmer by Eiluned Price-rec'd by TheFicChick
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5499346/1/Getting-Warmer
After their honeymoon on Isle Esme, Bella gets to spend more time being human with Edward as they travel cross-country to New Hampshire and beyond, and learn about art, love and temperature differentials. AU. BxE. Newlyweds being newlyweds, so lemons.
Rated: Fiction M

Ignite Me From Within by NeedMyFix-rec'd by Six Dlbfive
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8569898/1/Ignite-Me-From-Within
She's headstrong and fiercely independent. She won't let something like love weaken her defenses. He's a little jittery but he knows what he wants. He won't shy away from love. Will he be able to break down her walls and ignite a passion behind those guarded brown eyes?
Rated: Fiction M

Mergers and Acquisitions by Touchstone67-rec'd by Mary Dubois
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5654185/1/Mergers-and-Acquisitions
When Edward pays for a night of harmless fun, he didn't expect to get the purchase of a lifetime. Will his nights in Seattle change his whole life in Chicago? Full length story for the second place winner in the Slash/Backslash Contest.

On a Limb by BelieveItOrNot-rec'd by Jaime Arkin
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8507610/1/
What happens when you find your first boyfriend at eleven? Can it last forever? That was how old I was when I first met Edward. We met in a tree. A bi-yearly journey through the relationship of a girl and boy who might be meant to be. AH, Bella/Edward
Rated: Fiction M

Operation: Merry Christmas by Nicnicd-rec'd by Jaime Arkin
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5785448/1/
When Bella, alone for Christmas, bumps into a shy and quiet coed outside of her dorm will her negative outlook on the Holidays change? My submission to the Twilight Gift Exchange on LJ.
Rated: Fiction M

Quarterback Sneak by Jayhawkbb-rec'd by Nic
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8483034/1/Quarterback-Sneak
As a Seattle sports talk radio host, it's my job to give my opinion on the Seahawks new quarterback, Edward Cullen. But maybe I shouldn't have said what I did...you know, about his butt. E/B Rated M for language and adult content. Rated: Fiction M

River Dam by Jennyfly-rec'd by Runtagua
http://www.adifferentforest.com/Fiction/Title/93/River_Dam
Edward bides his time in Forks counting the days til he can leave the sleepy town forever. But fate halts his departure, and he must learn to see Forks as a home instead of a prison. Rated R

Tequila Sunrise by 2old4fanfic-rec'd by Kitty Vuitton
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8609638/1/Tequila-Sunrise
It started with a Tequila Sunrise and a drunken text to her ex, Jacob. Then came two pink lines on a plastic stick. Now, she's trapped with her stuck up boss in an elevator. He has an outrageous proposal that will solve her need for cash and his need for human contact. She may need a shot to decide. Canon couples eventually Rated: Fiction M

The Family Business by SuzsPetals-rec'd by Jaime Arkin
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5722140/1/
Edward Cullen met the girl of his dreams but pushed her away due to his complicated, dangerous family life. When cruel irony reunites them, he's forced to make a devastating choice: Save her from a fate worse than death or from the family business. AU Rated: Fiction M

The Gap by Capitalab-rec'd by Jaime Arkin/Six Dlbfive
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8595287/1/
Their first encounter is brief, minute, insignificant, forgettable. At least it should be. Edward and Bella live very different lives, but a chance encounter forces them to reexamine everything they thought they wanted. Rated: Fiction M

The Learned Game by  Eglantine16-rec'd by Twilover76/Nic 
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8579015/1/The-Learned-Game
While on a business trip in San Diego, Edward can't find a place to stay. Luckily for him, Bella has a room for rent. Inspired by the Cary Grant film "Walk, Don't Run".
Rated: Fiction M

The Pull by Janiedoe12-rec'd by Evilnat
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8578100/1/The-Pull
Bella left Edward and everything she knew in Forks ten years ago. She knew he would never leave the MC, but circumstances drew her far away to accomplish her dreams. When Bella returns under somewhat mysterious circumstances, Forks will never be the same. AH. Tattward/Bikerward. Think Twilight meets Sons of Anarchy.
Rated: Fiction M

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

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




Each week we share with you what we are reading and enjoying. The following made the top of our lists last week. Please help us determine which 5 of these will be featured as fics of the week, next week, by choosing FIVE from the poll on the right!

A Bullet from Chekhov's Gun by Callmepagliacci-rec'd by Dolly Reader
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8520585/1/A-Bullet-from-Chekhov-s-Gun
"Charming" was the first deep cover Edward Cullen ever affected, years before he became a spy. Bella Swan is an American girl at Oxford with skills MI6 wants. "Befriending" Bella Swan will be his most challenging mission yet. Rated: Fiction M

A Little Too Much Too Late by MrsK81-rec'd by Evilnat/Kitty Vuitton
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8118923/1/A-Little-Too-Much-Too-Late
Having spent years waiting for her Mr. Right, Bella is finally getting the wedding of her dreams & a job opportunity of a lifetime. But life is never that simple & soon she is in way over her head.
Rated: Fiction M

Assumptions by Branson101-rec'd by Evilnat
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8343496/1/Assumptions
Bella has always assumed that her father didn't want her and resented that she was born. We all knows what happens when you assume things. Rated: Fiction M

Black Velvet Kings by MidnightTrain-rec'd by Rose Arcadia
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7453628/1/Black-Velvet-Kings
He promised he'd be waiting behind that church; he promised he'd change her mind. But he broke a lot of promises along the way, didn't he? AH, B/E

Broken Arrow by TwistingTwilight-rec'd by Nic
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8708392/1/Broken-Arrow
Bella and Edward have always loved each other. Married and happy, nothing could destroy them. But a tragedy tore them apart, two years later at the ER, Edward gets called to treat a critical patient, and as the blankets are pulled off her body, their world's collide again. They have never stopped loving each other, and now they've found each other again, can they save their love?
Rated: Fiction M

By Your Leave by Jonesn353402-rec'd by Nic
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8436114/1/By-Your-Leave
Honorably discharged Sergeant Major Edward Cullen meets widow Bella Black and her young son Seth. The ad says room for rent, but maybe they have more to offer each other than just space.
Rated: Fiction M

Choices by Twilover76-rec'd by Remmy
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7220545/1/Choices
Did you ever wish Bella was more confident? Edward less rigid? Jacob less of a pain? This is Twilight if Alice saw everything coming before Bella moved to Forks. AU/Canon/M Rated: Fiction M

Come Hell or High Water by RosieRathbone-rec'd by Evilnat
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8727434/1/Come-Hell-or-High-Water
Three years ago, Edward Cullen disappeared without a trace, leaving his distraught fiancée wondering if she'd ever see him again. Until one day when a curious letter arrives...
Rated: Fiction M

Hatchet by PrettyKittyArtist-rec'd by Les Sharpe
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8727870/1/Hatchet
Edward Cullen rules Forks. He does what he wants, when he wants. What happens when he meets his match and she's got a lesson or two for him to learn? Rated: Fiction M

Holding On and Letting Go by Jenny0719-rec'd by Twilover76/Nic/Evilnat
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8382216/1/Holding-On-and-Letting-Go
Masen Valley, SC. Population: 10,789. It was a tiny dot on a map; an escape of sorts for Bella Swan. But when circumstances bring a certain member of Masen Valley's founding family back to town, she finds that the past isn't as easy to leave behind as she thought it would be... Or let go.
Rated: Fiction M

Honest Liar by A White Blank Page-rec'd by Nic
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8257657/1/Honest-Liar
Bella once told me that there was nothing braver than a flower growing through a crack in the sidewalk. I laughed because she was always giving feelings to things that don't feel. If she was standing next to me, I'd tuck the dandelion behind her ear. Or she'd blow on it and make a wish. A hundred wishes. Or maybe just one. Rated: Fiction M

Hooked by HelliesWorld-rec'd by Memphis Lamb
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8610264/1/Hooked
Dr. Edward Cullen needs a relationship without pesky feelings & duty of being a 'boyfriend' getting in the way. He needs a nice woman on his arm, looking for nothing more than a payday. This will help his career move forward. Bella is just the hooker to help him. Rated: Fiction M

Hot Commodity by Blueeyedcherry-rec'd by Rose Arcadia
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7358208/1/Hot-Commodity
Edward Cullen is used to getting everything he wants. Good looking, wealthy, and charming, NYC's most reputable playboy doesn't take "no" for an answer. Then he meets Isabella Swan and all bets are off ... Except for one. *AH/OOC*Rated: Fiction M

Not a Little Girl by Mylisssa-rec'd by Nic/Edmazing
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8507789/1/Not-a-Little-Girl
Edward spends Saturday nights playing poker with the bachelors of Forks. He has the utmost respect for his new friend Charlie, but when Charlie's little girl comes home for the summer, it turns out she's not a little girl at all. Rated: Fiction M

Room 212 by Revrag-rec'd by Edmazing Cullen
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8254650/1/Room-212
A story of survival and adversity. Endurance and love. Discovering how to overlook the things that matter least, for the reward of the things that matter most. ExB
Rated: Fiction M

The Fantasy Basket by JenEsme-rec'd by MagTwi78
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8032020/1/The-Fantasy-Basket
2 women. 2 generations. 2 marriages on the brink of breakdown. Once love fades, how can you make a marriage survive, thrive, bloom into a relationship that others envy? The best advice may come from one you're least likely to ask. AH B/E & E/C  Rated: Fiction M

The Other Way by Honeybeemeadows-rec'd by Susan QSusan
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8520960/1/
Men, like jewels, require a setting. Even if the setting is the last place you'd expect. Rated M for language and other fun stuff. Rated: Fiction M

The Rain Season by Elusivetwilight-rec'd by Missus T
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5249534/1/
After trauma of losing her parents, Bella receives a letter from old family friend Esme inviting her to come to Scotland where she and her family are currently settled. Angsty read with AH cast and perhaps Edward in a kilt. Rated: Fiction M

Walk by Mustlovertp-rec'd by Nic
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8263906/1/Walk
After a betrayal leaves Edward reeling, he decides to change the course of his life. Starting over can be a daunting task. Will he let a certain young, brown eyed beauty help him find what he's looking for? AH canon pairings Rated M for adult content Olderward/Doctorward Rated: Fiction M

Yosemite Decimal by MagTwi78-rec'd by Twilover76
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8534317/1/Yosemite-Decimal
Bella has nailed her dream job as Seattle Times' newest Outdoors writer. She's found new friends and is settling into life in her new city. Things are coming together for her, but an arrogant stranger sends her reeling at every turn. Will her new life be as comfortable as she'd hoped, or is she set for a rocky ride? AH B&E Rated: Fiction M

Monday, December 3, 2012

TLS Fics of the week: 11/26 - 12/2/2012- The Fab Five are up!!



The Life Aquatic by  Coldplaywhore
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8685921/1/The-Life-Aquatic
Life  happens when you least expect it, and puts you on a course that you never  planned, into a future you never even imagined that you wanted. This is the  story of girl meets boy, meets boy...  aka, his son. Rated: Fiction M

Reviewed by: Agrutle

So, a few weeks ago I was lurking on Twitter, cause that’s what I do and I see Coldplaywhore say she’s writing a daddyward. Now I love daddyward fics. There is nothing hotter to me, than a dad who’s involved with his kid. Anyway back to CPW saying shes writing one and I’m all yay because I love her writing!

Bella is an eighteen year old swim instructor at Forks Swimming Centre. She moved to live with her dad to take care of him after a police call went wrong and he was injured. Charlie is starting to feel better and is almost ready to go back to work and she’s ready to start her college life.

 First day of class in walks Edward and his son Jack, late. How could she not notice him!? Edward is young and it shocks Bella that he’s a dad and involved. Even though Bella is intrigued by Edward she’s not going there because, Jacks mom has to be around somewhere right? She also wants to keep it professional.

"So… you like my brother?"

"What's not to like? He's very sweet and seems like a great dad to Jack. I'm glad he was able to join the class."

"No, I mean… you like my brother. I saw the way you were watching him and how disappointed you were when you saw me. I bet you thought I was his wife or girlfriend."

Bella couldn't exactly counter what Alice is saying, since it was all true, but she did her best to dissuade her from whatever she was thinking.

"Regardless of whether I like your brother or not, I'm just here to teach the class, not score a date. I'm completely professional, so there's no need to worry, alright?" The Newton's seize that moment to come over and begin gushing about how much their twins had begun to enjoy their baths more since the first class and Bella sets her focus back to the task at hand, rather than the nosy sister of a hot dad.

Edward wants to ask Bella out but he’s worried that Bella will be like Jacks mom and not be able to handle him being a dad. He’s been burned by that and now is cautious, but there is only so long he can resist the want to ask her out. Finally he gets up the nerve, the same day that Bella gives up the restrictions she’s set for herself.  Edward gets to ask her before she’s able to.

They set into an easy relationship except Bella is keeping the fact that Edward has a son from her dad because she doesn’t want him to point out what could go wrong in the relationship before they’ve had a chance to see if there is anything to it. Charlie isn’t so happy when he finds out and Edward is equally pissed when he finds out she wasn’t so forthcoming with Charlie about Jack.

"It's nice to finally meet you, Edward. Is this your little brother?"

Charlie's question should be innocent, but it's not. Not by a long shot. Edward's smile draws into a thin line and he pulls Jack tighter against his chest, clearly changing into a protective stance.

Edward thought it would be sweet to show up at Bella's door unannounced, since she mentioned earlier that she missed them, but he hadn't expected this. Edward is furious that Bella hasn't told her father he had a son, but she has mentioned to him that they are dating. How is this something you don't mention? Is she ashamed of them, Edward wonders as he looked over the shoulder of her daunting father, to see Bella standing frozen behind him.

"No sir, this is my son… Jack."

Charlie turns slowly and his amicable smile turns into a bit of a glare as he looks right at his daughter. "Oh… Bella hadn't mentioned to me that you had a son."
"Clearly." Edward is brief and he apologizes to Charlie for interrupting dinner before heading back to his car with Jack, who has just started crying.

"Wait," Bella shouts out for Edward, but he ignores her and sets Jack in his car seat. She tries to step through the front door, but Charlie moves himself in front of it, a stern look on his face.

"Don't you think that was something you should have told me, Bells?"

"Yes, and I'm sorry, I just knew you wouldn't approve. I care about them, both of them, so can I please go fix this?" Charlie bristles for a moment and though he wants to lecture his daughter about getting involved with a teenage dad, he can tell by the look of sheer sadness on her face that she already knows that it's not an easy road.

 I’ve enjoyed every minute of this story. You can see the love that Edward clearly has for his son and the love that Edward’s family has for him and you know that they have his back no matter what. While you know that there are obstacles that they have to overcome, it doesn’t seem like it will take so much effort for them to be together. Bella wants things to work with Edward and you can tell that she wants to learn how to be with Edward and Jack. She still very much wants to be her own person too. Please check out The Life Aquatic, I know you won’t be disappointed!!


No Place Like Home by Tellingmelies
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5019485/1/
Edward is forced to leave his  playboy life behind in Chicago and come home to Washington, but will he change  his ways or risk losing everything? All human, cannon couples, OOC.  Rated:  Fiction M



Barefoot in Texas by Planetblue
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8656218/1/Barefoot-in-Texas
I watch her  jumping, prancing, her hands empty but taking pictures. Her feet bare on the hot  Texas earth. Everything in my life that was planned to a T just whirled away in  a ruffled skirt.  Rated: Fiction M



In Your Room by LayAtHomeMom
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8664104/1/In-Your-Room
After years of  bedroom boredom with Missionary Mike, can Bella find the sexual salvation she's  seeking in the arms of campus hottie, Edward Cullen? Rated M for Edward's dirty  mouth, Bella's inner whore, embarrassing situations and lemons galore. Rated:  Fiction M



An American Vampire in Chicago by Just4Ale
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4948421/1/An-American-Vampire-in-Chicago
Bella  is a business school student when she meets Edward, a PhD student. Is this  handsome stranger too good to be true? AU/Vampires/Humans. My vamps are slightly  different from SM's.  Rated: Fiction M

Sunday, November 25, 2012

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




Each week we share with you what we are reading and enjoying. The following made the top of our lists last week. Please help us determine which 5 of these will be featured as fics of the week, next week, by choosing FIVE from the poll on the right!

An American Vampire in Chicago by Just4Ale-rec'd by Penelope Griva
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4948421/1/An-American-Vampire-in-Chicago
Bella is a business school student when she meets Edward, a PhD student. Is this handsome stranger too good to be true? AU/Vampires/Humans. My vamps are slightly different from SM's.
Rated: Fiction M

Barefoot in Texas by Planetblue-rec'd by Evilnat
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8656218/1/Barefoot-in-Texas
I watch her jumping, prancing, her hands empty but taking pictures. Her feet bare on the hot Texas earth. Everything in my life that was planned to a T just whirled away in a ruffled skirt.
Rated: Fiction M

Bronze by Mothlights-rec'd by Rochelle Allison
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6391069/1/BRONZE
Edward is a rebellious newborn lashing out at those who try to help him. At his wit's end, Carlisle asks Isabella, the woman who was once his mentor, to take Edward in until his bloodlust cools. ExB Very AU - Rated: Fiction M

Carpe Noctem & Fiat Lux by Queenofgrey-rec'd by Rochelle Allison
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5119514/1/Carpe-Noctem-Fiat-Lux
Endless midnight brings about a desire for morning, a longing for something more. Dark & light. Push & pull. Crash & burn. When Edward collides with Bella, it's up to them to find the balance, if the night doesn't consume them first. AU. Rated: Fiction M

Daedalus in Exile by EZRocksAngel-rec'd by Rochelle Allison
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5379739/1/Daedalus-in-Exile
After leaving Forks, Edward follows a path of weakness and isolation while eventually seeking redemption from the only person who can absolve him. Alternate Universe, B/E
Rated: Fiction M

Darkness Consumes Me by MidnightLove87-rec'd by Cutestkidsmom
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8641975/1/Darkness-Consumes-Me
With a flick of my wrist I can keep you alive or kill you. But it's always my choice. Remember that! Dexterward ;-) Suspense/Horror Rated: Fiction M

Dead Confederates by GoldenMeadow-rec'd by Evilnat
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5106610/1/Dead-Confederates
Sultry, scary, Southern Gothic. A good ol' vamp with bad intentions, Eddie lives large as ever on the down-low, down South. Always under his skin, Bella's just sass in a frosty glass.  AU/M Rated: M

Follow the Sun by MissWinkles-rec'd by Evilnat
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8522710/1/Follow-The-Sun
Sometimes you have to stop thinking with your head and listen to your heart, follow which way the wind blows and dream with abandon. Because tomorrow is a brand new day, and who knows what it will bring. E/B. Fluffy as fuck, with some sweet salty love. Rated: Fiction M

From Innocence to Experience by Thallium81-rec'd by Rochelle Allison
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4429957/1/From-Innocence-to-Experience
Bella was perfectly content with life in Forks until she lost her best friend Alice. Now a dark figure lurks in the shadows. Bella suspects that Edward knows more than he is letting on, but how can she solve the mystery if he keeps avoiding her? AU/Canon Rated: Fiction M

In Your Room by LayAtHomeMom-rec'd by Evilnat
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8664104/1/In-Your-Room
After years of bedroom boredom with Missionary Mike, can Bella find the sexual salvation she's seeking in the arms of campus hottie, Edward Cullen? Rated M for Edward's dirty mouth, Bella's inner whore, embarrassing situations and lemons galore. Rated: Fiction M

Isle Esme by Vixen1836-rec'd by Rochelle Allison
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4588124/1/Isle-Esme
For True Edward Fans. A look at the first night on Isle Esme through Edward's eyes. RATED M FOR ELOQUENT, EDWARDIAN LEMONS. CANON. EPOV. Rated: Fiction M

Mud, Sweat & Beers by SparrowNotes24-rec'd by Cutestkidsmom
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8515332/1/Mud-Sweat-Beers
Boot camp in the freezing winter sounds like hell on earth, but is there anything that would make it bearable? Bring on the sexy soldiers! A little bit of fun. All Human
Rated: Fiction M

No Place Like Home by Tellingmelies-rec'd by Six Dlbfive
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5019485/1/
Edward is forced to leave his playboy life behind in Chicago and come home to Washington, but will he change his ways or risk losing everything? All human, cannon couples, OOC.
Rated: Fiction M

Shelter by Moirae-rec'd by Missus T
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8000734/1/Shelter
Bella never made it to Forks, never met Edward, never fell in love. As a student at Emerson College, she is passionate, smart, and desperately lonely. Until someone catches the scent of his singer on the air. Rated: Fiction M

To Serve, Honor and Love by MrsEdwardCullenP-rec'd by Six Dlbfive/Nic
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8068958/1/To-Serve-Honor-and-Love
Staff Sergeant, Bella Swan, never suspected that in a world half away from her own, while fighting for the right for freedom of others that she'd fall in love with the only person who she could be denied. "We can't do this," I said brokenly. AH. B/E POV. Rated: Fiction M

The Hole Shot by Foreveraddicted-rec'd by Rose Arcadia
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8080986/1
Bella Swan still woke up everyday. She went to work. She went out with her boyfriend. She kept breathing. Kept moving. But her heart? It doesn't beat, doesn't feel anything but pain. Anything but that hole that Edward Cullen left there five years ago. Rated: Fiction M

The Life Aquatic by Coldplaywhore-rec'd by Agrutle/Edmazing
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8685921/1/The-Life-Aquatic
Life happens when you least expect it, and puts you on a course that you never planned, into a future you never even imagined that you wanted. This is the story of girl meets boy, meets boy... aka, his son. Rated: Fiction M

The Night We Met by Mamasutra-rec'd by Six Dlbfive
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8641118/1/The-Night-We-Met
Edward Cullen was a struggling writer who could not find his inspriation until she appeared in the form of girl that brought out the passion in him as well as the words that had so painfully eluded him. Every story has a happy ending and he could have lived his if only he had written the right words. A journey of love lost and love found. Rated: Fiction M

Under the Master's Kilt by Ladyeire3-rec'd by Jenny McGary Leonard
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8659275/15/Under-the-Master-s-Kilt
One stumble on the ancient cobblestones of Edinburgh will change Bella's life forever. A drabble prompted by some amazing women...and it all started with the love of a man in a kilt. AH/AU
Rated: Fiction M

We Move Through It: Life by HelliesWorld-rec'd by Rose Arcadia
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8547084/1/We-Move-Through-It-Life
Edward and Bella are in their 30s, raising a family and moving through 'life'. Enjoying & hating each bump and turn in the journey. It is about the moments in life that can make or break us.
Rated: Fiction M

Saturday, November 24, 2012

TLS Fics of the Week 11/19 - 11/25/2012: The Fab Five are up!

 



Out of the Mouths of Babes by  Edward's Eternal
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8289446/1/Out-of-the-Mouths-of-Babes
Dr. Edward Cullen loves his job, but  lives for his daughter. When her little world explodes he will do anything to  piece it back together. But could the solution also bring him the happiness he  didn't realize he was missing? Rated: Fiction M

Reviewed by: Trina Smith-Patterson AKA Smusic

Out of the Mouths of Babes, is the latest story by Edward’s Eternal who gave us Awaken, Snowbound and Simply Coffee.  It is also a prime example of her brilliance as a Fanfiction author.  Edward’s Eternal has a knack for telling a story, setting a scene and character development.  Each story has original characters, a great nemesis, and always, always overwhelming love for our favorite couple.  This story is no different.

From the very first chapter, you are in love with Edward, your heart is breaking for his daughter and you want to grab the pitchforks to hunt down his “soon-to-be” ex-wife, Tanya.  Tanya is a piece of work.  Although it is true that not all women have maternal instinct, however you would expect that there would be some sort of affection for your own child. We do not get this with Tanya. She reveals herself as a selfish, abhorrent, vindictive…“Skank”, (for want of a better word) right from the beginning:
Tanya was sitting on the couch waiting for me. I felt my stomach clench as I looked between the suitcases and her.
"Going somewhere?" I asked as calmly as I could.
"I'm leaving you, Edward. I'm done." Her voice was cold and angry and her eyes were devoid of any emotion. "Done?" I asked confused. She stood up. "Yes," she snapped. "Done with this farce of a marriage. Done pretending to be a happy little family…” “We're just Emma's parents…She's been your priority since the moment I told you I was pregnant…"I should never have told you I was pregnant. I should have had the abortion and kept it to myself."
I stared in horror at the woman before me. That she could say she wished our daughter didn't exist was appalling. It sounded as if she was actually jealous of her own child. A sudden thought hit me. "You aren't taking my daughter away from me," I informed her, my voice clipped and angry.
She laughed and rolled her eyes. "I have no intention of taking her with me. I don't want her Edward. I never did… "Keep your voice down! You are going to wake her up!" She shook off my arms. "I. Don't. Care…I don't love you. I don't love Emma."
Emma, who must have woken to the sound of her parents arguing, was there to witness this declaration from Tanya. As she cried for her mother, who just walks away without looking back, Edward tries to comfort his daughter. Emma whispers “Mommy”.  That is the last thing Emma says. Two months after Tanya left, Edward decides to move back to his hometown to be closer to family.  Right away, Edward’s Eternal has pulled the reader into this story.

No Edward’s Eternal story would be complete without a blue-eyed Bella who is not your typical canon Bella. In Out of the Mouths of Babes, she is the owner and operator of Busy Bees Daycare, that Emma will attend. So many times, in so many stories, Bella and Edward experience that “love at first site” meeting, however, in this story, it was more “dense at first sight”.  Edward mistakenly confuses Bella as a young, not too bright girl working at the day care.  With this, a very “who’s on first” conversation you may find in an Abbott and Costello movie brings a little comic relief:
B: "Can I help you?
E: "I'm looking for the person in charge. Ms. Swan, I believe."
B: "Yes?"
E: "I would like to speak with her, if she's here."
B: "You are..."
E:  I shook my head. "Edward Cullen. Look, I don't have an appointment but if it's possible I
     would like to see her for a moment if she can spare the time."
     She looked at me briefly, her brow furrowed.
     I stared back at her. Did she not understand me? I wanted to speak to her boss.
     "Could you get her for me, please? I would like to speak with her." I asked again slowly,
      although I could hear a slight impatient tone in my voice. Maybe she was simple?
     She sighed quietly and stepped forward, her hand outstretched.
B:  "You are." She repeated deliberately.
E:  I blinked and looked at her. "I am what?"  I watched her bite her lip, regarding me quietly.
B:  "Let me rephrase that Mr. Cullen. You are speaking to Ms. Swan. That's me. I am Bella Swan."

She later gives us this scene in Bella’s POV, which makes it that much more fun!

After that awkward beginning, Bella quickly turns the situation around and shows what a very strong, loving and beautiful woman she is. Edward and Emma are quickly developing feelings for the “Queen Bee”, and so are we.  She is confident in all aspects of her life except when it comes to her own happiness.  Bella has a very painful past, and does not believe that she is worthy of having someone loving her.  She shelters her heart and does not trust the male attention she receives.  

One night, after taking an impromptu nap in one of Bella’s beanbag chairs (more with that beanbag later), Edward invites Bella to dinner, and she cautiously accepts.  The attraction becomes obvious; however, after a first kiss that takes your breath away, Bella tries to distance herself from Edward.  Much to Edward’s disappointment, they agree to be friends; it’s all that Bella thinks she can offer.

Everything comes down to her past and the pain that she has had to endure since she was 18 years old.  After a few failed relationships, Bella has stopped trying.  Her ex-fiancĂ© made her feel like less than a woman and her subsequent relationship didn’t respect her or her feelings.  Edward however knows that she is someone worth fighting for; finally ready to trust again, she opens up to him, and exposes us to one of the most painful stories you will ever read.  Edward’s reaction and words gives her hope again.  He knew just what to say to let her know that he is "all in" and will give 110% to her:

"I'm falling for you, Bella. What I feel for you is way more than I have ever felt for a friend." "I think I already know what I'd be giving up not having you in my life." "We're not done here, Bella. If I have my way, we're not done by a long shot."

Even with them falling in love, not everything goes smoothly to the HEA. There is an HEA in the end, but there are a few speed bumps along the way. One was being Edward’s inability to find a filter when he is over-worked or overwhelmed.  In chapter 19, there is a major development in Emma’s recovery, but an over-worked, hungry and frustrated Edward never allows Bella to explain.  He lashes out because he thinks she made a major decision for Emma without discussing it with him, and uses his words to hurt her in a way that no one else could.  He realizes what he has done right away, but is it too little too late?  Emma gets very emotional and inconsolable, which makes Edward feel even more like an ass.  This chapter and a few after that come with strong tissue warnings… One reason being, we get to hear Emma’s voice for the first time:
The saddest sigh emitted from her lips as she shook her head again. I felt a small fissure begin to crack in my heart at the unhappy sound.
"Emma?" I whispered. "Show Daddy what you need. Please, Baby girl."
And then it happened. I watched in utter horror as tears gathered in her eyes and began to drip down her chubby cheeks. Immediately, I reached down and lifted her into my arms, rocking her, the shock almost overwhelming. She hadn't shed a tear since the day Tanya walked out. Not once. I cooed softly into her ear, telling her how much I loved her, what a good, brave girl she was, but the words didn't soothe her. Her tiny body shook with the force of her sobs and I could feel my own tears welling up at the sound of her pain. I had no idea what to do, or how to stop this.
I pulled back, looking into her unhappy face. "Tell Daddy, baby. Tell him what you need. Daddy will make it better. I promise."
Little arms circled my neck and I pulled her close. Nothing prepared me for what happened next.
Close to my ear. Raspy, soft and shaking, but I heard it. A whisper.
The softest, tiniest, most painful sound in the world.
Emma spoke.
"Bewwa."

Cue the tears!  Bella does come running and gives Emma the comfort she needs and Edward finally listens and learns the events of the day.  Bella does forgive him, but not without first letting him know how he hurt her.  He will do it again, but she doesn’t let him get away with it. She tells him to get help, which he does through a brilliant member of the hospital’s Stress Management team.

Emma continues to make progress and talks to almost everyone except Edward.  Though happy for his daughter, this breaks his heart.  Bella finally presses Emma to explain why and what she learns breaks our hearts as well.  I will not give that information here, however, you should read that on you own and I fear it can take away from the story.  Just know that, by this point, you need a whole box of tissues.

Out of the Mouths of Babes makes the reader run the whole gambit of emotions.  There are sad times, hopeful times, happy times, sexy times (makes you want to get a beanbag chair for yourself) and comic relief.  This comes mainly from Jacob Black.  It is very common for authors to write Jake as the bad guy in stories, but here, he delivers some of the funniest scenes:

"I love these hospital benefit dinners. Great food, free booze, lots of pretty ladies to choose from. A chance to replenish my phone list; if you know what I mean. Always a good time for the Jakester," he grinned, waggling his eyebrows.

"Edward. Have you gotten involved with someone at Emma's daycare?”  "Dude, did you make a move on that little Swan chick? Didn't you know?"
Fear gripped me. "Didn't I know what?"
Jake stood and laid a comforting hand on my shoulder. "I hate to tell you this, Edward. But, you need to know so you can stop mooning over someone you can never have." "Edward. Bella Swan is gay."  "She told me so herself."  “…I asked her out. When she said no, I asked her why."

"You asked her why she was saying no? You didn't just accept no for no?"

"Dude… the chicks never say no to me. I mean, have you seen me? I am a great catch. I was curious. And, the little chick told me why. I respect her for that. I didn't bother her anymore."

Later, when realized that Bella and Edward were a couple:

"She's not gay?"
"No."
"You're sure?"
"Positive."
"She just said that 'cause she didn't want to go out with me?"
"I don't think that's ever happened to me before. Everyone wants to go out with me. I mean, dude; look at me."

I felt my laughter beginning to bubble up.

He looked me up and down. "No offense dude, but really…she likes you?"
My lips twitched. "She does."
"Huh. Maybe her eyes need to get checked,"

I shrugged, now biting my lip.

"Like I said no offense. It's just…" his voice trailed off.
"None taken," I assured him. "Everyone is attracted to something different, right?"
"Everyone is always attracted to me. That's just the way it is, Edward," he huffed.

I couldn't stop it. I started to laugh. He looked at me as if I was crazy and then shook his head.

"I think the two of you are made for each other. Both of you are a little off."

I clapped him on the back.

"You're right, Jake, we are made for each other. Thanks for noticing."
He rolled his eyes as he walked out of the locker room. "Seriously, Edward. It made so much more sense when she was gay."

There is one final tissue warning at the end of the story. This warning, as with all others is justified. Although it comes from a very sad situation, in my opinion, the outcome is a thing of beauty.  Only a brilliant author such as Edward’s Eternal can bring us beauty from tragedy.  I don’t want to scare you, so I will let you know that, although affected by the sad situation, Edward, Bella and Emma are all fine and get their HEA.  Together:

"You need sleep," she whispered.
"I need you more."
"I'm yours, Edward. All in. Always."

Out of the Mouths of Babes is a very personal story for Edward’s Eternal and she makes it a personal story for her readers as well.  Once you start reading it, I challenge you to put it down.  In one of my reviews, I told Edward’s Eternal that this story would have over 6000 reviews.  I am happy that my prediction was wrong. As of today, it has over 7200 reviews.  It is worthy of all the attention, and Edward’s Eternal is worthy of all the accolades!


Wisp by Cris
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8051177/1/Wisp
Edward wins more than he bargained for  at what was supposed to be a friendly poker game. AH. Rated: Fiction  M



Work of Art by Abstract Way
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5882420/1/Work-of-Art
Brilliant artist Edward is celebrated in the art world, but are trappings  of fame also destroying him? In the lust filled world of art-whores &  predators, feisty Bella knocks him off his pedestal. Will he realize that she  alone has the power to heal him? Rated: Fiction M



Drumsticks and Penalty Kicks by Les16
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8158357/1/Drumsticks-and-Penalty-Kicks
He still watches her. She still plays the drums. They just do it together.  Drummer Girl and Creeper learn to love, trust, and grow together.  Sequel/Continuation to "Watching Her". AH.  Rated: Fiction M



Branching Inward by LifeInTheSnow
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6372008/1/Branching-Inward
He's a brilliant, sensual, tactile artist with a huge personality and love  for life...at least, he used to be. She's a shrewd historian, content to observe  from a distance...until now. At Newcoven College in Clearwater, OH, no secret is  safe. All Human. Rated: Fiction M