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09 June 2017 @ 11:42 am
J2 Recs A'plenty!  

A few weeks ago, I was asked over on tumblr for some of my J2 recs, the longer the better, and since I'm horrible at keeping records and my memory is poo, I laid it on my twitter TL. (Which is chockful of great fandom creators, and if you want choice recs? Ask the people who make the goods.)

The list grew into a MONSTER within minutes of posing the question: what's your favorite J2 longfic? I haven't read most of them, but on the upside, look at this embarrassment of riches! To keep it manageable (or else it'll go on forever and take up most of my life), I'll offer ten J2 longfic recs a week—posting on Friday—until I run out or I change the topic or whatevs. I'll include a brief description and a review if I've read the fic. For tracking, I'll be tagging these “J2LongficFriday”. My personal recs will be listed with an asterisk, I'll update with reviews as I chug through the list, and I'm always taking more recs and reviews.

Happy J2ing!

(presented alphabetically by title)

~A Man's Fortune by morrezela. 29k. “Jared is a dragon. Jensen is a pretty if foolhardy young man trespassing on Jared’s mountain. Nobody ever warned Jensen about the possessive nature of dragons.”

~Dawnbringer 'Verse by lexicale. 300k. Another highly recced selection. Like shifter stuff? Give this a try. The story follows Jensen and Jared, both werecats and both dealing with loss but coming from two very different situations. The fic explore their relationship as well as the world of the 'ailure,' a race of creatures capable of changing their shape from cat to human.”

~Do I Seem Bulletproof to You?* By fleshflutter. 96k. “When he can't find any acting work, Jared takes a job as driver and bodyguard to Jensen, who is an extremely expensive prostitute with a bad habit of attracting crazy people.”

This is the most recommended fic of all the bunch, so I'm reading it now. And yep, it's as good as everyone says it is. You get lured right into Jared's plight, his infatuation, his dilemmas. The incidental characters are interesting, and I can't say too much more about it since I'm not that far into it, but it's just a little bit hot. Yep. There's this one swimming pool scene, well. (Doesn't hurt that I just got back from my first visit to LA, so I can really picture the setting.) Enjoying the hell outta this fic so far!

Get No Harder by kelleigh. 29k. “It was the summer that made coming back to life worthwhile. Based off of Farmer's Daughter, which is a terrible, terrible country song.”

I'm gonna read this one next, because kelleigh is a lovely person, a lovely writer, and this line from her author notes hooked me like a carp: “Jared was the wayward son and Jensen was the addict, looking for work and looking to save himself. He found so much more. ♥”

Modern Love by sonofabiscuit77, 36k. “In 2005, art intern, Jared Padalecki, fell in love with his boss, ambitious and promiscuous Jensen Ackles. Five years later, reeling from a tragedy that killed three of their friends, they left Texas to build a new life in New York. It’s now 2012, and Jared’s no longer the idealistic intern, he’s got everything he thought he wanted, except nothing seems to be going right: Jensen's business is faltering, their sex life is non-existent and the past won't leave them alone. Still, Jared’s got no intention of giving up on Jensen; he just hopes Jensen feels the same way.”

Off the Menu* by cherie_morte. 26k. “Jared is an injured kid wandering down the side of the road the first time Jensen meets him. He brings Jared back to Baby's, his father's diner, to help. As they grow up, they become close friends, but just when Jensen is beginning to realize his feelings for Jared may be more than friendly, Jared disappears. Years later, Jared returns to his diner, but he's not alone. Every night, he comes in escorted by a different john, and Jensen quietly aches for the boy he fell in love with.”

Cherie's prose always has heart and sass that sucks you right in. These characters break molds and they don't do the easy, expected things, which gives the deliciously indulgent plot a real sense of believability. Brownie points: hurt/comfort a'plenty, and Jensen's adorable tum.

~On Frost-tipped Feathers* by cleflink. 20k. “Jensen is the Keeper of the Birds for the powerful trade city of Kerak. His life is entirely given over to his duty, until the day he stumbles over a secret hidden deep below the City Palace that has the power to destroy the entire country and will change his life forever. An ice demon.”

Another ReverseBang collaboration with a wonderful writer! Cleflink builds amazing worlds, and this one was no exception. Fantasy-esque, with gods and talking ravens and a gloriously ambiguous morality that is reminiscent of the best fables. And then there are a couple of pretty pictures to look at too, heh!

~QB 'Verse* by pianoforeplay. 230k. Jensen. Jared. Football. Allllll the pining. That's all you've gotta know. Full confession: I skimmed some of the lengthy football scenes, but if you love the sport, the attention to detail will knock your socks off. Great cast of characters, lotsa nail-biting, just a really fantastically crafted series of fics!

~The End is Here* by whispered_story. 14k. “Ever since the virus started spreading and the infected starting roaming the country, Jared has been living on the streets, trying his best to survive. Living in the nearby camp of survivors might be easier, except dealing with people can be more difficult than dealing with infected—especially when one of those people is Jensen. After all, getting involved gives you more to lose.”

I did the art for this ReverseBang entry, and I loved every word that came out of it. It's on the shorter side and an easy read. It's quiet and thoughtful, and the characters are wounded and caring and deliciously complicated. Mild violence, h/c, a few zombies but they're not really a focus. It's all about the relationships!

This Long Silence by dugindeep. 54k. “Jensen serves as the young sheriff of Morgan Falls, a town in the middle of nowhere that never has much happen. Until the residents start to turn, becoming violent and attacking one another. While trying to manage the chaos, Jensen is concerned with tracking down his neighbor, Jared, who's been hauled out of town with others in the quarantine. As Jensen becomes more desperate, those around him are clueless to his obsession, and he begins to recall how he and Jared became so close. Their sleepy town will never be the same, nor will Jensen and Jared.” (Inspired by The Crazies.)

I love dugindeep's writing, and this was one of many of her fics folks recced to me. Really looking forward to reading this one!

This should get everyone started on their summer reading!

Current Mood: mellowmellow
Current Music: 'Paperback Writer' - The Beatles
Amber: Bumamberdreams on June 9th, 2017 04:02 pm (UTC)
I love every damn thing Fleshflutter ever wrote...

Did I ever send you any recs for this? Mind you, I doubt my list would add much to all the recs you've had from folk who've been around in fandom much longer than me.
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffin: Black-eyed Samquickreaver on June 9th, 2017 04:18 pm (UTC)
I don't think so? Send 'em my way, at your leisure! (I may already have a lot of them on my list; good gawd, the length of this list, heh...)
Amber: Bumamberdreams on June 9th, 2017 06:19 pm (UTC)
I'll have a look in my folders and ping you a few linky-links.
Bimbo Baggins: J2: QB!verse acidentally my vagina.cherie_morte on June 9th, 2017 04:18 pm (UTC)

And thank you for the rec, m'dear. I knew Jensen's tum tum would blind folks to my bad writing. ;P
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffin: Black-eyed Samquickreaver on June 9th, 2017 04:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, shut your mouth; your writing kicks my ass every time!

(But your av reminds me I have to link to Daunt's art for QB 'Verse!)
roxymissrose: rose )roxymissrose on June 9th, 2017 04:37 pm (UTC)
omg, yes!
Who'da thought, baby? We're civilians.: Jen: DARLING LIL NUGGETdugindeep on June 12th, 2017 11:02 pm (UTC)
roxymissrose: readingroxymissrose on June 9th, 2017 04:56 pm (UTC)
This is cool! I look forward to your recs! QB 'verse is one of my favorite stories--I have a thing for sports fic! The only one I don't know here is the dawnbringer 'verse, so I'll have to check it out. The other recs are all writers I like, and a few I adore! I swear, you're going to have so much fun working through these fics!

*hnags head* I read a truly ridiculous amount of fic. it's actually a little embarrassing. But just a little! :D
madebyme_x: Defaultmadebyme_x on June 9th, 2017 05:18 pm (UTC)
So many wonderful recs!!! Most I know, but there's a few that I think are new to me which is always super exciting!!! And it's BB time, so I'm excited to see all these new long fics too \o/
JJ1564: bellyjj1564 on June 9th, 2017 07:01 pm (UTC)
Oooh lovely, I think I've only read a couple of these, I'll be saving the rest for after Summergen!

borgmama1of5: Mollyborgmama1of5 on June 9th, 2017 10:52 pm (UTC)
This is very awesome! Thanks!

(And if you need any more suggestions, check out sandymg -- she has a treasure trove of excellent J2!)
nomerclesnomercles on June 9th, 2017 11:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
The Long and Winding Road: Pilot Sam (profile)amypond45 on June 10th, 2017 01:55 am (UTC)
I'm just so relieved that I already know and admire so many of these authors, if not the specific works you rec here. At least I've figured out how to narrow down the plethora/ Yay! ('Cuz your opinion is like kinda really high on my list of "people whose opinion I need to be sure to pay attention to...!") Anyway, looking forward to reading many of these!
gingersnap1224: J2gingersnap1224 on June 10th, 2017 03:05 am (UTC)
This is fantastic!
adameyezd: Brighter Eyesadameyezd on June 10th, 2017 06:08 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for doing this! I missed some of these!

Great list & I look forward to your weekly posts with more great recs.

Thanks again!
milly_gal: Leave the rest to fandommilly_gal on June 10th, 2017 10:18 am (UTC)
This is Christmas in June!!! Thank you :D
tabaqui: s&danimekissbytrolleys_art&crystalchaintabaqui on June 10th, 2017 03:29 pm (UTC)
How awesome! I shall keep this on my radar, for sure. You roxor. :)

Someone online was saying they never see any S/D pairings where Sam is a bottom but also 'in charge' - they said they only find weepy, virginal, subby Sam and big, powerful, Dom Dean. I wondered where the fuck they read fic, 'cause frankly, that's not my experience *at all*.

If you think of a few of these fics that have the 'preferred' non-weepy Sam, would you asterisk them or something for me? I'd like to give this person a few recs of fic they'd enjoy.
jenny: Dean's neckjennygeee on June 10th, 2017 08:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for these, not sure I've read all of them and anyway I love reading good fic more than once :)
unplugged32unplugged32 on June 11th, 2017 06:50 am (UTC)
I've read some of these but not all so thank you!!
Who'da thought, baby? We're civilians.: Jen: DARLING LIL NUGGETdugindeep on June 12th, 2017 11:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the rec!! (And thanks to whoever first told you) it is honestly one of my own faves. I have such a soft spot for those two.
Teresa: glamour by liss iconstgray on June 19th, 2017 11:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for this!