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Cimorene ([personal profile] cimorene) wrote2016-10-08 01:40 pm
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Rare pairing hockey rpf novella+ recs set x7 (all locked to AO3 members only but the last)

It's easy to move through a big multi-pairing fandom like hockey from pairing to pairing, and I often accidentally end up with most of my reading being entirely pairing-based. Recently I sorted all the hockey fic over 10k to remove the pairings I've already read to death in order to see what else people have been doing that I've missed, and I ended up with enough bookmarks - and enough to say about them - to be worth sharing.



Slow Whistle (43078 words) by mklutz
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: TJ Brennan/William Nylander
Characters: TJ Brennan, William Nylander, Viktor Loov, Korbinian Holzer, Stuart Percy, Brendan Leipsic, Josh Leivo, Chris Gibson, Antti Raanta, Connor Brown, Kasperi Kapanen, Petter Granberg
Additional Tags: American Hockey League, Toronto Marlies, Toronto, Pining, Oblivious, Jealousy, Misunderstandings, Miscommunication, Hockey, Sports, Rimming, Anal Sex, Anal Fingering, Oral Sex, Semi-Public Sex, Hand Jobs, Team as Family, Toronto Maple Leafs
Summary:

TJ Brennan has heard a lot about the Leafs' hot new prospect, William Nylander. When they finally meet, it's while crashing into the net with seconds to go in the third period. Nylander is too pretty and too good at hockey, and, thankfully, too far away for Brennan to embarrass himself in front of him.

Until a few months into the season he's traded back to Toronto. Oops.

My Notes:

A charming and sweet young romance with a dash of misunderstandings, but not too dramatic or too angsty.



Of Gentleness (90590 words) by ice_hot_13
Chapters: 26/26
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Adam Morrison/Tuukka Rask
Characters: Tuukka Rask, Adam Morrison
Additional Tags: Boston Bruins
Summary:

Tuukka is far from friendly to the new backup goalie, but Adam still keeps trying to be his friend.

My Notes:

This is a really angsty, pining, emotionally wallowy fic where all the conflict is internal and mental to the characters - self-confidence and mental health, lots of very intense yearning and shame and embarrassment that was like being hit in the face with a damp, heavy, 100-degree curtain of humid air, like walking outside in Miami after you've been in airconditioning all day, except instead of humidity, the air is saturated with How It Feels To Be Infatuated As A Teenager. Not that the characters are actually teenagers, but the feeling is there. It's not purely teenaged angst, though - there's a portrayal of some real emotional scars, though they aren't explored deeply, or 'fixed', or explained away. I really enjoyed it, but you have to be in the mood for overwrought h/c, and if your tolerance is limited the amount of angst could go over the top. On the other hand, if pining or self-esteem issues are your kinks, this should be unputdownable.



Standing On the Shoulders of Ordinary Men (161540 words) by SoniaVice
Chapters: 55/55
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Danny Briere/Gabriel Landeskog
Summary:

Danny is the new guy. He doesn't know his team very well, but he thinks his captain just hit on him. It's a joke, it must be, because Gabe is the definition of too young for him. They're deep in it before they even know what it is. And they don't know how long they'll have to figure it out. This is the same story as the No Word For This series.

My Notes:

I read this and its sequel last week, and put together they make around three novels' worth (or more) of essentially completely original romance. The pairing is basically a one-off, with only a handful of short pieces by other writers, and not a lot of information to be found in RL. I remember when this story came out and everybody was raving about it, though, and I didn't read it then because of the pairing (my loss). It was justifiably a smash hit. It's so amazing that I'm still having trouble reading other stuff and just want to read it all over again.

Aside from being riveting and elaborately plotted, with a large cast of well-developed secondary characters and a profound depth of characterization for the primary pairing, it also performs an incredible balancing act in portraying the ongoing development of a relationship getting gradually seriouser, the emotional layers and hang-ups and miscommunications involved in that, without overloading on angst or abusing suspension of disbelief. It delivers lots of warm established-relationship fuzzies but also a constant supply of twists of yearning, never killing off the romantic-dramatic tension.

It also goes into tons of detail with the hockey concepts in elaborate context. I probably nearly doubled the depth of my understanding of hockey strategy, combinations, match-ups, dynamics, politics, and coaching over the course of the series. The characters care deeply about the game and it has a big place in the plot, but not one that's impossible to skim through if you're not quite that interested.

Other notable tropes and themes include homophobia and coming out, old and new friends and coming out to them, found and original families, becoming and trying to become a better person in a relationship, height and age differences, long distance, commitment, chronic pain and rehab, and everybody drinks a lot of wine (I mean that's not really a trope, it's just something I noticed - its dominance over other alcoholic beverages).



Cold Fusion (98032 words) by SoniaVice
Chapters: 25/25
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Danny Briere/Gabriel Landeskog
Characters: Claude Giroux, Martin Biron, Pat Brisson, Ian Laperriere, Jeff Skinner, Daniel Briere, Gabriel Landeskog, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Freddie Hamilton, Sean Couturier, Wayne Simmonds, Carl Soderberg, Original Characters
Additional Tags: Sequel, Colorado Avalanche, Philadelphia Flyers, Fictionalized Real People, Coming Out, Family
Summary:

One off-season, one summer together, as Gabe and Danny discover how they fit together in private and in public. Complete. Sequel to Standing on the Shoulders of Ordinary Men (Also known as the No Word for This series)



kept just like we were (23588 words) by oflights
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings, No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sidney Crosby/Nathan MacKinnon
Characters: Pittsburgh Penguins Ensemble, Andy O'Brien
Additional Tags: Getting Together, Established Relationship, Pining
Summary:

Getting together and staying together, before and after the 2015-2016 regular season.

My Notes:

Established relationship pining is a bit rare because it's tough to hit the right note, but this story does so flawlessly, and it's not fluffless even though it leans heavily on the pining. This is charming and sweet and serves as a pretty good introduction to this pairing, too (not that it's huge, but there is a bit more).



looking for a good story (19171 words) by bestliars
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Mikko Koivu/Michael Russo
Characters: Michael Russo, Mikko Koivu
Additional Tags: beat reporter rpf, Journalism, Developing Relationship, Poor Life Choices
Summary:

Nine years covering the Minnesota Wild, on and off the record.

My Notes:

This is pretty engrossing, and after a while I got really tickled by how the format of the story itself is somewhat journalistic. In a way it's the opposite of the few overwhelmingly emotional, angsty pining fics I've bookmarked lately - it's almost shockingly spare. In order to maintain its narrator's reserve, it elides enough details to leave the reader seriously wanting more at the end, which unfortunately you can't ever get because this pairing is so hilariously out of left field. So good job with that I guess!

A couple weeks after reading this I keep remembering it and feeling mildly peeved about my unsatisfied curiosity about some undisclosed detail or other. Of course, this ultra-slim style is a thing that can be a matter of taste - someone might love it and someone else might hate it, while I wanted more but mostly am left with a wry "Well played".



Don't Think Hank Done It This Way (39744 words) by SoniaVice
Chapters: 11/11
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steve Moses/Pekka Rinne
Characters: Steve Moses, Kevin Fiala, Pekka Rinne
Additional Tags: Nashville Predators
Summary:

Steve Moses has one shot at the NHL after three years playing in Finland.


Pekka Rinne is funny and charming, very attractive, and way, way too tall. Steve does not hook up with tall guys, and he never hooks up with guys who make him feel like Rinne does. He is determined to resist the man's magnetic pull because, if he gives in, he knows he can't go halfway, and the idea of giving himself up completely scares him to death.


So does trying to make it in the NHL, but he's doing that anyway.

My Notes:

Another story that's basically an original novella because the pairing is sort of unknown, but don't be dissuaded. It is really, really good, and it does an amazing job getting deep into the POV character's kinks (height difference and power and pain, but the emotion is so well-drawn that it was hot even though these aren't my kinks) and his conflicted feelings about them. I mean, it doesn't stint on character-building and it has a lot of hockey mechanics too, as does all of SoniaVice's writing, but the protagonist's journey has more to do with his kinks and his internal struggles and how they relate to his external struggles (bonus points for interaction with career shit, homophobia shit, toxic masculinity in sports, etc).




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