Reviewed by EdwardisaVilf
We Don’t Break, We Bend by LyricalKris
The first rec I have for you is called We Don’t Break, We Bend by LyricalKris. This story is incredibly dark and sad, delving deeply into issues that most of us don’t want to acknowledge even exist. I DO NOT recommend this one for the faint of heart or those who have suffered physical or sexual abuse.
The story opens with an adolescent Jasper finding himself in the care of his abusive father after his mother dies. The outwardly charismatic James Whitlock is nothing like he seems. His mercurial moods are impossible to predict and Jasper becomes the primary target of his anger. Soon, James realizes that he can gain extra money by becoming a foster parent. Edward Masen and Bella Swan are placed with him, following terrible events in both of their own lives. All fighting their past demons, the three kids must learn to protect each other while living under James’ iron fist. Fast-forward to high school when years of physical and mental abuse have culminated and almost broken them. Over time James has become a bigger threat than ever, welcoming scum into his home and allowing the abuse to escalate. How will these beautiful and bruised teenagers get over the insurmountable hurdle in their lives and finally break free before they break down?
First and foremost, I applaud LyricalKris for being strong enough and brave enough to share this story with the rest of us. So many stories out there do not delve into the deep and nitty-gritty realities of life. So many stories are light and happy, where the biggest issues between characters revolve around differing backgrounds. This story consists of brutal truths that exist all over the world today. Written by an author who has suffered from abuse herself, there is a quiet triumph here.
You may be asking yourself why I would recommend this story if it is so dark. Don’t let the subject matter distract you from the fact that it is so well-written that it pulls you in. You keep reading just to see justice play out. While graphic and disturbing, this story tells a beautiful message of hope. You will feel so much for these three lost souls that your heart will bleed right along with them. Any author who can make you feel this kind of empathy is truly talented. The bottom line is that I strongly caution the faint of heart. However, if you can take the journey through this one, you will be well rewarded.
Summary: When the man who’s supposed to love them hurts them, and the people who are supposed to save them won’t listen, it falls on their shoulders to not just survive, but save each other.
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Reviewed by EdwardisaVilf
The Best I Ever Had by WhatsMyNomDePlume
Next up I bring you The Best I Ever Had by WhatsMyNomDePlume. This is one of the wittiest, snarkiest, funniest stories that I’ve read in a really long time. It’s fairly short and just freakin’ brilliant.
Edward and Bella have been bestest friends for several years. He teases her, and she irritates him, but it’s all in good fun. They talk about everything — their dates, their jobs, and their close circle of friends. One night something changes and they wind up sharing an unbelievable night of passion. The big question is whether or not they can remain best friends and still be something more.
Here is a small sample of the snappy back and forth that Edward and Bella’s relationship consists of. The snark and banter continue throughout the entire story and made me laugh out loud more than once.
“Yeah, what the fuck are jeggings?”
He looks confused for a second. “Aren’t those just jeans?”
“No, they’re really tight—and sort of stretchy.”
“Again, aren’t those just jeans?”
I shake my head. “Don’t bother, you wouldn’t get it.”
He nods. “You’re right. I wouldn’t. Because I don’t have a vagina and therefore do not understand terms like that. Of course, you know that, as of two nights ago.”
“Are you saying that before two nights ago, it’s feasible that I could have thought you had a vagina?
He frowns. “Yeah, I didn’t think that comment through.”
The main body of the story is written in Bella’s POV, but tossed in throughout are snippets of Edward’s POV as he recalls the main event that changed everything. The way his thoughts are written, it’s like there is no one else in the world except Bella. His POV is poetic, beautiful and so very sweet. Take a look:
I repeat the action, this time with my tongue, and you gasp again, and your body shifts, making me wonder what ways I can touch you to make other noises, make your body do other things. I can make you gasp if I do this. Can I make you sigh if I do this there? Can I make you swear if I do that? Make your back arch and you skin sweat and make you shake and scream if I keep on doing it?�
It occurs to me that hearing your noises, touching you in parts that you don’t show, wanting you under, over, around me – that may be finally crossing the line. We’re not friends anymore.
I don’t know about you, but I want this Edward to by MY best friend. This story is very light, fairly fluffy, and has virtually no angst. This one makes you utter that totally contented sigh at the end and grin from ear to ear. Well written and funny…total win.
Summary: Sex between friends complicates everything. Bella knows this. But she has no idea how much more Edward is going to complicate things.
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So that’s it ladies! Thanks for reading and let me hear from you about your favorite light or dark fics. See you next week.