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    Clipped and Unbound 

    Clipped and Unbound by garrisonbabe
    Rating: NC-17
    Word Count: 50,200
    Summary: Castiel is a slave widely regarded as unbreakable and unruly. Dean Winchester is a billionaire ending a five year long search to rescue him. They’ll both learn that peace can be the hardest thing in the world to find.

    This is an immensely satisfying read if you are looking for a hurt/comfort story. All the hurt is piled on Cas’ shoulders and gorgeous wings, all the comfort comes from Dean. I found it very comforting to immerse myself in a story where Dean is taking care of a tortured, broken angel, where Dean is anticipating Cas’ anxiety attacks and calming him down, where Dean is always putting Cas’ wellbeing and recovery first. Sometimes I just need a story about Dean being awesome nurturing caretaker, you know?

    In this fic the author has created a human world where angels live among humans and are treated like lesser beings - used as labor and sex slaves, pets for the shows, and occasionally, as a torture objects. The angels themselves are ancient creatures, stronger than humans, with very heightened sensory perceptions and beautiful wings. The author has tagged the fic with synesthesia and here it means that Cas has a very good hearing, is easily overwhelmed by smells and perceives all human emotions as colors. The story has some angsty parts when it touches upon Cas’ past abuse and sufferings but ultimately this is a recovery story, with Cas being brave enough to confront his past and to trust humans again. The falling in love with Dean is just a bonus, don’t you think?


    posted 1 month ago on Sep 6, 2014 (Sat) at 6:16pm

    Kingdom Come 

    Kingdom Come by cheesewithmy [author spotlight]
    Rating: M/light NC-17
    Word count: 97,700 
    Summary: Dean’s life is all work. He’s either at the bar that’s been left to him, serving drinks and cooking with his friend and partner Benny, or tinkering with prosthetic limbs. The rest of his life is one unhappy mess after another. Finding a stranger in the bathroom of his bar, after hours, doesn’t necessarily improve anything.


    OMG, this fic, omfg, THIS FIC. Ok, ok, I’ll calm down. So, this is an amazing exploration of ptsd and suicidal Dean - a war veteran with a prosthetic arm, I-don’t-deserve-to-be-saved Dean. His headspace here is depressive and self deprecating, but it never gets too gloomy, because Dean doesn’t think it is so bad to have these thoughts. It just is what it is, what he deserves. And if that doesn’t break your heart, I don’t know what will. :(

    The story starts with Dean extending a helping hand to Cas, a homeless war vet, by giving him a place to stay and work. Very soon they fall into an uneasy routine of sharing a space and silence. The UST in this fic is electric - laden with stolen glances and unspoken protectiveness. The undeniable pull between them is visible to all their friends, except, well, Dean and Cas themselves. Or maybe they do realize what is happening, and neither is ready to make the first move? After all, Dean has accepted that everybody in his life, sooner or later, will leave him for good (or die) and he’s given up on hoping for good things, while Cas has his own reasons for keeping distance. 

    In one of my previous reviews, I mentioned that cheeswithmy has an amazing ability to infuse canon elements into an AU fic. This story is another great example of such writing. Characterization all around is just wonderful - Cas is a broken soldier, carrying around loads of heavy guilt; soft spoken Benny is Dean’s best friend, solid as a rock; and Charlie’s protectiveness of her friend rivals only that of Dean’s own. The story is told mostly from Dean’s pov but there’s a couple of chapters where we get Cas’, Sam’s and Charlie’s perspectives. Sam’s musings about Benny and Dean, about why their camaraderie makes him feel so uneasy is just one of the best introspective into Sam’s mind that I’ve come across so far. 

    This story goes from Dean shutting down after a lifetime of putting everybody’s needs before his own, to a story about coming back to life and learning to wish for better things. Ugh, don’t pay attention to me, just read the fic! There’s no way my ramblings could do it any justice. ;)

    Note: We’ve bumped up original M rating to light NC-17, mostly because of the last chapter (a sweet pwp coda). That being said, this fic is perfect for fans who love angsty, emotional stories but would like to avoid explicit stuff. All smut is at the very end and you can easily avoid it without missing anything plot related. 


    posted 1 month ago on Aug 31, 2014 (Sun) at 6:56pm

    Submitted Rec: Tracing Memories 

    This is a follower submitted rec and, as such, we cannot guarantee that the tags are 100% accurate. From bulletin #74:

    Tracing Memories by  [NC-17, 143,000 word count]

    recced by anon

    After years free from the Lucifer Gang, Dean becomes a barista at a local coffee shop near where Sam goes to school. One day a blue eyed angel walks in the door and catches Dean’s attention. Castiel fells instantly for the hot bartender who quickly becomes his friend. One day when Michael, Dean’s room mate and a photography major, wins a contest with a picture of Dean, one of Lucifer’s gang members tracks down his favorite lost pet years after the last time he traumatized the Winchesters. The brothers and their friends will have to face demons from the past and unexpected places in order to recover from the aftermath of Hell’s tortures.


    posted 2 months ago on Aug 16, 2014 (Sat) at 5:35pm

    Submitted Rec: A Couple of Kooks 

    This is a follower submitted rec and, as such, we cannot guarantee that the tags are 100% accurate. From bulletin #74:

    A Couple of Kooks by  [NC-17, 67,900 word count (only technically a WIP)]

    recced by  

    Long-time Best Friends Castiel and Dean live in a tiny two-bedroom apartment in Hollywood, California. When Dean gets a call from a previous one night stand, he gets some unexpected news.
    When he gets a call from the hospital nine months later, he and Castiel both experience an unexpected life change.


    posted 2 months ago on Aug 16, 2014 (Sat) at 5:32pm

    Submitted Rec: Ready to Fall 

    This is a follower submitted rec and, as such, we cannot guarantee that the tags are 100% accurate. From bulletin #72:

    Ready to Fall by  [NC-17, 25,500 word count]

    recced by mbrryflyingcatstiel, & kryie101

    When Castiel’s plans for the summer get cancelled and he’s left with nowhere else to go, Dean invites his him to go home with him. It seems an easy solution to cure Castiel’s summer blues, but when they arrive at the Winchester household, Dean realizes due to a slight miscommunication with his mom he and Castiel will have to spend the summer sharing a bed and holding hands because the entire Winchester family thinks they’re dating.
    And really it shouldn’t be that big of a deal because Dean Winchester isn’t actually in love with his best friend; except for that he is.


    posted 2 months ago on Aug 2, 2014 (Sat) at 5:55pm

    Painted Angels 

    Painted Angels by WinJennster
    Rating: NC-17
    Word Count: 105,000
    Summary: Author Castiel Novak has finally hit the big time, with a book based on his failed college relationship with a brilliant painter. He’s put all his pain behind him, but at a book signing, he comes face to face with Dean Winchester for the first time in twelve years, and the reunion doesn’t go like Cas hoped. Dean’s a broken man, with a lot of scars and secrets, shoulders weighed down by his demons and self loathing.
    Cas sees a second chance with the man he’s never stopped loving, but Dean’s moved on, and is about to get married. Sam launches a “brilliant” plan to reunite his brother and his best friend, but Cas is worried it will all blow up in their faces, and he’ll go through the agony of losing Dean a second time.

    Painted Angels is two intertwined stories that come together in the final chapters. The first is a story of discovery and first love, and it is everything you imagine (or remember!) of those college days: late nights, friends, angst, and infinite potential. Despite Dean’s troubled history, depression and ongoing battles with his alcoholic and abusive father, there is a brightness and energy that suffuses the moments between Dean and Cas. That energy is epitomized by Dean’s paintings of the Archangels. As is implied by their separation, things go horribly wrong.

    The second story takes place twelve years later. It isn’t a chance encounter that reignites Dean and Cas’ relationship. Instead, Dean chooses to go to Cas’ book signing, even though both have moved on and Dean is preparing to marry Anna. Dean is just making do in his life, and at some level, everyone around him knows it. This creates an undercurrent that sets the tone for this component of the story. Sam’s well-intentioned meddling only makes things worse.

    Often when I read a fic that tells a story in two time frames, there is a disconnect or desire to get on with the “main story”. That was definitely not the case here. For me, the transitions between time lines filled in gaps and provided context at just the right moments. I don’t want to spoil, but a reveal about 2/3 of the way through the story just broke my heart. It set the stage for a significant shift in tone for the final three chapters of the fic. I must admit, the author and her characters are far more forgiving of John than me, yet that forgiveness is essential for the author to make good on her promise for a happy ending and for these damaged people to find peace.

    Fanworks inspired by this fanfic at destielfanworks (other fanworks by title)


    posted 3 months ago on Jul 15, 2014 (Tue) at 9:32pm

    Submitted Rec: Not Part of the Plan 

    This is a follower submitted rec and, as such, we cannot guarantee that the tags are 100% accurate. From bulletin #66:

    Not Part of the Plan by  [NC-17, 124,000 word count (WIP)]

    recced by flyingcatstielkyrie101, & mbrry

    (summary of first installment) It’s Castiel’s first visit to the neighboring Republic in years, and he decides to use his one free night to pick up a stranger from a bar. He meets Dean.


    posted 4 months ago on Jun 21, 2014 (Sat) at 7:49pm

    Submitted Rec: Of Shampoo and Fruit Flies 

    This is a follower submitted rec and, as such, we cannot guarantee that the tags are 100% accurate. From bulletin #65:

    Of Shampoo and Fruit Flies by  [M, 17,600 word count]

    recced by 

    Dean’s roommate is not what anyone would call ordinary. Cas is asexual, and autistic, and he frustrates other people with his unrelentingly ‘childish’ ways – but it’s different with Dean: they have an exceptional bond, something truly profound. Dean figures Cas wouldn’t respond to the idea of a crush the way most people would, so he has no intention of telling him he’s been harbouring non-platonic feelings for him for years. Then one night everything falls to pieces: Cas overhears something he wasn’t meant to hear. Things were never normal between the two of them, but now they might never be comfortable again.


    posted 4 months ago on Jun 14, 2014 (Sat) at 4:29pm

    Submitted Rec: Painted Angels 

    This is a follower submitted rec and, as such, we cannot guarantee that the tags are 100% accurate. From bulletin #64:

    Painted Angels by  [NC-17, 105,000 word count]

    recced by anon

    Author Castiel Novak has finally hit the big time, with a book based on his failed college relationship with a brilliant painter. He’s put all his pain behind him, but at a book signing, he comes face to face with Dean Winchester for the first time in twelve years, and the reunion doesn’t go like Cas hoped. Dean’s a broken man, with a lot of scars and secrets, shoulders weighed down by his demons and self loathing.
    Cas sees a second chance with the man he’s never stopped loving, but Dean’s moved on, and is about to get married. Sam launches a “brilliant” plan to reunite his brother and his best friend, but Cas is worried it will all blow up in their faces, and he’ll go through the agony of losing Dean a second time.


    posted 4 months ago on Jun 7, 2014 (Sat) at 8:08pm

    Submitted Rec: a place for us 

    This is a follower submitted rec and, as such, we cannot guarantee that the tags are 100% accurate. From bulletin #64:

    a place for us by  [T, 15,600 word count]

    recced by flyingcatstiel

    Dean lifts a leg and shoves at Cas’s hip with his bare foot. He wants to stop thinking about djinn dreams, and Zachariah, and why the hell his subconscious would stick him in a reality where he’s a suspenders-wearing pansy and his monster kid is alive. “Would you just lie down?” (Canon divergence from the last few minutes of “Survival of the Fittest,” 7.23.)


    posted 4 months ago on Jun 7, 2014 (Sat) at 8:06pm