Another Friday is upon us and I have just been looking at my long WIP list; I have quite a few on there that haven’t updated for a while… *sigh* anyone else in that same situation? I think I am soon ready to do some WIP housecleaning! lol
Anyway, this week I have two recs for you, as I finished a complete fic I had been reading for a while, a CEOward that I really enjoyed, and also I have a link to a contest full of great Historical One Shots that I have been plugging away at.
The story is set in New York City where we have 28 yr old CEO Edward Cullen or Hunky Millionaire Playboy Eddie C., as he’s known throughout New York’s Page Six headlines and other tabloid gossip media. Edward is “…one of the owners of Cullen, Cullen & Whitlock, or CCW for short, the fastest growing privately-owned ad agency on the East Coast…” based in downtown New York City. Edward, his older brother Emmett and their best-friend and soon to be brother-in-law, Jasper Whitlock, all run CCW together, while Rosalie Hale-Cullen, Em’s wife, is in charge of the Creative Team, including new Graphic Artist, Isabella Swan.
Bella is a 26 yr old divorced mother of an adorable 4 yr old daughter named Maddie, and after leaving Washington to escape her complicated and unhappy past, she feels blessed to have procured a new job at CCW and to be able to start a new life in NYC. She plans for her life to be simple and refreshing, but a wrench gets thrown into her plan when she has to take her daughter to work one day, and they both meet her new Boss, Edward Cullen or “Edwood” as Maddie calls him, who certainly leaves a lasting impression as he is caught coming out of a conference room with one of his employees in a bit of a disheveled state. 😉
Excerpt from Chapter 2 BPOV:
Maddie and I sat on the soft, black leather sofa in the waiting area of the Human Resources Department. I watched my daughter as she spoke quietly to her little rag doll Angie, her safety doll.
“But Angie, I was only gone a little while. Besides, the nice man took good care of you. He protected you from the mean lady.”
I inclined my head and stared at her curiously. I could feel the worry lines creasing my forehead. “Sweetie, what nice man and mean lady are you talking about?”
My daughter looked up at me innocently, with those big brown eyes so much like my own, yet filled with a softness and trust that mine would never again possess. “The nice man we met downstairs mommy,” she replied matter-of-factly, and then her face scrunched up into a cute little scowl, “and that mean lady that was in the room with him.”
I bit my lip, trying to hold in the expletive that was on the tip of my tongue. I’d hoped Maddie hadn’t realized that Mr. Cullen and Lauren had been locked in the conference room together, but as usual, my daughter had been extremely observant. Of course, being only four, she had no idea what she’d witnessed, and I was definitely not going to enlighten her. She didn’t need to know the type of behavior adults with no morals engaged in. I’d shield her from that type of knowledge for the rest of my life if I could. A part of me thought of how ironic it was that it was keeping her from that type of knowledge that had us here in this city instead of home in Forks right now. Yet as I thought of that I also wondered what it was that had her calling Mr. Edward Cullen a ‘nice man’, while Lauren took the title of ‘mean lady’. I personally thought they were both disgusting pieces of shit.
Not that he wasn’t one of, if not the, most perfect looking specimen of a man I’d ever laid eyes on. Holy Hell, the pictures of him in the newspapers and magazines did him no justice! Not that I’d ever gone out of my way to buy one of those mags or read one of the articles about him. But they were pretty hard to avoid. His face showed up on either one of the gossip newspapers or magazines pretty regularly. And based on the crooked grin that almost always plastered his face, he enjoyed the attention tremendously. Cocky son-of-a-bitch.
But as I’d rounded the corner downstairs a few minutes ago, looking for my Maddie, and come face to face with the one owner of the Agency I hadn’t met yet, the initial impression I’d received from him had been completely different. He’d been holding out Angie, Maddie’s doll; his arm outstretched as he gazed down sweetly at my daughter, and my heart had stopped momentarily. Both from relief at having found Maddie, even though she’d only been out of my sight for a couple of minutes and I knew she had to be somewhere nearby, but also from the sight of this beautiful man gazing down at my daughter with a look of total innocence and bewilderment. It had momentarily stunned me that a man like this, who’d never met Maddie before in his life, could look at her with more awe and emotion than her own father ever had. I’d felt my eyes grow wide with shock.
Edward is stunned and mortified, at the same time, at his own behavior and it all comes crashing down on him that day, just what the ramifications could be in relation to how he has been living his life. He becomes completely entranced by both brown-haired beauties and realizes there may be more to life than booze, partying and random women. As the story progresses, man-whore Edward works hard to edit his life and at gaining Bella’s respect and trust, while doting on sweet little Maddie, his “Princess”. It’s not always easy though, as there are numerous difficult obstacles for him to overcome.
This story is labeled Romance/Drama and as we see in the 36 chapters of this story (and 3 Epilogues), there are multiple dramatic storylines to follow throughout the plot – from Edward’s Playboy past, on-and-off-again girlfriend, Tanya, to his business obligations and complicated family relationships. Bella has her own storylines, some involving Edward and her trust issues, but there is also her past with her ex-husband, his disregard for their daughter, and the gossip she left behind from living in a small town.
This Is Who I Am is told from both POVs, really adding to the understanding of what each character has been and is dealing with in their lives. I really liked the slow but naturally progressing character development of both Edward and Bella in this story; they both change and mature substantially by the end of story. The author said she was striving for a realistic element in her characters, and I feel she met that goal, as they both have a past they are not proud of, they both have demons they have to deal with, but they both find a strength and power in themselves and in each other, which helps them to strive for a better life individually and together. All of this makes for a lovely romantic read; I didn’t want to put it down! Enjoy!
Summary for This Is Who I Am: “Edward Cullen, successful business exec/playboy/all around bad boy. Bella Swan, divorced mom/graphic artist/unwilling to trust her heart to the likes of someone like Edward again. Will she give him a chance? Does he even deserve one? AH, AU ExB
Twilight – Rated: M – English – Romance/Drama – Chapters: 39 – Words: 376,495 – Reviews: 4579 – Updated: 6-29-11 – Published: 5-18-10 – Edward & Bella – Complete”
My second recommendation this week is a Compilation of 42 One Shots from The Age of Edward 2012 Contest Entries…
The Age of Edward 2012 Contest is now closed, but RA readers, there are some great Historical One Shots here for you to read.
“WELCOME TO THE AGE OF EDWARD CONTEST
The Age of Edward Contest will feature quality stories throughout various historical eras, ranging from ancient times up until the modern era.
The contest will begin January 2, 2012.
The contest will close February 15, 2012.
Public voting will begin on February 16, 2012.
Public voting will close on February 22, 2012.
Winners will be announced March 1, 2012.
Each round winners will be chosen based on votes by readers. Winners will each receive a prize for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.”
“The One Shots can take place in any historical era from Pre-history to the 1980’s, so long as the story is historically accurate. The Age of Edward Contest features quality stories throughout various historical eras, ranging from ancient times up until the modern era.”
I have read some of the stories and they were all well-written and a pleasure to read, and if you like Historical fics then I’m sure you will find something you will enjoy from the wide variety of stories offered here, such as Cowboyward/Ranchward (CaraNo), Scottish Highland Edward (bellasunderstudy1), 12th Century Scottish folklore Edward (Welcome2MyWorldxoxo), Edwardian/Titanicward (Cullen312), Discoward (MandyLeigh87), Old West Edward (ericastwilight) Gladiator Edward (Sheviking), Elizabethanward/Shakespearean Actor (Javamomma0921) and even a Bootlegward (amandac3), plus many more, and I believe some may be continued once the contest is over – I know CaraNo’s Nebraska Hideout will be extended with a few outtakes and an epilogue. Enjoy!
Happy FanFiction Fridays my friends, and please share what’s been owning you in the FanFiction world this week.