TGIFF!! and a happy one indeed! Did you all see our sexy, sweet Rob at Comic Con yesterday… *le sigh* he was so adorable, smiling, laughing, yeah, loved him!
Okay, on with the recs… *shakes my head to clear it of all the lusty Comic Con Rob thoughts* 😉 …so today I have 3 recs for you, a WIP drabble that has been owning my ass, and a hot one shot, also a recap of a previous rec that I am enjoying as well…
Any of you who read Twilight fanfiction on a regular basis will be familiar with my first author, the incredibly talented SoapyMayhem, who is owning me with her new Olderward drabble, Hello Beautiful, which posts in short 200-600 word chapters at least once daily Monday – Friday until complete.
Summary for Hello Beautiful: “Bella Swan-Cullen has always thought her stepfather was a handsome man. What happens when that small spark of attraction ignites? It’s not just Bella that stands to get burned. Her secret attraction could tear her family apart! – Bella/Edward Drabble See Disclaimer Inside
Twilight – Rated: M – English – Drama/Romance – Chapters: 21 – Words: 10,220 – Reviews: 1938 – Updated: 7-12-12 – Published: 6-29-12 – Bella & Edward”
Now, before I begin, I will quote SoapyMayhem’s Disclaimer for this story:
Warning – This story will contain content, themes, and language which some may find offensive, including an inappropriate sexual relationship between a young woman and her stepfather.
…Firstly,… Hello Beautiful will have a HEA. Second, there will be no lemons or anything other than a vague mention of sex between Renee and Edward. Third, there will be a 17 year age difference, and lastly, there will be cheating (Edward on Renee but not on Bella) and no hanky-panky between Bella and Edward until Bella is of legal age.
I love how Soapy has presented this drabble story, each chapter giving us just a little bit more of the key elements to unlocking the controversial relationship between Edward and Bella. She’s taking us to a new level of interesting, and has had me pining for updates, while trying to piece it all together, ever since she started posting 06-29-12. It’s told all in BPOV, and begins with us learning just how she and her mother, Renee, were hurtfully betrayed by her father…
There comes a time in a little girl’s life when she begins to see her father in a more realistic light. He’s no longer the perfect prince or knight in shining armor standing guard to save her from the mean old dragon. He’s no longer the one who’s always there to quiet her fears and kiss her boo boos, and he is certainly not going to be her future husband. He’s flesh and blood. He’s fallible.
That time came when I was about six years old.
My mother and I had spent the weekend at my grandmother’s ranch upstate. Grandmother had come down with the flu during our trip, so we ended up coming home early, only to find my father on the couch, his naked body hovering over a woman who was certainly not my mother.
At the time, I really didn’t understand what was happening, but the shared looks of horror and subsequent screaming and arguing that followed told me that my father had done something very wrong.
To this day, I didn’t know why my mother didn’t call my father to make him aware of our early arrival home, though I wondered if she hadn’t already suspected what he’d been up to behind her back.
It was a long time before she found anyone again, and after that, a few times a year, I’d come home from a weekend at Dad’s and would be introduced to yet another boyfriend.
Sadly, none of them measured up or lasted very long for that matter, at least not until him.
Now that Renee is moving on, our curiosity is peaked to see what will happen next, as we see there is life for Bella and Renee after her father’s indiscretion, in the form of “him” – the debonair, rich, and handsome Edward Cullen…
It was on my fifteenth birthday that mom introduced me to her new boyfriend, Mr. Cullen.
At first, I was pissed – birthday dinners were supposed to be “family only.” However, all that changed when I spotted the ridiculously handsome man waving us over to the quiet little booth he’d reserved for the occasion.
“That’s Mr. Cullen? Wow, he’s hot, Mom!” I exclaimed discreetly, tugging on her dress sleeve. I had to laugh when she blushed and giggled a little at my comment.
“He’s really very sweet too,” she added excitedly, her pace speeding up to get to him.
By the time the we made it to the table, Mr. Cullen was standing at his full height, a warm smile on his handsome face. The man was dazzling, of course, and on a purely superficial level, I couldn’t have been more excited for my mother.
By the time dinner was over, it was decided that, not only was he extremely good looking, he actually was a really nice guy.
He was a keeper.
“Thank you for the gift,” I told him, feeling genuinely excited about using the small, leather-bound journal he’d given me.
We hadn’t even met before this evening, yet his gift had been one of the most thoughtful ones I’d gotten this year.
Mr. Cullen’s eyes lit up at my gratitude. “You’re welcome, Bella. Your Mom said you love to write, so I thought you might be able to put it to good use,” he told me, his eyes cutting to hers.
I had to smile at them – clearly, they were both smitten.
“Oh, and thank you for dinner too, Mr. Cullen!”
“Please, Bella, call me Edward,” he corrected gently.
“Edward,” I repeated, liking him even more.
Yes, he was a keeper, as the story progresses so does Renee’s relationship with Edward, they get married and Bella grows up, much to the chagrin of her step-father. We are at the point in the story now, after 21 chapters, where Bella is graduating High School and preparing to turn 18 and move onto College. We are also seeing some fighting and problems arising between Renee and Edward, but I won’t tell you my theories as to why I think this is, I will let you read Hello Beautiful for yourself because it is so well-written, keeps you intrigued chapter after chapter, and definitely wanting more! Please enjoy! ♥
My second rec is a hot, excellent one shot called Eight Herculean Weeks, that I betaed for MidnightLove87, for which she WON 2nd Place Winner for the Public Vote in the Driven to Desire Anonymous UST Contest! Congrats my sweet girl! We had a hell of a great time with this, and she insists I tell you all (or she threatened to have RF change this post) that I should take credit for the ending, which, yes, was my idea to throw in that twist. *There ML87 are you happy now?!* lol
Eight Herculean Weeks: “A new intern may cost Edward his job, will he have the strength to keep his hands off of her for eight weeks or will he give in and have his wicked way with her? Oh did I mention that the intern is his boss’ daughter? 2nd Place Public Vote Winner in the Anonymous Driven to Desire UST Contest!
Twilight – Rated: M – English – Romance/Humor – Chapters: 1 – Words: 12,803 – Reviews: 32 – Published: 6-25-12 – Edward & Bella.”
At 32 years old, Edward Cullen thinks the world is his oyster. He’s successful, as the Senior Partner of Swan Consulting Firm, he has an active social life, enjoys the finer things life has to offer; his life is all in order, that is until he meets the Boss’s daughter, the lovely, captivating, and young, Ms. Swan…
“Edward, this is our new summer intern, Isabella Swan, my daughter,” Charlie, my boss of almost ten years said as he introduced me to the shy looking brunette.
Isabella looked about seventeen with her hair pulled back, standing there holding her purse.
“You can call me Bella,” she murmured as she jutted out her hand for me to shake.
Her delicate hand slipped into mine and my eyes widened. Her soft skin gave me a jolt I most certainly wasn’t expecting.
“Nice to meet you, Bella,” I told her, before dropping my hand and turning my attention back to Charlie.
My eyes slid to see a flush lighting up her pale cheeks, but before I could let myself truly appreciate the sight, I made sure they were glued to Charlie’s face.
“Edward, Bella will be with us for the summer, so please try to assign her actual tasks and not the typical coffee runs, okay?”
I nodded because he was the boss and you never fucked with the guy who signed your paycheck.
We made small talk for a few minutes. Charlie told me all about how Bella had just graduated high school with honors. So she wasn’t all good looks and no brain.
“Bella honey, have a good day and obey Mr. Cullen, he’s your boss now,” Charlie said before giving her a hug and walking off.
I took a moment to look over the bashful Bella. She was dressed in a red scoop neck blouse and a gray pencil skirt. It was pretty much office appropriate, except the shirt looked like it was painted on and there was definite cleavage showing, which according to the employee handbook was a big no-no, but, hell, who was I to argue. And that gray pencil skirt hugged her hips in the most sinful manner. But her face… it was all innocence and youth, there was no way she could even be eighteen.
I took a shaky breath and tried to clear my head of any impure thoughts like how sexy her ass looked as she turned away from me to glance around the room.
Bella was the boss’s daughter for fuck’s sake and I wasn’t about to head down that road of professional destruction, not after ten years at a company that had become like a family to me.
“Yes, Mr. Cullen.”
“If you’ll follow me, I’ll show you to your desk and you can get to work,” I told her in my calm, authoritative tone I used on the rest of my team. Yes, I had a team. Working diligently at a company for ten years got me that. I did all the right things needed to move up in the world in that time frame. I started out as a mail room technician, which was a nice name for a mail bitch, and slowly worked my way up over the years to being Charlie Swan’s pride and joy. My official title was Edward Cullen, Senior Partner of Swan Consulting Firm. Yep, pretty fucking snazzy if you asked me. I was thirty when I got that title two years ago, so it was a great way to celebrate my birthday.
Bella looked up at me as I stopped in front of the empty desk just outside my office. I noticed then she had a set of deep brown eyes that were almost breathtaking when you paired them with her pale skin.
“Alright this is your desk, if you need anything you can either ask Jessica, my assistant, or myself. Don’t hesitate to come into my office, just make sure you page me first, okay?”
She nodded and slipped behind the intern desk and started unpacking a few personal effects.
I left her to it for a few minutes, so she could have some time to get settled before I had to give her an assignment.
Yes, most of her work would consist of making copies and getting coffee, it was just the definition of an intern. But I always went above and beyond when I had one because that was what Charlie did for me when I was one of them.
So in a couple of weeks I’d have Bella sit in on some meetings and really get a feel for what it was that we did here at her father’s company.
I sat in my chair really trying my best to shake any thoughts of her that weren’t related to work. I watched the clock tick by and fifteen minutes later I figured I had given Bella ample time to get settled.
I gathered up some documents and files on my way out, fully intending to keep up my professional act. There was no need to let her see what I thought of her.
But when I opened my office door I wasn’t prepared for the sight before me.
“Fuck me,” I breathed under my breath.
Bella was bending over the front of her desk and my mind was running wild with that image.
My slacks tightened and I quickly retreated back into my office before she noticed I had even stepped out.
For the love of Christ, she was out there bending over her desk right outside my fucking office. That was close, it could’ve ended badly. Me exploding all over the back over her, wrecking her shirt wouldn’t have been a good thing.
The next eight weeks were going to be hard. Pun intended.
Oh yes, Hardward 😉 has a long, eight weeks ahead of him, as he tries to stave off his draw to young Bella Swan. Can he do it? Stay away from her, his enticing, curvaceous intern? You’ll have to read and find out! And what will he do to make it through those eight, herculean weeks? He may just have to take things into his own *cough* hands! Enjoy!
Driven To Desire Challenge – on Fanfiction.net – great entries to read!
I’d also like to mention another story that’s totally owning me, that was rec’d by Cared last month on FanFiction Fridays – Recs for Jun 15/12, it’s Indecent Proposal by Pattyrose. This is an excellent story, still updating faithfully twice a week, usually Tuesday and Friday, and I anxiously await each update, and really can’t wait for more of this exciting storyline and great characters! Bella is kick-ass, so friendly, refreshing and fun, and Edward is sweet but complicated and learning that there is more to life than he ever realized. I am really enjoying his romantic drama.
Summary for Indecent Proposal: “Edward’s heart was broken by the girl he’s loved for almost a decade. Drifter Bella wanders into Forks aimlessly one hot summer day. When their paths cross, he proposes a scheme to get them both their deepest desires. But things aren’t always as they seem & Fate can have other plans. Rated M.
Twilight – Rated: M – English – Romance/Drama – Chapters: 13 – Words: 63,082 – Reviews: 1811 – Updated: 7-11-12 – Published: 5-30-12 – Edward & Bella”
Have a lovely summer week, and please let me know what’s been owning you in the fanfiction world! I’d love to hear from you. xo