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Title: Smoke and Mirrors
Author/Artist: [livejournal.com profile] oakstone730
Pairing(s): Charlie / Harry, past Charlie / Remus
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 25,800
Warnings: BDSM: bondage, flogging, aftercare, contracts, wax play, and sensory deprivation. Angst and mildly excessive licking
Summary: “With the tightening of each buckle Charlie felt his tension easing. He closed his eyes behind the blindfold and fell into the darkness...”

Why I loved it: Written for the [livejournal.com profile] hpsolemnlysworn fest, it's not a pairing I'd normally go for, but [livejournal.com profile] oakstone730 always has real tenderness for her characters and she absolutely makes both pairings work. This is a really sensual, sweet BDSM fic. Charlie seeks out transient encounters to relieve the stress of dragon-wrangling after losing his partner Remus. The mysterious Dom known only as Black contacts him to offer an unusual contract.

The scenes between them are beautifully immersive and very hot, but it's the combination of that and the emotional content which kept me reading past my bedtime. I really enjoyed the way things played out between the two men as Black's true identity is revealed. I'd say you don't need to be a BDSM fan to enjoy this, although obviously it wouldn't hurt ;-)

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Two fics I really liked from [livejournal.com profile] hd_remix:

Two Hearts that Bleat as One is a fabulous reworking of [livejournal.com profile] icmezzo's Love Lies Bleating. If you've read the original, you'll want to read it all again from Draco's POV, and if you haven't read either, you are in for a hilarious and completely charming treat.

Harry Potter is a Dirty Exhibitionist is a funny, hot, fast-paced fic about how Harry and Draco end up being caught by Hermione shagging on top of a china cabinet. I laughed and smiled my way through this one. It's packed full of fine smut, but at heart there's a charming romance to it. There's also NC-17 art to go with it, from a very familiar pencil :D

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THE DANGERS OF BENDING OVER IN A CAR PARK WEARING SKINTIGHT LYCRA

I originally made this post, including the link to this video, last night, after watching it and thinking what an excellent prank. Basically, a chap with a nice arse hangs around in a car park wearing leggings and bending over the boot of his car, then films men's reactions when they find out they've been eyeing up a bloke. I found it very funny to see how freaked out the voyeurs were, and the way the lycra leggings man taunts them about it. It's got a nice edge of subversion and even a tinge of tragedy to it.

Well, after posting, I went to bed and started fretting about it. I wasn't sure if it really was so hilarious to watch some idiots behaving in a homophobic way, even if they do come out of it looking fuckwitted. I was on my mobile at this point, so I just changed the post to private and decided to think about it in the morning. Sorry for being baffling to those who were reading the post when it went poof! Also, I lost your comment, sorry, [livejournal.com profile] sophie_french.

Anyway, here it is again, if you are in the mood for this kind of thing. Maybe it's a profound commentary on homophobia and desire. Maybe it's just funny to see a man literally jump backwards when he realises he's ogled a male arse.

Date: 2014-03-06 06:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oakstone730.livejournal.com
You are an absolute love. Thank you so much for reading S&M, and for the lovely, lovely review. This is the first time I've written D/s and I've been quite nervous about it.

XOXOXO

p.s. can I steal your sentence describing the plot? It is so much better than the drivel I tried to write for a summary.

Date: 2014-03-06 06:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sophie-french.livejournal.com
I was about to leave another comment when it said 'access denied' !

Anyway, I ended up reading the remix one as well as the original work and liked them very much!

And I definitely WILL read the one by Oakstone as soon as I can, because I just love what she writes!!! :D

Date: 2014-03-06 07:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sophie-french.livejournal.com
Oh no don't worry it was fine! I was just surprised that's all! :)

He he I had recced this one too yesterday!!! :D Great minds... :)

Date: 2014-03-06 08:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ms-hecubus.livejournal.com
It's odd, but I can almost always tell a guy's butt from a girl's even if you can't see much else of the body.

I wanted to hug the guy who was all, "Yeah, I was lookin'." Totally disarmed the prankster!

Date: 2014-03-06 08:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sdkshelly.livejournal.com
Oh man that video. I wanted to laugh but the fact that two of those guys were physically going after him is just so disturbing to me. But props to the one dude who told him he had a nice ass. One awesome fella among the asses eh?

And I read that second hd_remix fic yesterday! Couldn't agree more with your rec!

Date: 2014-03-07 12:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] icmezzo.livejournal.com
Well that explains it! LJ told me that you'd mentioned me and then wouldn't let me see! It was very nearly a tragedy. ;)

Date: 2014-03-07 03:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zeitgeistic.livejournal.com
OMG when he started twerkin.

Date: 2014-04-04 06:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] eidheann_writes
Thank you.

I was a nervous wreck when my remix posted, and the fact that you enjoyed it (and enjoyed enough to rec it) really just made my week. You are wonderful and thank you THANK YOU <3

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