Title: Odd Jobs Series by Betty and Emerald Woman
Fandom: Leverage
Pairing: Parker/Hardison, Parker/Hardison/Eliot
Categories: humor, case file, favorite
Length: ~18,000 words
Warnings: That rating is for one (IMO, over the top) scene of violence in The Cat-Burglar Job

When Parker decides that it's time to express her interest to Hardison, she goes to Eliot for help. (I'm so sorry, Eliot.)

The first story in this series, The Underwire Job, is far and away my favorite Leverage story of all time. Parker and Eliot are hysterical as they undertake the mission of Getting Hardison's Attention, especially Eliot, who is participating under protest (and, whenever possible, partially drunk). This story never fails to make me smile.

The other two stories in the series are also good, but not quite as flawless as The Underwire Job (I have to skip over that scene mentioned in the warning, as it makes me queasy, and House Rules is more a vignette than a story). Still, they're an enjoyable and satisfying extension of the universe and it's always fun to see the whole team go on a mission, as they do in The Cat-Burglar Job.

Odd Jobs Series
Title: Point of a Pistol by Giddygeek
Fandom: Person of Interest
Pairing: John/Harold
Categories: drama, action, case file
Length: ~25,000 words
Warnings: n/a

Root comes after Harold again and this time John's not taking it lying down.

Branching off of canon sometime during early season 2, this is a fun cat-and-mouse game between John and Root, with Harold providing technical support and enough trust issues to sink a boat. I really loved getting to see John being the clever one for once, and the developing relationship between John and Harold provides a nice focal point around which the action centers. An enjoyable story that (aside from the gay romance) could be an episode of the show and a perfect read for anyone in the mood for a Person of Interest style case file fic.

Point of a Pistol
Title: A Slight Misunderstanding and Dangerous Assumptions by Coragyps
Fandom: Sherlock BBC
Pairing: John/Sherlock
Categories: angst, humor, hurt/comfort, drama, action, casefile, virgin (to gay sex), favorite
Length: ~64,000 words (combined)
Warnings: In A Slight Misunderstanding, there are three instances where John thinks of Sherlock as *Sher*. (*shudder* -- that was almost bad enough to turn this rec into a rant.) Fortunately it's all in one scene in Chapter 9. Unfortunately it kind of ruins the climactic relationship scene.

In which John accidentally convinces Sherlock that he's in love with him. Or, from Sherlock's POV in the sequel, how his plan to turn John from his Assistant into his Lover goes horribly awry.

These are both highly entertaining stories that cover essentially the same time frame, but from John and Sherlock's POV respectively (though the author says that they both stand alone, I strongly suggest reading Misunderstanding first). My personal favorite of the two is A Slight Misunderstanding, because it has one of the most interesting and engrossing plots I've ever read in Sherlock fic, namely how Sherlock Holmes would commit and cover up the perfect murder (the victim in this case is Moriarty). I found the entire process fascinating to read, even more so than John's baffled and winding journey from friendly mates to physical love with Sherlock. While John's journey is hugely enjoyable as well and is laced with plenty of humor to cut the angst, the plot is what earned this fic its 'favorites' tag.

Dangerous Assumptions is more of a character study of Sherlock than a true retelling of Misunderstanding. Coragyps has given an intriguing backstory to Sherlock that's a lot of fun to read, and Mycroft is hysterical as he tries to give Sherlock advice in the most vague and unhelpful way ever.

In the end, these two stories have the best of both worlds. If you're in the mood for a plotty fic with a silly (but entertaining) romantic subplot, A Slight Misunderstanding is perfect for you. If, on the other hand, you want an in-depth character study, check out Dangerous Assumptions. Either way, you're in for a great read.

A Slight Misunderstanding
Dangerous Assumptions
Title: The Green Light Job by LithiumDoll
Fandom: Leverage
Pairing: gen
Categories: casefile, action
Length: 14,200 words
Warnings: n/a

When a good (albeit naive) man gets set up as the Mob's fall guy, the Leverage team steps in to help him. The end result: Eliot in prison, Parker playing a prison guard (!), and Nate wearing a feather boa. How could this possibly go wrong?

It's been a while since I've found Leverage fic I liked enough to finish, so I was happy to discover this intriguing casefile fic. I will say that two of the three flashbacks in the story are unnecessary, but otherwise this is a very solid fic that could very easily have been pulled straight from the show, with a good plot and some fun twists and turns. Full of team respect, humor, action, and drama, this is a fun story for anyone who has been craving a bit more Leverage team!fic.

The Green Light Job
Title: The Ties that Bind Job by Hickumu
Fandom: Leverage/Angel
Pairing: gen
Categories: action, casefile (sort of), crossover, drama, family, friendship
Length: 40,000 words
Warnings: n/a

When Eliot stumbles into a nest of vampires, it's sheer luck that Faith is there to save him. The only problem is, he's now in a coma and Faith (and Angel) thinks that he's Lindsay McDonald. The Leverage crew, on the other hand, have never heard of this 'Lindsay' character (and don't get them started on the subject of 'vampires'). Thus begins one epic tale of friendship and family drama.

I've had a streak of bad luck with fics of late, so I my expectations were low when I opened this story, especially since I'm not a huge fan of Eliot or Angel centric fics. Fortunately for me, this story is a perfect ensemble piece with everyone getting a chance to shine and with plenty of attention paid to team dynamics. Even better is the fact that everyone is beautifully in character, with the two worlds tied together so seamlessly that I had a tough time remembering which bits were canon and which were crossover. Finally, I really appreciated that the crossover is weighted on the Leverage side of things; fans of both shows should be satisfied, but for a Leverage fan a well-written epic is a special treat.

If you like team stories, or tales of found family, or friendship fics, or just plain like a good, well-written crossover you should give this fic a try.

The Ties that Bind Job
Title: The Snow Queen by Doyle
Fandom: Angel (with Buffy universe cameos)
Pairing: gen, with flirting
Categories: action, casefile
Length: 13,500 words
Warnings: n/a

Set after Doyle dies and before Gunn joins the team as a regular member. When Angel and Wes are abducted at a simple rescue gone wrong, it's up to Cordelia (and her mad recruiting powers) to save the day.

As I'm not a huge fan of brooding vampires (be they of the Angel variety or the Spike variety), I don't read much Buffy 'verse fics. Fortunately, this fic features neither, as it's all about Cordelia and her delightfully practical approach to saving the day. Between her superpower (bitchiness), Gunn (even more awesome than in canon), and the Buffsters (elevating squabbling to an art form, heh) you have a fun, fast-paced fic that could (and absolutely should) have been an episode of the show.

The Snow Queen
Title: Lock and Keys by Emma DeMarais
Fandom: Burn Notice
Pairing: gen
Categories: casefile
Length: 7,000 words
Warnings: n/a

When a friend of Barry the money launderer gets abducted by a human trafficker, Michael, Sam, and Fiona are tasked with rescuing her.

This is a meat and potatoes fic, with good writing and an interesting (if a bit thin) plot. The characterizations are why I'm reccing this fic; all three members of the team are spot on, with Fiona a special standout. Though I gotta say my favorite bit is when Sam goes undercover as a "puppy". A solid casefile.

Lock and Keys
Last one for today (probably).

Title: Lucky in Love by belmanoir
Fandom: Due South
Pairing: Fraser/Vecchio/Kowalski
Categories: AU, harlequin, fluff, casefile, angst
Length: ~26,000 words
Warnings: n/a

While undercover, a drunk Ray Kowalski bets his partner, Ray Vecchio, in a game of poker. And loses. Fortunately he was playing a Canadian. AU in which Fraser hasn't met the Rays yet.

I love so much about this fic, from the fact that the focal point in the love triangle is Vecchio to the way belmanoir neatly ties in bits of canon with her AU. What I love most of all, however, is the fact that she opted for first season Fraser: aggressive, practical, and highly competent, while still being idealistic. He's my absolute favorite Fraser and doesn't show up that often in fic, so seeing him in this fic made my day. Mix in some smut, some jealousy, and a whole lot of miscommunication, and you have a fabulous Harlequin fic.

Lucky in Love

Epilogue: All I want to do is see more
Title: Magnetic by Aria
Fandom: Due South
Pairing: Fraser/Kowalski/Vecchio
Categories: post-canon, angst, casefile
Length: ~20,700 words
Warnings: police procedure as accurate as in canon (which is to say, not accurate at all)

After the adventure, Kowalski comes back to Chicago with the understanding that Fraser will be following as soon as he can arrange a transfer back to the Consulate. Only when Kowalski arrives, he finds that Vecchio is back as well.

I understand that there are a lot of Due South threesome fics where both Vecchio and Kowalski are focused on Fraser (though I have to admit I haven't found many of those stories myself). This fic is rather unique in that it *seems* like the Rays are focused on Fraser, but the real issue is that the Rays are focused on each other and *want* to be focused on Fraser. It's an interesting dynamic that causes lots of issues until everyone finally gets their ass in gear and *talks* to each other. Add to that some good writing with a few absolutely great lines as well as two very distinct Rays and you have a solid, satisfying FKV fic.



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