THEMED J2 AU FIC RECS [because there's a Jared and a Jensen for every occasion]










ACTORS, DIRECTORS, AUTHORS & CELEBRITIES


A City in the Desert by [info]coyotesuspect
Rating: NC17
Word count: 8200
Authors summary: Jared's the movie star, but Jensen's the dramatic one. He's also Jared's manager, or at least he likes to pretend he is.
Comment: Fun and snappy. This is apparently based on Entourage and even though I’ve never seen that show I still enjoyed this. The boys were great but it’s cameos from the exceptionally fierce Genevieve and Danneel that really round out the fic.


A Little Fall Of Rain by [info]splashpink
Word count: 14,000
Authors summary: Summary: 2007, a young author hunts for decades old clues in the death of an actor. 1966, whilst walking in the rain, a barman with a debt too big to pay saves the life of Hollywood's biggest star.

Comment: Atmospheric, noir, period tale that’s full of twists and turns. This is clever and surprising, but never at the expense of emotion and character.

And the Rest, As They Say, Is History by [info]raina_at
Rating: NC17
Authors summary:
Struggling actor Jensen takes a job as big-shot movie star Jared Padalecki’s dogsitter. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Comment: Without a doubt this is one of my all time favourite j2 stories. I’m not even certain I could put into words everything that makes this so enjoyable & sweet & engrossing. I’m pretty sure everyone will have already read this….and if not go, go now. Click that link to take you to the tale of laughter and romance where Jensen is a down on his luck actor, who ends up as a dog walker for Hollywood megastar Jared.

Any Road Will Get You There (How Jensen and Jared Didn’t Meet) by [info]_doodle
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang
Rating: R
Word count: 53,000
Authors summary: Jared and Jensen have shared the same friends for almost three years and somehow they've never managed to meet. With Jensen working in Vancouver and Jared working in L.A. the timing's always been wrong and the distance too great. Chris Kane firmly believes they'd be perfect for each other and between him and yet another missed meeting the curiosity becomes too much to stand. Through text messages, e-mails and instant messenger they start to bridge the distance between them. As their new found friendship develops into something more, past hurts threaten to repeat themselves. Can they make a long distance relationship work, even though they've never met?
Comment: Adorable story where Jared and Jensen manage to fall in love without ever having met one another. It’s fleshed out with fantastic supporting characters, including a wonderfully grouchy David Boreanaz, and cool multi-media pictures and links to illustrate the on-line conversations. Very sweet.

Come Play With Me by [info]lexzilla
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang
Rating: R
Word count: 24,700
Authors summary: Film geek Jared Padalecki is almost living the dream. He’s gone from excitable horror-convention-going fanboy to hot new cult film director in just five years. Now he has the budget, the studio and the stars. All he still needs to do is convince long forgotten B-movie actor Jensen Ackles that he wants to play the leading man in more than just his new movie and then it really will be 'happily ever after'. Of course, in life, just like in the movies, true love never runs smoothly...
Comment: Shamelessly pimping my own fic. Plus, everyone should witness the amazing art by [info]gwentastic.

Faint Stars and Bright Satellite Skies by [info]marishna
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang
Rating: NC17
Word count: 61,471
Authors summary: It's a story made for Hollywood- a chance encounter between a regular, down-to-earth guy with his whole life planned out for him without a second thought and a well-known, popular movie star turns into something far bigger than either man could ever anticipate. Neither Jared Padalecki nor Jensen Ackles expect or want the complications that arise in their lives from their fast friendship- especially when it develops into something neither anticipated. While Jared accepts and tries to deal with his growing feelings for his famous friend, Jensen fights it every step of the way until his strictly controlled life, hidden behind a public persona, spins out of control.
Comment: Absolutely epic fic where local boy Jared meets star actor Jensen. 61,471 words and I was engrossed though all the ups and downs, the romance, the first fumblings, the angst. This is a story where you really get time to savour every plot point.

Finding Out the Ways of This World by [info]dugindeep 
Written for [info]help_haiti 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 22,570
Authors summary: Jensen ambles through L.A. life waiting for his break, a chance, notoriety. As he fails more and more, his mood continues on a steady decline as does his general way of life. Meeting Jared is a life-altering event, but he can't take advantage of the connection until he gets his life in order.
Comment: The thing I like best about this story is that it takes its time to unfold, spreading itself out over the years with moments scattered just like in real life. It feels true to itself. And it means we really get to watch the characters reacting and adjusting and just maybe developing. Here we start with a Jensen that is embittered by life’s harsh realities, no hidden trauma, and no melodrama, just the effect of events not panning out like he wants regardless of any efforts made. And that is a Jensen we can root for and who we want to follow deeper into the story.


Fourth Wall by [info]raina_at
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang
Rating: NC17
Word count: 33,000
Authors summary: When famous murder mystery fiction writer Jared Padalecki is suspected of having murdered his former girlfriend, he turns to his ex-boyfriend and criminal defence lawyer Jensen Ackles for help. Matters soon get complicated both personally and professionally when both the case and their relationship as lawyer-client turn out far more difficult and volatile than either of them expected,and the lines between fiction and reality, past and present begin to blur.
Comment: This is a gripping murder mystery where flashback, narrative and text combine to reveal the history between Jared and Jensen as much as the murder plot.

Half Truths And Whole Lies by [info]rocketbalm 
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang
Rating: R
Word count: 44,094
Authors summary: A bitter and distrustful former television journalist, forced out of a job that he loved and defined him is in search of some sort of revenge by writing his memoirs. His agent sets him up with a co author who is a former democratic speech writer and once rising PR star that disappeared from politics without explanation almost two years ago. Both men have secrets; both have reasons not to trust, but writing a book together means they have to learn to get past the anger and hurt and find a way to work together. It's not easy. It's not pretty. And sometimes it's just flat out dangerous. Bit by bit cracks start to appear in the walls they've built to protect themselves and they're shocked to discover the growing feelings they have for each other. When the secrets start to be unearthed and threaten to damage one or both of them, they have to find something deep within themselves to love before they can begin to love and protect someone else.
Comment: Jensen is an ex- newsman with a secret and Jared’s been hired to co-write his biography in this story, which manages to be by turn dark and intense but also touching and heartfelt. I loved how Jensen's mystery is drawn out through Jared and how the discovery of the secrets relates to their growth as a couple. “After he had agreed to the contract, Jared couldn’t help but wonder whether he should keep or kill Sam. If Ackles was half the asshole the papers said he was then the job would be six months of hell. On the other hand, the man was as talented as he was beautiful and Jared was pretty sure he could happily sit and listen to his voice read the phone book much less recount, first hand, some of the most compelling and news-worthy stories of the last six years.”

I Taught Your Boyfriend That Thing You Like by [info]apocalypsos
Rating: NC17
Word count: 22,000
Authors summary:
Jared is a big gay celebrity gossip blogger. Jensen is the biggest straightest action star in Hollywood. Boysex ensues.
Comment: Immensely funny and exuberant story where gossip columnist and total slut Jared Padalecki gets his Hollywood action hero, one Jensen Ackles. “See, E! had this break in their TV schedule because ... hell, Jared still doesn't know. The Kardashians had stopped acting like spoiled brainless tarts in public or gotten real jobs or something. Who the hell knew? Anyway, open time slot. And they thought, Hey! Let's do another celebrity gossip show! Except let's not use Perez, let's use that gay guy who's hot and doesn't look like he smells like gym socks and crotch. So they called Jared.”

Let Us Compare Mythologies by [info]cjmarlowe 
Written for [info]spn_j2_xmas
Rating: PG13
Word count: 17,300
Authors summary: Jensen Ackles, award-winning author, is experiencing the longest writing dry spell of his life until he spots a good-looking stranger in a bookstore window and suddenly everything changes.
Comment: This is so charming. Famous novelist Jensen Ackles gets his inspiration from watching the cute guy in the bookstore across the road. Bookstore worker Jared gets a crush on the guy that always sits writing in the café. There’s a really sweet slow-build to this and it makes the way everything comes together that much more delightful.

Louder Than Words by [info]splashpink
Authors summary: Jared throws a party for his best friend, looking forward to meeting the girl in his life. Jensen wasn't quite what he was expecting.
Comment: Fantastic story where Jared falls instantly falls in love with deaf!Jensen. But, oh no, he’s with David Boreanaz. What’s a boy to do? Jared’s voice is so funny and wonderful in this. “Too pretty. Never trust the pretty. Pretty always ended badly. Helen of Troy. Perfect example. David and Jensen were going to result in the downfall of a country. Or LA, at the very least."

Never Looked the Same by [info]osmalic NEW
Writen for [info]spn_j2_xmas 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 12,900
Authors summary: In which Jensen is a writer. He had a crush on Jared Padalecki when he was Jared's TA. Jared Padalecki is a Hollywood actor. He doesn't remember Jensen. That's okay, Jensen doesn't have a crush on him anymore and he can lie like a pro. He writes fiction, for god's sakes! This is gonna be easy.
Comment: If you can suspend your disbelief for this good, old fashioned misunderstanding and mistaken identity fic, you’ll be rewarded with a cute read that will make you happy.

Re-cast (scar!verse) by [info]ladyjanelly (ongoing)
Rating: R
Authors summary:
Jensen stopped acting in 2000.  He still runs into Jared.
Comment: Excellent series where Jared is an actor and Jensen is a masseur with a scar and a secret. I do get stupidly excited each time a new bit is posted.

Ripped From the Headlines: A Guide To Having a Famous Boyfriend by [info]unperfectwolf
Written for [info]spn_rainyday
Rating: PG13
Word count: 14,700
Authors summary:
Jensen is a famous actor and Jared is a college student. One day they meet, and nothing's the same again.
Comment: Completely adorable. This is a warm and sweet story about what happens when a student meets a megastar and the press mistakes them for a couple.

Shine On by [info]estei
Rating: NC17
Authors summary: After a painful separation in university Jared and Jensen meet again under very different circumstances. Jensen is an up and coming film director and Jared is a successful public relations executive with a secret.
Comment: An unexpected story, filled with wants and regrets, about the boys getting second chances in life. After a painful break-up earlier in their lives, Jared and Jensen meet again when Jared is hired to do PR for director Jensen.

Such Great Heights by [info]alasse
Rating: NC17
Word count: 15,600
Authors summary: Jared’s an aspiring scriptwriter who’s living in L.A., trying to save enough money to go to grad school in UCLA by having multiple jobs. One night, while working as a waiter in a WB event, he meets Jensen Ackles, who gets pulled into the celebrity auction, and, without really stopping to think, Jared bids his savings on him, and wins.
Comment: A real pleasure of a fic, that just flies by as you read it. Aspiring scriptwriter Jared impulsively spends his hard-earned tuition money on buying Hollywood hottie Jensen at a bachelor auction and romance and complications ensue.

The Ramblers by [info]mijmeraar NEW
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: R
Word count: 36,566
Authors summary: Jensen Ackles - part time photographer and part time shit kicker - is waist deep in his best friends’ break downs and drug dealings; in dyslexic musicians and disabusing ex-boyfriends. If that’s not enough, he meets Jared Padalecki –a young, breakthrough actor with a bestselling movie to his name – who, awkward but earnest, strives for Jensen’s affections. The safe and sheltered life behind his camera isn’t enough, now, and Jensen’s set to become the star of his own show – whether he’s ready or not.
Comment: Stylised and slightly off-kilter, this has its own rhythm going on but its one that marches exactly to the tune of the characters sturm und drang, working only to enhance the story.

To Teach the Human Heart the Knowledge of Itself by [info]apreludetoanend
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: R
Word count: 45,068
Authors summary: Every spring, while thousands of other college and grad students flock to sunny beaches or head home to do laundry, Jensen gives his time to a performing arts group which aims to raise money and arts awareness in school aged children. Each year, the group spends spring break together on a different deserted college campus rehearsing and performing a play, letting local schools observe both the process and the final product, and raising money and encouraging participation in the arts in the local community. Jensen's about to finish grad school; this is his seventh and final year with the program, and performing the lead role opposite his best friend Chris might just be the highlight of his year—that is, until he arrives to find Chris missing in action, and some guy named Jared taking his place. With only a week to put the play together, Jensen knows he can't afford to waste his time and energy hating Jared, but after a rough start, he's surprised to find that Jared's arrival isn't so much ruining his week as making it better than he ever thought it could be.
Comment: This feels so genuinely warm and sweet and is an absolute pleasure to read. The relationships between all the characters feel so real and serve the story well as the backdrop to Jared and Jensen’s growing romance. The 1980’s movie dialogue conversation between Jensen and Chris may just be one of my favourite fic moments ever.




ALTERNATE LIVES / EMPLOYMENT [general]


100 Days to Domestic Bliss (and other messes) by [info]dugindeep NEW
Written for [info]spn_j2_xmas 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 20,800
Authors summary: Jensen falling for Jared is easy. Living with him is not.
Comment: A very different take on the falling fast into a relationship trope, this perfectly captures the way things may happen despite, or even because of, our best intentions. Perfectly mixing angst with humour, this is really enjoyable.


A Devil to Help Me Get Things Right by [info]__doodle
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 72,000
Authors summary: It was in moments like this that Jensen knew that they would be together forever. Nothing would or could break them apart. Jensen was wrong. At 19 he was in love with Jared, full of plans and hopes for their future. He didn’t count on dropping out of college and driving Jared away with cheating and drinking being part of them. At 30 Jensen wakes up with retrograde amnesia, his last memories of being 19 and happy. As he struggles to regain his memory and find out who he is, Jensen has to face the harsh truths of who he became and how he treated Jared. Determined not to make the same mistakes again, Jensen starts to get his life back on track and try to win an engaged and angry Jared back.
Comment: Angsty but optimistic fic where we get to take our time and explore Jensen coming to terms with himself. The eked out flashbacks to his forgotten past are done at such a perfect pace, fast enough to keep the reader intrigued and slow enough to give us (and Jensen) time to handle each little revelation. But it’s Danneel that steals the show as she copes with her changing relationship with Jensen to become his bedrock.

A Handful of Rain by [info]riyku
NEW
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 33,000
Authors summary: Life on the streets had taught Jensen that everything came with a price. Family was a word that meant the people who kicked you out, religion was nothing more than a free meal, and salvation something that he could buy for ten bucks a hit down on the bad side of town. Scoring had become his full-time job, and finding a safe place to sleep was what he did in his time off. It was only a matter of time until this life caught up with him. Now, strung out and with no where else to go, Jensen finds himself following his feet to a place he never thought he would go--to the home of a stranger who can unfailingly see past Jensen's mistakes, and who can see right through to the good that is still left within him. The challenge is getting Jensen to see it as well.
Comment: I was really captivated by this. The writing is lyrical, without being abstract, and also somehow grounded and visceral. Reading it, you can feel the characters coming to life word by word, drawing you in and forcing you to care. It’s hard and bleak at times, but there’s a thread of hopefulness at it’s heart that casts its faint glow throughout. “The first thing he felt was the cold air that rushed across him, pulling him out of wherever he’d been—that ocean-sized place, Lala Land, the Kingdom of Nod. It was moving too fast, and he wanted it to slow down, take it’s time so that he could figure it out. Suss out why it was there. But it had moved on, another digression, a train of thought that left the station before he could hop on board and grab a seat. One that faced forward. He didn’t want to get motion sickness.”


And call me in the morning by [info]atimi NEW
Rating: R
Word count: 19,500
Authors summary: On his first day at work in a new hospital, Jensen finds that his biggest concerns revolve around not looking like a psychotic hobo, deciding which coworker(s) he wants to sleep with, and figuring out a way to stop badgers having sex in his house.
Comment: Loosely based on the TV series ‘Green Wing’, this fantastic fic oddity is hilarious. Full of hospital hi-jinks, drunken shenanigans and foolhardy challenges, it’s impossible not to adore every single moment.


And I Ponder Where My Stapler's Gone by [info]waterofthemoon
Written for [info]spn_j2_xmas 
Rating: PG13
Word count: 5821
Authors summary: Jared's obviously pining away. Jensen's clearly miserable. It's a match made in codependent heaven. A cubicle romance in which Misha makes matches, cons his coworkers, and refines his plans for global domination.
Comment: Very funny Misha POV fic. And yes, being in his head is just as awesome as you imagine it would be. Which is almost as awesome as the Chad cameo.


Ashes of the Moon by [info]corbyinoz

Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 42,000
Authors summary: Jared Padalecki, an inexperienced and uncertain young man, is sent to Kibilisa, Africa, to work for his church. Less than a month later the country is torn apart by civil war. Alone in charge of a group of children, he despairs of surviving – until he meets a mysterious man named Jensen Ackles who seems to know the country and the language. Their journey together will bring them terror, pain, horror and the deepest grief; but also friendship, self-sacrifice, love and redemption.
Comment: There’s so much terrible brutality and pain in this story, which, through the author’s skills, is somehow interwoven, with an essentially hopeful and redemptive tale of courage and strength. It’s evocative and rich with detail and you can really feel yourself becoming drawn into the very different landscape which at times can seem as beautiful as it is horrific. “The rebels had launched themselves with astonishing speed and ferocity in an arc of devastation that cut between where Jensen was in Maboso and where he wanted to go. They’d come before the rains, when every pundit had declared that a major push would wait until after the wet season. They’d come while the UN dickered, while the Government churned money and power between themselves in a kind of incestuous orgy of incompetence and greed, while the army spent their time in the newly built casino in De’shwali or home on their farms. In two weeks they’d crossed terrain the experts had declared would take them two months to conquer, if at all. They’d had Kalashnikovs and trucks and a scorched earth policy that meant they didn’t have to watch their backs as they went. There was no-one left to defend against.”


At Your Doorstep by [info]nutkin
Rating: NC17
Word count: 7000
Authors summary:
Jared is unemployed and addicted to the Home Shopping Network; Jensen works for UPS.
Comment: Jared orders a lot of stuff from a home shopping network. Jensen is his delivery guy. This is so much fun and guaranteed to leave a smile on your face.

Aural by [info]lazy_daze
Written for [info]spn_j2_xmas
Rating: NC17
Word count: 24,000
Comment: There’s a really interesting plot here but my brain was too busy going ‘boom’ at the ridiculously hot porn. It’s a perfect kinkathon with a dirty talking Jared topping the hell out of a squirming and obedient Jensen. This is smoking. “Jensen bit down on his lip. Jesus Christ. He squirmed—couldn't help it. Padalecki's voice was close and soft right in his ear, saying things like that, just—outright, no pussy footing around.” .

Bar!verse by [info]estrella30
Rating: R-NC17
Comment: Utterly adorable 'verse where bartender Jensen meets student Jared.

Body By Design 'Verse: Tattoo AU by [info]incompletework2 (ongoing)
Rating: PG13-NC17
Comment: Jared and Jensen work in a tattoo parlour with the rest of the CW lot.

Break Loose Ranch 'Verse by [info]technosage 
Rating: NC17
Comment: Another of my favourites. This is one of the hottest series ever.  I think it’s because the porn is about the characters and it is the way it is because of the way the boys are. It’s that deftly written. Jared is a rancher who meets a kind of damaged Jensen at a Kane show.

Business and Pleasure by [info]belyste
Written for [info]spn_harlequin
Rating: Adult
Authors summary: Jared’s a philandering CEO and Jensen’s his overworked assistant – that is, until Jared decides he needs to improve his image by having a serious relationship and chooses Jensen to be his fake boyfriend. But Jensen’s a little in love with Jared and Jared has ideas of his own, and pretty soon no one is certain what’s fake and what’s real anymore. Featuring dancing, denial, a lot of inappropriate work behavior, and an infamous office holiday party.
Comment: A mighty fine big meaty fic where Jared is a rich playboy CEO & Jensen is his (secretly in lust with his boss) assistant. What happens when Jensen has to pretend to be Jared’s boyfriend? You’ll be charmed, that’s what.

Business Hours Are Over by [info]annella
Rating: NC17
Word count: 11,150
Authors summary: Jared's just started his dream job as the receptionist at Kripke & Manners, and he quickly develops a serious crush on the acountant.
Comment: Very gay receptionist Jared gets a crush on Jensen, the office accountant, in this charming and amusing fic.

but will you still love me tomorrow by [info]jeyhawk
Written for [info]j2_remix
Rating: R
Word count: 4000
Authors summary: Jensen's really good at unrequited love affairs, but karaoke, Cuervo, and making a fool out of himself in front of everyone he knows changes all that.
Comment: This is an adorable bookstore AU. A shy and slightly grouchy Jensen pines over co-worker Jared during his thirtieth birthday celebration and then decides to do something about it. His attempt at wooing is a delight to behold.


Can't Point the Way To Your Heart by [info]belyste
Written for [info]spn_holidays
Rating: NC17
Word count: 33,000
Authors summary: AU in the vein of movies like Hitch - Jensen's an unofficial advice guru, and Jared's his latest project.  Except while Jensen's  supposed to be helping Jared end up with the woman of his dreams, he falls for him instead.
Comment: This story is such a delightful read, full of good humour and romance and possibly the cutest little kitten known to man all of which add up to a giant squeee experience as you read it. Jensen helps Jared seduce the woman of his dreams but gets a little more involved than he expects. “He follows Jensen around all day, trotting after him with his little tail held high, and he cuddles at any opportunity, even if Jensen’s just standing still for a second – he’ll dive at Jensen’s feet if they stop moving and try to crawl in his lap if Jensen so much as moves to sit. He purrs hard enough to shake his little frame if Jensen so much as lays a hand on him, and if he picks Oscar up, he’ll nuzzle right into a spot under Jensen’s chin, inside his shirt collar, and be perfectly content to curl up there as long as he can.”

Cattle Rancher, Convenient Wife by [info]lightning
Written for [info]spn_harlequin
Rating: NC17
Word count: 11,100
Authors summary: Hot ex-actor Jared Padalecki doesn't seem to fit Jensen's criteria at all. With his model looks he can't trust that Jared's growing attraction to him is for real. But that doesn't seem to stop Jensen thinking about him-every minute of every day!
Comment: So funny and sweet. Cattle rancher Jensen hires Jared to be his 'wife'.

Coming Of Age by [info]b_s_n_m
Rating: PG13
Authors summary: Jared's a depressed mechanic and Jensen's a happy writer with a need to protect.
Comment: Mechanic Jared meets writer Jensen in this sweet yet sad fic. I like the fact that in this one Jared is the woobie and Jensen gets the chance to take care of him and help him deal with his homophobic dad.

Cowboys and Babies by [info]kashmir1 
Written for [info]spn_harlequin 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 13,500
Authors summary: Jared's ancient Taurus dies not in a blaze of glory but with a pathetic wheeze and a tiny shudder by the side of the road miles and miles away from any kind of civilization. He puts his head down on the steering wheel and inhales shakily, talking himself out of crying. He knows it's just the hormones but combined with everything that had gone down with Chad days earlier and not having anywhere to go but back to his momma and dad who were not happy about his decision to keep the baby, husband or no, it's just all too much to take.
So when the car dies, Jared feels like curling up by the side of the road and joining it.

Comment: Cowboy Jensen takes in a pregnant Jared.

(Dance Is) The Hidden Language of the Soul by [info]jeyhawk
Written for [info]j2_diaries
Rating: NC17
Word count: 8000
Authors summary: Jensen owns a dance school and Jared is a nurse. Will Jensen's insecurities ruin their relationship or can they make it work?
Comment: I have a thing for both Insecure!Jensen and Bottom!Jensen fic. This one hits both of those. Here Jensen is a dance instructor in a relationship with nurse Jared, but his insecurities are causing fights and may just break them apart.

Deceptions by [info]enablelove
Rating: R
Word count: 2011
Authors summary: Chris lies to Jensen about the new neighbor; Jensen takes it on himself to get to know him.
Comment: Delightfully sweet and schmoopy.


Eat Drink Love by [info]raina_at 
Written for [info]spn_j2_xmas 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 8600
Authors summary: Cynical waiter Jensen serves Serial Dater Jared's row of first dates.
Comment: Well crafted characters, sharp dialogue and an abundance of chemistry combine to make this a truly delightful read. “Also, the job’s pretty much killed any illusions Jensen still had about dating. Stilted conversation that stops gratefully when the food arrives, squabbling over the bill, the awkward ‘Am I getting lucky?’ dance, Jensen sees every variety of it on any given Friday or Saturday. It’s reduced his intention of ever going through the sheer mind-numbing awkwardness of ‘dating’, aka dinner with a complete stranger, to zero.”


Echo by [info]munibunny NEW
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 50,000
Authors summary: Summertime in California and Jared's life has just taken a turn for the better. He's got a new job, a new apartment, and a whole new outlook on life. The bad news? He thinks his apartment might be haunted. The good news? He just met this really hot guy. Jensen’s a man with a troubled past, but Jared’s already fallen hard. As he starts to uncover the truth behind what's happening in his home, however, Jared discovers that his and Jensen's lives are more intertwined than he ever imagined, and the path to Jensen's heart might just be helping the man find his way home.
Comment: A wonderfully crafted and beautiful story. The mystery will draw you in immediately and keep you curious.

Every Second Tuesday by [info]mournthewicked 
Word Count: 8500
Authors summary: A trained monkey could do Jensen's job. Seriously, it's that easy. He gets through the day by trolling the web, napping,and coming up with creative ways to sneak out early. When the company decides to hire a masseuse to come into the office, Jensen figures it'll just be another perk of the job. Turns out he was right.
Comment: If you can get past the sadness of not having a masseuse working in your office, this is really sweet. Jensen’s inner-slacker monologue is funny and grouchy enough to stop a schmoopy story ever sliding over into being saccharine and there’s also some delicious UST.


Eyes On Me by [info]dea_liberty
Rating: NC17
Comment: Jensen helps club-boy Jared get ready work. Porn ensues.

Fill My Glass For Me by [info]matalinolukaret
Rating: NC-17
Word count: 3390
Authors summary: New place, new job, new friends. Why not spend the night flirting with the cute bartender?
Comment: This is just all kinds of cute.


Five ways Jensen met Jared at the mall during the holiday season by [info]chase_acow
Rating: PG13-NC17
Word count: 7500
Authors summary:
It doesn't matter if Jensen is homeless, ten years old, a jerk, a daddy, or an actor – he and Jared are made for each other.
Comment: Five wonderful vignettes of how different versions of Jared and Jensen could have met and fallen in love. So 5 AUs for the price of one. Yay. I’m especially fond of the homeless Jensen one. But then the kids one is so damn cute and…Damn it. I can’t choose.

Food Porn by [info]unreckless
Rating: R
Word count: ~50,000
Authors summary: Jensen’s a neurotic sous chef and his roommate Jared’s a disgruntled chef turned blogger turned author who’s just trying to finish his book. Mostly they call each other names, and then they fall in love. And then they call each other names some more.
Comment: Funny, snarky boys fall in love while surrounded and supported by a funny, snarky cast in this very amusing and entertaining epic. “Jensen is just about the least scary person on earth. The Olsen Twins circa 1992 and fuzzy little golden retriever puppies are scarier, according to his roommate, Jared, (who’s kind of a dick), and Ross (who’s a dick in training). Jensen’s ninety-eight percent sure that Jeff being halfway across the country means that absolutely nobody is going to listen to a goddamn word Jensen says. No matter how many times people tell him not to worry about it he has a panic-induced mini-aneurysm every time he thinks about it.”

For The Workforce Drowning by [info]lostt1
Rating: R
Word count: 7045
Authors summary:
Jensen is the disgruntled office employee who lives his life by post-its and to-do lists. Jared is the new guy, the free spirit that works in the mail room. What happens when Jensen's perfectly planned future gets a little shaken up?
Comment: Jared breathes life into ordered office worker Jensen in this warm and sweet tale. The story is full of these tiny details that really make you feel as if you’re part of it.

Forever Destined by [info]basez_dreams
Rating: NC17
Authors summary: The title says it all; what if two souls were destined to always meet?
Comment: Sweet fic where the boys find out they're reincarnated.

Grapes of Wrath by [info]astri13
Written for [info]spn_harlequin
Rating: NC17
Word count: 20,733
Authors summary: Jared Padalecki only knows one goal in life: revenge on his twin brother Jeffrey who stole their family company. A chance encounter with Jeff's fiancé Jensen might give him the perfect opportunity to get it.
Comment: Ugly duckling Jensen. Evil twins. Intrigue. Danger. Trickery. It's all too delicious. Jared wants revenge on his twin brother Jeff and uses Jensen to get it.

Halfway Home by [info]lemmealone
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang
Authors summary: Jared has lost his wife and Jensen has lost his mind. In the end they're both okay, as long as they keep driving.
Comment: Sad but hopeful story where Jared meets Jensen in a psychiatric hospital.

Happy Little Trees by [info]berrylicious877
Rating: NC17
Word count: 19,000
Authors summary: Jensen is unemployed and spends his days watching tv. He finds a show called Painting with Jared and becomes obsessed.
Comment: This is the kind of fic that you leave with a smile on your face. It’s authentically sweet and warm, but there’s a real sense of humour in there too. The idea of Jared painting ‘happy trees’ is the best thing ever. “Jensen quickly checked the program guide to see if he had stumbled upon some unknown porn station. Huh, he thought, reading the station description. Not porn...public access. Well, he could support local programming. And incredibly hot guys. So, he settled in to watch Painting with Jared.”


have you seen him whom my soul loves by [info]veronamay
Rating: NC17
Word count: 42,500
Authors summary:
Matthew 26:41—"Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."
Comment: This is a beautiful and emotional story that’s so perfectly written that it draws you right in from the get go. Jensen is a priest that moves to a small town. There he meets the friendly Jared, who is about to marry his fiancé. This is smart and sad and aching and powerful and I really can’t do justice to just how good it is. “This new guy, though—Jensen. He seems different. When he trudged up the drive to the church and asked politely for Father Singer, Bob thought he must be a lost traveller asking for directions. It took a minute for him to get past the road dust to see the collar and the rosary dangling from his belt. Even then, Bob wasn't sure this wasn't some sort of set-up until Jensen introduced himself, mild as a lamb.”

Heaven's Just A Sin Away and And Her Lips Were Cherry Red by [info]jeyhawk
Written for [info]spn_harlequin and [info]spn_j2_bigbang
Rating: NC17
Word count: 13,000
Comment: Such fantastic stories. Well written, well plotted and filled with fully drawn out characters. Funny and sad in equal measure, this perfectly hits all the emotional points. The first is a fic where medium Jared is the only one that can see Jensen. The second picks up with the boys a little down the line, just in time for murder and mayhem. ““You’re just this… gigantic dork,” Jensen continues. “Your hair is ridiculous, your nose too sharp and maybe a little on the big side. You never had sex and your taste in movies leaves a whole lot to be desired… and yet…” He smiles, his thumb brushing over Jared's cheekbone. “You’re the most beautiful thing I ever saw.”.”

he's just not that into you by [info]elanorelle
Written for [info]spn_j2_xmas 
Word count: 9517
Authors summary: So, Jared's decided to try online dating ... it's maybe not going as well as he'd hoped.
Comment: Light-hearted romantic comedy with an adorably awkward Jensen.


Hey Baby, Wanna Upgrade My System by [info]cruel_illusion and [info]cherryscott
Rating: NC17
Word count: 6788
Authors summary: Jensen owns an electronics store. Jared owns a jewelry store. When Jared's computers break, he calls Jensen. Instant attraction = hot vault smexin'.
Comment: They have really hot sex.

How To Get in Shape and Other Life Lessons by [info]lea_ndra 
Rating: NC17
Authors summary: Jared hires the best fitness coach in town to get him in shape for his break-out movie - and gets much more than his money's worth!
Comment: Jensen is a fitness-nazi trainer hired to get candy eating Jared into shape. “Your assistant said you’re going to be in an action movie by James Cameron and you start filming in three months? And you play some kind of iron-miner-turned-proletarian-hero in a post-apocalyptic world?”. Snarky banter, sweating, pizza deprivation and hot sex all make for a really enjoyable read.

How To Sell A Guy A House In Six Weeks by [info]dijisun
Rating: NC17
Word count: 14,000
Comment: A really fun AU story where Jared is a realtor trying to find the perfect home for fussy film director Jensen Ackles.

If I Loved You Less by [info]elanorelle NEW
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: PG13
Word count: 35,725
Authors summary: Jared Padalecki, handsome, clever and rich, has lived almost twenty-four years in the comfort and affluence of L.A., with very little to trouble or upset him, save some unhappy losses in his childhood. With the exception of looking after his father - almost the only family he has left - Jared has few responsibilities to speak of, and he spends his time drifting from one party to the next, unsure what he really wants to do with his life. Along the way, he frequently plays matchmaker to those friends he thinks are in need of his assistance, much to the disapproval of his lifelong friend, Jensen. But while Jared considers himself something of an expert at dealing with other people's happy endings, he's having a much harder time figuring out his own, even when it might be right in front of him.
Comment: As the author puts it, this fic is a ‘shameless co-opting of Jane Austen's Emma’ that’s so delightful and sweet natured, it’s a real joy to read. Sure, there are moments when you’ll want to slap Jared, but these only add to the fun in eventually seeing it all work out.

If you had known how that would sound to me (you would have taken it back) by [info]beckaandzac NEW
Written for [info]spn_j2_xmas 
Rating: PG
Word count: 4230
Authors summary: Jared and Jensen run a website about comic books. When they drive from Dallas to Washington, DC to attend the Small Press Expo, the trip doesn't go quite as Jared expected.
Comment: The palpable tensions of an established relationship are on display here in a way that feels real. The fact that it’s wrapped with schmoop and adorable geekery only adds to this.

In From The Cold by [info]ladyjanelly 
Comment: Haunting and mysterious AU where Jared encounters a homeless Jensen. This is rich with detail and unusual characterisations that make it all so easy for the reader to picture. “Luck’s with him, and he knows the guy on the other side--one of them at least. Jeff Morgan. Tall, dark and scruffy in his green military jacket. He’s one of the few down here on the streets who’s not addicted or crazy. Okay, beyond some claustrophobia like Jared’s never seen before. People say he’s a vet, but nobody can agree on what war. Jared sees his battlefield though, putting himself between the poor and the weather and the cops and the gangs and the dealers and the pimps. Jared hits the button to let him in and sees that Jeff isn’t alone. He’s got some street guy with him, bloody-faced and dazed looking, cradling one arm. Jared thinks one of the sad things about street people is how they all look alike--lanky, unwashed hair, scraggly beards. This guy’s eyes are a bright green though, the whites not yellowed by liver damage and Jared thinks that’s hopeful.”

It’s Only a Job: Trash!verse and Beyond Trash!verse by [info]emerald_angel9 (Beyond Trash!verse ongoing)
Rating: NC17
Authors summary: Jared is a garbage man, and Jensen has a lot of trash. They meet and fall in love, but not everyone wants to see them together. Sexual harrassment rumors about Jensen, lying friends and a horrible accident threaten to break them up. Can their love and some incredible sexual chemistry be enough to weather these challenges? Stay tuned for: pool sex, beach sex, on-the-Impala-sex, mirror sex, on-a-motorcyle-sex and more!
Comment: Highly entertaining and enjoyable story following the trials and tribulations faced by the two boys after they meet and fall in love during the times that Jared collects Jensen’s trash. The universe is nicely rounded out by the cast of supporting characters, including a jealous Steve, a scheming Sandy and an only semi-douchy Chad.

It's Pronounced Husband and Husband by [info]dev_earl
Rating: NC17
Word count: 5818
Authors summary: jared padalecki is arranged to marry jensen ackles. no matter how hot the guy is, he's not keen on the idea. nope.
Comment: Jared and Jensen have a kinda arranged marriage. Then they fall in love.

Keep Coming Around by [info]misskittye
Rating: NC17
Word count: 26,403
Comment: Jensen is a gay vet and Jared is a straight guy with abandoned kittens at the start of this sweet story. Friendships evolve, complications ensue and friends interfere in this long tale, which also happens to be very pleasing.

Know Your Damn Constituents by [info]bekkis
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 28,000
Authors summary: Jensen Ackles was a rising star in politics when he suddenly picked up and left D.C. to work back home in the private sector. He swore he was done with politics. But when his ex shows up with the perfect opportunity, Jensen finds he's not ready to give up on politics after all. A dream candidate and the chance to gain back his reputation, Jensen's ready to get back into the game. Except Jensen has to convince Jared Padalecki, his old political rival, that he's right for the job, and Jared is the last person Jensen can go to for a favor.
Comment: A Democrat-centric political fic that really managed to capture the excitement I felt during the actual US election in 08, this had me completely wrapped up and involved. Make sure to check out the timestamp fics linked on the masterpost. “Jensen comes from a long line of Texan politicians who probably never had to deal with someone like Jared. If Jensen’s father ever had to spend the day with Jared, his father would probably stop giving Jensen the stink eye and a long speech about public service whenever Jensen complains.”


Late Night Double Feature by [info]vorpalblades 
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang
Rating: R
Word count: 20,037
Authors summary: Gone are the lazy summer days of Jared’s youth; he now has his first-ever job at the Starlight Cinemas. It’s nothing like he expected – long hours, hard work, and unpredictable coworkers, including one Jensen Ackles. Only one thing is certain: Jared’s going to learn more than how to make the perfect batch of popcorn.
Comment: One of my favourite stories. The universe the author created was so full and vibrant, the characters so well drawn and the dialogue so sharp and funny that I was truly sad when I reached the end and realised there was no more. “Welcome, worms, to Starlight Cinemas, your home away from home for the next three months. If you are here, that means one of three things. One, your mommy and daddy didn’t want you running under foot all summer and forced you to get a job. Two, we’re the only place who called you back when you sent out your undoubtedly impressive resume. Or three, you’re just a loser who won’t leave. It’s okay, we still accept you. You’re family here.”

Leave My Heart Out of This by [info]elless18
Rating: NC-17
Word count: 35,000
Authors summary: AU. Jensen needs to get married in order to get his grandfather’s inheritance and open his own law firm. Jared would do anything to help his best friend. The plan is simple- pretend to date, get married, get the inheritance, get divorced. But things grow complicated when one of them starts falling for his fake boyfriend. Can they find their happily-ever-after from all the lies they’ve built around them?
Comment: Maximum fun, minimum angst and kittens! The pacing is fast, the characterizations are sweet and, all in all, it’s delightful place to get lost in for a while.


Let Us In! by [info]standing_fic
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: R
Word count: 37,6000
Authors summary: Jensen is a counselor for a mental health outreach program and has to teach rookie Jared the ropes. He sets Jared up with the happy task of trying to separate crazy staff (Mike Rosenbaum, Alona Tal, Danneel Harris, Kristen Bell, Katie Cassidy, Chris Kane, Misha Collins) from actual Crazy, and both staff and clients are more than willing to accept him as their own. Once Jared sees what the program is all about, though, he gets his own idea on what he’s supposed to be doing. Unfortunately for Jensen – and the rest of the staff – it might put more than just their jobs on the line.
Comment: This is stylised in a good way. I loved how off-kilter and (almost) frenzied Jensen's point of view narrative is, mimicking his state of mind and reflecting those of his patients. All the other characters feel fully fleshed out too, from the recognisable CW people to the OC patients, enhancing the impact of the piece. It kind of makes you feel that you know how it is to work there. “The office is home, in a way that is uncomfortable for Jensen to admit to anyone. He has a certain attachment to the feel of his key sliding in the front door, of hearing the screen door hit behind him, of flipping on a light and stepping inside. When he’s alone, it cues a deep sigh that is both embarrassing and soul-settling.”


Life in a Cubicle: A Guide to Dating a Co-Worker by [info]villageidiot
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang
Rating: PG13
Word count: 37,700
Authors summary: There are ten rules about interoffice dating and Jared Padalecki pretty much fails at all of them. It happens like this: Jared works in a cubicle. Jensen is the oblivious engineer. Jared meets Jensen. Jared falls in love with Jensen. Jensen… needs a little coaxing. Also starring Chad the Maintenance Guy, Danneel in Payroll, Tom as the mildly disgruntled Mail Room Guy and Mike in HR. And Misha the Receptionist? Still ruining lives. Mostly Tom’s. And Jared’s. But mostly Tom’s (who deals with it like any rational person would: mail bombs and spiked coffee).
Comment: This just really works. Mostly light-hearted, lovable and filled with sparkly-witty banter, it also has that slight edge of angst that makes the whole thing just that much deeper. You really get the feeling of the inanities and quirks of office life from this, which is helped by the fully-drawn secondary characters that you become just as intrigued and invested in. “He had an actual degree from a respectable college and a half-assed ten year plan that he composed during his freshman year with his academic advisor but three months out of school, he just took the first job that offered him things like healthcare benefits and 401K matching. He figured he could take it as a temporary gig while he looked for something better but then he just kind of, you know. Stopped looking.”


Light My Fire and Playing With Fire by [info]agt_spooky
Rating: NC17
Word count: (Light My Fire) 19,700
Authors summary: (Light my Fire) In New York, two men meet under unusual circumstances, and find themselves falling for each other. But when Jensen Ackles learns who Jared Padalecki really is, it all comes crashing down. Can Jared convince Jensen to open up his heart and take a chance on love again, despite who Jared is?
Comment: Fireman Jensen has suffered a loss in his past. Then he meets paramedic Jared.

Live Free or Twihard by [info]poor_choices NEW
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 6000 words.
Authors summary: Jensen is Romeo, Jared is Juliet, Team Edward are the Montagues, Team Jacob are the Capulets, and Aldis Hodge sincerely hopes he is not Mercutio, because he does not want to get shanked.
Comment: Laugh out loud funny, this is insane in the good way. “Some kids, he understood, worried that their parents would discover they watched porn. Jensen's parents were disappointed if he didn't. Site mistress and master of edwardsminions.com, his mother and father were intensely dedicated Twilight fans who considered him a failure if he didn't read and review at least five erotic Edward/Bella fanfics a day, and flame at least ten Jacob/Bella.”

Looking for a Lesson in the Periodicals by [info]matalinolukaret
Written for [info]spn_j2_xmas 
Rating: NC17
Word Count: 9600
Authors summary: Every week Jared brings his niece to the library like any good uncle should. The hot librarian that works there is the reason he stays.
Comment: This is so sweet and warm and satisfying. Shy!Jensen slowly relaxing for Jared is perfectly done and too adorable for words. It made me all kinds of stupidly happy.


Lost and Found by [info]mediaville
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 47,000
Authors summary: Jensen Ackles is a shy, overweight songwriter whose body issues have prevented him from forming any real personal connections, and at thirty, he’s still unsure of his sexuality, and still a virgin. But when he signs up for an experimental obesity research program, he meets Jared Padalecki, a stunningly sexy fitness guru who slowly but surely changes Jensen’s life.
Comment: This is one of those stories that everyone is going to have a very different and very personal reaction to. Mine was that I loved it. For me, this was a story about Jensen needing to love himself no matter what, because Jared already did. The writing is top-notch. The author manages to tie angst and humour and pride and shame, and a whole host of other contradictions, so well together that you really feel like you’re reading something fully-formed and whole. It’s very satisfying. “They don’t mean to hurt him or judge him. They love him, he knows it. They just want better for him, and it’s impossible to forget that when he sees them face to face. So Jensen’s made excuses to get out of birthday dinners, family picnics, even holidays. He keeps up with everyone via email and the occasional phone call. It’s just easier that way.”

Love and Fishing by [info]sasskitten (ongoing)
Rating: NC17
Authors summary: Set in the fictitious Californian town of Angel Bay. Jensen, a seasoned cynic who believes that love is nothing more then a prison sentence, meets Jared, a hopeless romantic who still believes in the good of mankind.
Comment: Jared wants true love forever with Jensen. Jensen keeps panicking and breaking up with him. This is adorable.

Love Beyond the Color Spectrum by [info]coyotesuspect
Rating: NC17
Word count: 5500
Authors summary: Jared's fabulous, oblivious, and straight. Jensen's just gay. Also- they're totally not dating. J2 AU.

Comment: An awesome Danneel keeps meddling in Jared’s love life and refuses to believe him when he says his straight, thanks to his sparkly shoes and collection of pink shirts. This really is an appealing fic that has you rooting for Jared to wise up and give everyone a happy ending.


Love Shack ‘Verse by [info]kueble_fic (ongoing)
Rating: NC17
Authors summary: Love Shack is an AU 'verse where the CW RPS (and yeah, a few random actors) live in L.A. and work at one of three places: The Love Shack, Hollywood Video, or the Rattlesnake Smile. The only other thing you need to know is that every fic is titled with a song, and karaoke is the norm.
Comment: Fun (and funny) universe where Jared meets Jensen when he gets a job in a video shop. I have waaay to much love for CrazyMike in this. It’s a real shame that it doesn’t seem to have been updated for a while.

Lovely Way To Burn by [info]dhvana
Rating: R
Word count: 11,530
Authors summary: In Key West for a conference, workaholic Jared Padalecki becomes captivated by a street performer, but the mystery that is Jensen cannot be solved in one week. Unfortunately, a week is all Jared has.
Comment: An atmospheric fic where an in-town-for-work Jared meets a mysterious Jensen.

Matrimony With His Majesty by [info]meri_oddities
Written for [info]spn_harlequin
Word count: 25,000
Authors summary: A Texas cop saves the life of the king of Montovia and is rewarded.
Comment: This doesn’t disappoint. There’s some schmoop and some angst and some smut. There’s also a story wherein Jensen saves the life of Jared, King of Montovia. I’m so fond of this.

Mixing Business With Pleasure by [info]b_s_n_m
Rating: R
Authors summary:
Jensen and Jared play pawns for their fathers who are businessmen. Marriage and drama ensue.
Comment: Cute story where Jared and Jensen fall for each other after they’ve had an arranged marriage.

My Favorite Holding Period Is Forever by [info]kelleigh
Rating: NC17
Word count: 4200
Authors summary: Jared is the hassled, yet eerily efficient assistant to Jensen Ackles who, let's face it, is ALL THAT (and a bag of chips).
Comment: Jared and Jensen are office workers in this fic that has really great dynamics between the boys. “The older man says it all with a straight face but there’s something just there in the corner of his eye that Jared catches. Holy shit. If he didn’t swear to know his boss cold, he’d say Ackles was trying to be funny. He wants to joke back, see what would happen, but he can’t. Hell, the sky might fall if he tried.”

Never Been Called A Lovely Person by [info]chash
Rating: R
Word count: 6000
Comment: A Jensen that smokes is pretty much one of my biggest fic kinks and this hits it perfectly. Of course he also swears, parties too hard and fucks anything that moves. No wonder Jared loves him.

Only Connect by [info]madame_meretrix
Authors summary: Life doesn't allow take-backs. But sometimes there's do-overs.
Comment: This is a wonderfully written story about how Jensen messed up his relationship with Jared and is now realising that he wants to fix it. I really liked the way the both the timeline of the narrative and the point of view changed, seamlessly, throughout the fic and how this complements the central premise that the past can effect the present. Also features a fabulous Michael Rosenbaum.

Only This and Nothing More by [info]jeyhawk
Rating: NC17
Word count: 21,000
Authors summary: Jared's been clinging to Jesse because there is something about him that just feels right. Then one day he runs into Jesse's twin brother and maybe shy and soft-spoken Jensen is who Jared's been reaching for all along.
Comment: The descriptions of shy, sweet, dorky Jensen are just so lovely and matched so well with excited puppy Jared that you just can’t help but enjoy the ride.

Open Mike Night At the Freemont by [info]audrarose 
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang
Rating: NC17
Word count: 27,415
Authors summary: Bookstore AU set in Chicago, with Jared as a sculptor who works out of a garage and Jensen as a bookstore clerk who's trying to get over a tragedy.
Comment: This is a hurt/comfort fic to max. Successful sculptor Jared meets a pretty broken Jensen. Through a slow and beautifully drawn out reveal, their stories are told and their lives entangle. The characters, atmosphere and tone are all so vivid and work really well. “When the guy nodded toward Sadie the light hit his cheek, and Jared noticed the faint spider-web trace of scars over his left cheek-bone and temple, disappearing into his hairline. Jensen looked away immediately.”

professional zombie boyfriend by [info]_mournthewicked
Rating: R
Word count: 8500
Summary: Jensen hates surprises. Jared's job is surprising people. It shouldn't work, but it does.
Comment: Total fluffy goodness. Jensen meets Jared at a fair-style haunted house, true love happens and Misha is awesome.


Rent-A-Santa by [info]jeyhawk 
Written for [info]spn_j2_xmas
Rating: NC17
Word count: 10,000
Authors summary: Jared hires a Santa for his goddaughter and gets a lot more than he bargained for. Includes: Jensen in a Santa costume, out of work!Jared, the suckiest date ever, and a very unfortunate duvet.
Comment: This strikes such a good balance between being funny and being adorable. A down-in-the-dumps Jared hires a Santa, with really pretty eyes, to entertain his niece. “It's a lot less adorable a second later when Santa looks up at him, the corners of those eyes crinkling and a hot flash goes through Jared from head to toe. After almost a year of licking his wounds and avoiding all contact with guys, he's attracted to a guy in a Santa suit? He needs help.”

Roads Well Travelled by [info]indysaur
Rating: R
Word count: 10,552
Authors summary: Jared's known Jensen since he was born. Jensen's his best friend. They share a house. It's not uncomplicated.
Comment: Understated and deft writing combine in this almost melancholy tale of two friends who are on the verge of maybe becoming something more. This is the kind of story where what’s not said, is just as important as what is and everything is more than the sum of its parts.

Roll With It by [info]lynnmonster 
Written for [info]spn_j2_xmas
Rating: NC17
Word count: 12,800
Authors summary: It's the summer of 1984, and Jared hates the job his parents made him take at the roller rink. At first, anyway.

Comment: This is so sweet. In the 80’s a young Jared gets a summer-job at a skating rink where he meets up with a rag-tag crew of fellow employees including a wonderfully crazy!Mike and pretty hot Jensen.

Rounding The Bases by [info]crackedbuthappy
Rating: NC17
Word count: 16,150
Authors summary: Jared is a firm believer that dating is like baseball. Every man who steps up to the plate has to work hard to round the bases. He doesn’t believe in letting anyone hit a home run; a guy has to work for it, he has to hit every base from his place in the batter’s box to sliding into home. And in Jared's baseball metaphor for life? Jensen's a very capable batter.
Comment: I really like how this starts out with typical boys messing around way before it develops into real intimacy. It’s honest. That’s not to say this fic is serious, because really it’s a hell of a lot of fun with witty banter and smoking hot porn.


Snapshots by [info]titheniel (ongoing)
Rating: PG13-NC17
Authors summary: “Lie awake in bed at night, and think about your life, do you want to be different? It's time to forget about the past, to wash away what happened last” - 30 Seconds to Mars, A beautiful lie
Comment: I can safely say that I love this story. All the characters stand out so well, especially around a sad and semi-broken Jensen.

So Close To My Heart by [info]audrarose
Written for [info]fluffandfold
Word count: 15,900
Authors summary: Dr. Jared and single-dad Jensen in Seattle, with love and complications.
Comment: Dr. Jared is in love with Jensen, one of his patients' dad, in this sweet and romantic story. The world created is nicely rounded out with all the usual CW crew but Jeff’s eyebrow may steal all the limelight.

So Damn Lucky, Crush and When The World Ends by [info]prettyfreckles
Rating: NC17
Comment: Beautifully realised story. Jared the sword-swallower meets Jensen who also works at the fair.

some pieces they adjoin by [info]goingtoqueens NEW
Word count: 20,500
Authors summary: He can see what Jensen's trying to show him: a charcoal sketch of Jensen that Jared had done one night when he couldn't sleep and his real work was giving him hell. "From memory?" he asks, and bites at his lip.
Jared crouches low, right in Jensen's space, and says, "I've been looking at you for years, Jensen."

Comment: This is one of those delicately and deliberately worded stories where what isn’t said tells you just as much as what is and this soft way of exploring the characters and their world is effective in bringing out the emotions in the reader. A gorgeous story about two guys being in a relationship and then deciding to be in a relationship.

Sweet Dreams Remain by [info]dark_reaction
Rating: NC17
Word count: 8300
Authors summary: Jensen is a bartender who has the shit luck of falling for a married man, or the cocktail waitress who ended Jared and Sandy's fabulous marriage.
Comment: A raw, but still soft, slice of life fic featuring bartender Jensen and lawyer/customer Jared - their relationship played out through the cocktails that Jensen chooses to make. This is beautifully written.

Take the Sky, For Example (A Canvas of a Billion Suns) by [info]zephyrocity
Rating: R
Word Count: 45,683
Authors summary: Jensen knows from the start that moving in with a near-stranger is an awful idea, but the true magnitude of his mistake hits him like a sledgehammer after a few months of rocky cohabitation, when he realises that he's head over heels for his college-dropout-turned-struggling-actor roommate, who goes by the name of Jared and is oblivious, obnoxious, and straight. Based loosely on Spaced.
Comment: Long and gently paced roommate fic where you can feel the growing intimacy and the evolution of a friendship. All the supporting players feel really well drawn out and vibrant, giving the whole piece a nicely realistic feel.


Talking Points by [info]winterlive 
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 24,400
Authors summary: Texas state senator Jensen Ackles (D-16) is a dyed-in-the-wool idealist, a squeaky-clean boy scout, and a notorious press-dodger. His star is on the rise, and it's worth a career to get the scoop on him. The L.A. Times' star reporter Jared Padalecki might just make it to the Washington Post before his 30th birthday, if he can get the story - he'll have to go undercover and join Jensen's team. But it isn't long before the lie starts to feel like a betrayal, and Jared never expected to like his subject as much as he does.
Comment: This has a real West Wing vibe to it with all the fast paced, quick and snappy dialogue and that is no bad thing. It’s enjoyable to read a fic where everyone is just damn smart and good at what they do.


Tempted by a Texan by [info]sinoftheday
Written for [info]spn_harlequin
Rating: NC17
Word count: 9841
Comment: Owie Jensen fic! Jensen gets beaten up by some homophobes and ex boyfriend Jared comes back to look after him.

The Billionaire’s Bidding by [info]raina_at
Written for [info]spn_harlequin
Rating: R
Authors summary: When idle, slacking billionaire’s son Jensen Ackles lends a helping hand to his old childhood friend, he gets a lot more than he’s bargained for.
Comment: Long well written story, where intrigue abounds. Mega-rich Jensen helps out Jared financially as long as Jared pretends to be his boyfriend. Add in some scheming fathers and long held grudges and you get whole heaps‘o’fun.

The Cock & Dog Inn by [info]brynwulf
Rating: NC17
Authors summary:
It’s just a little B&B in the hill country, that happens to welcome dogs and gay boys.
Comment: Fun fic where Jared owns a bed & breakfast and Jensen is one of his guests.

The Dallas Deception by [info]aynslee
Written for [info]spn_harlequin
Comment: Another hugely enjoyable harlequin fic. This one is set in a law firm and Jared harbours a secret.

The Doors Of Time pt 1 and pt 2 by [info]felisblanco
Rating: PG13-NC17
Word count: (Part 1) 65,000
Authors summary: (Part 1) It’s not like he doesn’t try to fit in and make friends, he really does. It just seems like nothing he does is good enough for them. If he smiles they blink. If he speaks they stare. And whenever they see him coming they get this panicked look in their eyes like they want to run away and they don’t even know why. Jensen knows why. It’s the same thing that makes his dad worry and his mom cry. That makes Nana tell his parents he’s going to Hell, not even caring that he can hear her. It’s what makes him ‘weird’.
Comment: Astounding.

The Little Deli & Grocery Around The Corner by [info]regala_electra
Rating: NC17
Word count: 4557
Authors summary: Jensen hadn’t expected being here at this very moment, but now that he’s right smack in the middle of this, yeah this is exactly what he wants. This is the very true and completely serious tale of how Jensen Ackles came to co-own a deli & grocery with Jared Padalecki.
Comment: Engaging fic, full of snarky banter, where the boys run a deli-florist combo place in New York.

The Long Haul by [info]pocketfullof

Rating: PG13
Word count: 2750
Authors summary: Jensen hires a mover.
Comment: This story is really warm and comfortable and just incredibly sweet.

The Mindless Euthanasia of a Kiss by
[info]alasse
Written for [info]j2_spn_100days
Rating: R
Word count: 13,000
Authors summary: Jared and Sophia are best friends. Jensen is Sophia’s cousin. After hearing about him forever, Jared finally meets him when he’s thirteen years old. And for the next eight years, they go from acquaintances, to friends, to a maybe unrequited crush, until they get to love. But things aren’t exactly easy, and mistakes threaten to break what barely has a chance to start.
Comment: I really like the style of this story, the way it bounces back and forth between the past and the present. It’s a smart way to tell their epic love story, of meeting as kids and at various periods thereafter, by not giving too much away too soon.

The Sinister Nature of Culs-de-Sacs by [info]goddamnbatman NEW
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 38,000
Authors summary: Recently divorced, successful landscaper Jensen Ackles thinks he's moved into the house of his dreams. Trouble is, the yard next door is a nightmare, and rumor has it that its owner is even worse. Jensen's friends and neighbors are convinced he lives next to a ruthless and reclusive killer, but the more Jensen learns about Jared Padalecki, the more convinced he is that the rumors are wrong. But would he bet his life on it?
Comment: Great premise that really builds upon the mystery and creep factor to keep you engaged. “The house next door has certainly seen better days. The wood looks old, cracked and dry in places, its color so faded that Jensen's not sure what shade it started out before melting into a grayish brown. “Maybe no one lives there,” he says. “Maybe that's why it looks so bad.””

There's Always Tomorrow by [info]timehasa_way
Word count: 21,284
Rating: NC17
Authors summary: Jensen Ackles is a rich CEO whose lack of purpose is catching up to him. The only thing that keeps him sane is the ballet, his eyes always focused on one dancer: Jared Padalecki. He never expects for them to meet, and he never expects Jared to be there for him when his life falls apart. It's on a sidewalk in December that Jensen's life changes forever, taking small steps that could finally lead him to true happiness.
Comment: Atmospheric and vivid, this convincingly tells the story of two boys meeting, falling in love and working out all that entails. There’s a great balance struck between the slow and aching and the sweet and content.


This Lane Closed (Or Why Sometimes You Really Should Listen To Your Horoscope) by [info]aisalynn
Rating: PG13
Word count: 10,488
Authors summary: Jensen hates his job at the LoBill's grocery store. The only highlight is that every Wednesday the same guy comes in to buy candy and laugh with Jensen at the tabloids. Now if only Jensen could get up the courage to ask the guy his name...and possibly his number.
Comment: The boys are so cute, tentatively flirting with each other in this adorable fic.


This Whole World (Sunshine Turns The Sky To Gold) by [info]unperfectwolf
Rating: PG13
Word count: 5000
Authors summary: It's Jared and Jensen if they'd never made it to LA and instead were just trying to make it as normal people with everyday lives.
Comment: Three of my favourite things: Jensen, Jared & coffee. Jared’s a barista. Jensen is his customer.

Tilted, Out Of True and Aslant by [info]thehighwaywoman
Rating: PG13
Authors summary: In which I play around with J2 AU RPS and have a fine old time. Wandering vagabond Jared arrives in town for a temporary job rebuilding broken-down beach houses and is baffled by the reclusive nature of his downstairs neighbor Jensen. He doesn't know what kind of secrets Jensen is keeping, but he plans to get to know the man better in every way he can. Features confusion, angst, Chris Kane's Fists of Fury, a yellow Labrador, secrets, and broken!Jensen. Um. Yeah. Cookie, anyone?
Comment: Another really wonderfully written story. It’s full of tiny details and red herrings so that you’re as anticipatory as Jared in trying to work out why Jensen is the way he is.

TKO by [info]vamphile
Rating: R
Authors summary: Jensen is an ex-con with a clean slate. Jared owns an MMA gym. They like each other, a lot.

Comment: I enjoyed spending time with this fic. Watching Jensen baby-stepping his post-prison life was painful, but in the good story kind of way. It was so effective to have the ending be imperfect but part of his work-in-progress.


Too Far to Care by [info]fahrbot and [info]karabou
Written for [info]spn_meanttobe
Rating: NC17
Word count: 37,000
Authors summary: Jensen was eighteen years old when his family home burned to the ground, taking all but his baby sister with it. Now grown, with a man's responsibilities and a chip on his shoulder a mile wide, he's faced with the last thing he ever expected - a growing attraction to the son of the man responsible for it all.
Comment: This is a story that works even outside of its harlequin parameters. It’s pretty compelling - sweet and romantic with a perfect dollop of angst and inner-turmoil. The Australian setting adds a really unique touch.


Underneath The Weight Of It All by [info]_mournthewicked
Word Count: 31,000
Authors summary: Jared stopped trying to fit all the broken pieces of himself back together a long time ago. But then he meets Jensen, and he thinks it might be time to try again.
Comment: A Jared with Dissociative Identity Disorder meets Jensen in a story that has just the right amount of angst and darkness to counterbalance the romance and keep it real. It explores the complications of dealing with the different personalities and how it affects not only the person with the illness, but everyone around them.

Wet Dreams by [info]munibunny
Rating: R
Word count: 9500
Authors summary:
Jared is a lifeguard at a community swimming pool, unhappy about getting switched from the busy afternoon to the early morning shift. He meets a quirky set of characters including a handsome loner who comes in to swim laps from 7:00 - 7:30 every day.
Comment: I loved the devise of having Jared's fantasies interrupt the narrative of this sweet tale about lifeguard Jared getting a crush on early morning swimmer Jensen. “He’s not even holding his breath waiting for Jensen to reappear, dry and dressed once again. Why should he? He waves feebly from his chair and feels a funny little tingle in his stomach when Jensen turns to acknowledge him. When he looks back down to the pool, George is gazing at him with one eyebrow raised and he has to turn away to get his game face back on”

Winter Kept Us Warm by [info]apostrophee
Rating: R
Word count: 17,000
Authors summary: There is a boy and he wears makeup. There is another boy who shouldn’t like the first boy, but he does. Even if he doesn’t understand why.
Comment: I really like the way this fic doesn’t put anyone in their usual role. Yeah we’ve got gay boy in drag Jensen, but then we have abusive sheriff Jeffrey Dean Morgan, good guy Chad, psycho Tom and a doesn’t always say the right thing Jared.

With You Under A Cold, Bright Sky by [info]arabia764
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 120,000
Authors summary: At seventeen, Jensen thought he knew what his future would be; a life spent in the circus, and so he didn't see much point in attending a sports camp for gifted athletes. Until he met a brilliant young gymnast called Jared. Together, all their hopes and dreams were just within reach when one split second of carelessness shattered everything, tearing them apart for years. Back together as grown men, they try to create a new future, with new dreams, on a cold mountainside on the other side of the world.
Comment: Epic and amazingly crafted tale. I was unsure at first about how the setting and the characters being British might effect things, but by about three sentences in I was so engrossed in the tale that it didn’t matter and there were enough ‘fandom notes’ still in place to make Jared and Jensen recognisable. Most importantly, they were coherent and believable within the world created. For the plot itself, I loved how in the first part, when things were perfect, there was a brewing sense of foreboding & then how in the second part, when things were wrong, there was a feeling of optimism - the symmetry works really well. In fact, the whole thing works well as an emotional and engrossing love story.

You Made My House a Home by [info]sasskitten and [info]jeyhawk
Rating: NC17
Word count: 15,820
Authors summary: When Jensen Ackles is hired to fix heart broken writer, Jared Padalecki’s house, the carpenter ends up fixing a lot more than that.
Comment: Sweet story where handy man Jensen fixes up the house that Jared had intended to live in with Sandy.

you move me by [info]yourperiphery
Written for [info]j2_remix
Rating: PG13
Word count: 10,000
Authors summary: in which jensen is a mover, jared is a tenth-grade english teacher, and chad is not a fish.
Comment: This fic gives good Chad! It’s amusing and heart-warming and really lets you see the relationship between the Jared and Jensen bloom.



CAMP, SCHOOL, COLLEGE & TEACHERS


A Certain Smile by [info]elise_509
Written for
[info]spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: NC-17
Word count: 57,000
Authors summary: It's 1958. Jared is the high school superstar: all-around athlete, straight-A student, and one half of the most popular couple in town. Jensen is the teen rebel, all motorcycles, hot rods, and rock ‘n’ roll. When Jared’s life veers closer to the edge, he finds Jensen waiting for him there. The collision is inevitable.
Comment: This is a period fic where all the era details that permeate the piece enhances the story and never overwhelms it, especially in regards to the taboo of homosexuality in the fifties which could have consumed it. Instead it works to fuel the boys' self-doubt and angst in real way that tells you about their characters rather than about their politics.


A Year In Limbo by [info]sanyin
Rating: NC17
Word count: 9600
Comment: This is a fabulously detailed and evocative story featuring teacher Jensen and pupil Jared. “Jared zoned out on the lilt and fall of Jensen's voice as he recited the whole passage, in fucking Italian. Fluid syllables and rhythmic pauses. Did he not want them to listen? He had to admit though, if he had to fall asleep to something, this wasn't so bad. Jensen was obviously really into it, his cheeks a little flushed and hands flying. He even loosened his dorky tie as he went.”

Accidentally Amorous at 3AM (or This One Time At Wendy's...) by [info]crackedbuthappy
Rating: NC17
Word count: 4700
Authors summary: It’s Thursday night and they have class in the morning, but Jared slips out of his dorm room to smoke up with Jensen anyway. When they end up in a Wendy’s parking lot and a cop parks behind them, that's when things really get interesting…
Comment: Full of funny quote-worthy dialogue and really hot porn. “But it’s Jensen offering and Jared is pretty sure Jensen could get him to punch Barack Obama in the face if it meant Jensen would smile at him. Or fluff his hair. Or get really wasted and make out with him again like that one time at his best friend’s house party.”


And the Greatest of These Is Love by [info]beckaandzac NEW
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 23,600
Authors summary: Jensen loves his church, his youth group, and the Sunday school class he and Jared teach together. He also loves Jared, and not in a way the church would approve. He prays to be changed, to be normal, but when that doesn't work, he embraces his feelings for Jared and tries to find new ways to be faithful.
Comment: Gorgeously written, with resonating descriptions and emotions, this story gives no easy answers and is all the better for it.


as this sunset turns to morning by [info]mournthewicked
Rating: NC-17
Word count: 86,000
Authors summary: Jensen spends his life hiding who he is from the family that would never accept him if they knew. When he’s uprooted in the middle of his senior year and suddenly becomes the new kid, his carefully placed mask begins to slip. Especially when he meets Jared – a loud, outspoken spectacle of a boy that fights for everything Jensen was taught to stand against. Jared has no problem going after what he wants, and now it’s just a matter of Jensen letting himself do the same.
Comment: Against a backdrop of a humdrum high school, a real love story is captured through simple and straightforward storytelling. Although there’s angst and upset, it’s not operatic but honest and placed in relatable real-world situations. The characters are lovable and vibrant and you’ve got to have extra-special affection for Mama Padalecki. All round, this is touching and well written.


Behind The Curtain by [info]renjifan
Rating: NC17
Word count: 29,000
Authors summary:
Jared is a senior at NYU, studying to be an actor and paying the bills by working as an agent for a phone-sex hotline.
Comment: An enjoyable story with really good characterisations and a neat plot built around Jared, an acting student with a crush on his teacher by day and a phone sex operator by night.

Blame It On Gravity by [info]fahrbot and [info]karabou
Rating: NC17
Word count: 16,300
Authors summary: In which Jensen's friends are assholes, and Jensen falls for Jared. Literally.
Comment: This is one of those fics that is guaranteed to leave you feeling happier then when you started. For one, it features drunk rambling Jensen and who couldn’t love that. Then there’s also zingy, crack dialogue, true romance and all round adorableness. Plus pornstaches.


But We'll Always Have Our Vending Machines by [info]infatuated_ink NEW
Written for [info]spn_reversebang 
Rating: NC17
Word Count: 20,800
Authors summary: AU: Jensen is the new math teacher at Stimson High. On his first day, he meets Jared Padalecki, an English teacher with a killer smile and a little too much time on his hands. Jared is pretty much perfect except for one thing: Jensen has no idea if they’re flirting or just friends.
Comment: So damn charming. This is a wonderfully bright and funny love story whose joy just leaps off the screen, making for a really happy reading experience


Counting the Steps to the Door of Your Heart by [info]annella
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 44,500
Authors summary: Jensen's life isn't perfect, but he's happy enough. He has friends (well, one friend and one roommate), a prospective career (if he can pass this stupid, stupid test which requires him to be able to talk to people), a sex life of sorts (with guys who are total jerkfaces and think Jensen is a dork, which is actually true), and a life-size Dalek costume with a voice modulator which lets him EXTERMINATE things (like the toaster). Then, out of nowhere, he also has Jared (gorgeous, wonderful, socially retarded, and already taken), and his life turns upside down in the blink of an eye. For the first time, Jensen has found what he wants, but how is he going to get it?
Comment: I read this whole thing with the biggest smile on my face. It’s funny, adorable and enthralling and I love it like geek!Jensen loves timelords. And for the record, hearing Jared and Jensen argue and drool over Stargate Atlantis is my fictional happy place. “Jensen keeps his Dalek costume in the corner of his room, next to the computer desk. He tells people it's there because it doesn't fit in his closet, or because the arms are useful for hanging stuff on, but the real reason is to test people out. He's still waiting for someone to see it and say, 'Cool, a Dalek costume!' instead of, 'what the hell is that?' but he's sure it will happen eventually. It's a truly awesome costume. Jensen had to have it custom-made, because most Dalek costumes are either completely lame or only available in children's sizes. But it was totally worth the extra expense, and it even has a voice modulator inside it so he can say EXTERMINATE with that awesome Dalek reverb.”


Dirt On Our Uniforms and We Clean Up and Now It's Time to Learn by [info]beckaandzac 
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang
Rating: NC17
Word count: 38,100 (Dirt On Our Uniforms)
Authors summary: (Dirt On Our Uniforms) Jared is a student at a snooty New England boarding school. Jensen is his shy new roommate. Jared's a goof, and Jensen wants to do something different now he's out from under the watchful eyes of his parents, so they start playing silly pranks around the school. (Don't mess with Texas, y'all.) After a while, in addition to being roommates and comrades in pranking, they're spending all their free time together... and maybe sometimes jerking each other off. And okay, maybe they kind of like each other. A lot. Possibly, you might even call it love (but you wouldn't do it in public). Features Jared's BFF/ex-girlfriend Sandy, Mr. Rosenbaum the crazy creative writing teacher, and a supporting cast of thousands (or at least dozens).
Comment: Jared and Jensen meet and fall in love at an elite prep school in this genuinely lovely fic. There’s plot-a-plenty, sharp-as-a-tack dialogue and a really well fleshed out cast of supporting characters.

Dissonance by [info]surevesta
Word count: 71,869
Authors summary: The world of High School through the eyes of violist Jensen Ackles. Life is just notes on a page, waiting to be read and interpreted.
Comment: Genuinely sweet. This is a gentle story of two boys finding each other and everything being okay.


Don't Let It Go To Waste by [info]kinkynicky
Rating: NC17
Authors summary: Growing up in Texas is hard. Growing up in Texas and realising at the age of 16 that you’re in love with your male best friend? Is harder.
Comment: Such a cute story where Jared has loved Jensen since forever and now that he's 16...

Emo!Jared 'Verse by [info]jeyhawk (ongoing)
Rating: NC17
Authors summary: Jared has been through some bad stuff and is trying to put his life back together. Will Jensen and his crazy friends help him find his feet?
Comment: Traumatised Jared meets Jensen at college.  The first part of this 'verse,  Settling Into Now'  is finished and Jared is slowly starting to put his past behind him. The story is continued in Comfort In your Skin. I want to know what happens next.

Everyone Experiments in College by [info]indysaur
Rating: PG-NC17
Authors summary: In an alternate universe, Jared goes to college. Things start ensuing all over the place.
Comment: More boys meet in college romancing.

Everything Feels Like the End of the World by [info]chash
Rating: NC17
Word count: 15,500
Authors summary: Jared Padalecki is ridiculously and pathetically in love with this hot senior who's really into acting. So, clearly, the only solution is to get into acting and go from there.
Comment: A real feel-good fic where you follow the boys through two stages in their lives, that cover flirting, missed opportunities and second chances.


Fratboy 'Verse: till you're old enough to know things ain't as they appear by [info]keepaofthecheez
Rating: NC17
Word count: 32,751
Authors summary: Jensen dives into the seedy underbelly of Pledge Week at UT for a news article and gets more than he bargained for. Completely cliché and totally AU, but y’know, it could’ve happened. If the universe was, like, alternate.
Comment: I can’t stress enough that this fic is HOT. So hot that I used caps lock dammit. I love predator fratboy Jared and his pledge prey Jensen. I love all the pretending. I love fighting against himself Jensen. Basically, I love every damn thing about this story. (Except that it ended!)

Getting Dressed In the Dark by [info]sazzlette 
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang
Rating: R
Word count: 60,000
Authors summary: Jared and Jensen—mortal enemies throughout high school—never thought that they would eventually end up as stepbrothers when Jensen’s divorced father asks Jared’s widowed mother out to dinner. Becoming a family takes more than sharing a house, but when the boys discover that they’re not as different from each other as they might have thought, being related gets a whole lot more interesting. High school and college bring their share of troubles with girls and schoolwork. But as Jared and Jensen’s perceptions of each other change and grow into something more, will they be prepared for the fallout?
Comment: Epic school-aged story where Jensen’s dad gets involved with Jared’s mom and when they all move in together the bustle and flow of family dynamics changes the boys’ relationship in ways they could never foresee. The well-rounded supporting cast really help flesh out the universe and make it all the more believable.

Highschool Au 'Verse by [info]annella (ongoing)
Rating: NC17
Comment: Student Jared seduces teacher Jensen and a long hot romance ensues.

Homework!verse by [info]thenyxie
Rating: NC17
Word count: 85,984
Authors summary: Jared’s eighteen and in his senior year at a private school in San Francisco. He’s coasting pretty on his parents generous school donations—until his seventh period Physics teacher gets replaced with the maddening, infuriating, gorgeous Mr. Ackles. Jared’s gotten by all his life on his money and his charm, but Mr. Ackles seems to think he needs some... lessons in self-control. The journey their relationship eventually takes them on turns out to be far more than either of them ever bargained for. Toppy!Teacher!Jensen in glasses and Student!Jared in private school uniform included!
Comment: Hot and dirty AU series where student Jared and teacher Jensen get together. Featuring lots and lots and lots of kinks played out by a toppy!Jensen and subby!Jared.

I’d Kick Ass on a Test About You and Me by [info]dugindeep
Written for [info]spn_j2_xmas 
Rating: NC17
Words: 26,000
Authors summary: Jared rocks at Calculus, but he fails at paying attention when it comes to Jensen. College AU!
Comment: Adorable ensemble cast college story. Shy insecure Jared who doesn't know how to make a move is too cute, and it’s just fun to watch him and Jensen stumbling into something. This fic also gives good Chad. “Moments later the teacher enters and starts the lecture, and Jared can’t focus on the board because he keeps looking at Jensen out the corner of his eye. Sees how he and Mike are taking notes. And when Jensen leans back in his seat, crosses his ankles, and starts to chew on a pen, Jared’s fucking hooked.”


Judging Time by the Streetlights by [info]toxica939
Rating: R
Word count: 4500
Authors summary: High school AU. The one where Jensen isn't a miserable, tortured artist type but Jared is an Adonis.

Comment: Endearing and quirky, I liked the feeling of the small island setting in this one. Also, it turns out, even just reading about people watching zombie movies makes me get excited like a proper film nerd.


Keats and Yeats are on your side (and Wilde is on mine) by [info]scintilla10
Written for [info]spn_j2_xmas 
Word count: 13,000
Authors summary: In which Jared’s life is unfortunately not a quirky British rom-com, and Jensen is alarmingly and frustratingly busy.
Comment: Really delightful. This fic has such easy, natural dialogue that translates well into flirting and sexual tension. Throw in English majors, bad auditions and brain bonding and you get a hell of a fun time.


Life Is Like A Song by [info]tabbyshhh
Rating: NC17
Word count; 32,546
Authors summary: Jared’s mom thinks this is a phase he’ll get over. She’s wrong.
Comment: This is a long read that’s engrossing right from the start. The story starts when Jensen is fostered by the Padalecki family and from there we get to watch how the relationship between him and middle son Jared grows and develops. What I really liked about the characterisation here is that we’ve got a Jensen who has most definitely been knocked around by life, but who is also strong and resilient rather than completely broken, and a Jared that really knows what he wants. Mama & Papa Padalecki are also particularly delightful. In fact, the whole piece is really lovely. “Jensen isn’t really what Jared expects. He’s tall, and really kind of skinny, with a girly face to go with his name. He speaks really, really quietly, so sometimes it’s hard to hear him, and he always calls Jared’s mom ma’am and his dad sir, even after they tell him not to. He also doesn’t eat much, which Jared finds kind of strange, but Jensen’s always happy to pass on his left over dessert to Jared. Jared thinks he likes Jensen the best out of the kids his parents have fostered so far.”

Listen To Your Heart by [info]elless18
Rating: R
Word count: 12,000
Authors summary:
Jared pines for Jensen. Jensen starts falling for Jared. If only they'd stop being guys and tell each other...
Comment: This is well done and features an adorably handsy drunk Jensen. College boy Jared has a thing for his friend Jensen, but Jensen is straight. Isn’t he?

Longin’ to Linger Till Dawn by [info]vorpalblades 
Rating: R
Word count: 6400
Authors summary: Jared has this dream. The trick is making real life live up to it. A high school AU.
Comment: Ugly duckling turned swan Jensen is one of my favourite fic kinks, so I was going to enjoy this whatever. But then it turned out to also be really damn good with a great build up and a satisfying ending.


Marilyn Verse by [info]dollydolittle
Authors summary: Jared gets accosted by a transvestite and absolutely, positively, MUST speak to someone about it. Like, immediately. And all that follows.
Comment: These are such a funny and delightful fics. College student Jared starts talking about his sexual activities to a stranger who he names ‘library guy’. “Library Guy hadn’t said one word to him since Jared had randomly sat down at his table in the quiet section of the library nobody ever used. Library Guy hadn’t even blinked when Jared had started rambling on about getting blow jobs from strange transvestites. In fact, Jared had started wondering if Library Guy was deaf when he didn’t immediately call Jared a pervert and flee the table.”

Mean Boys: Long Live The Queen by [info]phaballa
Rating: NC17
Authors summary: Boys who are girls who like boys who like boys who are girls.
Comment: Crackalicious fic where the CW boys all act like valley girls and twirl away in fabulous dresses.

Melting Under Blue Skies by [info]bimosexual
Rating: NC17
Word count: 23,733
Authors summary: College!AU. In which Jensen tries hard not to fall for Jared, and is generally sort of an idiot, and Jared hugs a lot.

Comment: This has a really nice slow progression to it that really makes you experience the growing sexual-tension between the boys. Featuring shy!Jensen and confused!Jared.


Mildred: A College AU by [info]causeways and [info]walkawayslowly
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang
Rating: NC17
Word count: 62,131
Authors summary: It is a truth universally acknowledged that a Jared in possession of his heterosexuality will immediately switch teams upon enrollment in college and first contact with Jensen Ackles.

Comment: At heart, this is a story about Jared. His settling in to college life, making new friends and growing into himself. Jensen is just one [enjoyable] part of it. It gives the story a really leisurely feel, making it one that you can take your time in it and explore.


Model Verse: Life Drawing by [info]ladyjanelly (ongoing)
Rating: PG13
Comment: Artist Jared wants to get to know shy life drawing model Jensen. Oooh I so wanna know what happened to Jensen in this fic, but I’m also enjoying how it ekes out the back-story.

My Heart Don’t Beat The Way It Used To by [info]raina_at 
Written for [info]spn_j2_xmas
Rating: NC17
Word count: 27,000
Authors summary: Jared and Jensen have been best friends forever, and nothing’s going to ever change that, not even senior slump, or college anxieties, or even Jared getting an annoying cheerleader girlfriend. Or so Jensen thought.
Comment: This, I adore. It’s senior year in high school and Jared’s got himself a girlfriend. Best friend Jensen really isn’t happy about that, possibly because he’s seriously working the whole unrequited love thing. The Jensen here is a grumpy misfit who only comes alive for art or Jared or his small circle of friends and is so devastatingly understandable in all his bitchiness, Jared is a lovable as you imagine him to be and the rest of the story is populated with fully fleshed-out and believable characters. It’s just that good. “The thing about Jared and Jensen is, they... well, they just are. They've been next door neighbors since kindergarten, and they've been best friends since Billy Ryan took both their snack packs on the first day of first grade. They teamed up, kicked his ass, and well, the rest is history.”

My Social Skills Would Fit Good In Prison by [info]chash
Written for [info]j2_remix
Rating: R
Word count: 8300
Authors summary: From what Jared understands, his college rooming situation is kind of like The Odd Couple, except for the way Jensen is a homophobic douchebag.
Comment: Jared and Jensen are adorable dumbasses in this happy-inducing fic.


Numquam Iam Posthac Basia Surripiam by [info]chash
Rating: PG13
Word count: 1961
Authors summary: In which Jared Padalecki is a classics major and Jensen is his (not really) long-suffering TA.

Comment: Geek boys! So very funny.

Of Dice and Jen(sen) by [info]epeeblade 
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang
Rating: NC17
Word count: 68,984
Authors summary: In 1999, Jensen is a senior at college, his biggest concerns are getting into grad school and planning his next roleplaying game. Everything changes when freshman Jared Padalecki joins the gaming club.
Comment: Jared and Jensen are university students who come together due to their shared love of role-playing games in this adorably geeky and epic AU. The interplay between the story and the RPG within the story work fabulously well to drive the plot and characters along and the whole story feels really feels unique.

Old Hideaway by [info]ivy03 
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang
Rating: NC17
Word count: 28,200
Authors summary: It's Jared's first summer as a camp counselor. He didn't know what he was expecting at Camp Mahina, but it certainly wasn't the frequently shirtless sailing counselor with the perfect smile—who doesn't know he exists. Camp means living in close quarters with no privacy at all. How can Jared be expected to hide his crush when Jensen's everywhere he turns?
Comment: This is a really fun read. New camp counselor Jared meets his very pretty colleague, sailing counselor Jensen.

Paper.planes by [info]aeroport_art
Rating: NC17
Word count: 24,000
Authors summary: In which Jared is a wee British undergrad, and Jensen, American postgrad extraordinnaire, seduces him with how great his ass looks in a pair of jeans.
Comment: This is a re-write of the authors SPN AU ‘Sky In the Box’. Whilst that fic was great, it somehow works even better as a J2 story. Set in a London university, rich boy student Jared meets architecture student Jensen and its kind of love at first sight, even if the boys do have to overcome lots of hurdles (including themselves) to get it together. Superbly written. “Really, really green eyes, Jared thinks, hands shoved deep in his pockets as he outstrips any passerby with his hurried gait and long legs. He thinks about the color and clarity of them, thinks about the man’s languid accent and lopsided smirk, and the image spins like a reel through his mind until he’s reached his criminology lecture and is weakly shrugging at his professor’s annoyed gaze as he slinks in through the back.”

People Person by [info]bittersplendor
Written for [info]spn_j2_xmas 
Rating: PG13
Word count: 2800
Authors summary: College!AU. Jensen is awkward. Jared likes wiggling his eyebrows.

Comment: Funny and cute and featuring an awkward Jensen and clueless Jared, this fic left me content and happy.


Real Life: Good For You by [info]llamainvasion NEW
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 28,994
Authors summary: College is not what Jared had imagined. Instead of happy days with Chad and his friends, there's just Jared - alone in Bumfuck, Nowheresville, while Chad's living it up in California! Lonely and playing too much World of Warcraft, Jared decides to be proactive, get himself out of the socially awkward rut he's gotten stuck in, and find himself a roommate. But moving in with easygoing and laidback Jensen, Jared's about to discover that real life doesn't always turn out the way you expect it to!

Comment: A story that perfectly captures the internal freak out/loneliness thing that happens when you move to a new place and don't know anyone. Seeing a shy Jared come out of his shell, thanks to a budding relationship with an easy going Jensen, feels really fresh in terms of character and it’s great to watch the story play itself out.

Shameless by [info]tempestquill
Rating: NC17
Word count: 26,293
Authors summary: Jensen Ackles is the youngest Professor to grace the prestigious halls of Ridgefield Academy in Charleston, South Carolina, but his career hangs in the balance when confronted with trouble in the form of a seventeen year old senior with a mischievous streak and determination.
Comment: Really good student Jared seduces teacher Jensen story.

Spin The Light To Gold by [info]belyste 
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang
Rating: NC17
Word count: 52,000
Authors summary: It's Jared's first summer as a junior counselor at an idyllic summer camp, and he's looking forward to as much sun and fun as he can handle.  But things don't turn out exactly as he plans, and his summer takes an interesting turn when he finds himself falling for a hot older counselor.  Featuring Chad, crafts, hordes of kids, and all the summer camp cliches imaginable.
Comment: Effortlessly enjoyable epic where Jared and Jensen meet while working as camp counsellors one summer. Sweet and lovely.

Stupidly in Love by [info]jeyhawk
Rating: NC17
Word count: 6339
Authors summary:
Jared and Jensen is the best of friends, but Jensen's got one secret he hasn't told Jared about.
Comment: ““Murf,” Jensen said helpfully, trying to think unhappy thoughts, but it was very hard to do when Jared put him in such a happy place”. ““I know your love story is like epic and shit, but you can’t afford that type of distraction when we go to the Championships. We’re going to win this thing and if you can’t keep it in your pants, you have to tell him to stay at home.”” And that’s just two reasons why this story rocks. Jensen is in love with his best friend, cheerleader Jared.

Surfer!boy 'Verse by [info]toxica939
Rating: R-NC17
Authors summary: Jared's spending his last summer before college on the beach in a tiny southern Californian town. Enter messed up Jensen with an odd fixation with the ocean.
Comment: The stories are California Shadows, followed by Lights are Changing and then Like Vines. Jared goes on vacation and meets a broken Jensen, who he can't help wanting to fix.

The Best Thing I Ever Ate by [info]neros_violin NEW
Written for [info]spn_j2_xmas 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 14,500
Authors summary: Food is love.
Comment: A slow, sweet, aching fic that charts the progression of a relationship. The writing gives us food as metaphor, as comfort and as need and it makes for a delicious backbone to the narrative.

The Fortress Of A High Mind by [info]dark_reaction
Rating: R
Word count: 12,384
Authors summary: Jensen and Jared are seniors at an elite private boarding school, competing for the same girl, and they can't stand each other.
Comment: Interesting and unusual school AU. Jared and Jensen both go to a posh prep school where they are bitter enemies and somehow this translates into sexual tension.

The Learning Curve At Wakefield High by [info]aynslee 
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang
Rating: NC17
Word count: 22,000
Authors summary: When Jared accepts the job at Wakefield High, he expects the usual problems: lazy students, meddlesome parents, and an air conditioner that barely functions in the Texas heat. But he doesn’t expect his biggest problem, which comes in the form of his new boss — Principal Jensen Ackles.
Comment: Sweet story, where both boys are particularly adorable, that manages to avoid being too schmoopy. “His skin isn’t ruddy like that of all those seasoned principals that Jared’s known — it’s smooth and pale, and his shirt is starched, and it obviously didn’t come from the bargain rack at Wal-Mart. His hair is short with just a touch of gel, and he can’t be much older than Jared. Jared wants to ask how old he is, and where he came from, and how the hell he ended up at Wakefield, but those aren’t things he can blurt out, so he bites his lip while Mr. Ackles putters around the rest of his classroom.”

There’s a Piece Of The Puzzle Known as Life by [info]keepaofthecheez
Rating: NC17
Word count: 26,000
Authors summary: Sometimes you just can’t help yourself.
Comment: So hot. Young vixen Jared wants his brother Jeff’s friend. Jensen wants him back, but oh no his morals…he cant touch an underage boy. Or can he? Funny, smutty and cute as hell.

They Stumble That Run Fast by [info]crackedbuthappy
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 27,400
Authors summary: This is what happened to Jared Padalecki when he mixed a little Cyrano with a little Shakespeare and fell ass over feet in love with, Jensen, his Shakespeare tutor…who may have been in love with someone else.

Comment: The funny and the sweet and the angst and the Misha, all combine perfectly into this fantastic story. The use of Shakespeare quotes fits seamlessly and in a way where the smartness feels perfectly attuned to the characters and in furtherance of the plot.


This is you, according to me by [info]mediaville
Written for [info]j2_remix
Rating: NC17
Word Count: 4600
Authors summary: In which Jared comes to learn that Jensen really has no clue.

Comment: You can see how much Jared and Jensen care for each other in this, no matter how (purposely) clueless or hesitant they are. It’s sweet. But also hot.


To the Beat of Our Noisy Hearts and Say What You Need by[info]lostt1
Rating: NC17
Word count: (To The Beat of Our Noisy Hearts) 30,543
Authors summary: (To The Beat of Our Noisy Hearts) College AU. Jared is a DJ at the South Texas University radio station. Jensen is a grad student with a thing for the sophomore DJ. Things happen.
Comment: Really good college set fic where aspiring teacher Jensen falls for DJ Jared, even though he's straight. Featuring the rest of the CW boys as their buddies and it's another story where crazy!Mike almost steals the show.

Waiting For My Real Life to Begin by [info]sneaky_sena (ongoing)
Authors summary: His freshman year of college, Jared has roommate troubles.
Comment: Jared and Jensen as college roommates who find true love AU.

We've come a long way by [info]gypsy_sunday
Written for [info]spn_j2_xmas 
Rating: R
Word count: 16,855
Authors summary: Growing up in a small town, Jared and Jensen form an unlikely friendship. But are they too different to make it last?
Comment: This is a really tender coming of age love story, beautifully written and with a wonderful sense of the inevitable. There’s a fantastic blend of character development and narrative that ensures it stays compelling from beginning to end. “The first time Jared and Jensen meet, it isn't under the best of circumstances. Jared is pinned against the brick wall of an alleyway behind Cameron County Junior High, valiantly blinking back tears as Jensen and his gang rifle through the contents of his backpack.”


When You Care Enough To Hit Send Colleage!AU by [info]chash
Rating: PG13-R
Comment: A gleeful and charming series featuring neurotic college boy Jensen and his younger more out-going boyfriend Jared. Also features some of the best titles ever. “He thinks about it all through trying to brush the taste of stale beer out of his mouth (he does that for about ten minutes before deciding that his gums will start bleeding before it works), but he still can't come up with a way to ask about the whole love thing without sounding like a girl or a commitment-phobe. And he's pretty sure that in the course of their relationship so far, Jared's thought he's both of those, possibly at the same time, so Jensen doesn't want to encourage him. He just wants to know.”

Who We Were When by [info]finn21
Rating: NC17
Word count: 67,000
Authors summary: Jared’s a fun loving jock with hidden angst. Jensen's the new college boy who moved in next door. Two worlds collide.
Comment: Long angsty series, where schoolboy Jared falls for college boy next door Jensen, that's well worth your investment.

Working Out the Tension and Holding Out For More by [info]offtheceiling 
Rating: NC17
Authors summary:
Highschool AU. Cheerleader!Jensen/Football player!Jared.
Comment: Jensen is a slutty cheerleader with his sights set on new football player Jared. Of course he gets his man. Then they have smoking hot sex.

you're a real fucking page-turner by [info]standing_fic NEW
Written for [info]spn_j2_xmas
Rated PG13
Word count: 17,300
Authors summary: jared's days pretty much all run together, one big muddy mess of emotional turmoil and confusion and shitty friends and shittier classes. not to mention that his best friend is equal parts awesome and a complete jerk, his little sister is also kind of a jerk, and he thinks privately that someday his books are going to be the only thing to stand by him in the end. luckily, life has a way of turning things around on him.
Comment: A spot-on capturing of the absurd, overblown, twisty mess of hormonal adolescent glory, which resonates so well because we’ve all been there. This is genuinely evocative.


COPS, ROBBERS, SPIES & FBI


A Bird in the Hand by [info]ramsesthegreat
Written for [info]spn_rimmathon
Rating: NC17
Word count: 9200
Comment: Jared & Jensen are thieves, semi trained by Jeff, who cross paths again when trying to rob a museum for criminal mastermind Eric Krpike. With rimming.

A Spotlight On These Desolate Dreams by [info]mournthewicked NEW
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang 
Word Count: 50,000
Authors summary: In high school, Jared Padalecki had it all. He was surrounded with rich, famous, beautiful friends and partied with young Hollywood's elite. As if all of that wasn't exciting enough, he used the tricks he learned from his grandfather to become an amateur sleuth with his billionaire best friend, Jensen Ackles, playing the role of trusty sidekick. But when he got in over his head and lost everything he once held dear, he knew that it was time to move on. That was ten years ago. Now he lives the lonely life of a hardboiled private investigator on the streets of Manhattan, and his fabulous past is nothing but a distant memory. That is, until a tragedy forces him to return to California and the world he left behind. Between juggling rabid paparazzi, sarcastic detectives, and a spurned ex-best friend, it's a wonder that he can possibly find the time to solve a murder that has left the city of angels reeling.
Comment: A satisfying crime story that is nicely done, taking its time with the set-up and revealing the flashbacks little by little. It’s framed by evocative descriptions of the cityscape that flesh out the noir atmosphere and make it timeless.


Always By the Book by [info]veronamay
Rating: R
Word count: 15,116
Authors summary: Jensen's a Special Agent with the FBI. Jared's a witness in a federal murder trial. Can Jensen spend a week in Jared's company without (a) wanting to kill him and (b) completely falling for him?
Comment: I've got to say that I love Veronamay's writing. It's all about plot and characters. Straightforward and gripping.  Did I also mention fun? Grumpy FBI agent Jensen gets the nightshift babysitting flirty witness Jared.

Arm Yourself (because no-one else here will save you) by [info]ysbail NEW
Written for [info]spn_reversebang 
Rating: R
Word count: 7836
Authors summary: “He didn’t do fidelity, and trust wasn’t a part of their world. Lies, murder, and betrayal, on the other hand, were intrinsic components.” This is what happens when those ‘intrinsic components’ come out to play.
Comment: A fantastically crafted AU that feels much bigger than its word count would suggest. The constant sexual tension and the uneasiness of the narrative will keep you edge-of-you-seat engaged.


Close to Home by [info]smidirini
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 48,000
Authors summary: Jared Padalecki is a Journalist and Jensen Ackles is a homicide detective with a serial murder investigation on his hands. The murders bear a striking resemblance to the case that tore their relationship apart five years ago. Could this new investigation be the catalyst they needed to reconnect?
Comment: Satisfying crime fic that, like any good mystery, makes you suspect anyone and everyone and keeps you guessing right ‘till the end. I really enjoyed the dynamics between the boys where you had the overlap of experience from an established relationship with all the newness that comes from knowing someone for the first time.


Confidence by [info]_doodle
Rating: NC17
Word count: 100,000
Authors summary: Jensen Ackles is a confidence trickster and one of the best in New York City. So when he starts working on his new mark, Sandy McCoy, rich housewife to Reynolds Enterprises newest rising star, corporate lawyer Jared Padalecki, he makes the mistake of thinking it’s just going to be another easy job.
Comment: Intruguing series where conman Jensen needs to get to Jared to get to Jared's money. I was left pretty broken by the end, but the journey the author takes you on is so worth it.

Holsters, Handcuffs and Hookers (Cop AU Verse) started by [info]kashmir1  (ongoing) 
Comment: The CW crew are all cops in this cool AU by various writers.

In Harm's Way by [info]gatorgrrl 
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 85,000
Authors summary: Jared Padalecki is living a quiet life in San Antonio until one day he is snatched off the street by two men. Enter Tom Delaney, CIA spy. Only that's not his real name. His real name is Jensen Ackles, and he needs Jared's help. Jensen and his team have been tracking a man named Alain Laurent, a terrorist disguised as a legitimate businessman. Only, they haven't been able to get close enough to him to gather any useful intelligence. They know that Laurent and his partner, Rafiq Abdul-Aziz, are planning something big -- and possibly explosive. They just don't know what and they don't know when. But they know that time is running out. That's where Jared comes in. With a little manipulation, Jensen convinces Jared to help. To use himself as bait to lure Laurent into revealing his secrets. But nothing is ever that simple. As Jensen and Jared become more than just professional colleagues, the stakes become even higher. And when their mission takes an unexpected turn, Jensen must decide between love and duty, with devastating consequences.
Comment: A really great ride that is just so well constructed. The story that had me intrigued from the start and it never stopped being exciting. “Because when he stepped out of the restaurant fifteen minutes later, the two men were back, flanking him once again as he waited to cross Washington Street to get to the bus stop. And when he felt one hand on each elbow, holding him with a solid grip, he knew this wasn’t just his imagination playing tricks on him.”

In retrospect (I’d rather have been a poet. Or a farmer) by [info]jasmasson

Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 23,000
Authors summary: “It’s in the car,” Jared said, slightly sheepishly.
Jensen’s look spoke volumes.
“What? It was just an errand.” Jared said, shrugging. “You shouldn’t need automatic weapons just to go to the bank. And anyway. You always do the shooting. I do the talking. The planning. The charming.”
Jensen snorted indelicately. “Thank you, 007.”

Comment: Jensen, Jared’s law enforcement partner, is a man with a history that may just affect their future in this thriller. The plot is so fast paced and exciting (just like a good movie) and I love how we get enough information to know the characters and the universe without drowning the reader in back-story. It really is the perfect blend. And, I've got to add, that the author has a really great way of writing dialogue that can be funny as hell but still feels real.


Look Beyond What You See to Find the Truth Behind the Lies by [info]ladyrhyanne
Rating: R
Word count: 31,169
Authors summary: When Jared Padalecki joined the FBI he never dreamed that he would end up partnered with his ex-boyfriend Jensen Ackles, nor did he think that in under a year Jensen would be accused of murdering his common-law husband of four years. The hardest part to accept is that the evidence is stacking up against Jensen and with ten years of silence between them, Jared's not sure what or who to believe.
Comment: Twisty thriller that I really enjoyed. I don’t want to say anymore in case I accidentally give something away.


Money Makes the World Go Round by [info]benitle
Rating: NC17
Word count: 18,573
Authors summary:
Jensen robs a bank in Manhattan. Jared works as a Special Agent at the FBI and tries to stop him.
Comment: Interestingly structured and ambiguous Jensen is a thief and Jared is an FBI agent story. The risks taken with this story only add to its worth.

Mr Right Next Door by [info]causeways
Written for [info]spn_harlequin
Rating: NC17
Word count: 30,195
Authors summary:
Small-town middle school teacher Jared Padalecki had fallen for a criminal while on a cruise, without a clue who she really was. Now he was home, waiting for her to contact him again, and undercover cop Jensen Ackles' job was to track Padalecki's every move.
Comment: Excellent long story, where FBI agent Jensen is sent to watch Jared because he’s the new boyfriend of criminal bigwig Sandy McCoy. Of course, Jared can't not talk to his new neighbour...

On Your Mark by [info]veronamay
Rating: NC17
Word count: 24,976
Authors summary: Jared is a high-priced assassin working for an underground agency called Admin. When he starts shadowing his latest mark, he gets caught up in a situation beyond his control, and it's up to him to keep the man he's been paid to kill out of the line of fire.
Comment: Another fabulously entertaining crime caper from this author.

Regaining Sense by [info]astri13 
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang
Rating: NC17
Word count: 27,361
Authors summary: A vengeful crime-boss cost Jensen not only his eyesight but also a promising career with the FBI. When the man resurfaces two years later, Jensen is not thrilled to find himself taken into protective custody, even less so when the Agent in charge turns out to be Jensen's former partner and boyfriend, Jared Padalecki. Will the two men be able to overcome their differences and work together to not only stop the bad guy but also uncover the mole in their own ranks before it is too late?
Comment: Tense and suspenseful, this fic really works as a thriller. A blind and bitter Jensen is drawn back into the FBI by ex-boyfriend and agent Jared. Together they have to deal with explosions, moles and rekindling their relationship, all while trying to catch the bad guys. “Sixteen steps to the bathroom sink. Toothbrush on the far left, toothpaste right next to it and the shaving cream on the far right – Jensen learned the hard way not to mix them up. Mechanically, he goes through his morning routine, the tips of his fingers guiding him wherever he needs to be.”

Someone You Might Have Been by [info]fleshflutter
Authors summary: A J2 AU in which Jared is a secret agent and Jensen is his handler/support tech.
Comment: An amazing and exciting spy-story that’s full of perfect plot twists and turns. The Jared in this story is so three-dimensional, that it’s impossible not to feel along with him every step of the way.

The Company He Keeps by [info]ramsesthegreate  (ongoing)
Rating: PG-NC17
Authors summary: Jensen Ackles is a struggling private investigator in the 1940s, determined to do whatever it takes to keep his small business alive. But when an unexpected case suddenly appears, will it make or break him?
Comment: Private investigator Jared messes around with businessman Jared.

This Course We Plotted by [info]mickeym
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang
Rating: NC17
Word count: 38,000
Authors summary: Jared Padalecki has a life he loves: friends, family, a good job and plans to make it as a writer someday. All that is shaken up when he meets Detective Jensen Ackles one night, while working an overtime shift. Jensen is smart, interesting, fun to hang out with, and Jared's drawn in like a moth to a flame. They go from friends to lovers, to something even Jared didn't know he was looking for: partners. But Jensen's never done relationships, and he's not sure he can now. Will he realize his job is just a job, but Jared is his everything?
Comment: This story has a fantastic slow-build that allows you to really watch this Jared and Jensen get to know each other, which in turn makes the whole story feel real and allows the happy ending be that much more rewarding. Prepare to be fully engrossed in seeing them discover each other, and also themselves, in the process. Wonderful.



HISTORICAL


Comes a Horseman by [info]astri13
Rating: NC17
Authors summary: In the Bronze Age Jen is studying to be a healer, resigned to a life of quietness in his tribe. Though that may change when Jaret, leader of a Barbarian horde gallops into his life.
Comment: Hugely enjoyable Bronze Age AU where Jensen worries about survival after getting captured by another tribe and handed over to Jaret, their fearless leader.

Honey Flower, Apple and Lime (or, The Tale Of The Rake And The Footman) by [info]veronamay  
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 29,864
Authors summary: The year is 1855. Jensen is the scion of a wealthy Dallas family, heir to a ranching empire that stretches across the American Southwest. Until now, he has led a life of carefree abandon, charming his way into boudoirs and out of entanglements by dint of his silver-tongued wit. After his father's sudden death, Jensen is sent to London by his stepmother to acquire a wife during the Season. Threatened with disinheritance should he make an unsuitable match, he arrives on the doorstep of his friend Welling's household prepared—reluctantly—to do his duty. Everything changes, however, when he lays eyes upon the Wellings' newest footman. Padalecki is tall, strong, intelligent and beautiful—everything Jensen admires in a man. From the moment they meet, Jensen is willing to risk everything to gain the gorgeous Texan's love. But Padalecki wants nothing to do with Jensen ... or does he?
Comment: Another excellent story from veronomay. This one’s a period piece with Jensen as the lusty aristocrat and Jared as his innocent footman. The subtitle is pretty self-explanatory so I really shouldn’t have bothered…... It’s a tale of ribaldry.

Horas non numero by [info]atimi
Rating: NC17
Authors summary: Roman AU with slave!Jensen, noble!Jared and a mixture of schmoop and angst.

Comment: This is a sneaky verse that will break your heart when you’re not looking and then put it back together again with glimpses of joy and happy endings. It’s pretty damn awesome that way.

Sherwood by [info]crackedbuthappy NEW
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: NC17
Word Count: 73,000
Authors summary: Jensen is not spontaneous. He does not break the rules. He is the perfect example of a good son and well behaving royalty. His cousin, however, is not. When she declared she’s running away because of an unexpected engagement, Jensen followed her to keep her safe. On their journey to find her true love and their joint freedom, they’re kidnapped by the renowned Sherwood Gang of Robin Hood fame. After Robin’s death, the torch was passed onto Jared, the son of Little John. Jensen expected to find a brute criminal in the leader of the Gang, instead of he discovered a hopeless romantic who agreed to aid the royal pair in their quest. Though their relationship begins as tumultuous, Jared and Jensen formed a tentative relationship that blossomed in the Sherwood Forest.
Comment: An epic tale of honourable criminals that harkens to the original legend whilst being completely its own thing. The period details add the perfect flourishes to a story where adventure and excitement is combined perfectly with the tension and romance between the boys.

South China Sea by [info]tabaqui 
Comment: Gorgeously written Vietnam war AU that manages to capture the horror of the situation without ever veering towards exploitation. “Like a pack of discouraged dogs, the squad moved up off the road, jostling and staring, Simmons still shouting. JT stayed. JT was down on one knee in the mud, his fingers to the old man's throat but fuck, he was gone. Half his face was gone and JT's hand was shaking so hard he couldn't have felt a pulse if there'd been one there to feel.”

Spoils of War by [info]leonidaslion
Written for [info]spnkink_meme
Rating: NC17
Word count: 7887
Authors summary: As the Captain of the king's Guard, Jared gets first choice of war spoils. This time, his choice may be more trouble than he's worth ...
Comment: A real guilty-pleasure kind of fic, that reminds me of bodice-rippers and torrid barbarian tales. I found this both hilarious and hot. I will warn that there’s non-con though.


Two-Spirits by [info]slashboyz
Rating: NC17
Authors summary: Jensen is a disgraced British soldier and exiled to a regiment in the New World to serve under Captain Morgan. There he befriends a brash young lieutenant, Rosenbaum. Jared was adopted as a small child and raised by a native tribe. He has chosen the path of a two-spirit. When their worlds collide, the lives of all four men are changed forever.
Comment: Troubled soldier Jensen finds his place, destiny and love with a Native American tribe in this richly detailed period piece. The enjoyable series is rounded out by a fabulous supporting-player Michael Rosenbaum.

We Are Trains, Riding Hobo-Style by [info]silentpoetry1
Rating: NC17
Word count: 3150
Authors summary: Jared and Jensen ride the freight trains all over America, picking up pieces of each other along the way.
Comment: Poetically written, this melancholy tale comes across as original and atmospheric. “Jensen comes back during Utah with tear tracks on his cheeks and blood-tracks dripping from his mouth, his arm cradled against his chest. Jared’s head hurts and his heart hurts, but he doesn’t know what to say. Jared swallows and offers Jensen a piece of bread, but Jensen shakes his head and walks over, unsteady on his feet, to Old Emily’s old corner – to lick his wounds and feel sorry for himself. Jared feels so sorry too.”

You Go To My Head by [info]ras_elased 
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang
Rating: NC17
Word count: 35,765
Authors summary: The year is 1938, and Jared Padalecki has just bought a small vineyard in the midst of Depression-era California. He has poured his heart and soul into working the land and creating the perfect wine, but he is still struggling to make ends meet. When he hires a drifter named Jensen to help during the summer harvest, he thinks his biggest problem is coming up with the money to pay Jensen's wage, but he soon finds himself inexplicably drawn to the mysterious man. Jensen's got street smarts and a mean right hook, but he's unprepared for the challenge of fighting off Jared's advances as well as his own simmering attraction. Jared's attention threatens to uncover the dark past Jensen left behind in Chicago, a past he's been running from, and a past that is about to catch up with them both…
Comment: Atmospheric fic set during the depression. The period details are richly evoked and perfectly match the slow burn of the boys’ relationship and the reveal of their stories.


HOOKERS, STRIPPERS & PORN STARS


A Little Less Conversation by [info]fryadvocate
Authors summary: The not-hooker hooker fic.

Comment: Melancholy, realistic and brave for not giving in to the fairy-taleness that is sometimes demanded.

Basketball!AU 'Verse: Hang Time by [info]ze_pink_lady (ongoing)
Rating: R-NC17
Comment: Super sexy porn AU where hooker Jensen "works for" basketball star Jared. I really love the push and pull of the two characters in this. And did I mention the porn?

Days In Our Lives series by [info]titheniel and [info]splashpink
Rating: NC17
Comment: Jared and Jensen star in very hot, very dirty and very kinky porn movies. Featuring toppy!Jared and bottom!Jensen. Yippee. As the series progresses we get to find out more about the boys' story while keeping up with the hot sex. “Jared chuckled against his ear, rubbing his knee tantalizingly over Jensen's ass. "See, the way I see it, you like it this way," He bit into Jensen's neck, pressing him tighter into the wall. "You like to play it tough, getting it as rough as possible, but you're still a slut who would spread his legs anytime if it meant you'd get a hard dick up your ass." Jensen's cheeks flamed up with anger and shame, and he tried to slide out of Jared's grasp, even if he knew it was pointless to struggle.”

Do I Seem Bulletproof To You? by [info]fleshflutter
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang
Rating: NC17
Word count: 96,000
Authors summary: When he can't find any acting work, Jared takes a job as driver and bodyguard to Jensen, who is an extremely expensive prostitute with a bad habit of attracting crazy people.
Comment: Quite rightly, this epic fic has been hailed everywhere. It’s fantastic. Out-of-work actor Jared, takes a job looking after high-price hooker Jensen in a story that has the perfect amount of humour, angst and hot sex. “Jensen is so gorgeous that Jared is almost glad that he's so badly hung over because seeing this guy for the first time without some haze of headache and grogginess to dampen the effect could probably cause Jared's head to explode. That speculation leads him to wonder if perhaps Jensen is already bringing out the crazy in him.”

Even Porn Stars Gotta Eat by [info]airgiodslv
Rating: NC17
Authors summary: In which everyone works in the adult film industry. AU.
Comment: Yay. The CWRPS crew are all porn stars and Jared asks Jensen out on a date. This is one of those fics where the only thing wrong with it is that there’s not enough. More porn adventures…More…More. This is just so fun & hot & sweet. Plus Jared’s inner monologue food obsession is hilarious.

I'd smother you in kisses, I'd give you outer space by [info]beckaandzac 
Written for [info]spn_j2_xmas
Rating: NC17
Word count: 9900
Authors summary: Jensen is the best hooker the galaxy's seen in decades. Jared's fresh out of art school. On the day of Jared's interview for the job of his dreams, their dry cleaning gets switched. HIJINX ENSUE.
Comment: SPACE HOOKER AU. Let me say that again. Space hooker AU. Awesome. And the fact that the author manages to pull this off as a full, emotionally satisfying read, as opposed to crack, is all the more awe-inspiring. “At the bar, the rat-like blond bartender who came in behind him at the cleaners is grinning and pouring shots for someone who looks like he’s wearing an ill-fitting version of Jensen’s missing alien invader get-up, his broad shoulders stretching it until it looks like it might pop. Jensen heads straight behind the stage before anyone can try to talk to him.”

I’ve Noticed You Around by [info]chash
Rating: R
Word count: 3200
Authors summary: Jared is a stripper. Jensen keeps accidentally asking for Chad. Life is hard, in all senses of the word.

Comment: As per usual with this author, the fic is precision aimed at the funny-bone. Best dialogue ever. Jensen wants stripper Jared, but accidentally keeps ending up with Chad.

If At First You Don’t Succeed, Suck Seed by [info]balefully
Written for [info]spn_holidays
Rating: NC17
Word count: 19,060
Authors summary: Jared gets dragged to the Moonlite BunnyRanch, where he meets Jensen. After an initial misunderstanding, things won't ever be the same for either of them.
Comment: It’s so wonderfully refreshing to read a Jensen is a hooker fic that is all about loving orgasms as opposed to trauma and angst. But then everything about this is good, from the characterisations to the supporting cast to the dirty hot sex and the ambiguous ending. “After all, he is a whore. A slut, a tramp, a rent-boy, a male prostitute. He has sex with people—both men and women—for a living, and he likes it. And really? That's all that matters. It's not like he can't do anything else; he'd been an actor once, actually, and it really wasn't a hell of a lot different from being a "working girl," as his fellow bunnies call themselves. He'd also been a catalogue model, a ranch hand, and a retail drone, all of which were the most miserable occupations anyone could ever have. So in the end, as far as Jensen is concerned, having orgasms for money instead is definitely the best option.”

In My Dreams You're Blowing Me...Some Kisses by [info]queenklu
Written for [info]j2_remix
Rating: NC17
Word count: 29, 605
Authors summary: Half an hour from Las Vegas--because when you drive 30 minutes for a fuck you're going to be on your best behavior--is a little bordello called Enthrall 'Em Steer 'n' Bunny Ranch. Fucking is not Jared's problem; keeping his job (and his head above water) just might be.
Comment: Jensen is a ‘bunny’ and Jared the new brothel bar-staff, in this pleasurable tale. It’s funny where it needs to be, hot where it needs to be and angsty where it needs to be, without any of them jarring but instead working together to make a real romp of a read. “Collapsing at the bar sounds a lot better in his head than in reality—he has to ease up on one hip and slide over on the stool, eyes closed in an anticipatory wince. Katie's first time pegging, emboldened by the free hour and Jensen's skillful pleading, and she'd been far more enthusiastic than naturally gifted. Or gentle. Not that Jensen doesn't know how to handle an over-eager client, but her appointment had been tucked in right after a two hour orgy with a group of businessmen from the Netherlands (who'd honestly been too enamored of themselves to pay much mind to Jensen's enjoyment) so she'd be able to make her engagement party at eight.”


Kaleidoscope by [info]atimi
Rating: NC17
Word count: 6700
Authors summary: Looking for a distraction, rich lawyer!Jared picks up younger hustler!Jensen.
Comment: Dark and dirty Jensen is a hooker and Jared is a bastard AU. This is more emotional than hot and I liked the way the fic lingered with me.

Maybe This by [info]nu_breed and[info]enoughoflove
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang
Rating: NC17
Comment: Soft melancholy tale where actor Jensen meets hooker Jared. I say soft because whilst there’s angst and sadness, it seems real and sometimes sucked inside like in everyday life. This isn’t overdramatic overwrought histrionics. And that’s why I like it.

Nothing But Black by [info]telete
Authors summary: Sex-club-worker!Jared gives nervous-customer!Jensen what he needs.

Comment: BDSM plus romance equals delectable.

Off The Script by [info]jasmasson
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang
Rating: NC17
Word count: 22,000
Authors summary: Jensen Ackles was the porn industry’s leading star for years, until Jared Padalecki came along. Jensen’s world-weary and disillusioned. Jared’s… not.
Comment: Another of my favourite stories. One that I often find myself coming back to. I love the inner voice of weary cynical porn star Jensen. Even his little swipes at lovable new to the industry Jared are funny.  ““Hey,” Jensen replied, continuing on to where they were cleaning up the catering area. Coffee, coffee, coffee. Jared fell into step beside him, and Jensen imagined his brain was going candy, candy, candy. Dumb fucking child”. Despite all the bitching, both characters are just adorable and I want to take them home. Also, the dirty bits are really hot.

Over here at the side of your life by [info]fleshflutter
Written for [info]spn_j2_xmas 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 13,700
Authors summary: Jared is a hooker, Jensen is his workaholic best friend.
Comment: This is awesome. I love how it turns the hooker trope on its head and makes it neither gritty nor salacious, just something done rationally and as part of an uber-cute schmoop au. That's pretty darn original.


Satisfaction This Way Comes by [info]veronamay
Rating: NC17
Word count: 4496
Authors summary: Poledancing!Jared. Gobsmacked!Jensen. Special guest appearances by Welling, Rosenbaum, Christian Kane, JDM and Mayhem. Alleyfucking. A tiny – TINY – bit of crack. There is also schmoop, but sadly no kitchen sink.
Comment: Hot pole dancer Jared seduces Jensen. Yummy.

Smile For the Camera by [info]nicb0723 (ongoing)
Authors summary: AU story about Jared and Jensen who are two straight men posing for a gay magazine. Can they stand the heat? Or will things become not so straight anymore…
Comment: Cute.

Street 'Verse: I Want To Save You by [info]b_s_n_m
Rating: R
Authors summary: Jensen's a street-hardened hooker who's sure he knows how things are meant to be. Jared's a bleeding heart with more money than sense. He wants to save Jensen, but will Jensen let him?
Comment: Sad tale where Jared wants to make life better for hustler Jensen, but doesn't get to succeed.

When Work Is A Pleasure by [info]salixbabylon 
Written for [info]spn_j2_xmas
Rating: NC17
Word count: 10,708
Authors summary: Jared is a shy young reporter; Jensen is a porn star. A weekend at the Folsom Street Fair brings Jared out of his shell.

Comment: This was the above-and-beyond expectations gift that I received for the xmas exchange. There’s porn a ‘plenty, pretty! Jensen and romance. What more could you want.


MOVIE REMAKES


A Story to Tell the Grandkids by [info]cherryscott
Written for [info]reel_spn
Rating: NC17
Word count: 4836
Authors summary:
Jared meets Jensen at gay camp.
Comment: Based on the movie 'But I'm a Cheerleader', Jared is sent to gay camp where he meets Jensen and finds true love. A lot of the CW crew show up but Jeff has the best role as a camp counsellor who wears "a blue t-shirt proclaiming Dicks are for pussies!, along with a pair of running shorts, a whistle from a lanyard hanging from around his neck". This is such fun.

A Tiny Piece Of You by [info]crackedbuthappy
Rating: R
Word count: 15,000
Authors summary:
When tragedy cuts Jared's perfect life short, he’s left scarred, alone and unfulfilled. Then, Jensen walks into his bar, bringing exactly what Jared needs and a secret that could tear them apart.
Comment: This is loosely based on the film ‘Return To Me’. Jared’s boyfriend dies and when he finally moves on a secret threatens to jar him straight back into the past. Featuring Jensen as the best boyfriend in the world and a heartbreaking Jared, this is a sad but ultimately hopeful read.

As Long As You Smile by [info]loony_moony
Written for [info]abouttwoboys
Rating: NC17
Word count: 19,005
Authors summary:
Jensen would not wear bananas on his head, so Jared makes him a gay beauty queen.
Comment: A highly-camp and pleasurable J2 retelling of the film ‘Miss Congeniality’.

At My Feet, Eternity… by [info]tabaqui
Written for [info]j2_everafter 
Authors summary: It's a fic that is - as per comm rules - based on a Disney movie. In this case, 'Swiss Family Robinson', though it's a bit more on the 'book' side than the 'movie' side.
Comment: This moved me. It’s poetic without being obscure, so even while you think about how gorgeous the writing is, it doesn’t take you out of the story. “"Magpie," Jared said, and then his eyes went wide as he obviously remembered something – words, an idea – that he had forgotten. "You ch...chatter like a magpie.””

Be My Baby by [info]titheniel
Rating: NC17
Word count: 47,000
Authors summary:
Summer, 1963. Young Jensen Ackles leaves his hometown in Texas to spend a three week long holiday with his conservative parents at the Kellerman's mountain resort in NY. Little does he know that he'll meet someone there that will change his life forever.
Comment: A J2 version of Dirty Dancing with Jensen as Baby and Jared as Johnny. Does anything more need to be said? "It was the summer of 1963. Before the Beatles came, before president Kennedy was shot. It was the summer of Jensen’s last year as UT student, when everyone in his family still called him Baby and it didn’t occur to him to mind, when he couldn’t wait to get his hands on his major, and when he still thought the only man he’d ever feel connected to would be his dad.”

Big Damn Anti-Hero by [info]alasse
Rating: PG13
Word count: 1900
Authors summary: Pump Up The Volume AU. Jensen is a dirty-mouthed undercover podcaster by night and a shy friendless loner by day. Jared is the quirky cool kid who discovers his secret.
Comment: Small but perfectly formed. Shy!Jensen is adorable.


By All Means Rome by [info]deirdre_c NEW
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: NC-17
Word count: 28,000
Authors summary: Jared Padalecki is an American living in Rome and writing for a celebrity gossip magazine. One night he rescues a stranger off the street who turns out to be mega-star Jensen Ackles, two-time Oscar winner and notorious recluse. Jared thinks he can trick Jensen into giving him the story of a lifetime. Will he succeed? Or will twenty-four hours spent together in Rome change Jared’s life story forever? An AU based on the classic film, Roman Holiday.
Comment: A feel-good, heart-warming romance story. The author does a great job of showing us how a credible bond is formed between the two boys in just one day, accentuated by the beautiful backdrop descriptions of the city itself.


Can’t Fight This Feeling by [info]jeyhawk
Written for [info]abouttwoboys
Rating: NC17
Word count: 35,000
Authors summary:
Jensen Ackles moves to New York to fulfill his life long dream of becoming a songwriter, but achieving his dream isn't as easy as he thought, and a chance meeting with the mysterious Jared Padalecki makes him wonder if he should have been dreaming of something else all along.
Comment: Epic retelling of ‘Coyote ugly’, J2 style. Way better than the film.

Choices by [info]macbyrne
Rating: R
Word count: 8300
Authors summary: Written for The Lady and the Tramp. Jensen is not a cocker spaniel, Jared is not a mixed breed and sadly, Jeffrey Dean Morgan is definitely not a rotund Italian who feeds dogs spaghetti.
Comment: There’s a lot packed into this fic that manages to remain sweet despite all the horror peeking in from the edges, just like Jared.


Don't Go Mistaking Paradise by [info]__tiana__
Written for [info]reel_spn
Rating: R
Wors count: 12,600
Authors summary:
Jensen loves only two things in his life: drumming and his best friend Jared. Unfortunately, Jared, his head buried in his painting and a years old crush on a girl named Sandy, only knows about the drumming.
Comment: A Jensen with attitude and an oblivious Jared in this J2 version of 'Some Kind of Wonderful'.

Drawing Constellations by [info]mijmeraar
Written for [info]reel_spn
Rating: R
Word count: 16,400
Authors summary:
As Christmas approaches, lives collide and connect, love threading through and holding them together.
Comment: Bizarrely, even though I hated 'Love Actually', I really enjoyed this J2anised version. Even though there’s a kid. Who is not annoying! Also features the rest of the CWRPS gang.

Family Affairs by [info]astri13
Written for [info]abouttwoboys
Rating: PG13
Word count: 15,084
Authors summary:
A misunderstanding leads to Jensen adopting the role of fiancé to the currently comatose Jeff Padalecki - Jensen`s unrequited crush. While Jeff`s family welcomes their newest "addition" with open arms, it`s Jeff`s brother Jared who really turns Jensen`s world upside-down.
Comment: Delightful J2 adaptation of the film ‘Whilst You Were Sleeping’. This fic features possibly the warmest most wonderful Padalecki family representation ever, and yes that totally includes the crazy grandma, and you’ll totally want to smoosh them all by the end.

Feeling Is Freedom by
[info]alasse 
Written for [info]herogetstheguy
Rating: NC17
Word count: 19,800
Authors summary:
In the future, in a dystopian world, feeling is outlawed. Jensen Ackles is the highest ranking Grammaton Cleric, and his sole purpose is to persecute those few criminals who resist, and dare feel. Jared Padalecki is one of the leaders of the Resistance. What will happen when a simple accident makes Jensen feel, and he meets Jared?
Comment: Surprisingly moving J2 version of the film ‘Equilibrium’. The story has a great mix of action and drama, which are blended seamlessly to drive along the narrative and keep the reader hooked. In a dystopian universe feelings are forbidden and Jensen is one of those that police the populace. Things change when he meets rebel Jared.

Forever Am I by [info]finn21
Written for [info]j2_everafter 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 18,667
Authors summary: For most of his life Jared’s always felt different, like he never quite belonged, never knowing he was immortal. Everything changes when he meets Jensen and his friends after he gets in a bike accident up in the mountains and they take him in. Based very loosely on Disney’s Tuck Everlasting.
Comment: There’s a real feeling of quiet mystery to this piece that really draws you in right from the start. It manages to be haunting without being melancholy and that’s a pretty impressive feat.

From Both Sides by [info]ysbail 
Written for [info]j2_everafter 
Rating: R
Word count: 16,573
Authors summary: Seventeen-year-old Jensen Ackles took a nap - and woke up ten years later to a world where everything, and everyone, had moved on without him.
Comment: This fic is unexpected and very engaging in terms of both narrative and emotion. Based on an idea from ‘Flight of the Navigator’. “Jensen squinted up at Chris’ looming silhouette as he leant out the door of his beaten up truck. He’d long since given up complaining about the mocking tone, or the use of that nickname. Chris never listened, in fact Jensen’s discomfort seemed to amuse him. So, Jensen said nothing, no rebuke, no query, and he most definitely did not turn around to see who Chris was referring to. He didn’t need to. He knew exactly what - who - he’d see if he did.”


Garlic & Butter by [info]frostian
Written for [info]j2_everafter 
Rating: R
Authors summary: Summary: Jared was born with many gifts, but only one will give him the courage to take a stand for himself, and create magic out of the most humblest of things. Adapted from Ratatouille.
Comment: You will need snacks as you read this! The author has a great way of describing things in just the right amount of detail for you to really see it and as so much of this fic is dedicated to food…There is no rat, but what you get instead is a warm and sweet narration of Jared’s journey right up to how he gets his guy. This is compulsively readable.

Good Girls Don’t, But I Do by [info]dollydolittle
Rating: R
Word count: 28,382
Authors summary: After being set up for a crime they did not commit; Jensen Ackles, Christian Kane and Michael Rosenbaum are kicked out of their fraternity and have to prove their innocence. Luckily, Mike has a plan, a good plan, a really awesome great plan that involves cunning, courage and...cross-dressing?

Comment: This is a really fun and funny version of the film ‘Sorority Boys’. Jensen, Mike Rosenbaum and Christian ‘ugliest girl in the world’ Kane are the boys forced to crossdress so they can hide in a women’s sorority house - where they meet an amazing group of girls, ‘Jenny’ falls for frat-boy Jared and they figure out who really is the villain of the piece.

I Sing For You by [info]lostt1
Rating: PG13
Word count: 25,300
Authors summary:
When Jared finds himself at Camp Ovation for the summer, a musical refuge for talented misfits, he gets a whole lot of drama. But then there's Jensen, his roommate, who may become something more.
Comment: Adorable boys in an adorable fic, based on the movie ‘Camp’.

If You Can't Take the Heat by [info]ramsesthegreat  
Written for [info]reel_spn 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 21,500
Authors summary:
Jared is a fugitive from justice and is hiding out at his friend Sandy's lakehouse.  Jensen is a pompous software genius and Sandy's summer tenant, just looking for a bit of peace and quiet.  When Jared and Sandy conspire for Jensen's help to prove Jared's innocence, the lies start piling up.
Comment: A cool J2 remake of the film ’The Talk of the Town’ where Jared is on the lam from the law and Jensen is the uptight computer genius that may just be able to help him, if only romance doesn't get in the way.

If You Care To Stay by [info]hkath

Written for [info]whenboymeetsboy 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 14,000
Summary - Jensen's got a thing for his roommate... he just doesn't know which roommate.
Comment: I loved this. Based on the film The Night We Never Met, it's so funny and sweet and enjoyable. The Chad in this fic just cracked me up, so much oblivious fail, and the idea of putting fastidious little Jensen in a bohemian commune is genius. In fact, all the supporting players are marvellous and do a great job of emphasising the almost uncomplicatedness that is Jared and Jensen. “Monday morning, Jensen wanders into the kitchen and pours himself a cup of coffee. He leaves it on the table and ventures over the sleeping bodies littering the living room floor to fetch the paper. When he gets back, there are two naked girls having sex right on the tabletop, next to his steaming Optimus Prime mug. So that's kind of a lost cause. “I'm not saying I hate you,” he tells Chris over pancakes at IHOP later. “Just that if I have to live with you for one more second, I'm going to fucking kill myself.””

Intent of Desire by [info]tempestquill
Rating: NC17
Word count: 19,969
Authors summary:
Jared Padalecki, rich, sophisticated, with a car to kill for, and a reputation to die for; his stepsister, Sandy McCoy, as viciously cunning as she is beautiful; Jensen Ackles, middle-class, seemingly naïve, with a bit of a past. When a wager is made, and the stakes are high, who will win in the end? Jared or Sandy, and will Jensen be the casualty?
Comment: Sandy bets Jared that he can't seduce Jensen. The prize: her body. Based on 'Cruel Intentions'.

Keepsake by [info]indysaur

Written for [info]j2_everafter 
Rating: R
Word count: 19,943 .
Authors summary: AU to the max. Based loosely on Disney/Pixar's Wall-E.
Comment: This is really fantastically written, clean and spare but still managing to be lyrical and full of emotion. There are points when it feels just so sad but I like to think the ending is hopeful.

Last Of The Romantics by [info]balefully
Rating: NC17
Word count: 29,300
Authors summary: Jared is the son of the Ackles family's chauffeur, and has been in love with Sandra, the Ackles's adopted daughter, all his life. He goes to London to find himself, and comes back a changed man. Sandra falls in love with him at long last, threatening her financially advantageous engagement to Jeffrey Dean Morgan, the heir of Morgan Industries. Jensen, her older brother and the CEO of the Ackles Corporation, must devise a plan to keep Sandra and Jared apart so his carefully plotted merger can go through as intended. His own machinations backfire, however, as he learns the meaning of love, selflessness, and what it's like to truly need someone else.
Comment: This is an endearing and delightful J2 version of ‘Sabrina’.

Living Just To Breathe by [info]lostt1

Written for [info]whenboymeetsboy 
Rating: R
Word count: 22,387
Authors summary: Jared just wants to live his life a little, under his own terms. But as the only child of the US President, that can be a little difficult. Jared sees his European adventure as a chance to let loose, to finally find some room to breathe. And when he meets Jensen on the plane to Paris, he can't help but wonder if freedom, and maybe even a chance at love, is finally within his grasp.
Comment: Entertaining romp of a fic with great characterisations. This is loosely based on the film Chasing Liberty.

Malibu Jared© by [info]_mournthewicked 
Written for [info]j2_everafter 
Word Count: 30,000
Authors summary: Jensen Ackles has a successful career, great friends, and an amazing little girl. His love life is pretty much nonexistent, but he’s okay with that. The same can’t be said for Ryan. She knows her daddy deserves all the happiness in the world, so she calls on her overactive imagination to make a wish that will change their lives forever. Jensen appreciates the sentiment, but that doesn’t make him any less surprised when he wakes up to find that not only did her wish come true, it’s sleeping in his bed.
Comment: The concept is 100% crack fic, based on the movie Life-Size, but the execution is serious, producing a sweet and emotive story with some genuine angst. “He’s a little plastic doll that was purchased solely to round out Ryan’s complete set of Malibu Sandy© toys, but quickly replaced Sandy as the crown jewel of all of Ryan’s possessions. Jensen is a little concerned that her favorite thing in the universe is a boy doll that always seems to be half-naked, but he’s not a brave enough man to try to take it away from her.”


Miss(ter) Congeniality by [info]ras_elased
Written for [info]abouttwoboys
Rating: NC17
Word count: 23,000
Authors summary:
So they're not called pageants, they're called "scholarship programs." After a coalition of fraternities sued the government for equal rights, stating it wasn't fair that pretty girls got to go to college based on their looks without the same benefit for boys, the pageant company was forced to open an 'equal opportunity' all-male pageant. But the backlash was fierce, and now the pageant is receiving threatening letters. They call in the FBI for help, and after assessing the situation, they assign Agent Ackles to go undercover as a pageant contestant. He is less than thrilled with his assignment. Former male model Jared gets hired as the pageant consultant charged with the difficult task of transforming Jensen from rough-around-the-edges FBI agent to GQ coverboy. Between the pampering and strutting and arguing and trying to find a place to conceal his weapon during the swimsuit competition, Jensen starts to realize that they make a good team, and maybe more.
Comment: Another incredibly fun and entertaining J2 cover version of ‘Miss Congeniality’ with Jensen as the FBI agent forced to go undercover at a beauty pageant.

My Problem Is You Make Me Melt by [info]juice817
Written for [info]abouttwoboys
Rating: NC17
Word count: 18,200
Authors summary:
Jensen makes a bet that changes his life forever. Loosely based on the movie She's All That. Title taken from "Have You Ever" by Incubus.
Comment: A mean Chris Kane bets popular boy Jensen that he can’t get looser Jared to go to the prom with him. This is a cool story.

Paved With Hearts by [info]cjmarlow

Written for [info]j2_everafter 
Rating: PG13
Word count: 47,000
Authors summary: Jared Padalecki has been shuffled from home to home for most of his life until one summer he's left with the black sheep of the family, his unsocial Uncle Jeff, up in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia. He unexpectedly finds a home and a family there, but when the summer's over he's torn away from it and placed with a family in the city; in return for having a good school to attend to finish his senior year, he's asked to befriend their shut-in son, a young man named Jensen who hasn't had an easy time of it either.
Comment: Such a well-crafted story that gets you engrossed from the start. Loosely based on the Disney adaptation of Heidi, it builds great characterisations around an interesting plot and you really feel what the characters go through. I love that even though Jared’s had it hard in life, he’s still happy and optimistic and it it’s a real pleasure being in his head for the duration of the tale. The story is perfectly rounded out by the supporting players from regretful uncle Jeff to best friend Chad and the whole thing is really gorgeous. “Jared had already lost track of just where they were, the map just a scrawl of meaningless lines. He'd always known he'd been born somewhere up here, in the mountains of British Columbia, but he didn't remember any of it. He'd been a baby when the accident had taken his parents, and not once in all the years since had Aunt Sam brought him back to what had once been his home. Not until now.”

Practically Perfect In Everyway by [info]atimi

Written for [info]j2_everafter 
Rating: PG13
Word count: 13,000
Authors summary: Banker!Jared employs Jensen as a dog-sitter. He then fears for the safety of the world. A J2 version of Mary Poppins
Comment: This is a genuinely feel good fic. Jared’s internal monologue is as charming and sweet as it’s ever been and a Jensen that’s perfect at everything, except maybe deciphering Jaredspeak, is downright adorable. Plus where else are you going to see Chris Kane referred to as a terrifying Oompa Loompa? “Not that he was actively trying to destroy it - Jared struggled to picture Jensen as a maniacal super-villain out to blow up the planet - but he didn't put it past him to do it accidentally. This theory (which Jared had dubbed 'Jensengeddon') revolved around the principle that if there was too much perfect in one place, God, karma, or whatever other force regulated perfection would be unable to deal with it, and so the universe would just give up and implode.

Put That Thing Back Where It Came From (Or So Help Me) by [info]vorpalblades

Written for [info]j2_everafter 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 10275
Authors summary: Like practically everyone else in the world, Jared had a point in his life when he was convinced there was a monster living somewhere in his room.
Comment: Inventive, warm-hearted and adorable tale, made as a kind of sequel to the film Monsters Inc. Thanks to being so well written, this is incredibly easy to visualise and adds up to something absolutely enchanting.

Putting My Life On The Brink by [info]lazy_daze

Written for [info]whenboymeetsboy 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 35,700
Comment: Based on the film What Happens In Vegas, this is a perfect example of a j2 romcom. There’s misunderstandings, bickering, sexual tension, bad timing and opposites attracting all over the place and all the while the boys are grudgingly falling in love until they get their happy ending. This really does make you happy. “The guy was tall, on his way to drunk already, wide smile bright in his face. "Well, hello," he said slowly, eyes fixed on Jensen's chest–Jensen glanced down and fought the urge to cross his arms over where his nipples were peaked and visible through his drenched shirt. He set his jaw instead and snapped his fingers in front of the guy's face. "Hey, buddy! You going to apologize? Going to pay for the dry cleaning? Going to–"”

Reinventing Love verse by [info]_mournthewicked 
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang
Rating: NC17
Word count: (We Must Reinvent Love) 26,500
Authors summary: (We must Reinvent Love)
With high school graduation less than two weeks away, best friends Jared and Jensen find themselves scrambling to tie up a few loose ends before they’re forced into adulthood. Jared ropes Jensen into helping him get the alcohol for Sandy's graduation party, and what should be a simple night of partying ends up turning into a series of mishaps and misunderstandings that all come to head when Jensen finally tells Jared the secret he wasn't ever planning on spilling. If high school has to end, they're going out with a bang. (A J2 spin on the movie Superbad.)
Comment: Utterly adorable teenage Jared and Jensen stories. Jensen and Jared are best friend but will things change once Jensen realises his feelings may be more than that? It’s impossible not to be delighted by these. The masterpost gives the chronological order, not the order written. “Jensen doesn’t reply, just keeps stirring with his eyes trained on the bowl of tan goop like it holds the meaning to life or something, which is weird. Jared wonders what’s wrong; because Jensen seemed fine a few minutes ago, but then Sandy is touching his arm and he turns back to face her.”

Right Where I Belong by [info]longsufferingly 
Written for [info]j2_everafter 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 15,000
Authors summary: After his grandfather, the baronet, dies, Jensen goes to the exclusive Mycroft Academy to learn how to be a good nobleman. He does his best to avoid the politics and backstabbing, but it turns out he's got something bigger in store for him.
Comment: Secret identities, intrigue and true love! You really can’t go wrong in investing some time in this. Based on The Princess Diaries. “Jensen blinks and there's a tall boy in front of him, looking concerned. He's seen him around a few times, acknowledged that he's very good looking, and moved on. Jensen's never been good at talking to people he thinks are good-looking. Besides, the boy is always surrounded by people, so Jensen assumed he must be fairly close to the throne and therefore not interested in lowly Genovians without any useful connections.”


Rollerball by [info]ladyjanelly
Written for [info]reel_spn
Rating: NC17
Word count: 10,202
Comment: Sometimes gritty and sometimes brutal, but always enjoyable, J2 reworking of Rollerball. This fic is full of heart-stopping tension of the will they / won’t they make it variety and well-written and interesting characters including some truly scary original characters. And really it’s the little details, so vividly drawn, that make the au world visible in the minds eye as you read.

She's A Handsome Woman by [info]hkath
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: R
Word count: 30,200
Authors summary: Jensen Ackles is a talented actor with a reputation for being difficult. When his friend Danneel is passed over for a role on a soap opera, he cross-dresses, auditions for the part - and gets it. As Jennifer Albee, he's got to deal with a jackass director and ridiculous plotlines, not to mention his blossoming friendship with actor Jared Padalecki, a single dad with a few surprises of his own. Basically a J2 retelling of Tootsie.
Comment: This is made of happy. Everything, from Jensen’s method cat acting to daddy Jared to Misha’s lamb-chop puppet to Chad’s insta-proposal, works in service of making this as pleasurable as humanly possible. “Jensen Ackles is one hell of an actor. He's done it all: Greek tragedy, mime, Brecht, Shaw, O'Neill, Ibsen, Beckett, Williams, Pinter. He spent a season in the Berkshires, where his turn as Hickey in The Iceman Cometh was lauded by critics as “patently disturbing” and “fervently unpleasant”, and his performance as Horatio for Shakespeare In The Park's Hamlet was specifically mentioned as a highlight by over a dozen reputable publications. Which is why it's a little perplexing when he drops by his agent's office and Rick tells him he's basically unemployable.”


Single Male Seeking Same by [info]pocketfullof
Word count: 25,931
Authors summary: Fed up with dating women who never meet his expectations, Jensen answers a singles' ad and gets much more than he bargained for.
Comment: Two previously straight men come together thanks to a personals ad in this sweet and evocative tale that’s loosely based on the film ‘Kissing Jessica Stein’.

Smoking Wichester by [info]immovinout
Written for [info]spn_challenges 
Rating: R
Authors summary: It only takes a life threatening adventure for Jensen to realize he's in love with his drug dealer.

Comment: A pleasurable and amusing J2 remake of Pineapple Express.


Something Borrowed, Something Blue by [info]belyste
Written for [info]abouttwoboys
Rating: NC17
Word count: 38,000
Authors summary:
When Jared desperately needs a date for his brother's wedding, he hires an escort. Jensen's the perfect fake boyfriend, except pretty soon things get a little too real.
Comment: Through the fantastic skills of the author, the loose plot of the mediocre film ‘The Wedding Date’ has been turned into one of the most enjoyable J2 romantic comedies I’ve ever read. Jared hires Jensen to be his date for his brothers wedding. Sharp banter, douchy exes and the Padelecki clan must all be overcome before true love forever can win the day. “He blushes when she explains the company policy to him – “Our escorts provide companionship, but they are not obligated to perform any kind of sexual favours, nor are they permitted to accept any kind of recompense for sexual acts. Any violation of this policy will immediately terminate the contract” – and rushes to assure her he understands. Again with the prostitution really not being a good idea.”

Spotted the One for Me by [info]laulan
Written for [info]j2_everafter 
Rating: R
Word count: 12,400
Summary: Jared didn't come to London expecting to fall in love, but somewhere in between getting pushed into a pond and naming fifteen puppies, that's exactly what happened. Essentially 101 Dalmatians from the human side of things.

Comment: Put J2 together with a whole heap of puppies and you can be pretty sure you’re in for an adorable time. This is all kinds of cute.


Starstruck by [info]pandarus
Rating: NC17
Word count: 42,000
Authors summary: A J2 movie AU based on 'Notting Hill', featuring misunderstandings, secrets, lies, twists, turns, comic books, Japanese-Ethiopian fusion cuisine, a lesbian wedding, several fabulous movies that really should exist, heartache, tequila, some exceptionally awful blind dates, hot boy-on-boy sex, and true love.
Comment: This is awesome. It, honest to god, made me laugh out loud at several points but also had me all emotional at several others. So pretty much the perfect romantic comedy that’s a billion times better than the film. “Jensen makes eye-contact, cool as you like, and nods politely, then goes back to looking at the comics. He's in the Marvel section, and Jared has a little flutter of disappointment, because he's still kind of a DC man at heart, (well, mostly Vertigo, but the classics are still the classics), and then he realises that he's being completely insane, because JENSEN ACKLES is in his shop, looking at comics, which is so hot that it hasn't even crossed his mind to fantasise about it, and he's feeling disappointed that the guy isn't a DC man. And it's not like Jensen Ackles hasn't featured kind of prominently in his fantasies lately, what with all the posters with his eyes greener than green and his mouth looking like something designed by the god of blowjobs...but it had never crossed his mind to imagine the guy actually showing up at his workplace.”


Stretch Right Up And Touch The Sky by [info]felisblanco
Written for [info]abouttwoboys
Rating: NC17
Word count: 47,800
Authors summary:
Jared’s life changed forever the day Jensen transferred to his school two years ago. It must have been destiny that brought them together because Jensen was without a doubt meant to be his forever soulmate and the love of his life. Too bad Jensen had no idea Jared even existed.
Comment: Absolutely wonderful, and epic, J2 in high school romantic comedy based on a film I’ve never heard of.

Sweet Home Texas by [info]sarlev_vanisa
Rating: PG13
Authors summary:
Jared has everything he could ever want in his life, great job and he's getting married to the woman of his dreams, there is just one problem. His husband back in Texas.
Comment: Adorkable bickering ex couple Jared and Jensen take the lead roles in this J2 remake of ‘Sweet Home Alabama’. So much fun.

Tangled by [info]bonspiel
Written for [info]whenboymeetsboy 
Rating: R
Word count: 6000
Authors summary: Jared’s got a great new job in a new city; too bad his new coworker doesn’t like him. But he’s found a friend online. Jensen used to like his job before the new guy showed up. Fortunately he’s met someone great online. What happens when these two realize they’ve been fighting in person and flirting online? A love story in documents.
Comment: Epistolary style fic that’s used to great effect in this story based on Shop Around the Corner and You’ve Got Mail

That’ll Give You Bees by [info]annella
Written for [info]abouttwoboys
Rating: NC17
Word count: 18,515
Authors summary:
Jensen is a hot-shot Hollywood actor, and Jared owns a pet shop in San Antonio. What happens when two completely different worlds literally collide?
Comment: Superstar Jensen Ackles takes time out of his busy schedule for a vacation in San Antonio. There he meets Jared Padalecki. Romance happens. A great spin on ‘Notting Hill’.

This Fragile Heart by [info]agt_spooky
Written for [info]abouttwoboys
Rating: NC17
Word count: 15,544
Authors summary:
The movie I claimed was Return To Me. While this is not a word-for-word, scene-for-scene retelling of the film (because I just think that would be boring, you could just rent the movie!) the main plot is still the same, and so is some of the dialogue.
Comment: Jensen finds love again after his boyfriend is killed. Except new man Jared is keeping a secret that might just tear them apart. This remake of ‘Return To Me’ made me all weepy with its poignancy and heartbreak. “Jensen swallowed hard as his emotions at the memory rose up inside him. “I miss you,” he whispered into the night. “But I don’t think you’d want me living the way I’ve been. I know if things were reversed I wouldn’t want you to be unhappy, lonely.” He paused and smiled slightly. “I met someone tonight. I haven’t felt this way around someone since I met you. Maybe that’s a sign, huh? That it’s time?””.

Times Like These by [info]_doodle NEW
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: R
Word count: 53,000
Authors summary: Five years ago Jared Padalecki ran away to Hollywood from small town Texas and made it big. With an Oscar nomination and Genevieve Cortese for his fiance the only thing that stands in the way of his happy ending is Jensen Ackles: his husband back in Texas who refuses to give him the divorce he wants. Going home Jared finally has to face everything he left behind, including the shock that his husband has been holding on to their marriage out of hope, not spite. Jensen forces Jared to confront the reason why he left and he has to come to terms with the fact that everything he told himself about his husband and why he left was a lie. That he's still in love with Jensen.
Comment: Very loosely based on the film Sweet Home Alabama, this is a heck of a lot more engrossing. The deliberate pacing gives the reader the time to get to know the characters, allowing for expectations to be played with before a slow reveal of Jensen's mysterious ways and the real reason that Jared left are provided. The supporting players, from family to friends, feel really well drawn and make the images of the small town come alive.

True Colours by [info]munibunny
Rating: R
Word count: 32,300
Authors summary:
Jared is a mentally challenged young man with a very special gift. Jensen is an executive with nothing in his life but work. They meet by accident and discover a connection that defies explanation.
Comment: This is a gentle and delicately handled tale about business man Jensen falling for Jared, his mentally challenged gardener. Loosely based on the film ‘Tim’.

Underneath This Texas Sky by [info]lostt1
Written for [info]abouttwoboys
Rating: PG13
Word count: 24,500
Authors summary:
Money can buy popularity but... For Jensen, he just wanted to be a part of the cool crowd. When star quarterback Jared needs help, Jensen sees his chance. What he gets is more than he bargained for.
Comment: Jensen sees a way to buy his ticket to popularity in this cute J2 version of ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’.

Unequivocal Sex Invite by [info]miss_begonia (friends only)
Rating: NC17
Word count: 17,800
Comment: Woo hoo. J2 do 'Clueless'. Is anything better than Jensen as Alicia Silverstone?

Untitled by [info]chash
Word count: 3000
Authors summary: Based on the terrible movie I saw on Lifetime today, See Jane Date.
Comment: If only Lifetime movies were this good! Jensen needs a date for a wedding but keeps meeting losers, his mum’s trying to set him up but at least the guy who works at the wedding store seems pretty cute…


When The Stars Go Blue by [info]shiplessheathen
Written for [info]whenboymeetsboy 
Word count: 7700
Authors summary: It fits in a way that is completely unfair because this, Jared and every stupid thing their reflections make Jensen think - it's not for Jensen to have.
Comment: Heartache, pining and jealousy abound, until a much-needed happy conclusion is reached in this great j2 remake of Love Actually. It feels really real.

You can’t blame gravity for falling in love by [info]dev_earl
Written for [info]j2_everafter 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 18, 670 words
Comment: Fun read based on the film Ice Princess. I really like the way both boys are written to be equally smart and attractive.

You’re My Heaven by [info]ysbail
Written for [info]abouttwoboys
Rating: R
Word count: 13,000
Authors summary:
Heaven can exist where you least expect it to. Jensen is being haunted by an old relationship ... and something else.
Comment: After Jensen leaves a mean and possessive Jeff, he rents a flat that may have another inhabitant. A J2 remake of ‘Just Like Heaven’, this is schmoopy and adorable with just a smidge of angst so it doesn’t become too saccharine.

You’re the Whip in my Valise by [info]memphis86
Written for [info]reel_spn
Rating: NC17
Word count: 9650
Authors summary:
Jared Padalecki just wanted a nice, boring, normal secretarial job. What he gets, is something entirely different. Along the way, he finds himself.
Comment: Yay. J2 do ‘Secretary’.


NOT HUMAN


Cupid 97 (This ain't Your Hallmark Cupid) by [info]aeroport_art
Written for [info]spn_fairytales
Rating: R
Word count: 27,500
Authors summary:
Everybody's got a love/hate relationship with their jobs. But for Jensen Ackles, top Cupid in the nation, after a hit goes wrong it's just a long, downhill slide from there. Caution: an ungodly amount of swearing, sarcasm, and schmoop in which Chris Kane is an awesome best friend, Tom Welling's the vacuous son of Zeus, Rosenbaum is Rosenbaum, and Jensen has a penchant for Plans.
Comment: Jensen is a cupid who is supposed to shoot Jared and Sandy with arrows of love. Things don't go to plan. So, so adorable.

Ineffable by [info]dark_reaction
Rating: NC17
Word count: 18,753
Authors summary: Jared and Jensen are angels in God's army who can't stand each other. During some supposedly restful downtime, it comes to the attention of someone very important.
Comment: Vivid word-building creates a rich and layered fic that’s unlike anything I’ve read before. It’s hard but worth it, if that makes sense.


Jensen 4.1 by [info]sasskitten
Rating: NC17
Authors summary:
On his way to sit his final exam, Jared comes across an escaped genetically engineered, injured man who soon turns his ordinary life upside down.
Comment: Jared rescues mandroid Jensen and teaches him about life.

Look What We've Got! (A Fairy Tale Plot) by [info]kelleigh
Rating: PG13
Word count: 5800.
Authors summary: As far as fairies go, Jensen's pretty elitist and a bit of a show-off. Where mortals are concerned, Jared's got a big heart and the best sense of humor. He'll need them both to deal with everything Jensen throws his way.

Comment: Warm-fuzzy kind of fic that’s sweet and enchanting, with a healthy dose of funny.


Man’s Best Friend by [info]belyste
Rating: NC17
Word count: 18,000
Authors summary: Jensen gets turned into a dog. Things...happen.

Comment: I never thought I’d say this but, best animal transformation fic ever! “And not just that, he’s also a really little one. Like, tiny. When he steadies himself on four legs, he’s barely taller than the pile his abandoned clothes make on the floor. And when he climbs over them, little claws tapping on the linoleum as he takes inch-long steps toward the full-length mirror in his closet, he discovers he’s also kind of fluffy.”


Reanimated by [info]tigbit NEW
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: NC17
Word Count: 80,000
Authors summary: In which Jared manages real estate in Heaven and Jensen works as Hell’s attorney in Death Trials. Extreme ambiguity and a distinct lack of beer push Jared to accept a different kind of job in a hotter, more southern locale. The boys meet. Hi-jinks and grocery-stealing in Hell ensue. Featuring saints on book tours, love on trial, after-life bureaucracy, and sin. Surprisingly not as cracktastic as it sounds.
Comment: Totally original. And like the summary states, it may have a crack concept but it has way too much heart and emotion to be a crack fic. There’s some fantastic word-building work here, where you feel like you become familiar with every nook and cranny of the afterlife, but it’s never done at the expense of the characters. They’re just as vividly drawn and interesting and in the end it’s their humanity that will reel you in.


PARENTS & MPREG


Blended And Blessed, Paramedics & Daddies, A Promise Is A Promise and Silence = Death by [info]benitle
Written for [info]fluffandfold and [info]spn_j2_bigbang
Rating: PG13-NC17
Wordcount: 23,000 (Blended And Blessed)
Authors summary: (Blended and Blessed)
Jensen and Jared are single fathers. They met because their children keep on punching each other every day at school.
Comment: Yay. Schmoopy domestic goodness. Single daddy Jensen meets single daddy Jared when their kids get into a fight. This is a sweet slow-boil of a story with a really natural sense of development over time. Oh, and Jensen has a special piercing…Now with fantastic follow ups including the latest agsty meet-the-family epic.

Just Like This and Still Just Like This by [info]breea1
Rating: R
Authors summary: Jared's young, free and single – and finds when Jensen Ackles and his three devil children move in next door that he doesn't want to be. Jensen just wants to be left alone and find some peace.
Comment: Any kid!fic with hell spawn I don’t hate is always off to a good start. I loved the shifting dynamics between all the characters and how we got to watch for glimpses of Jensen's story through Jared. Protective!Chris is as cool as you’d expect but it was actually a non-arsey Chad that stole this one for me.


Looking For Men With Kids by [info]chash
Word count: 5000
Authors summary: AU. In which Jensen is Jared's kid's kindergarten teacher.
Comment: Pretty much guaranteed to put you in a good mood. “Which is frustrating only because Jensen Ackles? Is the hottest guy Jared's ever seen in his life. Nate adores him and thinks he's awesome, and every day it's "Mr. Ackles this" and "Mr. Ackles that," so it's not like Jared can forget about him or anything. And he can't tell Nate to scope his teacher out for signs of bi and/or homosexuality or anything, because Nate is five and thinks romance is gross.”


Parting Gifts by [info]frostian
Rating: R
Word count: 33,000
Authors summary:
Jared Padalecki lost his husband, Jensen Ackles, through neglect. Then the real nightmare begins when a group kidnaps Jensen and ransoms him for fifteen million dollars. The problem isn't paying the money: it's getting Jensen back alive and in one piece.
Comment: A gripping thriller rounded out with a strongly drawn cast of secondary characters and great use of flashbacks. Jensen gets kidnapped and husband, Jared, must work with the rescue team. “Jensen saw the security guard swing his hand up and ducked. The sap missed his nose but smashed his forehead. Jensen heard a muffled noise as the weapon made contact but ignored the sound and the pain as his training kicked in. He threw his entire weight against the guard, propelling both of them into the middle of the hallway. He tried to yell for help when the man posing as the police officer sprayed his face. Whatever was in the container was both odorless and tasteless, but its effect on him was immediate.”

The Seahorse, The Fertile Crescent and Palace Of the Brine by [info]memphis86 
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang
Rating: NC17
Word count: 36,211 (The Seahorse)
Authors summary: (The Seahorse) Everything is going fine for Dr. Jensen Ackles, a successful 3rd-year resident in obstetrics and gynecology at Grace's Heart hospital in San Francisco. But when a 22-year-old art student shows up at claiming he's pregnant, Jensen is completely certain he's crazy. After a bunch of tests, a sonogram and a bizarre story about having invoked the wrath of a ram-headed Egyptian fertility god, it turns out that Jared Padalecki isn't joking: he really did get knocked up! And when Jared insists on having an OB-GYN of his own gender, Jensen's long stretch of successfully not falling for one of his patients is finally at an end.
Comment: If you’re only going to read one mpreg fic, this should be it. It’s adorable and funny and sad and schmoopy, all in the very best way and watching the relationship develop between Jared and Jensen is a real delight. The story starts when Dr. Jensen does his psychiatrist friend a favour by giving an exam to a man claiming to be pregnant…“"Padalecki." A young man answers. He's sitting on the exam table, wearing the same paper-thin gown all Jensen's patients have to wear. But the thing is, all of Jensen's patients are women, and so it makes sense for said paper-thin gown to have the opening in the front instead of the back like typical paper-thin hospital gowns.”


Things Change ‘verse by [info]chash
Rating: NC17
Word count: (Part 1) 7200.
Authors summary: (Part 1) It's July 2005, and Jensen Ackles is meeting the man of his dreams at the bus stop.
Comment: A kidfic that features un-annoying kids is already in the win column but outside of that, these are genuinely sweet and funny and win you over completely. “"It's okay," Jensen managed, even though he was feeling kind of dizzy and hazy. The guy offered him a hand, and Jensen took it, suddenly presented with the reality that he was, in addition to being really cute, was really strong, and broad, and hopefully single. "Happens," he continued.”



ROCK STARS, MUSICIANS & CONDUCTORS


All These Tangled Truths by [info]estrella30
Rating: R
Word count: 3400
Comment: Bar owner Jared hires Chris Kane and it's lust at first sight when he encounters backing singer Jensen. This was one of the first Jared/Jensen fics I read and I'm still all squeeee about it. It's cute. It's funny. Chad is annoying and Chris is a cockblocker. My only criticism....It's too short. I wanna see more.

Behold and See by [info]annella
Rating: NC17
Word count: 27,666
Authors summary:
Jared's a conductor, in charge of his first big performance. Jensen has reluctantly come home to take part, and has brought a whole lot of baggage with him.
Comment: Jared is a conductor and Jensen a soloist in this awesome romantic comedy. The boys are just the cutest things ever, with flaily Jared so completely into what he's doing that he just loses track of the world around him and panicky but trying his best daddy Jensen. Also a big yay to the supporting cast whom so nicely round out this totally enjoyable universe.

Boats and Hoes by [info]dugindeep
Rating: NC17
Word count: 5000
Comment: Insane in the best way possible. This is one of the most entertaining crack!fics I’ve ever read. If you’ve ever wondered what a psuedo-hip hop Jared would be like, look no further. “It takes another year or two for anyone to put any money into this, but J-Boozie and Chazz argue that they have a built-in audience of tweens and teens who loved them from the TV show and would eat their shit up in a second. And surprisingly, they do. And somehow or another, all the college co-eds buy into their new hard edge, street career and they audition other rappers for their crew. It comes down to a skuzzy, scruffy-faced, possibly-unshowered dude named Misha Mic and a ridiculously pretty, but strangely quiet Tom-Tom.”


Feels Like Flying by [info]micawbish
Word count: 3700
Comment: This story manages to have a great mix of the sweet and the funny. The boys are in a band with some of the other CW actors.

Like a Glass Half Empty by [info]dark_reaction
Rating: NC17
Authors summary:
Jensen is the bitchy lead-guitarist in a successful rock band. When their bassist pulled an Ian Curtis, they needed to recruit a new one. In walked Jared. Jensen is determined to have nothing to do with him. But sometimes the best laid plans...
Comment: Jared joins Jensen’s band as a replacement for the MIA Chris Kane. This was such a lyrical read, full of perfect contradictions, like how we move from hearing so much of Jensen to not really hearing him at all and how amusing it is but so sad at the same time. “Jensen was starting to reconsider his Sylvia Plath stance. He hated the way Hayden was a fucking Marxist about music. One of the people, the unwashed masses, would show up and inspire them all to higher enlightenment. What the fuck ever, idiot had been watching too many Soviet films for inspiration.”

Live & On Stage by [info]allamboy
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: PG13
Word count: 22,850
Authors summary: It’s Summer Tour 2009 for Jared Padalecki and the rest of the Mickey Mouse Club. They’re opening for Disney boy band sensation 5X Everything, and when Jared gets to know “shy one” Jensen Ackles it just might be love.
Comment: Fun and cute. Interspersing the story with tween fangirl reactions, that seemed all to accurate, was a great idea and shamefully reminded me of my youth.


Rockstar ‘Verse by [info]tempestquill
Rating: NC17
Authors summary:
Jared is at a bar in San Antonio one night with his buddy Chad when a band Smeckles takes the stage and there's something about the lead singer, Jensen Ackles that he just can't get out of his head. A pretty voice, a pretty mouth, and just like that he's Smeckle's biggest fan...
Comment: It starts off as rock star Jensen and groupie Jared, but ends up being much much more than just porn. CrazyMike almost steals the show though.

Runaway Sensation by [info]obsessed1
Rating: NC17
Word count: 41,000
Authors summary: A
Rolling Stone exclusive! How fame and fortune almost ruined the life of Jensen Ackles.
Comment: A really charming epic fic. The time and POV shifts add to the feel of a story fully unfolding before you and the leisurely pace only enhances that further. It’s a tale about finding the person that’s right for you and how your dreams change because of that – or at least they do for rock star Jensen.

Stuck On Delete by [info]matchstickmen 
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang
Rating: R
Word count: 61,042
Authors summary:
Jared's in a punk band and Jensen's a rudeboy - this is what happens when they go on tour together.
Comment: This is so vibrant and entertaining, much like the characters the story is about. Jared is in a punk rock band. Jensen is their sometime photographer, sometime merchandise seller and all time oddball.

The Kennedy Curse by [info]buttoneddown (ongoing)
Comment: The author makes amazing use of the internet to tell the story of Jared’s band. Fiction mixes with manips, mp3’s, photographs, fake magazine pages and more to create a complete experience. And it’s not a case of all style no substance, as it’s the story that draws you in to care about the rest of it.


The Mostly True and Only Somewhat Exaggerated Adventures of Fanboi and Fruitfly by [info]phaballa
Authors summary: Jared was a teenaged fanboi of epic proportions.
Comment: Insanely fabulous. Jensen is a pop star and Jared is hid biggest supergay fanboi ever.


The New Frank and Gerard by [info]crackedbuthappy
Rating: NC17
Word Count: 9750
Authors summary: Jared, Jensen, Mike and Tom play in an emo band. Jensen is the hot, mute guitarist. Jared is the flamboyantly gay bass player. Mike is the bitchy, Harvard graduate turned lead singer. And Tom – well, Tom drums and definitely probably has VD.
Comment: I didn’t get any of the bandom references in this, but still managed to adore it. It’s an absolute blast. “And Jensen. Jensen who was probably the hottest thing Jared had ever seen in tight, leather pants, black eyeliner, and blue and blonde hair. But Jensen was Mike…except you know, Jared wanted to fuck Jensen. A lot. The thought of fucking Mike made him a little sick. On stage, Jensen was liquid sex. Thrusts against his guitar, licking up the neck, never ever wore a shirt. Off stage, he was mute. Okay, not really. But, in the three months since Jensen joined the band, he spoke directly to Jared three times. Once was, “Please pass the ketchup.” Not that Jared was counting, not at all.”


These Opposite Sides On Which We Fall by [info]jazalove  and [info]seventhpage
Rating: NC17
Word count: 32,000
Authors summary: rockstar!au. jared is a megasuperstar and jensen's a washed-up could-have-been. dust gets unsettled and unpleasant memories are dragged up to the surface when jensen's manager books him to be the opening act in padalecki's new tour. something's gotta give.
Comment: Entertaining and fun story where washed-up singer Jensen gets a gig as the opening act for touring megastar Jared. A history between the two boys means a rocky path at first, but just maybe Jensen will be able to forgive and forget.

To Wake A Captive Dreamer by [info]sophie_448 
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang
Rating: NC17
Word count: 27,234
Authors summary:
Once upon a time (ten years ago to be precise) something terrible happened to Jensen. He’s been dealing with it, or failing to deal with it, ever since. His best friend, Chris, takes care of him and Steve takes care of Chris. They’re one precariously balanced little family who also happen to play in a band together. When Jared becomes their new bassist, everything changes. An unorthodox retelling of Sleeping Beauty.
Comment: I love the way the author wrote the prologue and epilogue as a fairy-tale wrap-around. Bad things happen to Jensen but they’re softened and removed by having them told in that way. The main story details his recovery from a frozen boy to someone who can be in love. “The wizard meant to kill the prince, but when he looked upon him he was overcome with lust. He resembled the king greatly. With a howl of rage and despair, the wizard forced the prince to lie with him. The prince was untouched and he begged the wizard to show mercy, but the wizard refused to relent. He finally left the prince broken and despairing on the ground.”


SCI-FI, FANTASY, HORROR & THE WORLD IS NOT AS WE KNOW IT


(And) Sleeping Beauty (Hit the Snooze Button) by [info]splashpink
Rating: R
Authors summary: Jared’s no knight in shining armor, but that’s alright, because Jensen makes a terrible damsel in distress.

Comment: This is crack!fic in the very best sense. A 21st century updating of Sleeping Beauty including fairies Steve and Chris, engineering champion Chad, grumpy princess Jensen and pledge Jared.

Apocalypse: Cancelled by [info]jeyhawk
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 28,000
Authors summary: July 7, 2008 at 2 a.m. in the morning a comet will hit Earth, destroying all human life. Humanity gets 54 hours to prepare and chaos ensues. A chance encounter has straight architect Jared Padalecki saving the life of deeply closeted movie star Jensen Ackles. The unlikely couple cling to each other during what they think will be their last days on earth, but what happens to the relationship they built when the world doesn't end after all?
Comment: This works really well to blend the excitement of the plot with the emotions of the characters and in doing so, leads to a fic that feels well rounded and thoroughly entertaining. The accompanying art by [info]gwentastic is amazing.


Butterflies and Hurricanes by [info]audrarose
Word count: 13,000
Authors summary: Genetically-enhanced psychic assassins. And also schmoop. I don't know what else to say, really.

Comment: This was so good. I mean, NINJAS! Ninjas are always good, but then the story adds in emotion and bonding and action and tension and combines this with a slow journey of discovery to take you all the way to full on awesome


Can’t Take The Sky Away From Me by [info]pekover  and [info]leodragon1

Authors summary: Summary: Dragons and their riders have always protected the land, but they have also been used for destruction and war. Can Jensen and Jared's love overcome everything that keeps them apart, and can they find a way to keep another apocalyptic dragon war from occurring?
Comment: I was genuinely and happily surprised by this series. I’d honestly thought that dragon fics weren’t really for me and I’m glad I took the chance and proved myself wrong. Besides, it doesn’t matter that it features mythical beasts (which I grew to love anyway, as here they’re just as real a character as any of the human folk) because really its about two boys who meet, fall in love and have to overcome many obstacles before they can be together. Very enjoyable.


East of the Sun and West of the Moon by [info]laulan

Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: R
Word count: 31,000
Authors summary: A practical carpenter, Jensen doesn’t believe in magic or fairytales--but when a messenger appears from thin air looking for him, he finds himself drawn into a quest to rescue a man he has no memory of, who just happens to be trapped in a place no one knows how to get to. No pressure, right? Set in modern times with fantasy elements.
Comment: A really interesting premise crafted into a great story.


From the Ruined Tower to the Caves of Unknown Horror by [info]annella NEW
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: R
Word count: 30,500
Authors summary: Jared's been adventuring for most of his life. He loves being out on the road with his friends—killing monsters and bad guys, finding treasure, and helping people out of sticky situations. It's all part of being a good-hearted barbarian. Then his carefree life is shaken up by the introduction of a scrawny half-elf wizard called Jensen, who joins them for a quest upon which they will encounter horror, true friendship, and a secret buried deep underground...
Comment: Such a fun, rollicking adventure story. It flies by and then makes you sad to see it end. Loosely inspired by D&D, although you really don’t need to know anything about that to enjoy this, all the characters are recognisable types (but not stereotypes) that you’ll be rooting for all the way. “The first time Jared meets Jensen, he's quite concerned about Jensen's ability to stay alive. Jared has been doing this adventuring thing for a couple of years now, and he's seen firsthand what sort of dangers are out there. Jensen is tall for a half-elf, but he's also really thin, and his skin has that unhealthy, pasty look of someone who doesn't get out in the fresh air and sunlight enough. Jared figures that wizards must be really useful, despite their apparent weakness, because Jeff had been adamant about finding one to join their party before taking on the ogres infesting one of the nearby villages. In the end, though, Jared figured he should just leave decisions like this to Jeff. Jared's quite content just hitting the monsters until they die.”

In a Brand New West by [info]moveablehistory 
Rating: R
Authors summary:
Jensen Ackles flies transport all by his lonesome - until the goddamn government agency that was supposed to find him Someone Special ends up finding him Jared Padalecki. IN SPACE.
Comment: Mail order bride Jared meets Jensen. In Space. Which can't be said enough. So cool. So funny. So unique.

In A faraway land, You’ll Find Yourself by [info]dugindeep NEW
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: R
Word count: 28,600
Authors summary: In his day-to-day life, Jensen is never put first or regarded as anyone with purpose. He works for his dad, lives in his brother’s shadow, can’t keep his boyfriend a priority, and has mostly given up on himself. One magical cup of coffee transports him to the land of Cassidonia, a fantasy land that he can’t traverse on his own. The tale says the Fair Child will slay the monster keeping watch at the unruly queen’s castle, and all of Cassidonia says Jensen’s the one to do it. In this world, he has to decide if he’ll move on without much effort to change his life, or live up to his destiny and save Cassidonia and return it to the rightful rule of the princess-in-waiting.
Comment: Magical like only the best kind of fairy-tales can be, this is completely enthralling and flies by in a rush.

Monogatari by [info]winterlive
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang
Rating: NC17
Comment: Epic storytelling that you can spend hours getting lost in. Set in a universe where Japan has expanded to include America, samurai Jensen must take of the training of his new student Jared. “Today is a big day - Jensen has impressed the shogun (and, perhaps more importantly, General Mifune) enough to earn the right to choose a shudo student. It's a mark of much respect among the samurai, to be thought wise enough, skilled enough, to take a young samurai under one's wing and teach them what they must know to become great.”

Morgan’s Free Rangers: A Tale of Courage and Daring in the Tayasha Badlands by [info]calamitycrow
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 30,000
Authors summary: It’s 1854. Jared, an Easterner, goes west and meets a handsome Ranger named Jensen. You know, typical western romance. Honestly.
Comment: Loved the feel of this. The author paints a vivid picture of a very different America, aided by techniques of linguistic borrowing and the smooshing of different cultures, which is fully enhanced by the collaboration with artist [info]wede_fic. You instantly become immersed in this strange world they created and it’s a joy to read. Also the idea that married men become wives hit my fic kink button hard.


Naked under here by [info]fleshflutter NEW
Written for [info]spn_reversebang 
Rating: NC17
Word Count: 11,000
Authors summary: Jared, a costumed superhero who goes by the name of Black Steel, falls into a relationship with another superhero, Jenesis. Jenesis wants to keep things simple between them, which ends up complicating everything considerably.
Comment: The relationship between the two boys in this is a wonderful paradox of superhero complications and an easy contentment in caring. Combining that with the way it’s so easy to picture the big action scenes thanks to the amazing world-building, and you have a fun and absorbing story.

No Strings Could Secure You by [info]dugindeep
Rating: R
Word count: 38,000
Authors summary: The Media Freeze took away all music, movies, and gaming systems to sterilize citizens of any excessive emotions and let them live their own lives. Media Agent Jared Padalecki upholds the Freeze, destroying media and arresting those who possess it. But his world viewpoint is skewed when he watches a TV show and experiences what all the offenders have – raw emotion. His life is further upended when he builds a friendship with actor Jensen Ackles, who turns him onto more entertainment and opens his eyes to the beauty of this creative world.
Comment: This is really gripping and exciting. It reads like the best kind of thriller, where you can’t wait to see what happens next, but with added emotional impact. “At seven years old, Jared doesn’t know how or when the Media Freeze started, but it’s the only life he knows and lives. No television, no movie theaters, no book stores. No one has access to any product even associated with those places. And if you’re found with it … well, Jared isn’t entirely sure what happens, but it’s enough to strike fear in his mother’s eyes if he ever mentions it. He used to spend nearly every clear day with Stephanie Robinson from next door, riding bikes up and down the pavement, running through neighboring yards, and all around being playful children. But one day, her house was empty, the lawn had distinctive burn marks in its center, and his mom couldn’t – or just wouldn’t – explain where they’d gone or why. It was like the Robinsons had never existed.”


Nosce Te Ipsum by [info]rei_c 
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: PG13
Word count: 34,000
Authors summary: Jensen’s been living in the Empire for over eight years and he’s just now realising he has a problem. When a solution presents itself in the form of a shaggy-haired guy holding a cup of coffee, will he accept an offer he really can’t afford to refuse?
Comment: Cerebral and mysterious - this is a truly fascinating and visceral read. The plot is something like Jared leads Jensen on a journey of self-discovery, but deeper things are always at play.

Public Masks and Private Battles by [info]cala_jane
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: PG13
Authors summary: When the slavery system was introduced as a way to relief the overcrowded prisons, Jensen didn't hesitate to join the Rebellion that was already fighting against the Empire. Years later he was found out, he was sentenced to spend his life as a slave. From that moment, his life was a constant war, with battles he knew he had to win. After he's bought by Gerald Padalecki, to protect his youngest son, all those battles are limited to three most important ones. First: Keep Jared Padalecki alive. Second: Earn freedom by keeping Jared Padalecki alive. And third: Keep his feelings in check while keeping Jared Padalecki alive. Jensen soon realizes he might be able to win only one of those battles.
Comment: I really like that this is a not too harrowing slave!fic. Sure, there’s angst, but there’s also a sweetness to this that really does make you feel hopeful.


Small Small World by [info]dragonspell NEW
Written for [info]spn_reversebang 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 34,570
Authors summary: Jensen Ackles has got the dream job of a former comic book fanboy: the creator of his very own series Small Small World which stars the man who would be perfect for Jensen if only he were real. Little does Jensen know that his world is about to get a whole lot smaller.
Comment: You just know that any story that manages to pull off flying Del Monte peas that talk, and makes them heart-breakingly endearing rather than silly, is going to be awesome. And this is. It’s clever and creative and works perfectly in tandem with the wonderful art that it is based on. “The comic book world tends to be a much misunderstood one. Oh, sure, you have your fans and you have the people who not only don’t judge but out and out tolerate, but, to much of the world, if you like comics and you’re older than twelve, you’re considered just a little bit geeky if not downright strange. Jensen Ackles didn’t care, though. He already knew that he was a legitimate geek. He’d also take strange because, yeah, it was fitting. Hell, at this point, he was probably even just a little bit crazy.”

Taking Chances by [info]lavendergaia
Written for [info]j2_everafter 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 14,500
Authors summary: After being cursed by a fairy into obedience, Jensen Ackles has never been very concerned with being social. When he falls for Jared Padalecki, he has to decide if his safety is more important than his happiness.
Comment: Based on Ella Enchanted. Here are six words that will make you realise why you should read this if you haven’t already: Chris Kane as the fairy godmother! How awesome is that. There’s also toppy!Jared, sweet Jensen, surprise villains and pretty boys flirting.


Terraform by [info]gilascave
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: R
Word count: 23,000
Authors summary: Jensen works for the Terraformation Department, monitoring a planet almost ready for settlement. Jared is a bartender new to the station, who decides to make Jensen his own personal project. Will he succeed, or is Jared hiding a more sinister purpose? And with Jensen's own secrets to hide, will it ultimately matter?
Comment: I loved this strange and wonderful story. The author has impressive word-building skills that allows you to really get emotionally invested in Jensen’s point of view and be there every step of the way with him. It’s kind of beautiful. “None of it mattered to Jensen. He wasn't going down to the planet; wouldn't be settling down. His job would be over and he would move on to another station orbiting another once-dead world to monitor the next terraforming project on the Department's list. That was how he preferred it; he wasn't even planning to attend the planet's opening "Welcome Home" ceremony.”


The Chapterhouse by [info]essene with [info]allegraconbrio
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 36,212
Authors summary: Ever since Jared Padalecki's home and village were saved from the advancing enemy Hordes when he was a child, he has dreamed of joining the Bevian Order of the Knighthood. His dream comes true when he is granted admission to the training academy for the Knighthood. He is suddenly thrust into a world where everything is unfamiliar, the customs are strange, formal and uncomfortable and the only familiar face is his somewhat immature childhood friend and fellow postulant, Chad Murray. The head of the academy, Preceptor Morgan, assigns Jensen Ackles to be his Pedagogue and partner in training. The beginning days of their partnership are rough, and Jared sometimes believes that perhaps he is not suited for the Knighthood after all. Slowly, a mutual bond develops as Jensen trains Jared in the mystical and magical ways of the Knighthood, but the physical intimacy which is intrinsic in the partnerships between mentor and student is intensely uncomfortable for Jared. As he eventually begins to trust Jensen as more than just a teacher, there is a crisis at the Academy. A mystical artifact of great power has been stolen from the sacred vault. Jensen believes he knows who did it and thus begins an epic confrontation between Jensen and Jared and two people that Jared is shocked to discover as the perpetrators of the crime. Will Jensen and Jared recover the artifact? Will they survive the confrontation? Most importantly, will they allow themselves to become true partners in the Knighthood in every sense of the word?
Comment: I got really immersed in this, fascinated by the rules of the society that tied into the physicality of their fighting style. It’s a well thought out world and the internal coherency shines through. The author does a great job in showing the boys accepting their roles as teacher and student to start with and then maybe on to something more.


The Life and Times of Lois Lane by [info]vorpalblades NEW
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 20,100
Authors summary: It’s not easy being married to a superhero. In fact, as Jensen’s learning, it’s nearly impossible.
Comment: The domesticity of this is pretty unique and it gives the story such a great starting place to take off from. And it only gets better from there. There’s a time shift narrative that means we really get to see the development of their relationship and also how it contradicts and contrasts with their current married state. It should be cracky. It’s not. But it works. And you come away from it feeling like you could genuinely understand how it feels to be in their shoes.

The Mysterious Incident of the Princesses in the Night-time by [info]scintilla10 NEW
Written for [info]spn_j2_xmas 
Word count: 6800
Authors summary: In which Jensen is a penniless soldier who is sent on a quest to lift a terrible curse that afflicts twelve beautiful princesses. It's an unfortunate quirk of fate that Jensen is not interested in princesses. A fairy tale of courtiers, curses, and crossroads.
Comment: Fun and frolics abound in this charming and unconventional modernised re-telling of ‘the Twelve Dancing Princesses’.

The Quest for the Tunnels of Unknown Madness by [info]annella
Rating: NC17
Word count: 2300
Authors summary: Jensen loves being a wizard, he really does, but he hates the way it only takes one hit in battle to take him out. Jared's supposed to be protecting him, but the stupid(ly attractive) barbarian keeps getting distracted by whatever he's trying to kill at the moment.

Comment: I love big hulking barbarian Jared with the heart of a softie and petulant grumpy cutie-pie Jensen so damn much that I went to my happy place when I read this even though I know bugger all about D&D. “Jensen's feeling pretty embarrassed by the end of it. No one else is injured, but here he is, lying in the grass with a bruise on his arm which feels like it's killing him. Who knew ogre sling bullets could be slung with such force? He hadn't even had a chance to fire off more than one Magic Missile before he'd been downed. He was probably getting grass stains on his robes.”


The Silver Ring by [info]cormallen
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 25,500
Authors summary: Everyone knows that nothing ever happens in quaint, sleepy New Exeter, but to hear Jared Padalecki tell it, the town's rife with adventure, from a fairy princess searching for her true love to neighboring mice redrawing the borders and engaging in mortal combat. Of course, everyone, from his parents to the mayor, also knows that Jared's been making up stories ever since he learned his ABCs, and his friends, the eccentric owners of The Amber Moon Magic Shoppe, only encourage him. So when Sandy and Jeff give Jared a magic ring, it doesn't mean an enchanted prince will be arriving to claim it. Or does it?
Comment: This was really delightful. I loved the magical fairy tale feel and that I really had no clue how things would unfold, the pacing of the mystery worked perfectly. I’ve got to give a special shout out to the mice that have become my default heroes for the story. So much love for them.


The Tragedy of Life by [info]lizzywinks NEW
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 54,000
Authors summary: The only luck Jensen seems to be having lately is bad – he's accidentally come out to his family and been disowned (sort of), had his lyrics stolen by his best friend (now ex) who he last saw sipping champagne on an episode of CMT Cribs, and is one late rent payment from being thrown out on his ass because apparently no one wants to buy insurance from a guy with an eyepatch (don't ask).
But things finally start to look up when he meets his hot new neighbor, Jared, and of course that's when Jensen has to go and get himself killed. Turns out the afterlife? Not all it's cracked up to be. And his death coach is kind of a douche, too.

Comment: Singular and satisfying, this is a fic where the bits that are meant to be funny are actually funny, the bits that are meant to be sad are actually sad and so on and so on. It all pulls together to create something fresh and surprising as well as thoroughly engaging.

Three Eastwards From Helena by [info]apostrophee
Word count: 7922
Authors summary:
The only safe place left in Texas is the tiny  ghost town of Helena. The last thing the Jared thought he'd find there of all places was the man who left a hole in his heart a decade earlier.
Comment: Yay. Zombies. Jared & Jensen reunite under dire circumstances in this evocative, creepy and atmospheric tale.

Three Grams by [info]frostian
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: R
Word count: 37,000
Authors summary: Jared Padalecki’s closest friend is Jensen, a hybrid doll he rescued as a child. As they grow up, Jensen takes on the role of tutor and mentor, preparing Jared for the arduous task of entering a prestigious tech in order to continue his father’s tremendous legacy. But the greatest lesson is one that can only be learned, not taught, as Jared realizes that just because a creature isn't made of flesh and blood does not mean it can't have a soul.
Comment: Great word-building sets up this fantastic sci-fi AU that despite its different worlds and new technologies is a simple story of the possibilities of people and the impact they can have on each other. Moving without being maudlin, this is also funny and smart and keeps you involved and attached all the way through. I like that it doesn’t start where you think it’s going to but ends exactly where you hope it will. “Jared studied the boy. He was pretty non-descript as boys go: sandy hair, green-blue eyes, pale for a Graian which made Jared wonder if the kid was a visitor and not a native.”


Tomorrow, when the apricots are ripe by [info]tryfanstone NEW
Rating: NC17
Word count: 25,000
Authors summary: J2 ponyplay. Kink. Seriously. This is an AU universe, and merrily ticks off slavefic tropes Don't nuzzle me unless you mean it and Damaged goods. There's an OC named Eric who has nothing at all to do with the RL SPN Eric.
Comment: A convincing sort-of-dystopian AU, the writer has crafted a society for kink purposes that manages to belie its porny intentions. It’s visceral and gritty and real. This may not be everyone’s cup of tea so please read the authors warnings.

up against the world, it's you and me by [info]goddamnbatman NEW
Written for [info]spn_j2_xmas 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 7000
Authors summary: Flying to school is Jared’s favorite part of day.
Comment: Ridiculously endearing. Featuring a protective Jared and the most adorable Jensen ever, this is one of those will warm your heart and make you go ‘awwww’ kind of things. “There are other ways to get there, of course: teleportation, mystical wormhole, or, as Jensen’s fond of pointing out, bus, but Jared prefers this way: his arms outstretched, wind tickling at his fingertips, gusting through his hair, and Jensen all but spider monkeyed to his back, huffing retaliatory puffs of air into Jared’s ear each time Jared’s hair smacks him in the face.”

Veterans Of the Psychic Wars by [info]kalireynn  and [info]kellwyntar 
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang
Rating: NC17
Word count: 45,294
Comment: This is an amazingly detailed and well thought-out sci-fi AU that really draws you in to the universe created. It’s a world where some people have psychic powers, bondings occur and they’re under attack from vicious aliens. It’s also very compelling. “Jay blinked. Jen was scary intense physically, but as far as his psychic awareness went, it was like he just wasn't there. He wasn't used to Guardians. He wasn't sure he liked it. "I didn't," he stammered. "It was, uh." He paused, not quite wanting to look like a snitch on his first day, and suddenly aware that Christopher was now invisible, manifesting a psionic talent Jay had never even heard of.”

We Could Be Heroes (Just For One Day) by [info]alasse
Rating: R
Word count: 26,500
Authors summary: AU. Jared Padalecki is not your run of the mill high school student: for one thing, he’s gay, and for another, he’s an empath. The first thing has made life at school hell, and when the new kid transfers, it looks like it’s going to get worse… but maybe Jensen isn’t what meets the eye, either. (otherwise known as the gay teenage superhero!au)
Comment: I adored how almost casually the super-powers were accepted in the AU world created, and in doing so it allowed this fic to be mostly about boys and feelings and angst and crushes rather then just daring-do.


What You See On The Outside Isn’t Always What You’ll Find Within by [info]arabia764
Rating: NC17
Authors summary:
It’s a world like this one, only not quite, and Jensen has a proposition to put to a guy he’s only just met. One who just happens to be called Jared.
Comment: This is a fantastically crafted story. Set in some unknown period, slavery is slowly being outlawed. Jensen Ackles rescues Jared Padalecki and has a business proposition for him. At its heart this is a love story, but its also brutal, melancholy and messy. The supporting players are all as vividly drawn as the main players and I think what makes it most impressive, is that one of these, who is almost the driving force of the story, is a character that you never even see.


SPORTS & GAMES


And It's a Whole New Ball Game by [info]kest
Comment: Long angstyish Jared and Jensen play baseball story.  Some, hell all, of the baseball stuff confuses me because English over here....but I still enjoyed the emotions of the fic. Just think how good you'd find it if you'd seen the sport at least once.

Football’verse and ficlets Three Days Without Jared and Weight Training by [info]bksncleverfic
Rating: NC17
Word count: 23,000
(Football'verse)
Authors summary: (Football'verse)
Jensen Ackles is the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys. Jared Padalecki is a newly drafted receiver on the team. With Welling on the injured list, Padalecki steps up to play, but there's some tension on and off the field.
Comment: What better setting for the boys than the world of American football? Now, I’ve never even seen the game but the author gives you enough information for this not to matter at all, it’s that cleverly written. Jared and Jensen have to learn to work together but something more than a professional relationship ensues once they get past all of Jensen’s insecurities and get down with Jared’s can do attitude. This is a really fantastic read and now comes with a bonus timestamp ficlet. Yay. I really can’t recommend this enough.

Into His Hand and Seeing Daylight by [info]drvsilla 
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang 
Word count: 50,500 (Into His Hand)
Authors summary: (Into His Hand) JR Ackles is a professional bullrider at the top of his game. He's got one thing on his mind: winning the championship belt buckle and the right to call himself the best in the world. His unwavering dedication and focus is finally put to the test in the form of JT Padalecki, an up-and-coming rider new to the professional ranks, who has his sights set on winning the PBR finals - and Jensen. Cowboys ride and get by on grit and tough determination - the question facing Jensen is if they have to do it alone.
Comment: Evocative and intricately worded AU where Jared and Jensen meet on the competitive bull riding circuit.

Next Man Up by [info]rhythmsextion
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang
Rating: NC17
Word count: 97,500
Authors summary: Armed with strength, size and instinctive talent, Jared Padalecki is the first round draft pick for the faltering Dallas Cowboys. Quickly granted a multi-million dollar contract and heralded as the hopeful future franchise quarterback, Jared is thrilled to be a part of the team he grew up idolizing and is all too eager to take the next step in what should be a long and promising career. However, Jared soon realizes he has a much tougher road ahead than anticipated when he meets the prickly Jensen Ackles, the team's veteran QB and Jared's number one competitor for the starting roster spot. In a league ruled by money, celebrity and ego, where the roster changes week to week and injuries aren't so much a risk as a fact of life, Jared must prove himself capable of leading one of the NFL's most glamorous and controversial teams back to glory. And in the process, must deal with his teammates' potentially career-ending secrets and his own burgeoning, confusing relationship with Ackles.
Comment: Even though I know nothing about American football, I still found myself fully engrossed in this. It’s complex and harsh and even uncomfortable in places, but that just gives the story its depth and power. And it continues that way right through to the end.


One for the Good Guys by [info]cdeacon
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang
Rating: NC17
Word count: 23,300
Authors summary: Jared is an up-and-coming pitcher with a checkered past. If he wants to play in the big leagues again, he'll have to figure out how to work with Jensen, a has-been catcher with a serious attitude problem. (Loosely based on The Taming of the Shrew, with some Bull Durham thrown in.)
Comment: I love the characterisations in this, especially the cranky, sarcastic but subtly vulnerable Jensen, with Jared working as a great foil. The humour, the relaxed pacing and the slow build of the relationship all make for a very satisfying experience.


Pucking Around by [info]kueble
Rating: NC17
Word count: 2193
Authors summary:
Just your basic Jared/Jensen hockey AU...
Comment: Wonderfully playful and hot fic where Jared and Jensen are two hockey players. “The night Jensen took a stick to the face, Jared nearly lost it. He forgot to play the role of pissed off teammate and raced to his side, ripping off his own helmet as he reached out and touched the thin line of blood flowing down Jensen’s right cheekbone. When Murray dragged him away and let the trainers do their job, he’d come close to punching him. Instead, he checked the player who’d hit Jensen into the boards as soon as play started.”

This Is The Ultimate by [info]neros_violin
Written for [info]rpf_big_bang
Rating: NC17
Word count: 17,600
Authors summary: Jensen is the UFC's Welterweight Champion, and the company's biggest star. He's also its most private. Jared is the writer assigned to help the public get to know him better. Jared is begrudgingly invited into Jensen's training camp, where Jensen is preparing for the biggest fight of his career, to get a better glimpse of his professional life. But Jared soon realizes he has a personal interest in Jensen. He's surprised when Jensen returns his feelings, and a real relationship begins to develop between them. It's torn apart when a devastating news story is leaked to the press, and Jensen shuts Jared out of his life. Jared watches from the sidelines as Jensen's career disintegrates in the passage of four five-minute rounds, and refuses to stay away. What they have, and the man Jensen doesn't realize he can be, are worth fighting for.
Comment: I really enjoyed the way this fic is so brutal in its descriptions of the technical aspects of Jensen’s sport, the violence of the fights, the discipline of the training, and yet so soft and sweet in the slow reveal of the relationship.


Topspin by [info]lazy_daze
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 50,000
Authors summary: Defending Wimbledon champion and world No. 1 tennis player Jensen Ackles is determined to hang on to his title, no matter how good Jared Padalecki, rising star on the tennis scene, thinks he is. With Padalecki's new reckless style, explosive power and natural grace pitted against Jensen's own beautifully strategic, strong and watertight game - all that's for sure is that this is going to be one Wimbledon final match not to be missed. With a media-painted rivalry turning into a mutual dislike that's almost as explosive as the badly-hidden attraction sparking in the air, there's more than a tennis ball flying between them. When tension explodes into more, and more becomes again and again, how will this unexpected connection affect them, their games, their careers? Will they be able to put aside everything that's against them and make something real out of what was never meant to happen in the first place? And as emotions get stronger and the competitions fiercer and Wimbledon's upon them again, history will repeat; and under the English July sun, new history will be made.
Comment: The build up of tension and confused feelings in this, combined with the volleying point of view that works to match the back and forth of the game itself, make this fly-by as you read because it’s so entertaining.


When The Dealin’s Done by [info]keepaofthecheez
Written for [info]spn_harlequin
Rating: NC17
Word count: 17,000
Authors summary:
Life is all about sizzle for rising poker star Jared Padalecki. He's always on the prowl for the next big win--or so he tells the press when they ask when he’ll give up the scene. Jensen Ackles, however, might prove the exception to his rule….Several years ago a boy with some intriguing rough edges dumped Jared and left town, maturing into a huge success. Now Jensen is back. And Jared’s friends predict if Jensen's as talented at bad behavior as he is at everything else, Jared will enjoy the fling of a lifetime!
Comment: Poker playing championship AU. I love the way this story slowly unfolds with abstract flashbacks and small clues so that it keeps you intrigued all the way through. Also, there’s a poker-playing glossary if you’re as clueless about cards as I am.


TV REMAKES


Could I Be You by [info]timehasa_way
Rating: NC17
Word count: 8883
Authors summary: Jensen didn't really think that a childish wish on a coin would change much for him, but feeling invisible left him open to doing childish things. When his wish came true, he thought that he could be happy. A string of wishes gone wrong (including his own) told him otherwise.
Comment: Based on the Supernatural episode ‘Wishful Thinking’, this features an invisible Jensen and a douchy Jared learning what love really is about.


Fair Exchange by [info]annie46
Rating: NC17
Authors summary:
ared Padalecki is a successful model who is coerced into appearing in a ‘Wife-Swap’ style TV show. When he finds out who his new partner is – he is in for the surprise of his life!
Comment: An extremely enjoyable J2 version of wife swap.

Gunshy by [info]setissma
Rating: R
Word count: 36,000
Comment: An AU loosely based on the TV show Bones with Jensen as the socially stunted forensic anthropologist and Jared as the more outgoing FBI guy. This really had me hooked, in terms of both the plot and all the developing character relationships, and the crime they are investigating is authentically creepy.


Not Quite Model Behaviour by [info]indigo_blind
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang
Rating: R
Authors summary:
Jared Padalecki is a contestant on the hit reality show America's Next Top Male, hosted by none other than the world's leading male model Jensen Ackles. Through the course of the show and the challenges Jensen falls for one of the contestants of his show, causing a few little problems along the way.
Comment: Funny story where Jared is a contestant on “America’s Next Top Male’, the male version of America’s Next Top Model. Jared wondered why they didn’t call it something less lame”. Jensen is the judge he shouldn’t get involved with.

Say You're Mine by [info]belyste
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 56,600
Authors summary: It takes his two best friends getting engaged to make Jared realize what’s missing in his own life, but once he figures it out, he’s a man on a mission: find true love or die trying. He’s not asking for much – just the perfect soul mate to spend blissful eternity with – so when a chance meeting drops Jensen into his life (and his lap), it seems like fate.But either Jensen missed that memo or fate seems to have other ideas, because nothing works out the way Jared planned. Based loosely on S1 of How I Met Your Mother, but you don't need to have seen that to know what's going on.
Comment: Wonderful tale that has the perfect blend of humour and emotions. It’s a real roller-coaster of a story, the little mishaps, misunderstandings and mistakes mean that Jared and Jensen really have to earn their happy ending and it’s a whole boatload of fun watching them do that. It really pulls you in and makes you root for them. “Because Jared dates and everything. He’s had girlfriends (in high school, when he was still kind of clueless) and boyfriends (in college, when the proverbial light bulb finally came on) and everything in between – friends, friends with benefits, one-night-stands, two-week flings, unrequited love, unrequited lust, drunken hook-ups, mistakes and missed opportunities – the works. He just hasn’t found that one person that puts an end to it. That person that makes him say, “Finally,” the one that means he’s stopped wandering and finally arrived.”


Stained Glass Masquerade by [info]splashpink
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: NC17
Word count: 42,000
Authors summary: When his life takes a turn for the worse, the offer of a job with the exclusive Mayfair Group seems like a sign that the fates are finally finding in Jared’s favor. In return for an impressive paycheck, all he is required to do is look after Charlie, who, when not Imprinted with serial killers (or serial daters) happens to be the most likable guy in the world. It’s perfectly easy to ignore the darker aspects of his job, that is until Charlie is Imprinted with his own personality and the line between reality and illusion is eradicated from the equation. Dollhouse AU.
Comment: A fantastic mindfuck of a story. Ambiguity and moral grey areas are front and centre in this and the feelings you’re left with after reading are as intriguingly disconcerting as when watching the good episodes of the show.


Start All Over by [info]indigo_blind
Written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang 
Rating: PG
Word count: 26,000
Authors summary: It's the start of Jared Padalecki's senior year and he's bracing himself for a year just like all those before, but then school IT boy Jensen Ackles returns from his mysterious year long absence and things start to get a little bit more interesting, particularly when Jensen starts to take an interest in Jared. Just what does upper class Jensen want with scholarship Jared and how will they take their budding friendship to the next step. (Loosely, and I mean loosely, based upon Gossip Girl.)
Comment: This is a warm-hearted and almost innocent story where Jared and Jensen’s relationship is slowly developed in a way that feels right for kids just on the brink of heading out for college and life as an adult. Danneel is particularly awesome as the misunderstood head-bitch.


Tall, Dark & Not Bad Looking by [info]chash
Rating: PG13
Word count: 8500
Authors summary:
This one time, Jared's best friend got him drunk and made him sign up for The Bachelorette. Things didn't go as expected.
Comment: Adorable story that will leave you with a big goofy smile on your face. Jared finds himself amongst the twenty-five contestants competing for the affections of Miss Right on The Bachelorette. He does find love, just not with the person he’s supposed to. “Chad has been on his back about his failure to date again ever since he and Sandy broke up. Only when Chad says "date" he mostly means "get laid," and when Jared says "date" he mostly means "have a meaningful connection with another human being that also involves sex." After months, Jared finally got Chad to understand the distinction as much as he's capable of. Which is when Chad suggests Jared goes on The Bachelorette.”

We're Not in Kansas Anymore by [info]lotrabc
Rating: NC17
Word count: 30,809
Authors summary: AU. Adaptation of the HBO drama, "Oz.". For seven months, Jensen Ackles, a once successful, young attorney, has been a prisoner at the Oswald State Correctional Facility. In that time, he thought the man he once was had disappeared forever. But when he gets a new cellmate named Jared Padalecki, he finds he had no idea just how deep the hole goes in the land of Oz.
Comment: Disturbing in the best kind of way. Reading it was entertaining but also hard, gritty and, at times, uncomfortable. Which is perfect for the setting. “Whatever that innocent smile might be hiding, a few things are undeniable about Jared Padalecki: He’s insane, he knows how to handle himself and he’s earned a spot on the Aryans’ shit list.”


Your Brains Are No Match For My Tractorbeam by [info]chash
Rating: NC17
Word count: 17,000
Authors summary:
AU, based on The Big Bang Theory. Jensen is a socially awkward but happy theoretical physicist, Jared is an aspiring actor, and everyone sucks at relationships pretty damn hard.
Comment: This is a damn awesome story, hilariously funny, endearingly sweet and a joy to read. It’s a J2 version of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ with Jensen as the science geek and Jared as the pretty and popular neighbour he gets a crush on. If you don’t love this, you may be dead inside. “He's a nerd. There's no denying this; honestly, he doesn't want to deny this. His mother will sometimes tell him that nerds are in, in a kind of worried, encouraging way, but that's not why Jensen doesn't mind being one. He doesn't care about being in. He cares about living a happy life, and being a really ridiculously advanced physicist and nerd is an important part of that happy life, because he's validated by getting awards.”


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Hollow Years by [info]jeyhawk
Rating: NC17
Word count: 52,000
Authors summary:
Thousands of years ago Pandora's Box was opened and evil let out into the world. Now it's time for the box to be opened again and at the center of an age old prophecy stands two young men; Jared Padalecki, whose heart was broken five years ago and whose visions might prove to be the death of him, and Jensen Ackles who's spent the last five years running from the monster he's become, and the man he can't let himself love. Will they be able to fulfill their destiny and release the missing part of their soul, or will they perish trying as so many have before them?
Comment: Incredibly long AU crossover with Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Jensen and Jared are in love, but fate conspires to force them apart. Featuring angst, adventure, monsters, hell dimensions and prophecies, this will keep you entertained for hours.





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                                               Updated 27 February 2011
 
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