Stripped Bare by J-Pop Princess
genre: romance, drama
Kakashi x Sakura. When Sakura wanted a change of pace, she hadn’t expected THIS! Now she’s on a mission with Kakashi, masquerading as a dancer at a club far away from home and she finds herself forced to explore her own powers of sexuality and seduction. (*summary taken from author)
First of all, the utter sensuality of this will blow you away. To watch Sakura come into her own is empowering as a woman and it’s fascinating to watch Kakashi rationalize his way through unfamiliar emotions in this thrilling story.
Winter Release by StarsOfYaoi
genre: romance, angst
warnings: lemon, yaoi
Itachi x Naruto. Naruto gets captured by the Akatsuki and begins falling for the older Uchiha.
This is one of the best fics I’ve read for this pairing. The outlook the author has created for Itachi is rather fascinating, and the mind behind all the madness is slowly revealed through numerous flashbacks, his odd thought processes, and his actions. Similarly, we also get to witness Naruto’s descent into darkness.
However, the best thing about this story is that the author tries to be realistic, and concedes that nothing remotely romantic will be possible until much later. This leads the pacing to be rather slow, but also lends a greater sense of realism and gravity as a result. Their lust-bound relationship eases the way for numerous possibilities in the future, and I am hanging off the edge of my seat as I await the next chapter.
Duty Before Honor by SilverShine
warning: lime, eventual lemon
Kakashi x Sakura. Sakura knew why Tsunade didn’t want a virgin on this mission. Things might get out of hand. Acts might be carried out too far. She was glad Kakashi was accompanying her, but right then she wouldn’t have minded the entire population of Konoha. (note: summary taken from author’s profile)
This was a thoroughly engaging story, from the romance, to the humor, to the great action scenes. I had the sense that everything was very well thought out and tied in very nicely. Lovely pacing, fascinating plot and characterization; there’s a real sense of excitement and adrenaline during action scenes, and the author really helps you gain insight into the characters, allowing you to sympathize and really feel for them. I also think, that despite the common idea of kunoichi using their bodies as tools in missions, such things are rarely touched upon in both the naruto series and it’s fanfiction(or at least not this realistically and well written), so it was interesting to see the author travel down this avenue. I absolutely loved this fic.
Fourteen Dates by sakura haru
Kakashi x Sakura. A world weary Sakura has awoken Kakashi from a Sharingan induced coma, and to feelings that he’s repressed for years. The copy ninja decides it’s finally time for her to learn how he feels. (note: summary taken from author’s profile).
What I found unique about this story was the detail with respect to the medical aspects of the story, which brings in a sense of reality that I find both engaging and appealing to my intellectual side. It is very nicely paced, and delves deeply into the psyches of the two main characters as the relationship between the two begins to unfold. My only complaint is that it does get a little tedious and monotonous at times, but overall it was a great read that had me hooked for hours.
Face Value by Firefly
Kakuzu x Temari. The two cross paths on different missions involving the same target and things really start to heat up as they continue running into one another and slowly get to know one another.
This is a lovely example of crack done right, and when I say “done right”, I mean making it work. I really love how detailed and insightful the author is when it comes to the characterizations, something that is wonderful to see in all fics but is necessary with lesser known characters and/or unusual pairings, I think. Like all fics with well-written crack pairings, this lovely fic has made me a fan.
Quotidian by Firefly
genre: drama, suspense
warnings: dark, violence
Temari, Hidan. Dark and disturbed in a way you normally don’t see in this fandom, this fic is a psychological thriller that binds the two characters together in a horrific yet fascinating string of meetings and occurrences. Obsession is born from hatred as Temari is consumed by it, things start to spiral out of control.
It’s interesting to see how they affect one another and there are some dark, twisted undertones of romance. Enough squick for the whole family.
Barfly by Letta
genre: pwp, humor
warnings: yaoi, lemon
Naruto x Itachi. Hilarious, yet intense. I love the spontaneity in this, and the idea that these two very different people might be found bumping shoulders in your run-of-the-mill bar.
Owner’s Guide and Manual to UZUMAKI NARUTO by RaineJoybringer
Really cute and funny, this fic pokes fun at all the characters of Naruto. Really, a unique approach to humor that we can all enjoy.
Soothing Darkness by Cepheus(StarsOfYaoi)
warnings: yaoi, lemon
Itachi x Naruto. Very erotic collection of one-shots featuring these two. I’m not sure if the author meant them to be separate stories, but at the moment, they seem to be continuing upon the same storyline; each chapter offers a flash of insight into the motivations behind their actions and their dark, consuming mutual need. The two current chapters are tinged dark and have quite the sensuous feel to them. Though somewhat raw at times, I think this can still be considered tastefully written. This is not for kiddies~
Team 8 by S’TarKan
This is a very well known fanfic, written by the extremely talented S’TarKan. This is a ‘what-if’ fic that explores how the story may have gone if Naruto had been put with Hinata and Shino in Team 8. I really love how balanced and well developed Naruto is in here. Too often authors over-power him, leaving none of the very human flaws he’s been shown to possess; this leaves our protagonist OOC, predictable, and boring to read.
Luckily, there’s none of that here in Team 8. If anything, S’TarKan offers some interesting insight on Kurenai’s possible past, and the allusive Aburame Shino. Mostly, I really love how the teammates bond and work together. One of my all-time favorites <3
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