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Hi I’m really sick and it’s making me sad so you have any soft Louis with protective Harry fics? Like Peaches And Cream basically ? Thank you I’d just really like to read a long fic with Harry comforting Louis to distract me

Oh, sweetheart. I’m so sorry! I hope you feel better soon. I haven’t read the fic you mention, but let me see what I can put together for you. I’m sure I have more, but this is what comes to mind first!

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These Constant Stars by stylinsoncity (M, 31K) This author has written a number of my favorite fics. And this one is among them. Again, not truly a hurt/comfort fic, but it starts with Harry rescuing Louis, then taking care of and nursing him back to health. Plus, I have a thing for sweet punk!Harry in fics. 

Where Your Heart Is by tvshows_addict / @anymerrylilthought (E, 154K) One of my all-time favorite fics and an absolute must read IMO. Chock full of hurt/comfort (both emotionally and physically) for both boys, this fic is so moving and so beautiful and will take you on an emotional roller coaster ride from start to finish. The fic has been deleted, but the link is to an epub download. 

like a timebomb ticking by infinitelymint (M, 32K) This was written in 2014, before Louis actually lost any of his loved ones, but it might make this one too painful for some to read given the subject. Read the tags. Know that it DOES have a happy ending. And it’s a beautifully written portrayal of loving someone through unimaginable grief. 

The Woods are Lovely, Dark and Deep by @helloamhere (WIP, 4-part series so far, 71K, mixed ratings) Amazing world building, complex characters, beautiful writing. It’s still a WIP, and the third leaves you on a bit of a cliffhanger, but it’s so worth reading (and the author says they’re working on more so…fingers crossed)! Louis is beautifully portrayed here and Harry tries to take such good care of him…it’s such a good read. 

Make Your Words A Weapon by @helloamhere (E, 36K) I love everything this author writes. This one just really hit me hard for whatever reason. Maybe it’s the way they explore Louis’ anxiety and coping mechanisms and pain and the way he pushes people away and protects himself, but also wants someone to push back just a bit and love him despite all of that. And the way Harry is the perfect foil for all of it, while also feeling like a fully developed character himself. Yeah, it’s probably all of that. Plus soul marks!

Saving Symphony Hall by @helloamhere (E, 125K) One of my favorite OT5 friendship fics. All of them working together towards a common goal, great banter, great characterizations, and (unsurprisingly, given the author) great writing.

wishing you were them by momentofclarity / @gaycousinlarry (T, 20K) This author always has such a lovely way with words. This fic, in particular, does a great job depicting deep depression and Louis’ need for Harry. Although, the depression here is compounded by the specifics of Harry and Louis’ relationship, which makes it all the more moving.

Tug-of-War by cherrystreet (E, 63K) This author always writes great fic and this one has such lovely portrayals of both Harry and Louis. Heartbreaking angst, crazy hot smut, and big shocker: I cried!

Pull Me Under by zarah5 (E, 140K) One of the very first fics I read when I came into this fandom…and I’ve read it multiple times since. Zarah’s fics hold up every time. This one has it all, great pacing, ot5 friendship, banter, super sexy smut, etc etc. Plus, Louis doing his best not to let Harry see how vulnerable he is. Spoiler: Harry takes good care of him.

Etched in Salt (is a cathedral of the world) by @helloamhere (E, 24K) You all know I love this author’s writing –– this time they give us a dark, American, thriller with a bit of psychic goodness. Bonus points for Harry taking care of Louis in a very deep way.

Something In The World Today by whoknows (E, 48K) this fic is such a good portrayal of Louis finally being able to be vulnerable enough to let Harry take care of him. I read it ages ago, but I remember finding the way the author laid out the characters’ motivations for their behaviors really fascinating (and the super sexy smut was a good read, too).

Emperor’s New Clothes by sunsetmog (E, 92K) I read this one years ago and while I always enjoy this author’s writing, I don’t recall a ton of details except that the deterioration of Louis’ mental state really made me cry. But don’t worry, there’s a happy ending!

Promise In The Sky by Throwthemflowers / @hazzabeeforlou (E, 99K) This one reads as a deeply personal and extremely moving description of what I would imagine life is like growing up in a religious and homophobic community. Beautifully written and painful, but thankfully with a happy ending. 

And Down the Long and Silent Street by whimsicule (86K, M) Victorian London, period typical homophobia and social injustice. This author is a favorite and everything they create is unique and beautifully written. 

Close to Nowhere by @angelichl (E, 35K) I don’t know if I’d say this fic has exactly the same storytelling quality as the one you mention, but it’s similar in many ways and it’s such a good fic, I decided to include it. I really enjoyed the unique story and the way Harry and Louis relate to each other in this one (again, similar to Etched in Salt with Louis being a bit of a renegade and Harry wanting to care for him). It’s fun and quirky and sexy and keeps you on the edge until the end. Definitely worth checking out. 

and the one you mention in your ask:

Peaches and Cream by seducedbycurls (NR, 65K)

The study was to see if two strangers could live together for a month and fall in love.

“We are a new organization working to prove that love can do extraordinary things.”
“You will do everything together & you are not allowed to leave the resort for the whole month.”
“We want to prove that opposites attract.”

Louis is allergic to peaches, Harry smells like peaches.
Louis just came for the money.

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Do you know of fics that revolve around themes of homophobia either in high school or University. I love reading how they get past their obstacles and are able to be themselves.

Hi love. You can check out this rec of fics that deal with internalized homophobia. In these are some I recommend where they have to deal with homophobia around them. As always, please read the tags.

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hush. by wankerville (T, 41K) This author just writes beautifully and this is one of those high school AUs that has lingered with me long after I read it. They capture the longing and want and self-hatred and confusion of being that age and being queer, so so well. BTW, there’s smut in this fic. I’m not sure why it was rated T.

Promise In The Sky by Throwthemflowers / @hazzabeeforlou (E, 99K) This one most directly reflects your request and it reads as a deeply personal and extremely moving description of what I would imagine life is like growing up in a religious and homophobic community. Beautifully written and painful, but thankfully with a happy ending. 

Here in The Afterglow by fondleeds (NR, 87K) This author just blows me away each time they share something. There’s such an incredible sense of being immersed in the world they create. This one is so moving and painful and, ultimately, joyous. 

Atlas At Last by louisandthealien (M, 83K) I swear I would read this author’s grocery list. I just love everything they write. This one is a 1970s coming of age road trip fic. I really enjoyed the OT5 friendships, excellent dialogue, and Harry and Louis discovering themselves and each other.

once bitten and twice shy by @pinkcords (M, 19K) First of all, for a first fic in this fandom, I thought this author really did a nice job with their characterizations. I especially liked the way they captured Harry’s anger and humiliation and stubbornness. There’s a beefy epilogue as well which I haven’t had a chance to read!

For Reasons Wretched and Divine by @indiaalphawhiskey (E, 95K) Really well written, angsty, emotional fic. I love this author’s ability to draw you in so deeply (and the smut is excellent).

Anonymous Said by @alivingfire (T, 21K) I read this one ages ago and don’t have great notes on it, but this author always delivers. I do remember it being a beautifully written coming of age story full of self-discovery and online friendships.

Both Showing Hearts by @kiwikero (E, 114K) This author is always a pleasure to read –– I just find their fics really satisfying. This one is sweet and full of Harry figuring himself out and The two of them supporting each other along the way. 

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hi there! i was wondering if you had any fics to recommend where harry has a good relationship (friendship) w one of/all of louis’ siblings ? thank you so much i hope you have a great day ! :)

Ooh, that’s a cool angle. So, my first thought is this rec for I’m in love with my best friend’s brother fics which I just reblogged. 

In addition, I’d suggest these:

adjudication by @bottomlinsons​ (M, 75K) This author has steadily become a favorite of mine. Everything they write is different, but it’s always so good. I couldn’t put this one down –– it has a totally unique story, excellent world building, and a plot filled with political intrigue. I’d say this is more of a “pre-relationship” fic, as the romance is the catalyst, but not the emphasis (I hope that makes sense). Anyway, I’m hoping the author continues this ‘verse. I’d love to read more of these characters.

teenage dreams in a teenage circus by orphan_account (E, 51K) I read this ages ago and didn’t bookmark it for whatever reason. I vaguely remember liking it, but don’t remember enough to say anything more specific! Anyway, here’s the summary:

The three of them have always been a unit, seamlessly pulling pranks to get revenge and keep life interesting. The last few months of sixth form bring about a lot of changes, however. Gemma refuses to let anything stop her from getting into her top-pick uni, Perrie second-guesses what makes her special, and Louis breaks the most common of friend codes: he falls for his best mate’s little brother. A coming-of-age tale rife with sneaking around, late-night vandalism, first times, successes, and jealousy.

Bloodline by banana_nouis (E, 178K) Same comments as the one above.

Louis doesn’t know how to feel when his best friend, Liam, finds out about a brother that he never knew, who was placed for adoption before he was born and is bursting into his life at twenty-four years old.

Louis is very wary of the man who might replace him. He has always thought of Liam as his own brother.

What if Liam doesn’t need him anymore? What if there’s no room for Louis? After all, blood runs thicker than water.

Louis doesn’t like Liam’s new brother and he doesn’t even know him. That’s irrelevant, though.

He doesn’t like him. He doesn’t trust him. He doesn’t want him hanging around. He doesn’t want anything to do with him.

That is, until he meets him.

I hope that gives you some new stuff!

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Hi I was wondering if you have any fics where there's a twist in the plot? Like it kinda surprises you with things you didn't expect? I hope you have a nice day!

Hi sugar. I love that question. I feel as though there must be more, but this is what’s coming to mind!

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Tied Down by HamPalpert / @ham-palpert (E, 49K - detectives) Harry and Louis are criminals in this one, the other boys are the detectives, and I really liked how original and layered this one was. If the tags concern you, contact the author (or me) –– the fic is a wild ride, but so worth the read!

The Second Hand Unwinds by kingsofeverything (FullOnLarrie) / @kingsofeverything (E, 52K) Also known as “the NASA fic”. This one has such a unique and well thought-out storyline. Add in time travel, exes to lovers, ot5, and excellent pacing….you’ve got yourself a great fic!

Black With Autumn Rain by Whimsicule (T, 93K) This writer is a favorite. If you like intense, creative stories, with complex characters and tight dialogue, you should read all of their fics. This one has the flavor of a Daphne du Maurier novel – dark, creepy, and moodily romantic. Plus a supernatural edge. It’s so good.

hot, sticky sweet by Awriterwrites / @a-writerwrites (E, 6K) Just flirty, sexy, summertime smut with Harry in roller skates and hot pants. 

Victorian Boy by audreysheart For anyone that hasn’t read this yet, it’s delightfully unique and layered with a little of everything – hate to love, romance, intrigue, action, betrayal, sex, and more. It’s well written, sexy – in a wonderfully Victorian way, and keeps you guessing.

for neither never nor ever by fairytalelights / @lookslikefairytale  (E, 29K) This is based on a TV show I’ve never seen, but it is such a unique and layered time travel story. I was captivated by the twists and turns. Yes, it’s ultimately a love story, but it’s so much more as well.

Howls Like A Beast (You Flower, You Feast) by @indiaalphawhiskey (E, 17K) This author’s writing is poetic without being too precious, descriptive in a way that paints a gorgeous portrait without piling on unimportant detail, and their smut is sexy af. I love all of their fics, but this is a personal favorite because it combines so many things I love (supernatural elements, Versailles, Larry, and smut…what more could you want? LOL).

Soul of the Sea by vurdoc (E, 33K) A gothic romance set in a small Scottish village. Mysterious, melancholy, tender, and such a pleasure to read. 

Don’t Let the Tide Come and Take Me by @kiwikero (M, 29K) One of my favorite mermaid fics, this author just really knows how to craft a great story. This one was so moving, suspenseful, and has some great twists.

Until You Remember by Throwthemflowers / @hazzabeeforlou (E, 21K) This is just a lovely fic full of music and beauty and it made me cry. I really need to read it again, actually! 

Loyal Knight and True by rainbowninja167 / @rainbowninja (E, 52K) Just lovely writing, unique story, twists and turns, and a lot of fun to read. 

Through Eerie Chaos by mediawhore / @mediawhorefics (GA, 102K) This is such a unique and compelling story, the writing is beautiful, the characters are wonderfully realized, and I ugly cried for realz. Such a good fic.

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Hi! I was wondering if maybe you have some fic recommendations for something more plot-heavy, like The King Of Spades or Tied Down by HamPalpert. It doesn't necessarily have to be about crime, just something longer with a more grown-up vibe and a meatier plot, not just relationship stuff, and maybe good, complex characterisations. Sorry if this is very incoherent, quarantine is frying my brains! Hope you're healthy and well!

Yes, yes. I think I know what you mean. More focus on a plot beyond the romance. I have no idea how to title this, so bear with me and let me see what I can suggest…

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Landslide by aimmyarrowhigh, spibsy (lucy_and_ramona) (143K, E) I’m adding this even though it’s set in America and even though I don’t personally love it (because 70s hippies and communes are my childhood and it was too hard for me to compartmentalize) but these authors write really well and it’s a complex and challenging story that fits a lot of what you’re looking for. Characters are really well developed, but may be quite OOC for some people. Read the tags.

a prayer for which no words exist by Eliane (M, 34K) Gorgeous, deep, layered writing that really makes you slow down and think. At times this fic felt like a metaphor for the war these boys had been through IRL. Normally a dystopian fic with no smut would not be something I’d even bother reading, but I’m really glad I did.

adjudication by @bottomlinsons​ (M, 75K) This author has steadily become a favorite of mine. Everything they write is different, but it’s always so good. I couldn’t put this one down –– it has a totally unique story, excellent world building, and a plot filled with political intrigue. I’d say this is more of a “pre-relationship” fic, as the romance is the catalyst, but not the emphasis (I hope that makes sense). Anyway, I’m hoping the author continues this ‘verse. I’d love to read more of these characters.

Etched in Salt (is a cathedral of the world) by @helloamhere (E, 24K) Absolutely gorgeous writing. Made me teary. Such a clever story. You all know I love this author’s writing –– this time they give us a dark, American, thriller with a bit of psychic goodness. Bonus points for Harry taking care of Louis in a very deep way.

And down the long and silent street by Whimsicule (M, 86K) Just brilliant writing and an incredible and original story. Tender, heartbreaking, and terrific world building – effortlessly transporting you into 19th century London.

Take My Breath Away by @realitybetterthanfiction (E, 154K) You will be so wrung out after reading this fic – this author puts you through it, but it’s SO worth it. Great banter, great side characters, action, smut…it has it all.

The Dead of July by whimsicule  (M, 117K) Even if you know nothing about MCU, this fic is a must read. Lots of angst, great writing, and what feels like very well-handled depiction of PTSD and everything else that comes along with kidnapping, torture, and amnesia. Good times. But there’s a happy ending and a 110K second part (with more angst and mental health struggles) that I haven’t read yet, but I’ve heard good reviews of!

Run Like the Devil by Benzos (E, 138K) Harry’s a demon in this super intense fic. Both he and Louis are pretty OOC, but it’s such a good read. 

Yellow by 13ways (E, 85K) Read the tags on this one because there’s a lot that goes on, but honestly this fic is so so good. The characters are super complex, the smut is beyond, the story is totally original, and even if you don’t know anything about Batman, it’s a great read.

Who Painted The Moon Black by throughthedark (E, 96K) This is the Hunger Games AU. It’s super intense, there’s a lot of dark themes (the E is not for smut, let’s put it that way), but there’s a happy ending. SO well written. 

everything that shine ain’t always gonna be gold by sarcasticfluentry (E, 49K) This is an Inception AU, but you don’t need to know anything about the movie that inspired it. It’s got great OT5, it’s super sexy, it’s got a terrific story line, and the pacing is just right for a nail biter. 

for neither never nor ever by fairytalelights / @lookslikefairytale (E, 29K) This is based on a TV show I’ve never seen, but it is such a unique and layered time travel story. I was captivated by the twists and turns. Yes, it’s ultimately a love story, but it’s so much more as well. 

Say Hallelujah, Say Goodnight by @alivingfire (E, 110K) Louis is an angel, Harry is a demon. Rachel writes beautifully and the world building in this is wonderful. I love her summary for this fic: Louis is an angel who is just a little too bad to be good, Harry is a demon who is just a little too good to be bad, and they’re both a little too in love to be impartial when angels and demons go to war.

Black With Autumn Rain by Whimsicule (T, 93K) This writer is a favorite. If you like intense, creative stories, with complex characters and tight dialogue, you should read all of their fics. This one has the flavor of a Daphne du Maurier novel – dark, creepy, and moodily romantic. Plus a supernatural edge. It’s so good.

we’ve got the world in our hands by sarcasticfluentry (E, 55K) A Mutants AU. I read this one ages ago with very little interest in superhero movies and I literally couldn’t put this down. It’s just really well paced and has great dialogue and characterizations and I could easily read this fic if it’d had been twice as long.

You Are The Blood by sacrasticfluentry (E, 176K) If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you’ve probably read this one. But if you haven’t, what are you waiting for? I don’t even like HP and I LOVED this fic. It’s a thrilling story and it’s full of ridiculously hot smut.

Victorian Boy by audreyheart (E, 101K) For anyone that hasn’t read this yet, it’s delightfully unique and layered with a little of everything – hate to love, romance, intrigue, action, betrayal, sex, and more. It’s well written, keeps you guessing, and it’s sexy – in a wonderfully Victorian way.

Wear It Like A Crown by zarah5 (E, 141K) One of my favorites from this author. Really unique storyline, complex characters, great smut, great pacing.

Close to Nowhere by @angelichl​ (E, 35K) I really enjoyed the unique story and the way Harry and Louis relate to each other in this one. It’s fun and quirky and sexy and keeps you on the edge until the end. Definitely worth checking out. Both Harry and Louis are psychics.

The Second Hand Unwinds by kingsofeverything (FullOnLarrie) / @kingsofeverything (E, 52K) Also known as “the NASA fic”. This one has such a unique and well thought-out storyline. Add in time travel, exes to lovers, ot5, and excellent pacing….you’ve got yourself a great fic!

Through Eerie Chaos by MediaWhore / @mediawhorefics (GA, 102K) Not exactly a time travel fic, but I think it fits. And it’s one of my favorite fics over all. The story is so unique and so beautifully plotted and I cried ugly tears reading it. It’s just a must read.

And the two you mention:

Tied Down by HamPalpert / @ham-palpert (E, 49K - detectives) I really liked how original and layered this one was. If the tags concern you, contact the author (or me) –– the fic is a wild ride, but so worth the read!

The King of Spades by hazmesentir (E, 109K) *I haven’t read this one

Undercover Metropolitan Police officer DC Louis Tomlinson has worked his way up the ranks of a prominent London crime family without raising suspicion, but when he finds himself pitted against a rising crime boss with a police background and a favoured employee by the name of Harry Styles, everything starts to unravel. Finding himself in the middle of an escalating war between two bosses whose bad blood runs deep into a violent past, Louis has to be even more careful where he steps in case his big secret catches up to him – and if it does, he knows he won’t survive it.

Not to mention he’s falling for someone he can’t have – whose earnestness and honesty is a bright spot in a dark world – he can’t sleep because his nightmares haunt him and he’s in way over his head, but it’s just a game, always just a game, and if Louis plays his cards right he might just make it out alive.

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It looks like I’m going to be finishing out March with BTS fics, I also have a lot of 1d fic (but I think I could do a full month of those alone), so I’ll be keeping those for now. 

March 29th
His (for now) by honeyminyoonie
Explicit
45k
Min Yoongi/Park Jimin
Summary:
After the pressure of his mounting debt from school became too much Park Jimin did something he never expected he’d try, becoming a sugar baby.

He never expected to fall for his sugar daddy either, Min Yoongi.

March 30th
we should just kiss, like real people do by starmins
Mature
26k
Min Yoongi/Park Jimin
Jimin doesn’t have time for pretty city boys who’ll leave as quickly as they come, but maybe, just maybe, he has time for a boy named Min Yoongi.

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Hi Gina! Hope you're well. Would you be able to do a roundup of the most iconic, classic fics, the ones which are simply renowned in this fandom, like as soon as you say the name, everyone knows what you're talking about? As someone who is newer to the fandom, it often feels like I'm on the outside and I don't get the inside jokes and references to the prestigious 'hall of fame' fics. Ahh it's like I have a decade of things to catch up on and I'll never get there. Thanks so much!!

Oh boy. Ok…I think so. Let me start with a caveat: classics don’t always hold up over time, although most of these do IMO. Also, if you have concerns about any of the untagged one, please ask! Having said all of that, I don’t think there’s actually an agreed upon list, and I’m sure I’ll end up leaving some out (or putting some in that others disagree with), but here’s my best shot. 

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Love Is A Rebellious Bird by 100percentsassy, gloria_andrews / @gloriaandrews

AU in which the boys still make music. Louis is the concertmaster of the London Symphony Orchestra, Harry is the New! and Exciting! interim conductor/ex-cello prodigy who “has made Mozart cool again” according to Esquire Magazine (Louis hates him immediately, which is definitely why he internet stalked him in his dark bedroom late at night that one time), and Niall is the best. Zayn and Liam are around too.

Don’t hum Bolero.

Wild And Unruly by 100percentsassy, gloria_andrews / @gloriaandrews (E, 124K)

Harry is a cowboy sitting on the biggest oil reservoir in Wyoming, and Louis is the paralegal assigned to pressure him into selling his land.

Pull Me Under by zarah5 (E, 140K)

AU. As the first British footballer to come out at the prime of his career, it helps that Louis Tomlinson is in a long-term, committed relationship. Even if that relationship is fake. (Featuring Niall as Louis’ favourite teammate, Liam as Louis’ agent, and Zayn as Liam’s boyfriend, who just happens to be good friends with one Harry Styles.)

Into The Blue by Zarah5 (E, 117K)

AU. In which Louis is Harry’s scuba instructor and quite happy to provide the requested special treatment, pun fully intended. It can’t be all that difficult to convince Harry that they’re on the same page, right? Also, Niall and Liam may or may not be dating, and Zayn is surrounded by emotionally stunted idiots. He bears it with dignity.

Young & Beautiful by velvetoscar (M, 227K)

Louis, to his horror, attends an elitist university in which the name Zayn Malik means something, Niall Horan doesn’t stop talking, there are pianos everywhere, and Harry Styles, only son of a drug-addled, clinically insane ex-rocker, has a perfect smile and empty eyes.

Wear It Like A Crown by zarah5 (E, 141K)

AU. As part of a team of fixers hired to handle a gay scandal in Buckingham Palace, Louis expects Prince Harry to be a lot of things—most notably a royally spoilt brat. Never mind that the very same Prince Harry used to star in quite a number of Louis’ teenage fantasies.

Empty Skies by green_feelings / @greenfeelings (E, 134K)

For three years, Harry has been running from his past. Now, he is moving to London and pledges to fulfil his only dream – making it big in the music industry. Not everyone has a place, though, and the competition is tough. As is his past catching up on him.

Louis is part of the biggest boy band of the world, and getting there had meant a lot of hard work, as well as sacrificing parts of his heart and soul. He’s still happy. Maybe not as happy as he could be, but who is he to complain?

Featuring Perrie as Harry’s adorable flatmate, Niall as his manager, and Liam and Zayn as Louis’ bandmates.

Escapade by dolce_piccante (M, 146K)

In the grand scheme of things, finding a date for a wedding should be no problem for Louis Tomlinson. He’s rich. He’s handsome. He’s reasonably well behaved. But when the wedding is for his lifelong best friend (and former boyfriend), and is happening in under a month, finding a date for the ceremony and accompanying festivities becomes more of an adventure than he ever could have planned for.

You’ll Breathe Me In (You Won’t Release) by LoadedGunn (E, 95K)

His first driving lesson with Louis takes place on a Saturday.

Harry stumbles out through the front gate in thrown-on baggy jeans and his ratty Ramones shirt, sees Louis leaning casually against the car, and his knees nearly give out. Apparently “not another surly teacher” meant a drop dead gorgeous twenty-something scruffy guy with shaggy brown hair and cheekbones sharp enough to chop a salad with. Clearly, Robin’s trying to get Harry killed at seventeen.

Or, the AU where Louis is a 25-year-old driving instructor and Harry is a 17-year-old virgin who’s really awful at seduction, except for the time he gets Louis to fall for him and fuck him senseless and take him on kinky adventures.

You Are The Blood by sarcasticfluentry (E, 175K) 

A seventh-year Hogwarts AU in which Niall gets all the girls, Liam goes on a journey of self-discovery, Zayn falls in love, Harry wants something more, and Louis tries to figure out once and for all why he, a Muggleborn, was sorted into Slytherin.

Red Brick Heart by hazmesentir (E, 98K)

Harry has only had his room for thirty-two minutes when it stops being his.

Uni AU. Harry had turned up at the halls of residence expecting fun, new friends, and maybe a life experience or two. What he doesn’t expect is a surprise roommate who’s loud and dramatic and obsessed with tea and is maybe, actually, all he’s ever wanted.

Relief Next To Me by dolce_piccante (M, 334K)

AU. What happens when a baker and a graphic designer meet via a very specific Craigslist post? Fate, friendship, food, and maybe more.

No One Does It Better by nodibs (E, 50K)

Harry’s an alcoholic and Louis is a bartender. The first time they meet isn’t the first time they’ve met.

another hazy may by deLILAh (M, 41K)

louis is a terrible poet and harry lives in the now and they have six weeks to fall in love but, really, it only takes six seconds. bookshop meets military meets summer romance au ft. marlboros, the backstreet boys, and underrated literary devices.

we’ll play hide and seek to turn this love around (give me love like never before) by wankrville (E, 20K, part 1 of the strawberry milk series)

“So here’s the thing,” he starts. “I didn’t mean what I said a few weeks ago to like, hurt your feelings or anything. If you like painting your nails, then you should do that, and not like, care if anyone else doesn’t like it because their opinions shouldn’t matter, you know?” Louis takes a breath, finally glancing over to see the boy wide-eyed and pink-cheeked. On a whim, he adds, “And like, I noticed you scraping it off and you haven’t been wearing any and I think you should because that’s what you like.”

or an au where harry paints his nails and drinks strawberry milk and is too nervous for it to be nothing and louis’ just trying to figure out whats wrong with him

my heart is breathing for this moment in time by usedtothebeach (E, 160K)

When Louis first saw Harry at the 2010 X Factor Auditions, he thought he was watching a peculiarly special stranger. But Harry has known Louis ever since he was five years old.

Because Louis has a rare genetic disorder that causes him to Time Travel to important moments in his past and in his future - and to Harry, always to Harry. When they’re put into a band together, it seems like everything Harry has been waiting and wishing for has finally come true. Except for the small fact that Louis doesn’t know that Harry is in love with him- that Harry’s always been in love with him. Fate, it would seem, is just getting started.

A story about growing up and growing together, and the impossible love that makes it all worthwhile.

These Inconvenient Fireworks by mdasch & everydayslike (NC17, 190K)

“Future AU in which nobody tries out for X Factor but the boys end up finding one other eventually anyway. Louis is a jaded bastard who owns a cat named Duchess and teaches drama to teenagers, Harry is an idealistic aspiring photographer/part-time footy coach, Zayn teaches English lit and wears leather jackets, Liam saves people from burning buildings, and Niall is Niall.”

Speaking of Marvels by navigator, quitter (E, 101K)

AU. Louis is a nanny in suburban New Jersey, and the neighbors’ son is home from college for the summer. It was supposed to be a fling.

And Then A Bit by infintelymint (E, 159K)

“We’d like to give the fans what they want.” Magee states, placing his hand on the table in front of him and leaning forward. “We want to give them Larry Stylinson.”

Or, take a parallel universe where Louis and Harry were never together, mix in a two year hiatus and an impending comeback, pour in a dash of lost fans, two tablespoons of strong friendship and a Modest! employee with a good idea. Add a squeeze of pretending to be a couple, lots of kisses and a tattoo or two. Stir. Serve: the mother of all publicity stunts.

(aka Harry and Louis fake a relationship for publicity. Eventually it becomes a lot less fake and a lot more real.)

The Dead of July by whimsicule (M, 117K)

Being an Avenger means continuing to be Captain America and smiling and being honorable for the public and Harry does his best. But it doesn’t give him time to figure out who he is supposed to be once he takes off his uniform and puts the shield to the side. Just being Harry had always involved Louis, and Harry fears he doesn’t know how to exist without him.

or: Harry is Captain America, and Louis’ been dead for 70 years.

My English Love Affair by isthatyoularry (E, 19K)

The thing about sleeping with a member of a famous indie band is that the inevitability of having a song written about you is most likely a hundred percent. The second thing is that in the end, nobody’s supposed to find out it’s about you.

The one where Harry writes a song about his English love affair and Louis sleeps with someone in White Eskimo and all he gets is a stupid song written about him.

Have You Coming Back Again by whoknows (E, 31K)

It’s five o’clock in the morning. Louis has a lecture at half eight. He could be using this time to study or to do his readings or to go to the gym, but - well. He doesn’t have any exams coming up, he’s not going to his seminar today anyway and he hates the gym.

Instead he’s using this time to fuck with Harry Styles’ poor little brain.

Louis jogs across the street and jabs the key into the car door. It opens easily, not that he was expecting anything else. He copied the key for a reason, after all.

He’s got Harry’s schedule memorized, more because the guy keeps following him around than anything, so he doesn’t bother looking around before climbing behind the wheel and setting his bag on the passenger seat. It’s a Monday, which means that Harry doesn’t even get out of bed before noon unless he’s planning on harassing Louis.

Unbelievers by isthatyoularry (E, 137K) 

It’s Louis’ senior year, and he’s dead set on doing it right. However, along with his pair of cleats, a healthy dose of sarcasm and his ridiculous best friend, he’s also got a complicated family, a terrifyingly uncertain future, and a mortal enemy making his life just that much worse. Mortal enemies “with benefits” was not exactly the plan.

Or: The one where Louis and Harry definitely aren’t friends, and football is everything.

Sing When You’re Winning by hazmesentir (NR, 91K)

Harry is fifteen minutes late to the office on the day Louis Tomlinson comes out as gay.

Or, the one where Harry’s a chronically underpaid magazine intern and Louis is the Premier League’s first gay footballer and pretty much the last thing they need is each other.

Your Name Is Tattooed On My Heart by mcpofife (E, 87K)

Louis is ready to find the love of his life, but first he has to stop falling for the punk rocker next door.

like a bastard on the burning sea by vashtaneradas (NR, 22K)

au; harry breaks louis, louis breaks everything.

things have gotten closer to the sun by starseas (M, 49K)

it’s strange, making the choice to face his past—it almost feels like he’s heading for the sun straight on, like he’s screaming come on and burn me, i deserve it.

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when a solar flare is announced to end the world in twelve days, harry reunites with the people that he used to know better than the back of his own hand.

Also…go check out @thenewlarryclassics for their recommendations of great NEW classic fics you should read! 

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Lululawrence’s March 2020 Fic List

There is no associated podcast this month, but I’m easing back into the monthly fic lists, so here we go! 

Please remember to always leave kudos and nice comments for the authors to show your appreciation!

what’s mine is yours to make your own by @soldouthazsoldouthaz (40k, E, Harry/Louis, Friends with Benefits, Dom/Sub, Pining, Canon Compliant, You’re so in Harry’s head you get very frustrated at times trying to figure out what is going on lol, It’s wonderful)

His and Mine by @kissyboystylesglitteredcurls (66k, M, Harry/Louis, Soulmates, Soulmarks, Dystopian, Adoption, Soulmark Removal, This is such an interesting take on Soulmates, I loved the world building, kind of open ending but also not?, It’s hard to explain)

Unchain My Heart (Baby, Set Me Free) by @fallinglikethisFallingLikeThis (49k, E, Harry/Louis, Royalty, Slavery, Angst, Happy Ending, This fic is so rich in so many tropes that I remember from when I first entered the fandom, Which makes sense I suppose since it’s an older fic, Please be careful and read the tags)

Fellowship of Eroda by @sadavenirenSadaVeniren (5k, E, Harry/Louis, Kink, DnD, Three Night Stand, Enemies to Lovers, Ish, Basically it’s the sexiest DnD has ever been, And you don’t need to be familiar with the game to follow the fic)

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Monthly reads | March 2020

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Happy 28th!
Thank you to everyone who shares their stories with us, especially in times like these. ♥
Stay safe, everyone!

♦ To Him Who in the Love of Nature | wayfared | traveling - implied depression - minor character death - coma - 71k
“Enjoy your stay in Svalbard?” the cab driver asked over his shoulder.
“Amazing,” Harry answered for Louis, flashing his signature smile.
“Good,” the man nodded in approval. “Everyone is lucky in Svalbard. You’re lucky, too.”

Or, after Louis’ delicate world comes crashing down upon him, he takes off for the loneliest place he can think of. But, in the midst of the whirling snow, there’s always a warm fireplace to come home to.

♦ The Space Between | emma1234 | a/b/o - famous/not famous - insomnia - implied/referenced drug use - sexism - smut - 40k
Harry Styles is the alpha rockstar who can’t sleep and doesn’t know why.
Louis Tomlinson is the omega PhD student who helps him figure it out.

♦ Strip That Down | Anonymous | waxing - college/university - friends to lovers - smut - pain kink - 7k
“You’re doing well,” came Louis’ voice, and Harry’s eyes flew open, craning his head to see Louis sat on the sofa across the room, legs crossed, hands resting in his lap as he sat there, an amused smile on his lips. “A bit of a wimp, but I guess it must hurt-”
“You guess? My legs are on fucking fire, Louis,” Harry retorted, his voice a little shaky still. The alcohol he’d been consuming all night was doing nothing to numb the pain, and the thought Louis thought he was a wimp wasn’t helping. “You have literally no idea how much this hurts.”
“No pain kink, then. I’ll bear that in mind,” Louis said smugly as Jesy walked back into the room, a fresh pot of wax in her hands. “Oh goody, here we go again.”
“Please don’t do my thighs, please-”
“Them’s the rules…” Jesy muttered as she started swiping wax over Harry’s left thigh.
*****
Offering to wax his legs as part of a bet wasn’t one of Harry’s finer ideas, but if it has Louis ogling his thighs, who is he to complain?

♦ I Like It Better When It Hurts | dimpled_halo | BDSM - dom/sub - kink negotiation - spanking - subspace - aftercare - 6k
Dear Mr. Louis,
Hello. I’m Harry. I got your contact from a good friend of mine and was wondering if I can get your services. My 30th birthday is coming up and all I’ve ever wanted is to get spanked, maybe more?
If you’re interested, please contact me. I’d love to hear from you.
Sincerely,
Harry

Marcel reads over the words. He guesses there isn’t a much better way to ask for what he needs. He almost changes the name again but decides Harry is fine. It’s generic and nothing that can be traced to him. At least he doesn’t think so. Okay, he’s overthinking again so he clicks the send button before he can talk himself out of it. His heart races as soon as he does. He almost wants to take it back, figure out a way to undo it, but he takes a big gulp of his wine to calm down.
It’s fine. This is fine. He can do this.

♦ Hold the Night for Ransom | thinlines | a/b/o - pwp - established relationship - angst - hurt/comfort - nesting - 4k
“Hate that you make me weak.” Louis whispers it like a secret as he watches Harry tracing his lips. Harry could smell it now. Smell Louis’ delicious slick. He sneaks a hand inside the blankets, searching until they reach Louis’ joggers. Wetness meets his fingertips and he growls, shutting his eyes and seeing the red blossom behind his lids. The bursts of desire.
“Is that for me?” He asks, opening his eyes and stare into Louis’.

In which Louis tries to prove he doesn’t need his alpha and Harry knows it’s a losing battle before it begins.

♦ Learning to Breathe | youcomecrash | college/university - hate to love - sexuality crisis - reconciliation - fluff - angst - secret relationship - unresolved sexual tension - unresolved romantic tension - coming out - 110k
He’s playing football at one of the top universities in England and he should love everything about his life right now, but instead he’s moving backwards. How does your past fit into your present? Louis is still figuring it out.

♦ Paws, Whiskers, and Unexpected Surprises | Emd1991 | hybrids - fluff - angst - 14k
Harry meets Louis after he gets a new job at a local shelter for Hybrids. Louis’ stubbornness and mischief stirs up some trouble at the shelter and Harry finds his job tasks difficult to complete. Problems and feelings arise though when the shelter is forced to transfer some of their hybrids to new locations.

♦ We Can Work It Out | kassio | college/university - gyms - body image - implied/referenced homophobia - biphobia - friends to lovers - 24k
Louis Tomlinson had big plans for his last year of uni. He was going to hit the gym, he was going to get hot, and he was finally going to catch the eye of the girl of his dreams.
Enter Harry Styles, friend-of-a-friend and part-time personal trainer. Falling for him was never part of Louis’ plan.

♦ Underneath the Moon | orphan | mpreg - angst - fluff - famous/not famous - mutual pining - friends to lovers - misunderstandings - anxiety attacks - 47k
In five years’ time, Louis would be the one saying to his students about how he knew the great Harry Styles, in a time before he had ever put out an album or performed on a real stage. Harry fucking Styles had been his best friend and he still loved him, he always would. But they couldn’t stay that way.
(Or, Louis and Harry are best friends until Louis goes to London while Harry tours Europe. It was going as planned until they unintentionally messed everything up, but it might be for the best.)

♦ an entire desert in our hourglass | tofiveohfive | pre-apocalypse - angst - hurt/comfort - post-break up - getting back together - happy ending - 19k
The first time around, Harry doesn’t recognize it as the reason behind the sudden tightness in his throat. He sees the hourglass sitting empty on Louis’ rack and mistakes it for just another souvenir from a life he used to know.
The second time around, he feels insulted by the glaring stoicism of the sand on the bottom. His hand itches to make it move. He thinks he’d find some comfort in knowing that at least the grains of salt are getting somewhere.
The third and final time he sees the hourglass, it almost doesn’t catch his eye. The warmth in his bones keeps him from gravitating towards acidic reminders. However, the soft light coming from the window paints a new shade over the lifeless sand. Whereas before Harry couldn’t see past the bitter finality represented by the stillness, now he sees it as a chance waiting to be taken. A new beginning waiting to start.
He flips the hourglass.
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The world is ending. Harry comes over.

♦ Your secret’s safe with me | lightswoodmagic (sarah_writes) | royalty - friends to lovers - pining - 7k
He knew almost everything about Haz, considered him his best friend. He knew his favourite movies and books, how he liked his coffee, knew how many pets he had and what he was most afraid of. Louis knew how to calm him down when he was panicking, and that he’d lost his virginity to his ex-boyfriend when he was 17. He knew that Haz had curly hair, green eyes, that he was tall and considered himself slightly awkward. He knew his Instagram account that only had aesthetic pictures or ridiculous jokes, but in the all the time that Louis had known him, he’d never learnt, or been allowed to know, Haz’s full name, what he sounded like, or what he looked like.
Louis didn’t care.
Or, when Louis’ favourite singer comes back and announces he’s performing again, him and the rest of his group chat decide to go. When Haz, the man Louis’ fallen in love with without meeting him, says that he can’t, Louis tries his best to convince him with a drunken phone call, hearing his voice for the first time. It’s not until he’s at Royal Variety that he swears he can hear it again.

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March 26th

All Life is Yours to Miss by Saras_Girl
Mature
114k
Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter
Summary:
Professor Malfoy’s world is contained, controlled, and as solitary as he can make it, but when an act of petty revenge goes horribly awry, he and his trusty six-legged friend are thrown into Hogwarts life at the deep end and must learn to live, love and let go.

March 27th

I could be wrong, I could be ready by harryromper for Owlpostart (Owlpostings)
Mature
57k
Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter
Summary:
At first Harry wonders if they’ve managed to destroy his vaults and are trying to tell him in the most oblique way possible. But when he turns the page he realises they’ve found a vault. A vault in the name of Lily and James Potter.

The parchment trembles a little in Harry’s hand. He takes another gulp of wine.

Harry Potter left Britain after the war and didn’t look back. Ten years later, when Gringotts discovers a vault containing his parents’ belongings—including their badly spell-damaged wedding rings—he’s forced to face up to friends and family who’ve grown in ways he could never imagine, a wizarding London rebuilt beyond his expectations, and the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts. And if that wasn’t enough, there’s the entirely unforeseen problem of Draco Malfoy.

Featuring pureblood wizarding traditions, ancestral magic, open mic nights, marriage equality, a diner in Brooklyn, and the return of Fleamont Potter.

March 28th 

The Destiny You Sold by tryslora for birdsofshore (restricted)
Explicit
58K
Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter
Summary:
In which Draco knits, Harry makes wands, and things get very tangled up between them.

(I think this is the last of the Drarry content I have bookmarked..for now at least)

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Rating: T | Words: 6239/11700 | Chapters: 2/9 | Language: English

Summary:

“You got this?”

She nods, and he lets her go. The back of her neck feels a little damp and clammy without the warm weight of his hand.

Beth closes her eyes and keeps her head down, focusing on keeping her breathing even, trying not to think of the popping fireworks sound, the broken glass, Mia’s laugh, the blood spraying from that guy’s knee, Rio shooting him, the sound the guy made as he went down, when he tried to walk-

Bile surges up her throat and she gags.

“What’d I tell you before?” There’s a strained edge to his voice like he really cannot handle the idea of her throwing up right now. Beth smiles- just a little, a twitch, a reflex- because it’s ridiculous that after everything that’s just happened, he still has the energy to be particular about his space.

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hi gina! so i recently read you might want to marry my husband, do you know of any similar fics that have hl dealing with grief/death? (but definitely not real life events)

Hi sugar. That’s such a sweet fic, isn’t it? I like it a lot. I don’t actually have many where that’s a major factor. And, given your caveat, you may only want to read the first two on this list. But the others are really very good. 

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Tug-Of-War by cherrystreet (E, 63K) I read this one a while ago, so I can’t remember a lot of specifics, but this author is pretty much a sure bet. My notes on this one make me chuckle: “So touching. Tears. Great characterizations. Angst is heart breaking, but relatively brief. Smut is hot af”. Well, there you go!

The Road Less Travelled By by freetheankles / @anymerrylilthought (E, 98K) Also known as “the lumberjack fic”, this fic is a favorite. The author makes widowed Louis’ pain and depression so real and so moving. The characters are three-dimensional and complex and the well written sexual tension is finally relieved with super hot smut. The fic has unfortunately been deleted, but I do have a copy of it, so feel free to message me.

Stranger on the Shore by CellarDoor (T, 3K) Ok, let me start off by saying that this fic is SAD. Like, not just angsty sad, sad like not a happy ending. BUT, if you can handle that, this is just beautiful writing. Listen….I cry over everything, but I did read this. And I did love it. But, man….

like a timebomb ticking by infinitelymint (M, 32K) This was written in 2014, before Louis actually lost any of his loved ones, so it might make this one too painful for some to read given the subject. Read the tags. Know that it DOES have a happy ending. And it’s a beautifully written portrayal of loving someone through unimaginable grief. 

And the one you mentioned,

You Might Want to Marry My Husband by Rearviewdreamer (NR, 25K) Harry and Louis meet while Harry is grieving his husband’s death. Based on a real life story, this fic is really tender and sweet. The author does an especially lovely job with their depiction of widowed Harry.

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hi love, could you please rec some longer fics with footballer!louis? the ones ive read so far i have absolutely loved!! thank youxxxxx

Yes! Hopefully I have some you haven’t read yet.

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Barefoot in Blue Jeans by @indiaalphawhiskey (E, 24K) Pro football player Louis. I love the single parent/nanny trope and it works so well here, plus….football player!louis. Can’t go wrong with that! And this writer is always a favorite. I’ve actually read this one twice and loved it both times.

into (another) serotonin overflow by mercutionotromeo (E, 11K) High school football player Louis. I love the way this author captures the overwhelm of teenage lust and pining in this one. And at the same time, there’s something so gentle about the way the two of them are with each other.

Ain’t That A Kick In The Head! by keysmashlesbian, wreckingtomlinson (karasunonolibero) (T, 22K) Pro football player Louis. Honestly one of the funniest things I’ve ever read. Famous!Louis, disaster gay not-famous Harry. Also includes great OT5 friendship, great banter, and a lot of laughs.

Turning Page by purpledaisy (E, 68K) Former pro football player Louis. This author does a wonderful job with their characterizations which makes their fics such a pleasure to read. This one really has you rooting for curmudgeonly Louis and skittish/secretive Harry to figure their shit out and fall in love.

hush. by Wankerville (T, 41K) American high school football player Louis. This one is absolutely beautiful. Read the tags because there’s a few things that may be triggering for some. But it’s a gorgeously written high school AU with so much tenderness and angst and I really love this one.

Learning to Breathe by youcomecrash (E, 111K) Uni football player Harry and Louis. I read this a long time ago and I’m afraid my notes only say “ good angst, good first time smut” 🙈Past me is not very helpful.

Pull Me Under by zarah5 (E, 140K) Pro football player Louis. One of the very first fics I read coming into this fandom and wow, what an intro. This author is a legend as far as I’m concerned. Everything they write is so good. This one has some of the sexiest smut scenes on top of also being wonderfully paced, and well-written.

Hold My Breath by zarah5 (E, 20K) Pro football player Louis/ Yoga Instructor Harry. I apologize for not remembering details on this one, but this author can do no wrong IMO. There’s always great chemistry, always good banter, always crazy hot smut… I’m going to trust old me and still rec this one. I just might give it a reread tonight!

Unbelievers by isthatyoularry (E, 137K) high school football player Harry and Louis. Maybe the most memorable first line of a fic, ever. But beyond that, and beyond the scorching smut, there’s a really well-realized hate to love story with characters you’ll be rooting for.

For Reasons Wretched and Divine by @indiaalphawhiskey (E, 95K) Really well written, angsty, emotional fic. I love this author’s ability to draw you in so deeply (and the smut is excellent).

One Way or Another by makesmewannatsss (E, 208K) I’m going to be very honest here. I think I might have started this as a WIP and then not finished it. HOWEVER, I seem to have really liked the start of it. 🙈Uni AU, Louis is the closeted captain of the school’s football team.

Just For Me by iwillpaintasongforlou (E, 10K) Cute, fluffy, smutty. Perfect for a lazy day in quarantine. Posh and Becks AU (Harry is Posh, in case you wondered).

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longest slow burn fic? 👀 I want pain, pls and thanks

LOL! I will do my best to provide you with what you need!

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Victorian Boy by audreyhheart For anyone that hasn’t read this yet, it’s delightfully unique and layered with a little of everything – hate to love, romance, intrigue, action, betrayal, sex, and more. It’s well written, sexy – in a wonderfully Victorian way, and keeps you guessing.

Tainted Saints and Velvet Vices by Toomanytears (E, 126K) Let me start by saying that I know next to nothing about Harry Potter, but this crossover was so much fun to read. I thought this author did a terrific job of creating a realistic hatred/rivalry and growth for both boys so when they come together it’s as good for us as it is for them (well, maybe they have more fun — the smut is slow burn, but it’s well done)!

The Woods are Lovely, Dark and Deep by @helloamhere (WIP, 4 part series so far, mixed ratings, 77K) Amazing world building, complex characters, beautiful writing. Slowwww burn. It’s still a WIP, but it’s so worth reading (and the author says they’re working on more so…fingers crossed)!

Take Me Home (Country Roads) by Awriterwrites / @a-writerwrites (E, 87K) Probably my favorite of this author’s many fics. Set in rural West Virginia, this hate to love fic is funny, touching, super sexy, painful and features big city doctor Louis vs country boy healer Harry.

won’t you wear my watermark by @bottomlinsons (E, 90K) I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but I still haven’t gotten around to reading this one, but @cuethetommo (and others) have recommended it a few times and I love this author’s fics, so…here it is! Historical/slow burn/soulmates. Why haven’t I read this yet?

Through Eerie Chaos by mediawhore / @mediawhorefics (GA, 102K) I absolutely adore this fic. It’s such a unique and compelling story, the writing is beautiful, the characters are wonderfully realized, and I ugly cried for realz. There’s a short set of coda loveliness as well, once you finish this one. 

Young & Beautiful by velvetoscar (M, 227K) This fic is beautifully wordy and descriptive (which isn’t for everyone) and the characters are probably pretty OOC, but I just love everything about it. I know that doesn’t sound like a recommendation, but truly the writing is poetry, the characters are so well-developed, the visuals and setting have stuck with me for years –– there’s a reason this one is a classic. 

my heart is breathing for this moment in time by usedtothebeach (E, 160K) This is probably one of my favorites fics. I’ve read it more times than I’d like to admit, and every time I love it more. I’m not 100% sure this falls into the slow burn category, but it’s close enough and you should read it, regardless, LOL! One of the things I like most is how organically the author weaves in canon events…every little moment is an easter egg without it being so obvious that it pulls you out of the fic. Anyway, this fic is so moving and so absorbing, I hope you like it if you give it a try! There’s an 18K companion piece to it as well, but you’ll see the link at the appropriate time when you’re reading the main fic (and when you read the scene that breaks your heart –– in the best possible way –– come and scream at me. You’ll know which one I mean).

for now (and forever) by orphan_account (M, 83K) Really moving, beautifully crafted fake relationship / friends to lovers story. It’s been a long time since I read this one, but I remember being really touched by it (and wishing there was more smut….but what else is new? LOL!).

The Wonderlands by stylinsoncity (M, 150K) Kid fics aren’t my personal favorite, but this is one of my favorite authors, and it’s a very well done fic, and for sure it’s a slow burn romance. 

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good morning! first i wanted to thank you for all of your fic recs, they’re amazing, and thanks to you I found some of my favorite works. secondly, i wanted to ask you if you know fics where Harry already likes Louis, or already loves him, and Louis needs to catch up. (an example is Where You Lay), i don’t know if i explained myself right, and sorry for any mistakes, but i’m italian! thanks in advance and i hope you have a really good day. and stay safe, please!

Oh, I’m so glad you like the recs! That makes me super happy, And your English is perfect, love! Nothing to apologize for at all. And yes, I know what you mean. Let me see what I can share…

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my heart is breathing for this moment in time by usedtothebeach (E, 160K) Yes, there are quite a few time travel fics in this fandom and I really like a lot of them. But, for me, this is THE time travel fic and I adore it. It’s so well crafted and uses so many canon moments to drive the story home. You get such a lovely portrayal of both Louis and Harry and there’s a scene towards the end that makes my heart *clench*. Sigh. Plus, the pining in this fic is perfect.

written in the stars (that’s me and you) by @fackinglouis (E, 23K) This fic is sweet and funny and the story has a tense little twist. Plus, both Harry and Louis’ characterizations are charming.

Amor Victorious by HappyPrincess / @pattern-pals (E, 39K) My actual original notes when I first read this fic: “What even is this? Oh my god. I loved this. Beautiful writing, gorgeous use of description, a slow meandering trip through Italy, but never boring. Beautifully paced. Louis giving in is done so delicately”. 

Never Mind the Furthermore by Anonymous (E, 7K) Harry pines as he continues his friends with benefits arrangement with Louis. I just really liked the dialogue, the OT5 friendship, the excellent dirty talk, and the very sweet ending.

buttercup baby by cabinbythesea (NR, 16K) Childhood acquaintances become adult best friends and fall in love (naturally). This one has a fair bit of foreplay and flirting before anything happens. It’s a fun, sexy, lighthearted read. 

For Reasons Wretched and Divine by @indiaalphawhiskey (E, 95K) Really well written, angsty, emotional fic. I love this author’s ability to draw you in so deeply (and the smut is excellent). 

Constant Debauchery by Blake (E, 19K) Yes, yes, I know. I’ve probably recommended this 10 times. But have you read it yet? Anyway…Edwardian setting, uni ABO (Alpha/Alpha) fic. Gorgeous mood setting, I’ve said before that it reads like an Merchant Ivory film looks…just gorgeous. There’s a similar sense of repression and uncertainty about flouting societal expectations, and a character who appears one way on the surface, but underneath is quite different. I love this one, I’ve read it a number of times.

Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust by @someonethatsfunny (NR, 8K) I read this one a few years back and my notes aren’t terribly helpful. But I enjoy this author’s writing in general, and I definitely remember it being a sweet fic with a sexy resolution to all of Harry’s pining! 

Take Me Home (Country Roads) by Awriterwrites / @a-writerwrites (E, 87K) Probably my favorite of this author’s many fics. Set in rural West Virginia, this hate to love fic is funny, touching, super sexy, painful and features big city doctor Louis vs country boy healer Harry.

Talk Dirty To Me by BriaMaria / @briannamarguerite (E, 13K) So….dirty talk is one of my favorite things in a fic. And when it’s done well it’s…god, it’s so, so good. And this fic does it so well. It’s simultaneously funny, and tender, and incredibly sexy. Dirty talk, friends to lovers, uni AU…what more could you ask for? Great writing? Yeah, got that too. Go read it!

Walk That Mile by purpledaisy (E, 150K) I’ve read this one multiple times and still love it. Their bickering is so realistic, their resistance to their attraction to each other is perfect, the way the author portrays all of their weird quirks and differences but still makes it believable that they’d fall fo reach other is such fun to read….I love this fic. 

Tug-Of-War by cherrystreet (E, 63K) I read this one a while ago, so I can’t remember a lot of specifics, but this author is pretty much a sure bet. My notes on this one make me chuckle: “So touching. Tears. Great characterizations. Angst is heart breaking, but relatively brief. Smut is hot af”. Well, there you go!

No One Does It Better by nodibs (E, 50K) Oh lord. Get your tissues and hang on tight. Such well-written heartbreak. Happy ending, but you have to suffer first.

The Road Less Travelled By by freetheankles / @anymerrylilthought (E, 98K) Also known as “the lumberjack fic”, this fic is an instant classic. The author makes widowed Louis’ pain and depression so real and so moving. The characters are three-dimensional and complex and the well written sexual tension is finally relieved with super hot smut. The fic has unfortunately been deleted. I do have a copy of it, so feel free to message me.

love is divine by stylinsoncity (M, 26K) I read this ages ago, and my notes are useless, but I love the way this author writes  in general, so I feel pretty safe recommending it. Plus, I love magical realism and pining witch Harry, so bonus points!

Don’t Let the Tide Come and Take Me by @kiwikero (M, 29K) This author always writes beautifully and does such a lovely job with their world building. This one draws you in and makes you feel deeply.

Your Name Is Tattooed On My Heart my mcpofife (E, 87K)  I reread this one recently and it’s truly delightful. The characterizations are so well done. Harry is so endearing (I cried over his heartbreak). And the smut is both hot and really emotional. Love this one.

Learning to Breathe by youcomecrash (E, 110K) It’s been ages since I read this one, but my notes say “good angst and good first time smut” 🙈so fingers crossed. But it’s got a lot of things I tend to like –– Uni AU, footie, secret relationship…

Unbelievers by isthatyoularry (E, 137K) Oooh, this one is so good. High school Au, footie, enemies with benefits, so much sexual tension (and just tension), and complex characters. Another one I’ve read more than once. 

The Finish Line (Is A Good Place For Us To Start) by LoadedGunn (E, 122K) F1 racers Louis and Harry. I really need to read this again because it’s been ages. But suffice it to say that this author always delivers with pacing, smut, and an exciting story. This time we’ve got race car drivers, great banter, and great OT5 friendship.

Promise Not To Stop When I Say When by becka, mediaville (E, 49K) Ok, read the tags because this has some pairings you may not like, but if you can handle that, this is a particularly filthy fic full of pining. And a lot of smut.

Counting the Steps Between Us by zarah5 (E, 25K) I honestly don’t remember the details of this one and the only notes I made when I read it were, “Sweet. I love the moment when they realize”. WTF does that mean? I have no idea. But I liked it enough to bookmark it once and Zarah is honestly always a sure bet. All of her fics are great.

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hello!! do you know if there are larry fics directly inspired by movies? currently watching mr & mrs smith and would love to read harry & louis in those roles haha, thank you!!!
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I’m not sure if you’re both the same person, or you both had the same idea today. But here are the few I have!

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Take My Breath Away by @realitybetterthanfiction (E, 154K) Also known as The Top Gun fic. One of the things I love about this is that it’s told from Harry’s PV and it’s such a wonderful, intimate characterization of him – you really get to see so many sides of Harry and this author writes them all so well. It’s action packed, funny, deeply moving, and has such a satisfying ending. You will be so wrung out after reading this fic – this author puts you through it, but it’s SO worth it. Great banter, great side characters, action, smut…it has it all.

I would name the stars for you (I would take you there) by orphan_account (M, 91K) Based loosely on Notting Hill. This is just beautifully written. Angst. Mutual pining. Dumb boys. Beautiful descriptions of art and creativity and fame and beautiful poetry. 

Three Days Underwater by theteapirate (E, 10K) AU based on the film Weekend, directed by Andrew Haigh. This is really a beautifully written fic but I’m warning you, it’s got an open ending so if you can’t deal with that, don’t read it. But if you can….wow, it’s lovely. 

Take Me Home (Country Roads) by Awriterwrites / @a-writerwrites (E, 87K) A Northern Exposure AU. Probably my favorite of this author’s many fics. Set in rural West Virginia, this hate to love fic is funny, touching, super sexy, painful and features big city doctor Louis vs country boy healer Harry.

Yellow by 13ways / @13ways-of-looking (E, 85K) Yes, it’s Batman/Catwoman. No, you don’t need to know anything about the comics or the movies. But wow! Such good pacing, the smut scenes are fire, the concept is so original and keeps you guessing until the very end. 

Sometimes Fires Don‘t Go Out by abrighteryellow / @a-brighter-yellow (E, 17K) Loosely based on Empire Records. I love this fic. The quirky friendships, the banter, the secret crush, the banter…it’s such a fun read with a really satisfying conclusion.

You Are The Blood by sacrasticfluentry (E, 176K) If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you’ve probably read this one. But if you haven’t, what are you waiting for? I don’t even like HP and I LOVED this fic. It’s a thrilling story and it’s full of ridiculously hot smut.

Tainted Saints and Velvet Vices by Toomanytears (E, 126K) Let me start by saying that I know next to nothing about Harry Potter, but this crossover was so much fun to read. I thought this author did a terrific job of creating a realistic hatred/rivalry and growth for both boys so when they come together it’s as good for us as it is for them (well, maybe they have more fun — the smut is slow burn, but it’s well done)!

Run Like the Devil by Benzos (E, 140K) Based on Supernatural TV series. If you like supernatural elements and demons and dark themes, this fic has it in spades. In a way it’s almost more of a character study, and it’s unsurprisingly pretty OOC, but it’s very well done. Read the tags.

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hi gina :) in honor of harry in fishnets on the beauty mag cover, could you give us a harry in lingerie fic rec?

I mean, if I HAVE to. 😉

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Are You Gonna Be My Girl? by LoadedGunn (E, 8K) Oh man….I love this one. Harry in lingerie, role play, feminization, dirty talk. It’s got it all. It’s even a Christmas fic! 

I’d do Niall by alongthewatchtower (E, 8K) I know this fic isn’t for everyone and I also know it’s pure filth. But I love everything about it. Dirty talk, Harry in panties, overwhelmed Harry, Niall trying it and not knocking it, Dom Louis vibes…all the good stuff. LOL! This author also has a handful of others that I’m a big fan of.

But When We Kiss by @indiaalphawhiskey (E, 8K) At last this author has graced us with another fic and it’s a filthy, fantastic Sugar Baby Harry fic. Hallelujah! But seriously, their writing is so good, the dynamics are so hot, and Harry is just the perfect kind of desperate in this one. Go read it! 

strawberry milk fic by Wankerville (E, 3-part series, 158K) Read the tags on this (especially the first part) as it’s got some heavy topics. But the series is also very soft and gentle and very sexy (the lingerie mostly takes place in the later parts).

steal my heart; whatever it takes to get you off by resurrectdead / @artxghoul (E, 56K) The characterizations are a bit OOC, but it’s possibly one of the “dirtier” ones I’ve read. Plus, I love secretary Harry chasing the man of his (dirty) dreams.

Hello Heaven (you are tunnel-lined with yellow lights) by objectlesson (E, 3K) Baby boyfriends discovering kinks. Lingerie, embarrassment, feminization….plus really good writing.

Vinyl and Lace by objectlesson (E, 8K) Similar theme to the one above, but fleshed out more. Always excellent writing and pacing. Their smut is always terrific.

She Feels So Good by zedi (E, 4K) More filth. This one also plays a bit with gender as well as kink.

Take from me my lace (and lipstick too heavy for summer) by metal_eye / @metal-eye (M, 2K) Don’t ask me how this author fits so much beauty and so much depth into so few words. But they do it every time. Read their fics. And go yell and them about how beautiful everything they write is. 

Amor Victorious by HappyPrincess / @pattern-pals (E, 39K) My actual original notes when I first read this fic: “What even is this? Oh my god. I loved this. Beautiful writing, gorgeous use of description, a slow meandering trip through Italy, but never boring. Beautifully paced. Louis giving in is done so delicately”. Harry is genderfluid. 

like how your hands feel me up and down by ballsdeepinjesus (E, 8K) First of all, this starts with Harry in a Snow White costume which, frankly, is all you need to grab my attention. Second of all, it’s super sexy and well paced and Harry’s in makeup and lingerie and….whew. You need to read it.

no pressure, no diamonds ‘verse by karamelised (E, 5-part series, 71K) I have to admit, I don’t actually remember the lingerie in this series, but it’s tagged with it and the fics are great, so I’m including it. This author really knows how to craft a fun, super sexy, original story. 

Your Silhouette Over Me by orphan_account (E, 7K) There’s something about cocksure bartender Harry (in panties) that gets me in this one, It’s really nothing more than a PWP, but I like it. Every time. 

redder than the devil by mercutionotromeo (E, 5K) This short fic has so many kinks and so much smut that I probably could add it to 10 different rec lists. I love this author and hope they keep gifting us with their writing. 

do you know me by heart by HappyPrincess / @pattern-pals Beautiful writing. Visceral, raw, real. Read the tags on this one because it’s really visceral, raw, and real. The writing was intense in the best of ways, but this is not a fluffy fic. The characters are just very 3-dimensional and flawed and it’s so well done. There’s a second part that’s a little softer. Very much worth reading. 

Switch Out the Batteries by istajmaal, LoadedGunn (E, 88K) So, one of the things I really love about this fic is that because it’s dual POV, you get this story told from both the Dom POV and the Sub POV which makes it super fun and interesting. These authors always write truly amazing smut and this is no exception. I actually love the first part of this series, but it’s not necessary to read it first (and I didn’t include it because there’s no lingerie involved, but it’s very good).

 Under the Hide of Me by Blake (E, 3K) This fic is honestly just beautiful. There are so many sentences in it that just make my heart break and then soar. And it says so much in such a few thousand words. I could read it over and over. 

let’s talk about making love by istajmaal (E, 25K) Oh, phone sex operator fics, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. 

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Hi! I was wondering if you have some fic recs about exhibitionism? Where harry and Louis have sex in front of the other boys or something of the sort? Thank you so much :)

Oh, I definitely have some to share. Let’s see….

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you’re my best friend, best friend with benefits by daddylouist (NR, 5K) What is with these fics with the weird ratings? There’s smut. Anyway…this is probably closest to what you’re looking for. Harry and Louis have sex while the other boys are in the room, sleeping. 

Lights on, Lights off by @dinosaursmate (E, 3K) A little pining, a little friends to lovers, some voyeurism, some dirty talk, a good build up to the end goal….yes! A good time. 

Never Never Never Stop for Anyone (Sheylinsonverse) by aimmyarrowshigh, spibsy (lucy_and_ramona) Yes, here I am again, putting this series on a list. Probably 10 people in this fandom like it as much as I do, but I don’t care. I have read all 440K words more than once, and will likely do it a few more times. Yes, it needs editing, but even so…really well written, super sexy (if you like reading BDSM and can handle Larry + someone else), and such interesting character development. One of my favorite things about this fic is how the authors differentiate between the ways the different characters inhabit their Dom and Sub personalities. And there’s plenty of exhibitionism throughout. 

Switch Out The Batteries by istajmaal, LoadedGunn (E, 88K) So, one of the things I really love about this fic is that because it’s dual POV, you get this story told from both the Dom POV and the Sub POV which makes it super fun and interesting. These authors always write truly amazing smut and this is no exception. I actually love the first part of this series as well, although it’s not necessary to read it first (and the exhibitionism takes place in the second part, but it’s still a great read). 

Public Displays of Erection by @dinosaursmate (E, 2K) Hot neighbor. Lack of curtains. Exhibitionist streak. It’s good stuff!

honey is it time to spin by alongthewatchtower (NR, 3K) I have no idea where the NR rating came from because this is pure filth and I love it. There’s a brief follow up fic as well. You’ve got a bit of everything here - famous/not famous, age difference, kinks….good times!

got my eyes on you by eleadore (E, 3K) who remembers the days when some of our best fandom writers would just write smutty fics back and forth for each other? Sigh. Here’s one from that time and it’s ridiculously hot. 

hush. by wankerville (T, 41K) Again, not sure why the T rating, there’s smut in this one. More importantly, it’s a really beautifully written and moving story. I don’t actually remember the exhibitionism, TBH, but it’s tagged with it and it’s such a good fic that you really should read it, anyway!

The Worst Fucking Idea by juliusschmidt (M, 3K) I always like this author’s writing and this one is sexy and funny and you get a lovely taste of their relationship. I just really enjoy the glimpses of the other boys’ personalities and the way Harry and Louis relate to each other in this one. 

You Are The Blood by sarcasticfluentry (E, 175K) Ok, listen. IDGAF about Harry Potter, but this fic is so damn good. The story is riveting and the love story is compelling and the smut is beyond. But dude….the exhibitionist scene? BEYOND. Go read it.

turn you on, make you radiate by ballsdeepinjesus (E, 15K) Another author who always writes great, sexy fics. This one has a little of everything – exhibitionism (of course), but also phone sex, fluffy romantic sex etc etc. 

You’ll Breathe Me In (You Won’t Release) by LoadedGunn (E, 95K) Also known as The Driving Instructor fic. This has some of the best pacing I’ve read in a fic, some really well written BDSM smut, and characters I just really enjoy. I know it’s not for everyone. Read the tags. There’s also a 9K follow up fic that includes more exhibitionism (and a threesome, of sorts, with Zayn) that you can find here.

spark a new flame by orphan_account (E, 6K) Not my favorite Louis characterization TBH, but there’s some funny internal monologue and some super smutty smut. 

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Hey, thank you for everything you do, your fic recs are lifesavers. Do you know any tinder or dating app aus? Thanks❤️

Hi love! I’m so glad you like them! And I do have some, but not as many as I wish, because it’s a trope with such great potential. But here’s what I’ve got:

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Alpha Seeking Alpha by @jaerie (E, 4K) I love when ABO fics are turned on their head and this one has Alpha Louis using a dating app to find someone whose kinks match his. It’s hot and sexy and I wish it was more than just a one shot!

Zero to Sixty in Three Point Five by @realitybetterthanfiction (NR, 2K) This author is so good at writing funny dialogue and quirky concepts. This one is super cute and involves a very drunk and very lost Harry using a dating app to find his way home. 

Thought The Song Was Sung by 100percentsassy (E, 13K) This is both a famous/not famous and a dating app AU. Plus, older Larry. Plus an author who writes great fic. And this one is just sweet and charming and I really like this one. 

In a World Like This by backonefish (NR, 20K) I haven’t had a chance to read this one, but @cuethetommo suggested it:

Just when Louis’ given up on love, Niall makes him download Tinder. He’s skeptical but he goes along with it. Nothing could have prepared him for the moment he swipes right for Cute Boy in his class.

Or when Cute Boys swipes right too.

And it’s an instant match.

After Hours by velvetoscar (27K) I haven’t read this one either, but I love this author and an anon just reminded me of it, so I’ll add it as well.

Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson are the bane of each other’s existences. Unfortunately, they’re already in love–even if they aren’t completely aware of this minor detail.

[A “You’ve Got Mail” AU]

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