Fandom: The Avengers (Marvel).
Pairing: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark.
Categories: Angst, Bonding.
Author on LJ: crimsonquills
Author Website: CrimsonQuills.com
Bonding fics are a staple of some fandoms and are usually considered to be a natural characteristic of an alien species or special being (the mystical bond between Sentinels and Guides, the Vulcan mating link, a Vampire/Saiyan/[insert random species/mythic creature]'s claim upon his/her mate). While I'm a fan of the genre it tends to get a bit tiresome after you’ve read innumerable fics with the same approach.
"A Meeting of Minds" (the main story of the Bonding 'verse, which also has three short sequels) presents an original and refreshing take on the bonding concept. Due to the modifications in his brain caused by Extremis, Tony develops a type of telepathy which will eventually kill him as he is unable to block it. The only possible solution is to create an artificial bond, linking his mind to another’s. Steve, of course, volunteers, despite Tony's protests. Being bonded, of course, brings its own set of problems, especially as Tony refuses to share some of his innermost thoughts with Steve, straining their friendship.
An original concept that meshes well with canon facts, great writing and some excellent character interaction make this a wonderful series for Steve/Tony fans or those who like bonding fics in general.