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Starved by Grey (NC-17)

And now we return to your regularly scheduled recs. Since I haven't posted a Due South rec in a while (but more will be coming! All hail the great j_s_cavalcante !), I thought I'd start off with a DS epic.

Title: Starved
Fandom: Due South
Pairing: Fraser/Kowalski
Categories: angst, romance
Length: epic
Warnings: n/a

Author on LJ: grey853
Author Website: http://grey.ravenshadow.net/

Review:
After the Henry Allen, Fraser and Ray's relationship disintegrates to the point that Ray decides to call a 'breather' from the partnership. Two weeks later, Ray is growling at suspects, verbally assaulting Dewey, and generally being such a pain that Frannie wants his caffeine supply cut off. (Oh yeah, and Fraser is 'moping', heh.) Welsh's solution? A partnership retreat, of course! Okay, so it wasn't Welshe's idea, but per HQ, someone had to go and everyone is getting damn tired of Ray. Emotional bonding, trust exercises, and freakish amounts of sex (seriously, if either of the boys has more than a single digit sperm count after this fic, I'd be shocked) ensue.

I like Grey's writing, but most of her long stories deal with non-con, which is one of my biggest squicks. Fortunately she also wrote this delightful (and delightfully long) pop-tart, with its trust issues, miscommunications, and vast amounts porn, giving me the opportunity to squee.  My favorite parts of this story are actually the retreat exercises and, more importantly, Ray's reaction thereof. I've been to retreats like these and re-living some of these exercises with commentary from Ray and Fraser was hysterical. Add in some beautiful description (I'm so going to visit Starved Rock because of this story), good characterizations (especially with regards to the retreat exercises), and some creative uses for fudge (*cough*) and you have a long story that will keep you entertained for hours on end.

Starved

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