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Just Geography by Brynn Mck (NC-17)

Title: Just Geography
Fandom: Due South
Pairing: Ray Kowalski/Ray Vecchio, Ray Kowalski/Ray Vecchio/Benton Fraser
Category: Romance, Post-series
Length: Long
Warnings: n/a

Author on LJ: brynnmck
Website: Brynn's Home Page

Author's Summary: One thing Ray had learned in Canada was that your problems didn't get further away the further north you went; they just got louder.

Review:
At the end of the series Ray Kowalski and Fraser run off together into the Canadian wilds, the jumping point of numerous due South stories. In this fic, Ray Kowalski returns to Chicago after not having found the words to share his feelings for Fraser and is partnered with one Ray Vecchio. The two find themselves bonding over dissolved relationships and consciously ignoring lost ones (that guy in red? he's easy to fall in love with), and then, wonder of wonders, Kowalski finds himself being wooed by Vecchio. This story was written for DS_Match 2007's Team Romance, and the author does a great job of pulling out all the stops in a way that's believable and (yeah) so very romantic. Eventually the compass needle of the two Rays points due north, and they decide to attempt to include Fraser in their lives. Can they make it work? (dun dun DUN!)

I usually try to rec stories that *feel* epic, simply because 40k+ word stories are tough to produce and hard to come by, and this story, imo, fits the bill. I'm a fan of Ray Kowalski, the consummate guy with his heart on his sleeve/pursuer, having the tables turned on him. This Vecchio is still trying to come down from years of undercover work, and we get some excellent character development on all fronts because of it. The inclusion of Fraser could come across, in other instances, as a throwaway, but Brynn slowly works the character and the transition into the narrative and the lives of Kowalski and Vecchio. And, oh, I'm mentioned the romance, right? I happy sighed, squeed, and applauded. Sometimes simultaneously.

Just Geography

Comments

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andeincascade
Jul. 24th, 2008 02:52 pm (UTC)
This is such an excellent recommendation, one of my very favorites. Brynn's a wonderful writer. Thanks for introducing her to a wider audience.
fredericks
Jul. 25th, 2008 12:56 am (UTC)
Yay, fic love! *grin* I'd read the story a while back and stumbled across it again when I decided to check out some bookmarked pages and got gobsmacked with the greatness. Kowalski needs to be pursued more often in fanfic.
jane_elliot
Jul. 25th, 2008 01:15 pm (UTC)
Great review! (Which is actually going to get me to read Ray/Ray, which I never thought I'd do, so kudos:) Thanks!
fredericks
Jul. 27th, 2008 01:30 am (UTC)
*grin* Ha! Ray/Ray only works for me if the two don't spend the bulk of the story angsting about Big Red. It's part of the reason why I liked this one so much.
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