Small favors by Chilly_flame (aka Harriet)

The not-so-tiny-anymore fan fiction universe of Devil Wears Prada is blessed by – proportionally speaking – an unbelievable number of exceptional writers. They deliver often, they deliver a lot and when they do – oh, boy. It’s fan fiction at its best – all grown up, smart, and literate.

Chilly_flame (to her many SVU fans also known as Harriet) is one of DWP’s beacons of light.

In Small Favors, Andrea, now a promising Mirror reporter, is reacquainted with her ex-boss Miranda Priestly. Against all odds, they become friends. There is attraction, there is tension, there is heartbreak and, finally, there is a love story of epic proportions (No, really. This jewel was written for Ralst’s epic proportions challenge).

There is, of course, a delicious offering of angst, but as Chilly reassuringly states on her LJ page: My characters shall have, after a little trouble, all that they desire.
Small favors is tightly structured story, with beautifully developed leads. Actually, the whole cast is handled masterfully, including the twins. I really appreciate Chilly_flame’s way with words. Never over the top, her style is rather ascetic than baroque. It works remarkably well: the mark of a good writer is knowing when to step back. I love the way she evades the clichéd phrases, turns them on their head, and brings the long lost luster to overused metaphors.

Ahm, not to forget, she writes erotica really, really well. When you think about it, with all the clothes and sensuality, DWP is a huge erotica opportunity. We are not talking underwear here, it’s lingerie! And garters. And cleavages! And silk! And lace! Believe me, Chilly_flame uses her opportunities well 🙂

And the best part? There are two more epic parts to this universe plus two shorter interludes. Bon appetit!

Spark, Hybrid, and Synthesis by Harriet

This SVU, Alex & Olivia trilogy was highly enjoyable. Now, I didn’t see the episodes dealing with Alex being shot and then whisked away to the witness protection program. I didn’t really watch the show regularly. Once I started reading fan fiction, I watched the first two or three seasons on Netflix Instant View just so I could get an idea of who the characters where. But you don’t really need to know all of the background to enjoy this series.

All together, the three stories are the size of a standard romance novel. Each one is well written and I noticed probably a handful of typos total. Spark starts out with Olivia returning from a very short vacation with her quasi-fiance, Mark. He loves her, she’s pretending to love him because it’s just easier than dealing with a break up. That is until she stops at work on her way home from the airport. Turning around after hearing a familiar voice, she sees Alex, back from her secret life in Nebraska. Two and a half years she’d been gone and Alex has decided that she’s waited long enough for Olivia. It’s time to put their cards on the table and move forward.

The first in the series deals with them acknowledging their feelings, the second, Hybrid, has the women taking a trip to Nebraska so Alex can tie up some loose ends. And the third, Synthesis, deals more with how they’re adjusting to being a couple after the excitement wears off a bit. I definitely recommend them. Well written, interesting, a bit of hot sex thrown in for good measure.