Make-up By CanadaBadGirl (Allie)

AllieBad GirlsCBGf/fIncognitoNikki HelenUber

First-off, I have to write this disclaimer: CBG is one of my favourite fan fiction writers, and I have read ALL of her fics many times. That being said, thisis one of my favourite.

This is an Uber Bad Girls, Nikki and Helen story. After coming out of prison, Nikki starts a relationship with Helen, her ex-wing-governor. Both women are deeply in love, but Nikki feels that Helen is always holding back something. Because of her unwillingness to open-up, or plainly see how Nikki’s hurting, Nikki decides to call it quits after two years. Circumstances put them back in each other’s paths, and Nikki is decided to make the the most of the situation.

I have declared CBG the “Queen of angst” and this is a great illustration of why. She’s also one of the best at creating and describing very sensual situations. Another things that I found very innovative about this story is the “letter” written by Helen as an opening to the story, as well descriptions of a session of photography at the beginning of each chapter. Very clever, and VERY well done.

Needless to say, I highly recommend this.

http://web.archive.org/web/20071012184416/http://bgenhanced4.infinites.net/mu1.html

Finding shelter from the storm by Gun Brooke

Crossoverf/fGun BrookeIncognitoUberVoyagerX-Files

Laura Carter is a fugitive arriving at the River Meadows motel, recommended by an acquaintance of hers. She has been on the run for years, and there’s no end in sight. The motel’s owner, Sunny Stewart, does not know much about Laura Carter, but understands enough not to ask. The attraction between the two women was something neither planned for. When Laura needs her, Sunny does not hesitate, and insists on helping her out against Laura’s wishes.

Doctor Dawn Morrison and Joan Tremayne are two FBI agents assigned to the same case for years: tracking down a mad scientist. They find out, the hard way, that they’d been manipulated for years.

This is the first story I read by G. Brooke and I really liked it. The plot is very well constructed, the writign itself would have benefitted from a beta reader, but it’s good enough to keep you interested in the goings-on of the story. The characters are well constructed and very likeable, and the different stories and personalities make for a very interesting cast.

Definitely recommend it, but you have to disregard a lot of small errors.

http://pdafiction.com/brooke.htm

The Journey Home by Tonya Muir

Cherif/fTonya MuirXena

This story starts out a few months after the deaths of Solan and Hope and Xena and Gabrielle are working on healing their friendship. They travel to an old friend of Xena’s who is contending with a growing army outside of the walls of his castle. While helping him with his issues, the women work through theirs.

It’s not an exciting read, by the author’s own admission, but it held my attentions enough to finish it. The ending was definitely left open enough for a sequel. In fact, I thought the other two stories bundled with the file I picked up from pdafiction.com contained a trilogy. Instead, it contains three unrelated stories.

I checked around at a few different sites but couldn’t find a sequel. The author, sadly, passed away in January of 2001 after a battle with cancer.

http://www.pdafiction.com/muir.htm

Alias Smith & Jones by T Novan and Advocate (Blayne Cooper)

AdvocateBlayne CooperCherif/fHumorT NovanXena Uber

If you’re in the mood for a twisted and very funny tale, this is for you. It’s a fairly short Xena Uber that follows Delilah and Dixie, two con-women, on their quest to get rid of their ill-gotten gains.

I’ve read this one a few times and I laugh out loud throughout the thing every time. It’s not a romance, it just a well written, funny romp.

Blayne Cooper and T Novan make a fantastic team and I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read that they’ve collaborated on. I highly recommend this one.

http://www.academyofbards.org/fanfic/t/tn_advocate_asaj.html

The Last Conqueror by Kamouraskan and Lariel

CheriConquerorf/fKamouraskanLarielXena

My favorite Xena fics tend to be Xena the Conqueror stories. Almost all of them have that transformation from Xena, Destroyer of Nations, to Xena, Leader of the People. With the help of Gabrielle, of course. Gabrielle takes on all sorts of different roles in these stories, from freedom fighter to body slave, but the outcome is usually the same. I like the conqueror stories because Xena usually gets to show off her fighting and manipulation skills much more than when she’s Xena, the repentant ex-warlord fighting for the greater good.

This story was good and had a bit of a twist right off the bat. Alti is the Conqueror, having dethroned Xena. With very few exceptions, everyone believes Xena has been killed. The reality is that she is being held in the dungeon. Alti still needs her and her inner power. There is a prophecy waiting to be fulfilled and it involves Alti, Xena, and a third person: Gabrielle, of course.

This piece has plenty of mysticism, intrigue, Amazons, and some angst thrown in for good measure. It wasn’t the best Conqueror story I’ve read, but certainly nowhere near the worst. I enjoyed it the most because it was different. And after you’ve read as many fics as I have, different can be very, very good.

http://www.pdafiction.com/kamouraskan.htm

Out of Context by Coolbyrne

Bad GirlsCheriCoolbyrneCrossoverf/fNikki HelenSVU

I was hesitant to read this one because, at the time, I really wasn’t very familiar with the characters of Law & Order: SVU. And I hadn’t read any crossover fic. And I wasn’t familiar with this author. There was a lot stacked it and just imagine my surprise when I found this to be a very good story. I’ve read it twice.

The basic plot is that Olivia ends up in Larkhall on some undercover duty. There’s a drug ring using children to transport their merchandise from England to the US. Through the joint operation between nations, Olivia ends up spending time with our girls Nikki and Helen.

The story is well written and the characters ring true to their television counterparts. I absolutely recommend it.

http://www.ralst.com/OutContext1.HTM

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