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While I'm catching up on my tardiness this weekend (*hangs head in shame*) there are some recs I've been meaning to make for a long time. (There are actually many more than this. Like recs from dracotopsharry, and recs from erised. I am so behind omg BUT CATCHING UP and these are the two that have been waiting the longest, I'm so sorry authors!)


Many months ago, the lovely [livejournal.com profile] pasdexcuses started a discussion on tumblr about praise kink. Pasdexcuses asked if I knew of any fic with praise kink. And, though I have read a great deal, I really didn't. Which was especially surprising to me since I really like the idea of praise kink and the way stories with it read and would/would have read them if I'd come across them. Dirty talk can be wonderfully communicative (*insert aside about how yes-means-yes affirmative consent is hella sexy*) and I've read some excellent, superb, insightful, fantastic fics involving or revolving around dirty talk. But sometimes I hit an impasse wherein I'd like to read something where the characters are communicating their desire and emotions but don't want to read something that involves humiliation or other dirty talk tropes that I'm not personally always up for. Praise kink is the perfect solution for that. Dirty talk that is hot for the people involved specifically because it's validating and kind. Aggressively nice dirty talk. Plus, in the (sadly) few I've read it can also be tremendously psychologically revealing and intimate. Draco and Harry both have very complicated pasts and thinking about the reasons that praise would turn them on/get them off/change the entire tenor of a sexual encounter is pretty damn interesting and a great way to get at how authors see the characters. tl;dr: I'm pro.

Eventually we came up with a few recs, and in the course of the discussion I put out a general request (which I will repeat here!) for H/D authors to consider writing more praise kink. Aggressively nice dirty talk for everyone!

And then!! Like a miracle!! Like magic!! THAT HAPPENED!!

The Rules of Desire by [livejournal.com profile] pasdexcuses - NC-17, 26.5k - Draco has always been good at figuring out what people need and how to give it to them.
Thoughts: Don't you love it when something is very hot and also a good character study? I do. And this is. As the story begins, we learn that Harry is interested in kink, but he doesn't seem to quite know what he wants or why, and has lumped all of kink together. Draco, who works as a dom in a club run by Pansy, figures it out, but Harry is resistant to confronting what he wants, not least of all because Draco is involved. Watching them figure it out reveals a lot about both of them and gets at the psychology of what this kink means to both of them beautifully. The tension that builds between them is really hot, pasdexcuses does a fantastic job of illustrating the difference between kink that hits someone's psychological and emotional buttons and kink that doesn't, and the way that their relationship evolves makes it very much worth the very enjoyable ride.

Because He Wants To by [livejournal.com profile] gracerene"I'm glad you decided to be good for me."
Thoughts: Combining two themes of the weekend, the lovely, wonderful grace wrote this for my half birthday and it is excellent. Grace is one of the people who came to mind when the praise kink discussion broke out because she does such a fantastic job of getting across how much the people in question really want each other. And that's absolutely apparent here, and wow is it hot. The discovery that praise really does it for them comes unexpectedly and they both have a serious reaction to it. Harry is unused to it and ends up being torn between not quite knowing how to accept the kind of care and praise Draco is giving him (which is really moving on its own and such a great reference to his history) and Draco is all over the opportunity to get Harry off and to understand him better. When it starts out they're in a new relationship, but the dynamic that evolves between them is so intimate, and their unusually strong chemistry and compatibility is made so glaringly obvious, that it's easy to see it going way further.

Good Boy by [livejournal.com profile] apriicat - NC-17, digital art - Harry is Draco's good boy. Always such a good boy.
Thoughts: Jumping ahead a bit because this is from this year's [livejournal.com profile] dracotops_harry fest, but not going to pass up the opportunity to go with a theme. For complete thoughts on what I love about it I would refer you to the dth entry and my massive comment. Eek. But the tl;dr is that it's scorching hot, beautifully constructed, and gets at their mutual attraction and fulfillment beautifully.

If anyone knows of more I'd be interested to know about them. And, obviously, I recommend checking these out!
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