Fandom: Sherlock (BBC)
Genre: Romance, BDSM (light), first time, menage, drama, slight angst, brief bouts of hurt/comfort
Summary: In which John learns to balance a kinky girlfriend, an asexual boyfriend, a ten-inch cock, his sister, the neighbours, his friends, and his blog. Some are more balanced than others.
Warnings: Explores various states of sexuality, including asexuality, polyamory, submissive and dominant roles, bondage, pain exploration, as well as labels such as “bisexual”, “homosexual”, and “heterosexual”. PTSD, past domestic abuse, and possible triggers. Also, threesomes (which should be apparent from the pairing) and various combinations of the listed pairing. Kink wise: bondage, pegging, flogging, toys.
Word Count: 55K
Why You Should Read This:
This is an absolutely wonderful read because of the exploration of their relationships and their identities. John is struggling to find himself after the war, as well as well and truly suffering from PTSD. My brother is currently suffering from PTSD and this is one of the best depictions of the trauma I’ve ever seen because one moment John can be completely normal and then something catches him off guard and he’s back in the war. And that’s exactly what it’s like. Mary, who goes by Tai, has only been having relations with women since her ex-husband abused her terribly, until John comes along. Sherlock loves John but he doesn’t understand why John matters when no one else ever has and struggles between wanting to please John and be what John requires, sexually, and his own identity as an asexual. This also depicts asexuality wonderfully because its a highly misunderstood identity; having no personal sex drive doesn’t mean that you can’t feel desire or attraction, nor does it mean you can’t appreciate someone else’s pleasure. Sherlock’s exploration with sexuality was the most fascinating, to me.
I also loved the fact that Sherlock is John’s “primary” and that Tai(Mary) is completely at ease with that.