KylaPricky's Rec of the Week: 7/30-8/5

August 01, 2010

Nature of Love by drotuno
Reviewed by KylaPricky

Rating: M
Genre: Adventure/Romance
Characters: Edward/Bella  

Summary: Hiking through the Appalachian Trail, Bella meets 2 brothers, 1 with a dark past. This is an adventure about friendships, love, loss and finding yourself. And just maybe finding more than you expected. AH/canon couples/Rated M

Bella Swan is a photojournalist that sets off to document the Appalachian Trail. It’s a six month journey that goes through thirteen states and over 2100 miles long and its traveled all on foot. Bella starts this journey a year earlier than planned after she finds out that her boyfriend, Mike Newton, had been cheating on her. She leaves home and everything behind only bringing her best friend and guardian German shepherd, Maggie.

Bella meets two brothers, Emmett and Edward, who are also escaping some issues of their own. After Maggie approves of both Edward and Emmett, the three (well, four because Maggie really is a crucial character in this story) decide to do the trek together. The very first night of camping we readers see that Edward is haunted by something dark that causes him not to be able to sleep and Maggie being the ultimate protector, comforter and wonderful judge of character that she is, decides to comfort him. That’s where it all really starts, Maggie’s love for Edward.

Everything about this story invites you in. It’s a completely unique and wonderful take on the Edward and Bella relationship. I have never seen a Bella and Edward blossom as they do in this story. They are thrown together in a situation where trust is mandatory and they both have secrets and scars from their pasts but the big question is will they ever reveal all their scars to one another?

I love everything about this story but the review can’t be longer than the actual story so I’ll narrow it down to my three key characters. While every character in this story is three dimensional, I will discuss my personal favorites; Edward, Bella and of course, Maggie.

Edward, who we lovingly refer to as Tentward...Ah Tentward......

Oh sorry! I was swooning...Anyway, Tentward is a self-deprecating Edward that is plagued with a past. He finds himself unworthy and lets no one in. One of the many reasons why Tentward is so unbelievably swoon-worthy though, is the fact that this Edward grows as a character. He wants to let Bella in and he is trying his damnedest to. As a reader, you will slowly but surely see him start open himself up because of, “his girls.” Edward is a broken man but he is trying through “his girls” to put all of the pieces back together.

Every time Tentward calls Bella and Maggie his girls...I die a bit inside... no lie.

This is by far one of my favorite Bella’s that I have ever seen in any story. Yes, she has a past too, but hers doesn’t haunt her. She has learned from it and realizes that everything that has happened to her has created her to be the person she is today. She is the strong one and she is the one that is showing Edward how to cope with his past. She is his comfort, she holds Edward during his nightmares (with the help of Maggie, of course.). This Bella is broken but not shattered. Even though she is drawn to Edward from the beginning, she puts up with none of his games to push her away. She is one tough broad.

And then there is Maggie... who in my opinion is the most creative use of an animal in any fic I have ever read. She is not just a pet in this story. She truly is one of the main characters and she is essential in the coming together and healing of Edward and Bella. Who wouldn't just love a dog that was a natural asshole detector and would chase all your bad dreams away. This story is incredible overall, but for me, Maggie really just takes it to a whole other level.

This Edward and Bella are the most realistic I have ever seen. Everything about this story is raw, open and honest, including the lemons. This story is a must read simply for how they lay claim on each other’s scars and I’m telling you it will turn you into a puddle every time.

Nothing about this story is a cliché and I love every second of it.

“Say it again.”

“Edward, I love you.”

PS. Tentward comes with a HUGE swoon alert warning. This comes from me and Guest Reviewers @sscana and @kymclark as well.


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