SammieLynnsMom Rec of the Week: 2/28-3/6

March 02, 2011

Riding the Fence by morethanmyself
Review by SammieLynnsMom

Rating: M
Genre: Hurt/Comfort/Romance
Characters: Bella/Edward

Summary: He's everything she thought she'd never want. He just wanted to get in her pants. Which side of the fence does she land on? "I don't go all fan-girl crush on anybody. I don't plan on starting now, either, especially over some random boy." 100% Cowboy Free

"Jasper, I don't want to think about how much I had to drink last night. I was damned lucky I remember where I lived, much less what her name was. The fact that I didn't pass the fuck out is purely a testament to my superior sexual prowess." It's true, I may have overindulged last night, but it's not often that a random stranger in the bar turns twenty-one and buys rounds for everyone. I silently thank the god of alcohol consumption that I don't get hangovers. Ever. I know, I know, don't hate, it's not attractive.

"You know if you were a guy, you would get shit for your revolving bedroom door," he says with a raised eyebrow and smirk.

"Yeah, and if I was doing guys, I'd be called a whore," I retort. "Now, if we're done with the shitting-on-Bella portion of our day, I'd like some coffee. Did you make a fresh pot?"

At first glance, it’s incredibly obvious that Riding the Fence, by morethanmyself, is not your typical Edward-meets-Bella Twilight romance. This story opens up with a lemon that is not only incredibly erotic and passionate, but also incredibly monumental in understanding the character of Bella---a bi-sexual woman, who is all about getting her needs met without the strings of a relationship. Yes, you read that correctly, the story opens up with femslash!

In Riding The Fence, we meet an anything-but-ordinary Bella Swan, who, to the outside world, appears to be a strong, self-assured woman, who knows what she wants, how she wants it, and will get it...period. However, looks are deceiving as the story unfolds, and we learn how a past break-up, near death of a friend, and being disowned by a parent, not only rocked her world, but transformed her into the woman with a hard exterior she wants others to believe is her real self.

Edward Cullen simply doesn’t understand what he is walking into, and time and time again, butts heads with his cousin, Alice, who is more than happy to meddle in his affairs. Alice is dating Jasper, who is not only Bella’s best-friend, but also her roommate. It’s through this connection that Edward meets Bella, and the drama begins to unfold as miscommunication, assumptions, and misunderstandings impede his path to understanding who Bella really is and what she has been through.

Riding the Fence is a true angst piece through and through, and just when you think these characters are finally seeing the light, another road block pops up, and it’s back to the beginning. What I have learned to appreciate, and respect, about the author, morethanmyself, is that even though her characters are complex they are wholly real. No situation is taken lightly, and nothing is brushed over. We see true, heartfelt glory and guts, as all of her characters begin to realize their own truths. The character development is not only solid, but unique, and there isn’t any other story I’ve read that comes close to this one. Her writing style is very simplistic, but powerful, and each chapter is written with just enough to keep you happy, but you’ll always want to come back for more.

Morethanmyself is known for her once a week updating schedule, and has also volunteered her writing skills to the Fandom for Sexual Assault Awareness. What she wrote is still unknown, but whatever it is, will definitely be worth the money! Riding the Fence last left off as Bella’s world has come crashing down around her, and running away is no longer an option. She is not only faced with the reality that her past is coming back to haunt her, but that the future she never thought she’d want has been standing before her the entire time. And, now, it’s her time to face the music and do something for herself, so she can finally find the happiness and love she has always deserved.


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