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Boy Scout's Holiday by amcw177, thor/loki + other asgardians, NSFW, human au, street racer au, 44.8k
    When old man Odinson dies he leaves his sons two things: A thriving auto tuning shop and a lot of baggage. The latter mostly belongs to Loki who is sick of driving in Thor's slipstream. Time for a change in leadership. What ensues is a plan that gets resurrected often enough to start the zombie apocalypse all on its own, explosions, dealings with overly invested reporters, epiphanies about heritage, a generous amount of illegal street racing, and the fact that what you get isn't always what you wanted but might very well be what you needed.
    Speaking of fic that totally ruined me for any further reading for a ridiculously long amount of time! I hesitated over this one because, well, when I read AU fic, I usually go for the fantasy/fairy tale trope instead of modern AUs, especially street racing modern AUs. But, well, I liked Initial D well enough, so I knew I probably wouldn't totally hate a street racing Thor/Loki AU. I did not expect to fall totally goddamned in love with this fic! It helps that it's nearly 45k long, so I had time to really sink into it, but it was more in the way the author wove a brilliant world for the characters, one that echoed much of the Thor movie itself, while also not being beholden to it or getting bogged down with it. It set up the resentment Loki had towards Thor, his plotting behind Thor's back, even as he desperately loved Thor, the situation with Laufey looming over them, all of it was gorgeously woven together with a street racing/heist AU scenery that really, really fit together with it. And the characterization was beautiful, not just for how it kept the spirit of the original movie canon, but for how sharp and vicious this Loki could be, but how that was tempered with genuine care, you saw what Thor saw in him. And you saw what everyone saw in Thor, why everyone loved him so much, even as you also saw why Loki resented him.

The story didn't skimp on the actual plot to it, there were car races and action scenes (it was not primarily an action story, the scenes were light, the focus was on the emotional aspect and the talking/planning, but it wasn't unsatisfying in the sense of an action plot, either), there was even a reveal of Loki's true parentage and, ahhhh, everything about this was so good. I was here for the Thor/Loki relationship, which was definitely the heart of the story, and the trappings were icing on the cake, but all of it was so, so delicious. Though, yeah, no, the build-up to the explosions between Thor and Loki, the utter heartache I have for these two characters, the utter satisfaction at the resolution they find together, all of that fucking ruined me for the rest of the night because it was so damned good. Even as the ending was perfect, even as I couldn't think of anything more to ask for (besides more sexytimes, but I always want more of that), I did not want this fic to end.

Stone Age AU, thor/loki, nsfw, dub-con/non-con in parts (at first), brief descriptions of child death, stone age au, 60k
    norsekink prompt: Thor's tribe destroys another tribe because they couldn't agree about their territories. Loki, a son of the leader of that tribe, survives, but he gets captured and enslaved.
    Rec from norsekink: I followed the link to this fic from umakoo's tumblr, because I was curious about a lengthy fic on norsekink again and I considered waiting until it was on AO3 (as the author is in the process of uploading her stories there), but I really couldn't wait, because this was such a great read. I have a difficult time believing that it's over 50k words, because it just went by so fast while I was reading, I couldn't put it down until I'd lost hours to it! I was initially skeptical, which I think a lot of people are by this summary, but it's actually a fairly heart-warming story! My one caveat is that, if you're like me and have at least a passing familiarity with Baldr's character, the making of him as a random villain in this fic was distracting during those scenes because it's against the basic tenets of his character, but was really jarring because everything else was such a delight and I enjoyed so very much of the author's choices in this fic!

This Thor is absolutely perfect, which was a blessing for me, as I've had a hard time finding good Thor characterization lately, but the fic absolutely understood why he shines in this sort of element and gets the aspects of his character down really well, which is all the more brilliant for the language barrier they face here! He's brave and strong and a good leader, he's kind to his tribe and only kills when necessary, but he's also headstrong and arrogant and takes what he wants, that never wavers. The relationship he has with Loki is very firmly non-con in the beginning, no matter how "nice" Thor is about it, but the fic doesn't flinch away from that. And this Thor has his moments of being smart, you can see why his family is utterly loyal to him, even why Loki eventually falls in love with him, the author does a fantastic job of showing both the bad sides and the charming sides of Thor's character through Loki's eyes.

But it's also in the world-building, how everything revolves around the constant, constant search for food, the difficulties they face because of the era they live in, the politics within the tribe are a never-ending difficult line that Loki has to walk. For all that this is a softer Loki in some ways, a lot of that is because we're inside his head, we see how he has to scrabble for every bit of security and navigate these waters that are so difficult. He's the one that's learning a new language, he's the one that's navigating a new political spectrum, he's the one that's balacing everything so carefully in a way that the others don't have to.

And, for all that this is a fic about the Thor/Loki relationship, it's also a fic about daily struggles in life, it's about Loki's getting to know the people in the tribe, it's about his interactions with Thor's parents and his romantic rivals and the slow acceptance he gains, the way he claws his way to something better in this life. The scenes where Loki and Odin interact are especially a highlight, as they eventually come to grudging respect for each other, despite that Odin was the one who killed Loki's father as a child. But, oh, fantastic Thor characterization, charming as hell worldbuilding, a way of writing that just sucks a person in, this fic was so absolutely good for me all the way around.
    Rec from AO3: I've recommended this fic on norsekink, but it's finally all up on AO3 and there's a new chapter (chapter 22) that I pounced on immediately. It's a post-story chapter that's told from Thor's point of view (as most of the story is in Loki's pov) and it's so good, because somehow this Thor feels so perfectly Thor. He's a charming and incredibly strong leader, there's such surety in him with his tribe and with Loki, yet the author doesn't lose the flaws in him, either, that he's arrogant and that this relationship did not start out with the best of beginnings. This chapter is just as utterly addicting as the rest of the fic is, it's a perfect cap to the rest of the story, and it's just satisfying for a shockingly good adaptation of a character into an AU I would not have thought would be as fantastic as it is.

the only place that I call home by kiyala, thor/loki, NSFW, human au, amnesia, 8.7k
    Loki has always seen Thor at his regular bar every Friday night after work. But once they start talking, everything begins to change and soon, Loki begins questioning everything that he thought he knew about himself.
    Sometimes you find one of those fics that you love so much you kind of hate it a little. I thought I was signing up for a cute modern AU fic, where Thor and Loki meet in a bar and begin a relationship and everything is adorable and fun, with maybe some sexytimes on the side. Then, halfway through the fic, it proceeds to shift into the next gear and completely enthrall me, becoming one of my new favorites in this fandom. And I'm going to stop at this point and mention that, while I won't spoil the whole thing, I am going to mention some things that you might otherwise want to be a surprise. So, consider this a SPOILER WARNING for the rest of the fic.

It builds slowly at first, but you kind of have an idea, as soon as Loki starts having dreams of golden hallways where he's searching for someone. It was intriguing and I was hoping for a good payoff, maybe reincarnated versions of Thor and Loki, maybe a connection to another reality--instead, the way the fic spun its tale from there, the way Loki recovered his memories, the way the background was slowly filled in as things came back to him, the way it tore apart this new relationship he had with Thor, the way the old relationship flooded back in, it was breathtakingly good. It was one of those fics that was gorgeously written, where I couldn't have pulled away from reading it, even if I'd wanted to. Not as this new relationship, free from the burden of everything that had happened previously between them, so much newer and happier and lighter, was building and then certainly not when Loki remembered all the vicious anger and resentment and hatred and unending love he had for his brother.

The way the author wrote Loki's character was stunning, the way the author wrote both of these relationships layered over each other, the way the background details of just what had happened to cause them to be banished and mortal and memoryless, all of it was brilliant. The emotional impact was tremendous, I felt everything right along with the characters, and, oh, the ending, that just left me in a puddle of my own feels for hours afterwards. And, oh, as if all that weren't excellent enough, if an amazing execution of an idea I love wasn't enough, nope, this author gifted us with super hot sex in the story as well. I don't know which part I wanted to reread more, the way they were insatiable and so very into each other and super hot together, or the emotionally charged moments that were like punches to my feelings. Both. Both were so good for me.

everything we are by stereobone, thor/loki, NSFW, human au, references to drug use, 2.4k
    They don’t speak the whole ride home. The car is silent, radio turned off, windows rolled up. Loki keeps his lips pursed, stubborn, but still terrified to glance at Thor in the driver’s seat, Thor who has not said one word since he walked in on it.
    Oh, sweet jesus, this was so fucking good. If it had been a lot of other authors, I would have taken one look at it and thought, "Disgraced royalty Thor and Loki, with Loki having a coke problem? Ehhhhh." and put it towards the bottom of my to-read pile. But I love stereobone's writing, so, sure, what the hell. And, jesus, that was so goddamned hot. I have a kink for angry!possessive!Thor with Loki, especially when it clearly turns Loki on, who goads Thor further into it, which is done breathtakingly well here. Absolutely every inch of this is gorgeous, from the tense car-ride home where you're just waiting for them to get back to their apartment, you're practically in the moment with them, feeling that building sense of tension, to when Thor's control finally breaks as you knew it would, to when Loki's egging Thor on, to when Thor pushes him down onto the bed and fucks him and won't let anyone else touch him. It's one of those fics that hits that vein of kinks so perfectly that it practically ruined me for any other fic for the rest of the night. Jfc, that was super hot.

Stormbringer by singleorganicmachine, thor/loki, NSFW, some fem!loki + male!loki, siren!loki, human!thor, viking!thor, jotunn!loki, mer!loki, 16k
    Set in an Alternate Universe where Thor is a human Viking, the headstrong young Prince has set sail in search of a mysterious "monster" that has been destroying ships and luring men to their deaths. The journey appears hopeless at first, but he cannot turn back for his honor is at stake and he fears he will never be king if he fails. Finally there comes a clue, and on an unknown island rimmed with the skeletons of sunken ships, Thor finds that this "monster" is anything but what he expects.
    I love all things mer!Loki, so I was excited by Lady Loki here and I definitely found that that's when this fic was at its best. It has a strong Thor presence and the dynamic is lovely, with Loki being sensual and seductive to Thor's direct and forthright ways. He has that anger without being a jerk about it that really works for me with Thor's character, which can be a surprisingly difficult balance at times in this fandom. I'm also enjoying the world building a lot here! The author sets it up very well, there's a smoothness and richness to the descriptions and details worked into the writing, lending it a sort of fairy tale type of feel while still being a more direct, sharp story. Sometimes it's just a simply description of the previous boats that have crashed and sank into the lagoon of Loki's island or the description of the pearls around her neck, but other times it's more substantial in the way this feels well thought out.

I do like the ideas the fic puts forth, the use of Loki's magic and shapeshifting, the blurring of gender lines here and how he molds himself to Thor's wishes without losing that this is still entirely Loki, who is wily and cunning and sly and seductive. As mentioned, I do think this fic is at its strongest when Loki is in the shape of a woman (and I love that she is just as much Loki as the male form, that truly both are just extensions of Loki, same as her Jotunn form is), but perhaps at least some part of that is that I want Lady Loki in this. It's also, though, that the scene where Thor climbs the cliff to get to her and the rough way he puts her on her back and fucks into her, all while she lures him ever closer, is super hot, omg. That was far and away my favorite part of the fic and I'm eager to see where the rest of this one goes!

The Flood by anonymous, thor/loki, NSFW, human au, spy au, 3.3k
    Thor is the government's top black ops operative, specializing in retrieving wayward criminals. Loki is one of the most gifted hackers in the world, and will sell information to anyone for the right price. He's also Thor's newest assignment.
    Before I spent a lot of time in this fandom, I never used to be that attracted to AU fics. But, I suppose, I want happier things frequently, I want things to go a little differently, and this is a comics-based movie, where comic books have dozens of AUs for every set of characters. So, BRING ON THE AU FIC. And, oh, I was intrigued by this one: Thor is the government's top black ops operative, specializing in retrieving wayward criminals. Loki is one of the most gifted hackers in the world, and will sell information to anyone for the right price. He's also Thor's newest assignment. The author does a gorgeous job with this fic, where Thor has a chance encounter with a stranger in Paris, one that he instantly connects with, never realizing who the other truly is (and I thought it was cute the way the author used the actors' names as their cover names--but this is not rpf), not until it's far too late. The interaction is delightful, the sense of fun is really excellent, and I love this author's Loki, who is so... sly and devious, but in a less angry and bitter way. Instead, it's a joyful sort of glee, you can feel it coming off him. And I enjoyed the set-up of this AU even though it was really just one big excuse for sexytimes, which were super, super hot, I definitely can't lie. The eagerness Loki has for Thor to just fuck him already, the way Thor is so wildly attracted to him and wants to just have him already, that mutual enthusiasm they have was so, so good for me. And super, super hot.

we are the heavy clouds by kiyala, thor/loki + background steve/tony and skurge/amora + other mcu characters, NSFW, human au, fashion designer au, 21.3k
    Loki Laufeyson is a fashion designer who dreams of making it big. He's also one of those hipsters that you hate—the ones who loudly claim to hate mainstream bands while secretly loving them. Loki's favourite band The Thunder—led by Thor Odinson, love of Loki's life—go mainstream. Loki struggles to balance his genuine liking for Thor and the band with the fact that he feels like just another dumb fan.

Instead, Loki spends most of his time working on his clothes designs and drinking with his best friend and favourite model, Amora. But when Loki finally makes it big and begins to design clothes for none other than billionaire playboy Tony Stark, his dreams seem like they're coming true. Little does he know that this is only the tip of the iceberg.

    I had to stop myself from making one of those ridiculous grabby-handed motions when I saw a new fic from this author that was over 20k words and posted all at once. It's one of those fics that it doesn't even matter how many other fics I have in my queue to read, nope, that one was going right to the top of the list, so I could just sink myself into it and not come back out until I was done. The best part about this fic is how it was just pure sunshine and happiness for me to read. Which I don't mean that it was just pure fluff, but it was the kind of AU where things were on an upward trend, that things were meant to align themselves (if slowly, at times), that was meant to be about giving the characters a happy ending. Even if there was mutual pining, it's the kind that you know will be resolved and that was just so damn good for me, because it made me feel warm and happy while reading.

Plus, it's a fashion designer AU! With Amora as Loki's best friend! While he pines for rock star Thor, who clearly has noticed the hot guy in his audience and likes back, but it takes them awhile to get around to each other. I love that it's not the characters being stupid, but that it's just about their lives not really intersecting in a way that allows them to interact with each other. I love that this is a story that's as much about Loki establishing this whole entire life for himself, one that has nothing to do with his relationship, because that's so emotionally fulfilling, given how little Loki has of it in canon. I love that it's about Loki maturing and figuring out who he is, what he wants to do with himself and his life, that it's as much a character piece as it is a pairing piece. I love that that's further established by having scenes with Loki's family, with his friendship with Amora, his career taking off with Tony's extra push--it really is a piece centered on Loki's life here.

But mostly I love it for that warm, happy feeling that I'm left with, that sunny feeling of being in love and how great that is. And, oh, the extra porn was just a lovely bonus--I'm always fond of one character waking another up with a blowjob, especially when an author can make it as lovely and hot as this one was.

The Wheel by epistolic, thor/loki + background thor/ofc + background loki/ofc, human au, historical au, 24.1k
    1535, England. As ward to the Earl of Huxley, Loki has been brought up since childhood to be the perfect counterpart to the Earl's only son and heir. But in the cut-throat world of Tudor England, where ambition and opportunism are the only guarantors of success, Loki must decide between loyalty and betrayal; between the past and the future; and between power and love.
    Well. I certainly tore through this fic like it was delicious candy. One caveat I will mention ahead of time is that the fic can be a bit hard to track at times, there were several scenes that it took me a bit to figure out who was where and doing what and working for whom. Part of this is the OCs/historical figures (which are used really well!) and part of it is that it's a fic you just need to pay attention to and part of it is that it does jump forward in time several times. Nothing big, just a note to save the fic for when you're in the mood to focus on something. Which I definitely was, seeing as I started this fic and it would not let go of me!

The other caveat I have is [an ending SPOILER if you want to not be surprised!] that the fic doesn't end with Thor and Loki together, but there's a promise of them having a happy ending eventually. You don't see it, but the way is somewhat paved and they both want it, so I consider it a happy ending, but it may be one you'll need to be in the mood for.

I used to think that I wasn't big on period pieces in fandom, whether because they weren't done very well or just simply because I wasn't interested in the settings, I wanted something closer to canon or something more fantastical or whatever. But this fic pulled me right in and had clearly done a lot of research, making the setting feel really solidly fleshed out and detailed, but without using it as the main attraction. That's a delicate balance in a fic that is rich with detail, that it doesn't overwhelm the actual story being told--which is still about Loki's life and his relationship with Thor. Which is heartbreaking as hell at so many points, because this Loki is so complicated and clearly has so much resentment and vicious anger simmering under the surface and the author does a gorgeous job of making you really feel that, even when you can't precisely pinpoint why. It's just an undercurrent that's there.

This is a Loki who is brilliant, but also somewhat doomed, in a way that parallels the themes of canon so very well, because he's the one who makes his own way, but also gets in his own way the most. He's warned about his future, but he can't quite seem to diverge his path from it and, oh, that's terribly painful to read, but it felt so true to the character.

He fits into this universe and time period so very well, all the more interesting because this is a time period when someone like Thor actually doesn't fare that well. He's still so very Thor, he's bright and shining and honest and good, but that's not necessarily rewarded here. Oh, he's not quite as tragic, but he doesn't have it quite as easy as he does in canon (in the sense of his position working out well for him), which is something that I probably wouldn't have thought would work well, because the point of Thor and Loki is that Thor always seems to have everything handed to him, everything seems to just fall into place for him, while Loki struggles. For awhile, it seemed like the opposite was true here and it's so difficult to get me to buy a situation as true to the characters where that happens, but it really worked out for me here! It fit and made sense here!

This is all on top of the beautiful writing, the fantastic original characters that only add to the richness of the world being built (Loki's wife Margaret is especially a treasure, I adored her), and the tension between Thor and Loki's characters, that pull that was always there between them. It's a bit of a painful read at times, especially because it's such a harsh and unstable period in time, but it's written so gorgeously that I just sank into it and didn't look back. The author has a way with descriptions and bits of imagery that are smooth and polished, a way of writing tension between characters that's rather exquisite, and a way of breaking down my resistence to period pieces, which is yet another thing this fandom has had me cave on, dammit.

untitled by thisdorkyblogthing [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, NSFW, human au, teenager au, 1k
    Teenage Thor and Loki being reckless and naughty and fucking in the back of a car.
    Teenagers Thor/Loki gets an automatic click on your fic from me and, oh, god, I just love them so much. Especially because they are SUCH STUPID AND RECKLESS TEENAGE ASSHOLES, which is, like, the whole great thing about teenager AU fics! Especially when they're sneaking around late at night and Loki is blowing Thor while they're driving, so Thor just pulls over and fucks Loki in the back of the seat and, of course, things hardly get any calmer from there. It's just completely embracing of the wildness of it, mixed with Loki being a greedy little shit who goads Thor into fucking him and enjoys the hell out of it, as much as Thor enjoys fucking into him, which, by the way, was super hot, yum. Bless and thank, fandom.

30 Day OTP Porn Challenge - 3. Body fluids by amberfox17 [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, NSFW, werewolf!thor + human!loki AU, dub-con, 2k
    Loki idly runs his hand along the cool bars of the cell, tapping out an uneven rhythm as his rings catch against the steel. Thor’s vacant eyes do not track the movement, but his head turns as Loki moves, nostrils flaring as he inhales Loki’s scent.
    Jesus christ. What a glorious fic that used the prompt so well and werewolves and Loki having a plan and presnting himself to Thor and my face will never recover, I fear, and the rough, intense fucking that is so delicious. I'm not sure I can even be coherent about how much I loved this fic and how good it was for me, because there's a lot of good on a technical level here--the author captures everything needed for the AU in the fic, you feel the whole world of it in the background even as it's still a pwp that focuses on this one moment, all of this takes talent!--but, really, this porn. I can't get past it. Because, oh, Thor is so frecious and wild and the sheer size and power of him! Which is exactly what Loki is so attracted to! And the sneaking, crafty way that Loki winds around him and gets what he wants, the use of the prompt for this fic, all of it is so good for me. I just. Huff, I'm going to need a minute here.

First Date - Cardiff Winter Wonderland by amberfox17 [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, human au, semi-skating au, fluff, 1.4k
    “I thought you said you could skate?” “I can skate,” Thor says indignantly. “I am skating.”
    This was sweet and short, but utterly charming and sharply written and just a total joy to read. It's all about the fluffier things with Thor and Loki on their first date, that sense of banter that comes from flirting between them in that way that makes my heart glad to read about, it's just nice to see a bit of teasing that comes right along with the fresh and new sense of falling in love. That, in some universes, they can just simply be happy, where Loki flirts and teases and Thor loves him entirely and they can just be. I love how Amber writes fluff sometimes, because the little touches of their skating and the hot chocolate and the ferris wheel ride and the way Thor holds Loki and he feels a bit fragile and yet he's not and then there's kissing and just. Happy sigh.

falling like a flip of a coin by paxlux, thor/loki, mildly nsfw, (sort of) human au, 8.5k
    It’s Thursday and the desert shimmers.
    I was a little wary of reading an AU where Thor and Loki were reborn as mortals and they fall in love, but I've been reading a lot of AU fic in this fandom already and figured, eh, why not. And I really fell in love with this one, the way the author wrote them into their new lives, they way they interacted, the tug and pull of their old lives that they didn't remember, the way things were complicated but in new ways, the way they were less complicated in others, just... everything was really good. It left me feeling both satisfied, because it was just the right length and covered what it needed to, but also in rather desperately wanting more just like this, because it was so good and I want a million chances for Thor and Loki to end up happy. Well. A million chances where they do end up happy, let's be clear about that.

Just One Night by thisdorkyficthing, thor/loki, NSFW, mortal au, crossover, moulin rouge fusion, 3.3k
    His eyes fell on one of them, a man, tall, thin and pale, dressed in green corset and a black skirt, with black, wavy hair falling to his collarbone.
    I had no idea how badly I needed a Moulin Rouge AU fic until marty-mc's art happened and thisdorkyficthing started writing it. And now we have the first chapter of is, yesssss. I hope for so much courting Loki and I love AUs and I love Hooker with a Heart of Gold Loki and I love courtesan!Loki and I really, really enjoyed the descriptions of the way Loki looked here and this was just such fun to read! Also, porn! ♥ That was very nice, especially the way Loki flattered and simpered deliberately, that made it even hotter, knowing he was playing up to Thor's attentions, making the ending of the scene all the more delightful and hard on poor Thor. *rubs hands eagerly* I can't wait for more of this one.

Blame it on your boss by dizbil, thor/loki + other mcu characters + background steve/tony, NSFW, human au, fluff, 26.2k
    There's a reason Loki never takes the subway, and of course, the first time he does, something bad is bound to happen. But he can not be late for his big day at work, Tony and Steve are not that comprehensive, and this tall blond guy is more than attractive. What's that smell in the air? Troubles? Definitely troubles and there is only one person Loki can blame: Thor. His boss.
    Ugh, I love modern AU fic (human AU fic? mortal AU fic? idk what I should really call/tag these as) and so finding a 26k one just dumped right in my lap? Yes, I snatched that up and read more than half of it in one sitting and then pretty much immediately came right back to it as soon as I woke up again the next day. It is an AU fic, so there's no faux-Shakespeare speak here, but I found that I surprisingly didn't miss it (for all that I'm just a touchy fussy about how it comes across in regular fic) because this was too much fun and there was a certain charm about the fic that kept me pulled in. It's hard to describe why that is, when everything I think to describe this fic makes it sound terribly cliche (but, then, I've always been fond of cliches and tropes in fic, they're popular for a reason, most times) and any quibbling I could do would seem to negate that I found that I just couldn't complain about anything here. Maybe it's not going to be for everyone, it's definitely an AU where a lot of cliche stuff happens, but I wanted that and there's a charisma about the way the author does it that worked for me.

But I think what really sold me on this fic was... as fun as Loki is when he's snarky and waspish and cutting, I need him to be matched up against a Thor who has a solid presence, who seems to take up all the space in whatever room he's in, because that's who Thor is, you can't help but notice him. This fic does a really good job of that! Loki can't help but notice him the first time they meet, can't help that instant attraction even when he doesn't want to be so attracted to Thor, he doesn't lose that snark even when he's clearly falling love, Loki can't help but be drawn to him whenever they're in the same room, can't hardly take his eyes of Thor. And this Thor is a bit arrogant and even smug at times, he knows the affect he has, how people gravitate to him and love him, he knows how Loki feels about him and enjoys that, but isn't cruel about it, because he loves genuinely, because he's not mean about it. That's not always an easy balance to achieve, but this author does so beautifully and I would read a hundred fics like this because OMG A SOLID THOR CHARACTERIZATION, sometimes I feel like I have to move mountains to find it!

Plus, omg, this fic had one of the hottest frottage scenes I've ready in awhile! I'm not always that into frottage, it has to be done in a certain way to really get to me (though, I could never put what that is into words), but whatever this author did, it worked for me. Even just the occasional mentions of what Loki would let (or even want) Thor do to him, the brief thoughts in his head, were hot. As was the time up against Thor's desk, where he told Loki to use [Thor's] hand to get himself off however he wanted. Or the build-up to the final sex scene, which was totally worth the wait! I love an author who knows how to put something off for just long enough that I'm totally ready for the resolution by the time it gets there, but not so much that it ends up being teasing or held off too long. This fic isn't going to be for everyone, but for me? It hit all the right buttons that I wanted hit, it gave me a Thor that I loved, and it was hot when it needed to be. That's all I can ask.

Brittle Beginnings by westoftheatlantic, thor/loki + some thor/sif + other asgardians, eventually nsfw, human au, drug use/addiction, 15k wip
    Thor and Loki start over, fuck it up, fix it, and end up a little more lost than when they began. In other words, Loki is a recovering drug addict and Thor refuses to accept that some habits are hard to break.
    Chapters 1-10: Whenever I read a summary + tags like this, I sort of mentally brace myself for a fic that's heavy-handed or over the top about its angst, but I keep trying because often enough I'll get stories like this one, that find the sweet spot between damaged, fucked up characters and having the deftness to carry it off plus being able to have the necessary charm and enough light-heartedness to make me really enjoy it. And that's what this fic does for me, even when it's about the utter frustration of an addict and someone who tries so hard but can never really understand addiction fully. Nor does it put the blame on Thor for that lack of understanding, because this is emphatically not his fault, he's not the bad guy here, even if you understand and can sympathize with Loki's anger and feeling suffocated at times and his lashing out. You understand that Loki is messed up and damaged here, but he's not a bad guy, either.

It's that this is a complicated situation and Thor's anger is so incredibly empathizable here, that it's necessary just about because it's a natural reaction and it's warranted for the circumstances (I may have ~*feelings*~ on this, because I have so much defensiveness for addicts, so much admiration for the struggle they go through, but also the people who deal with addicts are not at fucking fault, they never fucking owe anyone their forgiveness and I will fucking fight anyone who says otherwise), and it just... stirs up a lot of feelings in me, as you can see. In a good way! I have a lot of intense feelings because of my own life's experiences, but the fic hits the right notes with me for that. It's complicated. It's not easy, but it's not always miserable, either. And this is all on top of a story where Thor and Loki are finally put in a situation where their attraction to each other is bubbling over and coming to a head!

I really loved that Sif was solid and a good person here, because I love when she's in character like that! But this is a Thor/Loki story, so the focus is on the two of them, the way they dance around each other just builds and builds--and is still building, as of the 10 chapters at the time of this rec, despite that they've kissed/admitted attraction--in a really delicious way. There's such deep emotion here, where Loki feels just wound really tight and is very high-strung, while Thor is just so... much, so much love and so much anger, which is really good for me. This whole fic is very solid, it did the things I wanted it to and so I really am looking forward to more of this one.
    Chapters 11: I've recommended this fic before, so this is more of an update rec than anything, but I do still recommend the fic as a whole and the most recent chapter (chapter 11) is a good example of so many of the things I'm enjoying about this story. It has Thor and Loki being such brothers with each other, even as they're beginning to navigate their relationship as lovers as well, not letting go of how Loki is such an obnoxious little shit brother especially. Nor does it let go of Thor's anger at the situation, that he's not sure how to handle things or how to help, but he doesn't just stand around lifelessly, instead you feel that rage of his and the barely checked destruction he could have unleashed. There's also the constant undercurrant of how fucked up they are in this situation, but it's delicious because it feels like, even though this is a human AU, it's about them learning how to work through their shit and issues on both sides, so it gives me a lot of post-Thor feelings in the same way a more canon-compliant fic would. Which is really, really good for me. Plus, there's a super hot frottage scene in the latest chapter, with hints of how Thor wants to get his cock into Loki, how Loki wants Thor to fuck him, and how it's a delicious tease for what I hope is coming soon, because, man, this fic is good so far. *__*

Thorki Noodles by lunik_the_bard, thor/loki, mildly nsfw, human au, restauran au, fluff, 1.5k
    Opening a ramen noodle bar when you have zero business experience is more than just something trust fund kids do when the money runs out - For Loki Odinson, it's his dream!
    I'm usually not one for fics that are more summary than they are actually story, but this author managed to breathe such life into this, such delight and amusement into this AU where Thor starts a noodle shop with his trust fund and Loki finds himself roped into this with this ex-brother, which, naturally, eventually leads to sex in the kitchen, that I just really fell in love with it. Where it really works for me is in the way Loki has such an acidic tongue still and even in his thoughts there's a lot of bitterness and anger, but Thor just rolls along with it, always good natured and just so in love with him. But also in the sex where Loki finds himself totally turned on despite himself, especially when Thor just holds him down, and, yes, yes, I enjoy that, too. Which works for me because Loki is so often at his most reckless when it comes to Thor, really.

As if he were the Sun by ohfreckle, thor/loki + other thor characters, NSFW, human au, russian historical au, some crossdressing, 5.5k wip
    Thor is a Russian nobleman and Loki is his spoiled rotten consort who’s drenched in jewels and furs and is constantly whispering conspiracies and scandal into Thor’s ear.
    Russian nobleman!Thor and spoiled consort!Loki, oh, this was an utterly amazing prompt and I love this first chapter for it already. It's fantastic how much you can feel the research that went into the background of this story, so that there are all these little casual details that lead to a richness of the story (the clothes, the drinks, the problems they'd face, the solutions Loki offers up) but without feeling at all like the fic grinds to a halt to give them. They are just simply part of the story that's being told, the everyday part of their lives in this historical period! But, as much as I love it for being an amazing prompt that was given serious consideration, as much as I love it for being about LOKI IN FURS and RUSSIAN NOBLEMAN THOR, it's also beautifully characterized. This Thor is so indulging and knows maybe he shouldn't be, but doesn't care because he cares about Loki, he likes spoiling him! And this Loki is so cutting and sharp, there's something almost mean about him, except not, because there's something genuine between them and the balance is spot on with their characterizations. Loki being such a shit and Thor half finding him amusing and half loving him for it, that's the sweet spot with these two, ahhh.

This is also a Loki who is that kind of twisty seductive that I love, who knows how to manipulate to get what he wants, whether it's Thor or the people that are sort of 'enemies' (as much as they have them in this universe). Whether that means walking around in little more than women's underwear or tempting Thor with how ready to fuck he is, it's perfection because Loki should always be a little manipulative and Thor should always know that about him and half love him for it and half just see right through him but still be affected by it. Which is, again, that sweet spot for these two and where I live, because it makes everything so good, but without giving up their sharp edges. And, oh, Loki's love of clothes and how pampered he is (and the good advice he gives Thor) and how extravagent his tastes are, this are so very excellent, too.

And then there's the sex. The night-ruining sex for me, where Loki had been waiting for Thor to return, already worked open and waiting for Thor's cock and I about exploded on the spot over that. Then he climbed onto Thor's lap, this mix of genuine appreciate for the new present he'd just gotten and vicious little shit, while Thor fucked up into him because he loved spoiling this little shit? Yeah, that was really good for me. Loki riding Thor's dick while those big hands are on him and supporting him and holding him, so it's just a bit rough but also so good and full of love, that does it for me. Thor wanting to see him, wanting to see his cock in Loki's ass, wanting to see the sated, wanton look on him, the possessiveness he has towards Loki. Just. Leave me here with my feelings.

the best you ever had by ohfreckle, thor/loki, NSFW, rimming, rough sex, human au, pwp, 3.9k
    Thrym's wedding is boring as fuck and Loki decides to have a little fun. He might get a bit more than he bargained for, though, because Thor is not amused.
    This was a fun pwp fic and one of those times that I really enjoy a rimming fic, especially when Loki tries to be goading and manipulative, but ends up pushing Thor too far, who is just this side of dangerous when that happens. The fic is at its best when Thor has a hot and heavy hand at the small of Loki's back or when he's got an iron grip on Loki's arm (let me tell you of my love for a well-crafted moment where just a hand on someone's arm and the sheer promise of it is hot as hell) and Loki is in over his head after all the time he's spent taunting Thor from across the room, but Loki loves that. Loves when Thor destroys him and is taken apart by him! That's the heart of their dynamic in any universe and when Thor gets him to beg, gets Loki to come apart and be genuine and able to be honest in that moment, then when Thor fucks into Loki on the last word of it, that's when this fic was just so good for me omg.

Man Cannot Live On Bread Alone by CalamityCain, thor/loki, NSFW, human au, dub-con, food kink, kitchen sex, spanking, 3k
    In the cramped quarters of wall-to-wall tenement apartments, one thing leads to another: an open window, a voyeur’s gaze, sliced onions, a kitchen fire.
    This is a fic you definitely need to pay attention to the warnings on, it's dub-con and a bit dark, but if you like a bit of power play, where Thor realizes Loki gets off on being taken in hand, then this is a gorgeous fic. It's a human AU where they're neighbors and it's really a pwp with a food kink, but it's a great mix of dark and yet happy! It's perfect for me, not only hitting the kinks that I am really into, but not making it cruel or mean-spirited, but that there's something enthusiastic and almost sweet afterwards. There's an almost anonymous quality to the fic and yet it's so easy to see the characters and their relationship here! Thor bending Loki over the counter and spanking him and then fucking him, just all rought intensity that Loki responds to and then sweetness afterwards, it's a delicious blend of good and yet fucked up. And so hot, oh my god, the porn was amazingly good for me, right down to the taking Loki in hand and fucking him until he has trouble walking. I needed some time after that.

Learning How to Trust by Batsutousai, thor/loki + some steve + some tony, NSFW, almost human fusion, human au, mild dub con, 11.5k
    Loki is one of the best burglars-for-hire in the whole of the city, able to keep even the cop who's always got an eye on him from knowing when he's up to no good. But when he meets the gorgeous Thor, a pleasure bot, he leaves all of that behind for a slightly more respectable past time.
    I was very wary of android!Thor, all the more so because I have a problem being emotionally invested in robots, but this fic completely won me over and it was so good. I pretty much tore through it in two sittings (and it would have been one if I hadn't had to move, because I went immediately back to it after getting settled again), because it was so engrossing. It blendds these characters into the Almost Human world really well and kept the spirit and dynamic of both of them. It had moments of being light-hearted, it balanced the ncessary plot and world building aspects with being self-contained and not bloated, making it a fantastic, smooth read.

The sex scenes were also fantastic, the attraction Loki had to Thor, the bit of a playful bantering dynamic between them, the way Loki was caught on the burglary attempt, but clearly enjoys being pinned down by Thor, just the edge of roughness making it ridiculously hot. Loki's "Am I to fuck myself?" was perfectly done and the punishing pace of the sex was also ridiculously hot! The later suggestion of Thor fucking him with a sanded down broom handle because Loki likes being manhandled was a very pleasant image and completely adorable and one of those things that maybe shouldn't work as well as it did, but oh it did.

The ending was perfect as well, it wrapped everything up nicely and I got all warm-hearted at the ending, it was emotionally satisfied and just... it was a light-hearted fic that was a joy to read! There's even some really great Steve & Loki banter, with Steve as a cop who wants better for Loki but is keeping a suspicious eye on him, which is a delightful thing to me, because I love these two interacting! And it gave Loki a chance to be a rude little shit, which is also my favorite thing. This was a lovely piece of just pure fun to read!

Customer Loyalty by asktheravens, thor/loki, fem!loki, human au, adorableness, 1.5k
    Thor is the kind of guy who knows the entire Emergency Room staff by name, but Nurse Loki is his favorite.
    This was totally fun, with nurse!Loki and cheerful jock Thor who just... does so much stuff that of course he gets hurt sometimes, which the author made work because he's not dumb about it or how, when he's around Loki, he's just happily confident, going with his instincts. And their banter is fun, Loki here walks that line between a softer version but still so Loki about it, and I just really love the examples of the shit Thor does and how, eventually, he wins her over, because female Loki is much the same as canon Loki about such things. This was just pure light-hearted charm, all the good stuff and happiness you want out of fandom sometimes!

Season of Scars by asktheravens, thor/loki + tony stark, fem!loki, human au, 5.7k
    Tony came down to help his friend finish his Master's, but it turns out Thor has a different sort of plan for his winter break. What he needs is a miracle, and Tony is fresh out.
    This is a sequel to Customer Loyalty, which should be read first.
    There were so many things that I loved about this fic, that between fem!Loki and Thor's friendship with Tony and the human AU elements, it was just a complete joy to read. The entire time I was reading it, it struck me how right Tony's voice sounded and how this is the way a friendship between him and Thor would go--which is something I would have recommended the fic for alone, because that friendship is so rare. And I loved loved love that, even in the Tony & Loki scene, it was about Thor, as the set-up really necessatited it be, without making Thor necessarily the center of the universe, just that the dynamics between these characters felt true to the spirit of them! And I loved Thor's larger than life personality while still being human, I loved reserved and sharp Loki (and nurse!Loki is one of my favorite things, too!) and just the right amount of tension between the characters without trying too hard. This was a fantastic readh, ahhhh. ♥

his scarlet ibis by Canute, thor/loki + other asgardians, nsfw, human au, possible bullying and abuse, 34.1k
    He remembers when Loki was first brought home: a wailing, shrieking bundle tucked into his mother's arms. His parents had gazed at the infant with such awe, obviously smitten no matter how loud Loki cried, how much he scratched at the hands that reached for him.

Thor disliked his baby brother instantly.

    Chapters 1-4: I almost wanted to wait on this fic a bit, give it more time to have a few more chapters, but I could only wait so long. And, of course, now I'm sitting here in frustration because I just want the rest of the fic already! In large part because I want to know what happens, as I fear where this fic is going, even though the author has said that it won't be as tragic as the story it's based on, but I have such intense feelings about this fic and the relationship between Thor and Loki. I love mortal AUs, I love protective older brother Thor, I love when I can trust an author to make my heart just ache so much but to do it with purpose, I love the beautiful writing of this piece, and I love precious babies!!

The opening scenes are absolutely darling, even as Thor doesn't like this new thing that has come and taken his parents' attention and taken up space in his room and cries all the time, but of course he eventually warms up to little Loki, who adores him completely. And I love that the fic doesn't immediately make things all sunshine and roses, that it takes a more up and down path, that there's love and jealousy and growing up and they're different ages and a few years makes such a big difference at those ages and Loki can be difficult even when he doesn't mean to be. The writing and the feelings this fic give me are exquisite, even as it gets progressively darker, as the tags warn. But I don't think it'll be a complete tragedy, so I'm sticking with this one and enjoying the lovely writing along the way.
    Chapters 5-6: With a less talented author, I may well have turned around from this fic and stomped right off, but somehow this one keeps me fascinated and it's a bit of a harsh read, but it's beautiful and does well at showing that... even though dark themes are being explored here, even though Thor is nearly abusive at some points (and the fic makes it clear that that is not okay), I find I don't want to argue with the characterization, that I can see the world the author is building. There's something almost delicate in the writing that works so well for the story being told here. And that's a terrible way to write a rec, I know, it's vague and unhelpful about why you should want to read it! And yet I find myself having difficulty explaining why this is such a beautiful, breathtaking fic for me.

I think a lot of it is that the fic is balancing two things here, one good and one bad, showing how complicated Thor and Loki's relationship is, which is always at the heart of what I love about these two. The way Thor treats Loki sometimes (whom he is possessive of, but angry about the incestuous feelings he has for him, as well as feels burdened by Loki who is sick a lot and doesn't fit in with his friends very well) which has a lot of darkness in it and then the way that they clearly love each other, the way Loki is protected by Thor, and feels safe when he has nightmares and instead goes to curl up in Thor's arms. It's a complicated relationship here and that's what Thor/Loki so often is, to my mind.
    Chapters 7-9: Another fic I caught up on was this one and, oh, I keep thinking that this fic shouldn't work as well as it does, certainly not with a Thor who is borderline abusive, even if he genuinely feels badly about it and incidents are years in between and he wouldn't actually stop Loki from saying anything about it. But somehow it does work for me, especially with the beautiful writing of the piece and how this is... a very mutually fucked up relationship. It works because their feelings for each other are both kind of terrible, but also absolutely fascinating. I think if this fic hadn't been as well written as it was, I may well have turned away from it and just not connected with it, but it's beautifully done and stays with me even after I finish each chapter. The more I think about it, the more I can put this together with a pre-smack to the face Thor, the one who was arrogant and often angry and didn't think of others as often as he should. I can put together this Loki, who is fragile but still has such a strength of character, who is wounded by the events in his life but also enjoys his brother's possessiveness and feels the same way.

And, I think, one of the other things this fic does well is shows that Thor is still a teenager, who are not rational creatures, and this does not excuse his behavior, the fic never excuses it to my eyes, instead just presents it as it is. At times, that makes the fic uncomfortable, because these are genuinely disturbing things happening, yet... I can't stay away from wanting better things for the two of them, even as Thor does some pretty terrible things that will obviously come back to bite them later, even as Loki clearly hasn't forgotten about all the horrible things that have happened in the past.

Despite that this fic should be leaving me feeling like a great big, "....NO.", instead I can't help but be fascinated by it, because it pulls off what makes me love certain dysfunctional relationships--that it's mutual and that you get this sense of the rest of the world disappearing when they're together. The author does that beautifully and does it in this really fantastic style--the scenes are short, the descriptions efficient, but the stark quality of it only makes the scenes more powerful, each of the descriptions are well chosen and feel like a punch to the feelings while I'm reading. And there's only two chapters left and I AM KIND OF TERRIFIED OF WHERE THIS IS GOING but I'm hardly going to stop now. p.s. oh man in keeping with the rest of the fic, the sex scene (and the dirty talk, as Thor told Loki just what he was going to do to him soon) was super wrong but so super hot for it. Just as it should be.

Stranger Monsters with Stranger Faces by Metallic_Sweet, thor/loki + other marvel characters, nsfw, human au, restauran au, 31.6k
    There is a man who comes into Valhalla, an upscale New York bistro owned and run by Thor Odinson, every Monday night at nine-thirty exactly. He always orders the arugula salad without parmesan and a glass of the house wine, eating half and sipping the wine over exactly half an hour. His name is Loki Laufeyson, and he is brilliant, expensive, and everything Thor has ever wanted.
    This fic kept taking me awhile to really get into and I was trying to figure out why that was--the typos weren't too distracting (but I've never minded them too much) and the writing was really lovely otherwise, but eventually I figured out that this Thor... for all that he's the narrative pov character, he doesn't have much presence in the goings on, a lot of the time, almost a fly on the wall in so many scenes. So, that kept this from being a stellar fic for me, because Thor is never not one of those people who takes up the room to my mind, but otherwise, this was a really delightful read. It's lengthy at over 30k words, but the pacing works so very well and I really do love this author's Loki, how he's so sharp and brittle and cutting and vicious and wounded and damaged but good at heart (when he has reason to be) but capable of bad things and doesn't trust anyone, much less himself. And I love the world the author set up here, the AU where you don't know what it is he does for a living for half the fic and that that's part of the fun of it slowly being revealed--I love when a fic knows how to set up a relationship, how to build up those feelings, so that the getting together is really good, but also! not just immediately wrapping up the story once they're together, because that's only half the point of this story, there's still a lot more to be told once they're actually in the relationship.

The author also does a lovely job of adding in details (like the different kinds of food that the restaurant makes or the kind of work Loki does) without making the fic depend on them, without having to explain absolutely everything. And I do love the way the Thor/Loki relationship was written, in that... in a lot of ways, for all that it's different from canon (because it's happier in the end), it run parallel as well in the way they're so wrapped up together, the way they're practically co-dependent on each other, not always in a bad way, yet still taking care to keep other characters coming and going through their lives. And, wow, was it nice to have a good, long fic to sink my teeth into again!

Blind by mrhiddles, thor/loki + other thor characters, NSFW, human au, college au, light bondage, 11k
    Thor's in a frat and Loki's not. It's close to finals and a year to graduation and Loki finally accepts one of Thor's badgering attempts at getting him to attend one of Thor's parties. But Thor back peddles when he realizes Loki is more interested in some of the darker aspects these parties can offer.
    God, I just tore through this fic in just about a single sitting, because it was such a delight to read and the writing was so smooth and the characters fit this world so perfect, they entirely felt like Thor and Loki! Fandral and Sif were also used to really good effect in this universe, whether distant or vaguely antagonistic, but we see even from Loki's point of view, that they're not terrible people, even while the fic maintains a realistic sense of how they just... would be Thor's friends, not Loki's. I love when fic can capture that while not villainizing Loki unfairly, while capturing what makes his relationship with Thor work, all while both characters feel like themselves, and this fic was entirely satisfying for that! And I love when a fic can take a story idea that could so very easily be contrived, especially when it contains truth or dare games, but instead makes it feel like relatable people and it's interesting to watch the events unfold! There's some deliberate awkwardness, but not so much that I cringed while reading it, that it balances college kids being ridiculous college kids with how I still like these characters.

It also balances the dynamic of Thor and Loki falling in love, the undercurrent of attraction between them that I felt rather than was told about, which is not always an easy thing. The fic also has a fantastic sense for those little details worked into the story that give it depth and show the passage of time through flashes and light mentions, which flows really naturally from one moment in their lives to the next. Time passes the way life passes, I felt. All in a fic that's fairly light-hearted and short and could have been almost a snack-like thing instead of a meal, but somehow wound up being a lot more than that. It's the way Thor and Loki interact, the brightness of Thor's personality and entire being that still gives him intelligence and depth, the prickliness of Loki's character while not being a horrible monster. It's a perfect fic for what you get out of it, everything about this is just incredibly smooth sailing and I think it might be my favorite of this author's fic yet! It was just such a marvelous read. ♥

30 Day OTP Challenge - 28. Spanking by amberfox17 [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, NSFW, spanking, human au, rockstar au, 2,6k
    Thor slams open the door to the hotel suite and doesn’t even need to say anything for the room to instantly clear, the band and assorted staff slipping past him in a mad rush, heading for the relative safety of the lobby or their own rooms. Thor bangs the door shut behind him once they’re gone and stalks through the lounge to the bigger of the two bedrooms, dimly aware that this is the angriest he has ever been.
    I am so weak to Loki being such a little shit and Thor snapping to put Loki over his knee to spank him. You don't understand just how weak to this I am, because it plays on how much I love how strong Thor is, but even more what it means for/does to Loki. Because it gets him the attention he wants, it puts a halt to his little shit antics (even if only temporarily), it shows that Thor cares about him while still playing into how Loki can get under his skin and look what he can make Thor do! All of that is what I just eat up with a spoon, every time. And this fic does a lovely job of showing that moment, where Loki's viciousness finally breaks, that he's getting this attention and enjoying Thor's temper, that this is what is at the heart of it in this fic, mmm. :9 I also enjoyed the goth rocker Loki element and how much of a mean little spoiled brat he is and how Thor sees through that by the end. Plus, oh, man, it's just really hot when Thor spanks Loki. Bless this fandom for making a nice collection of this trope.

Stranger in a Strange Land by umakoo, thor/loki, NSFW, human au, gold rush au, crossdressing, prostitution, 9.3k
    Set during the Klondike Gold Rush in the late 19th century. Thor is a Norwegian prospector, Loki entertains at a saloon.
    Everything about this fic is perfect for me, the characterization, the level of detail, the resolution, the balance of the different aspects of it, the length, and the ridiculously hot sex! umakoo is an author after my own heart in pretty much all the ways, but also someone who writes tremendously well, where it's so very easy to see the thought and care coming through in the writing, so it's richly detailed, and yet never loses the flow of the story. Her characters are always eager for sex, even when it's rough or when it's gentle, they're hungry for each other, the narrative is so very sex-positive in a way that I'm over the moon for.

I wouldn't have thought that a goldrush au would have been that interesting to me, but the characters fit so well into this world, their connection immediate but not forced, just the right notes for them to end on. It's easy to see them in this setting, the details of the era worked in just enough to set the scene without feeling like I'm stepping away from teh characters, which is what I really want to read about. And elements (like the crossdressing) could have come off awkwardly or felt shoehorned in, but I liked that it worked well with the story being told, that this is about writing what the author wants, but in such a way that it's charming and it all fits into the thing this fic is working towards. That's a vague compliment, I know, but basically I just mean that nothing jarred me out of the story, when it might have in another fic, because I love the way umakoo writes.

And then there's Loki climbing into Thor's lap, the way there's an intimacy between them that's different from Loki's usual clients, the way Thor is careful at first with him until Loki goads him into a harder fuck, the way Loki is genuinely eager and greedy for Thor's cock, the way Thor likes Loki but the crossdressing helps that along, too, just... ahhhh, all of it is so good!

Stranger in a Strange Land (chapter 2) by umakoo, thor/loki, NSFW, human au, historical au, 8.6k / 18k overall
    Thor waits for Loki in Dawson City.
    This is a second chapter of this fic, but it reads like a sequel, hence writing a rec for it that way. This is a lovely follow up to the previous story and everything that was true about that one is true of this one as well--the author knows how to write filthy but utterly enthusiastic fucking, in the way that they both enjoy the sex and it's plenty explicity and detailed, but there's such affection from both the author and the characters that I love it dearly. The fic also does well at not shoving the two characters together too quickly, it's not instant love, but it is an instant connection, an instant attraction, which is a perfect note to strike for me, because the fic is very aware that it's a pwp fic and that it's writing what it wants, but it doesn't just throw internal consistency out the window.

One of the best things this author clearly kept in mind was the spirit of the original canon and the characters' personalities and dynamics--Thor isn't stupid, he just chooses to trust when he feels it's righyt, and Loki is prickly and wily and jealous but cannot help being drawn to Thor. They also have an element of pure brotherly dynamic, without trying too hard at it, they still fit into this world as they are. The world which is nicely detailed and thought-out, but doesn't interefere with the pwpw nature of the fic or the pacing of it. And, oh, there are so many lovely moments, where Thor spoils Loki just a bit or where he takes care of a sick Loki or when Loki greedily rides Thor's cock to chase his own pleasure. It's warm-hearted and wounderful and the author has a strong sense of the characters and the sex is satisfying for me and it's just so good.

30 Day OTP Porn Challenge - 27. Sex toys & 17. Masturbation by amberfox17 [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, NSFW, human au, younger!thor + younger!loki, sex toys, masturbation, 1.1k
    Thor knows he shouldn’t be watching. It’s rude, for one thing, and Loki would be humiliated and furious if he caught him looking, and, oh yeah, Loki’s his damn cousin, and that makes it even worse but also – also kind of hotter.
    I'm always a little wary of both these kinks, because it can so easily turn to secondhand embarrassment for me, despite that it can also be so hot when an author gets everything right. And this fic may be a short challenge answer, but it's exactly the right length and it is so hot, with Thor watching Loki fuck himself on a toy and being turned on by it. It can be super difficult to write Thor in a way where he just stands around and hesitates without making him feel OOC, but I didn't have that problem here, I could buy that he would watch Loki like this and, oh, it was really hot, both for how much Loki is enjoying the toy he's pushing into himself and just for the descriptions alone. The art is delightful, but oh man modern teenager-ish (they're over 18 here) AUs are like catnip to me, this is entirely relevant to my interests and I'm so glad to have this fic.

Behind the Mask by earz_wide_open, thor/loki, NSFW, steampunk, 1.5k
    Basically: steampunkish AU. During a war between Asgard and Jötunheim, Asgard sends its best soldiers to occupy the frost realm. The Æsir’s favorite off-duty haunt is a seedy tavern on the outskirts of the crown city. It is there, on this particularly chilly evening, that Asgard's prince Thor is interrupted during his nightly card game…
    This is one of those ideas that I keep expecting to... I don't know, just somehow not work for me. But then I read it and the author does a fantastic job with it and this Loki is so... he knows how to go after what he wants, he knows how to wind Thor around his finger, without the author sacrificing Thor's characterization to do it. And that intrigues me so very greatly, even beyond that I'm also intrigued by the background world. It helps, of course, that there's that stunning artwork to go with it, it helped me form a mental picture, but the author does a lovely job with it as well, and, oh, man, the sex is super hot. This Loki is so sensual and beautiful and just really, really hot. I almost don't even need anything more beyond this!

We're Out of Espresso, Today by malkinisms [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, human au, coffee shop au, 1.2k
    Thor comes in every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
    At this rate, I'm going to eventually have to get a #!mortal au tag for my blog because of how much I love these fucking things. And this may have been short (and I would love to read a nice, long fic with this premise, omg) but it was really fun, with Loki working in a coffee shop and Thor comes in every so often, obviously interested in him, which Loki doesn't quite know how to parse. Loki is prickly and barbed, cutting without being cruel about it here, and Thor is just... asd;lfkjasl;kj the final scene of this, where Thor is in Loki's kitchen and telling him what he wants from Loki, oh, man, it didn't even need to be porny (or even really about sex) to be so super hot and delicious. Short but so good.

what the fuck is 'dutch process'? by malkinisms [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, mildly nsfw, human au, 1.3k
    "What the fuck even is Dutch process cocoa? And why was it so fucking expensive?" Thor asks, shaking the tin. "It cost me $18!"
    This is a follow-up to we're out of espresso today, which should be read first.
    I love human!AU fics, especially when they're the kind that that just straight up make me happy. And this is definitely fluffy, but it's fun and charming and delightful, the author pulls it off in the way that just makes me want to curl up and wrap the warmth around me and be happy as a shield against all the angst in the fandom. And I love the little touches in the fic (I wouldn't have thought it would work for me, but I love that this Thor is the immaculate one, while this Loki is messy and leaves things everywhere, but does so deliberately because of the way it makes Thor act, which is sheer delight) and the implications of enthusiastic blowjobs were pretty A+, too. Basically, this just made me happy all the way around.

Stupidly Heroic by hawkeye, thor/loki, human au, world war ii au, 1.6k
    He holds his lips against Loki’s forehead and Loki clings to his wrists. If he holds tight enough, Loki thinks, maybe he can go too. Or maybe Thor will stay. They’re brothers. They’re supposed to do these things together.
    Meg linked this fic and, oh, it's a gorgeous little AU piece set during WWII, where Thor is off into the army and Loki can't go because he's not physically strong enough, and the desperate pull between them and how sad it is, even as it's bittersweet and lovely, is just beautifully done. I definitely hope to see more from this author, since the writing of this was so very pretty.

when sunshine turns to rain by versy, thor/loki, fluff, mortal au, 1.9k
    The best spot on their private island, in Thor’s opinion, is the daybed on a square piece of decking behind the main house.
    Ahhhh, sometimes you find those fics where the writing doesn't even need to head into sexytimes territory to be delicious and super hot, sometimes just a kiss pressed to a knee or Thor's hand having drifted to between Loki's legs while they sleep or pressing Loki up against a wall to kiss him, sometimes that's more than enough right there. There's something almost dream-like in the writing of this modern AU fic, where their family is on vacation on an island, where the days pass lazily and with a breezy tone, yet there's a pull between the characters, Thor is uncomplicated, while Loki is sharp and biting, but not so wounded, and it works wonderfully. I let out one of those long, happy sighs when I finished because it's short, but it's so good for me.

And You Save Me by thisdorkyficthing, thor/loki, human au, 9.7k wip
    Ikol was sitting on a shelf, giving Loki a look. “He was being rude. And I don’t like the way he looks at me.” Ikol tilted his head slightly. “What do you know, you’re a cat.” He walked to the kitchen, and began preparing his coffee, since there was no use in trying to go to sleep again.
    Fuck, I'm developing a thing for human au fic with these two. The writing of this one is a little rough (the tenses are inconsistent, characters stammer, I'd have liked more build up between Thor and Loki to show the attraction) but there's also so much potential here, the author does a lovely job of putting little touches into Loki's life and with building a background world for him, why he's so angry and twisted up the way he is. And I do love this author's Thor so far, how stubborn and direct he is, how he touches Loki so casually and easily, how he has such presence whenever Loki's around him and I like this human!Loki, how prickly and difficult he is to be around. And, oh, I was definitely charmed by his cat being named Ikol, that was pretty darling. I'm intrigued to see where this fic is going, the author has a ton of potential, and I sailed right on through what was posted of the fic so far, meaning it was easy for me to read and I got pulled into the world here, and I think with a little polishing it could be great.

Like We've Sinned by nerakrose, thor/loki, human au, hipsters, ~1k
    Loki is a tattoo artist and Thor loves dubstep more than should be possible.
    This is one of those short fics that I have trouble putting words to why it works so well for me, because it feels like it should be all tell and no show, but it's somehow not. Instead, there's a quiet intimacy to it, you get a sense of Loki's life in this hipster AU fic, of his complicated relationship with Thor, that's a little bittersweet, but still mostly happy. And it's only bittersweet because Thor is just so much and Loki is so vague, so it's undefined. Otherwise, it's actually rather lovely and a bit sweet and just... I have a weakness for well-done hipster AU fics and this one hit right on that.

I Started Off With Nothing (And I Still Have Most Of It Left) + Minute To Midnight by Asgardian Vampire (MetalliKirk), thor/loki, NSFW, restaurant au, human au, 14k
    In which Loki finds employment at the Asgardian Ice Cream Parlour. (Thor AU, in which everyone is human)
    I'm recommending these two fics together because the second one is a direct sequel to the first and probably needs to be read in order for the context to make sense. (Well, mostly, it's a human AU where Thor runs an ice cream shop that Loki starts working in and they slowly fall into a relationship with each other, then bang in the second fic.) I do have a couple of caveats about these fics--the writing is trying a bit too hard at times and just needs some polishing, as well as Sif+W3 are antagonistic without good reason in the first fic. But the relationship between Thor and Loki had a certain charm to it and the writing sailed along well enough that I tore through these pretty quickly, and that does a lot for me. Also, these fics are (mostly) set from Loki's point of view, so of course it's going to be biased, and everyone is genuinely friendly and happy together by the end, so I can forgive some initial antagonism by S+W3.

Okay, that said, this author does have a lot of potential and I'd really love to see more from them, especially because the fic delivered on exactly what I was hoping to get out of it--a cute, charming little human AU that was fluffy and made me feel all warm and fuzzy. It was just the right length (and I've been pining for a good Thor/Loki ~15k fic to read lately, since most of what I'm enjoying right now I'm reading in updated chapters, rather than all at once) and even gave me some satisfying porn in the second fic, making it just a really good reading experience for what I wanted tonight. Plus, yeah, okay, I'm a sucker for human AU fics where Loki goes to work for Thor and they hit it off immediately and there's adorable sitting near each other and sharing food and making ice cream together and just being cute, cute, cute fuckers. → Master of the Hunt by AdamantSteve, thor/loki, NSFW, mortal au, period piece, spanking, 1k
    As acting Lord of the Manor, it's up to Thor to deal with Loki's misdeeds, such as running the hunt through Laufeyson land.
    Oh, sweet jesus, this was good for me. Mortal AU/period piece where Loki is a little shit who lounges around to deliberately stir Thor into pulling Loki across his lap to spank him and then slide his hand between Loki's legs to see that this is turning him on and then fucking him hard right on the chaise lounge? And then the perfect ending? Jfc. Just go on without me. This was fantastically written and, for a fic that's only about a thousand words, that was everything I wanted. Always give me more of Thor's temper + Loki's being a little shit about it. Always.

How I Met Your Father by beingevil, thor/loki + loki's kids, human au, lawyer au, fluff, 19.2k wip
    Thor Odinson is an up and coming barrister who becomes entangled in the messy divorce proceedings of one Loki Laufeyson and his custody battle for his four children. Their relationship becomes increasingly unprofessional.
    Chapters 1-3: To be honest, I did not expect to enjoy this AU fic as much as I did. Oh, I love AUs, but I tend more towards fantasy and fairy tale AUs, rather than more modern ones, but... well, I was picking fic out at random to read today, stumbled over this one, and thought, sure, why not. Plus, Loki with his kids! I love Loki and his kids! And I definitely loved it for that, Loki is such an amazing, delightful dad with them and I love the modern AU take on the kids a lot, but, oh, it's his interaction with Thor, the sharp words and unreadable glances and the way he crafts his words carefully that's just perfect for this setting. It's a blend of modern speech and Loki's more lofty Asgardian words, yet it suits him perfectly. The Loki characterization is where this fic really hit me hard and I'm just... charmed by the idea of lawyer!Thor falling for single dad!Loki in the middle of a divorce and his kids taking a liking to Thor and just, ugh, yes, give me all the fluffy, warm feelings and Loki's sharp, carefully chosen words.
    Chapter 4: I was delighted to see an update to this fic and pounced on it fairly quickly because, ahhhh, such a good AU! This Thor is a little off from his canon self, he's rather indecisive here, but I can chalk it up to him being thrown into a situation that he cares about and isn't quite sure how to handle best, because he really cares about this guy and his kids, and, oh, I continue to love this Loki so very, very much. He's so sharp and cold and yet intense and you can tell his fury would burn as bright as the sun and I love love love the kids, they are charming little shits and that is the best thing for Loki's kids to be. I love what presence they have, I love how I'm fond of each of them in their own ways, and this chapter was great for both the Thor/Loki and because Loki's kids being scheming and interrogating are full-stop amazing.
    Chapters 5-6: This fic continues to be very cute and slowly progresses the characters towards a relationship, all while keeping the kids in mind. I love fics where Loki has kids and there aren't enough of them where we actually get to see him interacting with them, with them having actual personalities, so that's a large part of what I'm reading this fic for, more than anything. This Thor is still a bit... he doesn't have a strong presence, despite that this is his POV, but you're not really reading this for Thor, you're reading this for Loki being sharp and the cuteness of Thor interacting with the children that's delightful, and I do love that Thor manages to actually get Loki to open up and consider the reality of his situation and help him, in a way that most people would never be able to do. But mostly I love this fic because the children are a delight, especially Hel, who tends to not get nearly as much focus as her brothers, but I would say here she's the best developed! And I really love how she's similar to Loki in a lot of ways (being insightful, being sharp, having a wicked sense of humor, being manipulative, but not necessarily in a bad way) while still being her own personality--all the kids are, really, but Hel is definitely my favorite. But also, just... for all that there's tense things happening (like custody for the children), there's something really just... happy about this fic, something that makes me relax when I read it, and I'm always all for that in fandom.

Mornings by DailyDrabble (EliraWinter), thor/loki, human au, fluff, ~1k
    Modern AU - Part of a morning with Thor and Loki.
    This is not even quite 300 words but, whatever, it has a modern AU with Thor and Loki, where Loki is totally not a fucking morning person (but guess who is) and an easy physical relationship and sleepy mornings and cheerful smiles and, ugh, it was just this really good, tasty little treat for me.

Inside and Out by stereobone, thor/loki, NSFW, hipsters, human au, 4.6k
    Two months after Thor moves to New York, Loki follows.
    Another thing that I absolutely love in fandom is hipster AUs, yessss. And I feel very similarly about this fic as the previous one, in that it knows how to balance a sense of fun, a sense of things maybe working out, with the sense of how this is not precisely an upbeat universe. But neither is it tragic, the fic leaves enough room for the possibility of happiness, which is not always an easy mix to get right! Nor is having the charisma to pull of a hipster AU fic, but this one does it! Ahhh, it's such a delicious story, it's just the right length and focus, it hit me right in the feelings, especially how much they both clearly wanted each other, despite that they're both shit at communicating. Add in some really lovely, satisfying porn (both Thor and Loki's fingers inside Loki at the same time? asdl;fkjaslkj yes please) and this was a great read today.

Happy Up Here by stereobone [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, human au, ~1k
    It’s been snowing three days straight, the city a blanket of white, everything turned silent. Thor wakes because Loki is curled around him and shivering, face buried in the warmth of his neck.
    This is technically a sequel to another fic that I haven't (yet) read, but whatever. It stands well on its own as a warm and fuzzy Thor/Loki human AU piece that's about a cold, powerless morning where Loki refuses to get out of bed because, fuck you, he's not a morning person and also it's freezing in their place. And I love this piece with a fierceness because Loki is still so very much himself and Thor is wonderful and yet it's happy, there's a morning spent in bed with a bit of banter and Loki being put out and Thor wanting him and UGH SO GOOD FOR ME.

Dark Nights, Broken Places, and Home by wicked_writings, steve/loki, NSFW, pregnant!loki, loki's kids, human au, 6.9k
    Maybe it's coincidence, maybe it's not - but most likely it's just meant to happen. Sometimes, a dirty, dank alley is the best place to be.
    I picked this one up on a whim today, but I think it must have been meant to be, because I'd just gotten done reading another fic about Loki with his daughter and then, voila!, au fic where Steve stumbles over a kid on the street and eventually takes him in and Loki has a daughter that he's fiercely protective of and it was just... it was a little bit heartbreaking, but mostly sweet, and that was perfect. It's an au fic, one that doesn't do more than sketch out a light background for the characters or the world around them (which seems like a modern human au, but with Loki's pregnancy not causing a blink of an eye anywhere), but that's not what was needed here, instead it focused on the relationship and the slow building of trust and family and home. This is not a caustic Loki, there aren't a lot of sharp edges here, but I found that I didn't mind, because he held so much back and was so wary, that I could see this as a product of a completely different set of circumstances. It's such a warm, happy, satisfying read for me, one of those "in a different life, they could have been happy" and then they were fics that I love so much. I just want to wrap it around myself and curl up in it and take a warm, comfortable nap.

Enemy of Mine by MermaidMelo, thor/loki, mildly nsfw, human au, hipster au, 2.6k
    Thor and Loki attend yet another 30 Second to Mars concert, and tensions flare between the brothers. Alcohol and a rare performance of SIASL seem to change the dynamic...

    For all that this was kind of an angsty dynamic between the characters, it's the kind that's... the fun kind of angsty? The kind where you knew, even if they were going around and round each other, snarking at each other, had almost nothing in common, there was the obvious undercurrent of how they had that certain spark where they made each others' company more bearable, they missed the other person being there when they were gone. The writing is more tell-rather-than-show than I'd like, but I fucking love some mortal AU fic (especially if they're total hipsters) and this came along at the right time when I needed something to cheer me up, after all the soul-crushing in the fandom.

Fingertips by blkkskknhed, thor/loki + thor/jane + background tony/loki + other asgardians, nsfw, human au, ballet au, 26k
    Loki is the premier danseur of a rather prestigious ballet production, directed by the insightful Tony Stark. Jane is his new premiere danseuse. The pair don't know each other and it shows in their dancing. Tony insists they get to know each other outside of the dance studio. They do so reluctantly, neither of them prepared for or expecting the life-changing events that occur as their story unfolds...
    So, I sat down with this fic the other morning, just to read the beginning of it, since it was being posted at a steady rate (which was nine chapters out of eleven at the time), which I'm glad I did because, wow, I read those nine chapters in literally one sitting and I didn't have to wait through cliffhangers, which would have been pretty murderating. Though, I do have one caveat before beginning, which is that Frigga is randomly evil and that Sif isn't much better in the fic. But this is also balanced out by Jane being fantastic and having so much characterization and depth beyond Thor's character and how fond I am of her here! As well as it's an interesting change from randomly evil!Odin, so I'm willing to roll with it here! And we may yet get semi-nice!Laufey, which I always find interesting in fic and I can't help it, I want nice!parents all the time, so I bring my own wants to the issue here, I freely admit. Plus, they're very small elements of the overall larger fic!

This AU is so very well done, everyone just fits really well, and the writing is so smooth and clean, making the reading just effortless for me when I sat down to read ~25k in one sitting. It really didn't feel that long, for how quickly it passed by me, which is always the mark of a well-enjoy story, in my experience. This is a Loki-centric piece, so most of the relationships and characterization revolve around him, but it's not to the detriment of the story, just that that's what you're getting here. But the author fleshes his various relationships out really nicely, so each of them are fascinating in their own time. I felt the building tension between Thor and Loki, as Loki was slowly falling in love with him, that sense of finally finding that one person who was really in color in their otherwise gray world, despite that this doesn't mean Loki's other relationships are flat or uninteresting. Because I loved the complicated relationship he had with Tony! That Tony cares so much about him, but it's just not quite the right dynamic, they don't quite feel about each other the samew ay. And I love Loki's developing... not quite friendship with Jane, that they're forced together for their ballet production, that the fic does a beautiful job of justifying it because you can feel that Loki doesn't know how to act, no matter how talented he is.

That's the trick with a fic set-up like this, to get the reader to buy both the AU premise and the characters' places in it, along with the relationships they have to form. Loki and Jane slowly starting to understand each other, to develop that working relationship, it's really lovely to watch and further feeds that I could have really enjoyed this friendship in another world. Even as, of course, Thor and Loki are the center storyline, the way they just... instantly click, the way they're not brothers here, but there's still an easy connection between them, their personalities just go well together. It's not forced at all, but instead the author does beautifully with their natural chemistry. At the same time, the world fits so well with the characters, and I'm really in love with the way the author describes Loki every time someone really stops to look at him or when he dances. It's not just that Loki's attractive--not that I mind that, because I whole-heartedly agree, of course--but in the way he's described, that he's graceful and elegant and there's a lean sort of strength to him. For every time there's something almost feminine in the feel of him, there's also no doubt that he's entirely masculine as well, that there's a combination of the two. These mentions are worked nicely into the writing, which gave me a real thrill because that's perfect for this Loki, this ballerino and the spirit of the character.

This is also a Loki who is damaged and fucked up, who doesn't precisely know what he wants or how to go about getting it, the fic doesn't back away from that, but neither is it a heartbreaker. Instead, it balances something that wrenches at my fannish heart with something that's actually pretty happy and positive. Maybe it's that everything is so incredibly, genuinely charming or maybe there's just some sense that things will all work out (especially with only one chapter left to go at the time of this rec), but I feel like this is a really positive experience to read, despite that Loki's really pretty damaged and has had a hard time here. I'm sure part of it is that the sex scenes, brief as they are, are lovely and warm-hearted and satisfying, there's something so good in those moments, when Thor is finally fucking into Loki and it's practically cherishing.

This is a fantastic read and one of those stories that makes me so glad I'm still in this fandom because it's just exactly what I love to read in this fandom.

Viral by mrhiddles, thor/loki, mildly nsfw for violence, human au, post-apocalypse, 12k
    "Thor almost calls for him to stop. He doesn’t like this. He doesn’t like any of it and he’s afraid but he doesn’t know why. Anything can be beyond that door. But this is their new world and so he stands and follows his brother."
    I enjoy post-apocalypse stories and this one was really fun, especially for the way the author had with the little details that make up a life like this. Sometimes they're important, sometimes they're inconsequential, which makes everything feel so... there and organic, for all that it's extraordinary circumstances. The fic is an en medias res style one, but you glean what you need while reading--which is another skill to work into a story--and it works well for the tone and it doesn't need anything more than what it is. The author is very good at the sense of isolation necessary for the mood of this fic, the way it feels like these are the only two people left in the world, which works extra well for an outbreak fic! I read the whole thing in one sitting because it sailed right along and the tension ramped up just as it needed to, making for an engrossing ride the whole way through. It's a lovely piece to highlight the twisty, co-dependent relationship between Thor and Loki, which is both good and necessary but not entirely healthy, just as it should be!

Of waiters (and protective husbands) by grimmie_me, thor/loki, NSFW, human au, fluff, homophobia, 5.2k
    For the following norsekink prompt: So, I'm sure that we've all been to that one restaurant with the waiter that bends over backwards to ensure the customer's satisfaction, only to have completely rude customers trample all over that kindness.
    This characterization isn't going to be for everyone, it's the kind where Loki doesn't have a single mean bone in his body and is rather emotionally fragile, but it's purposefully a happy au where he's married to Thor and everything is perfect and sweet and goopy in the way I crave sometimes. I had fun with this and, yeah, I picked it up for the sex and that was satisfying, too, when it was just as sappy and fluffy as everything else here! Massages and bathing together and married sex where Loki happily rolls over to open himself up for Thor--it's pure feel good fic in that way where I just... want to throw all the bitterness and anger and resentment out the window and write something that embraces the fluff so that everything is cotton candy sweet (even the angsty stuff is sweet) and this fic gave that to me. I definitely want more and more from this author!

Hard Work (as in; Thor is) by Trash, thor/loki, nsfw, human au, 3.3k
    Loki hates his job, but sometimes he thinks maybe he hates Thor more. [Modern AU]
    The ending of this one is a bit abrupt, but it still works because this fic is meant to be this sliver of a larger mortal AU, and the way it's structured gives it an intimacy that I really liked a lot! There's a charm to it and it finds balance between the lack of resolution, the tension between the characters versus how much you can feel that they genuinely love each other. And, so often, that's what's really necessary for a human AU to hold the same appeal to me as a more canon-based AU! There's not much sex here, it's more aborted than anything (deliberately so), but it's still lovely and charming like the rest of the story. This is a good addition to a collection of human au fics, when you're in the mood for that--certainly, I kind of want to rush out and just read a bunch of them now myself, after this one.

untitled by takemetothedungeons [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, nsfw, human au, halloween, lokitty (sort of), ~1k
    Loki gave Thor a nasty look which was rendered quite harmless by the cat ears he wore and the whiskers painted carefully on his cheeks with eyeliner.
    A cute and fun fic that combines Loki in cat ears, Halloween costumes, a human AU, and just a sense of adorable glee in the writing. It's a delightful way to start off October, especially the way Thor is such a charming arrogant fucker and Loki might protest, but you can sense how much he clearly still loves Thor anyway. Just the thing I wanted to get me into the Halloween mood!

Primavera by mrhiddles, thor/loki, human au, banker au, 2.5k
    Thor is a banker and small time trader. Loki sits on his bench and Thor finds he can't stop looking for him. Then the market crashes and everything changes.
    This didn't need to be a long fic, it was good exactly as it was, having a sort of introspective feeling to it, rather than the usual explosive dynamic Thor and Loki often have. The tone is much quieter here, the feeling of melancholy even as the lure of attraction is there as well, combining into the perfect setting for the story. It's a human AU and was one of those that I read on an overcast day, the fic enhancing that sheer mood of the piece that's really lovely, if somber in feeling.

Rock and Cock by Saintduma, thor/loki, mildly nsfw, human au, rock star au, 2.4k
    Loki had been an insufferable shit since the moment Thor walked onto this job.
    This fic uses too many epithets, but it's still a fun piece where Loki is batshit around the bend who would genuinely piss people off with the way he behaves here and yet remains charismatic enough that you get why they stick around. It makes sense that he would be a rock star, because, yeah, this feels right to that sort of life! And I do so enjoy the human AUs, especially when they're a lot of fun like this.

Find me. by odin, thor/loki, human au, hooker!loki, fluff, 1.4k wip
    A short story on what happens when people start getting feelings for their clients.
    Look, I love hooker AUs, okay. This one has a younger Loki, but I think he's at least a teenager? And it's cute and sweet so far, the usual tropes I like of what should have been anonymous sex, but Thor just can't go through with it, so it turns into something softer with both of them. I'm fine with that, though, this is a fic you're reading for the fluff, if you're into that sort of thing.

Absolution by mrhiddles, thor/loki, NSFW, mortal au, 20k
    Thor is a disgraced police officer after having saved Loki, son of drug lord Laufey, from being killed by his own people.
    This is a cop AU fic and I am forever weak to AU fics. This one sort of drops you into the middle of things and the plot is never very clear, but what you're reading for isn't that, but for the growing closeness between Thor and Loki in these circumstances. Thor saves Loki from dying in a fire, but holds him captive in his basement to keep him there, which eventually becomes... sort of a fucked up Stockhome Syndrome, sort of... something else. The fic has an undercurrent of just enough "this is fucked up and insane" from both characters that the shift from captor/prisoner to surprisingly domestic scenes really worked for me. And, boy, do I love some fucked up domestic shit, which this fic gives me happily. What further makes it work is the sense of isolation these characters have, both physically and sort of emotionally, there's a feel that they're the only people in the world almost, aside from shadowy figures that may or may not come for them one day in retribution, which provides just enough of a push that I can buy them staying in this house together, neither of them leaving, and the relationship between them turning, every so slowly, towards something like trust.

And while that happens, there's also some wild attraction going on between them, built up over the scenes so the half-formed relationship feels natural and, by the time they have sex, it is so goddamned satisfying for the relief as much as for how hot it was. The way Thor wants him, touches him, and it's not fast enough for Loki, so he swings over Thor to ride him until Thor wants even more, so he flips them over and fucks into Loki even harder and, ahhh, so good for me. That sense of how Thor can finally, finally fuck him, the way he constantly desires Loki, never letting up the undercurrent of how fucked up all of this is, is delicious for me, as much as the scenes of them lounging around watching a movie or going to the beach where Thor finally coaxes him into the water. While it ends on a cliffhanger, I actually found that I enjoyed the fic entirely as it is, it's satisfying where it stops for me.

Mesh and Leather by DailyDrabble (EliraWinter), thor/loki, NSFW, human au, stripper au, 1.9k
    Thor's dragged along to a strip-club, and recognises one of the poledancers as Loki, the sexy guy that he's been lusting after for ages.
    I'm not usually one for the stripper AU stuff, but, well, this is Loki fandom. Just about anything goes here. And I've liked this author's other work and, hey, I'll just read it for a quick fix and move along if I don't care for it. But, nope, this author does a really excellent job of making Loki super hot while in action--both when he's working on the pole and when he's seducing Thor in the dressing room afterwards. Because the author has him knowing exactly what he wants, he's impossible to resist, and that makes him really goddamned gorgeous instead of the secondhand embarrassment I usually feel. Add in some really excellent sex and, wow, I kind of really loved this one a lot.

Bifrost by 1954, thor/loki + background steve/tony, human au, fluff, 17.8k wip
    There's a beautiful stranger in town and Thor is hopelessly in love. Unfortunately for him, this stranger comes with secrets that will devastate them both. Or, in which Thor is a fumbling lovesick idiot and there's too much Norse mythology for an actual AU.
    Chapters 01-06: This fic started out a little rough for me, the Thor characterization took me awhile to get into, but... eventually, I got into the swing of the story and found myself greatly charmed by the interaction between Thor and Loki in this small-ish town, the way bits of Norse mythology were woven into their lives, the way they were clearly starting to fall for each other. Normally, I like established relationships, but sometimes there's something really fun in watching two people be instantly attracted to each other and slowly building that relationship up, especially in a modern/human AU setting like this. And the author does a really good job of that sense of... well, charming me! Their interactions in Loki's bookstore, the way Thor feels an instant connection to him when he sees him in the coffee shop, the way they keep running into each other, their first date, the emergency that Thor supports Loki through, all of it is just delightful and charismatic and I want the best for them here. And I actually kind of really love what the author did with Loki's other relationships, they surprised me and I found that I was intrigued about how the parallels to canon would run because of them. So! Charming writing, adorable relationship, and getting me to be intrigued? Yeah, I definitely want more of this one right now.
    Chapters 07-08: [ chapter 7 + chapter 8 ] - [NOTE: This is an update rec, so it will focus on/link to these chapters, rather than the beginning of the fic.] This is a continuation of the first six chapters posted on FFNET at the time of this rec. And I continue to enjoy the building of this relationship in this human AU fic! Chapter 7 focused on the Steve/Tony more than I would have thought, but it worked well to broaden the scope of the world these characters live in, which I always like in AU fics. I found that it's not intolerable to those that don't care for the ship, it's still in the background, but those who enjoy that ship will like it a lot, since there are cute moments.

Chapter 8 was definitely my favorite of the two, though, where Thor and Loki spend the day together and it's a montage of all the different places they go while in the city, the charming and delightfully happy way they're clearly falling in love with each other, woven together with some nicely done details of the places they go in New York. Often times, when an author tries to do a scene like that in a fic, it ends up being too much detail or not enough detail, it feels like they're trying too hard to move the story forward, but here... I don't know quite how to put it, but there was a natural flow to it for me, the way it didn't linger on anything, but still managed to sketch out a nicely detailed image in my mind's eye. And that's the tipping point for them, that's when they can't get home fast enough and can't stop touching each other and, oh, Thor's just totally gone on him and that makes the sex scene all the better. The writing is lovely and both characters want this, the way Loki knows what he wants and Thor just loves him so much already and is so wildly attracted to him and wants to fuck him and Loki also starts to come undone as he rides Thor and it's all super hot and so very, very good for me.

amrun aew by dimmey [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, mortal au (i think?), fluff, 2k
    How slightly strange it still felt to wake up in the morning like this and the man lying next to him, whose arms he had fallen asleep in the night before, was the one he had played with as a child.
    This was pure domestic fluff that warmed my fannish heart and made me ridiculously happy. There's sleepy mornings and Loki wearing Thor's shirt and making breakfast and the sense of them being the only two people in the world, which is one of those things that... it's not always for everyone, but sometimes (especially when I'm reading a lot of more ouchy things) that's exactly what I want and this fic delivered wonderfully. There's also just enough of Loki being glib and Thor being completely genuine with him that it still felt like these characters, rather than just fluff with their names attached. Oh, it's still sweet!Loki, but the kind where I can still see it as him, which is what I wanted, ahhhh.

The King Maker by gothicdragon752, thor/loki + other asgardians, fem!loki, NSFW, mortal au, spy au, implied non-con, 14.6k
    Thor Odinson is an agent for A5G - a privatised crime-busting organisation - who meets his match and more in the enigmatic criminal, Loki, when on the trail of Thanos.
    I almost missed this fic because it posted a ways back in the tags, so if I hadn't been skimming further than usual, I might have accidentally entirely passed it by--and I suspect that happened with a few others as well. I will warn ahead of time that this fic tries a little too hard with word choice and it's stiff at times, but there is so much potential here and I think the author could do great things with a little relaxing. I believe I've read at least one other fic by this author and found it super good, so I'm definitely eager for more from this author, especially as the overall feel of this piece is very solid. It's been set up and paced well, making it addictive as heck to read through this spy au, especially because the author knows how to build up the UST until I was pretty antsy for them to just fuck already. And then they did! Which was super satisfying as Loki rides Thor and he thrust up into her hard, which is a favorite of mine.

But also, Loki as a woman works for me here, the right mix of cunning and beauty and sharp edges and moments of vulnerability, all the things I love about the character twisted just slightly to reflect how a woman would act in her place. I found Thor solid as well and, ahhh, I really want the second half of this (but at least the first half has them resolving some of that tention already!) because the characters fit well into this universe and it was just a fun read, even as it's not really a terribly light-hearted fic. It's the kind that keeps me coming back to various mortal aus, because I love this stuff.

untitled by captainvaguewriteswords [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, nsfw, mortal au, some bondage, ~1k
    “Thor, c’mere—” Loki sniggered, swaying on his feet, one arm outstretched and fingers wiggling at the man groaning on the armchair.
    Look, I have a weakness for the things in this fic, okay. Mortal AU and light bondage and Loki being a goading little shit and Thor losing his temper so he fucks Loki--or, more accurately, makes Loki fuck himself on Thor's cock. Like. Just. Give me that always. It's shorter than I'd like and a bit confusing in places, but it was definitely fun and I'm quite glad to have read it today. Especially for the images that it put in my head, mmm. :9

untitled by mrhiddles [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, mildly nsfw, mortal au, biker!thor, hooker!loki, ~1k
    loki is a hooker, thor is a biker
    I also have a weakness for mortal AUs where Loki's a hooker because, oh, man, the potential to get into Loki's issues is so much fun! This is a short piece, more about setting up Thor's background and the initial meeting between him and Loki, but it's fun and lets you imagine all sorts of really delightful images, mmm.

It's Three in the Morning and I'm Trying to Change Your Mind by castielanderson, thor/loki, modern human au, suicide ideation, addiction, 7.9k
    Loki's got nothing left but his overbearing brother. Thor's terrified of losing the one thing that truly matters to him. Anger, fear, and pain pull and push them apart, but somehow they manage to meet in the middle.
    This is one of those trope fics that you'll either enjoy or you won't, but I'm definitely weak to a fucked up, suicidal addict Loki who's a mess and doesn't know what he wants while Thor tries to help him, like, that is just a straight shot to my feelings. It pretty much gets me where I live and this fic knows how to suck me right into this trope so that I genuinely had trouble putting the fic down, especially because the pacing and structure were really, solidly good! Everything just rolled right along, so it was always just a few more pages... a few more pages... until, suddenly, I found that I'd finished the entire fic. The story is a bit over the top dramatic in the beginning, but then it shifts into gear and became this truly satisfying human au fic that was fun to read and made me feel focused and sated afterwards. There's just enough build up and resolution in the fic, with still enough mess around the two of them, that the fic hit the right notes, including a really nicely done tension in the air, that kind of undercurrent you feel as much as you see, and I would happily read more from this author!

Slow Burn by Trash, thor/loki, NSFW, hipster au, 1.4k
    Loki is a musician struggling to get a break, and Thor is the personification of a migraine.
    I have a fondness for hipster AUs and this one was short, but fun! It's not a long sex scene, mostly just Thor fingering Loki to open him up and Loki being hungry for Thor to just get his cock in already, which was really hot and good for me. It's a short piece, but one of those nice snack-sized fics that works perfectly in a set of AU fics I read today!

Promise You'll Remember That You're Mine by buttcushions, thor/loki, mildly nsfw, hipster au, mortal au, ~1k
    They made love to the record, to the smoke, to the pictures, moaning as the sun rose over the horizon.
    Not even 200 words, but it's a lovely snapshot of intimacy between them with some very pretty imagery and hipsters. I love human AUs and I fucking love hipsters when the trope is happily embraced, okay.

a lesson about stealing lunch money from one Loki Laufeyson by kaedith [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki pre-slash, human au, kid!thor + kid!loki, fluff, ~1k
    a lesson about stealing lunch money from one Loki Laufeyson: don’t.

    This is completely adorable, which is what I want from Thor and Loki as kids on a playground and bullies are trying to steal Loki's lunch money, which is probably not the wisest idea. There's nothing about this that didn't put a smile on my face in the exact way it was intended. And of course this is how bb!Loki reacts. And Thor's borderline nonplussed by it. Best.

a lesson about stealing lunch money from one Loki Laufeyson by kaedith [ Thor ] [ mobile ver. ]
→ pairings/characters: Thor/Loki (preslash, I suppose), mortal AU, kidfic, <1k
→ summary: a lesson about stealing lunch money from one Loki Laufeyson: don’t.
→ rec: This is completely adorable, which is what I want from Thor and Loki as kids on a playground and bullies are trying to steal Loki's lunch money, which is probably not the wisest idea. There's nothing about this that didn't put a smile on my face in the exact way it was intended. And of course this is how bb!Loki reacts. And Thor's borderline nonplussed by it. Best.

Enemy of Mine by MermaidMelo, thor/loki, mildly nsfw, human au, hipster au, 2.6k
    Thor and Loki attend yet another 30 Second to Mars concert, and tensions flare between the brothers. Alcohol and a rare performance of SIASL seem to change the dynamic...

    For all that this was kind of an angsty dynamic between the characters, it's the kind that's... the fun kind of angsty? The kind where you knew, even if they were going around and round each other, snarking at each other, had almost nothing in common, there was the obvious undercurrent of how they had that certain spark where they made each others' company more bearable, they missed the other person being there when they were gone. The writing is more tell-rather-than-show than I'd like, but I fucking love some mortal AU fic (especially if they're total hipsters) and this came along at the right time when I needed something to cheer me up, after all the soul-crushing in the fandom.

Inside and Out by stereobone, thor/loki, NSFW, hipsters, human au, 4.6k
    Two months after Thor moves to New York, Loki follows.
    Another thing that I absolutely love in fandom is hipster AUs, yessss. And I feel very similarly about this fic as the previous one, in that it knows how to balance a sense of fun, a sense of things maybe working out, with the sense of how this is not precisely an upbeat universe. But neither is it tragic, the fic leaves enough room for the possibility of happiness, which is not always an easy mix to get right! Nor is having the charisma to pull of a hipster AU fic, but this one does it! Ahhh, it's such a delicious story, it's just the right length and focus, it hit me right in the feelings, especially how much they both clearly wanted each other, despite that they're both shit at communicating. Add in some really lovely, satisfying porn (both Thor and Loki's fingers inside Loki at the same time? asdl;fkjaslkj yes please) and this was a great read today.

Cavemen Thor and Loki by Icemaidenstory, thor/loki, NSFW, human au, caveman au, non-con (at first), 60k
    Thor's tribe destroys another tribe because they couldn't agree about their territories. Loki, a son of the leader of that tribe, survives, but he gets captured and enslaved.
    I've recommended this fic on norsekink, but it's finally all up on AO3 and there's a new chapter (chapter 22) that I pounced on immediately. It's a post-story chapter that's told from Thor's point of view (as most of the story is in Loki's pov) and it's so good, because somehow this Thor feels so perfectly Thor. He's a charming and incredibly strong leader, there's such surety in him with his tribe and with Loki, yet the author doesn't lose the flaws in him, either, that he's arrogant and that this relationship did not start out with the best of beginnings. This chapter is just as utterly addicting as the rest of the fic is, it's a perfect cap to the rest of the story, and it's just satisfying for a shockingly good adaptation of a character into an AU I would not have thought would be as fantastic as it is.

Fingertips by blkkskknhed, thor/loki + thor/jane + background tony/loki + other asgardians, nsfw, human au, ballet au, 26k
    Loki is the premier danseur of a rather prestigious ballet production, directed by the insightful Tony Stark. Jane is his new premiere danseuse. The pair don't know each other and it shows in their dancing. Tony insists they get to know each other outside of the dance studio. They do so reluctantly, neither of them prepared for or expecting the life-changing events that occur as their story unfolds...
    So, I sat down with this fic the other morning, just to read the beginning of it, since it was being posted at a steady rate (which was nine chapters out of eleven at the time), which I'm glad I did because, wow, I read those nine chapters in literally one sitting and I didn't have to wait through cliffhangers, which would have been pretty murderating. Though, I do have one caveat before beginning, which is that Frigga is randomly evil and that Sif isn't much better in the fic. But this is also balanced out by Jane being fantastic and having so much characterization and depth beyond Thor's character and how fond I am of her here! As well as it's an interesting change from randomly evil!Odin, so I'm willing to roll with it here! And we may yet get semi-nice!Laufey, which I always find interesting in fic and I can't help it, I want nice!parents all the time, so I bring my own wants to the issue here, I freely admit. Plus, they're very small elements of the overall larger fic!

This AU is so very well done, everyone just fits really well, and the writing is so smooth and clean, making the reading just effortless for me when I sat down to read ~25k in one sitting. It really didn't feel that long, for how quickly it passed by me, which is always the mark of a well-enjoy story, in my experience. This is a Loki-centric piece, so most of the relationships and characterization revolve around him, but it's not to the detriment of the story, just that that's what you're getting here. But the author fleshes his various relationships out really nicely, so each of them are fascinating in their own time. I felt the building tension between Thor and Loki, as Loki was slowly falling in love with him, that sense of finally finding that one person who was really in color in their otherwise gray world, despite that this doesn't mean Loki's other relationships are flat or uninteresting. Because I loved the complicated relationship he had with Tony! That Tony cares so much about him, but it's just not quite the right dynamic, they don't quite feel about each other the samew ay. And I love Loki's developing... not quite friendship with Jane, that they're forced together for their ballet production, that the fic does a beautiful job of justifying it because you can feel that Loki doesn't know how to act, no matter how talented he is.

That's the trick with a fic set-up like this, to get the reader to buy both the AU premise and the characters' places in it, along with the relationships they have to form. Loki and Jane slowly starting to understand each other, to develop that working relationship, it's really lovely to watch and further feeds that I could have really enjoyed this friendship in another world. Even as, of course, Thor and Loki are the center storyline, the way they just... instantly click, the way they're not brothers here, but there's still an easy connection between them, their personalities just go well together. It's not forced at all, but instead the author does beautifully with their natural chemistry. At the same time, the world fits so well with the characters, and I'm really in love with the way the author describes Loki every time someone really stops to look at him or when he dances. It's not just that Loki's attractive--not that I mind that, because I whole-heartedly agree, of course--but in the way he's described, that he's graceful and elegant and there's a lean sort of strength to him. For every time there's something almost feminine in the feel of him, there's also no doubt that he's entirely masculine as well, that there's a combination of the two. These mentions are worked nicely into the writing, which gave me a real thrill because that's perfect for this Loki, this ballerino and the spirit of the character.

This is also a Loki who is damaged and fucked up, who doesn't precisely know what he wants or how to go about getting it, the fic doesn't back away from that, but neither is it a heartbreaker. Instead, it balances something that wrenches at my fannish heart with something that's actually pretty happy and positive. Maybe it's that everything is so incredibly, genuinely charming or maybe there's just some sense that things will all work out (especially with only one chapter left to go at the time of this rec), but I feel like this is a really positive experience to read, despite that Loki's really pretty damaged and has had a hard time here. I'm sure part of it is that the sex scenes, brief as they are, are lovely and warm-hearted and satisfying, there's something so good in those moments, when Thor is finally fucking into Loki and it's practically cherishing.

This is a fantastic read and one of those stories that makes me so glad I'm still in this fandom because it's just exactly what I love to read in this fandom.

Brittle Beginnings by westoftheatlantic, thor/loki + some thor/sif + other asgardians, eventually nsfw, human au, drug use/addiction, 15k wip
    Thor and Loki start over, fuck it up, fix it, and end up a little more lost than when they began. In other words, Loki is a recovering drug addict and Thor refuses to accept that some habits are hard to break.
    Whenever I read a summary + tags like this, I sort of mentally brace myself for a fic that's heavy-handed or over the top about its angst, but I keep trying because often enough I'll get stories like this one, that find the sweet spot between damaged, fucked up characters and having the deftness to carry it off plus being able to have the necessary charm and enough light-heartedness to make me really enjoy it. And that's what this fic does for me, even when it's about the utter frustration of an addict and someone who tries so hard but can never really understand addiction fully. Nor does it put the blame on Thor for that lack of understanding, because this is emphatically not his fault, he's not the bad guy here, even if you understand and can sympathize with Loki's anger and feeling suffocated at times and his lashing out. You understand that Loki is messed up and damaged here, but he's not a bad guy, either.

It's that this is a complicated situation and Thor's anger is so incredibly empathizable here, that it's necessary just about because it's a natural reaction and it's warranted for the circumstances (I may have ~*feelings*~ on this, because I have so much defensiveness for addicts, so much admiration for the struggle they go through, but also the people who deal with addicts are not at fucking fault, they never fucking owe anyone their forgiveness and I will fucking fight anyone who says otherwise), and it just... stirs up a lot of feelings in me, as you can see. In a good way! I have a lot of intense feelings because of my own life's experiences, but the fic hits the right notes with me for that. It's complicated. It's not easy, but it's not always miserable, either. And this is all on top of a story where Thor and Loki are finally put in a situation where their attraction to each other is bubbling over and coming to a head!

I really loved that Sif was solid and a good person here, because I love when she's in character like that! But this is a Thor/Loki story, so the focus is on the two of them, the way they dance around each other just builds and builds--and is still building, as of the 10 chapters at the time of this rec, despite that they've kissed/admitted attraction--in a really delicious way. There's such deep emotion here, where Loki feels just wound really tight and is very high-strung, while Thor is just so... much, so much love and so much anger, which is really good for me. This whole fic is very solid, it did the things I wanted it to and so I really am looking forward to more of this one.

30 Day OTP Porn Challenge - 27. Sex toys & 17. Masturbation by amberfox17 [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, NSFW, human au, younger!thor + younger!loki, sex toys, masturbation, 1.1k
    Thor knows he shouldn’t be watching. It’s rude, for one thing, and Loki would be humiliated and furious if he caught him looking, and, oh yeah, Loki’s his damn cousin, and that makes it even worse but also – also kind of hotter.
    I'm always a little wary of both these kinks, because it can so easily turn to secondhand embarrassment for me, despite that it can also be so hot when an author gets everything right. And this fic may be a short challenge answer, but it's exactly the right length and it is so hot, with Thor watching Loki fuck himself on a toy and being turned on by it. It can be super difficult to write Thor in a way where he just stands around and hesitates without making him feel OOC, but I didn't have that problem here, I could buy that he would watch Loki like this and, oh, it was really hot, both for how much Loki is enjoying the toy he's pushing into himself and just for the descriptions alone. The art is delightful, but oh man modern teenager-ish (they're over 18 here) AUs are like catnip to me, this is entirely relevant to my interests and I'm so glad to have this fic.

Where We Went Wrong by Canute [ Thor ]
→ pairings/characters: Thor/Loki, NSFW, mortal AU, 5k
→ summary: And there are thousands of miles between them and home, except not really: They're right next to each other, after all.
→ rec: Speaking of fic that I had to put down my reader after I finished them! This fic is exactly what I needed and I should have gone to sleep earlier than I did, but I couldn't hardly put this down once I'd started it. I mean, it's a road trip fic, I love those! I would have loved it for all the little stops or details or goofy things they did along the way, but it's more than that, it's also in the characterization which was just exquisite for this world and keeping to the spirit of the characters. It's bittersweet in all the right places, Loki has all these sharp and angry and jagged edges, Thor doesn't quite know how to handle him but forges on anyway, and somehow they make it work. It's gorgeously balanced between keeping all the weighted history between them and actually being a happy fic!

So, I'd have loved it for those things, but also, holy hell, there were some scorchingly hot scenes along the way, too. And further adding to the weighted-but-not-tragic feeling was the touching on knowing they were brothers, but still being attracted to each other, still wanting to fuck each other, especially when Loki is that sort of blend of... mischief and anger and desperate need. There's banter in all the right places, too, because that's how brothers are. All included in a fic that has one of the most ridiculously hot fingerfucking scenes I've read in ages, like, oh my god, this thing is never coming off my reader because every inch of this was perfect and I only wish I could have written a better rec for what's one of my new favorite fics in the fandom.

Absolution by mrhiddles, thor/loki, NSFW, mortal au, 20k
    Thor is a disgraced police officer after having saved Loki, son of drug lord Laufey, from being killed by his own people.
    This is a cop AU fic and I am forever weak to AU fics. This one sort of drops you into the middle of things and the plot is never very clear, but what you're reading for isn't that, but for the growing closeness between Thor and Loki in these circumstances. Thor saves Loki from dying in a fire, but holds him captive in his basement to keep him there, which eventually becomes... sort of a fucked up Stockhome Syndrome, sort of... something else. The fic has an undercurrent of just enough "this is fucked up and insane" from both characters that the shift from captor/prisoner to surprisingly domestic scenes really worked for me. And, boy, do I love some fucked up domestic shit, which this fic gives me happily. What further makes it work is the sense of isolation these characters have, both physically and sort of emotionally, there's a feel that they're the only people in the world almost, aside from shadowy figures that may or may not come for them one day in retribution, which provides just enough of a push that I can buy them staying in this house together, neither of them leaving, and the relationship between them turning, every so slowly, towards something like trust.

And while that happens, there's also some wild attraction going on between them, built up over the scenes so the half-formed relationship feels natural and, by the time they have sex, it is so goddamned satisfying for the relief as much as for how hot it was. The way Thor wants him, touches him, and it's not fast enough for Loki, so he swings over Thor to ride him until Thor wants even more, so he flips them over and fucks into Loki even harder and, ahhh, so good for me. That sense of how Thor can finally, finally fuck him, the way he constantly desires Loki, never letting up the undercurrent of how fucked up all of this is, is delicious for me, as much as the scenes of them lounging around watching a movie or going to the beach where Thor finally coaxes him into the water. While it ends on a cliffhanger, I actually found that I enjoyed the fic entirely as it is, it's satisfying where it stops for me.

The King Maker by gothicdragon752, thor/loki + other asgardians, fem!loki, NSFW, mortal au, spy au, implied non-con, 14.6k
    Thor Odinson is an agent for A5G - a privatised crime-busting organisation - who meets his match and more in the enigmatic criminal, Loki, when on the trail of Thanos.
    I almost missed this fic because it posted a ways back in the tags, so if I hadn't been skimming further than usual, I might have accidentally entirely passed it by--and I suspect that happened with a few others as well. I will warn ahead of time that this fic tries a little too hard with word choice and it's stiff at times, but there is so much potential here and I think the author could do great things with a little relaxing. I believe I've read at least one other fic by this author and found it super good, so I'm definitely eager for more from this author, especially as the overall feel of this piece is very solid. It's been set up and paced well, making it addictive as heck to read through this spy au, especially because the author knows how to build up the UST until I was pretty antsy for them to just fuck already. And then they did! Which was super satisfying as Loki rides Thor and he thrust up into her hard, which is a favorite of mine.

But also, Loki as a woman works for me here, the right mix of cunning and beauty and sharp edges and moments of vulnerability, all the things I love about the character twisted just slightly to reflect how a woman would act in her place. I found Thor solid as well and, ahhh, I really want the second half of this (but at least the first half has them resolving some of that tention already!) because the characters fit well into this universe and it was just a fun read, even as it's not really a terribly light-hearted fic. It's the kind that keeps me coming back to various mortal aus, because I love this stuff.

amrun aew by dimmey [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, mortal au (i think?), fluff, 2k
    How slightly strange it still felt to wake up in the morning like this and the man lying next to him, whose arms he had fallen asleep in the night before, was the one he had played with as a child.
    This was pure domestic fluff that warmed my fannish heart and made me ridiculously happy. There's sleepy mornings and Loki wearing Thor's shirt and making breakfast and the sense of them being the only two people in the world, which is one of those things that... it's not always for everyone, but sometimes (especially when I'm reading a lot of more ouchy things) that's exactly what I want and this fic delivered wonderfully. There's also just enough of Loki being glib and Thor being completely genuine with him that it still felt like these characters, rather than just fluff with their names attached. Oh, it's still sweet!Loki, but the kind where I can still see it as him, which is what I wanted, ahhhh.

Just One Night by thisdorkyficthing, thor/loki, NSFW, mortal au, crossover, moulin rouge fusion, 3.3k
    His eyes fell on one of them, a man, tall, thin and pale, dressed in green corset and a black skirt, with black, wavy hair falling to his collarbone.
    I had no idea how badly I needed a Moulin Rouge AU fic until marty-mc's art happened and thisdorkyficthing started writing it. And now we have the first chapter of is, yesssss. I hope for so much courting Loki and I love AUs and I love Hooker with a Heart of Gold Loki and I love courtesan!Loki and I really, really enjoyed the descriptions of the way Loki looked here and this was just such fun to read! Also, porn! ♥ That was very nice, especially the way Loki flattered and simpered deliberately, that made it even hotter, knowing he was playing up to Thor's attentions, making the ending of the scene all the more delightful and hard on poor Thor. *rubs hands eagerly* I can't wait for more of this one.

Stone Age AU, thor/loki, nsfw, dub-con/non-con in parts, brief descriptions of child death, stone age au, 55k
    norsekink prompt: Thor's tribe destroys another tribe because they couldn't agree about their territories. Loki, a son of the leader of that tribe, survives, but he gets captured and enslaved.
    I followed the link to this fic from umakoo's tumblr, because I was curious about a lengthy fic on norsekink again and I considered waiting until it was on AO3 (as the author is in the process of uploading her stories there), but I really couldn't wait, because this was such a great read. I have a difficult time believing that it's over 50k words, because it just went by so fast while I was reading, I couldn't put it down until I'd lost hours to it! I was initially skeptical, which I think a lot of people are by this summary, but it's actually a fairly heart-warming story! My one caveat is that, if you're like me and have at least a passing familiarity with Baldr's character, the making of him as a random villain in this fic was distracting during those scenes because it's against the basic tenets of his character, but was really jarring because everything else was such a delight and I enjoyed so very much of the author's choices in this fic!

This Thor is absolutely perfect, which was a blessing for me, as I've had a hard time finding good Thor characterization lately, but the fic absolutely understood why he shines in this sort of element and gets the aspects of his character down really well, which is all the more brilliant for the language barrier they face here! He's brave and strong and a good leader, he's kind to his tribe and only kills when necessary, but he's also headstrong and arrogant and takes what he wants, that never wavers. The relationship he has with Loki is very firmly non-con in the beginning, no matter how "nice" Thor is about it, but the fic doesn't flinch away from that. And this Thor has his moments of being smart, you can see why his family is utterly loyal to him, even why Loki eventually falls in love with him, the author does a fantastic job of showing both the bad sides and the charming sides of Thor's character through Loki's eyes.

But it's also in the world-building, how everything revolves around the constant, constant search for food, the difficulties they face because of the era they live in, the politics within the tribe are a never-ending difficult line that Loki has to walk. For all that this is a softer Loki in some ways, a lot of that is because we're inside his head, we see how he has to scrabble for every bit of security and navigate these waters that are so difficult. He's the one that's learning a new language, he's the one that's navigating a new political spectrum, he's the one that's balacing everything so carefully in a way that the others don't have to.

And, for all that this is a fic about the Thor/Loki relationship, it's also a fic about daily struggles in life, it's about Loki's getting to know the people in the tribe, it's about his interactions with Thor's parents and his romantic rivals and the slow acceptance he gains, the way he claws his way to something better in this life. The scenes where Loki and Odin interact are especially a highlight, as they eventually come to grudging respect for each other, despite that Odin was the one who killed Loki's father as a child. But, oh, fantastic Thor characterization, charming as hell worldbuilding, a way of writing that just sucks a person in, this fic was so absolutely good for me all the way around.

untitled by thisdorkyblogthing [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, NSFW, mortal au, teenager au, 1k
    Teenage Thor and Loki being reckless and naughty and fucking in the back of a car.
    Teenagers Thor/Loki gets an automatic click on your fic from me and, oh, god, I just love them so much. Especially because they are SUCH STUPID AND RECKLESS TEENAGE ASSHOLES, which is, like, the whole great thing about teenager AU fics! Especially when they're sneaking around late at night and Loki is blowing Thor while they're driving, so Thor just pulls over and fucks Loki in the back of the seat and, of course, things hardly get any calmer from there. It's just completely embracing of the wildness of it, mixed with Loki being a greedy little shit who goads Thor into fucking him and enjoys the hell out of it, as much as Thor enjoys fucking into him, which, by the way, was super hot, yum. Bless and thank, fandom.

untitled by captainvaguewriteswords [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, nsfw, mortal au, some bondage, ~1k
    “Thor, c’mere—” Loki sniggered, swaying on his feet, one arm outstretched and fingers wiggling at the man groaning on the armchair.
    Look, I have a weakness for the things in this fic, okay. Mortal AU and light bondage and Loki being a goading little shit and Thor losing his temper so he fucks Loki--or, more accurately, makes Loki fuck himself on Thor's cock. Like. Just. Give me that always. It's shorter than I'd like and a bit confusing in places, but it was definitely fun and I'm quite glad to have read it today. Especially for the images that it put in my head, mmm. :9

untitled by mrhiddles [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, mildly nsfw, mortal au, biker!thor, hooker!loki, ~1k
    loki is a hooker, thor is a biker
    I also have a weakness for mortal AUs where Loki's a hooker because, oh, man, the potential to get into Loki's issues is so much fun! This is a short piece, more about setting up Thor's background and the initial meeting between him and Loki, but it's fun and lets you imagine all sorts of really delightful images, mmm.

Promise You'll Remember That You're Mine by buttcushions, thor/loki, mildly nsfw, hipster au, mortal au, ~1k
    They made love to the record, to the smoke, to the pictures, moaning as the sun rose over the horizon.
    Not even 200 words, but it's a lovely snapshot of intimacy between them with some very pretty imagery and hipsters. I love human AUs and I fucking love hipsters when the trope is happily embraced, okay.

Brittle Beginnings by westoftheatlantic, thor/loki + other asgardians, NSFW, human au, drug use/addiction, 17.8k wip
    Thor and Loki start over, fuck it up, fix it, and end up a little more lost than when they began. In other words, Loki is a recovering drug addict and Thor refuses to accept that some habits are hard to break.
    I've recommended this fic before, so this is more of an update rec than anything, but I do still recommend the fic as a whole and the most recent chapter (chapter 11) is a good example of so many of the things I'm enjoying about this story. It has Thor and Loki being such brothers with each other, even as they're beginning to navigate their relationship as lovers as well, not letting go of how Loki is such an obnoxious little shit brother especially. Nor does it let go of Thor's anger at the situation, that he's not sure how to handle things or how to help, but he doesn't just stand around lifelessly, instead you feel that rage of his and the barely checked destruction he could have unleashed. There's also the constant undercurrant of how fucked up they are in this situation, but it's delicious because it feels like, even though this is a human AU, it's about them learning how to work through their shit and issues on both sides, so it gives me a lot of post-Thor feelings in the same way a more canon-compliant fic would. Which is really, really good for me. Plus, there's a super hot frottage scene in the latest chapter, with hints of how Thor wants to get his cock into Loki, how Loki wants Thor to fuck him, and how it's a delicious tease for what I hope is coming soon, because, man, this fic is good so far. *__*

30 Day OTP Challenge - 28. Spanking by amberfox17 [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, NSFW, spanking, human au, rockstar au, 2,6k
    Thor slams open the door to the hotel suite and doesn’t even need to say anything for the room to instantly clear, the band and assorted staff slipping past him in a mad rush, heading for the relative safety of the lobby or their own rooms. Thor bangs the door shut behind him once they’re gone and stalks through the lounge to the bigger of the two bedrooms, dimly aware that this is the angriest he has ever been.
    I am so weak to Loki being such a little shit and Thor snapping to put Loki over his knee to spank him. You don't understand just how weak to this I am, because it plays on how much I love how strong Thor is, but even more what it means for/does to Loki. Because it gets him the attention he wants, it puts a halt to his little shit antics (even if only temporarily), it shows that Thor cares about him while still playing into how Loki can get under his skin and look what he can make Thor do! All of that is what I just eat up with a spoon, every time. And this fic does a lovely job of showing that moment, where Loki's viciousness finally breaks, that he's getting this attention and enjoying Thor's temper, that this is what is at the heart of it in this fic, mmm. :9 I also enjoyed the goth rocker Loki element and how much of a mean little spoiled brat he is and how Thor sees through that by the end. Plus, oh, man, it's just really hot when Thor spanks Loki. Bless this fandom for making a nice collection of this trope.

untitled by takemetothedungeons [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, nsfw, human au, halloween, lokitty (sort of), ~1k
    Loki gave Thor a nasty look which was rendered quite harmless by the cat ears he wore and the whiskers painted carefully on his cheeks with eyeliner.
    A cute and fun fic that combines Loki in cat ears, Halloween costumes, a human AU, and just a sense of adorable glee in the writing. It's a delightful way to start off October, especially the way Thor is such a charming arrogant fucker and Loki might protest, but you can sense how much he clearly still loves Thor anyway. Just the thing I wanted to get me into the Halloween mood!

Primavera by mrhiddles, thor/loki, human au, banker au, 2.5k
    Thor is a banker and small time trader. Loki sits on his bench and Thor finds he can't stop looking for him. Then the market crashes and everything changes.
    This didn't need to be a long fic, it was good exactly as it was, having a sort of introspective feeling to it, rather than the usual explosive dynamic Thor and Loki often have. The tone is much quieter here, the feeling of melancholy even as the lure of attraction is there as well, combining into the perfect setting for the story. It's a human AU and was one of those that I read on an overcast day, the fic enhancing that sheer mood of the piece that's really lovely, if somber in feeling.

Rock and Cock by Saintduma, thor/loki, mildly nsfw, human au, rock star au, 2.4k
    Loki had been an insufferable shit since the moment Thor walked onto this job.
    This fic uses too many epithets, but it's still a fun piece where Loki is batshit around the bend who would genuinely piss people off with the way he behaves here and yet remains charismatic enough that you get why they stick around. It makes sense that he would be a rock star, because, yeah, this feels right to that sort of life! And I do so enjoy the human AUs, especially when they're a lot of fun like this.

Viral by mrhiddles, thor/loki, mildly nsfw for violence, human au, post-apocalypse, 12k
    "Thor almost calls for him to stop. He doesn’t like this. He doesn’t like any of it and he’s afraid but he doesn’t know why. Anything can be beyond that door. But this is their new world and so he stands and follows his brother."
    I enjoy post-apocalypse stories and this one was really fun, especially for the way the author had with the little details that make up a life like this. Sometimes they're important, sometimes they're inconsequential, which makes everything feel so... there and organic, for all that it's extraordinary circumstances. The fic is an en medias res style one, but you glean what you need while reading--which is another skill to work into a story--and it works well for the tone and it doesn't need anything more than what it is. The author is very good at the sense of isolation necessary for the mood of this fic, the way it feels like these are the only two people left in the world, which works extra well for an outbreak fic! I read the whole thing in one sitting because it sailed right along and the tension ramped up just as it needed to, making for an engrossing ride the whole way through. It's a lovely piece to highlight the twisty, co-dependent relationship between Thor and Loki, which is both good and necessary but not entirely healthy, just as it should be!


AVENGERS/THOR: The Fault is Not in Our Stars by MonstrousRegiment
SUMMARY: After a long and wretched campaign, Asgard has conquered Jotunheim. To ensure King Laufey's cooperation and later friendship between the kingdoms, Asgard takes home the apparent heir to the throne, Loki Laufeyson. Loki is, unfortunately, anything but complacent.
REC: I have two caveats before I start in on this rec. First, there are a good amount of typos in this fic, which surprises me because typos (beyond the odd stray one here and there) usually means the writing quality is not that great, but this author is actually really excellent. They're not terrible, but once or twice I was mildly jarred out of the story. Second, the worst thing about this fic is that, after about 5k words, I desperately, desperately wanted Thor to just kiss Loki already. 30K WORDS LATER, THAT STILL HADN'T HAPPENED. The entire time I was reading this story, I had the most awful case of unresolved tension that I was just desperate for the author to fix already. This is because the author writes beautifully, but it is a thing I definitely experienced and would warn you to have something with some resolution handy for when you're finished or even need a break mid-way through. Of course, I was coming up on my shark week while reading this, so that may have affected me as well. Still. Okay, caveats out of the way.

So, I decided, well, I'll start in on this fic and then promptly couldn't read anything else until I finished it and ahhhhhh I hate waiting through wips and this fic is why. The author does a gorgeous job with the fic, everything about it is wonderful, from the opening being the kind that grabbed my attention and refused to let it go, to the absolutely torturously good build-up of tension and attraction between the characters, to the completely amazing dynamic Thor has with his family. Who are amazeballs, by the way. Frigga and Odin here are both total trolls, they delight in winding up their son--who delights in doing the same right back--and it gave me a whole lot of family feels while reading this. There's one scene in particular, where Thor finds out something that he can't let his father know (as his father may have to act on it and Thor absolutely doesn't want that), so what does Thor do? He tells his father that there's something he would ask Odin to trust him to handle it himself, to not press their mother (who knows) and, if things get bad, he'll come to his parents about it. And Odin trusts him! Just. Let me roll around in my feelings for this perfect family. They're so absolutely good.

But it's also the world building! This Jotunheim is a more human/mortal-esque world (as is Asgard), but the bits of culture we get as Asgard invades them, the details we learn about as Loki adjusts to life in Asgard, all of them are deliciously good. However, it's truly Loki himself that shines the most, with his poisonous tongue and sharp words and cold looks one minute and burning anger the next. He's beautifully characterized, almost vulnerable one moment and then fiercely mad the next, the author doing a beautiful job of showing how very complicated a character he is. The best part about this is that it only makes Thor more attracted to him! To see him really come alive when he's angry, to see that fire in his eyes or the passion that occasionally surfaces, especially when he find the library or tries a new kind of food for the first time, when he refuses to just lie down even when he's hopelessly physically outmatched, that's when Thor finds him the most attractive.

So often, when you get good Loki characterization, good Thor characterization is sacrificed, but I find myself dearly in love with this Thor. He has an amazing relationship with his family, he has fantastic friendships with his friends (all of whom are absolutely wonderful and supportive and Sif has some of the best insights into Loki, even if she's wary of him, she doesn't blame him for what she's wary of and, oh, here, just have my heart) and the way he interacts with Loki, he's aware that he has to go slower, that he has to be more careful, but he's a man of action, the kind of person who does things, always keeps trying. That is the Thor I love.

The author does a fantastic job with everything necessary here, the writing style is smooth and so good to read, you just sink right into it and the world building and pacing and everything, I would absolutely have kept going if there had been more of it. So far, my only complaint really is that it's immensely frustrating to not have any kissing yet, to fear that they're not even close to it, and so desperately wanting it, because the author is so good at making me feel the attraction there. All of that and there's actually a plot going on and political shenanigans happening and just. asldfkjl;kjas this fandom is going to be the fannish death of me someday. (Thor/Loki.) → Asguard Legal by Princesszellie, thor/loki, human au, lawyers au, fluff, 1.9k
    Loki is a junior lawyer and assistant for the Senior Partner at a prestigious firm, Thor is the playboy son of said Senior Partner. When the ‘heir to the throne’ becomes bewitched with his father’s beautiful secretary things at Laufey, Odinson & Aseir could get interesting.
    This fic isn't going to be for everyone and the writing is rought around the edges, but it's super fluffy and has all the fun tropes I was hoping for when I picked it up! It's one I used to make myself feel better when I really needed some human fluffy AU fic. It's cute cute cute and light-hearted flirting and everything is sunshine and candy, which is what I wanted from this, okay.

something about this coffee… by deconsecrators [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, nsfw, human au, folger's coffee commercial au, ~1k
    Loki shrugs. “You’re my present this year.”
    Oh, man, this was perfect. It was fluffy and adorable and happy and charming and pure delight, all the things a Folger's AU fic should be! The writing is great and captures the sheer fun of this world and even ends on a lovely (and hilarious) porny note, because, yes, of course Thor would do that. It's not a long read, but it was absolutely worth taking the time for and was entirely satisfying for what it achieved.

the best you ever had by ohfreckle, thor/loki, NSFW, rimming, rough sex, human au, pwp, 3.9k
    Thrym's wedding is boring as fuck and Loki decides to have a little fun. He might get a bit more than he bargained for, though, because Thor is not amused.
    This was a fun pwp fic and one of those times that I really enjoy a rimming fic, especially when Loki tries to be goading and manipulative, but ends up pushing Thor too far, who is just this side of dangerous when that happens. The fic is at its best when Thor has a hot and heavy hand at the small of Loki's back or when he's got an iron grip on Loki's arm (let me tell you of my love for a well-crafted moment where just a hand on someone's arm and the sheer promise of it is hot as hell) and Loki is in over his head after all the time he's spent taunting Thor from across the room, but Loki loves that. Loves when Thor destroys him and is taken apart by him! That's the heart of their dynamic in any universe and when Thor gets him to beg, gets Loki to come apart and be genuine and able to be honest in that moment, then when Thor fucks into Loki on the last word of it, that's when this fic was just so good for me omg.

Man Cannot Live On Bread Alone by CalamityCain, thor/loki, NSFW, human au, dub-con, food kink, kitchen sex, spanking, 3k
    In the cramped quarters of wall-to-wall tenement apartments, one thing leads to another: an open window, a voyeur’s gaze, sliced onions, a kitchen fire.
    This is a fic you definitely need to pay attention to the warnings on, it's dub-con and a bit dark, but if you like a bit of power play, where Thor realizes Loki gets off on being taken in hand, then this is a gorgeous fic. It's a human AU where they're neighbors and it's really a pwp with a food kink, but it's a great mix of dark and yet happy! It's perfect for me, not only hitting the kinks that I am really into, but not making it cruel or mean-spirited, but that there's something enthusiastic and almost sweet afterwards. There's an almost anonymous quality to the fic and yet it's so easy to see the characters and their relationship here! Thor bending Loki over the counter and spanking him and then fucking him, just all rought intensity that Loki responds to and then sweetness afterwards, it's a delicious blend of good and yet fucked up. And so hot, oh my god, the porn was amazingly good for me, right down to the taking Loki in hand and fucking him until he has trouble walking. I needed some time after that.

Learning How to Trust by Batsutousai, thor/loki + some steve + some tony, NSFW, almost human fusion, human au, mild dub con, 11.5k
    Loki is one of the best burglars-for-hire in the whole of the city, able to keep even the cop who's always got an eye on him from knowing when he's up to no good. But when he meets the gorgeous Thor, a pleasure bot, he leaves all of that behind for a slightly more respectable past time.
    I was very wary of android!Thor, all the more so because I have a problem being emotionally invested in robots, but this fic completely won me over and it was so good. I pretty much tore through it in two sittings (and it would have been one if I hadn't had to move, because I went immediately back to it after getting settled again), because it was so engrossing. It blendds these characters into the Almost Human world really well and kept the spirit and dynamic of both of them. It had moments of being light-hearted, it balanced the ncessary plot and world building aspects with being self-contained and not bloated, making it a fantastic, smooth read.

The sex scenes were also fantastic, the attraction Loki had to Thor, the bit of a playful bantering dynamic between them, the way Loki was caught on the burglary attempt, but clearly enjoys being pinned down by Thor, just the edge of roughness making it ridiculously hot. Loki's "Am I to fuck myself?" was perfectly done and the punishing pace of the sex was also ridiculously hot! The later suggestion of Thor fucking him with a sanded down broom handle because Loki likes being manhandled was a very pleasant image and completely adorable and one of those things that maybe shouldn't work as well as it did, but oh it did.

The ending was perfect as well, it wrapped everything up nicely and I got all warm-hearted at the ending, it was emotionally satisfied and just... it was a light-hearted fic that was a joy to read! There's even some really great Steve & Loki banter, with Steve as a cop who wants better for Loki but is keeping a suspicious eye on him, which is a delightful thing to me, because I love these two interacting! And it gave Loki a chance to be a rude little shit, which is also my favorite thing. This was a lovely piece of just pure fun to read!

Obsession, Possession by fatcatwrites, thor/loki, NSFW, human au, serial killer au, 2.3k
    Serial Killer AU.
    I did not expect to enjoy a serial killer AU as much as I did, but it knew just how much to show and imply and lightly touch on, as well as keeping the dynamic between them both charming and fucked up. Then add in some delicious sex as Thor fucks into Loki hard and it's just what Loki wants and there's just a slight edge of violence and roughness. This fic combines cute human AU with keeping the fucked up spirit of the characers to make it perfect for me.

Valhalla by Runie (Runic), thor/loki + other marvel characters, human au, implied intersex!loki/pregnant!loki, restaurant au, fluff, 3.1k
    Thor has worked hard to make his restaurant, Valhalla, successful. But on the night when an important critic is set to visit, Thor has to find a replacement chef, which leads him to Loki, which leads to the start of his whole world doing flip flops.
    I actually did a happy sort-of-wiggle when I was done reading this because it was so cute and pure fun! The early scenes with Thor and the restaurant and Loki's first night working there are cute and it's a charming as hell fluffy humor au, where I especially enjoyed cheerful almost to the point of/just this side of obnoxious Thor, but, oh, man, Loki with a crabby but supportive family! A wee kidlet who is every kind of adorable! Snuggling in bed with Mumma! It was so cute and wonderfully fluffy that I could have melted into a puddle right there on my bed. It may not be for everyone, but I was genuinely charmed by this and immediately had to dive into the second fic because, ugh, so good for my heart. ♥

Coffee by Runie (Runic), thor/loki + sleipnir + other marvel characters, human au, implied intersex!loki/pregnant!loki, restaurant au, fluff, 1.9k
    Loki's first day at Valhalla is also the day Thor meets Sleipnir.
    This is a sequel to Valhalla, which should be read first.
    I originally meant to rec these fics together, since they're fairly short, but I can't do it when each one is too much fun! This fic is basically three scenes--Loki bringing Sleipnir to work, Thor meeting Sleipnir while Loki is busy, then Loki talks to Thor afterwards--and I don't think I stopped smiling the entire time I was reading. I laughed out loud at Thor's interaction with Sleipnir, which was genuinely charming and funny, so easy to see the scene in my head and Thor was with the kid. And then my face hurt all oer again during the Thor/Loki conversation because it was sparkling and perfect and spot on for what I wanted from a fluffy human au, the way Thor looks at him and has all this presence and Loki has all these grumpy, jagged edges. Again, this isn't going to be for everyone, but I'm a sucker for well-written super fluff like this, so it was super good for me!

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