Title: Master of the Universe
Author: Snowqueens Icedragon
Summary: Bella Swan is drafted in to interview the reclusive, enigmatic Edward Cullen, multi-millionaire CEO of his company. It's an encounter that will change her life irrevocably, leading her to the darkest realms of desire. Adult themes, AH AU, Bella and Edward.
Rating: MA (M version available on ff.net: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5368782/1/Master_of_the_Universe)
Readability/Grammar – 9
Humor – 5
Fluffiness/Angst – 9
Fur-friendly (Jake love scale) – 5
Emo-sensitive (Edward love scale) – 10
Smut – 10
Is this story complete? No
Did the reviewer finish reading the story? Yes (Up to ch. 82, latest update)
*major spoilers follow*
Totally not what I was expecting. Truly, I was expecting something along the lines of The Submissive and The Dominant (I haven’t finished The Dominant yet), but it’s not even close.
A brief glimpse into my ratings:
-The grammar and readability in this fic isn’t perfect, but it’s not as distracting once you get into the story. I have a very specific way of writing, myself, so I’m slightly biased when it comes to technique and how that plays into readability.
-This story is not comedic, in any form of the word, but I found myself cracking up a certain lines, or how Bella and Edward interact, either with themselves, or with others (that comment should make sense if you read it).
-This story has a tiny bit of the fluffy in it, but it's primarily angst. It's strange, because when I actually went to go rate this section, I was thinking, Wow, it really is ALL angst, isn't it? I think the difference here, is that even when times are stressful, it's hopeful. I never once got the feeling (well, with 82 chapters already written, I guess I didn't have much to worry about) that issues were going to be left as they were. Something that helps is that, from the very beginning, Edward is relatively open about how much he wants Bella, and because it's entirely from Bella's perspective, you know how much she is helpless against her desire for him.
-As far as Jake fans are concerned, Jake is mildly irritating. Like in a lot of other fics where he’s a hindrance to Edward and Bella’s relationship, he’s a good guy, just misguided. In the beginning of the fic he and Bella are both drunk and he tries to kiss her. Bella has already drunk dialed Edward moments before this, who flips out and is already on his way, just in time to get rid of Jake (*whew* No involuntary kisses here! Of course not!). Jake is a photographer who we see, when his gallery opens one night, has been taking candid of Bella shots (not distasteful, just unexpected), that are blown up to gigantic proportions. It’s obvious that he’s in love with her. Bella has told him multiple times—and it’s getting annoying—that she’s with Edward, it’s serious, and she’s not interested in him as more than a friend. Still, she’d rather ignore the fact that he’s dense and letting her lead him on, than cut him off because of it.
-Edward is always the protagonist here. Even when he's being a total DID/psycho/control freak/crazy person, you know it's only because it's completely smitten with Bella, and can't imagine his life without her in it. This is an issue that's raised later, so no worries. Bella doesn't take it lying down (haha, pun TOTALLY intended), and makes the point that she understands his love for her, but doesn't give him the right to put her in a guilded cage.
-Smut. *sigh.* Well, as you can most likely guess from the title, the content centers around the BDSM lifestyle. That being said, there are actually minimal scenes where this lifestyle is acted upon. Anyone who has serious issues with that can go for the edited version available on ff.net.
All of this being said, I am really enjoying this fic and the way the characters are developing.
And now, my anticlimactic sign-off.