Hi!! I'm reviewing this for the Blue vs. Bronze review battle! I would've reviewed chapter 4 of House of Cards, but I felt like commenting on this beautiful thing that you've written. :)
So... As with all of your work, I really love this one. I actually read it a long time ago, because I was finished reviewing a chapter of House of Cards and I wanted more.
Then, as now, your powers of seductive adjectives and verbs and actions astound me. Lestrange is a singular character, and his motives are very slippery indeed. Really, this whole thing is just... Intense.
Bellatrix is Bellatrix, as always, but here, she is a different Bella than in HoC. She is not bitter here, at least, not about her family, but everything is still so beneath her, as if she's just way too good for it all. Lestrange is precisely her match, and it seems like he's going soft when he begins to talk of love, but with time, you realize that even bad guys need love, too! The quote from Shakespeare is beautiful, and Rodolphatrix is a beautiful (dark!) couple.
I see a lot of James/Lily one-shots, but I think this tops everything. It's a story of a couple in the same era, but with much more in the works than simply a love-hate-love tango. So. Beautiful.
Rock on, Aphoride!
Author's Response: Hey there - thanks for stopping by! Don't worry about it - I'm sure I'll drop by your review thread soon enough and you'll catch up with that one ;)
I'm so glad you like it, since it's practically the first thing I wrote for ff (that one story I wrote before doesn't count :P), and the first for a challenge so it was a bit different and definitely a challenge! :)
Lestrange is really not necessarily a very nice guy. He doesn't really think in terms of emotion and wants - it's all about power.
Yeah, she's a very different Bella than in HoC - a lot less mad, I think :P She's definitely very uptight and superior - they both have massive superiority complexes, which is kinda what makes them ideal for each other, I guess, lol. They are a very beautiful couple - they were my OTP for a very long time, tbh, and there's still a small space reserved for them :)
Gah, thank you so so much for that! I'm so so glad you liked it - it was something I was very nervous about. Thank you so much for the wonderful review as well. I will treasure it :)