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Review #1, by quietGOLDHow not to be a Woodley: Of Knights in Filthy Armour

4th January 2018:
I've been meaning to read this for ages. I had a feeling -- a good feeling!! -- that this was going to be one of those fics that really punch you in the mouth. The best sort of fic, honestly. I even favourited it in advance, knowing that when the time came, when it was finally the right moment to read this story, it would knock me out.

It did.

Honestly, the whole thing was a thrill. I enjoyed the slow build at the beginning - something which made James and Seth's first few interactions much more enjoyable. I love how they were not immediately best friends, and how their relationship has had to overcome obvious tension (of every sort, honestly), to grow and change into something that is... so real? The regard James obviously has for Seth is apparent in every moment he offers her something genuine - especially when contrasted to the first parts of the story, and especially(!!) when compared to how he treats other women he is involved with 'romantically'. This is something that really sticks out, and it makes his character much more real and flawed and hell -- it makes my romance-reading little heart cackle a bit (while another part of me chants "Your mother and father raised you better why are you being such a .!!") It is nice to see his respect for Seth has changed him, and how his own influence has affected her as well.

Seth is a fantastic OC, of which I'm sure you know. The familial struggles, and the path she took to finally tell them NO; the moments of introspection which felt uncomfortably like reading someone's ACTUAL journal; her mistakes and triumphs -- one of my favourite being, thus far, her impromptu declaration of drinks when Lucas had done what he had.

That's only one thing though. There are a lot more.

But anyways - I just wanted to say that everything in this story is a wild ride, and a fun one at that. The cast of original characters are awesome. How you've portrayed the cast of canon characters is fantastic.

This was all a round about way of saying thank you for sharing your writing with us, and that should you consider publishing an original piece in the future, please let your readers know!

I'm excited to see where you take this story and look forward to your next installment.

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