I’ll Raise You Like A Pheonix by colonel_bastard
When you’re two punk kids in love, sometimes it feels like the whole world is trying to tear you apart. Steve and Bucky aren’t giving up without a fight.
Warnings: Homophobia, Self-Harm
HOLY COWS this was awesome! Really interesting spin on the boys’ cannon storyline within an 80’s punk!AU. Amazingly written - put a nice loud playlist on in the background and it’s even better. (Warnings added are mine, not the authors)
Snake Eyes by boopboop
There’s a lot of expectation attached to Steve Rogers’ name. It’s taken him years to prove his own worth - that he’s made it so far in the USNA on his own merit and not just because of his father. He’s close though - there are only a few more months until he graduates and gets to stand on his own two feet. It’s taken a lot of effort to get there, and a lot of sacrifices.
Bucky’s beyond the point of expectation. When your father and grandfather have both been President - and your mother nurses political ambitions of her own - brilliance is a foregone conclusion. He’s just counting down the final months of his confinement to the glass cage of the White House and he’s determined to put that whole world behind him.
But as the days standing between them and their dreams dwindle, Steve comes to realize he might have made one sacrifice too many, and Bucky learns that his freedom comes at a cost he’s never going to be able to pay.
Warnings: Substance Abuse, Dubious Consent
This isn’t just any old Political AU, this is the Political AU to end all other AUs. Even if you stay away from WIP normally, seriously, this one is worth it. Rumlow’s a bitch, Clint’s a goddamn saint, Bucky’s breaking my heart, and, ugh, I seriously need to give Steve a hug. One of the most beautifully written things in the history of ever if you only read one thing, read this.
Welcome to the Jungle by neversaydie
“What do you think about guy-guy scenes?”
He was too self-conscious to act, modelling didn’t pay enough, and time out of school for the medical trial that fixed his body had left him barely scraping a pass on his GED. He shared an apartment with a burlesque dancer, and she’d talked him into it over a weekend and way too much tequila.
Three pictures and one embarrassingly short amateur jerk-off video later, and here he is.
His mom can never find out about this.
Warnings: Self Harm, PTSD, Dubious Consent, Substance Abuse, Abuse
This is actually the start of a series and trust me, once you start, you’re hooked until the end. Porn Industry AU which had so so so much more depth than I expected it to - damn heartbreaking and also gorgeous (and just a bit hot too…).
That Reflection Man by SkyisGray
Steve is the son of a Governor and the grandson of a Vice President. At 18, he meets Bucky. At 24, he marries someone else. At 25, he’s elected to the House of Representatives, and Bucky overdoses. But their story is really just getting started.
Warnings: Substance Abuse
It’s another Political AU (I have a thing, don’t judge me) only this time Steve’s the one in office and it starts off as a collage AU and progresses from there. Damn, it’s another sad one, I’d apologise but I just re-read the ending and remembered why I loved it so much…
Critical Feline Mass by Kryptaria & rayvanfox
Adjusting to civilian life is hard for any military veteran — especially for one ex-sniper with a cybernetic arm, a classic Harley, and friends who keep trying to ‘help.’ When Sam Wilson at the VA sends Sergeant Barnes to rent a room from the hottest guy in the DC area, Bucky thinks maybe civilian life is worth it after all. And then he finds out Captain Rogers is everything Bucky’s not: a real hero, a Medal of Honor recipient, and an all-around nice guy. Bucky doesn’t have a chance in hell with him.
Sam was a huge help to Steve Rogers when he left the military. In the spirit of ‘pay it forward,’ Steve decides to rent out his basement room to a vet in need. But when Sergeant Barnes shows up on his doorstep, he knows he’s in for a world of trouble. Barnes is exactly what Steve never knew he wanted, from his bedroom eyes to his wicked innuendos. And he’s Steve’s tenant.
A love story in twelve chapters, including two Harley-Davidsons, a guardian angel, multiple snipers, the only woman who can scare them into behaving themselves, spontaneous kittens, and one attacking sheep.
Rating: Teen & Up
So the summary pretty much covers it, but oh my word this was adorable and very, very, funny in places with a fantastic substance and depth to the storyline. Really great - a Sunday evening kind of story.
If You Can’t Stand the Heat (Stay Out of the Kitchen) by TheMeaningofHaste
When Captain Steve Rogers left the Army he fell in to a life of cooking. He never expected it to lead him to become a personal chef for the Barnes family, one of the most influential families in Washington D.C.
He certainly never expected to fall for their playboy son
Warnings: Self Harm, Referenced Rape/Non-Con
Both shatteringly tragic and heat-meltingly cute this story has it all really. Bucky is my darling, Steve is adorable and Peggy is a queen.
To Be Vulnerable Is Needed Most Of All by perfect_plan
Steve is a shy comic book artist and meets his new neighbour, Bucky Barnes.
In which there are awkward longings, meddling best friends, comic conventions, heartache, lemons, video games, dorkiness, dancing and two cute boys.
Warnings: PTSD, Panic Attacks
Hilarious, toe curlingly sweet and overall very very good - this one definitely deserves a read, although set aside a chunk of time because once you open it you can’t leave until you’re done. Also Nat and Clint are both queens this time.
Sex, Drugs & Needles by OhCaptainMyCaptain
Bucky’s a bit of a masochist in that sense – needles and the buzz of a tattoo gun have always turned him on…
It’s even worse that this client is what they call a ‘needle virgin’. Doesn’t appear to have a piercing anywhere on him (although Bucky could still be surprised; you never know what people have hiding under their clothes), and he’s already made it clear that he has no prior ink. Bucky’s always found something inherently sexy about being the first person to introduce another to that experience. Not all people like it; some can only handle the one tattoo and then they’re done for good, never seen again.
Others have the tendency to come back, and Bucky always feels a small sense of pride when he watches those select clients getting more and more added to their bodies – now in love with the art form. And if they happen to be getting tattooed by Clint, or Natasha, or Logan, there’s always that feeling of, But my art went on you first.
He has absolutely no problem popping this guy’s needle cherry.
Warnings: Mild Drug Use
Tattoo Shop AU. This is part of her Porn-Prompt series (so it’s pretty heavy on the explicit if that’s not your thing) but there is so so much more than just that in this story. Gorgeous, believable plot that you’ll be thinking about for weeks. Oh, and once again Clint and Nat are fab.