Because @alexaprilgarden asked me for suggestions for a nice long plotty johnlock fic to read (a bit like Edinburgh Problem by snorklepie), and because I always wanted to do a rec list, here are my recommendations. Please, be careful, many are rather dark. Heed the tags.
Two Coffees, One Black One With Sugar Please by Linpatootie: I love love love this series. It’s sweet and funny, totally in character and with some really hot scenes. How Sherlock and John become an item, in their own way. Also a podfic by @magicranberries
The Heart In The Whole by @verity-burns: EPIC friends to lovers. All the feels. A true classic. Set after The Great Game, where (in this version) Sherlock got severely injured and needs John’s help to recover.
The Chemistry Is Incredibly Simple And Very Destructive by @starrysummer-nights: Sherlock is too busy to continue to go out and procure willing sex partners for himself so he comes up with the perfect solution: John. After all, he knows John is attracted to him and they are already living together. Why not make their friendship one with benefits? What could go wrong? - Well I have eight ideas so far…
Cracks In The Pavement by naughtyspirit: Infidelity! While Mary is out with her friends, John meets Sherlock… naughtyspirit has some nice other fics, check them out.
The Roads Less Travelled by @verity-burns: Sherlock realises that John’s dating habits involve an unacceptable level of risk… what if he meets an unusually tolerant woman and ends up getting married? - You can imagine what Sherlock does - or can you? Great fic!
The Last Place You’d Look by theorclair: An abuse case turns into an investigation where Sherlock, John, and all of Scotland Yard will learn stunning things about Sherlock’s past and will change the relationship between him and John forever. TW for child abuse, but so good!
The Game has Changed by youtextd: Rather dark hurt/comfort post-Reichenbach fic. TW for torture.
A Good Old-Fashioned Happy Ending by darcylindbergh: Lovely Christmas fic. Sherlock wants to ask John to marry him and almost overthinks and panics. But they get there in the end.
An Alternative Universe by notjustmum: How S3 could have gone without Mary Morstan.
Human Error by
ValarMorghulis508: John leaves Mary for Sherlock. Mary tries to get John back. And she’s a true piece of work. Kinky.
Sheherezade by sgam76: Sherlock is back from the dead and he and John resume their work. But Sherlock’s past and childhood catch up on him. John tries to deal with it, tries to help his friend but has to understand that some things can’t be healed by friendship alone. Darkish, mention of child abuse.
Midnight Blue Serenity by BeautifulFiction: Sherlock investigates undercover at a club ot catch a serial killer. What John sees and learns during this investigation has him fall head over heels for his flatmate - but will Sherlock reciprocate his feelings? Or, even worse, will the murderer get him before John has a chance to make his confession?
The Other Man by ampersand_ch: Mature friends-to-lovers story. Not happy go lucky but honest and true.
Echoes by corruptedpov: When Sherlock comes back from the dead, he hopes nothing has changed. But John suffered too much to just take him back in. Sherlock’s Asperger doesn’t make it any easier. John is very angry and it takes a while and them working through loads of emotional baggage to resume their friendship.
The Case Of The Number Game by EscapistAz: After Sherlock’s return, he and John have not only to deal with rearranging their lives together but also with a gruesome murder case.
The Adventure Of The Silver Scars by tangledblue: Post S3. Mary has shot Sherlock and John has still not got over that. When he finally leaves his wife, it takes some time and talk for him and Sherlock to figure out what they mean to each other. And there’s also a case to solve…
These Hours That Define Us by predictably_unpredictable: Set during and post S3. Sherlock has just been discharged from hospital, not knowing what to expect or what he’ll be coming home to. He’s convinced himself that he should never see John again for John’s well being, believing himself to be a hindrance to him. But when John shows up unexpectedly to 221B in the middle of the day hoping for a place to stay, things take a different turn, forcing them both to confront their past and their future.
The Virgin by charlieeanne: Anyone who knew Sherlock could never imagine him being in a relationship. However, as John and Sherlock grow closer, John begins to realise his partner’s aversion to relationships and sex may not be as he first assumed. Psychological trauma and mentions of past abuse.
The Thing Is by TSylvestris: The problem with living with Sherlock, John thought, was that you never, never, ever knew the significance of anything. Like your flatmate’s nose buried in your hair. Whilst you’re in bed. Epic story.
Trying To Find The In-Between by NoStraightLine: How Sherlock Holmes and John Watson fall in love - against all odds. Classic.
221Behave - 31 Days OTP Challenge by NerdyMind: This casefic follows Sherlock and John as they grow from friends to lovers with the help of supportive and nosy friends. They have sexy times. They have really tough bad times. But they come out on top with a new family and a happy future.
Safe Distance by merripestin: The mother was apparently poisoned, the son seems to have killed himself playing Russian roulette. It’s a murder and a suicide. Or is it a suicide and a murder? At least the case is distracting John from the fact that sex with Sherlock was probably a mistake right from the start.John will learn to cope, one way or another.
Thirst by bittergreens: When John realizes he has feelings for Sherlock and decides he must keep those feelings secret at all costs, the resulting tension might bring Baker Street to the ground.
The Proof Of Sentiment by crimsonwinter: Taking place a year after their first anniversary, John and Sherlock play the complicated ‘game’ of attraction, which explores their unnamed relationship and Sherlock’s fluid sexuality (or lack thereof). Will they ever cut the veil and become the couple everyone assumes they are?…Yes, the answer is yes. They will.
Mind The Gap by sweetcupandcakes: An introspective journey through the life and relationships of Sherlock Holmes. TW for child abuse.
Say You’ll Stay With Me by justacookieofacumberbatch: It was just supposed to be an ordinary business trip, but when John’s car stalls out on Hollywood Boulevard, he meets someone who just might change his life.Hollywood AU, prostitution.
To The Sticking Place by blueink3: Actor AU, John and Sherlock stage Macbeth. God, I love this story.
Sharp Bits And Safe Paths by midgetnazgul: John learns Sherlock sacrificed much more than he ever could have believed in his time away. Rape Recovery.
A Very Long Acquaintance by Kate_Lear: The story of a meeting, a separation, and a reunion. (A little cmbyn-ish…)
Aplomb by FivePips: Balletlock. TW eating disorder.
Knealing by ianavi: Going on one’s knees can mean many things. Anxious as a child, awkward at university, self-harming and escaping into drugs - this AU Sherlock is not a detective, does not deduce crime scenes, never meets a man called Moriarty. No need when the enemy, your very own Moriarty, is all in your head…