I adore mystery stories and have begun to seek them out in the HP fandom. So when I saw ”A Safe Place”
recc’d on my friends list, I couldn’t resist giving it a read. As I believe is inevitable, it is a “ship fic” written for The R/S Games. The author even billed it as a “bodice ripper” style fic. Well I don’t know if it’s because I do occasionally enjoy those too or if it was just that the author did actually create UST, but I really enjoyed this one!”A Safe Place” Summary: Someone is determined to see Remus Lupin, Head of the Dark Creature Legislation and Control Department, dead. Auror Sirius Black is assigned to protect him and in the process, both men find something they never expected.
What worked best for me, the political angles to the story with Lupin as a token minority appointed to gain votes for Minister Bagnold. I also liked the author’s portrayal of Black as a young, tough guy Auror in denial about his attraction to men. The uses of magic in the story as well as characters we’ve met in canon were excellent. There is real suspense and sizzling sex worthy of the bodice ripper designation. The epilogue scene, with Black anxious to make his homosexual relationship public was too easy for a fairly realistic fic up until that point but who am I to deny readers their happy ending. All in all, I found this to be a very entertaining read!