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Past the Last Exit - Chapter 1 - Annakovsky - Veep [Archive of Our Own]
Once you're accidentally married for political expediency, accidentally having a baby for political expediency is just the next logical step.
veep  amy/dan  AU-canon-divergence  kid!fic  relationship-of-convenience  future!fic  banter  rating:nc-17  via:puckling 
4 weeks ago by nyx
Hand in Unlovable Hand - Annakovsky - Veep [Archive of Our Own]
The one where Amy and Dan get married in Vegas and then turn those lemons into career lemonade.
veep  amy/dan  AU-canon-divergence  relationship-of-convenience  rating:r  via:puckling 
4 weeks ago by nyx
An Arranged Marriage - Josselin - Captive Prince - S. U. Pacat [Archive of Our Own]
Afterwards his father only remarked, “His features are very fine.”

“I am not marrying him for his features,” said Damen.

“No, you are marrying him for his dowry,” said Theomedes.
captiveprince  damen/laurent  AU-canon-divergence  relationship-of-convenience  sexual-tension  author:josselin  rating:nc-17 
january 2016 by nyx
An Arranged Marriage by Jan H
For reasons of economy, Elizabeth is forced to marry a man she thinks she does not love, but how long will it take for Darcy to convince her otherwise?
austen  prideandprejudice  darcy/elizabeth  AU-canon-divergence  relationship-of-convenience  first-time  misunderstandings  pining  angst  romance  author:janh  rating:pg-13 
may 2015 by nyx
Within His Power - Chapter 1 - NoBezel - Teen Wolf (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
The first day of Stiles' senior year, Derek Hale is at his school. Derek Hale, brother of Governor Laura Hale, and the quintessential LP—a marvel of genetic, and cybernetic, engineering. There is only one reason an LP of Derek's age and status comes to a high school like Hale Prep: mate hunting.

Hyperactive, unsequenced, anti-Bite, teen boys do not become arm candy of the rich and wolfy. Stiles knows he has no chance; he knows he doesn't want one. But when Derek Hale declares his intent to make Stiles his mate, the vow he makes to Stiles privately isn't one of love; it's one of power, money, and influence. Privileges the unsequenced don't dream of in Stiles' world. It's more than Stiles can resist.

But that doesn't mean he can't try.

|| Some really good and engrossing world-building in this fic. The end seemed a bit rushed and I would have liked a bit more resolution, but that doesn't detract from the overall readability.
teenwolf  derek/stiles  AU  relationship-of-convenience  plotty  bonding  knotting  author:nobezel  rating:nc-17  thingsilike 
january 2015 by nyx
The Marriage Bargain - Chapter 1 - kianspo - X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]
Erik Lehnsherr had made a fortune manufacturing steel in Europe. When he wished to expand to the New World, he discovered that no one would do business with him unless he was affiliated with one of the First Families, the creme de la creme of the NW aristocracy. When Lord Marko holds an auction to give away his 14-year-old stepson's hand in marriage, Erik sees his chance and takes it. He has no interest in Charles himself, but now that he has him, can they make it work?

|| Likely forever a WIP, but the first chapter hits so many of my favourite tropes (marriage of convenience, social intrigue, Harlequin romance) that I feel compelled to bookmark it.
x-men  charles/erik  AU-historical  relationship-of-convenience  romance  author:kianspo  AU-fantasy  arranged-marriage  first-time  rating:r  wip 
october 2014 by nyx
Waiting Games - Jerakeen - Teen Wolf (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
Being an only child and heir to the throne, Stiles had always known he may not have the luxury of marrying for love. When he’d realized he was an omega to boot, things had taken an even more uncomfortable turn for him.

Omegas are rare. An omega as the heir apparent is almost unheard of.

Which is why there is no wiggle room when it comes to the tournament.
teenwolf  derek/stiles  AU-royalty  alpha/beta/omega-dynamics  relationship-of-convenience  pining  knotting  author:jerakeen  rating:pg-13 
july 2014 by nyx
Bubbles - Chapter 1 - always_addicted - Teen Wolf (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
Stiles knew he was in trouble the minute his father sat next to him with *that* look on his face. But he didn't expect the words "Governor Hale's son" and "arranged marriage" to come spilling out of the Sheriff's mouth. But really, he should've known it would be bad. He just couldn't imagine anything worse.

|| Recommended with reservations. The premise is that Stiles and Derek are introduced to each other as potential marriage of convenience partners so that Derek can inherit his father's fortune. I like that instead of marrying right away, they take things slow (relatively speaking) by dating one another, find that they are compatible, and work through Derek's issues with trust and intimacy slowly. And it has bottom!Derek.

What I didn't like was the way conflict was brought up, but resolved in a few sentences without much satisfaction or even in an unsatisfactory way. How Lydia was dealt with at the end really raised my eyebrows because I found it OOC and a bit demeaning. Also, the fic could use a beta for phrasing, grammar, spelling, etc.
teenwolf  derek/stiles  AU-human  arranged-marriage  relationship-of-convenience  developing-relationship  romance  first-time  fluff  rimming  author:always_addicted  rating:nc-17 
february 2014 by nyx
Something Blue - Chapter 1 - Lapin - The Hobbit (2012), The Hobbit - All Media Types [Archive of Our Own]
Thorin marries Bilbo after the Battle of Five Armies, a marriage of convenience, not love. Slowly, they must come to make the best of it, Bilbo resolves. After all, he's a Hobbit. They make the best of things.
hobbit  bilbo/thorin  AU-canon-divergence  relationship-of-convenience  pining  jealousy  author:lapin  rating:r 
october 2013 by nyx
Looking for Heaven - foxxcub - The Avengers (2012) [Archive of Our Own]
When young Lord Anthony Stark learns Steven Rogers has enlisted in the army, he thinks he's seen the last of his tiny, headstrong, haughty stable boy. But four years later, Lord Stark gets an unexpected visit from Steve, whose mother has fallen gravely ill and into financial ruin. Even more unexpected, Steve agrees to a shocking proposal: they will marry, giving Steve the necessary funds to save his mother, and Tony the much-needed reprieve from harassing would-be suitors. It is a business arrangement, nothing more. But as time goes on and circumstances arise, Tony begins to learn that keeping his heart away from his husband is easier said than done.
author:foxxcub  rating:nc-17  pining  romance  first-time  angst  AU-historical  avengers  steve/tony  relationship-of-convenience 
september 2013 by nyx
Fic: a light-handed approach to regulation
Patrick Kane has soft hands.

|| A really great alpha/beta/omega AU where Patrick (unbonded alpha) and Jonny (unbonded omega) just try to play hockey on the same team under the media spotlight.
author:hazel  rating:nc-17  thingsilike  AU  pining  first-time  bonding  alpha/beta/omega-dynamics  kane/toews  hockeyRPF  relationship-of-convenience  sexual-tension 
march 2013 by nyx
Forever Can Never Be Long Enough, Or The Earl Of Epsom Takes A Husband - torakowalski - Social Network (2010) RPF [Archive of Our Own]
Regency AU. When Andrew Garfield, the new Earl of Epsom, returns from the Peninsula War to find his ancestral home mortgaged to the hilt, he must marry Jesse Eisenberg, his parents’ mysterious ward, in order to save his family from ruin.
actorRPF  andrew/jesse  AU-historical  first-time  relationship-of-convenience  angst  pining  author:torakowalski  rating:nc-17 
february 2013 by nyx
abriata: fic: Threads | The Social Network | Masterpost
Eduardo marries Mark to avoid getting deported. Five years later, he wants a divorce. Mark is not okay with this.
author:abriata  rating:r  thingsilike  character-focus  AU  fake/pretend-relationship  angst  thesocialnetwork  eduardo/mark  relationship-of-convenience 
september 2012 by nyx
Fic: Human Empanada
Kaner, a traditionally useless Prince of America, and Tazer, the Heir Apparent of British Canada, don't know each other when their mothers arrange their engagement. Once that's done all they have to do is get to know each other, get married, consummate the marriage, refrain from killing each other, negotiate a treaty with California, and try not to piss off Mexico again. Falling in love isn't part of the plan. That's politics, boys.

|| I love marriage of convenience fics where one or both parties are emotionally constipated and pine after one another, but still fuck each other and end up more and more confused. There's tons of pining. The revised geopolitical borders and politics are cool, but really, at the heart of it, it's two man-boys figuring out how to be with one another despite their limited emotional vocabulary.
hockeyRPF  kane/toews  AU-royalty  arranged-marriage  relationship-of-convenience  pining  romance  first-time  angst  break-up-make-up  plotty  developing-relationship  sweet  author:impertinence  rating:nc-17 
april 2012 by nyx
Fic Series: Horse And Carriage
Sherlock proposes. John thinks the whole idea is ludicrous.

|| Cute fic series documenting how Sherlock badgers John into a civil partnership and their life afterwards. Sherlock is asexual and John still dates women when Sherlock isn't being a date-crashing pillock.
author:flawedamythyst  rating:pg-13  sweet  humour  fluff  bbcsherlock  john/sherlock  lestrade/mycroft  asexuality  relationship-of-convenience 
march 2012 by nyx
Fic: Bells Are Ringing
"Oh bloody fucking DAMN!" Sherlock shouted, apropos of nothing. John nearly dropped his tea.

John turned and found Sherlock shaking his passport. "Mycroft made me French!"

|| So clearly the only way to evade Immigration is to get John to marry him.
bbcsherlock  john/sherlock  relationship-of-convenience  fake/pretend-relationship  humour  author:basingstoke  rating:pg-13 
march 2012 by nyx
Fic: Repent at Leisure
To save Lois's life, Clark makes a bargain with Lex. Complications ensue. R for sexual situations and Lex being a big jerk; also (mainly offscreen) violence. If you think things like mating bonds pose issues of consent, then there are definitely issues of consent here, though not exactly mating bonds. Well, Lex in himself is a walking issue of consent, isn't he?

I should probably mention that I'm ignoring much of anything past S5.
author:rivkat  rating:r  developing-relationship  bonding  it's-complicated  smallville  clark/lex  relationship-of-convenience 
february 2012 by nyx
Fic: A Well Kept Secret
Magical soul-bonding in childhood Mycroft/Lestrade fic. There is a fairy godmother of delicious (slightly) crack!fic filled with ALL THE FEELINGS for Mycroft/Lestrade out there.

That aside, I especially liked the lovely childhood bits.
author:stupidmuse_hatesme  rating:pg  pining  romance  bonding  angst  bbcsherlock  lestrade/mycroft  magical-realism  pre-canon  relationship-of-convenience 
february 2012 by nyx
Fic: A World More Full of Weeping
Lestrade fulfills his Fae Family's Marriage Debt and gets engaged to Mycroft Holmes, solving one Family's problem--only to gain a whole slew of new ones.

|| Had to read this twice to get all the intrigue that goes on.
author:eva  rating:r  AU  romance  first-time  bbcsherlock  lestrade/mycroft  magical-realism  mystery  relationship-of-convenience 
february 2012 by nyx

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