The Love You Take
Summary: Hermione is cursed by the Death Eaters, and Dumbledore believes Professor Snape is the only one who can help her and keep her safe. Hermione is 18 years old in this story, but she is still a student.
[Review originally posted June of 2011]
This is, quite possibly, the best smut-centric work of fanfiction I have ever read. From the initial build of UST-laden interactions to the height of erotic shared passion, there is a constant revelation of character and personality which made me absolutely fall in love with Severus and Hermione both as individuals, and as a couple.
The premise of The Love You Take is made for smut and awesomeness. Voldemort has cursed Hermione with Eternus Perturbatio- which causes her to imprint upon the first man she sees with a raging need for sexual relief that can only be supplied by him. Again and again. Forever. (Note: This is the Twilight Pack imprint fic I wish had been written. I will beg you to do it.) Dumbledore thrusts this responsibility on Professor Snape, whom he trusts to handle the task honorably and gently. The Professor attempts to do this by satisfying her aching need as clinically and efficiently as he is able, requiring her to guide their interactions, right down the the placement of his hands.
The UST builds to volcanic heat as Snape denies his own sexual desire by refusing to fuck her, until Hermione demands a more thorough attending to. It is delicious and awesome.
‘I have very little choice in this,’ he said, panting slightly as he rained smacks on alternating sides of her bum, ‘but what choice I have, I will exercise, Miss Granger! Is that clear?’
The only thing that was clear to Hermione was that this ignominious spanking was heightening her arousal. Squirming forward slightly, she parted her thighs further, offering her fanny as well as her bum for spanking.
She could not see, but felt her professor’s consternation, for he stopped spanking and remained motionless for what seemed an eternity to the needy naked woman on his bed. At last she spoke. ‘I apologise, Professor, but I can’t reach your hands to put them where I want them – would you please spank me and finger me until I climax?’
Teacher spanks student? In the hands of a lessor author this could have been crack-fic, but the way she has written Snape, he is dripping sex, power and control and the result is shockingly erotic.
Subversa weaves an intricate plot, intense physicality and overwhelming emotions. While Hermione is 18, she is still very much a student, and the scrutiny and societal dogma haunts their relationship as they begin to develop true emotional attachments. While this would be complicated enough, Snape is still embroiled in subterfuge with the Dark Lord and any weakness could be exploited to the peril of the entire wizarding world. I am driven mad by the stark contrast between Severus’ velvet tender treatment of Hermione while he retains all his sharp, jagged edges and rapier wit. He is brave, strong and intense. She is spirited, brilliant and passionate. Together, they are beautiful and perfect and brilliantly real.
In the interests of full disclosure. I’ve never read the Harry Potter books, nor seen the movies. However, within the first hundred words the cadence of the writing and the premise of the story hooked me, and reeled my smut & plot-loving heart right in. This fic has inspired me to dive in relentlessly to the original work so that I can better grasp the wonder of these characters.
Yes, this fic is so good, I want to go read 7 other books so I can know Snape and Hermione better.
It is a rare indulgence to see a fic with such amazing writing bring together edge-of-your-seat storyline with wicked eroticism. This is that fic. You owe it to yourself. Spend a day in a dark room reading. Indulge.