Reviews for The Ties That Bind Us

BY : KaiBlueOtaku


  • From FicticiousDelicious on August 20, 2014

    "A Visit to the Doctor"

    I read...mmm...maybe two sentences into this chapter and I already have a theory about what the doctor visit would express based on some stuff said in earlier chapters [which I am too lazy to quote]. Even if you didn't plan on a pregnancy theme I was still imagining Renji and Hisagi with kids somehow. Heck though...they're quick to start jabbing at each other after the pregnancy fact was confirmed. The tense ties that bind. My first guess about the father isn't Grimmjow though, pretty sure Renji beat him to the band there.
    Hisagi, if you figure out a dignified way to puke in front of your lover, who's more worried about you than your dignity for the moment thankfully, let the rest of the world know! Poor guy. I love your version of Renji but the timing for asking 'How is he?' was a poor choice on his part. Made me want to punch him for ragging on a guy after he's puked up a lung...naah. Not the nicest thing. It's imaginable why Renji would want to ask but that timing...that awful timing... Hisagi wasn't real pissed, so sh*t obviously blows over with them. It's good that Renji didn't know his boyfriend was preggers at the time though. He would have been loading his shotgun a day sooner, and without added help to calm him down he might have gotten stupid. The development of this 'pack' (family) is deep and I can really see it helping these four.
    Through surprising switches in the story's plot, Renji is still as impulsive as he's ever been and Hisagi's still as level-headed as he's always seemed, which is great. Sometimes characters' nature/natural selves are quickly changed by an author to fit sudden circumstances and I find that lousy; you've avoided going into that mess. Character development due to circumstance - good thing. Cut and paste behaviors - not fitting, bad thing. ...but this is all just my take on that.
    And on a closing note...I wouldn't talk to Tier like Renji did; Grimmjow's got the right idea about giving her respect and if Renji isn't careful around his 'pack' obvious top-dog she's going to be putting the guns to him. Get whipped like Grimm! *laughter*

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  • From FicticiousDelicious on August 01, 2014

    "Desgarron" & "Welcome to the Jungle"

    Grimmjow is a sex enthusiast and Tier is one devious, dutiful babe. Those really show in these chapters.
    Well this theoretical, soon actual, make-up session for the band is an odd patch; I was wondering in what way the three (now four) involved persons would come together. This solution is creative.
    At first that 'alpha and omega' inclusion was a little awkward but it implies where Grimmjow and Tier stand, which is together. In the following chapter after the 'pile-up' Grimmjow being forced into submission by Tier explains their pecking-order better. I'm glad that was included, and as an added bonus the development of a 'pack' which seems a growing theme.
    This is an interesting arrangement of characters TIED TOGETHER. I'll be waiting to see where it gets to next, this is definitely turning out to be a story of ties that bind persons.

    And thank you very much for the reviews on "D&L". I was very pleased to get them.

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  • From FicticiousDelicious on August 01, 2014

    "I'm With the Band"

    The environment of soul society and presence of many characters/events presents the world to a reader. "The Ties That Bind" is developing its own world. As an author you've written, with "P.C.E.", in this grand way before. I still like it, as it can make a less predictable story. Directing thoughts of a reader to leave hints vs general predictability - intentional vs the unintentional.
    Jinta as Mister Tough-Stuff. Urahara the business man. Renji and Hisagi as the newbie lovebirds. Ulquiorra the curt and intelligent guy. Inoue the cheerful. Grimmjow the lazy. Tier the responsible working girl. All are entertaining in their own respects.
    Characters being clustered together [for convenience maybe] isn't always best, but you move them around. Part of the Espada group being separate from Urahara's shop is a nice touch.

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  • From FicticiousDelicious on August 01, 2014

    Chapter 3

    Comedy has not been left out! There is humor all over and it just jumps out without warning and leaves a reader laughing.
    Surprises in the plot...this story continues to throw them at me much to my delight. Kira returning and catching Renji and Shuu, maybe its just me, but I did not see that one in the cards. That really stuck with me, as well as Kira's sensible reaction asking them if they were 'serious or fooling around' and then realistically accepting their admittance of 'yes we're together and we love one another'. Matsumoto's appearance was my next surprise and damn she is a bit of a pest but well meaning and comical. So one by one people are figuring out Renji and Hisagi's romance; at least it's been gentle so far. Everyone else finding out after Matsumoto had I already made preconceived suspicions about. None the less it was amusing. So much for the news gently working its way around!

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  • From FicticiousDelicious on August 01, 2014

    "Ink" & "Naughty and Nice"

    I found some time for reading! First mslash fiction huh? Bring on the man-sex!

    These chapters were a cute start, with legitimate confessions and fears between Renji and Shuu. The mentor and protege theme that comes up between them is nice, written in a very endearing way, and not beaten to death with kinkiness.
    I started reading this story of yours before others because fictions for Hisagi and Renji pairings can be quite sweet, I like seeing that endearing connection between certain characters. Alongside spiciness, Renji and Shuu never lose their heartwarming touch; so much loving admiration between them. Renji is this funny, impulsive fella and Shuu is an attentive sweetheart, and they're both so thoughtful of each other. Here is a whole intimate relationship, not just sweaty sex. A great concept indeed.

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  • From ANON - Anise on May 21, 2014

    (2) I'll admit that after the first chapter I was a little put off by how passive Shuuhei was but I love the pairing so I was definitely willing to keep going and I'm certainly glad I did :) I really liked how both guys were portrayed in chapter two, neither guy came across as extremely dominant or submissive, they seemed much more balanced. There's just an ease about them that obviously comes from their many years of friendship and that translates into a real partnership. I'm really looking forward to reading more :)

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