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Reviewer: ct_xfan Signed [Report This]
Date: 12/17/2015 2:50:20 PM Title: Chapter 1

Couldn't stop and review each chapter because I wanted to get on to the next one RIGHTNOW! Such a beautiful and rich story, from the happenings and preparations at the mansion to the honor restoration overseas. I've always loved Katherine's little kitchen and all the wisdom that comes from it! Beautifully done!

Reviewer: TrickyBusiness Signed [Report This]
Date: 05/19/2011 1:11:11 AM Title: Chapter 20 - Epliogue

A very moving and intently dramatic piece. I loved every minute of it and couldn't help but wish for more. I'm looking forward to reading more of your stories.

Author's Response: Thank you so much for reviewing my work, I hope you enjoy the rest of my work on here, I can go down the darker path of Logan and Marie but there's always some hope and light in there somewhere, just like life it takes time to find but when it's found it shines all the brighter. Thanks again for reviewing hon.

Reviewer: TrickyBusiness Signed [Report This]
Date: 02/28/2011 12:03:11 AM Title: Chapter 20 - Epliogue

A very different view at Logan and Marie's life. It was a very enjoyable and moving story. Great work.

Reviewer: Oracle13 Signed [Report This]
Date: 02/07/2011 1:28:34 AM Title: Chapter 20 - Epliogue

I really enjoyed this! Again, I loved the Japanese/past/retribution angle. I've always enjoyed the Japanese samurai side of Logan. The parts with Marie and the wedding were very sweet. I also liked how you kept the Japanese theme in Logan's gifts and their wedding outfits--a really nice tie in to the rest of the story. Thank you for sharing this and hope you'll be posting another story soon.

Reviewer: Wytchling Signed [Report This]
Date: 02/02/2011 9:51:38 PM Title: Chapter 1

As always dear you're writing is a joy to read!

Reviewer: litlen Signed [Report This]
Date: 02/02/2011 8:15:00 AM Title: Chapter 20 - Epliogue

See, I told you you’d prove me wrong, and the fact that Jean got put back in her place had nothing whatsoever to do with it :) well maybe just a little! Loved Rogue’s transition from ‘you’re far superior and I’m an unworthy little girl’ to ‘I know what the hell I’m talking about confident and mature adult.’ Only the slightest little bit of help from Katherine needed, I really do think everyone should have someone like her, she’d be welcome in my kitchen anytime! Nice added extra with the touching of Rogue’s hand.

‘Of small moments, opportunities and blessings that others pass by, the scent of fire on the breeze, the clang of iron being hammered into shape and the forging of a future that had steel at its heart.’ You just keep nailing the endings!

Thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing x

Reviewer: jenniferjwva Signed [Report This]
Date: 02/01/2011 1:10:37 PM Title: Chapter 20 - Epliogue

Aww... (why is it everytime I read this story I want to start with "Aww"? lol)

I adore this story, so much. It's sad to see it end, but it ended beautifully.

Bravo to you! :)

Author's Response: Thank you hon, I think it needed just a little something extra to finish it off fully and it has it now. Glad you enjoyed the journey and hopefully you'll come back and read me again sometime. Hugs Jo xx

Reviewer: litlen Signed star star star star star [Report This]
Date: 01/31/2011 4:17:07 PM Title: Chapter 19 - The Wedding Afternoon - NC-17!!

‘it felt like it had been cherished, nurtured,’ ‘ A good dream to battle the darkness that took over his nights’ Loved Logan’s admission of his dream and the above lines you used were exactly how it came across whilst reading. Also love that both needed practice at being close, that although for Marie it was all new, in a way it was for Logan too.

As for ‘the Wedding Afternoon’ - so much about this felt ‘right’. Nothing was rushed, we had hesitation, exploration, learning, a slow pace gradually building into need.
[Was it wrong that when Marie was looking from head to toe I was too? It was a very nice visual; in fact I liked it so much I looked again!]

All finished off with what seems to be a speciality of yours – one superb ending - ‘a miracle enough to be married, the rest he'd say thanks for in the long run.’

Jo I really did enjoy this, I’m glad you made sense of my ramblings let alone found them useful! It really worked for me in this fic, there was just something about the farrier and the rings that really did stick with me from the beginning. As for the epilogue – I’m in two minds about that, although I’d love to read more I wouldn’t say it needs it, up to this point it would still read and feel like a complete story. However, you write it so well that by the time I’ve read the epi I’ll probably be telling you to ignore the fact I ever said it could be complete!

Reviewer: tamisnead Signed star star star star star [Report This]
Date: 01/31/2011 1:10:12 PM Title: Chapter 19 - The Wedding Afternoon - NC-17!!

I usually hate being pulled into WIP's but I 'm so glad I took this ride with you. Well Done!

Reviewer: jenniferjwva Signed [Report This]
Date: 01/30/2011 4:40:08 PM Title: Chapter 18 - The Forest Hour

“I won the fights, came back for beer and instead of ignoring you, I paid for a beer and a meal for you, you came with me when I left and we kept travelling. No X-Men, no Magneto, no war, just us and the open road, a never ending open road, where when we ran out of gas, there was nothing else but us and it was enough, for both of us.”

I absolutely LOVED that! Gosh, how different their lives would have been, huh?

Great story. Great writing!

Author's Response: Thanks honey, it's something I think Logan would've thought about, the 'what if's' and used it to keep some light in his life somewhere, even if it was just a dream. It's the wedding night next so expect some smut but on a gentler course I think. Hot yes, sext yes, but remember these two have been waiting for so long, you don't want to rush it. Thanks for reading and commenting hon.

Reviewer: litlen Signed [Report This]
Date: 01/28/2011 1:04:48 PM Title: Chapter 17 - The Wedding!

Loved the idea of Logan needing time to adjust. Sill loving Katherine, she’s like the matriarch – full of knowledge and life lessons with wise words to gently point in the right direction. Bee mystery solved! I love the little extras you come up with! Too many weddings in the real world today seem to miss the point completely - loved the old, simple, honest feel of this one, stripped down to just the heart and soul as it should be. Beautiful x

Author's Response: Thanks honey, I write handfastings (non demoniational / pagan ceremonies) and this seemed to fit the both of them. Glad you liked the bees, they used be messengers of the gods in many pantheons and there was always a bee around doing something in the warm climates. It's coming to the fun bit next, the wedding night, it's taking some time to percolate through this one, I want it to be steamy and randy, but shes a novice and Logan's an old hand. He wants this to be about 'them' not the past or history, he wants it to be 'whole' if you get my drift. Then Marie is going to be having some nerves, naked skin = death, still thinking about the spray starch issue here, it covers enough but it will degrade under heat and liquids. Any ideas? Apart from sheets? Might go down the mono-oil route yet, let me know what you're thoughts are. And thanks for reading and commenting hon, it's appreciated.

Reviewer: litlen Signed star star star star star [Report This]
Date: 01/17/2011 2:54:39 PM Title: Chapter 14 - The death of it all

“wolves who howl are shot. Wolves who creep and keep silent stay alive and make more wolves.” – love the truth in this line, how appropriate it is for both Logan and the situation.

“free to act on his hearts desire” love this line too, the key being ‘free’ I think you got the balance spot on - obligation/revenge/justice/honour etc. with a sense that he wants it over now, that this time is past and a new time is waiting for him. Who am I to argue? Bring on the new time! [quickly if you can, the bee’s role in this is intriguing me!]

Author's Response: Don't worry you'll understand what the bee's job is soon, especially when they get married....

Reviewer: Freespirit Signed [Report This]
Date: 01/15/2011 10:32:53 PM Title: Chapter 4 - Logan in Japan

A very interesting chapter. I've never read the comics where Logan is in Japan, but now I do want to make up for this unforgivable mistake.
Just a tiny little question: Have you ever been to Japan?

Author's Response: I wish I could but no I haven't, I just like to research thoroughly, I've always been fascinated with the Shinto belief systems though and the spirits they worship. Glad you're enjoying the ride and please do read on, the good bits are coming soon, both dark and light just like yin and yang. Hugs Jo

Reviewer: litlen Signed [Report This]
Date: 01/10/2011 2:11:19 AM Title: Chapter 12 - A pair of brothers

Your the teacher and i'm the student. I always feel like i'm learning something! a mix of history, geography, self defence is a bit of a stretch but you never know! loving the rituals and traditions and as for the gore? let loose if you need to - i'm not squeamish! however, I understand Logans need to do what he's doing but i don't know if an all out bloodbath is in keeping with the reason for why he's doing this now? at the time it happened yes. justice now but not sure on the level of retaliation, however this is Logan so all bets are off! x

Author's Response: Thanks honey, I needed a perspective on this development and I think you're right. Anger, yes, justification yes, but gore? I'm not so sure he'll need it. Pure Spite and Hatred yes, there were many ways to make an enemy suffer and Logan has history in the Islands himself. So hopefully the last chapter of his retribution shouldn't be all about gore, suffering yes, hatred yes, even honour as well. So thanks so much for letting me know, I didn't want to spoil the mood of this piece and I think gore would have. Hugs Jo xx

Reviewer: Oracle13 Signed [Report This]
Date: 01/03/2011 10:54:59 AM Title: Chapter 10 - Logan gets to work!

I'm so glad that you are back writing on this site! You have been missed. I've been catching up on your stories and I've enjoyed them very much.

I'm very intrigued by this. I love the Japanese aspect of Logan's past. Looking forward to following this story as it plays out.

Author's Response: Thank you Oracle, I wanted Logan to deal with a part of his past that was important to him. A place where he could finally move forward in some way, where the debt of honour he carries can be partly put down. He'll still be in debted to the family but his personal debt will be finished when he finishes those who killed his intented.rnPlus the relationship came from Yuriko's side, not his, she saw him as worthy and in Logan's eyes he still owes her that debt when he didn't feel anything like that about himself. When someone else sees our value we begin to see it ourselves.rnThanks for the feedback!

Reviewer: litlen Signed [Report This]
Date: 01/02/2011 3:33:06 PM Title: Chapter 10 - Logan gets to work!

Loved Katherine in ‘Three Dresses’ Love her in this, she’s such a great character that ‘fits’. Love the farrier to – Have you used him before? Something’s ticklin’ at the back of my head but I’m too tired to look it up! The detail you manage to cram into every one of your fics makes them a such pleasure to read.
Really like Logan sense of honour/duty and the journey you’ve taken him on, paying his debt before he can begin the new chapter in his life. This deserves way more reviews, will try and keep up with your posting from now on! Looking forward to more x
p.s any plans with Las Vegas Angel?

Author's Response: Thanks honey, yes the farrier has been in my fics before, he's a wandering old god (Wayland the smith). Hopefully when I get this finished I'll get on with the rest of Las Vegas Angel....actually I might have added something on my original but not on here...let me go look....rnHugs Jo

Reviewer: Moviemom44 Signed [Report This]
Date: 12/28/2010 6:58:50 PM Title: Chapter 4 - Logan in Japan

I liked it. Very much. Flow, ideas, flow! --Wendie

Reviewer: Moviemom44 Signed [Report This]
Date: 12/28/2010 6:52:56 PM Title: Chapter 3

I like Katherine -- a lot. Her folksy wisdom is like a breath of fresh air among all those techno-geeky X-types. --Wendie

Author's Response: She's the me I want to be, confident, approachable and caring but with a hard side of common sense as well.

Reviewer: Moviemom44 Signed [Report This]
Date: 12/28/2010 6:46:13 PM Title: Chapter 2 - Logan gets to Japan

Very interesting. Having joined the ranks of the X-Men faithful with the movies, I am woefully unfamiliar with the comics and thus a lot of the history of the characters is still a mystery to me. This was a brief but detailed look into two parts of him I did not previously know (well, I did get a great history lesson once from Wolverette about Mariko and her place in his past), the first being the gaijin and the second being the international traveler. Cool cover story for the metal bones, btw. Any special reason why somebody didn't just fly him over in the X-jet and save all those public transportation headaches? Or did you already explain that and I missed it? On to Chapter 3... --Wendie

Author's Response: It's a personal thing for Logan, something to do with his *personal* past and something he doesn't want anyone else to know about. Hence the travel papers Xavier got for him, I got the idea from an actual man who got stamped on my a herd of cattle. He has so many pins in him he can't go through the normal detectors so he carries a letter and a small x-ray of his pins for travel purposes.rnGlad you're enjoying this, there will be more.

Reviewer: Wolf CrescentWalker Signed star star star star half star [Report This]
Date: 12/25/2010 2:06:49 AM Title: Chapter 1

Yes, yes, oh hell yes! Please do carry on.

I know you can! I've missed you, baby!

Reviewer: Moviemom44 Signed [Report This]
Date: 12/24/2010 4:02:24 PM Title: Chapter 1

“We all wonder about the paths we take and some take us to danger, others to knowledge and some to love. We never know which one we're on until we make the first step.”

Lovely description, fitting not only the stories themselves, but also the writing process.

As for this story in particular, I see much potential, especially with the hint about where Logan is going and 'the violence' waiting for him there, as well as the wedding plans. I'm interested to see how those elements play out. --Wendie

Reviewer: litlen Signed star star star star half star [Report This]
Date: 12/24/2010 2:01:37 PM Title: Chapter 1

‘I've been away from L/M fic for a while’ – and you have been missed x

‘Please let me know if you want this to carry on’ – stupid question Jo, although a lovely little snippet on its own of course we want it to carry on ;)

really nice to see you back again, have a great Christmas x

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