Cloves and Kisses
Author: Bill The Pony
2006 Award Category: Races: Hobbits: Pre-Quest
Story Type: Other Fiction ✧ Length: Medium Length
Rating: PG ✧ Reason for Rating: Slash content; m/m kissing, f/m kissing
Summary: Sam is trapped by worse than wargs.
Reviewed by: GamgeeFest ✧ Score: 4
An unusual family tradition gets Sam in over his head with the lasses of Hobbiton and Bywater. Marigold is delightfully diabolical, luring her unsuspecting brother to his fate, which Sam finds both embarrassing and titillating at once. Written from Sam's point of view, the reader is kept as in the dark as he is and feel his ire, frustration, and desire as he does. A true delight from beginning to end, that leaves the reader wanting more but perfectly satisified with the conclusion.
Reviewed by: Rabidsamfan ✧ Score: 3
Sam, just turned twenty, discovers some of the advantages of being a tween. Like kissing girls... and Frodo! Bill the Pony manages to incorporate details about the Shire that feel as if they've always been there, traditions and expectations that fit in beautifully. She also manages to capture the mixed feelings of adolescence.
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 2
This is pretty slashy, though it's rather mild. What I found most interesting though was the interactions between Sam and Marigold. A very intriguing brother and sister dynamic.