|Reviews for Love Without Labels|
| Starmz chapter 10 . 8/24/2013
Wonderful job! Not only was the story very coherently written (excellent spelling and grammar usage), but you managed to add your own twist to the characters, fleshing them out more, while keeping their essential core - which is hard to pull off, especially in something that diverges quite a bit from the canonverse.
Now, the finale ... I adored it, so much. Most other fics I'd read were happy and fluffy, and I liked that a lot, but I felt like those kinds might be a tad ... well, not quite pertaining to Avenue Q's vibe, so I tried looking for something more bittersweet. This entire fic is indeed bittersweet, and I love how the reader can sympathise with all of the characters - at least, I know I did! As for the final passage, well, while I do love fluff every now and then, I felt like this kind of gradual, slow build-up is exactly the way Rod and Nicky should pursue a relationship. Nicky's been considered straight his whole life, so right now I place him as feeling a deep emotional connection to Rod, so much so that it could be called romantic, but it'll take him some time to get used to feeling physically attracted to guys. Or, well, Rod, I suppose. While they didn't kiss (which I was half-hoping for, because man, every fic seems to end in a romantic gesture of sorts), the hug is just right.
Once again, good job! And congratulations for having struck the exact, right balance that I needed.
| LoveNeverDies24601 chapter 10 . 7/22/2012
This was quite amazing. The spelling and grammar was fantastic I don't believe I caught any mistakes! The storyline was plausible, I like that both Rod and Nicky hesitated to tell each other and that neither fully admitted that they love each other which was nice. You're very skilled at writing in 3rd person omniscient (I know I'm not) It got a bit confusing at times but I'm tired so that may be the reason. It was a good length also, there are so many one-shots on this website I was glad for a bit of length. Overall, fantastic story and I'll tell all my Avenue Q loving friends about it 3
| ShegoRulz chapter 10 . 7/11/2012
That was PERFECT! The best Rod/Nicky story I've read, and brilliantly written!
| MelanisticLeopard chapter 10 . 2/20/2012
Yaaaaaaaaay! My first Avenue Q fic & it was good! I liked it a lot! It just sucks that Ricky got the short end of the stick! It wasn't his fault. I mean, Nicky brought him into it in the first place... but it was well-written... imaginative... & I was satisfied with the ending :)
| musicalvampire chapter 10 . 11/30/2010
aaaaaaaaaaawwwwww! oh my god! i love it! i feel bad for ricky though! this is one of the fanfics where he doesn't deserve it. i usually don't like him but right now he's a good guy... but without him theres less of a story... so... sorry ricky but sadly yer pain is our gain this was really good :)
| Twinkel13 chapter 1 . 10/8/2010
forget the christmas presents! how 'boute NARNIA XD
| musicalvampire chapter 9 . 10/1/2010
i wanna give nicky a hug. he needs one really bad
| musicalvampire chapter 8 . 9/9/2010
poor ricky. i usually hate his guts. but here, he is getting the short end of this weird three ended stick
| Mio Basil chapter 7 . 8/24/2010
omigosh i love the way you write:] cant wait for the next update!
| musicalvampire chapter 7 . 8/20/2010
| musicalvampire chapter 6 . 8/16/2010
oh yeah. that converation between rod and nicky was just super deep! teehee :3 poor ricky. nicky isn't trying to sabotage your relationship. it's just kinda happening that way. man ricky sure knows how to throw a temper tantrum!
| Waltzin Atlanta chapter 6 . 8/15/2010
Did Ricky leave for good? Noooooo! I mean, yeeeeeeeeessss! I mean, like, he is such a nice guy and I love him, but Rod and Nicky practically belong together! Argh, this is so confusing, but it must all work out for the better. I mean, there's got to be a HAPPY ending, right?
That was really cute with Nicky and Ricky fixing the wall together. I'm especially impressed with Ricky's knowledge of wall fixing procedure. I accidentally busted the wall when I was about seven by rolling a pumpkin into it, and as I recall, it took AGES to finish patching it up. He's got some skills, that Ricky.
Oooh, Nicky . . . noticing Rod, now? Yay! I really liked the gay/straight conversation. Especially:
"A person doesn't fall in love with a person's gayness or straightness." That is so. true. There always seem to be lots of amazing, attractive men out there, and then they turn out to be gay. And I can't have them. It makes me very sad sometimes.
But yeah, it's great how this is progressing (I originally wrote "this is greatly progressing," but then I was like, "that's not the same thing!") and I hope you keep it coming. (Quickly, for the readers' sake! D)
| Waltzin Atlanta chapter 5 . 8/10/2010
Late again, dammit! I read this a couple of days ago and meant to review, but then I had to watch baseball and then I got angry at Tim McCarver because he never shuts up . . . Anyway, great chapter as usual! Poor, poor Rod. All I can say for him is :'( :'( :'( :'( and on and on. That is a such a sucky situation to be in!
Oh, and Ricky! Having Nicky rat him out was awful, especially when he didn't even do anything! You had me thinking for a couple of minutes that he'd turned into a bad guy, but of course not. He's just way too nice. WAAAAH, why does this chapter have to be so depressing?
But I really got a kick out of Nicky at work. Calling the boss' wife a fat, ugly bitch? Hahaha, poor guy. But that's probably something I'd do, so I probably shouldn't laugh too much. Update soon!
| musicalvampire chapter 5 . 8/7/2010
well this is a fine little mess thats been created. i love nicky and his impulsiveness :3
man i though ricky was gonna lunge at him and rip his head off! that whole time i was yelling at nicky to run!
| Waltzin Atlanta chapter 4 . 8/5/2010
Shit, I'm late with a review! Sorry, sorry (I guess that means an extra long one)! I went to New York for a week and ran around being stunned by all the bright lights and tall buildings (I live in the middle of the country, so the lack of cows was somewhat disturbing). Anyway, I saw Avenue Q, and it was amaaazing, of course! I also hung around the theater hoping to catch a glimpse of Johnny Tartaglia, since his show was also playing there, but sadly, no luck. Someday, right?
Whoo, update! Damn, I love this story. I think I've said that before, but it merits saying again, so I said it. Nicky got a job? Holy shit. Rod should quit being an investment banker and go into some sort of motivational career. He moved mountains with that one. Somehow, though, I just can't imagine Nicky being that great of a worker, especially at a bookshop. I mean, reading a BOOK instead of a comic or playing video games? No thanks, buddy.
I can't wait to see Rod's reaction. I mean, Ricky pretty much said it: "Nicky was always around. He was practically a piece of furniture." LAWL. I can't imagine what Rod must think, having lived with him for God knows how long. I imagine it would be similar to having a cat or something: feed him, leave him at home while you go to work, and come back and entertain/tolerate. Not that I don't adore Nicky of course, but he's pretty much a residential lump.
The killer line?
". . . an —uneventful bus ride to the subway— and through the city . . ."
I immediately wondered if some gay guy had accosted him again and how Rod would react to the gay spiel now. Of course, "uneventful" takes away any of those possibilities. Sigh. Still, when I was marveling at that fancy underground train thing in NY, some dude came up and down the car asking for money. Cue much "give me a quarter" in my head and incessant LOLing (silently, I hope).
Okay, I'll stop molesting your review space with a War and Peace wannabe. Anyway, once again, I love this story so, so much! (Of course, I'm writing this while listening to Ernie sing about his rubber duckie, so take that for what it's worth.) Please update!