Five Fics I Really Enjoyed in 2012 (and yes, they were very good too)
What It Is To Burn by quinara. Spike/Buffy, R (I'm guessing). Set post Chosen, after three years in a long distance relationship with Spike, Buffy's the one who cracks first. I love the way quinara writes both these characters. They're them but with a thoughtful, deeper edge.
Intimate by hello_spikey. Spike/Angel, PG-13. Written for Challenge Your Mod on nekid_spike, this is a lovely, playful example of just how good hello_spikey is at character voices. Also, it's really sexy.
Tread Lightly Into the Arms of Gods by hello_spikey. Spike/Illyria, NC17. Another mod challenge for nekid_spike, this one features a Spike who bites off a little more than he can chew when he takes on Illyria (yes, I do mean like that). Again, it's very sexy, and funny too, with lots of hello_spikey's trademark witty, characterful dialogue.
Love Me, Love My Dog by rebcake. Season 2 ensemble, PG. Written for a Halloween month prompt on sb_fag_ends, this is a hilarious what-if for the BtVS season 2 episode Halloween, in which Spike, too, is caught up in Ethan's spell.
Speaking of Ethan, a fifth thing I really enjoyed in 2012 was the return of estepheia to the LJ fandom and the continuation of her wonderful Giles/Ethan fic, Broken English. Giles/Ethan, rated R. Set post-series (and post Ethan's death in the Buffy comics), this WIP is now very close to completion and so worth catching up with. The link takes you to the latest chapter, but of course you should start at the beginning.