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Reviews For (Un)Tying the Knot
Anonymous (Anonymous) on Jul 15, 2012 08:59 am (Cast)
I just reread the whole thing too, and yeah. PERFECTION. You need to write another story, Heather.
Author's Response: Thank you so much! I'm half ass working on some stuff right now. I kind of got out of writing mode so I dunno when or if it will ever be finished. And Kudos to you for rereading this beast of a story haha.
SJane (Signed) on Jan 10, 2012 05:31 am (Cast)
i just reread this whole thing and i am still astounded that you can write such perfection as this story...u truely are talented my dear
Author's Response: Thank you so much! I'm glad that the story still holds up even in rereads.
melissa (Anonymous) on Oct 19, 2011 10:54 pm (Chapter 23 pt 1)
right now this story is exactally what im going through in life. I had a son 2 months ago, and i started reading this story right before i had him. what your writing is what im going thru with his father. he has a gf, n hes cheated on her with me. yeah hes scared to leave her and allow us to become a family and raise our son together. its just so crazy on how your story is just so real life for me. its helped me out a few times on letting him know how im feeling and what im thinking. thank you for writing...
Author's Response: Wow I'm sorry you're going through such a sucky time. I'm glad reading this could help you out in someway though. *hugs*
Vicki (Anonymous) on Jun 23, 2011 10:19 pm (Cast)
Thank you for keeping me up at night! Now I know why you swept all the awards! Fantastic story!
Author's Response: Sorry about that. This story caused me some sleep deprivation as well haha. As for the awards I was kind of flabbergasted. I figured, especially since WIPs were eligable in most catagories this time around, that this story wouldn't win much just because it was completed and everyone who had read it was finished with it. So it was a wonderful surprise. Glad you enjoyed the story and thanks for taking the time to read and review!
brightbrowneyes83 (Signed) on Jun 04, 2011 10:42 pm (Epilogue)
It took me 4 days to read this story. It is one of the best I have read. I'm so happy that Charlotte and Justin ended up together in the end. Bonus, that Justin started performing again. I saw there was a mini-story for UTTK but is there a sequal in the works?
Author's Response: Wow thank you so much for taking the time to read. There won't be a sequel but I will be doing companion shorts (like the one I posted). Just stay tuned!
brightbrowneyes83 (Signed) on Jun 04, 2011 02:00 pm (Chapter 32)
Ohhhh!! I'm so so so upset that he said "I do" The entire chapter my leg is shaking uncontrollably hoping he doesn't say those words. Ahh!
Author's Response: This was the moment that I'd been waiting for the entire time I was writing this story. I was really excited to see everyone's reactions to it haha.
tauntie84 (Signed) on Apr 11, 2011 08:55 pm (Chapter 1)
you should do a sequel just to see how everyone turns out in the future
Author's Response: I have a few little one-shots planned but there won't be a full on sequel. This story was long enough haha. Stay tuned I'm sure I'll eventually kick my butt into gear and write more of these two. Thanks for reading and reviewing!!!
Ambs07 (Signed) on Mar 15, 2011 10:16 pm (Epilogue)
that was freakin amazi ng it brought tears to my eyes!!!! I'm so glad Charlie an Justin finally got together they were destined to be together!!! an roxie got what she deserved!!!!! AWesome ending sorry it took me so long to realize it updated. Life has been super crazy! But you did an amazing job an i loved it girl!
Author's Response: YAY I'm glad you got a chance to read and that you liked the ending! Thanks for being a long time reader and for all your awesome reviews!
MochaB (Signed) on Mar 13, 2011 11:34 pm (Epilogue)
ugh. conflicting emotions here! so happy to finally read the end, but so so sad that it is over! :o( but wow...this has been an emotional and entertaining journey. i feel like i've been a character in it myself with how intense my feelings would be as i read this story. anyway, i'm super happy with the outcome. i was worried there that charlie would let him in easily since he has such a hold on her, but i'm so glad it wasn't easy and she made him suffer for a bit. it was only fair! but i'm so glad they made it back to each other and justin made it back to himself. absolutely love that. perfect ending. :o) i will have to check out the deleted scenes. you always seem to create characters that become my fav couples. Charstin. Skystin. loooove. thanks for sharing your awesome talent with us once again and creating this masterpiece. yes, masterpiece. now when are we going to make this into a movie? :o)
Author's Response: YAY I'm glad you liked the ending. This story was such a mountain and conquering it was rough but I'm very happy with the outcome and really ecstatic that you guys are as well. I'm glad you're loving the characters and hopefully we'll hear more from these guys. Thanks so much for reading all this time and for your wonderful reviews!
Sassy Spacey (Signed) on Feb 07, 2011 10:32 pm (Epilogue)
I always seem to forget to review. Weird. Anyway, YAY!!! So glad they worked it out! I was hoping for this ending! Also that Justin got back to doing what he loved! I loved this story! You took us on so many twists and turns and we really had no idea how it was going to go. Great job! I hope this isn't the end from you and you continue to grace us with your writing skills! I don't read much JT fiction anymore, but I will definitely read anything you post! TTYL! -Traci
Author's Response: I just couldn't leave these two apart. They have too much potential to be perfect for each other haha. Thank you so so much for reading and keeping up with me all this time. I think that you've reviewed on every chapter of this story and that really means a lot. There will be more from me! Thanks for reading and reviewing!!!
LTaylor03 (Anonymous) on Feb 05, 2011 07:18 pm (Epilogue)
So, I left a review on the last chapter not realizing there was an epilogue. haha.
That being said...I LOVE how you chose to end this. It really feels like he's come full circle back to his real self. He's home again. It gives me the warm fuzzies.
I have a theory about why we all write him returning to music in our stories. It's not because we miss his music, even though we do...I think it's because we all think that's where his heart truly is--where he probably feels the most at home. When he's on stage it is impossible to tear your eyes away from him...he's so talented it hurts.
Anyway...my apologies for the tangent there. LOVED IT!
Author's Response: Yeah I was going to scrap the epilogue (really just because I liked the idea of closing the story with "roll the fuckin' credits" haha) but my editor insisted that it was important and kind of forced me to write it and I'm glad she did. Because when I was done I realized that it was important to show Justin and Charlotte happy. And that's SO TRUE what you said about us all writing him coming back to music. He's good at a lot of things but music is where he REALLY shines. Thanks for reading and reviewing!!!
emme07 (Signed) on Feb 02, 2011 02:20 pm (Epilogue)
LOVE the ending!!!! Perfect! Thank you so much for writing such a lovely story!!!
Author's Response: YAY thank you so much. I'm really glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for sticking with me all this time and for reading and reviewing!!!
jersey_tenn (Signed) on Feb 02, 2011 01:48 pm (Epilogue)
“Holy. Shit. Holy. Shit. Holy fuckin’ shit!”
I fought a long battle with myself to avoid this story. Why? Well, let me begin by saying that I am a complete idiot. Skylar/Justin were just perfect in my mind. There was no way that you could possibly create a more perfect combination of characters. They complimented one another, they supported each other, they had respect and admiration for each other, and they loved each other. Until, Charlotte, no, Charlie, came along and yanked me from my clouds 1-9.
I read the entire story in a little over a day, and thank god I had an excuse to stay home or I would’ve skipped class and work purposefully. From the very beginning, I was hooked. At first, as I was reading the first few chapters, I felt a sense of foreboding. I figured Charlie would go through a Andy/Miranda revelation in the story. And, that, I wasn’t cool with. I almost gave up, but cue the superstar entering stage left.
It was just one thing after another. One bomb after another. One rose plucked from the Justin/Amelia garden and one rose planted in the Justin/Charlie garden. I was truly keeping score, and Justin/Charlie had it, hands down since Chapter 2 and the electric boots.
The gradual and subtle character development is a true art. There were moments that I was covered in chill bumps from imagining Justin’s smothering gaze or Charlie’s not-so-innocent-innocence or Amelia’s soul-crushing and venomous words.
The supporting cast was just important as the starring cast. The underlying power and influence that each character had was just incredible. From the simple business men that Justin met with at the beginning to the no-name bartender at Southern Hospitality, they each had a specific role. Trace’s unremarkably sound advice haphazardly wrapped in tacky paper in the form of immature one-liners were simply hysterical, yet humbling.
And Trace's one liners were hysterical...."Well, roll the fuckin' credits" such a great way to end that chapter. He is unapologetic about his no-bullshit love for Justin, and I love him. I’ve long questioned myself why Justin doesn’t seem to listen well to his advice, and this story opened my eyes. Lynn is so gentle with him, so caring and so protective. Trace is so harsh, his love is unapologetic and untamed. And, then, here comes Charlie. She is the perfect blend of Lynn and Trace. She is gentle, yet firm. She is caring, yet encouraging. She shelters him, yet will not hide him. She is exactly what Justin needs in his life.
The altar scene: You. Are. Cruel.
But leave it to Justin to reveal to us his true fault: the lack to properly interrupt sound advice.
He took what his grandfather said completely wrong. This scene broke me down. I will admit, I shed tears. And there were conflicting emotions behind my tears. There were tears of joy for Charlie because she finally took charge of her life, in a desperate plea, but she took charge. There was pity for Amelia because she was so beyond fucked up, and there was no hope for her. There was compassion for Justin’s family and friends because they were stuck watching him make the biggest mistake of his life, and yet, all they were left to do was support him. And there was anger for Justin because he’s a complete jackwagon. Blind. Deaf.
And by God’s grace, Justin does have a brain."I'm not perfect. I'm never gonna be. But I will try my damndest to be perfect for you." Holy mother of God, woman, where you trying to rip my heart to shreds and have my knees melt into a puddle at my feet? Because that is exactly what happened!
Charlie is strong. Charlie is a woman. She doesn’t give in to him when any other woman would have buckled. I think at the beginning, she gave into him because it was her job to indulge her bosses. She felt a sense of duty to him and to Amelia. But, in the end, her strength overpowers her docile façade. And, in Justin’s defense, he is the true tragic character of the story. Although for a split second I felt my heart thaw when Molly didn’t show up for the bridal shower and I saw Amelia’s true tragic life. Justin is not all that weak of a man that everyone in the story made him out to be. If anything, he was doing exactly what he’d been taught to do. Please. Yes, he was running, but in the end, he always came back and pleased the people. Pleased everyone but himself. He was so willing to be the sufferer. Yes, his actions spoke louder than his words but his actions were also misinterpreted. And aren’t we all guilty of judging without knowing?
Like Charlie, we all want to throw him into oncoming traffic. But, let’s be real. I, without a second thought, would’ve jumped after him to safe him. When you fall in love with someone, love is all-encompassing. You can’t love all the good without loving all the bad. Because it is the bad that makes the good, great. And, yes, it sucks that when he finally picked up his balls and poured his heart and soul she was drunk. But, she is too pissed and pissed drunk to care but she does listen. She takes his confession, and she takes it with her. She takes his heart with her, and doesn’t leave in on the floor of some grimy Bronx bar. And, that right there gave me hope that there was still a possibility.
Bar Scene: Ginger messing up the bar? Classic. I laughed aloud while at the student center. And, I got a few lunatic glares. But, I think I deserved those. I was already biting my palm with watering eyes for quite some time. Ginger at first had me fooled. I figured she was gonna be a Amelia-like, but she proved me wrong time and time again. She saw Amelia and she saw Charlie and she took the best of both. The ambition that Amelia thrives off and the heart that makes Charlie’s existence so brilliant.
“So tell me. What hurts more? Thinking you should hate him or knowing you don't?” And you knew that you would chop us all at the knees with this. It is just glorious. It’s the biggest, most pink elephant in the story. For God’s sake, it matched the Pink Panty Pulldowns they were downing. And leave it for the most irrelevant (until that moment) character to point it out. Not even Trace and his lack of oral filtration system pointed it out. Bless Ginger.
I may be going way over the edge here (and please, blame the cold medicines if I am), but I am completely convinced that UTTK is The Social Network of NF. Because, I mean really, please don’t laugh. None of us can really hate or love any of the characters. Sit back and think about it, and each of them is the way they are for some fucked-up cards that life dealt them. They are each tragic in their own way.
It’s all very Shakespearean.
Tragedy wrapped in a warm blanket of humor and disdain, complemented by the bitter taste of a glass of runaway love and fleeting self-respect.
I will definitely go back and review each chapter, because each one merits its individual praise.
But, sincerely, UTTK is a work of art. Congratulations.
Sidenote: This was my personal response to this particular scene (and yes, I spoke this aloud to the computer):
Trace: “She’s your lobster”
Me: “Oh he’s going somewhere!”
Author's Response: I think that I can honestly and sincerely say that this is the best review I've ever gotten. A lot of times with writing you worry so much about how your characters are coming across and if the people who are reading it are getting everything you're trying to do and reading this made me so freaking happy because YOU GOT EVERYTHING!!!!! And you even pointed out a few things that I did unintentionally but made SO MUCH sense. I am so SO glad you took the time to read this (and in two days no less. I really need to make certificates of achievement for the people that read this beast in such a small timeframe haha) and for leaving me such a thoughtful and wonderful review. You made my day and it makes my day everytime I read it. Thank you so so much!
Evelina (Anonymous) on Feb 01, 2011 11:33 pm (Chapter 1)
Oh my goodness....that last chapter was a-may-zing! At one point I was almost in tears, and then when she told him to wait I got huge butterflies in my stomach. This story has made me feel so many emotions it's unbelievable - your writing is that incredible. And Trace's one liners were hysterical...."Well, roll the fuckin' credits" such a great way to end that chapter. Thank you for sharing this wonderful story with us. Hope to read more from you :)
Author's Response: GUH I'm so glad you liked the chapter. I really struggled with how I could get these two back together and I'm really glad that it was believable and you enjoyed it. Thank you so so much for reading and reviewing!!!
Marissa (Signed) on Feb 01, 2011 06:13 pm (Chapter 1)
Heather! I am SO proud of what you have done here. I absolutely fell in love with Charlie and Justin and the ending was a happy one without being totally cliche. Excellent job!
I can't wait to see what you think of next! -Riss (Fellow JTPC member- CryinYourRiver)
Author's Response: RISSA!!! Thank you so much girl!!! And avoiding cliches is ALWAYS a pretty big goal of mine so it's good to hear I've managed to pull that off haha. I miss all you JTPC ladies! Thanks for reading and reviewing!!!
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