Reviewed by Kathryn A on 3rd June 2010 (3)
Tags: Novel, AU, SSHG, Friendship, Romance, Potion
Characters: Hermione Granger, Severus Snape
Summary: Something odd about Hermione causes her to have unexpected reaction to a love potion. Only it's one which no one expected. How could a lack of reaction cause so much trouble? AU to Books 5 and 6.
Despite the intriguing premise in the first part, I found this story hard to get into; it wasn't until my third attempt that I got caught up in it. But once I did, I really liked it. This is the kind of SS/HG romance I like: slow-growing, friendshippy, angsty, a path to true love that does not run smooth, but not because the protagonists are being idiots, either. Snape is his snarky and sarcastic self; Hermione is as book-loving, perfectionist and driven as ever, but, thank goodness, not a Hermione-Sue. This fleshes out her background with some well-rounded and engaging portrayals of her parents and grandparents.
Another thing I like about this is that it doesn't end with the mutual declaration of love, but also with the fallout, since few of Hermione's friends would actually like or even accept the idea of her and Snape.