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I got so many requests to make a Sterek rec list that I finally crumbled! 

For the sake of your own sanity, it’s best to just assume that most of these fics have explicit sexual content. Many of these fics contain their own warnings (including for things like dub-con and non-con), so please make sure to check before reading if you have any triggers. Definitely take warnings seriously!

(If you’re not in Teen Wolf fandom and have just been hearing about the holy-shit-awesome amount of excellent fanfic in this fandom, don’t worry! You can totally dive right in to most of these without having seen a single episode. Feel free to check out this completely helpful and funny guide to Teen Wolf to get an idea of who the characters are and what the world is like.)

All fics are complete unless marked otherwise, and the fics with stars beside them are my some of my favourites. <3 Enjoy!

Character/Plot-Driven:

**Open the Door by Renay: Derek gives Stiles his jacket. [Slow relationship build, 24,871 words, incredibly well-crafted look at a growing relationship.]

Every Step You Take by Nokomis: Stiles accidentally ends up magically bound to Derek. It’s super. [Cute and touching at the same time, magical proximity spell~, 49,347 words.]

We’ve Written Volumes (in Blood and Scars and Ink) by notthequiettype: Stiles is on his back on hard-packed dirt. He’s cold and there are leaves stuck to his neck and there’s a four inch gash in his side that he thinks he can feel his ribs through. There’s so much blood around him he feels like he’s floating on a pond and everything is so much dimmer above him than it was a minute ago, which is saying something because he’s in the dark center of the forest in the middle of the night. And the worst of it is that he’s alone, totally alone with the smell of his own blood drowning him and the soft side of him run through by a tree.

As his eyes slip shut, the last thing he thinks is, “This is going to kill my dad.” [Stiles is hurt by the Alpha Pack, slow relationship build, growing relationship. 25,932 words.]

**Wolf Whistle series by ashinan: It’s one thing to attract the attention of the alpha pack moving in on Beacon Hills, but when Stiles’ magic reveals he’s a bit more than just the resident magic user in town, there might be more to the Little Red nickname Stiles has adopted. [In which Stiles learns magic in order to be helpful to the pack and it’s AMAZING. 39,791 words.]

Reasonable to Assume by Saucery: "You’re a werewolf! He’s a werebaby! How can you not know what to do with him?" [The pack finds a baby and Stiles and Derek have to take care of it, completely fucking adorable, 32,484 words, technically WIP but basically complete.]

**A Fool for Fire by thebatwiggler: Stiles and Derek see their relationship in two very different ways. [ANGST LIKE WOAH, misunderstandings, jealousy. This fic actually makes my heart ache every time I read it. 22,531 words, WIP.]

**Making Love Out of Nothing at All series by silverlining99: Derek has a problem. Stiles is a solution. [Sex pollen, incredibly sexy and simultaneously heartbreaking, 17,000 words so far, four installments complete and more on the way.]

And You Say You’re Alone by taelynhawker: Between the kanima, the Argents, and Peter’s untimely return from the dead, everything has fallen apart. Stiles and Derek try to put their lives back together once the crisis has passed. Stiles deals with the aftermath of being tortured, and the distance growing between he and Scott. Derek attempts to become a stronger alpha and keep his pack safe, and that includes Stiles. [Stiles is hurt badly by Gerard Argent and the pack deals, angst, developing relationship. 30,297 words.]

What Desperate Times Call For by taelynhawker: Stiles could have stayed on campus, he might have been safe there. But his pack is in danger and he won’t leave them alone to face it. Derek’s forced to make a choice he never wanted to. [Violence, angst, werewolf!Stiles. 6,870 words.]

Taking Off the Edges by Ark: Scott’s regard turning completely away hurts more than the wounded, incredulous eyeballing. He’s bright red to the tips of his ears, and his hands are balled up tight into fists. “Tell me what the hell you were going to tell me, then,” Scott says. He’s not looking at Stiles anymore, so Derek’s the one who answers.

“That we’re paired,” says Derek, calmly and decisively, from over Stiles’s shoulder. [Established relationship but figuring each other out, bottom!Derek. 8,797 words.]

Nothing Less by bigboobedcanuck: Derek even does up Stiles’s seatbelt, which Stiles thinks he should comment on, because it’s not like he got hit with kanima juice or something. He’s fine. But then Derek’s already sliding behind the wheel, and Stiles keeps losing little pockets of time. [Attempted rape by the Alpha Pack, PTSD, training Stiles to fight, developing relationship. 11,417 words.]

Inside These Arms series by rufflefeather: Stiles is having the worst day of his life and it keeps happening. [Groundhog day fic, Derek and Stiles keep dying, angst. 18,000 words.]

Integral to Survival by asocialfauxpas (fuzzytomato): Derek is in the cell for about ten minutes before the lone door opens and a new body is tossed in. The person hits the floor with a grunt, rolls, and stands as the door is clanging shut.

“That’s really not the way to treat a guest!” [Trapped together, implied torture, developing relationship. 8,529 words.]

To Have Outlived the Night by stillane: Derek steps away from the window. “You helped me. They took that as a declaration.” [Plot-driven, developing relationship. 23,448 words.]

I Won’t Give Up (On Us) by avidlie: Stiles doesn’t know where he is, or what’s happening to him exactly, but all he knows is that Derek’s going to fuck up whoever did this to him.

Or, the one where Stiles gets kidnapped by a Dijiin. [Mindfuckery, Stiles is trapped inside his own mind. 12,088 words.]

Break the Lock if it Don’t Fit by Dira Sudis (dsudis): "Do you know what just happened?" Peter asked, frowning. "Do you know what Derek did?"

"He dislocated my shoulder," Stiles snapped, but Peter just arched an eyebrow, unimpressed by that answer. [Derek accidentally hurts Stiles and there are repercussions. 12,738 words.]

Muérdago by starbolin: "Mistletoe was often considered a pest that kills trees and devalues natural habitats, but was recently recognized as an ecological keystone species, an organism that has a disproportionately pervasive influence over its community. In Norse myth, an arrow made of mistletoe was the only thing that was able to kill the god Balder. The goddess Frigg had asked all other things to vow not to hurt Balder, but she had ignored the mistletoe because it seemed too small to be dangerous." [Plot-driven, emotionally constipated Derek. 17,674 words.]

The Life of Stiles by rispacooper: First Stiles is in denial, then he is just confused. [Fake relationship, public claiming, developing relationship. 14,515 words.]

Here is the Deepest Secret Nobody Knows by owlpostagain: “Derek,” Stiles groans. “You have me. You’ve always had me, you absolute moron, how many physically impossible feats of life-saving heroics do I have to perform before you get it?” [Pack-building, emotionally devastated Derek, developing relationship. 22,321 words.]

Knowing What You Want by Desdemon (nehme): “Wow,” Stiles says. “Amazing. So you decided that on the off chance something bad could maybe but probably not be happening to him that you needed to follow him and make sure he didn’t go on any dangerous social outings? You know, just in case he lizards out or whatever?” [Jealousy, developing relationship. 8,768 words.]

NEW — ** Upon My Skin by lielabell: "I smell blood." Derek draws in a breath through his nose, frowning like it’s going out of style. "And ink and—" his voice trails off and his eyes widen slightly. "Let me see it," he demands, crossing the space between them and tugging at the hem of Stiles’s shirt. [Tattoo!fic, and some of the very best tattoo!fic I’ve ever read. Very sexy and lovely and all about the characterization. 6,218 words.]

NEW — waiting for you to say it first by korynnvictoria: Four months. Four months they’ve managed to avoid one another. Stiles quit going to pack meetings. He quit doing research unless Scott really, really begged him to. He avoided driving the road that led out to the turnoff to the Hale house, he avoided going to all the spots where Derek might possibly be. Four months, and now, here they are, standing in the Minit Mart, Stiles thinks, staring down at the grimy tiles. He can hear the catch of Derek’s breath, and he closes his eyes and breathes deep. [Breakup falloutf!fic with a happy ending, angst. 8,215 words.]

NEW — Say Something by onrooftops: That first time Stiles decided it was probably wise to let sleeping werewolves lie. [Wherein Derek starts sneaking into Stiles’ bed and a surprising amount of plot occurs. 49,724 words.]

Largely Porn:

**I Had It All Planned Out by entanglednow: There are dead witches, and he’s pretty sure he was perilously close to becoming some sort of sacrifice (and really, who the hell does that?) [Sex pollen, dubious consent holy shit, hot like woah, angst. 6,501 words.]

Three Beautiful Words series by trieduntrue: The Alpha Pack pumps Derek full of a rare form of wolfsbane that makes him ache to be claimed. Only a non-wolf can get it out of his system while keeping his Alpha status intact. Good thing Stiles is such a stand up guy. [Fuck-or-die, dubious consent, role reversal, loss of virginity. 14,000 words.]

Location is Everything by espionage (Loula): Stiles doesn’t really care where it happens, so long as it happens. [I had SUCH a hard time deciding whether to put this in fluff, character-based, or porn because IT IS ALL THREE. First time, outdoor sex. 8,081 words.]

Words Whispered by Firelight by tigerlady: ”We had our own stories, though. Werewolf stories.”

Stiles takes an aimless couple steps forward, the curiosity in him a thing of kinetic energy. “Like what?”

Stiles wants to try something; Derek isn’t so sure it’s a good idea. [Wolfed-out sex, fantasy-sharing. 6,699 words.]

**Little Red Riding Hood (you sure are looking good) by aohatsu: Stiles hangs out with werewolves. Stiles dresses up as Little Red Riding Hood for Halloween. It’s supposed to be ironic. [Cross-dressing, costumes, holy shit this is sexy. 10,216 words.]

The Toil of Hands by authocracy: All relationships are about compromise. (Though, if you ask Stiles, it’s less “compromise” and more “single-minded dedication to wearing him down” with Derek.) [Finger-fucking, bottom!Derek. 2,542 words.]

Shelter by five_ht: After the rave, Stiles doesn’t want to go home, and Derek doesn’t want him to either. Knotting, first-time. 7,958.]

birds in flight (earth to heaven after rain) by hito: Derek is in heat. Um, apparently. Nobody is quite sure what’s going on there. Whatever, Stiles doesn’t care. (Seriously, you guys! No, seriously!) [Heat!fic, 8,150 words.]

The One With the Free Massage by Fr333bird: Stiles goes for a massage, Derek isn’t happy about it.

“He massaged your butt?” Derek hisses, looking up at Stiles incredulously, blinking against the water that splashes into his eyes. “Apparently there were some very tight muscles there,” Stiles shrugs innocently. [Possessiveness, comeplay, adorable. 2,477 words.]

Dripping With Alchemy by canistakahari: What’s a little dirty, life-affirming sex between two people after a rough night? [Protectiveness, established relationship. 2,897 words.]

A Wild of Nothing by BewareTheIdes15: Sharp, warm points drag against his throat, and Derek probably doesn’t even need to hear the staccato of Stiles’ heart, although he’s sure he can. Can probably feel Stiles’ jugular doing a tap dance against his tongue. If he wasn’t about to die horribly, Stiles might laugh. All the hours he’s spent imagining Derek’s mouth on him and he’s finally got it. [Questionable consent, feral sex. 4,159 words.]

Reckless series by elandrialore: Derek feels ancient against the first blush of adulthood that Stiles is experiencing, too old and too jaded, but it doesn’t stop him from scenting the air anytime Stiles is near. Doesn’t stop him from wanting to rub his face against Stiles’s flushed skin and to peel off his clothes to find out where the flush stops. [Age-difference kink, protectiveness. 10,619 words.]

So I Know You’re Mine by ladyblahblah. Stiles has such fair skin. Derek loves the way his marks show up so easily. Stiles loves it, too. Thank god lacrosse season is over. [Marking, possessiveness. 2,676 words.] 

Shake my ash to the wind by rufflefeather: Kissing Stiles is like a breeze through an open window that chases away a smell of fire that never leaves. The first time he tastes surprised and says, Holy shit while his fingers find lips that probably sting a little from Derek’s stubble. It makes Derek laugh and Stiles’ eyes go wide and pleased as if that’s a bigger surprise than the kiss. [First time fic. 4,308 words.]

Of Sharing Shirts by sephirothflame: Stiles borrows one of Derek’s shirts because he can, because likes the way it feels and smells. Derek likes the way Stiles smells when he wears it. [Possessiveness. 3,152 words.]

I’m Betting This Wasn’t Beta Tested by dancinbutterfly: Derek is thrown into a violent heat in the wake of Lydia and Peter’s actions at the end of Party Guessed. Debilitated by his own needs, Derek reaches out to Stiles, the only person he wants and can hope to trust. [Heat!fic, fuck or die. 7,870 words.]

Play Sleeping by olavina: Derek wishes Stiles wasn’t always in such a rush to get off. When he sneaks into Stiles’s room one night and finds him sleeping, it’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy him properly. [Somnophilia, knotting. 4,119 words.]

Threaded through a needle, tied into a knot by queerly_it_is: In hindsight, maybe waiting until their wedding night to bring up the whole knotting thing wasn’t the best idea. [Knotting, sort-of-wedding. 8,215 words.]

Give and Take Kind of Life by ladyblahblah: No one ever told him about this ritual before he became an alpha’s mate. Luckily, Stiles is a flexible kind of guy. [Exhibitionism, public sex, claiming. 2,423 words.]

NEW — I Let the Beast in and Then by twentysomething: ”Stiles rolls his eyes. “What could go wrong, Dad? You nixed everything fun.”“ [Possessiveness, loud!sex. 2,446 words.]

NEW — ** I Want to Take You to A- by twentysomething: "He doesn’t like to think he’s following orders, but he does slink away to the bar, where he thinks it’s marginally quieter. At least it sounds like Ale-ale-jandro isn’t right in his ear, anyway. Stiles sighs. He’d already texted Scott from the car and gotten back ‘srry w allison bro derek gve me nite off.’" [Jealousy/possessiveness, clubbing fic. 5,130 words.]

Dark:

Make Peace With Your Demons by LolaFeist: When Peter poisons Derek with wolfsbane, Stiles makes a choice. He’s not going to lose. [Fuck or die, angst, Peter is ridiculously creepy and gross and Stiles is amazing. 4,021 words.]

**Till Thy Tears Mixed With Mine by im_not_a_lizard: Somewhere along the line, Stiles skin had become Derek’s territory. [Non-con, claiming. 3,450 words.]

The Rags of My Skin by Saucery. In a world ruled by werewolves, Stiles is a hooker and Derek is his client. [AU, but belongs in the dark!fic category. Non-con, prostitute!Stiles, heat!Derek, actively violent sex. 5,989 words.]

More Wolf Than Boy by herlovewasajoke: Stiles always tries to protect the ones he loves, but sometimes he’s the one who needs protection. (Or, in which Stiles is a werewolf and Derek didn’t make him that way.) [Less dark than some of the others in this category, but still not happy. 8,018 words.]

First Sight by Saucery: Derek is either a die-hard romantic or a first-class creep. You decide. [Seriously creepy, underage, pining. 1,310 words.]

Fluffy:

The Catch by sir_yessir: "You know," Stiles jokes (because if he has any kind of a superpower, it’s the power to make an awkward situation way more awkward) "If we keep doing stuff like this people are going to think we’re dating." In which Stiles learns that he’s really super oblivious (but to be fair, Derek is also too subtle for his own good). [Stiles and Derek are dating and Stiles doesn’t notice. 1,901 words.]

If You Want My Love, You Got It by vlieger: "So I think we should date," said Stiles. [Mostly fluff with a touch of angst, Stiles is determined. 5,797 words.]

Survival Strategies and Interior Design by alocalband: It takes Derek a lot longer than it should to realize what Stiles is doing. [Stiles buys Derek furniture to keep him from leaving town. 4,710 words.]

whatever you want (but you’re gonna have to ask me) by HalfFizzbin: Stiles has a fantastic boyfriend and absolutely no sex life. He is not okay with this. (Or, the implementation of Stiles’ Secret Seduction Plan™) [In which Stiles is sexy without realizing it. 3,143 words.]

The One Where Derek is Courting and Stiles Fears the Zombie/Werewolf Apocalypse by im_not_a_lizard: Written for a prompt: Awkward courtship funtimes! Derek is courting Stiles in the way that all male animals go about impressing their mates. Giving them practical (if weird, like, Derek gives Stiles 10kg of steak) gifts, making a nice home (he starts renovating the old Hale house), weird shit like that. Stiles is oblivious, and Scott keeps sort of helplessly hinting at what Derek is doing to little effect. [Courting, oblivious!Stiles. 8,318 words.]

Almost There, Going Nowhere by celestialintent and discreetmath: Werewolves mate for life, and Derek thinks Stiles is too young to know what he wants. Stiles thinks that’s a bunch of crap, and decides to take matters into his own hands. [Marking, role reversal. 3,373 words.]

Tell Me What You Eat by Miya_Morana. Stiles drags the paper bag towards him and peers inside. As soon as he opens it, he gets a whiff of delicious chocolate smell. [Courtship, gifts, super cute. 3,012 words.]

Alternate Universe:

**Alpha Spikes by starbeast: Alphas are like royalty and are offered their choice of any age eighteen-and-up virgin Omega for each year’s heat season, as a ‘thank-you’ to all they’ve done for their compounds throughout the year. Derek is an Alpha and…yeah, Stiles. Stiles is an Omega. And still a virgin. In every way. And he’s just turned eighteen. This…is not his day. [Everyone is a werewofl!AU, in which Stiles is chosen to be Derek’s for the heat season. Knotting, Alpha/Beta/Omega Dynamics. Absolute fandom classic. 62,209 words.]

**There is a Brotherhood by minusoneday: The one where pledge brothers Stiles and Scott start a prank war with Derek Hale’s fraternity. [College!AU, prank wars, comedy and angst all at once and it’s SO FUCKING GOOD. 21,004 words.]

Cupboard Love by mklutz: He’s carefully balancing the sandwiches and the two biggest tupperware containers he could find that both had functioning lids when the front door opens and he almost drops everything right there in front of the stupid fountain.

If that’s Derek Hale, he’s definitely not a mountain man. [Cooking!AU, in which Stiles is hired to cook meals for the reclusive Derek Hale and everything spins out of control rather quickly. Domestic, awkwardness, absolutely fucking lovely. 32,678 words.]

The View From My Window by primroseshows: Derek is a glassblower on the hunt for new ideas. His assistant Scott has some artist friend named Stiles. [Glassblower!AU, also known as ‘the fic I never knew I needed’. 29,586 words.]

DILF by twentysomething: ”Today is Scott’s first day of kindergarten and Derek is terrified.” [Parent!AU, in which Stiles is a kindergarten teacher and Derek is raising two young boys named Scott and Jackson. 30,871 words. Another complete fandom classic.]

The Sanctuary by chase_acow: Stiles runs away during his first heat, right into the waiting and ambiguously scary arms of the Alpha’s nephew, Derek Hale. He doesn’t have any choice except to submit, but along the way, he digs up a mystery that threatens his family and even the town’s safety. [Everyone is a werewolf!AU. Mating cycles, contains dubious consent as well as attempted rape. 24,522 words.]

We Go Together Like Coffee and Tea series by lielabell: Seriously, sometimes Stiles thinks that the man is a plant by the owner, who is a hippie, through and through, but just business savvy enough to pay someone hot to sit on the premises and brood up a storm like a modern day James Dean, clicking away at his computer in his leather jacket with that pensive look on his face. [Coffee Shop!AU and it’s absolutely adorable! 5,254 words.

Last Lovesong of a Dying Lemon by wldnst: Stiles’ Jeep keeps breaking down. Derek is a mechanic. [Everyone is a human!AU, slow build. 10,424 words.]

Darling It Is No Joke by thehoyden: The first thing Stiles thinks when he opens the door is that it’s not his birthday, but someone has sent him some kind of cop stripper. [No Hale Fire!AU, and Derek is the Sheriff’s deputy. 13,250 words. 

tie your napkin ‘round your neck, cherie by magneticwave: Stiles has been a teapot for 3,308 days. // Scott skids into the door breathlessly and shouts, “THERE’S A GIRL IN THE CASTLE,” and promptly brains himself on one of the casserole dishes. [Beauty and the Beast!AU. I ACTUALLY FUCKING DIED THIS FIC IS SO HILARIOUS AND CRACKY PERFECT. 7,764 words.]

Nobody Does it Better by HalfFizzbin: “Blue Wolf, come in, Blue Wolf. You should really thank me for suggesting the pink tie, as it’s clearly bringing all the ladies to the yard.” [Spy!AU, and it’s super cute and lovely! 2,012 words.]

The Faolfir by shutupbolinski (zimothy): Realization struck Stiles and he had to stumble back against a tree for support. He wasn’t a hunter, he was a faolfir, a wolf shifter. Stiles had taken his pelt and prevented him from returning to his pack because he was trapped as a human without it. [Historical Fantasy!AU, in which Derek is a mystical creature. Courting. 6,427 words.]

Words Like Sparks by kototyph: Stiles is an incredible songwriter AND IS DEREK THE ROCKSTAR PERFORMING STILES’S LYRICS. [Band!AU, misunderstandings. 6,222 words.]

All This Has Happened by 1001cranes: Dystopian AU where fame is the name of the game. Sometimes revenge is the quickest way to the top, and Derek Hale has plenty to avenge - Stiles is just along for the ride. [Dystopian!AU where reality television has gone to new and horrifying lengths. Kidnapping, revenge. 10,769 words.]

NEW — ** Outrun Your Ghosts by LolaFeist: When Derek Hale arrives at the Beacon Hills Young Adult Rehabilitation Center, he plans on keeping his head down and serving the rest of his time in minimum security peace. Stiles Stilinski changes all of that. [Rehabilitation Centre!AU, absolutely heartbreaking and completely believable. An AU I never knew I desperately needed until now. 19,148 words.]

NEW — ** Selected Field Observations on Canis Lupus Irremotus by wldnst: Stiles is going to make Derek internet famous, like that one cat and that other cat. Derek just wants to do his field research. [Tonnes of fun but also pulls at the heartstrings, emphasis on relationship development. 13,474 words.]

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