Need more Braime fic recommendations? I’ve got your back!
Since we all seem to have a thirst for Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth fan fiction, I thought I would do some more recommend lists. I’ll write a couple of different pieces, each tackling a different type or trope of Braime fiction.
This week, how about some modern AUs? Does that seem a little too far afield from the regular show universe for you? Here me out!
Canon Westeros can be a dark and angsty place. Sometimes a break in a different time period is good for the soul. Modern AUs let you explore the characters in a different way, but keep the things you love about their personalities. Jaime and Brienne’s banter translates nicely into a modern setting, and we love to see these two fall in love over and over again as roommates, lawyers, doctors, childhood friends or college buddies.
First of all, I would like to note that these recommendations are only a few of the many, many choices out there. Like there are thousands of Jaime and Brienne modern AUs I wouldn’t even say this is a “best of” list. These are just fics I’ve read and enjoyed – and I think you might like them too.
Don’t be sad if your fic or one you love isn’t on this list. Drop a comment below and let me know what your favorites are. As always, I only included completed works in my recommendation. I know there are plenty of great WIPs out there (I have one of my own), but I don’t want to leave people hanging.
Modern AU fics to for Your Perusal
Without further ado, here are some modern AU to binge on this week!
O-T-P by QuizzicalQuinnia– This was one of the first Jaime and Brienne fics that I read, and it made me fall in love with them even more. If you are a fangirl, you will crack up to see that fandom life portrayed through Myrcella, Sansa, and Margaery. Their favorite author is Brienne Tarth, and they totally ship her with Myrcy’s Uncle Jaime. They conspire to make the pair their real-life OTP. This is so funny and there are two sequels to it as well.
The Higher Education of Brienne of Tarth by BrienneofThrace – This is the college AU you need in your life. It’s an 8k word one-shot, so it won’t take you long to read. Brienne’s high school annoyance Jaime Lannister somehow ends up at the same college, in the same classes. When they have to learn a sword fighting routine for their medieval studies class, they start to discover that maybe they have more in common than they thought.
Shoot the Moon by Hardlyfatal – If you are looking for a fanfic author that really knows how to get to the heart of characters, look no further than Hardlyfatal. Jaime is filling in at his brother’s ranch and makes a bad first impression on author Brienne Tarth, who is visiting with friends. Of course, she writes him into her book. The two have unbelievable chemistry and start something, but they never expect to see each other once the trip is over. But when they run into each other in the real world – will they be able to build a relationship?
Moodboards by Wackygoofball – My one non-Ao3 recommendation on the list. If you want quick bites of modern AU’s, look no further than this tumblr collection from Wacky. She takes photos from Nik and Gwen shoots, and forms them into stories that make you crave more! She has done so many of them that you could easily entertain yourself all day checking them out. Truly a gift to the fandom.
Alright, outta sight by Samirant – I really enjoy this fic. Jaime and Brienne are both doctors at the same hospital. Jaime overhears that Brienne has bought a new place and not only talks her into throwing a housewarming party, but they of course need to spend a lot of time together to plan it. One of the reasons I love in this fic is because Jaime is so soft in it. He literally slips energy bars in her pockets in case Brienne forgets to eat at work and gets hungry.
Same Time, Next Year by angelowl – Mind the trigger warnings on this one, because there is a school shooting in one chapter. This follows Jaime and Brienne every year from the time they are about 8 years old until they are 18. Jaime is obviously mad about Brienne and she is hopelessly clueless, but the two of them are the best of friends. These two idiots finally work it out. The sweetness between them is just unforgettable.
Qurantined by justme – Look, justme was writing quarantine fics before it was cool (three years ago, to be exact). Physicians Jaime and Brienne are exposed to Dornish smallpox and are quarantined together in the hospital. They were not friendly before – but they have to find a way to get along while stuck together.
Deep Fried Drinks by cytara – If any fictional couple would benefit from a Love is Blind AU, it’s Jaime and Brienne. They meet through the show, and of course Brienne is nervous about what Jaime will think of her looks. Jaime has a terrible family who tries their best to intervene in the proceedings. Yet somehow, these two kids make it. Definitely worth a binge, especially if you gave the Netflix show the same treatment.
Beast and the Beast by Sigilbroken – This fic is often included on many Braime fanfic “Must Read” lists, so I would be remiss not to include it here. College student Jaime Lannister needs a keeper to make sure he doesn’t get into too much trouble. His father hires swimmer Brienne Tarth to live with him and make sure he goes to class and functions as a human. She needs the money to pay for her training. Brienne, of course, helps him realize he can be a better person. The two of them are constantly separated by circumstances, her professional swimming career and more. This story will draw you in and you won’t be able to stop until you’re done – don’t say I didn’t warn you!
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service by Aviss – Look, I love everything Aviss writes, I’m not going to lie. But this spy fic is especially good (and there are others in this series if you want more). Brienne is sent on a mission that involves seduction. Jaime is the handler in her ear and he does not like this plan, one bit.
Life’s Sweetest Reward by ikkiM – This is the Love Boat AU you didn’t know your needed in your life. Brienne decides to go on a cruise anyway after being dumped by her boyfriend, only to discover his part of the room was purchased by a stranger – Jaime Lannister. The two of them butt heads at first, but soon find a way to get along and become the idiots in love we know them to be. This fic is so funny, as most of ikkiM’s writing is.
Clean Hands by Gwen77 — Jaime and Brienne are lawyers. She’s serious and professional while he’s cocky and arrogant. Both are great at their jobs, and have to work together on a case. Feels ensure. This is one of the best modern AU Braime fics.
There is one fic that I couldn’t include in the list above because it is a work in progress, but Bound Together by almostabeauty and Nurdles is a BDSM club AU that most people in the fandom simply adore, even if they typically don’t read BDSM fics. Every time it updates, there is mass celebration.
A reader from our previous list commented and recommended three modern AUs as well. I haven’t read these yet so I’m excited to get into them!
What is True but not ideal by Vera – Brienne is a bartender at Tyrion’s bar before she meets Jaime.
Heart Full of Gasoline by SD Wolfpup – Brienne and Jaime are Formula 1 racecar drivers. This one is a work in progress.
The Lion, The Wench, & The Wardrobe Trailer by GilShalos1 – I’ve eyed this fic a few times, mostly out of awe for the writer. It is a work in progress with more than 160 chapters and 330k words! While that may seem daunting, I’ve heard great things about this AU in which Jaime is a movie star and Brienne is a personal assistant. There’s no time like social isolation to start reading a long fic, though!
Send Me Your Recs
I’ve shared mine – give me yours! What are your favorite modern Braime fanfics? My “save for later” list is bountiful, but always open for more!
Since the last list was enjoyed so much, I would love to continue doing this with different themes and tropes. What one should I tackle next? Leave me a comment and let me know!