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Title: Duty Before Honor
Author: SilverShine
Characters: Kakashi/Sakura
Length: 153,586 words
Summary: Sakura knew why Tsunade didn’t want a virgin on this mission. Things might get out of hand. Acts might be carried out too far. She was glad Kakashi was accompanying her, but right then she wouldn’t have minded the entire population of Konoha.

It took me ages to read this story, because to be honest I was a little put off by the summary - it sounded like, y'know, just one of the fifty frillion harlequin badfics floating around - but then I read another highly recommended story by SilverShine and just wow. Her writing is so good that I want it to be canon, and it's good on every level, from the characterization to the little details that lead verisimilitude to the world of shinobi.

"Duty Before Honor" is about the closest to flat-out romance as I've found in a Naruto story, and as such, it takes on a handful of romance-story cliches. The thing is, though, that the writing is so good that I can actually enjoy the cliches without wading through pages of bad grammar and unbelievable characters. There are touches of realism that really ground it, though, including awkward not-perfect sex, and an added bonus of background Naruto/Sasuke, which only makes the main storyline that much better.

Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2923653/1/Duty_Before_Honor