Light the Fire

Light the Fire (short story)


Learning to live—and love—again

Two years after the death of his lover at the hands of bigots, Kurt’s still not looking for another relationship, even though the big old house he bought with Raoul seems cold and empty these days. But there’s a perky kid at his gym who just won’t take no for an answer.

Matt can tell there’s more to Kurt than just a great set of pecs. He’s drawn to the big guy’s caring, protective attitude as much as to his muscles. But when push comes to shove, can Matt show Kurt he’s not just a big mouth in a small package?

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This story first appeared in the Someplace in this World anthology, now out of print.


‘Light the Fire’ by J L Merrow was intensely romantic and I adored the way that Kurt dealt with Matt’s flirting and the outcome. This story left me feeling deeply moved and satisfied. Hot, poignant, romantic, it hit all the right notes –Jane Davitt’s review of Someplace in this World anthology.

a funny love story with a serious side – Lena Grey, QMO