Knock Me Down (Love at Knockdown Prequel)

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Can true love happen after thirty-five? Absolutely, but you might need to fall on your ass to find it.

When Will Strauss went out to hear a band, he didn’t expect to get knocked down during a political argument. He also couldn’t have known that the (possible) greatest love of his life would arrive on the scene in the form of a gorgeous, charmingly grumpy brunette almost a head taller than his 5’4”. If only he’d gotten her number…

A second chance meeting and one very good date, though, just might be the beginning of something beautiful.

Knock Me Down is a short story featuring a pansexual guy falling head over heels, a straight gal who desperately needs a new career, and more than one incident requiring first aid.

A high heat queer M/F contemporary romance short story with a guaranteed HEA.

Author’s Note & Content Warnings

This story is set before & was also written before the 2020 protests against police brutality. I’m old enough to remember the 1992 Los Angeles protests vividly, though. Given how much evidence there has always been about police violence, the love interest in this story – a police officer, as the story begins — should have thought more critically about her profession much sooner.

But like real people, even if characters stay on the correct side of a moral line themselves, sometimes they need to make better decisions about the systems they participate in. If I have not successfully portrayed her character doing so, I apologize. This story had a sensitivity reader and I have incorporated their feedback; any remaining mistakes are my own.

To anyone who chooses not to read this story because of this note: that makes total sense!

I’ve tried to make these additional content warnings as spoiler-free as possible, but to me it’s more important to give full content information to those who need it.

On-page or extensive discussion:

  • Mild head injury with possibility of concussion
  • Emergency medical services
  • Discussion of police violence (without details of specific cases)
  • Explicit sex

Off-page or brief mention:

  • Homophobia-related childhood bullying
  • Loss of a parent (mother) and parentification of child
  • Bartending