Book Blast: Pulling Focus by HJ Welch
Pulling Focus | HJ Welch
Model Love #4
Release Date: October 7th, 2022
Series Link: Model Love
From this side of the lens, everything’s fake. Especially the love.
Listen, sweetie. I don’t need anyone to protect me. But money is a problem right now and I desperately need this big break. So when my awful ex-boyfriend tries to take it all away from me, I’ll do anything. Even pretend to be dating Mr. Hot Shot Photographer if it’ll still get me through the door. I mean, he’s offered to whisk me away to New York, and he’s seriously gorgeous, so where’s the problem? I can be professional. No one’s going to catch feels.
I don’t date models, especially not ones almost half my age. But beneath all of Malyk’s bravado, I can see a sweet man who’s hurting. It won’t harm to pretend to be his boyfriend and spoil him during this ridiculous retreat to keep him safe, right? But there’s something irresistible about him that’s drawing me in, and suddenly a week doesn’t seem long enough before he has to fly back to London. We’re from different countries, different generations, different worlds entirely. It could never work. But when Malyk’s ex threatens to cost him everything, I can’t just stand back and let that happen, either.
Pulling Focus is a 60K word contemporary MM novel featuring an adventure across the Atlantic, a room with only one bed, bucket loads of explosive UST, a fabulous masquerade ball, and a long-suffering pooch who knows what his master needs better than he does. It’s part of the Model Love multi-author series. Each book can be read as a standalone, in any order, but there are so many models falling in love, why not read them all?
The dangerous thing about walking around a cute park with my dog and a seriously hot guy then going to dinner is that it feels extremely coupley. We said we were going to practice PDA, so we even hold hands, and I notice several appreciative looks and smiles that are sent our way.
This isn’t real, though. It’s not a date. It’s just a necessity for keeping my new friend awake. And fed. For someone so skinny he eats a lot. So I’m just being responsible.
That’s what I also tell myself as I get him home a couple of hours later and practically have to carry him into his bed. He’s dead on his feet and mumbling sweetly—not to me, of course. But to my damned dog. I have to laugh at how easily they’ve bonded.
“I’ll leave the door ajar,” I promise him after he’s brushed his teeth. “If you need anything, just call out. I’ll hear.”
He blinks sleepily at me, then smiles. “I will. Thank you, Oscar.”
I hesitate just a bit too long, wanting to ask if he needs anything else. Then I remind myself that he’s an adult and is more than capable of taking care of himself.
I put a load of laundry on and repack some of my case for the week ahead. I always knew it would be a little tight doing two trips back-to-back, but nothing I can’t handle.
What I really can’t handle is knowing that Malyk is just across the hall. I try not to think about how much I want to curl up behind him and fall asleep with him in my arms. It’s crazy. I’d have never called myself protective before, but now it’s like I think I’m all that’s going to stand between him and a world that wants to hurt him.
More stories from the Model Love world
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Headshot by JP Sayle
Getting Signed by Colette Davison
Pulling Focus by HJ Welch
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With so many models falling in love, why not collect them all?
About the Author
HJ Welch is an author of contemporary MM romance series, including the international bestselling Pine Cove series. She lives just outside of London with her husband and two balls of fluff that occasionally pretend to be cats. She began writing at an early age, later honing her craft online in the world of fanfiction on sites like Wattpad.
Fifteen years and over half a million words later, she sought out original MM novels to read. By the end of 2016 she had written her first book of her own, and in 2017 she achieved her lifelong dream of becoming a full-time author.
When she’s not writing she’s usually dancing, singing, filming music videos, taking long walks, working on jigsaw puzzles, drinking prosecco, or talking about Eurovision.
She also writes contemporary British MM fairy tale adaptations as Helen Juliet.
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To celebrate the release of the Model Love Shared World Collection, the authors are giving away a $50 Amazon Gift Card