Strike A Pose | Jackie North
Model Love #5
Release Date: October 11th, 2022
Make a wish on a shooting star. Cry to the moon like the coyotes do.
There are so many things Sid cannot have, so many things he tells himself he does not need. His job at Farthingdale Ranch is good enough, right? Then along comes Heston, a glamorous and gorgeous top-tier model from New York City who makes Sid want and then want some more.
Heston has come to Wyoming to do a pre-fall photo shoot in the middle of July. It’s hot as hell, his skin is drying up, his hair is breaking off, and he’s got a hangnail. Then along comes Sid, lanky and sweet, and Heston begins to think there’s more to life than modeling.
Strike a Pose is a 80k-word contemporary MM novel featuring found families, opposites attract, different worlds, cowboy/cityboy, hurt/comfort, mutual rescue, fish out of water, a bit of ugly duckling, raindrop kisses, and quilts. 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?
All three models were tall, willowy, broad shouldered, narrow hipped. They wore blue jeans and shiny cowboy boots, and pushed their new-looking felt hats back on their heads.
Then the wind rose, swooping a badly-worn cowboy hat off one model’s head. He bent to pick it up, his hair dark gold and glossy and tumbled and incredibly perfect. As he straightened, looking like he was about to put that hat back on in the wrong way, Sid couldn’t help himself.
“That’s not how you wear it,” he said, grabbing the cowboy hat and holding it out. “It looks dumb on the back of your headt, plus it won’t shield you from the sun at all.”
A long silence fell hard, and of course Sid had again said what he thought without stopping to think. He opened his mouth to apologize when the model held out his hand for the hat with one, languid curve of his wrist.
“Then how am I supposed to wear it?” asked the model.
“Heston, it doesn’t matter,” said Nick. “Just put it back on so we can finish up.”
“This fellow seems to think it matters,” said Heston, still holding out his hand to Sid.
His eyes were impossibly green, or maybe it was the dark eyeliner he wore that made them so clear and green. Or maybe it was his dark gold, wavy hair, messy over his forehead, just about as perfect as could be. Or maybe it was his expression, watchful, like Sid might bite him.
“How am I supposed to wear it?” Heston asked.
The other models were watching Sid as he turned Heston’s hat around in his hands, like they wanted to wear their hats the right way and not like city slickers.
“Like this,” said Sid, handing the hat to Heston. He took his hat off and placed it gently on his head, almost horizontal, but with a jaunty tilt to the side. “The brim keeps the sun out of your face.” He tugged on the brim to pull it forward. “Like this if you’re riding into the sunset.” He smiled to show them all he’d just made a little joke. “Like a real cowboy,” he added.
Heston shook his hair back and, his mouth open in concentration, he settled his cowboy hat on his head, then tugged the brim to echo the jaunty angle of Sid’s hat. With the hat on the right way, he struck a pose.
For a full minute, thuds of Sid’s heartbeat, Heston looked the part, like a real cowboy looking over a vista view of waving green grass, looking for lost cattle, and he was madly in love.
More stories from the Model Love world
Couture Crush by Charlie Novak
Headshot by JP Sayle
Getting Signed by Colette Davison
Pulling Focus by HJ Welch
Strike A Pose by Jackie North
Denim By Design by Mega Pritchard
Exclusive by Ki Brightly & M.D. Gregory
With so many models falling in love, why not collect them all?
About the Author
Jackie North has been writing stories since grade school and spent years absorbing mainstream romances. She also wanted to put her English degree to good use writing romance novels, because for years she’s had a never-ending movie of made-up love stories in her head that simply wouldn’t leave her alone.
Soon, she discovered m/m romance and decided that men falling in love with other men was exactly what she wanted to write books about. In this dazzling new world, she turned her grocery-store romance ideas around and is now putting them to paper as fast as her fingers can type.
She creates characters who are a bit flawed and broken, who find themselves on the edge of society, and maybe a few who are a little bit lost, but who all deserve a happily ever after. (And she makes sure they get it!)
She likes long walks on the beach, the smell of lavender and rainstorms, and enjoys sleeping in on snowy mornings. She is especially fond of pizza and beer and long road trips. In her heart, there is peace to be found everywhere, but since in the real world this isn’t always true, Jackie writes for love.
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