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Book Blast: Strike A Pose by Jackie North

Strike A Pose | Jackie North

Model Love #5

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Release Date: October 11th, 2022

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Blurb

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?

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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.

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More stories from the Model Love world

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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?

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About the Author

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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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To celebrate the release of the Model Love Shared World Collection, the authors are giving away a $50 Amazon Gift Card

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Cover Reveal: Model Love by Various Authors

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A Shared World Collection

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Launch Date: September 23rd, 2022

Cover Artist: Sleepy Fox Studios

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Blurb

Welcome to the Model Love world, home of McKay’s Models–an inclusive, international modelling agency where everyone is free to be themselves.

From exclusive headshots to couture catwalks, these beautiful models will turn heads wherever they go, and now it’s time for them to find their happily-ever-afters.

This shared world features seven brand new contemporary MM romances, by eight amazing authors.

Release Day Dates

September 23rd

Couture Crush by Charlie Novak

Beau Barrett is about to become Alt. Bride’s first male cover model, but what about his own fairy-tale ending?

childhood best friends to lovers, second chance, low/no angst, instalove

September 27th

Exclusive by Ki Brightly and Meg Bawden

Getting signed as an exclusive model for a new fashion line is a dream come true for Asa, but is there more to the rich Ruslan than meets the eye?

mafia, age gap, instalove

September 30th

Headshot by JP Sayle

Can Jack save his home and win the man who’s claimed his heart?

friends to lovers, age gap, hurt/comfort, saviour, make-up lover

October 4th

Pulling Focus by HJ Welch

From this side of the lens, everything’s fake. Especially the love.

fake boyfriend, age gap, secret debt

October 7th

Getting Signed by Colette Davison

Can a chance at making a dream come true give Jae something more—Xander?

best friend’s brother, friends to lovers, size difference, opposites attract, make-up lover, low angst

October 11th

Strike a Pose by Jackie North

Make a wish on a shooting star. Cry to the moon like the coyotes do.

found families, hurt/comfort, opposites attract, cowboy/city boy, mutual rescue

October 14th

Denim by Design by Megs Pritchard

Can Stan and Milo find love, or is mixing business and pleasure too much too handle?

age gap, opposites attract, low angst, hot loving

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Kane is so much more than his past and I adore him

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

While book two still just shades it as my favourite in this series, I have to say, Kane and Abe ran them close to take over at the top.

This book is nothing like I thought it would be.

Kane is nothing like the image we’ve been given of him in the previous stories, although he is also the first to tell people that he does not deserve their pity, or their friendship.

His one act of violence while still a schoolboy has had a lasting effect on Judah, Leroy and the rest of the Madden clan but as he slowly opens up to Abe, you find out more about the life Kane was living at that time.

While it never excuses what happened, it explains it. There was so much more going on than just a bully hitting out at an easy target.

I think Jay dealt with the whole journey, from the tentative friendship which arises between Judah’s choreographer friend Abe, through to the final ending, with supreme skill.

There are some very painful elements which tug at the heartstrings, but also a whole lot of hope and thoughts for a renewed life.

Heed the trigger warnings, there’s plenty to go at with this book, Kane has had a life that really wasn’t pleasant and he’s affected by his experiences in a multitude of ways.

But also, take joy from someone finding out that mistakes made, and one act of impulse, doesn’t have to be the thing that defines the rest of your life.

As someone who used to dance, that element of this book worked so beautifully for me. Jay uses the vehicle of the Argentine Tango in which to express the changes that Kane goes through as he opens up to Abe and then to the wider Madden family.

It’s a dance of passion, of emotion, it’s intimate and connected, it mimics the acts of both sex and love, and it draws you into a world in which two men can dance together and no-one blinks (AT’s roots are as a same sex dance in the ghettos of Buenos Aires where men would dance together to attract the attention of the local prostitutes).

I utterly adored everything about the dance elements which anchor this book, from the work Judah and Abe are doing with the young kids to show them that life with a disability doesn’t have to be limiting, to the growing love between Abe and Kane.

So, while Leroy and Fox still take first place in my heart, I will also have a space for Abe and Kane, and a relationship they worked so hard to reach.

There’s no ridiculous dramady in this one, the angst isn’t from misunderstanding or miscommunication, tensions arise from outside plot events and there is never a sense that things are being played out for plot’s sake.

It’s a beautifully organic romance that develops through two people finding a connection and then working at it when it becomes clear there’s far more than just a lustful attraction involved.

Kane is a complex and vulnerable man, and in Abe he finds someone who can help shoulder his load, for Abe, Kane is somewhere to come home to. I adored everything about this book.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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