(ARC Review) Totally Folked is the first book in Penny Reid’s new Good Folk: Modern Folktales series. Though the setting and people are very familiar, it feels new and fresh at the same time. If you’ve never read a Winston Brothers novel you could certainly start here, it’s a great beginning. However, if you’ve read the Winston Brothers or various other Smartypants books, I think you’ll especially appreciate getting to know Jackson James in a new way.
Jackson James is not who I thought he was. We’ve seen him as the slightly antagonistic deputy sheriff throughout the Winston Brothers series and various other Smartypants books. We’ve seen him as the overprotective, slightly annoying big brother. We’ve even seen him as a fake fiancé. Finally we get to see him as the romantic lead and we see that he’s actually a very disciplined man who cares deeply for his community and is trying hard to overcome his reputation as a ladies man.
Raquel Ezra, Hollywood It Girl, spent a fun night with him five years ago at Sienna and Jethro’s wedding. Though their time together was brief, neither has forgotten the other. When Raquel returns to Green Valley, the two still feel that old spark, but each is sort of involved with someone else.
Officially, they are friends. They have good reasons to remain only friends but it just seems impossible for them to stay away. The connection and heat between them was palpable, I could feel the sparks through the screen of my kindle though it is a slowwwwwww burn.
I loved it! I loved seeing this other side of the man we’ve seen in the background of so many other stories. He was so thoughtful, so practical and conscious of his past wrongs. He was trying so hard to be a better man, a good man. He was quite the Boy Scout, for better or for worse.
Rae felt like your new BFF. Though she’s a big star, she’s mostly just a regular girl, struggling to find her place and meaning in the world. She’s at a crossroads and it felt fully relatable even though her problems are very different from mine, some things are universal.
I’m so excited this series exists and can’t wait to read more stories about our favorite secondary, now primary, Green Valley characters! I love this world Penny Reid has built so much! Returning to Green Valley always feels like returning home.
One unforgettable night leads to an unlikely shared connection, and unlikely connections never go unnoticed by the good folks in Green Valley, Tennessee. . .
Jackson James follows the rules. He has to. He’s a sheriff’s deputy in a super small town with a super big personality. However, strict adherence to the law during the day has been enjoyably balanced by rakish rules at night. Jackson, typically happy to protect and serve (and serve, and serve), starts questioning the value of wayward evenings when they begin to feel more like being waylaid rather than getting laid. Could it be that Green Valley’s most eligible—and notorious—bachelor longs for something (and someone) real?
Mega movie star Raquel Ezra follows only one rule: always leave them wanting more. Strict adherence to this single rule has served her well. Studio execs, reporters, audiences, fans, lovers—no one can get enough of the smart, savvy, and sexy bombshell. But when “generous offers” begin to feel more like excessive demands, years of always leaving has the elusive starlet longing for something (and perhaps someone) lasting.
When Raquel abruptly returns to the quirky Tennessee hamlet, her path crosses with the delectable deputy with whom she spent one unforgettable night. Unfortunately, scandal and intrigue soon follow. Raquel and Jackson must decide which is more important: following their rules? Or, at long last, finding something real.
TOTALLY FOLKED is a standalone, contemporary romantic comedy novel and book #1 in the Good Folk: Modern Folktales series.
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“Rae. It’s late.”
“I know, but—”
“Rae,” he ground out, using my hold on his hand to bring us back to a stop. I faced him, my stomach erupting in uncertainty butterflies as I encountered the stern line of his jaw and the glittering, frustrated spark behind his eyes. “We need everyone to believe we’re just friends, right? And if we go inside the house, I don’t think I’m a good enough actor to pull that off.”
My mouth formed an O, and I released him, folding my arms over my chest while I wrestled with a strange combination of disappointment and pleasure at his words. I wanted to spend time with him, talk to him, get to know this mystery of a man so I could understand my feelings better.
But . . . I conceded his point.
We couldn’t seem to be around each other without kissing. Bringing him inside a dark, empty house in the middle of the night was something better left to my fantasies.
Oh really, inner voice? Now you’re impudent? Now?
He exhaled a short breath, it also sounded frustrated, but his tone was soft as he said, “Hey.”
I placed a tight smile on my face, it was the best I could manage. “Hey.”
Jackson seemed to be considering me, debating what to do next. He didn’t take too long. “Do you want to go for a drive?”
“Yes,” I said immediately. “Yes, I do. Let me grab a jacket.”
“Okay. I’ll wait here.” He shifted his weight to his back foot and hooked his thumbs in his jeans pockets.
I wanted to take a picture of him like this, all handsome reluctance and sexy self-control. This man, he just did something to me. I couldn’t explain it.
But maybe if we took this drive and spent some time together talking—just talking—I’d start to figure it out.
Meet Penny Reid
Penny Reid is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Best Selling Author of the Winston Brothers, Knitting in the City, Rugby, and Hypothesis series. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she just writes books. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.
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