I received this book via Author. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.Totally Folked by Penny Reid
Series: Good Folk: Modern Folktales #1
Published by Cipher-Naught on 2021-07-20
Length: 416 pages
Reviewing eARC from Author
Reading Challenges: 2021 New Release Challenge, COYER 2021
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.
Totally Folked by Penny Reid is the first in her new series Good Folk: Modern Folktales which is a spinoff of her Winston Brothers series. Set in the small town of Green Valley, TN, each book will follow a beloved, or maybe misunderstood, character. In this initial installment, Deputy Sheriff Jackson James gets a story, and y’all I couldn’t have been happier with it. Full of unexpected angst and steamy romance, Totally Folked had me hook, line, and sinker.
Jackson James has spent the last five and a half years cleaning up his playboy image in hopes of running for sheriff of Green Valley when his dad retires in a few years. He has goals, and this image in his mind of what a family, a real family, should look like. He knows it’s hard work and perseverance that makes a family last and not something that feels as easy as breathing. So for the last five and a half years, that is what he’s pursued in an effort to forget his one night stand with America’s number one celeb Raquel Ezra.
Raquel Ezra is lost at the beginning of the book, showing up on her friend’s doorstep with a small suitcase and nothing else, none of the normal entourage of security and agents that typically follow her on her heels. Rae needs a change. She’s tired of the constant grind of Hollywood and always feeling as though she has to pretend. She wants a real life, and if that means saying goodbye to her career, she’s prepared to do so.
I loved the alternating POV chapters. I’m not sure I would’ve liked Rae otherwise. She’s currently in a fake relationship with another actor, one that’s “cheated” on her multiple times to keep them in the limelight. Jackson is trying to force a romantic relationship to work with his friend and single mother Charlotte (who I sincerely hope gets her own story, I love her!). Neither are really available for a relationship, and yet all it takes is one look and the two are back five and a half years ago on that one night. I love the chemistry between them and the angst is off the charts.
Overall, I really enjoyed Totally Folked. I love Green Valley so it wasn’t a shock that I enjoyed a new story featuring a different character. The Winston brothers are well-known in the community so it was fun to see them from the outside looking in. They truly are an intimidating bunch, but I love how they’ve adopted Jackson into their circle, even Jet. If you are a fan of steamy romance and small towns, I highly recommend it!
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