Series: Good Folk: Modern Folktales, #1
Author: Penny Reid
Publication Date: July 20, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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 getting laid starts to feel more like being waylaid. 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. 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.
Never did I ever think I would need a Jackson James redemption romance, but Penny Reid obviously knows what I need more than I do. When I saw she had a free prequel novella to Totally Folked, I thought why not read Just Folking Around to see if I really wanted to read this book. Reid got me hooked on Jackson and Raquel being a thing from just that one night they spent together. I couldn’t wait to get to know both of them better in Totally Folked. And now here I am, excited to share how much I adored this book.
Totally Folked was so much fun! It’s one of those books that made me happy from beginning to end. Despite having one night together a few years ago, Jackson and Raquel’s romance was a slow burn. There were a lot of things at play before they could truly be together and, of course, some of those things included hijinks from some of our favorite Winston brothers. The way the Green Valley community was involved was pretty special.
I wasn’t a fan of Jackson James in the Winston Brothers series, but he totally redeemed himself. Getting to know him and what his thoughts were regarding his past were helpful. The soul searching Jackson had done was great, even if it wasn’t always spot on. I ended up loving his character, so that says a lot.
Raquel was the perfect addition to the Green Valley world. I liked her ties to Sienna and Jethro and how being a Hollywood starlet shaped the plot. I loved the discoveries she made about herself, her family, and what she wanted out of life. Green Valley was a great place for her to grow. I also enjoyed how the chapter titles related to Raquel’s Hollywood status.
Like I said before, Jackson and Raquel’s romance was sort of a slow burn thing. They got to get to know each other better, while the chemistry and passion they had in the novella was an undercurrent in the background. I loved the way they bonded and strengthened their emotional connection. It was sweet. They were sweet.
I’ve mentioned the Winston brothers, but there were a lot of other townspeople who came out to support Jackson and Raquel. I loved Jackson’s family and their part in the story. Raquel’s bodyguards were surprisingly fun. Out of everyone, my favorite was Charlotte. She was a good friend to both Jackson and Raquel. I’m so excited that she gets her own story in the next book!
Totally Folked was a big win for Penny Reid. She managed to take a character most of her readers aren’t fond of and make him a star. I was super impressed by this and it has reignited my love of her books (not that she ever lost it, but more just reminded me why she’s such a special author).
P.S. If you’re curious about Jackson and Raquel and aren’t sure if you really want to read Jackson’s book or not, check out Just Folking Around. It will have you racing to read Totally Folked.