Book Reviews, Favorite Authors, Penny Reid, Romance  |  08.09.2021

Totally Folked by Penny Reid

SYNOPSIS:

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.

GENRE:

Contemporary Romance

SPOILER-FREE REVIEW:

If you’ve never read anything by Penny Reid before, Totally Folked is a lovely way to start. A great entryway into a world of delightful characters, banana cakes, smoky mountains, quirky situations, and lots of shenanigans.

Also, it’s the perfect beach read. It’s light, so incredibly funny, heartfelt, and with just the right amount of steam.

If you already know the Winston Brother’s series, like me, you might have been wondering… How on earth could Jackson James be a swoony hero?

So let me tell you this, Penny Reid doesn’t only redeem Jackson James in Totally Folked, she escalates him to the top of your book boyfriend list.

The thing is, we were all bamboozled. The Winston’s were biased. The real Jackson is the farthest thing from the entitled stuck-up sheriff’s deputy we were led to believe. He is sweet, kind, polite, thoughtful, a true gentleman, and capital letters hot. You have been warned, you’ll not only swoon but completely fall for him.

Raquel Ezra is a stunning Hollywood star. And, yet, her character couldn’t be more relatable. Her inner monologue was a treat. Rae (as she likes to be called) was so witty and charming. You will just want to be her friend. She fit right in with the whole gang, and I’m always amazed at how Penny can just write these characters that feel so real. At this point, I’m practically convinced Green Valley exists.

And talking about skillful writing, the whole book is such a levelheaded romance. When you think there’s going to be “other woman” drama Penny flips the script and shows how female relationships can be empowering. When you think miscommunication might happen, characters talk things out and discuss their shortcomings. It’s a breath of fresh air.

I honestly could sit here and write loads about how I thought this was such a good book, but I encourage you to pick it up and find out for yourself.

I’m so excited to keep reading about all the intriguing people from Green Valley, Tennessee, and oh boy, Hank Weller is next!

Totally Folked is out today!

Thank you so much Social Butterfly PR and Penny Reid for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

RATING: ☆☆☆☆☆ (5 Stars)

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