TOTALLY FOLKED by Penny Reid – double review!

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.


Title : Totally Folked
Author : Penny Reid
Series : Good Folk – Modern Folktales (book one)
Format : eARC
Page Count : 400
Genre : contemporary romance
Publisher : Cipher-Naught
Release Date : July 20, 2021

Reviewer : Hollis / Micky
Rating : ★ ★ ★ / ★ ★ ★ .5


Hollis’ 3 star review

First of all, I just want to say, how nice it was to have no real big drama in this one. No motorcycle gang stuff or kidnapping or shoot outs or blackmail or betrayals.. just small down romance. I think Reid is shaking off the themes of her Winston Brothers series, even though this is the same world and same characters, and going for something a little more every day, more wholesome. I mean, this is only book one, but that’s the vibe I’m getting. I appreciated it and appreciated the break in the over the top action, too.

Surprisingly — and I say that because inevitably after a long wait for a certain character’s book, it doesn’t always live up to what you wished or wanted — I really liked Jackson in this one. It’s been so long since the first time he showed up on the page, where we only knew so much about him, that I didn’t quite expect this to be where he ended up. I mean, sure, and over time his character was fleshed out a bit, we saw he wasn’t quite the douche canoe he first appeared to be, but I liked finally getting his side of things.

Having said that, his romantic interest, was.. fine? Okay? Honestly I’m not left with much. Rae had personality and hangups, sure, she was a fully drawn and even coloured in character but honestly all I’ll probably remember about her, after time, is that she was an actress, like Sienna. The particulars won’t hold space in my memory. She didn’t stand out.

Which also kind of applies to every other character, too, except maybe newcomer (at least I don’t recall her in the other series..) Charlotte. I liked Charlotte. Beyond, ultimately, being bestie to both Jackson and Rae she doesn’t do a whole lot but she does her role well.

I realize I’m probably not singing a lot of praises for this one but alongside the lack of drama the overall feelings are perhaps a bit muted as a result. But not in a bad way. I enjoyed my time back in Green Valley. I do think I’ve said this before and that I’ve maybe outgrown this world, if not the author, and I’m more interested to see new things from her, but I’ll probably keep reading these until said new things show up.

If you’re a fan of this author, and this world, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed by this one at all.

** I received an ARC from the author (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **


Micky’s 3.5 star review

Headlines:
Endearing characters
Gentle and steady hero
Found Green Valley family

You get the prequel novella as part of this series starter for the Modern Folktales and you need that splash of electric chemisty before you launch into Totally Folked. You can find my review for the prequel novella Just Folking Around here.

The reconnection of Jackson and Raquel (Rae) was a gradual process with moments of I can’t help myself. The chemistry between these two was ever present, but the foundation for more for any kind of relationship needed time and work.

Rae’s life was a hot mess of intrusion. Her time in Green Valley was a sweet interlude, whereas Jackson lived the steady, good guy life. I really enjoyed Jackson’s character, his imposed slow burn with occasional thoughts of pushing him along. Rae and Jackson were totally suited.

The found family alongside natual family was an eclectic mix but it worked. I enjoyed seeing Rae drawn into a community of genuine people. Jackson’s dad gave some beautiful advice.

“Admitting a vulnerability to someone you love and who loves you in return usually brings you closer, it doesn’t push you apart.”

This was a good series starter and I will be reading on. Thank you to the author for the early review copy.

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