Blog Tour Review with Giveaway: Totally Folked (Good Folk: Modern Tales #1) by Penny Reid

Posted August 9, 2021 by Lisa Mandina in giveaway, Review / 3 Comments

Totally Folked, the all-new folking delightful and bestselling small town contemporary romance from New York Times bestselling author Penny Reid, is available now!

I received this book for free from Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blog Tour Review with Giveaway:  Totally Folked (Good Folk:  Modern Tales #1) by Penny ReidTotally Folked by Penny Reid
Series: Good Folk: Modern Folktales #1
Published by Cipher-Naught on July 20, 2021
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance, Adult Romantic Comedy
Pages: 416
Source: Social Butterfly PR
Format: E-galley
My Rating: five-stars
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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.

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My Review:

I’m honestly not sure how to review this book. I really just adored it so much. I’ve wondered and wanted Jackson James to get his HEA from probably the first time I met him. Even with his issues with the Winston brothers, there was just something about him that spoke to me. Maybe it was the kraken? lol. Reading his book though, I understood a lot of what he felt and why he made his decisions the way he did. But, even though I am and never have been and never will be considered a sex symbol like Rae, I also understood a lot of her issues and feelings as well. 

While there was some drama in this, it actually didn’t quite get to up to some of the angst in other books by Reid. And I’m totally okay with that, because I still loved it! And sometimes a little less angst is nice. I also was thrilled to get time with my favorite Winston brother, Cletus, because he totally lived up to what I love about him. 

I also really liked how things with Charlotte worked out. I think that there are people in this world who can handle things the way she did, and even if it doesn’t add drama, it makes things realistic and gives that idea to others I hope. Totally Folked totally won my folking love!


“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.

For now.

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.

About the Author:

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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3 responses to “Blog Tour Review with Giveaway: Totally Folked (Good Folk: Modern Tales #1) by Penny Reid

  1. John Smith

    Another rich and famous star making the mistake of pursuing love with a a civilian! No!! This will only lead to awkwardness and drama! Maybe she can find that celebrity dude in the other book who is falling into the wicked clutches of a barkeep….

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