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Totally Folked

(Good Folk: Modern Folktales #1)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  1,355 ratings  ·  316 reviews
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 n
Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published July 20th 2021 by Cipher-Naught
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Penny Reid
Apr 06, 2021 marked it as to-read  ·  (Review from the author)

The time has come! The Kraken has been released (If you know, you know). And I hope you love Jackson and Rae as much as I do. GAH! They are just swoony and romantic and so very unexpected. TOTALLY FOLKED is out in the wild, on all platforms!

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Jul 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
4 stars


I, like many others, wasn't the biggest Jackson James fan at the start of the Winston Brother's series. Over time, he grew on me. I was excited to get to his book and see how he'd changed. Jackson James was the very best part of this book, so it's safe to say all those changes he made were positive!

Jackson and Raquel meet at a wedding and sparks fly. These two have insane chemistry, but Raquel lives in a different world than the small town deputy. Raquel is friends with Sienna and is
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
Jan 12, 2021 marked it as to-read
didn’t like Jackson but why am i super pumped for his book 🤔
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Jul 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
4.5 Stars!
(ARC provided by Social Butterfly PR)


Jackson James is the deputy sheriff in the small town of Green Valley, Tennessee. He's a gorgeous bachelor who had a reputation for being a ladies man. Wanting people to take him seriously and clean up his image, could he finally be tired of temporary and be looking to settle down?

Raquel Ezra is a Hollywood movie star living in Los Angeles. She's known as a sexy bombshell, and is in hot demand for movie roles. She loves her job as an actress and
Beth Connolly
Jul 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Check your expectations at the door... Penny Reid has delivered a contemporary romance swoonfest I didn't see coming.

Fans of friends-to-lovers rejoice! Totally Folked is a folking delight. If you're like me and wary of romances featuring celebrities, have no fear. Rae is a fantastic heroine. She sheds her Hollywood armor and charms the reader with her awkward tendencies and lovable vulnerability. Her lines and inner thoughts are snort-laugh inducing, endearing you to this unconventional heroine
h o l l i s
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 ...more
Grecia Robles
Jul 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
*** 4 Deputy Dreamy STARS ***

This heart is stunning. It’s my absolutely, without a doubt, favorite part of you. And when you’re gone, when we’re not together, this is the part of you I will always miss most.”

Éste es un spin off de una de las series de Penny Reid y le pegó fuerte a mi fangirl intensa, ya que es bien sabido que los Winston Brothers es una de mis series favoritas y que Cletus y Jethro son de mis personajes más amados en el mundo literario y que sus aparicion
Carmen Rae
It's funny that whenever I read a Penny Reid book, I feel almost like I'm reading some highbrow society novel. Not that I don't absolutely love and admire the whole romance genre. But for some reason Penny writes in a way that almost feels educational. Like I almost feel like my eleventh grade English teacher is going to pop up and ask me about the underlying meaning of the story.

And for some reason I freaking love it. Honestly, I've loved every single book I've read by Penny, and I always put t
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Penny Reid Fans, romance
5 I'm Totally Folked Stars
* * * * * Spoiler Free-A Quick Review
I am doing a quick review, otherwise, I could go on and on with the love I have for this book and Penny Reid. Being back in Green Valley, having the Winston men making appearances, having Reid create her characters perfect for these stories...makes me so happy. Yes, even giddy, because when it is all said and done, Reid ALWAYS gives us moments that will ring so true about relationships, all types, whether parental, or with friends, o
Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
Jul 24, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc

AUTHOR: Penny Reid
SERIES: Good Folk #1
RELEASE DATE: July 20, 2021
GENRE: Contemporary Romance, RomCom
TROPES: Hollywood Princess meets Country Sheriff
RATING: 2.5 Stars

I'm a hardcore fangirl of Penny's books. I'll keep on reading her no matter what - I believe that we all have the small number of books by an author that just won't completely work for us. That was TOTALLY FOLKED for me.

Penny Reid released the prologue as a separate shorty a few weeks ago. JUST

Title: Totally Folked
Series: Good Folk: Modern Folktales #1
Author: Penny Reid
Release date: July 20, 2021
Cliffhanger: no
Genre: contemporary romance

I've read just about all of Penny Reid's full length novels and almost every one of them were 4-5 stars for me. Seems unlikely to have that kind of success, but there's always been a feeling of magic when I slipped inside one of her books. When I needed something witty, outside the stereotypical box, and bursting with heartwarming romance, Penny has
Jul 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
Penny Reid queen of small town romances? YES, SHE IS FOR ME!! there's just something about her books that make you feel at home and as part of something special, and that's Green Valley for me.

“Bad day, Jackson?”

One night 5 years ago, Jackson James and Raquel Ezra formed a special connection, the only ones able to see each other for who they really were, but the timing wasn't right. Now Raquel is surprisingly back in Green Valley and that connection between them is still there, but there are
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Favorite Quotes:

Sexual orientation is a spectrum of course, but I think he prefers peen and pecs, and I get it. I prefer peen and pecs. What do I want with boobs and beavers? So many parts, so many holes. Why do we have so many hills and holes? Women are basically golf courses.

“Are you serious?” “As serious as a Botox shortage in Beverly Hills.”

Your mistakes and missteps will reinforce people’s unflattering ideas about you, and your good deeds will be explained away by nice weather.

She was basic
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog
4 STARS <3

Well , well this was so good, I feel like it was forever since I read a book from Penny Reid and I really enjoyed this one!Jackson James is my new crush!I freaking loved him , from the moment they met!

Such a swoon worthy hero, my heart was aching for him!Raquel was great too I really liked her there were moments I find her stubborn but still liked her.They were so flirty,sweet and full of tension these two!

If you are up for a small town romance, a hot guy, a fun heroine with some steam
zozo ~
Dec 19, 2020 marked it as to-read

This better be set post Beard Necessities or i'll fite-

I've been waiting for jackson's book since truth and beard (duh). There's hope for 2021.
Lauren Reads Romance
Hot damn, Jackson James. Release the Kraken!

Readers of Winston Brothers series will know him as an annoying gnat of a deputy sheriff who once upon a time:

1. Spread false rumours about Ashley Winston when they were teenagers.
2. Busted Jethro twenty times (unsuccessfully lol) for grand theft auto.
3. Constantly ambushed the twins Duane and Beau for speeding.
And worst of all,
4. Irritated Cletus for above reasons (warning: do not irritate Cletus.)

Turns out, he was a douche canoe only one time out of
OMG I couldn't stop smiling and laughing. It was sooooo good to go back to Green Valley. Penny Reid delivers another amazingly swoony read!

Jackson James never thought he’d see the bombshell movie star he spent an unforgettable night with ever again. But after five years when Raquel Ezra decides to escape the Hollywood trappings and hide out for a bit in the small town of Green Valley, can the two escape scandal and work towards something lasting and real?

I honestly never thought I would fal
Jul 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
“Rae was magic, and I would always and forever believe in Rae.”

Totally Folked is the first book in the Good Folk: Modern Folktales series and follows sheriff's deputy Jackson James, who has already made several appearances in Penny Reid's books, and movie star Raquel Ezra.

If someone had told me when I first started reading the Winston Brothers series that I would love a book with Jackson James as the main character, I would never have believed it. But trust Penny Reid to prove me wrong! I en
Jul 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I've been intrigued by Jackson James since the first Winston Brothers book. I guess that it was before that, in Ashley Winston's book: Beauty and the Mustache. Jackson had a crush on Ashley when they were in
high school. He's been the brothers' nemesis since day one. It's mainly been Cletus and Jethro that have tangled with Deputy James.
In present day, Jackson's been leading the single guy life. No steady girlfriend. He'd met Raquel at Jethro
and Sienna's wedding 5 years before. The had spent the
Jul 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing

5 Stars

This was feel good, romance magic. This isn’t my typical read, as I love high angst, rip your heart out stories, but there was just something about these two that pulled at my heart, their softness and eagerness for real and authentic was so refreshing and needed for me.

Jackson James, how do I love thee, let me count the ways. This man was gold. He is generous, empathetic, a gentleman in every single aspect, even maybe to his own detriment, always putting others above
Jul 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poc-heroines
4.5 stars

I had such a great time with this book!

I loved Raquel so much (hell yes to WOC heroine!!!) and I was pleasantly surprised by Jackson. There is nothing that wins me over faster than a soft hero. I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but it was certainly a strong start to a new series. I also love the way the town and it's people there are really built and feel like such an important part of the story and who these characters are.

I will always love Penny Reid's books and even tho
Jul 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: author-arcs
3.5 swoony stars

If you've read the freebie prequel then this picks up five years after that sexually fraught chess game and swoony evening between film star Raquel Ezra and our delicious Deputy Jackson. If you haven't read the prequel then fear not, it's repeated at the start of this book.

Five years on and Jackson and Raquel are still thinking about what could have been, but both have issues. Jackson was unable to keep his pants up during his youth and so has a bit of a rep with the ladies that
Izzie d
Jul 06, 2021 rated it liked it
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Jul 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I never in a million years thought I could love Jackson James.
I was wrong.

Penny Reid made me root for him, believe in the goodness of his heart, and want all the best things for him. That's brilliant writing, but even more than that, she gave us characters who live and breathe and have hopes and dreams. My favorite books are populated with characters I could be friends with, and these two - Jackson and Rae - would be fun, wonderful, easy friendships to have.
VB Book Reviews
4.5 Dreamy Stars!


That's right, I said dreamy, because that's exactly what this book was. I am several books behind on my beloved Winston Brothers series, something I need to fix, pronto! But when I saw that the deputy sheriff we all love to hate find annoying was actually getting his own story, well I just could not resist. And, my God, am I so glad I didn't. This book was DELICIOUS, sweet, romantic, cozy...I absolutely adored it.

"My friend over there is a police officer, local
Bookgasms Book Blog
Jul 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ratula
Totally Folked was another fun and romantic Penny Reid story that did not disappoint. I have been obsessed with the Winston Brothers since day one so it was so exciting to see familiar faces in this story. I loved Jackson and Raquel so much. Totally Folked was a swoony slow burn and such a feel good story.

I always say this but Reid is an amazing author who writes the most intelligent and witty romances. I loved the intense pining and love that Jackson and Raquel had for one another was just perf
Patricia Wonderland
Jul 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Penny Reid for this oasis of happiness in this crazy world!
Totally folked offers us a good dose of longing and swooning between two sincere and humble characters (an admirable woman and a man of honor) but also significant doses of humor, strong friendship and respect. The recipe for happiness for a reader !

It's summer so what better than spending your vacation in Green Valley, the most extraordinary small town there is, with all these inhabitants who have become our friends. Take a w
Lady Heather
,"I'm voluntarily reading an ARC of this book which has been provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. " ...more
Kate Grand {A Grand Romance}
Magical summer romance returns to Green Valley in Totally Folked

What you need to know about “Totally Folked”:
✔ Friends to Lovers Romance
✔ Dual Point of View
✔ Celebrity Romance
✔ Raquel Ezra, A-list actress
✔ Jackson James, Deputy Sheriff
✔ Can be read as a Complete Standalone
✔ Good Folk: Modern Folktales Series #1

Deputy Sheriff Jackson James and Hollywood ingenue Raquel Ezra had a few passionate hours together several years ago at Jethro Winston’s wedding to actress Sienna Diaz.

Five years later,
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Penny Reid is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she writes kissing books. Penny is an obsessive knitter and manages the #OwnVoices-focused

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