Totally Folked, the all-new folking delightful and bestselling small town contemporary romance from New York Times bestselling author Penny Reid, is available now!
“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.
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.
By Penny Reid
(Good Folk: Modern Folktales #1)
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.
I did not have the best impression of Jackson James, and that’s what happens when you only hear one side of the story. Time has passed, and everyone’s has matured quite a bit. Though somehow this has resulted in Jackson becoming rather too polite, and too proper for the ladies of Green Valley, who quite loved his wilder side.
The man is ready to settle down, but a reputation is quite hard to get rid of. I do feel the townspeople held on to his younger image quite hard. Even after all these years, the gossip is the same. You know what, I really loved the fact that Jackson was such a gentleman. How he always tries to do the right thing. Though he needs to find a balance in the whole self-sacrifice shtick he has going on.
Enter Rae. An A-list actress who’s sick and tired of Hollywood, and pretending to be something she’s not. She’s running away to Green Valley to figure some things out. Which also happens to include Jackson James. A wonderful shared night five years ago, and it honestly feels like no time has passed. The attraction is electric, and Jackson has some unexpected tricks up his sleeve.
As usual, there is a certain complexity to these characters that just hits you unexpectedly. It also was so lovely seeing some old favourite characters again, and I can’t wait to see what more Penny Reid has in store for us. Because this was just great. These characters will endear you, and it all just works so great.
*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review