Totally Forked by Penny Reid _ Release Blitz & Review

One unforgettable night leads to an unlikely shared connection, and unlikely connections never go unnoticed by the good folks in Green Valley, Tennessee. . .

Totally Folked an all-new small town romantic comedy filled with humor and heart from New York Times bestselling author Penny Reid is available now!

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 they begin to feel more like being waylaid rather than getting laid. 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. Strict adherence to this single rule has served her well. 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.

Fall in love today! Amazon: https://amzn.to/3mlffDE Amazon Worldwide: http://mybook.to/TotallyFolked Nook: https://bit.ly/3sOrkTX Apple Books: https://apple.co/3sShLDy Kobo: https://bit.ly/2OkmO0L Google Play: https://bit.ly/39G9JpY Amazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/36KBgo6 Barnes and Noble Paperback: Coming Soon

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Meet Penny Reid 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.

Connect with Penny Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PennyReidWriter/ Amazon: http://amzn.to/2lakzsD Twitter: @ReidRomance Mailing List: http://pennyreid.ninja/newsletter/ Website: http://www.pennyreid.ninja

[I received a digital arc for an honest review]

Totally Forked by Penny Reid is the first book in her return to Green Valley for the Good Folk: Modern Folktales series. Jackson James experienced an amazing night five and a half years ago with actor Raquel Ezra. He has since then been trying to find a nice woman to settle down with and put that night behind him. Raquel Ezra fondly remembers the night she had with the polite deputy in small town Tennessee. When times in Hollywood are just becoming a bit too much she finds solace with her only friend Sienna. She hopes to see Jackson but knows life is so uncertain that being together could be risky for them both. Unfortunately chemistry and overall enjoyment of each other’s company overpowers logic and reasoning and the two fall head over heels as they get to know each other better. With such drastically different lives how will the two be able to find a way forward together? 

Jackson James has a seemingly happy life. His family is wonderful, he has a respected job within the town he loves and friends he never expected with some of the Winston brothers. He is lacking in the romance department but thought he was moving towards something with Charlotte when Raquel comes crashing back into his life, sour cherry pie and all. He feels like he needs to constantly outrun his past both from in high school when he treated Ashley Winston so poorly and in his twenties when he did a little bed hopping. He doesn’t feel like he has the right to want anything and is so afraid to push that he and Raquel find themselves wanting each other so badly but resisting. When he truly allows himself to let go and feel for Rae though he is a passionate and sweet man who deserves a woman to care for him the way he cares for her. 

“Yes, your body is beautiful. But it is nothing – and I mean nothing – compared to this.” 

Rae threaded her fingers into my hair at my temples. 

“Your brain is beautiful. Your honor is beautiful. Your dedication and hard work is beautiful. And this -” 

Her hand lowered to the left side of my chest. 

Raquel Ezra has everything an actor could want: worldwide fame, adoring fans, job opportunities and a Hollywood heartthrob fiance. Unfortunately it is all a facade. Rae is tired and just wants to hide away with Sienna and maybe just maybe run into Jackson. Her run in with Jackson is so much more than she expected and she finds herself thinking about really big life changes just to keep him. She wants to be a supportive partner to Jackson but both have so much baggage and wounds from the past that they struggle to communicate instead of coupling. Their chemistry steams off the pages (as Reid’s always do) and you enjoy the little intimate moments just as much with extended hugs and snuggling. 

“You’re funny. Sweet. Generous. Clever. Smart. You’re good. You’re a good person.” 

He huffed a laugh, adding under his breath so I almost didn’t hear it. 

“You’re sunshine and rainbows.”

I know better to go into a new release with ridiculously high expectations but I did anyway with this book. Unfortunately these characters were lovely but just didn’t toot my horn the way I was expecting them to. Jackson with all the appearances throughout the Winston series just fell a little flat for me and Raquel was great and I was so happy to see her empower herself but didn’t top my list of bad*ss ladies. The story had its ups and downs but there was never a big OMG moment. There was a lot to love with all the Winston cameos and Cletus and Sienna’s meddling. Don’t get me wrong, if you enjoy Green Valley and Reid’s Winston brothers there is a lot to love, this just won’t be a favorite of the series for me. 

3.5 stars for a small town deputy hooking a Hollywood star.

–Written by Katie—

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