Totally Folked, book #1 in the Good Folk: Modern Folktales series from New York Times bestselling author Penny Reid is coming July 20th, but we have a surprise sneak peek for you! Enjoy this early look of Penny’s all-new standalone contemporary romantic comedy.
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“Call me Rae,” I said, blinking rapidly and wiping the back of my hand under my nose.
He snapped his mouth shut and frowned, like my request had interrupted his train of thought. “Uh, okay. Is Rae your name?”
“It is. It’s—” I needed to swallow around the emotion at the base of my throat before I could continue “—it’s what my friends call me.”
I nodded quickly, peeking at him.
“Suits you.” I watched his lips curve into a coaxing smile, the warmth returning to his gaze.
“Thank you,” I managed, acutely breathless.
“Only name that would suit you better is Sunny.”
I laughed, rolling my eyes. “Not Rainbow?”
Good point. You are colorful.”
“Well, I think your name suits you, too.” I laughed again, but then added in a quieter tone that might’ve verged on shy, “I’ve always thought so.”
We traded stares for another moment, my earlier cold and dull unsteadiness transforming into something else, something hot and sharp and equally unsteady.
He doesn’t have a girlfriend, Rae. He’s single, Rae. You’re here for another twenty-four hours, Rae.
“Well.” He pulled his gaze from mine and gave his head a little shake. “I’ve said my piece. I am sorry if I upset you.
I noticed the beading of sweat at his temples. It was hot in here, stifling.
“You . . .” I was about to say, ‘You didn’t upset me,’ but that wasn’t true. He’d upset everything. I’d made peace with him being unobtainable, happy with someone else.
If possible, I wanted him more now than I had before. Parts of me ached, imagining what it would be like to watch him strip off that sexy uniform and—
Even though he was single, he’d just split from his girlfriend. He probably needed time before jumping into bed with me or anyone.
Oooor—and just think about it, no need to make any rash decisions—maybe now is the perfect time for him to jump into bed with you. You’re leaving tomorrow. You could be his rebound one-night-stand. No strings. Again.
He seemed to be waiting for me to finish my thought. But competing desires made it impossible for me to make the words and say the thing. And how would I even bring it up? How would I ask?
Just . . . ask.
I nibbled my bottom lip, uncertain.
It can’t be that easy.
His gaze dropped to my mouth, grew dazed.
Try it. What do you have to lose?
“Rae, the reason—”
“Will you spend the night with me?”
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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.