One night? No strings? A sexy game of chess? No problem.
If you've never read a Penny Reid book before, this is the place to start! An all new series starter snack from the author of the WINSTON BROTHERS and KNITTING IN THE CITY series. . .
Raquel Ezra loves to fish. With so many fish in the sea, she’s never had a problem baiting the hook or reeling them in. Raquel is a good actress, she can be anyone’s fantasy for a single night as long as they agree to be hers. Which is why she doesn’t think twice about spending an evening in nowhere Tennessee with a smokin’ hot, well-mannered, and intriguing sheriff’s deputy by the name of Jackson James.
Except, when the time comes, Raquel discovers that reality might just be better than any fantasy, and maybe she’s not ready to release this catch.
JUST FOLKING AROUND is a 16k words, contemporary romance, a complete standalone, and is the prequel to TOTALLY FOLKED, book #1 in the Good Folk: Modern Folktales series.
Well written, but…
A very brief plot summary: Hollywood Star meets small town cop; Sparks fly. They part.
That much can be gained from the cover blurb. What’s missing is her emotional response, because that’s where any spoilers would reside…
I’ll give her credit— it’s well written in terms of grammar and syntax (yes, it’s taxed!). [It’s become harder and harder to find on-line authors who know its from it’s, who don’t confuse there, they’re, and their, or who use your and you’re correctly. These are taught in middle school, but apparently forgotten soon after.]
Penny Reid doesn’t make any errors of that sort, which makes reading her a pleasure.
Unfortunately, that was all the pleasure I got from her book. It felt too formulaic. Once she got going, I realized that I knew (with admittedly one major exception) where it was going to go. Not the details, of course— I would never have guessed about the new rules for chess, and the protagonist’s sense of humor was her saving virtue. But I new where the plot was headed, and wasn’t at all surprised when it arrived.
My other issue was with Ms. Reid’s protagonist— I just didn’t find her to be a particularly likable person. Had it been a male character treating his female sexual partners the way she boasts of treating men, no one would read it, because it would be correctly seen as the worst of sexist piggery. Why should it be better, coming from a wealthy, entitled woman?
The deputy sheriff was a better human being (and more interestingly written, probably because Ms. Reid and her readers both prefer interesting men).
I would have given it just two stars, except for the quality of the writing— so it gets three.
I love Penny Reid but I hate these books where you only get part of a story. The story line is fun and it is a good book, but you are left hanging.
Love it so far!!!!