Penny Reid’s latest is the second book in her Good Folk series, Folk Around and Find Out.
Check out my book review of Hank and Charlotte’s story where love is found at The Pink Pony!
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Hank Weller doesn’t help people. So he certainly doesn’t want to hire Charlotte Mitchell to be an exotic dancer at his club, The Pink Pony.
But after Charlotte’s messy, public divorce made Hank’s club out to be the culprit—and made her the single mother of four kids—he doesn’t need or want any additional bad press courtesy of Charlotte Mitchell.
Too bad she doesn’t understand the word no.
I’ll read anything by Penny Reid really, but I love going back to Green Valley. And honestly this one had me at single mother wanting to work the pole at The Pink Pony 😊.
Hank has been one of those characters in the background that made a big impression and it’s been years waiting for his story to finally be told.
Well, good things come to those who wait!
This is one of those romance books that you just feel good reading it and want to snuggle up with it all day until you read the entire thing.
It’s a fun, sweet yet steamy enemies to lovers romance with all the Green Valley small town goodness you’ve come to love from Penny Reid’s books.
While it can easily be read as a standalone, I think I really understood these characters because I knew them and other side characters from prior works in the Winston Brothers series and the Good Folk series. I’d at least recommend reading Totally Folked beforehand but that’s me.
The Best Characters
Charlotte stole the show for me in this one. She is basically the single parent, SUPER mom. With so much on her plate, she was willing to put herself OUT there for her family.
While her initial intentions for The Pink Pony didn’t pan out, it did get her front and center of Hank which finally then put their attraction front and center as well.
I loved how Reid made her feel like someone I would meet in my neighborhood and someone who I’d love to get to know.
Hank at first seems like a man who “what you see is what you get” and yet he seemed to have some layers to him and I loved it.
I loved how protective he is toward his employees and then to Charlotte.
Reid wrote three amazing scenes that just made this book work and which really turned up the heat and chemistry between these two.
The day that the AC stopped working was SO GOOD. That whole idea was so perfect- I loved it.
And the day Hank joined family dinner at Jethro’s and again when Hank finally goes to Charlotte’s house were two more moments that just hooked my heart on this man and cemented him as one of my favorite book boyfriends of 2022.
What I loved best about this romance is that Reid didn’t need to resort to any needless drama to move the story or characters along.
Charlotte and Hank of course had their issues to overcome but they did without anything over the top to detract from the story.
What I think would have made this a five-star read for me is if we got more character development for Hank.
I really understood Charlotte, her history and her current situation, but for Hank we just got tidbits that SO sparked my curiosity.
Maybe I’m forgetting some things about his past from Beau’s book, but I would have loved to have had more about his upbringing that made him shirk the people of Green Valley and their opinion of him.
I REALLY wanted to know more about his own work at The Pink Pony.
I mean Penny Reid could have hit it out of the park if she added a scene where Charlotte had to fill in at the club during a bachelorette party and saw Hank in action – OMG that would have been epic and really turned up the tension between them.
Maybe we can get that in an extra scene -hint, hint!
But overall, I loved the characters, the kiddos, and the chemistry between Charlotte and Hank, making this such an enjoyable read.
I highly recommend it.
*I received an advance reader copy. All opinions are my own.