From New York Times bestselling author, Penelope Ward, comes a sexy, STANDALONE second-chance romance.
They called him Mack Daddy. No, seriously, his name was Mack. Short for Mackenzie. Thus, the nickname. Perfect, right?
So was he: perfect. The perfect physical male specimen.
At the private school where I taught, Mack Morrison was the only man around in a sea of women.
Everyone wanted a piece of the hot single father of the sweet little boy.
I was riddled with jealousy, because they didn’t know that—to me—he was much more.
They didn’t know about our past.
He’d chosen my school for his son on purpose, because Mack and I, we had unfinished business.
As my friend Lorelai so eloquently put it: “Unfinished business between two people who are clearly attracted to each other is like an eternal case of blue balls.” And I was suffering in pain from my case.
I was still intensely attracted to Mack. I tried to resist him, immersing myself further into a relationship with another man just to protect my heart.
Not to mention, getting involved with a parent was strictly against school rules. But seeing Mack day in and day out was breaking me down.
And soon I might be breaking all the rules.
Author's note – Told in alternating points of view, Mack Daddy is a full-length standalone novel.
This review is hard to write. I love Penelope Ward’s books so when I was lucky enough to win an ARC I was super excited. Mack Daddy is a second chance romance and one that I enjoyed. It is different than Ms. Ward’s other books; we don’t get the alpha that we have come to expect from her and I have to admit that I missed that. I had a few issues with this one but overall I liked it. I love a second chance romance; there is no better feeling than finally being with the one you love.
Mack and Francesca “Frankie” have a past, a connection, an old friendship and unresolved feelings towards each other. They used to be roommates in college and a strong friendship and feelings formed. When Mack leaves Frankie you wonder or had a feeling what was going on so when it is confirmed it isn’t a shock per say but I know I wish the circumstances would have been different.
Mack could be an asshole and he proved that the first night he met Frankie but you quickly see that he really isn’t like that. Mack like I mentioned before isn’t an alpha, he is sweet and funny and nice and while I liked those qualities in his character there were times that I wish he would have been more intense. I won’t give specifics because I don’t want to spoil anything but during certain situations I felt as though he comes across as weak regardless who the other person is. Don’t get me wrong Mack is sexy, funny, and is a character that I liked but I think I just wanted more from him.
Frankie at times comes across as awkward and a little bit crazy with a side of weird but I liked her. I really liked how Frankie was able to help Mack’s son with some of his social anxiety and issues by using things from her past to help him through it. When Mack comes back into her life she has some decisions to make. I liked how no lines were crossed while she was in a relationship or when he was. I respect Ms. Ward for doing the story that way because it shows that both characters respected relationships.
The real issue I had with Mack Daddy was that certain situations felt that they were unresolved or just swept under the rug and that certain people got off with no real consequences for their actions. I wish we would have had that closure.
Even though I had some issues with Mack Daddy I did like it a lot. I was able to read it fairly quickly, but then again it was a Penelope Ward book so I always tend to devour them quickly. Mack Daddy may have been a bit different than her other books but it is still one I recommend and enjoyed.
Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She’s a fifteen-time New York Times bestseller of twelve novels. Having grown up in Boston with five older brothers, she spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 12-year-old girl with autism and a 10-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.
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