Genres: Romance, Adult, Second Chances
Published: February 11, 2017
Read: February 13, 2017
My Rating: 5
Kindle Edition 282 pages
Told in dual first person perspectives
Mack Daddy is live and on limited-time release sale for $3.99 (Changing to $4.99 after release. This will be the ONLY sale.) Meet single dad, Mack, in this sexy, STANDALONE second-chance romance.
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.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Mack Daddy is by author Penelope Ward.
I enjoyed this book however it wasn’t what I expected. Of course I made my assumptions from the blurb and cover. I expected a light, sexy, erotic second chance romance. Mack Daddy was a complicated, angsty, sad story with very complex characters. The build of tension between our couple was not only sexual. There was regret. Misunderstandings and so many other obstacles in the way. As far as intimacy goes, this couple did not even kiss (or anything else) until the last third of the book. Truthfully, I didn’t mind that at all. I was so engrossed in the complexity and angst that my main focus was just praying they’d find a way to make a relationship work. Oh did I mention all the obstacles?
Both Mack and Frankie were likable characters. For all their faults, present and past, I wasn’t angry or frustrated with them. But I was definitely angry and beyond frustrated with their circumstances. Too many cons played against Mack and Frankie. Fortunately their love for each other was solid so they fought for their HEA. Was that battle easy. No. It. Was. Not!
Mackenzie (Mack) and Francesca (Frankie)…..
Rewind eight years and that’s where it all began. Mack and Frankie were college roommates along with one other person. Frankie was the geek. She wore thick purple eyeglasses, was extremely shy and suffered with social anxiety. Frankie also lived with OCD, which only made her anxiety worse. But Frankie was strong-willed enough to overcome/live with her issues. And Mack’s friendship helped to lead her out of her shell.
Mack was the complete opposite of Frankie. He was outgoing, arrogant, self-assured and not afraid to say whatever was on his mind. Most of which embarrassed Frankie. He said some seriously, outrageous things.
Mack and Frankie got off to a rocky start. Let me say the moment of their first meeting was hysterical. Frankie was so embarrassed and as a reader, I cringed right along with her. There were many, many more comedic moments to lighten the angst. On a positive note…as depressing as this book was at moments for me, the frequency of laugh-aloud humor did an excellent job of balancing it all out.
Part of the dialogue/monologue is several flashbacks in time to when Mack and Frankie first met and how their friendship developed. I appreciated the backstory because it gave me more perspective into the myriad of emotions both Mack and Frankie dealt with. The things they had to overcome really wasn’t fair but life usually isn’t in a romance novel.
Mack Daddy not only has a complex storyline; they’re are a lot of secondary characters. Though some of those characters were great, there were several I despised. But justice was served so there is that. I went through a lot of reflection while reading, wondering how the heck this book could have a happy ending. But I promise you it does. Another plus…the end was amazing, gratifying and emotional. I loved every minute of it. This was my first book by this author but definitely not my last.
Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author.
She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor before switching to a more family-friendly career.
Penelope lives for reading books in the new adult genre, coffee and hanging out with her friends and family on weekends.
She is the proud mother of a beautiful 12-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 10-year-old boy, both of whom are the lights of her life.
Penelope, her husband and kids reside in Rhode Island.
She is the author of eleven novels. Her book RoomHate hit #2 on the New York Times Bestseller list and #1 on the Wall Street Journal Bestseller list. Other New York Times bestsellers include Neighbor Dearest, Stepbrother Dearest, Stuck-Up Suit, Cocky Bastard and Playboy Pilot (the latter three co-written with Vi Keeland).
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