Mack Daddy by Penelope Ward ~ Review & Swoon Thursday (@PenelopeAuthor)

Ahhhh... second chance romances! If you've been around here before, you know I like these types of reads. And it's Penelope Ward! I love her writing!
Mack Daddy
Title: Mack Daddy
Author: Penelope Ward
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: February 11th 2017

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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.

Penelope Ward has become one of my favourite authors, so when she releases a new book I'm compelled to pick it up! Mack Daddy was about college friends Mackenzie (Mack) and Francesca (Frankie) when they reconnect after 8 years of being apart.

Frankie was a school teacher, and Mack enrolled his son into her school, and also her class. I could see that he was focused on winning Frankie back, but she was in a relationship. That didn't stop him from bearing his feelings and trying to win her back.

I liked that Frankie was a nerdy type of girl; she used to wear glasses and suffered from a bit of OCD. She wore her heart on her sleeve and was a kind and caring person. She loved working with children and had grown a lot as a person since college. She was in a relationship with an older guy and that treated her well, but she struggled with her heart after Mack waltzed back into her life.

Mack struggled with his feelings for Frankie in college, but life threw him a twist he couldn't walk away from. He was an amazing father to Jonah; he would do anything for him and tried to make him happy. The relationship between Mack and his ex was a little strained, and he had a complicated relationship with his own father. The one thing he was sure of was that he needed Frankie back in his life.

While most of the book is told in the present, there were also glimpses of important parts of Mack and Frankie's past. I was able to see how deep their friendship had become and how complicated their feelings were for one another.

While I usually love Penelope's work, Mack Daddy wasn't the explosive read I'd hoped it to be. It was a role reversal from college, throw in a twist and a few cases of blackmail, and it all felt a little surreal. I felt their connection in the past, but not as much in the present. I would've liked to see Mack interact with his son more too. Overall it was a good read and it won't stop me from picking up any of Penelope's future books. 

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I just loved this moment... it would make any woman weak at the knees!! 

... If you choose me, I’m just going to have to love you more, love you harder, so that my love for you trumps everything else. That’s not gonna be hard for me, because I don’t feel like there is a limit to how much I love you.”

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Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and 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. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 10-year-old girl with autism and a 9-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.             

Other reviews featuring Penelope Ward
Step Brother Dearest
Neighbor Dearest
Jake Undone 
My Skylar
Other reviews featuring Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward
Cocky Bastard
Stuck Up Suit

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