4 starsContemporary RomanceHealingSecond chance

Mack Daddy by Penelope Ward

Mack Daddy Book Cover Mack Daddy
Penelope Ward
Fiction, Contemporary Romance
February 13th 2017

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.

Megan’s Review

“I slowly fell in love with my best friend. You were my first love – my only love.” 


Penelope Ward is one of my all-time favourite authors, so it’s no surprise that “Mack Daddy” was a highly anticipated read for me. I just could not wait until I could finally sink my teeth into it. I love her writing style and she always has the ability to draw me in from the very first page. Like all of her previous books, “Mack Daddy” was also funny, sexy, angsty, emotional and an all-round enjoyable story. I have to admit I am a massive sucker for friends-to-lovers, second-chance love stories; so this story was right up my ally. I would like to take a moment to admire the cover. Holy mother of all things sexy, who wouldn’t want to throw themselves at that gorgeous specimen of a DILF?

Mackenzie (Mack) Morrison is a single dad who has just recently moved back to Boston and has enrolled his son in a prestigious catholic school. It is no coincidence that his son’s teacher is his old roommate back when he was in college and the only woman he’s ever truly loved. This reuniting has given Mack the perfect opportunity to prove to her that he has always loved her and always will.

Francesca (Frankie) O’Hara is an elementary school teacher at the afore mentioned catholic school and is Mack’s sons new school teacher. Frankie can’t believe her eyes when she comes face to face with the man that left her and broke her heart in the process. Little does she know during their first encounter that Mack is back for Frankie and will do anything to have her. 

“Mack Daddy” is told from the first person dual POV and is told in both the past and present day. I loved reading about their past as it gives the reader an insight to their developing relationship and their desire and longing for each other. I really felt these characters and all their emotions and I put it down to the amazing writing as to why I felt so connected.

Over the years I have seriously grown to love Penelope Ward and trust her books explicitly. She will always remain a one click author for me. I was initially worried about reading this one to begin with, because I don’t really like books with cheating or a love triangle. However, I felt Penelope Ward did it in such a masterful way that to me it didn’t cross the line. Having said that I do understand that everyone is different and some people may feel differently.

I would most definitely recommend this story to anyone who loves their second-chance, friends-to-lovers stories that pack a punch. This story made me laugh, made me cry, made me swoon and everything in between. 

Maria’s Review

➦This book totally had me invested in it up until about 70% in. I did finish it but I was a bit disappointed with the ending. It sort of didn’t go where I thought it would.

➦This is a second chance romance about two people who have been separated by certain life circumstances years ago and now come together again. The hero moves to the same city as the heroine and sends his son to the school she works at. Big surprise is when she ends up being a teacher of said boy, who requires a lot of help because of his anxiety issues.

➦One thing that worked for me was the character development and the switches between the past and the present. That was the enjoyable bit and helped me understand how they got to the point they were at.

➦The ending bummed me out because it revolved around some drama that had little to do with the two main characters relationship and sort of came out of nowhere. Like, hey there.

➦I know this has really nothing to do with anything, but I just thought you’d enjoy this little bit of info.

➦So, as you can tell, even thought I, for the most part, enjoyed this read, I didn’t love it. I would still recommend it to those who enjoy second chance storylines with friends to lovers tropes. A good chunk of the book explores the whole transformation from just friends to lovers between the two main characters in the past, while they were both in college. Actually, my fave part of the whole book.