REVIEW – MACK DADDY by Penelope Ward



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

*****Mel’s Review*****

4 Stars!


Francesca O’Hara aka Frankie is a teacher at a catholic private school in Boston named St. Matthew’s. She’s looking forward to starting the new year until her whole world is turned upside down by a man from her past. Frankie hasn’t seen Mack since he broke her heart about eight years ago. They were roommates in college. Best friends who slowly fell in love. He was the first man to ever make her feel special, but the one man she could never have. She longed for & fantasized about Mack for years, but their timing was never right. Life got in the way, and he left Boston and crushed Frankie in the process.

Mackenzie Morrison aka Mack is an involved father who wants the very best for his son. He feels the best is St. Matthew’s & Frankie. He chooses the school & Frankie specifically for Jonah. He also wants to see Frankie again. They gave unfinished business, & he’s never been able to get over her. He wants her in his life & is determined to win her back. He’s got nothing to lose & he’s going for it.

-My physical reaction to him was certainly one thing that hadn’t changed a bit. I had no clue how I was going to survive this year.

-Mack still had the ability to take my breath away.

-I’m here for you, Frankie. I’m here to finish what I started years ago.

-I was extremely attracted to her brain, to her heart, to just being with her, to how she made me feel.

-When I’m with you… I’m Mack. I feel like myself. When you look at me, you remind me of who I am, who I want to be.

Mack makes it clear he wants Frankie. She’s in a relationship & tries to resist him, but seeing him every day is slowly breaking down her walls. He wants a second chance, but can she risk him breaking her heart all over again. She also has to deal with the fact that getting involved with a parent is against school rules. They share such a history that eventually their intense attraction & connection are too much to deny. We get a lot of angst, a hot single dad all the mom’s want, & a beautiful second chance romance.

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FOUR STARS*****

She was the one. Our time together seemed to flash before my eyes, all of our many conversations, ranging from our deepest thoughts and hang-ups to the strange and funny. It was her. It had always been her.



I wasn’t sure what to think about this book when I first started it. The very first meeting between the main characters was one of the most embarrassing and funny moments I’ve ever come across in a book, but then we learn that the Hero has been in a relationship with another woman for several years. I’ve never been one to steer clear of stories with cheating or love triangles in them before, but for some reason, it bothered me in this one. HOWEVER, as I proceeded on with the book, it really is a story that contains a couple of my favorite tropes – ”Friends-to-Lovers” and “Second Chance Romance”, and honestly it is nearly impossible not to fall head over heels in love with the H & h! I hope that you, too, will fall in love and root for Mack and Frankie to find their HEA!!


Mack and Frankie meet when they become roommates while attending college. Frankie is working on her bachelor’s degree in child education and Mack is finishing up his last year in Graduate school. Their first encounter ends up being some of Frankie’s most mortifying moments but these two form a fast friendship and soon deep feelings develop between them. They keep things platonic as neither of them condones cheating. But as the time approaches for Mack to move out and head back to D.C., they both can no longer deny their true feelings for each other. So the plan is to clean up loose ends back home and then come back to Frankie as a free man. If only life hadn’t gotten in the way of their dreams!!


About seven years later, Frankie is a first-grade teacher and on the first day of the semester, there’s a new student in her class whose father happens to be a blast from the past! This is no happy coincidence. Mack purposely chose the school Frankie works at to enroll his son in hopes of pursuing what he knows was the one true love of his life. Sadly, now it’s Frankie who isn’t free to give their love a second try. She’s in a committed relationship with an older man who gives her love and stability. For once she feels safe and there’s no chance of getting her heart broken again.




Feelings from the past will prove to be hard to get over. As Mack makes his intentions clear to Frankie, she will start to question everything in her life. I had a hard time at first with Frankie’s indecision about the situation but if you are a fan of Penelope Ward, you know that she has a plan and that there will be a twist that will ease all your trepidations about the other people who seem to pose as complications for the main characters.


When Mack and Frankie finally get through all the BS, it’s nearly impossible not to root for these two to finally have their fairy tale ending. It becomes all too clear that they were always meant to be and you’ll end up with a huge smile on your face by the time you reach the end.


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