REVIEW BLITZ                                          MACK DADDY by PENELOPE WARD

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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.

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Reviewed by Rachel & Sharon Thérèse

Neither of us had any reason to read the blurb of Mac Daddy as we both know this author’s storytelling modus operandi is guaranteed entertainment. The title we found a tad curious. . . even misleading, but it just goes to show you must never judge before reading. And the cover! Well, let’s just say the first impression we got of Mackenzie Morrison was exactly what was portrayed. Even though there’s no prologue, it wasn’t at all missed. The punchline in the first paragraph opened our appetite to such an extent that we were given no option but to carry on right up until the epilogue without stopping. Yep, Ms Ward is an expert at dangling the carrot so as anticipated, this book kept us in suspense!

“Look at me, Frankie.”
“What do you want to talk about, Mack?”
“I have to explain more about why I’m here…on your turf.”

We weren’t the only ones who put Mack in the DILF category! Female teachers and mums alike swooned over him. Drop-dead gorgeous, there is more to him than meets the reader’s eye though. To begin with, we had our doubts about Mack because he’s clearly smitten with his son’s teacher, who we might add, is by no means date-able. Now then, it wouldn’t surprise us in the least if the two protagonists’ story nonplussed. It certainly didn’t us because what transpires between them happens! We can’t say too much since spoiling this standalone is unfair; however, it’s definitely worth giving this read a chance.

“I don’t plan on distracting anyone but you.”
“Yeah, well you have quite the fan base here. We have a very strict agenda to adhere to.”

We couldn’t help but fall hard for Mack. His backstory unfolds at a steady pace, we saw how he’d suffered, understood why his patience ran out with certain characters and why their very actions determine him to do what he does. He’s a bit out of his depth in the role of single parenting but one thing is for sure, he’ll go to great lengths for his son’s well-being. Okay, we’re swooning again ‘cause we do love a dad who takes up the challenge regardless of the hurdles. And believe us, Mack never has a dull moment as he’s hell-bent on calling the shots.

“You know you can talk to me about anything, right?”
“I don’t know how to talk to you about you.”

Francesca O’Hara, aka Frankie, confused us in more ways than one. Not only did we want to know the reasons behind her losing her college roommate’s friendship years ago, but we were also desperate to see how she would deal with it in the present. Saying that, life’s luck was on her side and hadn’t treated her badly. We couldn’t have wished for her to have a better man by her side. Victor’s unpretentiousness got the better of us. His generosity regarding a certain issue blew our minds and even though we rooted for him, his lack of fight disheartened us a little. The huge plus was his age which fitted perfectly into our spectrum, him caring for partner’s happiness before his own made us shed a tear or two. To say he left an impression on us would be putting it mildly. We really felt Frankie could have given him more of herself. Seemingly, she listened to his every word, how she deciphered them is another matter altogether.

“Any man who would let you out of his sight long enough to test the waters with someone else is a goddamn fool.”

Having her memory jogged by someone who caused heartache is the source of this story. For us, this particular scene was so vividly played out that we felt like we were there alongside her. It shocked, emotions were masked and unanswered questions that abound are slowly unveiled. Frankie was the perfect heroine for us. She is honest with herself which we liked a lot, a bit of a loner since socialising isn’t one of her fortes; but she hits it off with the kids in her class. We were saddened to see she put herself down showing us a lack of confidence; therefore, we’d have liked to have seen a stronger Frankie. Despite making a life-changing decision, our opinion of her wasn’t swayed.

“You’re lucky I like you, Frankie Jane. I think that was proof I’d do just about anything for you.”

We’re gluttons for punishment for banter and in this story, we couldn’t have asked for more! Mack’s sense of humour and Frankie’s sassy comebacks lightened up their story no end. And their chemistry…well, the sexy scenarios were a mix of raunchy passion and melting moments!

“Did you just smell my dirty shirt?”

There are a few points to ponder on in this read. Finding each other again, forgiving circumstances beyond control and out of their reach, taking actions whether wrong or right, makes for a very interesting read. We loved Mack’s confessor. Just WOW! Never in a million years did we ever imagine that a side character such as she would pull so much weight. The author’s storytelling technique in present and told from both main leading characters’ point of view is without a doubt, or favourite. Bravo Ms Ward!


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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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