Mack Daddy by Penelope Ward
Publication Date: February 11th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Source: the publisher
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 became a woman I didn’t recognize, someone 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 someone else 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.
Mack Daddy is the story of two star-crossed lovers who meet as college roommates and gradually become the best of friends. Their time together runs out unexpectedly, as events beyond their control separate them. I feel like this is becoming a signature of Penelope Ward, but one that I will gladly read again and again.
The story includes present day and flashbacks to tell the story. In the present, Mack is a father of a first-grader and he’s intent on reconnecting with Francesca, the roommate he has never forgotten. Francesca is now a teacher at a private school, having moved on from the devastation Mack left behind. She has her life together until he comes to town and upsets everything she has built.
I loved the first half or so of this book. There are tension and chemistry galore, and I loved getting to see the flashbacks of Mack and Francesca when they were younger. Seeing them fall in love the first time was adorable, funny, and sweet. Seeing it for the second time was even better. However, it felt like the story kind of lost it’s bearing a bit in the middle but picked back up in the last quarter.
Despite a couple of minor missteps, I enjoyed Mack and Francesca’s story. If you’re a fan of Penelope Ward or star-crossed lovers who get a second chance, this one’s for you!