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.
“Pictures Of You” by The Cure
I’ve been looking so long at these pictures of you
That I almost believe that they’re real
I’ve been living so long with my pictures of you
That I almost believe that the pictures are
All I can feel
8 years ago, bad timing and extenuating circumstances prevented Frankie and Mack from building on their close connection; life took them in much different directions, leaving them both heartbroken and alone with nothing but their memories and the hope of what might have been.
But now Mack is back in Frankie’s life, and this time, he’s playing for keeps, and it doesn’t matter who or what stands in his way from claiming the girl/woman who has always been his since their college days because he’ll tear down her walls again and he’ll be completely honest in what he wants with her regardless of the baggage he carries and the other man who holds Frankie’s heart.
Penelope Ward is the reigning queen of angsty second chance romance stories; ones that always turn readers’ stomachs and hearts inside out as the hero and heroine traverse through a plethora of obstacles, making it seem almost impossible for them to contend with everyone and everything that’s against them, much of which they have no control over.
What tore Mack and Frankie apart all those years ago is still a current factor and added to that is a conflict of interest as well as a man waiting in the wings who has pledged his love to Frankie only wanting her love in return and a little boy whose special qualities requires delicate actions. One of these issues alone can ruin a relationship between Mack and Frankie that hasn’t really started but all of them together has the power to destroy lives and the fear of that outcome is what has Frankie afraid and confused, even though her heart has always known the steps to take.
What makes Mack Daddy even more complex and harder on the heart than other Penelope Ward’s stories is the fact that regardless of the choices made, there are innocent bystanders – ones who only wanted to love and be loved – who wind up suffering the most. Usually when I read one of Ward’s books, my subconscious knows that in order for the couple to be together, there are people who will be left in turmoil, but that feeling, for some reason, was easy to see past because the hero and heroine consumed the story line, making it easy to forget those who were hurt in the process. In Mack Daddy, though, that idea never goes away, and it’s probably due to how these characters are written because it was a bittersweet ending to say the least.
Ward stays true to her big twist nature and reveals information towards the end of Mack Daddy that not only shakes the foundation of many people’s lives, but also makes it a bit easier for Mack to distance himself from people and situations that are toxic and controlling.
8 years ago, Mack and Frankie walked a fine line when it came to their feelings for one another and the emotional affair they seemed to revel in, and even though the circumstances have since altered in a way that sets Mack free to pursue what he truly wants and needs, Frankie is now the one wrapped up in a life she seems to have settled for, even when it’s clear that Mack’s abrupt re-entry into her life is a complete game changer for her heart, her body, and most definitely her memories of their time together all those years ago.
Penelope Ward, once again, filled my reading world with a mountain of angst and turmoil in Mack and Frankie’s slow burn love story, and while it hurts so good to experience all of the anxiety and torture that is involved in a story like Mack Daddy, the payoff is when Ward delivers on what she’s been building up to throughout the story and puts us, her readers, and her hero and heroine in a place where we can take a breath and revel in the outcome.
4 Poison Apples
About the Author
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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Other standalones from Penelope Ward
Playboy Pilot: (co-written with Vi Keeland)
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Stuck-Up Suit: (co-written with Vi Keeland)