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Mack Daddy

Mack Daddy

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by Penelope Ward

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Single Dad. Second Chances. Meet Mack in the newest STANDALONE novel from New York Times bestselling author, Penelope Ward.

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,


Single Dad. Second Chances. Meet Mack in the newest STANDALONE novel from New York Times bestselling author, Penelope Ward.

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.

Author's note – Told in alternating points of view, Mack Daddy is a full-length standalone novel.

Editorial Reviews

Aestas Cross
This is my favorite Penelope Ward book to date! And that's saying a lot considering that her last several books have all been on my top favorites lists. But this one just really hit home for me -- I loved the emotions, the angst, the romance, and I couldn't put it down. If you're looking for a well-written, addictive second chance love story and you're a fan of single dad heroes, then you absolutely have to read this book!!!
Cheri Anderman
Do you know that feeling when you get lost in a book and, look at the clock and it's 2:00am, and you thought you were only reading for 15 minutes? Mack Daddy is that book.
Shayna Snyder
A single dad, second-chance romance that will set your mind, body, and soul on FIRE - MACK DADDY by Penelope Ward is a romance reader's DREAM COME TRUE!

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Meet the Author

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author.
She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son and beautiful daughter with autism.

She is the author of thirteen novels, including RoomHate which hit #2 on the New York Times bestseller list and #1 on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list. Other New York Times bestsellers include Stepbrother Dearest, Neighbor Dearest, Cocky Bastard, Stuck-Up Suit and Playboy Pilot (the latter three co-written with Vi Keeland).

Website: www.penelopewardauthor.com

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Mack Daddy 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
CrystalsBookWorld 13 hours ago
Penelope brings you yet another amazing story in Mack Daddy! I was in total awe with the story. Not only was this a must read, but the cover was also very HOT and taunting you every time you would see it in your news feed on social media. I loved the Excerpt Reveal day and with the teaser we were given I knew I was a goner before I started. Yesterday we were fortunate for an early release day. I told myself to read a few chapters each day to make the book last. Well I stayed up until 11 pm finishing the book! Oh well, I could not let Mack go for one minute. Frankie and Mack have been friends for years. You get their past and present in the book. Mack has the looks, body, and every mom at his son's school is chasing after him. But he only has his eyes set on our beloved Frankie. I fell for them both. Frankie being awkward and funny, and Mack not afraid to show his vulnerability. That is when my heart cracked! When he bared it all. I wanted to hug him and make it all better!!! Mack just didn't have the right stars aligned for him and he was ready to take back his life. I now share my heart with Mack! Mack Daddy was not what I expected diving in. You will laugh and cry!! Maybe both at the same time. Mack Daddy is definitely sexy and Mack knows how to bring Frankie to her knees behind closed doors. I was emotionally spent when I finished the book. With all the sexiness of Mack Daddy, you get the emotions that ride high and low. You want to scream at some of the characters and kick their ... well you know what. I want to go everywhere and tell everyone that this book is IT for 2017! I love my other authors new releases, but come on! Mack stays with you and I will be visiting him over and over!! Thank you Penelope for bringing us Mack, Frankie, and little Jonah!
Tazzgirl29 4 days ago
Absolutely Loved this Book!! Penelope did it again! Another Amazing Book!!
Lisa-Lou 6 days ago
Mack Daddy by Penelope Ward is a standalone second chance romance told in dual POV between Mackenzie (Mack) and Francessca (Frankie). He's a single dad, she's his son's new teacher. It's been eight years since they parted ways both longing for a different outcome and having to make-do with their lives and move on as best they could, but now, they are back in each others lives and things can either go really well or head straight down the drain. An angsty journey that has flashbacks throughout slowly giving us the full picture of what went down between them all those years ago. Not one word has this woman written that I haven'y loved. Mack Daddy is no exception. Enjoy!
VeraMachado 6 days ago
Mack Morrison and Frankie O'Hara met when they became roommates in Boston. Although they're total opposites, they become best friends. As they spend more time with each, they fall in love, even though Mack has a girlfriend in DC. When everything seems to be lining up for them to be together, Mack leaves Frankie and goes back to DC. Eight years later, Mack is back to Boston and wants to win Frankie back. But there's still unfinished business between them, Frankie is still hurting, and she's also dating someone. Will Mack win Frankie's heart again? Or has Frankie moved on? I loved Mack Daddy! It's a funny, sweet, and sexy story, with the perfect amount of drama. Frankie and Mack's story hooked me from the first page and I couldn't stop reading. I loved the dual POVs and the flashbacks that showed how Mack and Frankie met and how they bonded and fell in love. Francesca "Frankie" O'Hara is a teacher and loves her job. She is very shy around adults but with children she's the best. Eight years ago, she fell in love with Mack. When she thought he felt the same for her, he broke her heart. Now he's back and wants her. But she is still very hurt and very confused. She has a great boyfriend that loves her, protects her, and makes her feel safe. Mackenzie "Mack" Morrison is back to Boston and wants Frankie. He regrets how he left her and wants to win her back. He's now older and wiser and also a father. He believes that Frankie is the right match for him and for his son. He isn't afraid to say what he's feeling and showing how vulnerable he is without Frankie. I loved how he fought for Frankie! Penelope Ward gives us a new book boyfriend and an amazing story. Mack will make you swoon in this story about love, friendship, and trust. Mack Daddy is flawlessly written, making it very easy to connect with the characters and the story.
Anonymous 7 days ago
Loved it!
VidaB 7 days ago
Frankie Four Eyes Once again Penelope has blown me away with a alpha who is totally swoon worthy and down right dangerous on a girl's heart. This second chance romance gave me the feels page after page and I'm so glad to have read it. Mackenzie (Mack) wants to win back the only girl he has every truly loved but he knows that its going to be hard to do so he plans a sneak attack, enroll his son in her class where seeing him will be unavoidable. Francesca (Frankie) is not only shocked she's thrown for a loop to see him again after so many years and so many unresolved feelings. The characters, the chemistry, getting to see glimpses of the past to help you along with their backstory makes this one well rounded read. If you're looking for a book that will have you laughing out loud and rooting for both the hero & the heroine then definitely pick this book up.
Sandy-thereadingcafe 9 days ago
3.75 stars-- MACK DADDY by Penelope Ward is a stand alone, contemporary, adult, romantic story line. This is businessman Mackenzie ‘Mack’ Morrison, and elementary school teacher Francesca O’Hara’s second chance story. Told from alternating first person points of view (Mack and Francesca) including memories from the past, MACK DADDY focuses on the rekindling relationship between one time best friends Mack Morrison and Francesca O’Hara. Francesca is an elementary school teacher and the new term begins with a familiar face-a face that destroyed our heroine’s heart. Enter Mack Morrison, and his six year old son Jonah-a young man with issues of separations and anxiety. What ensues is the rebuilding friendship and romance between our leading couple as they consider their future together and alone. Francesca aka Frankie O’Hara loves her current boyfriend Victor-an older lover who offers Frankie the world- but the reappearance of the one that walked away begins to break down all of Frankie’s resistance. Victor offers Frankie a choice, then quietly walks away without a fight to the finish. Mack Morrison shares custody of his son with his ex Torrie-the woman for whom he sacrificed his friendship with Frankie, and the woman who will continue to destroy our hero’s heart. But with war comes the battles, and Mack and Frankie will choose their battles one step at a time. The relationship between Mack and Frankie is one of second chances; a rekindling romance that sizzled with palpable sexual attraction but a romance that was never to be. Mack was in a relationship that his father approved, and Frankie was a friend who got caught in the crossfire. The $ex scenes are intimate and intense without the use of sexually graphic, over the top language and text. We are introduced to Frankie’s co-worker Lorelai, a woman who pushes all of Frankie’s buttons; Mack’s ex Torrie Hightower; his neighbor Mrs. Migillicutty; his mother and sister, as well as his politically prominent father. The world building looks at second chances, and hard choices, and in this some readers may take offense or have difficulty with some of the story line content-Frankie straddles a line of infidelity where Mack and her current relationship are concerned. MACK DADDY is a story of second chances; of a friendship that was broken; of a heart that was unable to move on from the past. The premise is engaging; the romance is passionate and emotional; the characters are colorful and energetic. MACK DADDY is a sexy and sensitive story line from the mind of Penelope Ward.
Janet_Reads 9 days ago
Mack is nothing short of delicious. He’s incredibly sexy, a great dad and an all-around nice guy. I am not sure how anyone could resist him when he focuses the full force of his charm onto you. Frankie is sweet, but she definitely has a hard time figuring out what she wants. There’s reasons she doesn’t trust Mack; therefore, he has his work cut out for him to convince her to take a chance on him. Mack Daddy is everything you want in an excellent second-chance romance. You’ll feel Frankie’s gut-wrenching emotions when she is unexpectedly reunited with Mack, and your heart will squeeze hoping they get their happily ever after. If you are okay with a bit of a love triangle, you will absolutely love Mack Daddy. Penelope Ward always delivers, and I can’t wait to see what she writes next. ARC provided by the author’s publicist, but no one made me write this review and my opinions are honest and my own.
esgute 9 days ago
Each and every time Penelope Ward releases a new book, I know I am in for an emotional, wonderful, sexy ride. Every time I read a new Penelope Ward book, there is a freshness I feel from new territory explored and incredible characters just born. MACK DADDY gave me all of that and more. Mack Morrison had it all when he was a college student in Boston. A promising career in front of him, a girlfriend back in DC where he wanted his career to take root, and the most amazing roommate he could have ever conjured up in the depths of his imagination, the lovely Francesca, who he affectionately referred to as Frankie. As the Mack and Frankie grew close through laughter, attraction and devotion as young adults, they both wistfully hoped that one day the stars might align and they might get a romantic chance to be together. If only life were that easy. Ten years after Mack and Frankie bonded, Francesca, a teacher in Boston, was stunned to find that one of the new students as the new school year started, was none other than Mack's son, Jonah. Forced to face the past, and the man she could never, truly let go of, Francesca slowly but surely let Mack back in…as a friend, while at the same time providing a safe, nurturing environment for Mack's anxious son. Mack came back to Boston because he knew what and who he wanted, Frankie! Mack made it no secret that he always felt that magnetic pull toward her, and through stories from the past, and sweet moments in the now, Mack vows to win Frankie back! Along the way we meet some fabulous characters. Some wise, some funny, and some dark and dirty! During the adventure of "Get Frankie back" we learn about all facets of life when separated from a true love for years. I love second chance romances, vulnerable, sexy men who love their children and stories filled with hope! MACK DADDY offers all of this and more! You'll want to read this book for sure! Congratulations, Penelope!!!
RomanceNovelGiveaways 9 days ago
Such a touching story! I couldn't put this book down. I loved the dynamic of Frankie & Mack's relationship at the beginning of the story, and I especially loved reading how it evolved. True to form for the Penelope books I have read, this story brings to light several issues that I, personally, didn't know much about but that many people deal with daily. And holy cow, did this book have a lot of twists. I mean, a lot of very unexpected ones. Lots. The emotions between Mack and Frankie were so wonderfully done. You want a story where you can FEEL the love? This is it. I can't wait for Penelope's next book! (I received a copy of this book in consideration of an honest review)