Thursday, February 16, 2017

Book Review and Giveaway for Mack Daddy by 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 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.

"My body shivered from the contact. Whenever he touched me, it felt like the world stopped."

What a journey through one man's quest to get that second chance he needed to continue on the path to forever. This was another book that tested the boundaries of being forbidden. We all know by now that I love and crave triangles and angst. I love forbidden. I love the truth and honesty behind the pain that comes with those types of books. While this one ramped up a few times, and was a sort of forbidden love, it wasn't an angsty book. Not by any means. I got a few anxiety pangs as I was reading when things would start to get heavy and their feelings would start to show, but overall, it wasn't very angsty. I will say that when Frankie and Mack finally came together, it was combustible. These two had a draw that was intense and it was a long time coming. 

Frankie and Mack were most definitely flirting with disaster....old feelings mixing in with new lives, they were bound to trip up eventually. As innocent as they wanted it to be, it was not something they could avoid. The feelings were too deep and were very definitely mutual. It was all about being in the wrong place at the right time. In their case, twice. But this was the ultimate second chance romance. He was not willing to give up and was going to fight for what he wanted and who he loved. I loved seeing that fight in was the part that made me smile, as he was very determined. I felt the deeper we got into the story, the more we got to see the real Mack and the fact that he was multifaceted. He was silly, honest, romantic, serious, and determined. His heartfelt profession of love for Frankie sealed the deal for me. That's when I fell in love with him. 

Some passages and comments were rather awkward in some spots, and some made me shake my head. I think it may have been more of an attempt to make the situation seem more down to earth and relieve some of the intensity of everything, but some of it made me gross out too. I felt that Mack was somewhat immature when we first met him and it kind of turned me off of him initially, but once we started to see their past and catch up on it while 'living' the present with them, it all made more sense and I was able to connect with him and eventually fell in love. For me, it wasn't love at first word, per se, but he most definitely grew on me and I ended up falling head over heels in love with Mack. This was a fun read overall, and one that I cannot wait to gift out. I'd love to discuss it with someone!

"Whenever he touched me, it felt like the world stopped."


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Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and 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, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 11-year-old girl with autism and a 9-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island. 



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