WOW!! This book was absolutely PERFECT. I devoured it in one sitting. It had me on an emotional rollercoaster, and I loved every second of it. Trust me it checks all the right boxes.
Second Chance Romance – Check
Sexy Single Dad – Check
Quirky Heroine – Check
Perfect about of Angsty – Check
If I were you, I would skip the rest and just read the book. I didn’t read the blurb. I trust Penelope Ward enough to jump in with both feet.
“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.”
I was hooked from the first chapter. Mack and Frankie meet up after 8 years at the elementary school, she’s his son’s new teacher. It was evident they had a deep connection, and I couldn’t wait to find out every juicy detail. Mack wanted back into Frankie’s life, but he also needed her for his son. Mack’s son Jonah has some pretty significant anxiety. I struggle with anxiety daily, so I know it’s a sensitive subject. I appreciate it being addressed in a positive manner.
“My eyes returned to meet his when I asked, “How did your son end up in my class?”
“If I told you it was a coincidence, would you believe me?”
“Well, it’s not,” he was quick to admit.
“Why? Why are you doing this? Why didn’t you warn me?”
“Would it have made it any easier?”
“No,” I whispered.”
“You’re the only one I trust with him… I don’t know what the fuck I’m doing, in general. I know it may seem like eons ago that we were close, and I know you’re confused right now. I know I fucked everything up between us, but I’ve never forgotten you. Not a single day.”
They meet while they were roommates at college in Boston. He was in grad school studying political science. She was undergrad for teaching. He was the hottie, and she was the nerd. He was in a relationship then, she’s in a relationship now. He’s reunited with the only woman he’d ever loved, and he’s determined to win her back.
“I slowly fell in love with my best friend. You were my first love—my only love.”
“I lost all those years, only to end up in the same place, wanting you and wishing I hadn’t ever let you go.”
Frankie was cute, fun and quirky. She has social anxiety and OCD tendencies. She was just so adorable and loveable.
Mack was Sexy and Confident with a side of vulnerability. They balance each other out so well.
Told in both POV’s with some flashbacks. Complete Standalone.
This might just be my favorite Penelope Ward book to date. When I see her name for a new book I don’t think, I just buy. She balances Romance and Angsty in a way that just leaves you just hanging on for the ride. This one is going on my favorites list!
The Epilogue is just… Swoon-Worthy.
Standalone. Contemporary Romance.
Rating: 4.5 Stars