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Series: Too Good #2
Published by Penny Press, Self Published Genres: Contemporary
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Their relationship has been exposed, and now their lives are changed forever.
For Cadence Miller, the fast track to adulthood proves intimidating and frustrating. She’s a little girl lost—abandoned by her parents and uncertain of her future. She doesn’t think she “fits” anywhere. She’s eighteen. She wants to be older. And the result is both comical and heartbreaking.
Mark Connelly will do anything to provide Cadence a stable, loving home—to be her protector. But he’s just as broken and lost, and his heart won’t let go of his past so easily. He knows he must share his secret with Cadence. And he hopes his revelation won't tear them apart. He hopes it will draw them closer, and make their love better.
In GOOD we met Mark Connelly and Cadence Miller. A young couple who fell in love despite circumstances that should have kept them apart. The main one being Mark was really Mr. Connelly, Cadence’s math teacher her Sr. year of highschool. BETTER picks up right were S. Walden left us in GOOD. The couple is going through the “we live together” stage. You know, where Mark is a neat freak, and Cadence is a teenage girl. Add on top of that the fact that Cadence’s father hit her in the face, disowned her, and Mark’s mysterious past. You’ve got a recipe for rebellion, and strife. And boy does Cadence rebel. It causes a lot of friction in their relationship.
I love Cadence and Mark. I love their story. It’s equal parts, awe and ewe. And I mean that in the nicest possible way. S. Walden takes me out of my comfort zone. A lot. A lot, A lot. BETTER was no exception. While I’ve adjusted to the relationship by this point and have wrapped my head around it, there are still parts that made my skin tingle a bit. Mark likes control. And Cadence is young. So to an old bitter lady like me it’s so very, very easy to read more into that then there really is.
This book is intense in so much of a different way than GOOD. GOOD had my “no touch” issues just pinging like crazy. (Random side not I hate being touched, but if people touch my hair I’m likely to freak out.) Mark is very hands on with Cadence in both books, but they spend a lot of time in this sort of limbo where Cadence falls apart. At the end of GOOD I wasn’t sure I liked Mark. I really was holding out judgement on him. But by the end of BETTER I was on team Mark.
Speaking of teams. Team Avery FTW. Avery is back and better than ever. I have a serious girl crush on Avery. She had me in tears both from sadness and just ridiculousness throughout the book. Avery needs her own story!
This book is an emotional ride. It really is, it packs a big punch.
Thank you so much to Summer for letting me read an early copy of this book.