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Better (Too Good series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

S. Walden
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.


Second and final installment in the Too Good series.


(Contemporary romance written for a mature audience.)


Editorial Reviews

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Too often I pick up books that are as easy to read as cookies are to eat...BUT the books that I remember, and the books that I recommend are the books that make me ask questions of myself, of the writer, of the characters. They make me think, they stir me up. Better is one of those books (as is its predecessor, Good.) ~ Kelly (Romance Addict Book Blog)

While I was in the middle of reading a thought dawned on me. This book is EXCEPTIONALLY thoughtful. There are a lot of ups and downs, a lot of doubt and feelings both good and bad, and a lot of growing up and confessing that gets done. I absolutely love the flow of the story and just how well it's told. ~ Anna (akiiKOMORI Reading)

Cadence and Mark have so many challenges to overcome, and as S. Walden is wont to do, she piles on more adversities in the second half of their story. It doesn't hurt that she wrote in one of THE HOTTEST sex scenes I've ever read. Better is a hardcore must-read, especially if you're into the whole forbidden, torrid love story thing. HIGHLY recommend! ~ Angie (Smut Book Club)

S.Walden is a brilliant writer who is a master at emotional projection. But what really shined is her ability to pull off a third person narrative with first-person scenes from Mark's POV, which gave more depth to the story and his character. ~ Kelly (Perusing Princesses)

Overall, Summer Walden wrote a beautiful book that told the story of two broken people that found comfort and love in one another. I love how Summer writes--the words flow effortlessly. Her style is one of my favorites. I cannot wait to read what she writes next. One word of advice--don't listen to the detractors of this series. Give it a chance. This is an amazing series. ~ Jamie (Addicted2Heroines)

About the Author

S. Walden used to teach English before making the best decision of her life by becoming a full-time writer. She lives in Georgia with her very supportive husband who prefers physics textbooks over fiction and has a difficult time understanding why her characters must have personality flaws. She is wary of small children, so she has a Westie instead. She is the USA Today bestselling author of Going Under. When she's not writing, she's thinking about it.

She loves her fans and loves to hear from them. Email her at swaldenauthor@hotmail.com and follow her at swaldenauthor.com for up-to-date information on her current projects.             

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  • File Size: 3248 KB
  • Print Length: 378 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GR78N18
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,400 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as "Good". November 21, 2013
By Jenny13
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I loved "Good", the first book in the series. I thought it was incredibly well written and very captivating. This book, however, was not.

I won't give anything away regarding the storyline, but I somewhat agree with another reviewer that said it felt like 2 different authors. 1) Maybe I was just used to the first book being from Cadence's POV, but the third person POV in this book just didn't seem to fit. I would have been fine with alternating POVs from Cadence and Mark, but not from everyone involved in the story. It was just too much, in my opinion. 2) Some aspects of the characters didn't seem consistent from book to book. I'm not talking about characters "growing" or "evolving", but simple traits and behaviors that I assume should have been present in the first book, but weren't, and seemed to be added into this book for flair.

I also agree with another reviewer that the religious aspect of the book got to be very overwhelming at times. I felt like the first book had a wonderful balance of including the characters' religion, and its importance, but there were a few times in this book that I felt like it took away from the story instead of adding to it.

It was a nice conclusion, but it was kind of drawn out. And I wish it didn't seem like the author tried so hard to make this a deep, somewhat soulful book.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't do it. Just don't. November 21, 2013
By Moe
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I NEVER write reviews. Ever. But for some reason this particular book just compelled me to write something. I'm not going to talk about the book, because you can read the summary. Instead I'll tell you why this book doesn't deserve any stars whatsoever and why I wish I had never picked it up!
Honestly, there really aren't any words for how I feel about this book. It was literally painful to finish--when I finally made it to the finish line, I have never felt so relieved to be done with a book--and that includes books I was forced to read in school. There were times, actually I don't think there was a time I didn't want to bash my head against the wall, it was so terrible. There were also points where I couldn't help but laugh because what I was reading was so awkward and bizarre I just didn't even know what was going on--like I just didn't know how to react. Which is sad, because I was so excited for this since I loved Good. I just don't understand what happened. I had such high expectations but it just fell flat. Hell, it didn't even fall. What's really sad, is it makes Twilight seem like the Holy Grail of all books. That's how pathetic Better was.
So. Getting on with it...I'm so confused about what I read in this book. Like seriously they'd go from screwing each other's brains out to talking about their relationship with God. I just...brain does not compute!!!! I don't care if a book discusses God, but this was overkill. It seemed like every other paragraph had a reference to God. But the funny thing is, no matter how many times Cadence talked about how much she just loved God, or how much she believed in him and how she was a "Christian," her actions never once showed it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars S. Walden gets Better and BETTER! November 19, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I want to take this series and eat it. I want to squeeze it while I sleep. It's like a tangible thing I want to hold in my hands and not let go of.

The characters in this book are perfect. If perfectly flawed, sad, broken sinners can still be considered perfect anyway. They are certainly perfect to me. Mark Connelly might be one of my favorite fictional characters. Ever. I love every word out of his mouth, every nerdy, sexy thing he says and does. Every mannerism and tick and imperfection. I love love love him. Cadence is a mess. And I couldn't adore her more than I do. She is immature and spunky and lovely. I want to be her best friend. But I also want to steal her boyfriend.

The entire cast of characters in this book are perfectly thought out and developed. Avery and Dylan are perfectly placed in this story, adding such a critical component to this story. It brings so much perspective to the way I looked at Cadence and Mark's own relationship. I love the dynamic between these characters, the witty banter between them, how different they are from one another. Cadence's relationships with her brother, her parents, her new classmates, Mark's mother and her circle... it's refreshing and different. S Walden is phenomenal in the way she creates such complex personalities in her characters. I was never bored. I laughed constantly. And they broke my heart. Perfectly.

Why did I love this book so much? Why can I clearly set it apart from all other teacher/student relationship books? I love taboo relationships, I love teacher student forbidden romances. But Better is better than the rest. In many of the other stories I've read of this kind, I'm obviously rooting for the couple to make it out unscathed. And they always do, I always get my happily ever after.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of angst for Mark & Cadence November 24, 2013
By Surobz
Format:Kindle Edition
Better is the sequel to Good that is one of my favorite books this year. In Good we get to follow a forbidden love story between a teacher and a high school student; Mark and Cadence. In Better the two are already a couple and living together. Cadence's parents have disowned her for her choice to be with Mark and she is struggling to feel worthy as a person, struggling to grow up, struggling to accept Mark's help and love in doing so... This alone is a good subject matter for a book, but there is also the added baggage; Mark's past that he fails to tell her about before it all comes crumbling down and messes their relationship.

I didn't like this book as much as I liked the first one. The first one was light and healing even; it was about finding love in an unexpected place. This one was a whole lot of brooding, struggling and going down the wrong road. Not such a pleasant read. I expected it to go this road though. And although I didn't really care so much to read about a teenage tantrum that I thought was bound to happen...I loved the couple in Good, so I was so ready for more.

It isn't totally fair to Cadence though to say that that's what she went through. Mark messed up badly with what he said to her in a heat of an argument. He should have known better. He should have known that was the worst thing you could say to a girl that is already questioning her worth. But maybe he did - when you're angry you say the meanest things and then it is difficult to take it all back...

Actual rating 3,5 stars
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
Not sure what it says about me that I loved this. Kind of creeper but really loved the underlying love story.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed it obviously from the 5 stars
Really enjoyed it obviously from the 5 stars. Though, Cadence did annoy me when she was pissed off with Mark.

The ending was sweet and it ended perfectly for them.
Published 9 months ago by BookConsumer28
3.0 out of 5 stars You don't need to read this book but definitely read the 1st...
There's a reason I don't always read anything after the first book in some series...I get bored. This book bored me and maybe it would have been better if I'd waited to read it but... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Tracy31
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked Better. I had mixed emotions as I read ...
This is the continuation of Mark and Cadence's story. They are struggling to make this thing work. Cadence has been disowned by her parents and Mark is doing everything he can to... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lizzy0707
5.0 out of 5 stars No need for Bad reviews....This series is GRET!!!!
I do NOT understand the bad reviews! So totally uncalled for! I loved every page of this series! What a wonderful love story that proves just because of an age difference there... Read more
Published 10 months ago by LoriFang
5.0 out of 5 stars Ooooooh!!
I loved this book! Loved all of it, Mark, Cadence, Avery, Dylan, Oliver, and let's not forget Fanny! Just plain adored all the characters and the plot. Read more
Published 11 months ago by silvia
2.0 out of 5 stars Ugh.....
While I am always glad to have a happy ending, this book was just miserable. First of all... why in the world was book one written in first person, and the second book was third... Read more
Published 11 months ago by emilyc
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT STORY
Great love story I mean I don't think its for everybody and the story could be offensive to certain people I actually really liked it I totally fell in love with Mr. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Rachel
3.0 out of 5 stars Not "better"
Loved the first book, but this one just didn't hit the mark. It was like the author created drama just for the sake of writing a second book. I read at least 3 books a week.... Read more
Published 11 months ago by SBR
4.0 out of 5 stars Grilled Cheese
That ending was the cheesiest thing I've read in years. That was cheesier than my home-made mac 'n cheese, and I load that stuff up. But you know what? It nearly made me cry. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Andrew Taylor-Bloch
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S. Walden used to teach English before making the best decision of her life by becoming a full-time writer. She lives in Georgia with her very supportive husband who prefers physics textbooks over fiction and has a difficult time understanding why her characters must have personality flaws. She is wary of small children, so she has a Westie instead. She is the USA Today bestselling author of Going Under. When she's not writing, she's thinking about it.

She loves her fans and loves to hear from them. Email her at swaldenauthor@hotmail.com and follow her at www.swaldenauthor.com where you can get up-to-date information on her current projects.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/swaldenauthor
Twitter: @swaldenauthor

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