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Wow ok so i immediatelty bought this after i read good cuz i had to know what happened.Wow WOW WOW!! I get what people were sayin about the whole god thing but it wasnt bad at all & mark still had a Very dirty mouth! It was good they got their HEAWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted November 23, 2013
Summer Walden has done it again. As good as Good was, Better is
Summer Walden has done it again. As good as Good was, Better is better. :) Where Cadence and Mark’s relationship in Good made me uncomfortable because of their age difference, the fact she was his student, and the way he ordered her around, Better made it all better. Any anxiety I had about their relationship faded. Each character grew tremendously in this book. Where I was mostly ambivalent about both Cadence and Mark after reading Good, I grew to like and appreciate them in Better. I feel like I have a better understanding about them, their histories and their relationship.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
“Because I love you. madly. You’ve infiltrated my brain. Driven me crazy.”
One of the things that made me so uncomfortable while reading Good was how controlling Mark was. After learning about his painful history, I realize now why he wanted to control her. Everything that happened with his relationship with Andy had been so out of his control, he was looking for a way to regain control. He was able to do that with Cadence. My heart broke for Mark when I learned his story. It really explained volumes about him. While he still said things that made me cringe in this book (mostly during their sexual escapades), I had a better grasp of who he was and WHY he was like he was. Also, Cadence’s age made a difference in this book. It didn’t seem quite as creepy this time around.
“He did nothing wrong. He didn’t use me. He didn’t go after me because I was lonely. That doesn’t mean I wasn’t lonely, but that’s not why he fell in love with me. He fell in love with me for me. And I chose this relationship. I chose to be with him. I. Chose.”
I found Cadence incredibly immature in Good. In Better, she acts like a teenager. After learning the truth about Mark’s past and the lies (or omissions), she tested the boundaries of her relationship with him. I could understand why she was hurt, but I felt like she was being unfair to him. After reading Good, I didn’t think I would be taking Mark’s side, but I definitely did in this book. Thankfully Cadence grew up in this novel. She matured and, with time, she was able to accept Mark and his past.
“You read the Bible for smut?”
Avery giggled. “My freaking Kindle’s broken. I can’t access any of my go-to books.”
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Avery. She was incredible in this book. I didn’t have a great read on her after Good, but after Better, that changed tremendously. She was funny and thoughtful and a good friend to Cadence when she needed one. Her relationship with Dylan was really cute and I enjoyed following them. She came close to overshadowing Cadence. I hope she gets a book of her own in the future. The relationship between Cadence and her brother Oliver was also quite moving in this book. They’ve found common ground and they are stronger because of it.
“I’m mad for you. I’ll do anything for you. I’ll take on the whole world. I’ll rescue you. Always, Cadence. You tell me, and I’ll do it.”
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I felt sympathy and emotions for these beautifully broken characters. The story was unpredictable and not cliched. Better is an emotional story of love and loss, secrets and forgiveness, second chances and growth. It was a fitting end to Mark and Cadence’s story. The fact that it was told from Mark’s perspective made it that much better.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All quotes come from the review copy and may differ from the final version.
Posted November 2, 2014
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