Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Blog Tour: Better (The Too Good Series #2) by S. Walden



Title: Better
Series: Too Good #2
Author: S. Walden
Genre: New Adult
Publish Date: November 11, 2013
Review Source: eARC provided by author for review

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SYNOPSIS:

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 family 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 should share his secret with Cadence. He should trust that she’ll understand. But what if she doesn’t? What if their love doesn’t grow stronger?

What if it doesn’t get better?


REVIEW: 

Some things are Good and sometimes those things can get Better.  This is the second book in the Too Good Series, and yes it did get better.  We continue on in our journey into the relationship between Cadence and Mark learning new revelations that will put this couple on edge.  Will their love for one another be able to withstand the untolds and allow them to continue to grow their future together?

Cadence knows that their is something that Mark is keeping from her, what it is she doesn't know.  We left them building on their new and fragile relationship in Good.  Cadence had moved in with Mark and was starting her future with him. Avery finally comes to her senses and realizes that the things that took place were not able to be controlled by Cadence so she shows up at the apartment willing to make amends.  Cadence accepts her apology and the two pick up their friendship right where it left off.  The difference this time is that Cadence is now in college and has met two other friends Michael and Carrie.  By being friends with them Cadence believes she will get the entire college experience, but the question is are they true friends, or when she really needs their friendship will they bail?

Mark and Cadence seem to be moving in a good direction and their relationship seems to be getting stronger.  Cadence has started adding small touches to the apartment which in turns makes her feel as if it is her home too.  One afternoon when she is at home doing some laundry, she goes to put clothes away in Mark's drawer.  When she sees the inside of his drawer she is shocked and caught of guard.  Cadence is hurt by her discovery the fact that what she finds and that he did not feel the need to share this with her, thus causing both her and Mark to have a heated argument. With Cadence's already fragile ego, she takes to heart the things that are said.  After this she pulls away from Mark emotionally and physically.  During this time she turns to Michael and Carrie for moral support and away out.  For Michael this turn of event has him trying to make his move and try to convince Cadence that she should be with him.  Carrie on the other hand gives Cadence an out and the ability to go out, party, and basically drown out the pain that she is dealing with.  Mark dealing with the guilt of not being upfront with Cadence gives her the space she wants and steps back trying to let her deal with the emotions that she is feeling.  Oliver allows her to start hanging out with him and his friends during this time as well.  He is now rebelling against his parents, as well as drinking and doing drugs.  The two of them are in the beginning stages of spiraling out of control.

Mark tries to apologize several times to Cadence, but she is still to hurt to listen and accept.  Avery being the friend that she is tries to talk to Cadence and to get her to see that Mark is truly in love with her and wants no one else.  Cadence still refuses to listen to anyone other than Carrie and Michael, who we now start seeing that they really do not have her best interests at heart.  After a weekend out and drunk Cadence finally comes home to a frantic Mark telling her of an accident involving Oliver.  
The two of them talk about things that have happened and where they are headed.  Avery is still trying to reason with Cadence over Mark, while she has started to see Mark's best friend Dylan.  Cadence has a problem with this because she thinks that Avery is just trying to copy what she has, even though Avery tries to tell her is just happened and she really isn't trying to take away from Cadence.  After Oliver gets out of the hospital he and Cadence have a true heart to heart.  He is blunt with her and tells her that she needs to get a grip, apologize to Mark and stop heading in the direction that she is going, because its going to end up hurting her.  She lets everything sink in, and realizes that everyone in her life has been telling her the same thing.  With this she goes to talk with Avery, who then tells her to basically put on her big girl panties and go talk to Mark.

Finally after being prodded by Avery again Mark goes after Cadence.  He finds her completely drunk at a frat party.   After three days she finally sobers up and Mark confronts her.  He tells her that this time they are going to have it out and she is going to release her anger, and get it out NOW.  "I want to rip you apart! I want to make you hurt like you've hurt me!" she screams at him.  He tells her "just do it then, show me."   

For me one of the highlights in the book is when Cadence decides to give Mark a blowjob, not only is this the first time she has ever done this, it is the first time she has ever given him one.  With this I found myself laughing when he tries to warn her that he is coming, but she doesn't get it and he catches her off guard and cums in her mouth.  

I am not going to get into the ending of the book, but I will leave you with I was surprised with how things end.  I really loved this series and the way that S. Walden took us through all the twists and turns of the story.  I was gripped by Good, and was pulled even harder by Better.
                                                             




We left Mark & Cadence’s story with Cadence’s parents finding out she had been lying to them about most of her life. They also found out about Mark and him being her teacher. The outcome was not pleasant and forced Cadence to move in with Mark. The story opens right where we left off, therefore it is important to read these books in order.

Mark & Cadence….oh my!!! This story is funny, sad, sometimes a bit disturbing but mostly – hopeful!! It’s completely about love and how if you love someone you will do anything, put up with anything, to make sure you never loose them.

With the age difference, Cadence being disowned from her family, college looming, bills and adult responsibilities…..will their relationship be able to withstand all the things they are facing? Can Cadence have a normal college life AND a boyfriend?

I really enjoyed this book. All the same characters are back and with Cadence going to college there are few new ones. Avery has become her best friend and as much as she was, well-a bitch in Good, she’s become very loyal and mature in this book.

I really like how the author incorporates religion in this book (even more than in Good) in a way that all the characters struggle with it. It makes it more real and the fact that they are struggling with aspects of how God fits into their lives makes the characters honest and relatable. They strive to be good people but life and circumstances can get in the way of that sometimes.

Cadence is a handful and I find I really, really like Mark. He’s so patient with her and understanding. Their relationship has faults and struggles but they know there is not other place they want to be. They fight and argue but they love too….and its HOT! Cadence’s innocence and how she becomes her own woman is wonderful and Mark’s guidance and ability to not let her take herself too seriously is sexy itself.

As usual, my favorite part is the Epilogue. LOVE! I’m dying to just scream out the end-it’s soooooo good!!!! So I’ll have to stop here. Just trust me…..this series is so good, definitely a GREAT read!
 


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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. Her dreams include raising chickens and owning and operating a beachside inn on the Gulf Coast (chickens included). When she's not writing, she's thinking about it.

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2 comments:

  1. Hi girls!

    Thanks so much for participating in my tour. So happy you enjoyed the Too Good series. Thanks for helping me spread the word about it.

    xo Summer

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  2. You are very welcome!!! I am always honored to read an author’s work and these books are so great!! I wish you much success!!

    Gretchen

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