Heroine: Cadence Miller – Former Student, 18 years old
Hero: Mark Connelly – Former Teacher, 28 years old
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Better picks up right where Good left off. Cadence, on her own for the first time, is trying to figure out how to be an adult, how to live with her boyfriend—all while also starting college. She wants to prove to Mark and everyone else that she's okay. Great, even. But inside she's a little bit lost and a lot hurt. Breaking ties with your parents at eighteen isn't easy.
But Mark is there for her. Dependable, reliable, loveable Mark. He is understanding and patient to the nth degree—and I do mean that because Cadence, being a hormonal teen, does act out. A lot. Though their age difference is no longer a possible legal issue, it still causes them problems.
When events (read: Mark’s secret) cause Cadence’s evil alter ego to show her face, my heart broke for Mark. Our good girl goes bad, that's for sure. Cadence made me cry and cry and cry. I wouldn't have blamed Mark one bit for jumping ship. But he understands her, loves her, and let's her struggle with herself. While some might have painted Mark a villain in Good, he is most certainly a hero now. He really shined like a knight in shining armor.
It would have been very easy for Miz Walden to paint a very pretty picture for Mark and Cadence—to give them a life together full of roses and puppies. I’m glad she didn’t. Even when Cadence was acting out, I still felt for her and could relate to her. I remember what it was like to be eighteen. Hormones are a bitch. I also loved getting Mark’s point of view because it opened up a whole other layer to him. There was a vulnerability to him that wasn’t apparent before. It made me fall for him even more.
Better proves young love isn't easy and big age differences come with their own share of issues. While still very sexy and naughty, it had an added depth to it. More emotions. More consequences. Mark and Cadence really work for their happily ever after. Speaking of which, the epilogue will melt your heart. Absolutely melt it.