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Title: Good (Too Good Series #1)
Author: S. Walden
Release Date: August 27, 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
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Cadence Miller is a good girl. She just happens to make one terrible mistake her junior year in high school which costs her ten months in juvenile detention. Now a senior, she’s lost everything: her best friend, the trust of her parents, driving privileges, Internet access. It’s a lonely existence.
But there is one bright spot: Mark Connelly, her very cute, very off-limits 28-year-old calculus teacher. She falls hard for him—a ridiculous schoolgirl crush headed nowhere. She can’t help it. He’s the only good thing at Crestview High. She doesn’t expect him to reciprocate her feelings. How inappropriate, right? But he does. And he shows her.
And that’s when her life goes from bad to good.
I would like to start by saying Good is the first book I've read from the pen of S. Walden and it certainly won't be the last.
I won't lie I had very conflicting thoughts on this book.
On the one hand I was a bit uncomfortable about the female main character being a 17yr old student and conducting an illicit relationship with her 28yr old math teacher. On the other hand I really liked this story of forbidden love and was compelled to read on!
Cadence Miller was a good girl who made one bad mistake in her junior year in High School and paid the price by being sent to juvenile detention for 10 months. She's now back at High School, as a senior, being treated like a social pariah by the other students and her best friend shunning her. She is desperate to win back the love and approval of her parents. My heart went out to her when she tried so desperately, on many occasions, to seek the approval and acceptance of her disapproving and untrusting parents, mainly her father.
Mark Connelly, is the cool, sexy math teacher who falls for his student. He knows it's wrong to pursue Cadence given her age and she's his student but he is drawn to her. He sees how the other students treat her on her return to school and just wants to make her smile.
He does, however, seem to have a few controlling issues and a hidden past.
I liked the friendship which developed between Cadence and Avery. Avery is a student leader in the youth group at church. She doesn't seem to have many friends but she does have a secret boyfriend, Gavin. Avery suggests they form an alliance to enable them to get what they both want...more freedom. They agree to provide alibis and cover for each other when the need arises. Avery wants to spend more time with Gavin without her parents becoming suspicious. Cadence just wants to be able to drive her car again and go to the mall on her own. She agrees to go along with Avery's plan, even though she has doubts it will work, and soon realises this is the perfect way she can see Mark without anyone finding out.
Although Cadence and Mark don't actually consummate their relationship until she turns 18, at his insistence, I felt slightly uneasy with some of their more intimate, steamier scenes before then. I think, for me, the main problem is the fact she is still at school, he is her teacher and should know better!
Having said that, away from the school setting, I found myself rooting for the couple. I really wanted their relationship to work and by the end of the book I was totally on their side!
The relationship between them doesn't run smooth, of course it doesn't. There are a few surprises waiting for them along the way, threatening to burst their bubble...
I did want to slap Cadence at times, for her displays of childish jealousy, especially when she sees Mark talking to a female teacher, but then I had to remind myself she was only 17.
And, at times, I wanted to shake Mark by the shoulders and shout, 'She's your student for God's sake!'
Good is certainly a page turner as I couldn't put it down once I'd started it. Oh, this book has definitely messed with my mind! I've not stopped thinking about it since and I can't wait for the sequel.
So for that reason I'm giving Good
About S. Walden
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.
She loves her fans and loves to hear from them. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her blog at http://swaldenauthor.blogspot.comwhere you can get up-to-date information on her current projects.
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