Title: Good (Too Good #1)
Author: S. Walden
Release Date: August 26, 2013
Oh. My. Freaking. Gosh!! How have I gone this long without having read Good?!
Cadence Miller was raised to follow the rules. Attend Church every Sunday. Respect her parents. Always radiate perfection. That is, until she does something wrong. One mistake is all it takes to sever Cadence from her old life and everything it contained. No friends. No love.
Mark Connelly is like a bright beacon shining through Cadence's dark tunnel. He gives her butterflies and warmth and love and everything she's been starving for. But there's a catch: he's her teacher.
I've had this odd infatuation with teacher-student romances for quite some time. It's mainly the risk factor and the adrenaline rush that comes along with it. There's also the element of forbidden romance; the two lovers having to plan clandestine meetings behind closed doors, always on the watch. Good is a perfect example.
I love, love, looooove this book! I couldn't stop thinking about it for weeks on end. So much intensity! I loved the romance, but Cadence and Mark were pretty reckless at times. I mean, really?
Cadence was a little difficult to read as a main character. Is she a friendly bitch, a good Christian girl, or a rebellious teen? I'm really not sure, but I would use all of those descriptions to characterize her. There were so many funny moments between Cadence and Mark, mostly because of Cadence's inane urges to blurt out the first thing that pops into her mind, which led to my face turning a deep shade of tomato and incessantly repeating "Good Lord, shut up, Cadence!" But her young mind and wittiness are what make her such a quirky and lovable character.
Oh my gosh, don't even get me started! I fell head over heels for the teacher/hipster/total hottie/gorgeous/brilliant/sweet man. The main factor that caused me to like him so much is the fact that he truly cared for Cadence. He did not use her. He did not abuse her. He simply loved her.
I was totally swooning over him. Although, Mark does have his weak moments that make you want to shake him and slap some sense into that gorgeous (In my mind, he's very attractive. Have I already said that...?) head of his.
There is some explicit content in this book, so I only recommend this to anyone 15+!
There is so much intense romance in Good that it's a little overwhelming at times. Yes, I did have to read it in segments, but that just made it even better! I'm a tad bit awkward at describing romance (And the majority of Good is romance), so I'll just say this: I seriously could not stop blushing. Like, at all.
Like I said earlier, the adrenaline rush and severity of Cadence and Mark's relationship really add to the sparks of the whole situation. They do some risky things on school property, so it was very.... exciting? No, it was e l e c t r i c. Mark and Cadence's relationship went far beyond chemistry and into full on painful love.
If you're a sucker for teacher-student romances, then Good is a must read!
Overall, I'm giving Good a 5/5, because I absolutely adore this book with all of my forbidden-romance-loving heart.