And these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love. – Corinthians 13:13
Better picks up where Good ended. Cadence and Mark are living together and trying to make a life together. But Mark is keeping a secret about his past from Cadence because it is so hard for him to talk about.
Since Cadence’s parents disown her for her relationship with her previous math teacher, Mark selflessly puts his own dreams of grad school on hold to make sure that Cadence is able to go to college. But she still feels as if she is missing out on something. When she stumbles upon the secret that Mark is hiding, she shuts herself off to him and begins partying and drinking and making very bad decisions
He wanted her home, safe and sound, with a restored heart and mind. It couldn’t happen overnight; he knew that. But he’d do everything in his power to nurture her back to health. He’d tell her every day how sorry he was until her heart decided to believe it. – Mark
She thought she was supposed to cry for her pain, but she had no tears. Her heart was detached, unfeeling. She wanted to be close to him, but the wedge between them was thick and unyielding, and she feared it would divide them permanently.
“I’m just so angry with you. It’s taken root in my heart, this anger. It’s grown a monumental hatred that’s made me crazy. I don’t even know who I am anymore.” – Cadence
I liked this book much better than the first one because I was a little uncomfortable about the student/teacher relationship and I felt as if he was taking advantage of her. Book 1 was written from the POV of Cadence. Book 2 was written from a narrators POV and gave me more insight into Mark. I came to understand him much better and realized he really did love her. He wanted her from the first moment that he saw her on the side of the road while he was changing his tire. He was going to find her either way but fate stepped in and sat her in the front of his class and changed both of their lives forever.
“I’m gonna love you for the rest of my life. You know that? Even when my mind goes and I’ve no idea who or where I am, I’ll know you. And I’ll love you.” – Mark