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Good (Too Good #1)

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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
Paperback, 372 pages
Published August 25th 2013 by Penny Press Publishing
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Aestas Book Blog
Aug 26, 2013 Aestas Book Blog rated it really liked it
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My casting for Mark & Cadence:


Holy taboo!! (4.5 stars)

Goodwas a well-written, rebellious romance that defied rules and crossed lines. Bold. Daring. Forbidden.

The dedication at the beginning set the tone for the whole story:

To lovers who fought the odds. And won.

To give a little bit of background,Good is a New Adult student/teacher romance but there is nothing sugar-coated about it. I loved that the author wasn't afraid to explore such a controversial, uncon
Kristin (KC)
Apr 07, 2015 Kristin (KC) rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kristin (KC) by: Amy (Foxy)

*4 Stars!*

adjective bet·ter, best.
morally excellent; virtuous; righteous; pious: a good man.
satisfactory in quality, quantity, or degree: a good teacher;
of high quality; excellent.

But who's to judge?

I've come to expect that certain things will happen when I read a Summer Walden book: My boundaries will be thoroughly pushed and I'll, in turn, question my moral stance on a given topic. This author knows exactly how to tackle the inappropriate HEAD ON, and grants her readers the power and
Amy (Foxy)
***4.5 Forbidden Stars***

Ms. Walden is the Queen of shock. One thing you are guaranteed when you open one her stories is to be pushed out of your comfort zone. Good does not disappoint in making me squirm. Books that break you out of your norm deserve a try and this book is one of those.

The forbidden love affair between a highschool student / teacher is compelling. Eleven years between them makes their forbidden love even more naughty. Cadence Miller: 17-year-old high school student. Mark Conne
Pavlina loves Dex ❤❤


At the beginning I wasn't sure how to rate this book.I had some problems with the reading of this but still I think that is a good story!!

This is a story about Cadence...
She is a student who had a bad moment in her junior year in hight school and she was in juvenile detention for ten mounths.

Now she is back...but without friends..Her parents do not trust her anymore and they have her limited..She feels sad and alone.

Until the moment she met Mark her 28 years old math teacher!!
From the b
Natasha is a Book Junkie
I will start this review by pointing out that love stories of forbiddenness and passionate affairs between teachers and students are my undoing. I love the illicitness, the hiding around, the inability to stay away from each other even when being together could cost them everything in their lives, so I dove into this story with a receptive frame of mind, expecting it to rock my socks off. But what it did instead is leave me distraught, shaking in a corner, desperate to get some of those images o ...more
Enough with barely legal girls and creepy, perverted teachers love stories already.


The only reason I'm not giving 1 star is because the first 30% of the book was kind of alright, and I liked the old lady that Cadence met. The rest made little to no sense. At the beginning I even got the Gabriel's Inferno vibe, but later, it turned out that it was nothing like it, not even close.


We have Cadence, who is 17 year old, doing community work for getting herself into trouble, t
Taryn at My Secret Romance

This is how I feel right now after finishing this book. Gotta love gifs.

I know, I know she did not leave me like this. She couldn't possibly, right? I'm about to go ape shit crazy right now!


I don't go fan girl crazy. Ever. It's not in my bones to, but imma about to go stage 5 clinger crazy and get into my car and drive up to Georgia to find this author!
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And once I do, I'm going to duct tape her to a wall and make her tell me in detail what is to come in this series! BECAUSE I
Dec 22, 2013 ✿Alyssa✿ rated it it was amazing
This review was posted at My Secret Romance

To sum it up: 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 sc
Feb 28, 2014 Glass rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review from Way Too Hot Books

I have no idea how to start this review. Was Good what I expected? Did I like it? Hate it? Was I completely turned on after reading steamy scenes? And then disgusted by myself because he is her teacher? Not to mention ten years older? Is this a story about abuse? Could it be considered as darker romance novel? What was the point with all religious aspects of the story? Well, one thing is sure - this is taboo read.

You shall have no sex before you're married. I have to
Jan 07, 2016 Natalie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: EVERYONE

Good was so...good, amazing, awsome, incredible. Fantastic. I'M A HOT MESS RIGHT NOW!

This book was so unexpectedly good! The heroine Candence was pretty great and awsome. Sometimes she really got on my nerves though, with her insecurity and her immature behaviour. But I guss that is to be expected of a 17/18 year old, Still, sometimes I couldnt really understand why Markus wanted to take such a big risk with her. And especially her god worship. She felt like a timebomb, to be honest. But the se
I made it to 45% and I can't take it any more. Cadence is not mature enough for me to be involved with a 28 year old man ( her teacher) and it's giving me the creeps. lol I should of read some reviews before I started this one but I like going into books sometimes not knowing anything. lol Big mistake with this book:(
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
3.5 's

The Premise:

Cadence made a huge mistake and is paying dearly for it which basically means, she's totally alone. That is until she meets Mark Connelly, or more importantly, Mr. Connelly, her math teacher.

The Lure:

The forbidden teacher/student affair.

The Characters:

Cadence - at first, I was a bit sympathetic but as time went on, her immaturity just really got to me.

Mark - I really liked him for the most part although it did feel a bit creepy how he went after Cadence. The thing is t
Sep 01, 2013 Patrycja rated it did not like it
I'm not in the mood for full review, so I'm going straight to the point. I can't wrap my head around the fact than nearly first 30% of this book were fantastic. Funny, amusing and sexy with heroine that was strong, kick ass as well as likeable. As for Mark The Teacher I couldn't think about a single flaw in his character, I just fell in love with him. But after they got together things started to get downhill. Candence started acting like the biggest fucking idiot in the world, being a weirdo an ...more
La Mala  ✌
Reseña Original: Enero, 2014

Lo leí hace bastante y recién hoy me acorde de esta Guía para predadores sexuales en la secundaria que se hace llamar romance .

Esto es un horror . No solo por lo terriblemente INAPROPIADO (y casi diría, perverso) de las escenas de sexo (y todo lo que envuelve la relación principal) , sino también por las nociones ridículas que la autora obviamente tiene acerca de la adolescencia y las drogas .

Primero lo primero : el profesor (el interés "romántico") es un asco ; un p
Jessica's Book Review
Aug 18, 2013 Jessica's Book Review rated it it was amazing
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Good by S. Walden is not good, it’s flippin’ AMAZING! Yes, Amazing! I DEVOURED this book in one long giant sitting and this is not a short book. I could not put it down; I was completely captivated by the story and characters. Good was a book I stopped existing for just so I could read it. Who cares about dinner or laundry or feeding my husband when I had Good on my kindle to read? It is one of my favorite books I have read all summer.


When I foun
ZARIA (Sheldon Cooper lover)
Mar 28, 2016 ZARIA (Sheldon Cooper lover) rated it did not like it

I am going to be very quick about this one…..
It just didn't make any sense at all

Mark Connelly stands Synonym to immature pedophile
He makes "love" to her while she is still underage, (view spoiler) and then gives her a a very educational biology lesson about pregnancy and abortion....

“But if I were, you’d want me to kill the baby?” I pressed. I felt lightheaded.
“It’s not a baby. It’s a parasite.”
I gasped and watched him shudder.
“A parasite?” I whispered.
“I’m so
Aug 26, 2013 Kirsty rated it it was amazing
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* 5 forbidden stars *


I apologise in advance for bad language but this book was fucking incredible. Completely. Totally. Absolutely out of this world. I loved it.

Cadence has spent the last year of her life in what she considers hell. She's been in juvie for committing one of the stupidest (I admit though, I giggled when I finally found) crimes. As part of her punishment whilst in juvie she has to pick up trash on the side of the highway. Humiliati
JoJo - JJJ (Jo Anna) Janesko
Love Love Loved it!! I couldn't put it down. This story kept me engaged! A huge 5 stars and would recommend it if you are looking for an excellent forbidden romance.
Lise *friends don't flag*
2.5-3.0 huh... well... stars...


GOOD....sort of

I absolutely adored S. Walden’s book, Going Under by S. Walden. It was really well done and I felt so many emotions and totally connected to the characters and storyline. So… when I had the opportunity to read and review an ARC of Good, I was all over it.
I am a sucker for a ‘good’ forbidden romance between a teacher and student and have thoroughly enjoyed several in this genre such as:

A Different Blue by Amy Harmon, Slammed (Slammed, #1) by Colleen Hoover and Unteachable by Leah Raeder….

Unfortunately, this one did not fall into the same Oooo-I-likey category of
Angie **loves angst**
DNF at 24%

I always tell my Kindergarteners "Be sure to finish whatever you start. You can do it." But in this case I just couldn't do it. If I could use one word to describe this book it would be "weird." It left me feeling very uncomfortable. Since I didn't read all of it I won't rate it.
Aug 11, 2013 Ashley rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, e-arc
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I knew that Good was going to be an iffy, controversial book. It's about a student-teacher relationship, and that's a tough thing to pull off successfully. In order for me to go along with it, I'd have to totally and completely get involved and invested in the relationship; they'd have to convince me that it's something truly worth having. Unfortunately I don't think I was totally convinced.

I understand how some people could fall for the relationship in Goo
Jo ❤
"Love comes in all kinds of packages. Some are neatly tied up, and some are messy. It doesn't mean that the messy ones aren't every bit as good"

I wish that were the case for me with this book but unfortunately, it's not. This was a hot mess and no it wasn't every bit as good.

This is a forbidden love story between a teacher and a student. I love teacher-student stories because they tend to be exciting and full of angst, not to mention, really hot. But sadly, this one missed the mark.

There was a
Sep 09, 2013 Brandi rated it really liked it
Shelves: angst
I don't really know how I want to rate this one...between 3.5-4 messy stars. Also I think I want to see where the second book takes me...

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I have to contemplate this for a bit..I was pushed out of my comfort zone - which I love. This author is great at pushing limits and always leaves me questioning myself. What is right or wrong - and what is it that determines how to rate our actions on that scale. I am still not sure how I feel...I will reevaluate in a few days :)

He’s cute. Very cute. And ve
5 so good stars

Good was pretty much all that I'd hoped it would be and more. It had the uber taboo cliche of a student/teacher relationship... and I freaking loved it.

Cadence is your typical high school senior.

She's a good girl who got caught up in something bad and had to pay the price. What I loved so much about her is that she was 17/18 years old and acted that way. She wasn't portrayed as a femme fatale out to trap her handsome, older teacher. She said and did things that 17 year girls do.
Aug 09, 2015 Pao rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Dear author:

Congratulations! Good is by far the WORST student-teacher romance novel I've ever read.

And here are 3 of the reasons:

1.Cadence- or one of the most pathetic/brain damaged female characters I've had the pleasure to read.

"I'll be honest with you, though. There is something sexy about the idea of you cutting me off from the few people I know. Isn't that so wrong to feel that way? That I wouldn't mind being your prisoner? There's soemthing wrong with me, right?"

"I want you to hurt me," I
May 17, 2016 Snow rated it really liked it

I am changing my rating for this book from 3.5 to 4.25 cause, well, now considering the stories I have read so far, were even more darker and somewhat dubious than this story was, and I have also changed my POV regarding the subject. Not that I have ever found it "too forbidden" it was always somewhat "off" cause of the immaturity of the younger party in the "forbidden" relationship and I could never get into it.

But stating all this I felt I did this story injustice and I hope I redeemed myself
Sep 28, 2013 Ellelou rated it liked it
3.5 stars!

I'm still confused about rating this book. I didn't read any reviews prior to starting so I didn't know what to expect. Yes I knew it was a taboo story, teacher/student relationship but somehow I couldn't help feeling uncomfortable throughout the book. It was very difficult for me to fall for Mr Connelly "call me Marc", I just couldn't shake this bad vibe and I only saw him as a predator. Yes, I said it! He abused his position as a teacher and used her vulnerability and her weak state
Jan 14, 2014 Jucilene rated it really liked it
Shelves: student-teacher

What a surprising reading! I laughed so many times while I read! Totally worth my time!

I didn't felt like I'm all butterflies about Mark and fell in love for him as I used fall for the male characters. Sometimes I just thinking he was playing cool, nonchalant. I didn't felt all the passionate strings he said feel for Cadence. But, actually it's impossible be indifferent at him. Mark or Mr Connely is smart, fun and honest. I really enjoy his character. Is my fave character in the whol
Sep 01, 2013 Cristina rated it did not like it
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Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
DNF at 81%

It really pains me to not finish this one because I have loved EVERY.SINGLE.BOOK. of Ms. Walden's. If you haven't read Going Under yet, you need to jump on it immediately. Honeysuckle Love is my next favorite and I highly recommend you read it as well! Not your typical YA romance, that's for sure.

When it comes down to controversial and dark romance reads, Ms. Walden's name is always one of the firsts to pop up in my mind. Her ability to craft an intriguing, edgy story without being to
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