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Prepared to Fight

(Golden Oakes #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  234 ratings  ·  67 reviews
Live each day as if it were your last. Worry only about yourself. Work hard, and never, ever fall in love. That’s Olivia Buchanan’s motto and she stands by it every day.
Feisty, headstrong and confident, recent graduate Liv is fighting to succeed in the male dominated field she has chosen as her career. Working for her best friend's father's respected London based company,
Published July 10th 2015 (first published June 25th 2015)
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Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 Cranky Stars!

Nathan Oakes, the golden boy fighter, comes out of retirement to settle a grudge match with his arch nemesis, Damian “the Dark Destroyer” Sanchez. These two have an antagonistic history and the rematch is something Nathan doesn’t take lightly.

Enter: Olivia Buchanan, an architect, assigned to design Nathan’s newest rehabilitation in France. Sparks fly and Nathan agrees to be Olivia’s personal trainer. As the rematch heats up with dubious dealings from The Destroyer, so does their r
Jul 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Clearly I am in the minority with my rating but the book was just OK. It fell short for me with the build up btwn Nate and Olivia. His constant push and pull became eye rolling. Then when the focus shifted to his MMA took away from the love story dynamic and I just lost interest. It just didn't work for me. 2.5 stars
Karen S
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a gripping journey of discovering self-worth, learning to trust and putting your heart on the line.
Liv is a strong, feisty leading lady who I instantly connected and identified with. She knows what she wants and she goes for it but is there something missing in her career fuelled life?
Nathan is a hot, focused gym owner. What lies beneath that sculptured, hard exterior and what is it he really wants from Liv?
The sexual chemistry sizzles off the pages and the story carries you along, coco
Shauna Casey
Aug 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I throughly enjoyed this book. Olivia is not a simpering female who falls at the feet of the hero Nate. She is smart, ambitious, and knows what she wants. It was nice to see a female in a role where as soon as you meets the hero she doesn't fall at his feet and that is it. No once she meets him it is a truly wonderful journey to find their happy ending. The book was superb in that the plotline kept me interested, the characters were continually developed chapter after chapter, and the chemistry ...more
Louise White
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I want/need to meet a man like Nathen Oakes!

This story had me gripped, the words flowed and I didn't want to put the book down. Desperate to find out what was gonna happen next in the life of Olivia and Nate (Nathan) .

Olivia was a completely relatable character, her attitude and feelings towards life. She is feisty and strong but still insecure within herself. Being career driven she has let other areas of her life slip. A series of events leads her directly to met Nathen Oakes, owner of a gym
Jade Simcox (3 Degrees Of Fiction)
Nate and Liv! <3 Perfect couple!!
I couldn't wait to jump into this book. I love EJ's other books and I was really excited to get this one.
Liv is very career driven, she isn't interested in men, dating or relationships. In the industry she is in, its over run with males. She is one of very few females. She needs to prove herself. The only man in her life is her best friend Adam.
Nate is against relationships, he's been hurt in the past and wont put himself through that again. He has his fun wi
Keeana Bookalicious Babes Blog
Wow! this book sucked me right in this was intense, intriguing, I loved every minute of it this is my first book by E.J, and it will not be my last.

Liv, was sexy, caring, fiesty she knows what she wants in life and goes for it I really enjoyed her character and her development. Her character was very well written and left me wanting more.

Nathan, holly hotness he was panty-melting hot his chemistry with Liv, was hot and undeniable I could not put my kindle down I, just connected with him great jo
Sam Oneill
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
EJ has written this novel beautifully. It captures you from the very start to the very end. I hated putting my kindle down and getting on with reality, but enjoyed every second of picking it back up. It's so nice to see a curvy lady achieving her dreams while getting the man of her dreams and helping towards building more to of his success. If you love MMA books then I would 100% highly recommend this. I smiled and had tears threatening to fall throughout. Nathan is one of my beloved book boyfri ...more
Karen's Book Haven
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the first book of this author’s that I have read and I have to say ‘I found a diamond in the rough.’ I feel like just writing a review of ‘this is a great read – you need it on your list’ but I would be disappointed in myself if I did that.
Within minutes of starting this book, I was hooked. Fighter story! TICK! Witty writing – HUGE TICK! Fast paced, tension, drama, character development – tickety, tick, TICK!
I appreciate that it’s hard to not fall into the trappings of stereotypes especi
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
I’m just going to keep this review short and sweet. When I first read the synopsis of Prepared to Fight, I was really intrigued by it. I loved the cover. I was really excited to dive in.

Prepared to Fight starts off really promising and then just sort of falls flat. Olivia is supposed to be this feisty, confident woman who is living in a man’s world, trying to succeed and make a name for herself. While I did see her as a great business woman, I felt that she severely lacked confidence. Her charac
Brandi Reeves-Pearson (Saints and Sinners Books)
I absolutely loved reading this book by EJ. I honestly don’t know how she takes these awesome ideas and makes them seem so “real”. The characters and the situations are so realistic, that I swear I could see them on the street and become their friends. This was an exciting read and very motivating.
First off, I want to tell you that Olivia is amazing. I loved her from the first sentence of the book. She has fire, and very goal oriented. She works in a male dominating field, but she doesn’t let t
This was a story that kept me interested until the end. The writing and pacing were good.

Olivia is very focused on her career. She wants to be taken seriously so she does her best to make it to the top. And because of that, relationships are not really on the front-burner. That is…until she meets Nathan. Nate is a former MMA fighter turned gym owner. After several run-ins, they developed a sort of friendship but the chemistry between these two is sizzling and the possibility of more in the back
Helen Barnes
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Dear Lord, where to start with this novel.
Well, I should clarify I've never read a book about MMA fighting and I'm so glad this one popped my cherry. Nate truly is the epitome of sexual tension. I loved his brooding, dark and mysterious character and the fight he put up against his attraction to Liv. Damn, when they gave into the pull he was truly worth the wait. The sex in this book is the best I've read in quite a while.

Liv is a woman so many of us can r
Renee at Book Happiness
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this for an honest review.. I have to say when I picked this up I wasn't quite sure what to expect and I have to say I liked how surprised I was and how in love with this book I became.. This book I thought was written amazingly wonderful.. The two main characters just blew me away..I really enjoyed that Olivia wasn't a stick figure and had a little meat on her bones and was I thought a very strong woman. OH NATE OH NATE, I fell in love with Nate and his Alpha ways. Nate was an awesom ...more
Geraldine Evans
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
After reading Silver Lining and Silver Dove ...... We now have this masterpiece written by a very talented Author and credit wheres credits due E J Shortall has done so both brilliantly and beautifully..

Prepared to Fight is well what can i say other then WOW.!!!!
Once I started reading I didnt want it to end. We meet the Characters Olivia and Nathan .Some parts have your heart literally beating so fast as you read , real page turner ;-).
The author has done a brilliant job of bringing the chara
Johnnie-Marie Howard
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: r2r
Must Read!!! This story did take em a few days to read but once I really got into it I felt myself not able to stop and man what a long story but so very worth the read. I loved this type of love story MMA mixed with really hott alpha and love, it's passion at it's finest and I couldn't get enough I'm just hoping to get more of these characters in the future as I don't think Liv and Nate are done yet, well it feels that way.

***I received this story for free in exchange for an honest review see m
This did not work for me. Neither characters were likable. The heroine, I felt, was as angry as the girls she felt were telling her she had weight issues. (loc 3%) The hero was wishy washy. I was hoping for a good MMA story, but was disappointed.

Did not work for me, but may work for you.
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted at Ramblings From This Chick

This is the first book I have read from E.J. Shortall, and I have to say that I really enjoyed Prepared to Fight. I love a sexy fighter story, but this was so much more than that. I thought that E.J. Shortall did a great job with not only giving us a sexy hero, but also giving us a great positive story as well. This book had a great message, and I loved seeing the heroine find herself and embrace her life while learning to make better choices
Mignon Mykel
4.5 / 5 stars
Received an arc for an honest review; original tour post can be found at mignon mykel : reviews

PREPARED TO FIGHT takes place in the UK; Olivia, our lead lady, is from London and she works with an architect firm belonging to her best friend's father. First, let's talk Olivia and her best friend -- a man, just so you know.

Olivia and Adam have been best friends forever. And quite honestly, even though people mumble and whisper? Olivia is happy with that. Adam is her rock; Adam is the
Kathy Wideman
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: danger, romance, mma
First off let me say wow I love this book. I love E.J. Shortall and her Silver series so I was eager to read this just because she wrote it. This book has romance, a little danger, mystery, and more. This books was a great read. The characters have lots of depth and the story pulls you in. Nathan is quite the mystery for most of the book. Olivia finds herself constantly fighting her feeling for Nathan and wondering if he feels the same way about her. There is this pull between them and it is onl ...more
Nice and Naughty Book Club
Jul 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Olivia Buchanan is thriving in her career as an Architect even though her field is dominated by her male counterparts. Not only does she get to work with her best friend Adam, she is also set to become the next big thing in her company. When a bitchy jab is made about Olivia's appearance she opts to use it as her motivation to become a healthier version of herself. She had no idea that joining Golden Oakes Gym would change her life in more ways than one, but both her personal & professional ...more
Joanna Brocklehurst smith
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Olivia Buchanan seems to have her life sorted, great job, great friends and respect from most people around her. Until one day, some ‘Barbie’ in her coffee shop makes a cruel remark which leads Olivia to take a real close look at herself and her life. Deciding to take matters into her own hands, she joins the local gym, Golden Oakes, this is where she first meets HIM. A mysterious personal trainer who is the first person to ever get her all hot and bothered.
As if making an ‘ass’ of herself in t
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Liv is an architect working in a male dominated industry shes determined to succeed.Shes feisty,strong and has the body hang up most womwn have!! Adam is her best friend since childhood they work together,the company being owned by Adams formidable father.After humilitated in a café about her size shes talked into going to the gym with Adam where she meets the gorgeous sexy personal trainer Nate.He gets her heart rate going in more ways than one!!!Liv has landed a very important client GO Sports ...more
Melissa Miller-Mattern
May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by A Wanton Book Lover Blog

Hot MMA fight? Check. Broody MMA fighter? Check. Emotional? Check. Said MMA fight falling for an everyday, average working woman (i.e. not an impossibly thin, “Barbie” type? Double Check.
I enjoyed E.J. Shortall’s Silver Series but in her stand-alone recent release, Prepared to Right, I was blown out of the water. Meet Olivia Buchanan. A recent college graduate and currently working as an architect in her best-friend’s father’s company she is fighting to make
reading the sheets
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Liv is an architect working in a male dominated industry shes determined to succeed.Shes feisty,strong and has the body hang up most womwn have!! Adam is her best friend since childhood they work together,the company being owned by Adams formidable father.After humilitated in a café about her size shes talked into going to the gym with Adam where she meets the gorgeous sexy personal trainer Nate.He gets her heart rate going in more ways than one!!!Liv has landed a very important client GO Sports ...more
Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Olivia “Liv” Buchanan’s motto is Live each day as if it were your last; worry only about yourself; and work hard and never, ever fall in love. She has eccentric parents and is fighting to succeed in the male dominated field as an architect working for her best friend’s father’s company. Liv has been given the chance to proof herself when she lands the prestigious account for GO Sports and Leisure. Ready to deliver the presentation of her life she is shocked to learn the owner is none other than ...more
The Book Fairy Reviews
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Okay so having read the silver series by EJ Shortall I can say that I love her writing. He characters are not the usual you find in a romance novel, they have issues that you can relate to and probably deal with on a daily basis.
In this book we have Olivia a woman who is trying to make it as an Architect in a male driven company owned by her best friend Adam. As confident and driven in her work she is lacking her confidence when it comes to herself. In come Nathan.
Owner of the gym that Adam take
Jennifer Pierson
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Usually I don't read a ton of fighting books, but with that being said, I LOVED Prepared to Fight. I'm also very glad that I finally read a book from E.J. Shortall.

Olivia Buchanan's motto is Live each day as if it were your last. Worry only about yourself. Work hard and never, ever fall in love. She is very driven in the male dominated field she has chosen. I LOVED Liv so much. Feisty, headstrong, and confident, she is a force to be reckoned with. She wasn't perfect, as she had the same insecuri
Reviews from the Heart (Kimberly Anne)
This was first time reading anything by this author and I was pleasantly surprised. The storyline was well thought out and came together nicely. The background research was pretty thorough. You can tell the author put work into this book.

What's it like to be a "thick" in the middle and have people bring it to your attention? Some people just can't help but be mean and sometimes it's that push that we need to see that we are better than others and that we can change for the better because of it.
Lynn Smith
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received and ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Olivia Buchanan worked hard. She was determined to be one the best architects It was a male dominated world one tom boy Liv fit right into. Working with her best friend Adam just made it sweeter. When a Barbi look alike makes some nasty comments on Liv's weight it doesn't really bother her but does get her to thinking it might be time to get healthy. When Adam invited her to his gym she figures why not. After a slight mishap w
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