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Prepared To Fall

(Golden Oakes #2)

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  25 reviews

Adam is stuck in a thankless job with a father he loathes, and his secret childhood love is marrying somebody else. In a desperate attempt to forget it all he used a friend in a night of drunken passion.


Golden Oakes’s golden girl, Cassie’s life has been a torment of impossible parental expectations, lies, and secrets
Published August 16th 2016 by E.J. Shortall
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Shauna Casey
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Adam loved Olivia, but her love belonged to someone else. This is is Adam's and Cass' love story. It was emotionally charged and that is never a bad thing in my eyes. It gives you all the feels without being too much or not enough. E.J. Shortall is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Don't miss out on this great book!
Reviews from the Heart (Kimberly Anne)
This is another standalone in a series. The characters from book one are in this book as well, and you kinda should read the first book to understand Adam and Cassie.

Adam has had his eye on one woman for almost his whole life, an while she didn't know it he loved her from a far. He figured if he had her in his life as a friend that would eventually lead to more. But that's not how life works. His best friend and love, Liv, finds her true love and ends up engaged. Adam still has feelings for her
Amber - TBR Book Blog
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oy this book!! It was definitely right when it said there might be some triggers; but they just make the whole story better. You don't have to read this after Prepared to Fight but you should as that's where we first meet Adam and Cassie.

Adam's life is less than ideal so he has a drunken one night stand with a friend. Trying to forget that girl he loves, Liv, is married to someone else.

Meanwhile, Cassie is training to become a kickboxing phenom, trained by her boyfriend Jay. Who over time, Cas
wendy Shelton(obsessedbybooks)
**I would recommend reading Prepared to Fight first **

Adam has always loved Liv and thought that one day she would see him the way he sees her, but the heart wants what the heart wants but being the best of friends is better than nothing but Adam wasn't prepared for Cassie, she came in at the right time with no questions asked , but when things in Cassie life starts to go sour, Adam returns the favor , but can Cassie trust him? I loved it.
Renee at Book Happiness
Sep 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this for an honest review... I have to say that I just loved this book from beginning to end...

I found myself falling in love more and more with this amazing author.. This was Adam and Cass's story and oh what a freaking story...

This book has all the feels I just freaking LOVED IT!!!!
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars!!!

I was given this book in turn for an honest review.

Adam and Cassie are both lost, lonely and seeking happiness. They found a friendship that bound them together. Will their friendship stay platonic or will their attraction become too hard to resist?

I was so excited when E.J. Shortall said she would be writing Adam and Cassie’s story; after reading Prepared to Fight book #1 I felt they had a story all of their own to tell and WOW, what a story it is. It is much deeper and emotional t
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adam Ashworth and Cassie Burton are two characters we meet in book one of the Golden Oaks series. These two had a connection, but with Adam in love with his best friend their relationship didn’t have a chance. Adam continues working at a job, for his father, that he is not happy with, thanks to promises made when he was young and continues to carry his secret crush for the one that doesn’t belong to him.
Cassie is finally getting the chance at her dream of entering the world of kickboxing competi
Joanna Brocklehurst smith
Aug 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Well once again EJ Shortall has delivered an amazing piece of work. I personally fell in love the Golden Oakes boys in Prepared to Fight. This is where we met Adam and Cassie for the first time. They hit it off but all did not go well for this pair. Prepared to Fall is Adam and Cassie’s story. But as we learnt in Prepared to Fight, Adam has lingering feelings for Liv, can he get over his feelings for Olivia enough to move on now she is married to Nathan? Prepared to Fall is full of twists and tu ...more
Jennifer Greeff
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've had the opportunity in the past to review E.J. Shortall's novels but never had the time. I will say without a doubt, I am happy I finally made time.

Prepared to Fall is a fast paced read full of well developed characters. I wouldn't say that reading Prepared to Fight, Book 1 is a requirement but I have to assume it would help further support the already strong relationships between Liv, Nate, Cassie, Adam and Wes.

Cassie is an up and comer in the kickboxing world. Paired with boyfriend Jay as
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I always find it odd reviewing my own book. I mean, I wrote the thing, of course, I'm going to love it and shout 5* from the rooftops. The thing with Prepared To Fall, though, is that I genuinely am so in love with this story. In book one, Prepared To Fight, we had a brief introduction to Cassie and Adam. We loved Cassie's feisty, ballsy attitude and her relationship with the Oakes brothers. We saw a side of Adam that was maybe a bit controlling but also sweet. It took me a while to fully apprec ...more
Karen Harper
Sep 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It’s a while since I’ve read the first book in the Golden Oakes series, so I can honestly say that if you haven’t read the first book you’ll have no problem reading the second book in this series. As with most books in a series, major characters become minor ones and vice versa, plus you’re introduced to new characters.
I loved this book! I only vaguely remembered Cassie from Prepared to Fight, but she is the “star” of this book and she really pulled on my heartstrings. Cassie is one of the chara
Melissa Miller-Mattern
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed for A Wanton Book Lover Blog

Adam has been in love with his best-friend Olivia for years. Every seemed to know it but her. Olivia has found and married her own love (read about Olivia and Nathan in Prepared to Fight which is the first stand-alone in the series, but it's really good too, so you should read it). Adam and Cassie hooked-up at Olivia's and Nate's wedding but things have kind-of been weird since returning. Cassie is now dating Jay, her trainer. Things are going well until Jay
Louise White
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was very excited to see that we would be getting another instalment from the Golden Oaks gang. Although it is handy to have read the first book (Prepared to Fight) this can be read as a complete standalone.

This time around we look at Cassie and Adam, after their one night stand, the two of them have been avoiding each other. Cassie has moved onto a new relationship and is preparing for her next fight and Adam has thrown himself into work and trying to adjust to his best friend Olivia getting
The Book Fairy Reviews
Sep 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Adam, messed up. He is stuck in job he hates, but does it out of obligation to his grand dad. He crossed the line with a dear friend leaving her in Paris. Alone. In Bed. Right After said line was crossed. Now he has to face her, at the wedding of the woman he has loved his whole life. Yeah, Adam is messed up.
Cassie, has moved on from the night with her best friends, besite Adam. She is now in a committed yet controlling relationship. She is however, dreading coming face to face with the man that
Judy Miracle
Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
EJ has done it again delivering an emotionally amazing story. I would recommend reading the first book Prepared to Fight before reading this one. Prepared to fall is Adam and Cassie's story who we met in the first book. Adam has been in love with his best friend Live for a long time but now that shes married will he be able to move on? Cassie is a fighter and strong willed who finally realizes that her boyfriend Jay is slowly taking over her life and changing her a bit. After re-evaluating her r ...more
Aug 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you thought book 1 was excellent, then you haven't seen anything yet. This book blew it out of the water. It brought the feels on top of the great characters, story and writing.

There is a history between these two characters that you will better understand if you read 'Prepared to Fight' first. In Cass' case you will see how she is before she is brought down by the very unpleasant, controlling and abusive Jay. It is incredibly frightening how quickly her wears her down and breaks down her sel
Aug 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Five Emotional Stars! Cassie is dating Jay but he starts to become a bit to demanding for her which causes her to rethink their relationship. Adam is watching Cassie from afar making sure she is safe ever since they had a one night stand. Cassie and Adam become close friends, but can they overcome their past to have their own happiness? This book had me feeling all different kinds of emotions for the characters and I felt like I knew what they were going through. Ms. Shortall writes a wonderful ...more
Aug 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I enjoyed reading this ARC. The writing style flowed well and was well written and easy to follow. The story shows the 2 main characters, Adam Ashworth and Cassie Burton that despite their strong personalities they too have insecurities and the need to underestimate themselves. The story begins with Adam loving his best friend Liv who happens to be in love with Nate. Adam and Cassie hook up one night and then Adam bails on Cassie with no explanation. Months go by and the wedding day of Liv and N ...more
United Indie Book Blog
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading this ARC. The writing style flowed well and was well written and easy to follow. The story shows the 2 main characters, Adam Ashworth and Cassie Burton that despite their strong personalities they too have insecurities and the need to underestimate themselves. The story begins with Adam loving his best friend Liv who happens to be in love with Nate. Adam and Cassie hook up one night and then Adam bails on Cassie with no explanation. Months go by and the wedding day of Liv and N ...more
Kathy Wideman
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: danger, romance, series
This is the second book in this series and they should be read in order. This book picks up shortly after the first one ends. Adam is forced to realize he will never be will his best friend who he has been in love with for a while, after all she is marrying someone else. Adam and Cassie had a night of passion months ago and he feels guilty. After all he slept with her the night his best friend got engaged. Sleeping with Cassie was his way of dealing with it. Now with the wedding coming up Adam f ...more
Brandi Reeves-Pearson (Saints and Sinners Books)
Prepared to Fall is another amazingly and brilliant read by E.J. Shortall. I always love reading books by E.J. just because they all seem so 'real'. This one is no different. I immediately fell in love with the characters, the story-line, and pretty much everything about this book. Cassie and Adam start off rocky in the beginning. But as the story progresses, you see a entirely new side to them. Cassie is a strong, independent woman out to reach her dreams of becoming a MMA fighter. Adam is comi ...more
Jade Simcox (3 Degrees Of Fiction)
Having read Prepared to Fight, I was excited to get my hands on this book.
Adam and Cassie's story is a heartbreaking one to read.
I think even though this is the 2nd book in a standalone series, you do need to read book 1 to understand the dynamic of all the other characters.
While I did enjoy Adam and Cassie's story, I much prefered Nate and Liv. I felt like I wasn't pulled into this story straight away.
I really enjoyed the story, when it did pick up pace. Cassie isn't in a good place but she
R.J. Nicolson
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Adam and Cassandra have a brief fling while in France. Cassandra repairs their relationship by being the bigger person and having an easy going conversation with him. Her new relationship with Jay isn't great but shes blind to it. Her friends can see it but will she listen to them? Will Adam figure out his real feelings or will Jay take her forever?

This is the second book in the Golden Oakes series but can be read as a standalone.

I loved the characters Cassandra doesn't have the greatest relat
Karen S
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This isn't an easy book to read but that is one of the many reasons that you should. Cassie is in an abusive relationship but as is often the case, it's obvious to everyone but herself. As things escalate and Cassie finds it more difficult to make excuses, a previous fling, Adam is biding his time in the wings. How long will it be before they both admit their feelings for each other or will it be too late when they finally do. This book tackles difficult situations, complex family dynamics and m ...more
Sep 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Prepared to Fall is so emotional to read. This is Adam and Cassie's story who we meet in the first book Prepared to Fight and I would read it before you read this. I couldn't wait to read Adam and Cassie story. It draws you in with the twists and it kept me glued to my kindle.
Cassie is training to be a MMA fighter, her trainer is also her boyfriend Jay, and he has control issues. Adam is trying to move on now that his love/ best friend is married. After having a hot one night stand with Cassie,
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A resident of London, UK, E.J. Shortall writes contemporary romantic fiction with a slant on the steamy side. Writing characters described as 'real' and 'relatable', E.J. creates stories that will draw you in a leave you wanting more.

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