Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “A Fallen Heart (Zero Hour, #2)” as Want to Read:
A Fallen Heart (Zero Hour, #2)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

A Fallen Heart

(Zero Hour #2)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  306 ratings  ·  67 reviews
After his last disastrous relationship, Joseph Ford has absolutely no interest in getting attached again. Concentrating on working as a trauma nurse and keeping his life as simple as possible are his only goals. Unfortunately, his plans could be derailed by the charming, sexy Nash.

Things are looking up for paramedic Ridley Nash when he transfers to Station 217. He gets alo
ebook, 200 pages
Published August 29th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about A Fallen Heart, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
3.87  · 
Rating details
 ·  306 ratings  ·  67 reviews

More filters
Sort order
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
~~BR with my Ele~~

I loved the first book in this series, A Forced Silence, and I was so looking forward to Nash and Ford's story.

While I liked the fast-paced plot, the plentiful steamy times, and the camaraderie between this group of friends, I found Ford to be immature and whiny, and I HATED the epilogue with my heart and soul.

Nash is a paramedic and Adam's new partner. Nash is hot (but of course), kind, patient, and a warrior in bed. Nash is pretty much perfect. He has to be to put up with Fo

Cate Ashwood blows my mind with this series! I really liked A Forced Silence but I absolutely loved A Fallen Heart. This is the story of Nash, the paramedic who came to replace Adam's partner, and Ford, an ER nurse and Sam's best friend. Every little thing in this book worked so well for me:

The characters.

Nash is pretty much the perfect boyfriend. He's patient, passionate, protective and possessive. He cares about Ford, and he's all in, although he tries not to be pushy. BUT he's not a doormat
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
3.75 Stars!

This was a good book. But it could've been a great book.

If only I hadn't spent 90% of the book feeling certain things about Ford.

Namely frustrated....

...and annoyed.

He was pretty whiny and dramatic.

Ford and Nash spend the majority of the book not a couple. There was a pretty instant attraction between them and the few times Ford let his guard down and went with how he felt, he and Nash had a pretty good connection.

But it was always one step forward and two steps back with Ford. Mi
4.5 Stars

Oh, how I love this series! A Fallen Heart is every bit as good as A Forced Silence. In fact, I think I might have liked A Fallen Heart just a touch more, though I would have to go back and reread book 1 to know for sure. A Fallen Heart is fast paced and the heat level more than satisfying. I do actually really want to reread A Forced Silence now, but I will probably wait until book 3 is about to release and reread both. I loved them that much, plus I'm sure I'll want a refresher on the
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
Good stuff! I put off reading this book forever! I felt like I needed a full refresh on A Forced Silence and I did that via audio a few weeks ago. I am so glad I did because it helped so much with my ability to get right into this story.

I love that the Mystery/Suspense/Crime aspect of the story isn’t over and is happening through the series. I think this is a trilogy but I can’t recall for sure. But anyway, I like that it is ongoing. Just when you think you have it figured out, well, you don’t.
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
2.5 Hearts

There were things that I liked about this book and up to the last 20% it was looking like a 3 heart read.

Nash is the best part of this book. He's an EMT with a heart of gold. He's laid back, cares about his job, his patients, does his best to get along with his co-workers, puts others at ease and has a generosity of spirit that's readily apparent. I liked him a lot.

He meets Ford who's an ER nurse and sparks fly. It's clear they're both attracted to each other but Ford keeps putting Na
BWT (Belen)
4.5 Stars

A Fallen Heart is a fantastic, beautifully paced, brilliantly balanced romance and mystery. This is my favorite Cate Ashwood story so far! This is, without doubt, totally going on my favorites shelf.

When paramedic Ridley Nash sees ER Trauma nurse Joseph Ford for the first time he's a goner. Unfortunately, Ford is coming off a toxic relationship and really gun shy, but Nash is totally willing to take things slow and wear Ford down until he realizes just how perfect they are for each othe
2.5 stars.

While the overarching story is "fine", it's still very soap opera-esque. The details, though. The details are completely fabricated and NOT accurate! If you're going to write about hospital operations, you need to do more than watch a few episodes of ER or Grey's Anatomy. I think those shows got it even more accurate than Ms. Ashwood. As someone whose worked in several hospitals, consulted in many others, and speaks regularly with administrators from across the country, the eye rollin
This was really good, I enjoyed it a lot. I was excited for Ford's story and this didn't disappoint. Ford and Nash had great chemistry - although with how much Ford was holding back out of fear, that chemistry was a tad...muted? I'll say. And his resistance to falling in love made him seem like he didn't feel as much for Nash at times and that dampened my enjoyment of this.

But eventually his love for Nash became apparent and the ending is - quite surprising, but when Nash and Ford are together
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved the first book of this series, Zero Hour, so I jumped into the chance of being able to read and review the ARC. Safely to say, I thought this was also another winner from Cate Ashwood – although with some disappointment points (what can I say, I’m difficult *LOL*).

Let me get ahead with what I enjoyed first.

Despite the mixed-signal that Ford have given Nash, in addition to his childish fear which resulted in my wanting to knock Ford’s head with wooden spoon a couple of times … I still tho
Aug 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm-mystery

Is well written and it continues the interesting murder mysteries from the book one, but I'm a bit sad to say that this one didn't work very well for me :(

I LOVED the first book! The chemistry and the plot were fantastic, but I miss that here.; The plot is messy, sometimes I feel the mystery was totally forgotten. And we get a random scene embedded in.

About the main characters… Nash is adorable, but really…. he falls instantly and follow Ford through thick and thin… and Fords rejects him conti
Originally reviewed at Sinfully.

4.5 stars

This second book in the series was just as good as the first for me. ER nurse, Ford is hurting from his last relationship with closeted surgeon Dr. Peter Provost. After being used and manipulated and realizing how he became so withdrawn from the rest of his life over the past year, he isn’t looking for another relationship and will not let himself get caught up in someone so much that he loses himself ever again. He’s happy spending his free time working.
2nd part of the Zero hour series : can be read as a standalone when it comes to the MCs, but there is a plot going on from book 1

There is a psycho on the loose killing teens and leaving their carved bodies in the streets. This time, one of the boys survives and Nash, a new paramedic in the platoon which receives the call, drives him to the hospital where he’s being taken care of by Ford, a male nurse, who forms a special bong with this traumatized kid. It’s the perfect opportunity for Nash to sp
Bonnie-Anne Carmichael (Love Triangles Are Fucking Stupid.)
Nash had the patience of a saint. I was patient with Ford for the first 80% of this book then I was so done with his bullshit. Nash should get a medal for not throwing in the towel. So do I.

Also, the majority of this book/series is just ridiculous. The "action" is just...ridiculous. Also (view spoiler)

But, the worst, most fucking infuriating thing about this book? That fucking "epilogue" people. Like, the fact it has the nerve to be called an epilog
Heather the Queen of (Smut)Books
Didn't like this one as well as the first. Ford got on my nerves a bit with all his wishy-washiness and how much he jerked Nash around. Though I understood his reservations after the shit his ex put him through, Nash was amazing. And how exactly does a grown man whimper? He did a lot of whimpering. Not a fan.

The mystery is still pretty good. Definitely keeps you on your toes but the romance is the focus and the sex is scorching. Really great sequel.

Fani *loves angst*
Note: What follows is a rant, not a review.

The first half was a slow building romance with an intriguing mystery as sidekick. I'd have liked for things to have progressed a little faster, but I was still fine with it. And then... it all took a turn for the worse, even though Ford finally gave in to his lust. But boy, did he fight tooth and nail every step of the way! And for what??? Just listen to his discussion with Sam:

I have never had a successful relationship. I keep picking these guys who a
Joyfully Jay
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: michelle
A Joyfully Jay review.

4 stars

A Fallen Heart is the follow up to A Forced Silence and this book focuses on Nash, who is now Adam’s work partner, and Ford, who is Sam’s best friend. The story also follows the serial killer plot from the first book and this book works best when read in order.

Ford is all kinds of turned around after he finally left his closeted and manipulative boyfriend. His relationship had to be so secretive that even those closest to him didn’t know who he was dating. He’s left
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved Ford and Nash.

Jul 25, 2017 marked it as did-not-finish
DNF @40% -- Unable to connect. Medical representation inaccurate
.•.•*) .•*)
(.• (.•`*Review Copy provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange for an honest review.
Reviewed by Jaime from Alpha Book Club
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
I liked it - until I didn't really like it anymore. And that was around the 70% mark, then I started skimming.

The worst of the whole book was the epilogue. I already stated several times now that I hate it when at the end of a book the author tries to get the reader to buy the next book by all means. That's what happened here. Cliffhanger!!! One moment you think everything is solved but then - surprise! Nope, not at all.

Note to self: you don't want to buy the next book, Anke!!!
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Ford was a whiny baby. Relationship development was not given enough time. The epilogue was really bad.
Sep 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I liked the first book of the series better
I loved Nash but Ford pff nope I just didn't like him.
I hated the epiloque!

Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I liked this one too and enjoyed Ford and Nash together. Nash was a sweetheart to put up with Ford not knowing what he wanted. Unfortunately I hate anything serial killer, in books, tv shows, movies etc. (view spoiler)
Mollien Fote Osterman
Title: A Fallen Heart
Series: Zero Hour, Book 2
Author: Cate Ashwood
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Reviewer: Mollien
Release Date: August 29, 2016
Genre(s): Male/Male Romantic Mystery.
Page Count: 220 pages
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Zero Hour: Book Two

After his last disastrous relationship, Joseph Ford has absolutely no interest in getting attached again. Concentrating on working as a trauma nurse and keeping his life as simple as possible are his only goals. Unfortu
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Cate Ashwood’s writing has been very dear to my heart ever since her Hope Cove series first came out. I’ve read most of her books since then and enjoyed them all, but this series by far surpasses all her previous work. Zero Hour is a compelling blend of mystery and romance and one of those series I plan on rereading whenever the mood strikes.

A Forced Silence, the first book in this series, told the story of Adam and Sam. The two of them found each other again right in the middle of a murder inve
Jul 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, arc, on-my-kindle
I more than enjoyed my first venture into Cate Ashwood's world of first responders, forensic pathology, and murder so it's obvious I wasn't about to miss out on the second installment in her 'Zero Hour' series. They haven't caught the serial killer yet and I've got to know more about that. Plus, I was hoping I'd see more of Adam and Dex because I love it when authors incorporate the people from previous installments into the latest book. It intensifies my feelings of family and the emotional con ...more
Aug 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: dreamspinner, m-m
I really liked book one and I was pleased to see Adam and Sam appearing in scenes as this book began. Nash was a good character, a genuinely nice guy who begins pursuing Ford. He wasn't pushy or overly aggressive and was gentle and tender with Ford. Ford's character worked for me initially, focused on his job, hesitant with Nash at first. It was just a bit of slow burn but it ended fairly quickly after a tragic event related to the serial killer sorry arc. It wasn't long after that when it began ...more
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A wild emotional ride that I absolutely adored ! Nash and Ford were perfect for each other <3

Nash just transferred into the 217 station and he's Adam's new partner ! i liked him the second he was introduced ! He didn't beat around the bush. He saw Ford and realized he wanted him, not just for a night but for something real and true. I loved how he didn't push when it wasn't warranted, but knew to put his foot down when he knew it was only Ford's insecurities manning the show :D

Ford broke my h
*~*~Fawkes, Padfoot, and Prongs~*~*
I just know I am going to enjoy this one :-) ...
3.5 stars! So the plot was alright; pretty much similar to the 1st book as far as mystery and angst are concerned. Nash was definitely a great MC, friendly, strong with a great personality but Ford came off as insecure, uncertain and weak despite having such a winning persona in the first book as a supporting character. It felt a little contradictory. The chemistry and steam between the two was amazing but there was still something missing in their connection. What I didn't like was the unresolv ...more
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Model Citizen (Haven Investigations, #1)
  • Where There's Smoke
  • Dancing With The Tide (Have Body, Will Guard, #2)
  • High Concept
  • Dirty Heart (Cole McGinnis, #6)
  • A Heart Without Borders (Without Borders #1)
  • Suspicious Behavior (Bad Behavior, #2)
  • Shades of Sepia (The Sleepless City, #1)
  • The Edge of Control
  • Tried & True (THIRDS, #10)
  • Wulfgang (Bad Oak Boys #3)
  • Deacon's Law (Heroes, #3)
  • Michael, Reinvented (Delta Restorations, #2)
  • The Superstar (Marine Bodyguards, #1)
  • A Casual Weekend Thing (Least Likely Partnership, #1)
  • His Mossy Boy (Beings in Love, #8)
  • Fish Out of Water (Fish Out of Water, #1)
  • Running with the Wind (Mermen of Ea, #3)
See similar books…
Cate discovered her love for books of all kinds early on, but romance is where her heart truly lies. She is addicted to the happily ever afters and the journey the characters take to get there. Currently residing in White Rock, B.C, Cate loves living just a stone's throw from the ocean. When she's not writing, she can be found consuming coffee at an alarming rate while wrangling her children, her ...more

Other books in the series

Zero Hour (3 books)
  • A Forced Silence (Zero Hour, #1)
  • A Forgotten Life (Zero Hour, #3)
“He was not made for the outdoors unless it involved a patio and a cocktail.” 1 likes
More quotes…