Thursday, September 8, 2016

Review: Prepared to Fall (Golden Oakes #2) by E.J. Shortall

Title: Prepared to Fall
Series: Golden Oakes #2
Author: E.J. Shortall
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publish Date: August 16, 2016
Review Source: eARC provided for honest review


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. The only constant has been her close friendship with the Oakes brothers, and her kickboxing coach turned boyfriend, Jay.

Now training for the fight of her life, Cassie has to trust in Jay more than ever. But when Jay’s demanding ways begin to spill beyond the ring, Adam discovers his feelings for the spritely kick-boxer might be stronger than he could ever have imagined. Putting the past behind him, he vows to be there to protect, support and comfort Cassie.

Falling in love had been the last thing on their minds, but with life taking them along the unpredictable cliff edges of life, will they be there to catch each other if they fall?

This book discusses issues of emotional, physical and sexual abuse and may be a trigger for some.

Contains adult content, scenes of explicit sexual nature and language some may consider crude or offensive. It is intended for readers aged 18+

(4.5 Bars)

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 her trainer, she feels she's headed in the direction of a title fight.  But boyfriend Jay has a few, let's say, control issues.  Jealousy is not a good color on this guy.  The trigger warning in the blurb is no joke and fuels your hatred toward this out of control relationship.  Most of the time I just wanted to smack Cassie in the head and found myself more than once screaming at my Kindle, pleading with her to find a clue.

Adam is an Architect, working with his Father's firm.  He's in a job he doesn't love, fueled by a promise he made to his Grandfather when he was young, he sticks it out when he'd rather be doing anything but working with and for his Father.   Having missed what he figures was his only chance at love by allowing his best friend to marry another man, he now figures it will never happen again.

I adored this story, sure there were things about it I didn't love and the volatile relationship that Cassie found herself in was one of them but on the whole this was a beautifully written love story about personal growth, empowerment and staying strong as individuals, friends and as a couple.

Magical Read E.J. Thank you for sharing your story with me!

Highly Recommended!

E.J. lives in West London, England, with her partner, son and two cats. Yes, the cats are important. One provides a great source of comfort in those moments when all train of thought is lost and the words just won’t come. The other often halts the writing process with his incessant meowing. But they are her babies.

She has always enjoyed reading, but found it was mostly just a holiday extravagance. Then she discovered a certain worldwide best seller, and that was it, she was hooked.

Friends and family started telling her she should give writing a go and she persistently brushed off their ridiculous suggestions. Then one morning an idea for a story formed in her head. That idea became a paragraph, the paragraph became a chapter, and a chapter became the twenty-four you see in Silver Lining.

E.J. is on one amazing roller coaster at the moment, meeting new and wonderful people, discovering new music gems to integrate into her stories, and learning new skills. She is excited to see where this journey takes her.


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