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Prepared To Fall: a Golden Oakes novel by [Shortall, E.J.]
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LOST. ALONE. GUILTY.

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.

FREE-SPIRITED. DETERMINED. DRIVEN.

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?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2977 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01H66JOZW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #821,050 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 characters that, if you could, you would take her aside and have a good talk with her. She was a ‘real’ person.
Adam really stepped up to the plate in this book. I’ll admit that I didn’t take to him in the Prepared to Fight, but I fell in love with him in Prepared to Fall. I loved both of these characters and I really wanted them to have a HEA, preferably together.
But it’s not all hearts and flowers in Prepared to Fall. There are characters that you will hate and maybe even wish bad things to happen to them. Okay, I did want bad things to happen to them. Although, I didn’t experience “triggers” because of my own life experiences, I had moments when I got a bit emotional, even angry.
Prepared to Fall is one of those books which is hard to put down. But do yourself a favour, and read the first book in the Golden Oakes series, Prepared to Fight and find out how these characters’ stories started.
I gave Prepared to Fall 5 stars.
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars 18 reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK 29 August 2016
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Well I am in the minority here. I struggled to finish this.
I know abuse victims are sometimes in denial, but it really didn't sit right with me that Cassie would be this way. She had some self esteem issues thanks to her mother, but she was also portrayed as being strong willed, and yet she let Jay make her blame herself, she was angry with her friends for finally trying to help her. I just didn't care for her at all and that was just one of the reasons. If it weren't for the last few chapters I may have returned this book.
Cassie starts out right away labeling Adam as 'him', for what happened between them in France. Seems she isn't over him though she professes love for Jay. Yet as soon as Jay is 'gone', she jumps right into Adam's arms (this bugged me because she knew the room mate liked him). Anyone that has read one of my reviews knows how I feel about oral sex and std's! She had unprotected sex with a sleezeball and Adam wasn't at all concerned about safety.
Chapter 18, beyond cheesy to me.
Where were mention of her other kickboxing matches? You don't just jump into a spot in a world's championship without earning a place there.
Ok, my rant is nearly over. One other big glaring visual that I have to point out, the model on the front cover does not resemble Adam at all. There, yes I pointed it out, yes it bugs me.
Wes' story needs to redeem this series to me.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional book showing that you sometimes need to fall 1 September 2016
By JreaderLee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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 competition. With her boyfriend Jay, who just so happens to also be her coach, she can see this finally happening regardless of what her mother thinks of how she is living her life. Jay has been there when things with her family went downhill and destroyed her so when things started to change with Jay she wouldn’t face the truth.
When Adam starts to see these changes, he realizes that his feeling are more than he originally thought, but what he really needs to do is protect her and get her to see the truth. Falling in love is not a part of the plan.
This book took me on several unexpected twists and then when I thought I knew what was going to happen, the story went differently than predicted. I love that element of the suspense in the story and not being able to guess what is going to happen. It kept me wanting to read more even when I was unable to.
Sure this is a book that can be read as a stand alone, but I would recommend reading Prepared to Fight first to get more of the background with the characters. The author does a great job of covering the interactions from the first book, but by reading the other book it will add to the depth of this story. This book was even better because it was great catching up with Liv and Nate as well as Wes, who I hope will have his own story. It really was great getting to know and understand Adam and Cassie.
This is an emotional book and some of the subject matter can cause triggers for some, but the author does an excellent job in showing how even the strong fall. The story is not rushed and is very realistic. You feel the emotions of the characters and will be having conversations with them on their actions. I found myself trying to yell at them both like they needed my "arm-chair-coaching. " I am looking forward to reading more from this author who I hope, besides Wes, will give Caleb a book as well.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Falling in love was never so exciting! 2 September 2016
By The Book Fairy Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
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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 broke her heart, Adam.
You know how it is, you always see what you have when you don't have it anymore and this is exactly that. Only now Adams see more that what Cassie is letting on. He sees her pain, sees her suffering and is vowing to protect her no matter what the cost. His is Prepared to Fall for her.
The growth these two character go through in this book is simply amazing. The pain the love and the denial is palpable. Making this drama filled book one of my faves for the year. Adam won my heart with his growth through out the story and his will to protect and care for Cassie before he even knew he loved her.. SWOOON
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed reading this ARC 31 October 2016
By UIBB - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
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 Nate approaches placing Adam and Cassie in the same rooms. This where the story blossoms. Without giving the storyline away, Cassie learns who truly cares about her because of her present circumstances. Adam and Cassie become true friends and their relationship progresses.

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5.0 out of 5 stars but they just make the whole story better. You don't have to read this after Prepared ... 31 August 2016
By Amber Starr - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
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, Cassie finally notices that Jay has been cutting her off from other people, taking over her life - a domestic abuser in the making eh?

Cassie and Adam's friendship gets deeper as they try to fight their feelings while Cassie is preparing to fight to break free of Jay.