Fight or Flight by Samantha Young
Published by Berkley on October 9, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
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A series of chance encounters leads to a sizzling new romance from the New York Times bestselling author of the On Dublin Street series.
The universe is conspiring against Ava Breevort. As if flying back to Phoenix to bury a childhood friend wasn't hell enough, a cloud of volcanic ash traveling from overseas delayed her flight back home to Boston. Her last ditch attempt to salvage the trip was thwarted by an arrogant Scotsman, Caleb Scott, who steals a first class seat out from under her. Then over the course of their journey home, their antagonism somehow lands them in bed for the steamiest layover Ava's ever had. And that's all it was--until Caleb shows up on her doorstep.
When pure chance pulls Ava back into Caleb's orbit, he proposes they enjoy their physical connection while he's stranded in Boston. Ava agrees, knowing her heart's in no danger since a) she barely likes Caleb and b) his existence in her life is temporary. Not long thereafter Ava realizes she's made a terrible error because as it turns out Caleb Scott isn't quite so unlikeable after all. When his stay in Boston becomes permanent, Ava must decide whether to fight her feelings for him or give into them. But even if she does decide to risk her heart on Caleb, there is no guarantee her stubborn Scot will want to risk his heart on her....
Caleb and Ava are hilarious together, albeit a little scary at times, but still pretty dang funny. Fight or Flight doesn’t mince words, it’s witty, and romantic, and even sad at times. Overall though I thought Samantha Young did a fabulous job of telling their story. She always makes it easy to fall in love with her characters with her story telling.
When Caleb and Ava meet for the first time, I knew we were in for a doozy. Neither of these characters hold back and honestly, I wasn’t sure they would ever sort themselves out. They both have some serious baggage (pun intended) and while it took awhile for Caleb’s to become clear, you know immediately what Ava’s dealing with. It was really exciting to read this story through Ava’s pov. I so badly wanted inside Caleb’s head but not having it, well it made it more special. Sometimes you just have to trust the author to know what you need and not to give you too much of the characters.
What I thought was really interesting, was that both Caleb and Ava hide behind their exterior. One look at Ava and Caleb deems her high maintenance, and he doesn’t have time for women like her. Ave sees Caleb with all his tattoos and she just knows hes hes bad news. She doesn’t date men like him. Both of them are not what they seem and after spending some time together they both quickly realize just that. Talk about stubborn though…..whew Caleb takes that cake on that one. Many times I wanted to lean in and shake him, just a little.
The journey both Caleb and Ava take in Fight or Flight is one of necessity. In order to learn and grow, we have to face our past sometimes. We have to let of preconceived notions and allowing ourselves to heal. Ms. Young does just that for these characters with not just dignity, but humor, lots of sexual tension, and many doses of reality. Relationships aren’t easy, but facing our fears is even harder.
* I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader’s Copy of this book *