Synopsis: The universe is conspiring against Ava Breevort. She’s flying home to Boston for the saddest of reasons when her emotional cloud becomes a real one – of volcanic ash. Stranded, her last-ditch attempt to salvage the trip is thwarted by an arrogant Scotsman, 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 is – jet-lag induced insanity – until Caleb, AKA Mr. Arrogant Himself, shows up on her doorstep.
Pure chance has landed Caleb in Boston, but he’s determined to enjoy himself – and Ava – while he’s there. Ava gives in because a) her heart is safe since she barely likes Caleb, b) his existence in her life is temporary and c) it’s by a mile high club the best sex of her life. When his stay in Boston becomes permanent, Ava must decide whether to fight her feelings for him or give into them. And 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 . . .
Review: Fight or Flight is a story about two people who met in an airport layover under the worst of circumstances. Soon mutual hate transformed into a one-night stand then to being friends with benefits and eventually to lovers forever.
My physical appearance was just a small fraction of who I was. I was more than a pretty bauble to hang on the tree of a man’s world.
We meet Ava, a sophisticated woman who lives a life of luxury or, that’s what it seems. Ava dresses in sophisticated attire, which is required for her job as an interior designer. In reality, Ava is a woman who you would want to best friends with. She is loyal, unapologetic, and strong.
You win when you realize that anyone can hurt you, even those you never expect it from. Once you know that … you’ll never be knocked off your feet long enough to lose.
Next, we are introduced to Caleb Scott – a rugged, foul-tempered Scot. As we saw with Ava, there’s more to the person than what we see. Here, Caleb may seem like a rude, playboy who may/may not be part of the mc club but he is anything but.
I liked the progression of the characters’ love life. At first, they can hardly stand each other. After spending the night together, they depart but not for long. Ava and Caleb meet again and again.
All that was good, but I found it hard to read the part where a woman was slighted because of her own choices regarding her body. I also didn’t like the condescending way Caleb talked with Ava in the beginning.
Most of Caleb’s dialogue is written phonetically. I was a bit put off by it. Sure, I like listening to Scottish accents(Ahem! Sam Heugan’s ) but do I love seeing the said accents in a written dialogue? Not so much.
Overall, I would recommend this book for readers who are 18+ and above, love reading about alpha Scotsmen, and strong women.
Verdict: 4 out of 5 stars .
Author: Samantha Young is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of adult contemporary romances, including the On Dublin Street series and Hero, as well as the New Adult duology Into the Deep and Out of the Shallows. Fight or Flight, a new standalone to be published by Berkley Romance, is out October 9th, 2018. Before turning to contemporary fiction, she wrote several young adult paranormal and fantasy series, including the Amazon bestselling Tale of Lunarmorte trilogy. Samantha’s YA contemporary novels The Impossible Vastness of Us and The Fragile Ordinary are published by Harlequin Teen. Her next adult contemporary romance As Dust Dances releases August 7th, 2018.
Samantha is from a small town in Central Scotland and is known for her romantic stories set in her beloved home country. She is currently published in 30 countries and is a #1 international bestselling author. When she’s not writing books, she’s buying shoes she doesn’t really need and searching for nooks and crannies to shelve her ever-expanding book collection. To learn more head on over to her website https://authorsamanthayoung.com
- Publisher: Piatkus
- Publication Date: 9th October 2018
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