Review: Fight or Flight by Samantha Young

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Title: Fight or Flight
Series: 🤞🙏
Author: Samantha Young
Publisher: Berkley/Piatkus
Publication Date: 9 Oct 2018
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

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..

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Fight or Flight is utterly compelling. A story of judgments based on first impressions, the projection of past experience onto another person, the clouding of perception because of the previous life experiences alongside the way in which past events can define the person we become. Not only does the plot contain all of the aforementioned elements it is multi-layered to include fate and destiny, but family, friendship and forgiveness 💘 Fight or Flight is also an acknowledgment of Samantha’s writing talent and ability to ingeniously control so many elements within a story.

Ava has had a turbulent few days and is looking forward to returning to her orderly life where she is able to control the elements in it to the best of her ability. However, fate has other plans for her when a certain hot yet arrogant Scotsman, Caleb, keeps getting thrown into her path. There is no denying the explosive chemistry between Ava and Caleb, resulting in a very out of character encounter for Ava!!!!

The rendezvous has a lingering effect on both Ava and Caleb, an unforgettable memory which knocks both parties plans for the future out of line.

The past has a significant hold on both Ava and Caleb, defining who they are and the way in which they view relationships. The reasons behind their barriers are revealed slowly throughout the plot adding to the tension within the story. As each puzzle piece falls into place there is a greater understanding of the characters and also the understanding between each of them.

I absolutely loved the emotional breakthrough within the narrative, even though more than a few tears where involved along the way 😢 It reinforces the certainty of the past not defining the future, only the individual can control which path they take 💕

The peripheral characters are also phenomenal adding additional tiers to the plot and I am hoping each will get their own story – Harper, Leo and Jamie to start PLEASE 🙏🤞 Although I also desperately need the other books in the Hart’s Boardwalk series!!!!! NEED DESPERATELY!!!!!

If you get the chance check out Penny Reid’s review of this book on Goodreads – she puts it all so eloquently and succinctly 💘💖💓


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