Author: Samantha Young
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Date of Publication: October 9, 2018
Synopsis: 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….
Review: Fight or Flight is a super fun, fast-paced enemies-to-lovers romance that centers around two strangers who meet in an airport following a flight delay. Caleb is tall, bearded, tattooed and Scottish. The CEO of a large tech company, he’s extremely successful and confident in himself. Ava is a small, put-together, sassy interior designer who’s been hurt in the past and has thus developed a tough exterior. When they’re seated next to each other on the flight, they bicker and banter but sparks fly and they can’t deny their underlying chemistry. Recognizing their undeniable attraction to each other, they agree to a steamy one night stand, which leads to a no-strings-attached friend with benefits deal, which works out perfectly until they’re forced to confront their true feelings for each other.
What Worked: I picked this book up on a whim one night, honestly not expecting too much, and then proceeded to stay up way past my bedtime in order to finish it. This was a super addicting read full of tension, witty dialogue and angsty situations – a few of my favorite things! The relationship between Caleb and Ava was entertaining and heartwarming as they discover their feelings for each other. I was rooting for them so hard. Aside from their romantic relationship, I also found Ava’s relationship with her best friend, Harper, to be super sweet and endearing, and would love to see a spin-off book following her and her story. Regardless, I’ll definitely be picking up more of Samantha Young’s work in the future.
What Didn’t Work: While I ended up giving this book a 4-star rating, I would be amiss if I didn’t acknowledge that this book definitely had its cheesy moments and some slightly problematic instances as well. Caleb has no filter and is often downright rude to those around him, including flight attendants and waitstaff, which was frustrating. There’s a difference in being a confident “alpha male” and having zero respect for those around you. Just because you’ve been hurt in the past doesn’t mean you get a free pass and can be an a**hole to everyone around you, especially people that are just trying to do their jobs. The ending was super abrupt and wrapped up too nicely and too quickly, in my opinion. I felt like Ava was way too quick to forgive Caleb for his misgivings and that he should have been made to grovel a lot more. She seemed super adamant on staying strong and sticking to her guns and then ultimately takes him back the first chance she gets.
Overall, this was a really cute, light read that I enjoyed. If you’re a fan of Scottish men and a good enemies-to-lovers trope with lots of chemistry, give this Fight or Flight a try!