ARC kindly provided by Netgalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
TW: Physical abuse
This was my first Samantha Young book, so I wasn’t sure what I was expecting going into it. I know her previous books are pretty popular. I didn’t love this book I found it good but not great. I really didn’t like the love interest, he eventually grew on me as the book progressed but I still disliked his personality.
This story follows Ava Breevort who is flying back to Boston after attending the funeral of her childhood friend, Gem. She has a unpleasant encounter at the airport with another traveler Caleb Scott, a rude Scot who steals her spot in line and grabs the last first class seat on the plane. They end up sitting next to each another and spend most of their flight bickering .After all there unpleasant exchanges it somehow leads to these two spending the night together while on a layover.Once back in Boston fate throws them together again,where they decide to carry on with a no-strings-attached relationship. Ava and Caleb might hate each other, but the tension and there attraction towards each other made there encounters very passionate.
Ava Breevort: I loved Ava! She is a beautiful interior designer at a small company.She is feisty, confident but had some self esteem issues, people have been telling her entire life how beautiful she is, making her feel like that’s all she is. I love how she kept putting Caleb in his place and didn’t put up with all his crap!She is a loyal and trusting friend. Her friendship with Harper was one of my favorite parts of the book. Even though Harper goes through something traumatic later in story, Ava is right there supporting her friend.
Caleb Scott: This guy was definitely an alpha-male, tall, scruffy and tattooed. He is rude and some of the things he says were just really mean. As the story progressed we do understand what has lead him to be this way, but just because you were hurt in the past doesn’t mean you now get to be an awful human being. He is sweet at times and he does care about Ava, but he is scared of getting to close to he is mean to guard his own heart.
Fight or Flight is a hate-to-love romance, which is many favorite trope, I just wasn’t feeling it for these two. I did enjoy the writing and the character development, and I will probably read another book by this author in the future. It was a pretty fast read and it was enjoyable.There were some really good writing in there, and some very well built tension and characters. But I didn’t love it.
I gave this a 3.5 stars. This book is set to release on October 16 2018.