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Review: Fight or Flight by Samantha Young

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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….

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“Being underappreciated is like being a ghost. They know once upon a time you were there, that you made a mark, but they already topped caring before you even said good-bye.”

“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.”

“It hit me like a hammer to my chest. I loved him. His pain was my pain. I was in love with him.”

Ahhhh!!! I loved it. I loved it. I loved it. This book was so incredibly good. So unexpected, a total gem of a read. This story is everything that you could want, need and ache for in an enemies to lovers romance.

When I first picked up this book, I just knew this was going to be a good read. I am sucker for the rude, frustratingly blunt hero and Caleb does not disappoint. Add in his sexy good looks and accent and he is trouble with a capital T! And Ava…she’s got some baggage, but she’s worked hard to get where she is and she dishes it out and can certainly take it. So, when these two strangers who can’t stand each other are stuck on a plane together, the banter between them is just off the charts. The tension is so intense, so strong. You can feel it just oozing off the pages. You just know if these two got together that they would just be explosive. So from forced interactions and chance meetings, fate sure seems to be telling these two something. And while Caleb and Ava can’t stand one another, that doesn’t mean that they can’t have sex right?! We all know this isn’t going to end well. Soon enough, lines will be blurred and feelings will come into play. But, that doesn’t stop me from hanging on to each word, living each moment and anticipating just how Caleb and Ava’s story will play out….What I can tell you is to just sit back, relax and enjoy this crazy ride…..

Fight or Flight is brilliantly written and is a story that is just going to knock you off of your feet. It grabs you from the very first page and keeps you wanting more. From broken and frustrating characters to steamy hot sex and incredible angst, this book has it all. I loved the enemies to lovers story-line. I won’t lie to you, Caleb is one of the most frustrating characters I have ever read. He was such a jerk and there was many times that I just wanted to grab him and shake him. But, there is so much more to him than meets the eye. If you’re lucky enough to be around when his guard is down, he’s actually a really nice guy. He’s sweet and caring. He’s protective and jealous. He can be a total alpha male. He’s been hurt before and has his heart firmly locked up. And Ava….Her life has been anything but easy. The only people she calls family is her uncle and her BFF. She’s smart, beautiful and talented. She’s the kind of woman you’d be lucky to have in your corner. All the more reason that I found myself rooting for these two. They were perfect for one another whether they wanted to admit it or not.

Fight or Flight is so much more than a enemies to lovers romance. It is a story filled with heart, and frustration. A story of letting go of the past and fighting for the future. It’s a story of finding love when you’re not even looking for it. It’s a story of friendship and second chances. It’s a story that is at times heavy and filled with so much emotion. The angst so intense it feels as if it is your own. In fact, there was a moment, somewhere around the 85% mark, where my heart was just broken. Ava’s hurt and pain felt as if it was my own. I didn’t know how she could come back from it or how Caleb was going to redeem himself. But, it’s moments like that, that I just ache for, that I just can’t get enough of, that will have me glued to the pages right until the very end.

There is so much to love about Fight or Flight, I could seriously spend all day just gushing about it. I loved every moment of this story from beginning to end. There were so many wonderful characters that I grew to love, two in particular that I’m hoping we will see again. This story was truly special and just a total treat. My emotions are still a total mess and I couldn’t be more happier about it. Fight or Flight is my new favorite by this author and I couldn’t be more excited to see what lies ahead for us next.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via the publisher & NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*


4 responses »

  1. 😊👍🏻sounds good! Adding to goodreads!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. katsbookcornerreads

    Great review! Shared on all my socials!💖😉

    Liked by 1 person


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