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Review: Fight Or Flight by Samantha Young

Fight Or Flight
Samantha Young
2018, 361p
Read from my local library

Blurb {from the publisher/}:

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….

Okay so I’m in two minds about this book. The blurb is right up my alley – I really love interesting meeting situations, especially forced proximity like people being seated together on a plane. I also like hate to love style romances where characters clash but have awesome chemistry. But the blurb is just one part and sometimes the story doesn’t live up to it.

It starts off relatively promising but wow, Caleb is rude. Like not just abrupt or a bit cranky because his flight is cancelled/delayed or whatever. He’s aggressively antagonistic and just a jerk not just to Ava (which maybe I could’ve understood when it was explained much later, except the level of aggression seems disproportionate) but he’s also rude for no real reason to flight attendants and just generally people doing things for him because he doesn’t believe he needs to thank people whose job it is to do what he wants. Wow, okay. Thankfully Ava gives him a couple of really crushing put downs about this.

I liked Ava and I liked her backstory. She’d had quite a rough upbringing and it had definitely shaped her adulthood and her dedication to working and providing a stable environment for herself. She’d also been damaged by a previous relationship which makes her wary of being involved with anyone. So when she’s attracted to Caleb, she’s okay with it being a one night stand in a strange city with them never having to run into each other again. But things are more complicated than that and soon Caleb finds himself temporarily in Ava’s city (he’s Scottish, Ava lives in Boston) and they’re connecting every night. But both remain stubborn about what it is they’re doing, especially Caleb. It’s pretty clear there’s something going on in his past that’s made him ‘like this’. However when it was revealed, although I understood that it was something that might upset Caleb in terms of deception, I couldn’t really support his opinion on it and it seemed to make him bitter towards everyone who looked a certain way, rather than just the one person who had done something he found hurtful.

So while I did like certain elements to this story, I just couldn’t ever really warm to Caleb. He’s so rude in the beginning and although he kind of improves a bit in some ways, there’s just other ways where his character didn’t really work for me. The one thing that I think he did do well was help Ava in respect to some closure with her previous relationship that had ended badly – it was a bit of a shame he couldn’t apply that rational clarity to his own situation. I get he was upset but he really did let it twist him as a person and it was something he had no control over, nor should he rightfully have any control over. He seemed to really dig his heels in against admitting that he had anything in the way of feelings for Ava and this overall just felt like a bit of a let down. I wanted more from their chemistry and connection and less of Caleb being a bit of a twatwaffle.


Book #202 of 2018

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