Published by Piatkus on 10/09/2018
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....
Fight or Flight is an absolutely perfect title for this book. First, because of how Ava and Caleb met, and second, because just about every character in this book struggles with fight or flight for much of or at some point in the story.
I really enjoyed this book a lot, which I am more than happy about considering I’m not overly familiar with Samantha Young. It immediately hooked me from their first meeting, and I ate it up until about 40%, at which point it kind of snoozed a bit. The intensity that I had been enjoying just seemed to dull, but it did pick back up in a big way. And maybe that was the point – to lull me into a false sense of security so it would hurt more? If so, mission accomplished.
I couldn’t believe that I went from sort of dull interest to damn-near-tears, and how quickly. There was a lot of conflict in this book, and it all kind of culminates in this unexpected storm of emotions. I wouldn’t say that a lot of books bring out emotions in me, but this one did and I was totally caught off guard. Because it definitely didn’t strike me as a book that would, so my guard was down.
Overall, I think this book is really well done. It wasn’t a literary masterpiece or anything, but it’s not trying to be, and it’s really great for what it is. I loved Ava and Caleb more than I expected to, the story got to me more than I expected it to, and I think many will enjoy it.
P.S. As I currently write this review, I don’t see anywhere that a second book or series are in order. I hope she decides to write another book about Jamie and Harper. Dear Samantha Young, did you get that?