Book: Fight or Flight
Series: a standalone
Author: Samantha Young
Release date: 9 October 2018
Main characters: Ava Breevort, frequent flyer, who’d rather be anywhere other than Arizona. Caleb Scott, a fellow passenger and Ava’s soon-to-be-nemesis.
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…
Why you should read it: I truly look forward to cracking open a book by Samantha Young – I always know it’s going to be compelling, soulful and intelligent. Fight or Flight was no exception. Don’t let the cute cover fool you – there’s plenty of depth and pathos to this story. It’s quite unlike anything I’ve read recently. Ava is dealing with a lot. Grief, guilt, personal identity crisis. You name it, she’s dealing with it, with only her friend Harper to help. Enter Caleb Scott. A gruff, unlikeable and rude character. I didn’t know what to make of him. We’re all used to the hero being a bit of a dick at times, but Caleb was something else. He’s so surly and careless of Ava’s feelings that it took me a while to want them to be together! The chemistry was off the charts however, so I could believe the attraction between them. The narrative was strong and the story unfolded at a steady pace. Samantha Young is a very masterful writer – she doesn’t drag her feet or drag out a story.
What you might not like: Caleb – for me, he was the main obstacle in this book. He has a backstory of course – one that will surprise you, but he’s so unpleasant at times that I really felt for Ava and thought she should just leave him to his own misery! Of course, there is redemption in the end – I just feel that poor Ava had to work for it.
Rating: 3.5/5 for an engaging, entertaining yet serious story about forgiveness, moving on and grief. The dialogue and the book’s premise were refreshing.