Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Fight or Flight by Samantha Young: ARC Review


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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About the Author:

Samantha Young is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author from Stirlingshire, Scotland. She's been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Author and Best Romance for her international bestselling novel ON DUBLIN STREET. ON DUBLIN STREET is Samantha's first adult contemporary romance and has been sold in twenty six countries.

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Yvette's Review:

There are few authors whose books resonate so deeply inside of me, I feel their impact long after the final page. Samantha Young is one of those authors who can break my heart into a million little pieces with a few choice words. Fortunately, she puts those pieces back together in such a poignant, unforgettable way that keeps me coming back for more of her brilliant storytelling. With her new release, Fight or Flight, the author once again delivers a compelling, romantic, emotional roller coaster of a love story that’ll give you an overdose of the feels.

Ava Breevort never expected a chance encounter on an airplane with a sexy, infuriating stranger would lead to a night of wild, passionate, lust-fueled sex. Especially when the stranger in question is Caleb Scott, an intolerably rude Scotsman whose determination to dislike her is immediate, although not as strong as the raw, animal attraction between them. Ava also never expected to see Caleb again, yet fate keeps throwing them together. The two self-professed commitment-phobes effortlessly push each other’s buttons, each cutting the other to the quick with biting remarks and harsh judgments. But as much as they bicker and butt heads outside of the bedroom, their chemistry is off-the-charts, driving them to their baser instincts. Anger, loathing, need, and desire all mix together to create an emotional maelstrom that drags them both under, despite their resolve to remove feelings from their arrangement.

While I love the illustrated cover of Fight or Flight, I have to admit it gave me the impression this would be a lighthearted romance. While the enemies-to-lovers storyline, the whip-smart dialogue, and the fiery and flirtatious banter provides endless entertainment and moments of humor, this book is profoundly evocative. Whether it’s through the backstories of the protagonists, through Ava and Caleb’s turbulent romance, or through a subplot involving Ava’s best friend, the narrative is particularly adept at tugging on your heartstrings. Fight or Flight is messy, imperfect, and chaotic, but it’s also sweet, romantic, and hopeful.

Fight or Flight left me emotionally drained and reeling from an intense book hangover, but ultimately, I finished the book feeling perfectly gratified and wanting more. Here’s hoping a certain artist and his would-be muse get their own story...

*complimentary copy provided by author for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars


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