Fight or Flight – Samantha Young
A series of chance encounters leads to a sizzling new romance from the New York Timesbestselling 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….
One of my favorite contemporary authors is Samantha Towle. I remember when I first read On Dublin Street I couldn’t put it down! The same happened with her Play On series. I really love when she uses Scottish characters since I really want to go to Scotland at some point in my life.
Fight or Flight, however is a little different than all of her books. First of all, it’s based in Boston not in a city in Scotland, although it does involve a handsome Scot as our hero. Caleb is this brooding, handsome bearded accountant (I know, a little contradictory since accountancy and hotness don’t usually go together) and Ava, is a picture-perfect interior designer with her pencil skirts and diamonds right on cue.
These two people are fighting for first class seats and there’s only one seat available. Therefore, you can undeniably assume that this relationship started in a very bad way. Next, it got even worse when the flight was cancelled and they had to stay an unplanned evening in Chicago. I mean, it was bad for them, but not for us readers, oh nooooo. Let’s just say this is where the good part begins…
It all started as a one night stand, but you know it did not end that way, duh.
If truth be told, I was surprised with Ava. Ava is this “perfect woman” stereotype we women are used to. Perfectly put hair and makeup, and dressed to the nines. We usually think, daaaaamn if I could be just like that. However, that’s not the case. We have a woman that’s obsessed with her appearance because in some way that’s what society and the people around her led her to think was special about her, although deep inside she knew she was a hardcore designer and genuinely noble. Nevertheless, throughout the novel we see her loosen up and building more selflove.
This made me think about the society we live in, specially the one that surrounds me. We have women around us that tell us we should become independent and to fight for our careers, but at the same time, we’re expected to look perfect all the time. To have the perfect cellulite free body and to dress to impress. In my opinion, we should dress to impress OURSELVES not the other women we unconsciously compete with or the men in our lives.
Moreover, it was not only Caleb’s influence that made her realize all this, but her friend Harper plays a huge role on her healing. Harper and Ava’s relationship is also a beautiful illustration of how we should behave with our friends. We should be supportive, compassionate and understanding. Sometimes friends are family and we should preserve them as such.
On another note, I really recommend reading this cute, fun read! You’ll laugh and you’ll probably cry. What’s more important, you’ll evaluate a lot of unnecessary garbage in your life just like Ava and Caleb did. Focus on the simple important things people!