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Fight or Flight

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  22,361 ratings  ·  2,742 reviews
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 las
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Piatkus
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aniryllis From SY's latest newsletter:

"Many of you have asked about secondary characters Harper and Jamie from FIGHT OR FLIGHT. Are they getting a story? Togeth…more
From SY's latest newsletter:

"Many of you have asked about secondary characters Harper and Jamie from FIGHT OR FLIGHT. Are they getting a story? Together, individually? The truth is FIGHT OR FLIGHT was a standalone idea and I began writing it as such. As I neared the end of the story I'd fallen in love with Harper and I was intrigued by Jamie. I never intended either but I decided to leave the book open-ended for those characters in case I wanted to explore their story.

I have since tried to put together a story for Harper and Jamie but unfortunately, as does happen sometimes, everything I've come up with feels forced. I'm very much an author who needs a story to feel organic in order to be happy to move forward with it. That being said, I just don't feel I've come up with an idea that does these characters justice. Perhaps (hopefully) that will change in the future. But it does mean, for now, that there will be no continuation of this world. I do want to say thank you for loving these characters as much as I do. <3"(less)

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Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's interesting how the subtext of this story is more significant than its overarching plot.

I'm a proponent of women having the power to decide what happens with and inside their bodies. If bringing life to this world were that easy then men would have long since volunteered because, and as we all know, men know EVERYTHING and are always eager to either mansplain or show us how errant we are.

The fact that they haven't undertaken the process of incubating a live human in their bellies suggests

ARC provided by Berkley in exchange for an honest review.

“I never believed in fate until you”

Fight or Flight is an enemies to lovers romance starring two people who met during a layover in an airport under the worst of circumstances. I’ve read a few books by Samantha Young and I’ve enjoyed every one, but this one had a few aspects that really did have me side-eyeing.

Ava Breevort - Interior designer. Boston local. Grieving the loss of someone who used to mean a lot to her and is cu
Whitney Atkinson
Netgalley provided me an e-arc of this book for review.

DNF at 33%.

This book is miserable and I don’t see it getting any better, so I give up. My list of things I hated about this book grew with every page I turned, so here’s an abridged list:

•the characters are SO snobby, entitled, privileged, and every other word to describe those miserable cranky people you see snapping at people in airports.
•the writing style was a lot of telling instead of showing, and it wrote in a lot of asides, which I
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-books
➳Sometimes, banter with mixed with some fun sexy times create one of the ideal romance novels filled with so much emotional depth that one craves, and Samantha Young has done it again...

➳Someone help me, because Samantha Young has made a weak person out of me when it comes down to banter romances between two individuals who not like each other at first, and end up loving each other at the end. There is a lot to say about these kinds of romances, and I have been blessed to actually enjoy it s
Samantha Young
Sep 18, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I've read it. :p ...more
DNF @ 130 pages
I can’t do it anymore. It’s been a long time since I’ve been this irritated with characters. They are both such privileged assholes that only care about sex and flying first class. I made a list of things that annoyed the shit out of me as I was reading so here you go:

•Both of these characters are privileged rich assholes who MUST fly first class and have $4000/month rent and designer shoes and handbags
•The way they met was him cutting her in line to get the last first class seat
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
Oh God, yes.”
“You keep calling me God, lass, and my ego might get out of control,” he murmured.

*flails happily*

So much. SO. MUCH.

This book is what enemies to lovers romance dreams are made out of. It was perfect. Absolutely perfect. I fell head over ovaries for The Bastard Scott. Everything about this book was perfection: the banter, the chemistry, the hate lust, the romance, and OMG the hate lust. These two were absolutely incendiary tog
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars!

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I love a good enemies to lovers story. There is something about that love/hate relationship that makes me giddy. When Ava Breevort meets Caleb Scott at an airport, there is no love lost between them. Of course, they end up on the same flight sitting right next to each other. Ava has never met anyone as rude and grouchy as Caleb. He may be a bit of a bastard, but he's gorgeous, rugged, and Scottish. With all the animosity floating around them, there is a ton of chemistry, too. This la
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Okay...so before we begin. I'm not a normal romance reader. I don't care if the characters get a happily ever after. I don't care if they end up stabbing each other (well I probably would give an extra star for that). I HATE the twisty turny stuff that happens in romance books before the hero gets the girl. I totally just read them for the porny parts.

I have no shame either.

I do however, like for them to have SOME kind of plot going that doesn't make me go eye twitchy. This one does have t
Oct 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: unconvincing-hea
I wouldn’t call this a hate read...exactly. But considering the very rough beginning of Fight or Flight by Samantha Young, I would classify my reading mindset as “Hmm, can this be redeemed?” Turns out, it can’t. If you were curious if characters in a book could gaslight you, I’d direct you to Fight or Flight as an answer.

Ava is flying back to her home in Boston from an upsetting funeral in her childhood home of Phoenix. Ava’s at the airport and wants to try and upgrade herself to first class. J
Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth


The saying to never judge a book by its cover has never been truer. This stinkin' cute book cover is a little misleading as it promises lighter literary fare like a rom-com and that's definitely not what we get with Fight or Flight. My expectations may reflect in my rating. So please make sure you read other reviews before you decide not to give this story a chance.

Ava and Caleb definitely are complex characters. Both of them marked by their pasts they are still dealing
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5 fantastic stars

I knew this book will be amazing from the first pages!I adored Caleb and Ava and I fall in love with the story.Fight or Flight has it all,an arrogant and sexy hero, a sassy heroine and an intense romance.


The concept was brilliant and Ava with Caleb gave the perfect note to this story.I loved their chemistry and the banter was amazing.They were full of tension and it was like an explosion.At the beginning I was frustrated with

Title: Fight or Flight
Author: Samantha Young
Release date: October 9, 2018
Cliffhanger: No
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I had such high hopes for this book, and I genuinely thought I was going to love it when I started. Sadly, I left the book feeling nothing but angry and disappointed. There were so many things that didn't work for me, and the first one being where it all started: their one-night stand. Let's think about this a minute. If you encounter a man on a flight who is unbearably r
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

It was though I couldn’t get him deep enough, close enough. As though I needed him to lock some piece of me back into place, a piece of me I’d lost when he left.

This story was INCREDIBLE!!! It brought back all of the ”feels” I got when I first read ”On Dublin Street”! I have fallen in love with Samantha Young all over again! Caleb and Ava are destined to become Samantha’s next power couple! I predict that readers are going to
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DNF @ 30%

I'm a sucker for enemies to romances and when I heard about this book, I was kind of hoping for something akin to the Mile High Club version of THE HATING GAME. Look, we all know that airports suck. Even if everything goes off without a hitch, it's uncomfortable and mildly inconvenient at best. Romances would have us believe that there are bucket-loads of cute guys flying around at any given moment but honestly, the last time a
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4.5 stars

“My physical appearance was just a small fraction of who I was. I was more than a pretty bauble to hang on the tree of a man’s world.”

After a horrible trip to her childhood home, Ava just wants to get the heck out of Arizona and back to her apartment in Boston. Her attempts at everything in the airport from first class upgrades to meals to the coffee cart are thwarted by a rude Scotsman…. who happens to be her seatmate on her flight. Their hatred for each other soon turns into a n
I Hate Myself For Loving You...

You remember that old Joan Jett song? Well that's what kept running through my mind while I was reading this book. Never had I read such animosity between the hero and heroine in a romance book. Yes, verbal sparring and snark, but this out and out rudeness and asshole behavior from the hero... jeez, I hated myself for continuing with this jerk! How are these two ever going to get along? Well, start with a good case of physical chemistry...

So continue I did, and I'm
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
5 “You’re All I Need” Stars!
(ARC provided by Berkley Publishing Group)

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Ava Breevort is a beautiful, successful interior designer living in Boston. She unexpectedly has to travel back home to Arizona after an old friend passes away, and is forced to face the past she's tried so hard to forget. Desperate to return home to Boston, Ava is relieved to learn there is one first class seat left, that is until an arrogant Scotsman named Caleb Scott steals her seat. Things continue to go downhill from
Geri Reads
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars for Ava and Harper's friendship!

I finished this book a while ago but I had sat on my rating and review for days because I am honestly conflicted. On the one hand, Fight or Flight was compulsively readable. It was well paced and well plotted with great dialogue, and the chemistry between Caleb and Ava was undeniable.

That said, I thoroughly disliked the hero, Caleb Scott. I don't care if he's the hottest thing in the universe but his motivations did not wash. It was a measly excuse for h
Ⓐlleskelle - That ranting lady ッ
Absolutely LOVED IT.

I was all set to post my usual teasing #CurrentlyReading statuses but somehow ended staying up all night gripping the edges of my kindle.
"Fight or Flight" by Samantha Young was an absolute delight!
High level banter, animal magnetism glueing you to the pages, devastating chemistry and voracious sex scenes will assuredly send you straight to cloud nine!
On top of this, the most excruciating case of unrequited feels sent me mile high to angst heaven.

Samantha Young made it nearly
Dee Montoya
Five+++++ Wonderful Stars****

(Arc kindly provided by publisher via NetGalley)

This book was amazing from start to finish. The characters, the plot, the writing style, everything, utter perfection. Samantha Young will make you dream and search through all airports for a sexy, brooding Scotsman just like Caleb.

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Caleb and Ava met at the airport and it wasn’t a pleasant meeting. Both have been dealing with a lot, plus the stress of flying, they pretty much hated each other on sight.

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Jennifer Kyle
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 Stars

I very much enjoyed the first 75 percent of the story. The characters had great chemistry and the banter was terrific. However, the hero did a major push away of the heroine so very late in the story and the relationship for me.

"He chose to protect himself over protecting you and that is not okay."


It was so late in a story and I was really hoping that another character would get a real chance with the heroine. This hero should have taken some lessons from the author's beloved her
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Ava is about to fly back home from Phoenix to Boston. She's been in town for a difficult family situation and she's pretty stressed already. That's when she runs into this hot guy with his sexy scottish accent. He's hot and sexy and ... nothing more! He's an idiot! Every single time she comes across him at the airport, he's such an ... grrrrrrr!

And then they even end up sitting next to each other on the plane!

Let the fun times begin! Because next to all those insults
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 solid stars!

I liked the story and the circumstances of how the main characters meet. I wouldn’t say this is a friends to enemies more like I find you hot but hate you because of misconceptions. I’m not a fan of flashbacks but I’m glad we get to see why Ava is the way she is, so guarded with her emotions and of course Caleb, as well. The pull and push surprisedly didn’t bother me with this story I felt sympathy for both and understood where they came from. But through all the mess of their situ
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I read this in one sitting, it was so addictive!! I loved the hate-at-first-sight trope. It was very authentic. I needed some rom/com with added swoon and I GOT IT!

The characters were great. Yes, they sometimes made frustrating choices but hey! No one is perfect. Lots of rom/com NA cliche? Yes. But that's the stuff that hooked me.

I'm anxious for more Samantha Young!!!

Note: I adore this cover 💕 I'm so glad it's not one of those cheesy NA covers with a half naked guy XD

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Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••
Beautiful, sweet, and exactly what i needed.

Caleb and Ava are amazingly perfect for each other. This author can always suck me in with her stories and this one was, no different. I was sucked in from the first chapter. Her writing captivated me and kept me engaged throughout the whole book.

The relationship growth was amazing to read. Caleb and Ava both have a bitter and heartbreaking past when it comes to relationships. Of course this is unknown to each other, so it makes “relationships” a bitte
Katie B
3.5 stars

I'll admit I didn't get off to the best start with this book because I found Caleb to be such a horrible person, he almost didn't feel realistic. However, as the story progressed and you learned more about the characters and their backstories, I warmed up to him. Surprisingly, the book had some substance and wasn't just a light, fluffy romance. That isn't to say it is some heavy, depressing drama more like the author made an effort to give the characters some depth.

Ava Breevort is flyin
Cam (justabookeater)
To say I’m disappointed by this book would be an understatement. The “hero” of this book is abusive but it’s passed off as “grumpiness” several times. He’s just an outright dick to heroine and we’re supposed to think it’s witty and romantic but it just left a bad taste in my mouth. There is a scene where he commits sexual assault by refusing to put on a condom even after the heroine explicitly asks him to. I can’t believe this book was published considering the atrocities women and survivors of ...more
Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦
If you like enemies to lovers and Scottish asshole heroes, this one's for you. This book brings the feels and the angst. Really loved it. The only thing it could have benefited from was a less abrupt ending with a good dose of GROVELING. ...more
Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely ADORED every single word of this book. It was everything. One of my most fave of the year.
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Samantha Young is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. She's been nominated for several Goodreads Choice Awards. Samantha writes adult contemporary and paranormal romance, YA urban fantasy and YA contemporary fiction and is currently published in 31 countries.
She resides in Scotland.


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