Fight or Flight: Samantha Young

Rating: 4 / 5

Samantha Young’s Fight or Flight is the light and spicy story of a totally incompatible man and woman who continue to find themselves together, and drawn to each other, against all odds and the fact that they hate each other.

Fight or Flight, Samantha Young

Ava has had a terrible week in Arizona. She’s at the airport on her way back to Boston, trying to salvage her bad mood by getting upgraded to first class, when a boorish man rams his computer bag into her and skips her in line, taking the last available first class seat. The perpetrator is basically a Viking god – incredibly handsome, much taller than the petite Ava, and a complete ass.

As fate would have it, Caleb and Ava sit next to each other on both flights that take them back to Boston. Caleb is Scottish and in Boston for work, so Ava will never see him again, and thus allows herself to acknowledge that this brute is actually extremely hot. During their layover, things heat up.

Back in Boston, Ava dives back in to her work as an interior designer. A client insists they meet for lunch – she has someone Ava must meet, and it’s none other than Caleb. When the universe continues to force an arrogant, mean, super hot Scottish man at you, do you accept your fate or run like hell? Ava must decide whether to listen to the pushy universe or to her heart, which is telling her that caring for someone will always end in pain.

Content Warning

Please take caution while reading Fight or Flight of any of the following topics may trigger you:

  • Abuse
  • Violence
  • Death or dying

My Thoughts

Fight or Flight is a seriously cute, seriously spicy contemporary romance. This book has it all: fabulous characters, will-they-won’t-they sexual tension, and some serious depth in the form of back stories. The story is fun and light most of the time, with the perfect amount of seriousness and honesty that make the characters feel like much more than just catalysts for sex.

That said, there is a lot of sex in this book. This is only the third book I’ve read in the romance genre, and it has leaps and bounds more descriptions of sexual activity than The Proposal and The Promise of Us combined. This is not a negative, however. These scenes, along with the rest of the book, are very well written. They don’t feel overbearing or superfluous – rather, light and fun.

The only thing that mildly bothered me, and that I don’t think necessarily took away from the story, are the descriptions of Ava as tiny. Young really drives home that Ava is perfect and very petite with big boobs and a big butt. Fortunately, there was a bit more female representation through Ava’s best friend, who is super edgy with cropped hair and piercings. Also fortunately, both women are fiercely independent and don’t require the love, support, or attention of a man to be total bad asses.

Lastly, I really appreciate the character back stories. They’re withheld from the reader for a while, which keeps us from fully understanding the motivations of our stars until the perfect moment. These origin stories are surprisingly topical and add a much-needed level of depth to the otherwise light story.

I found Fight or Flight to be such a fun, well-told story that elicited a range of emotions easily and often. I definitely recommend this to contemporary romance fans, and to readers who want to dip their toes into the genre for the first time!


Thanks so much for taking the time to read my thoughts on Fight or Flight. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the novel in the comments or at my Instagram, @bookmarkedbya!

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