FIGHT OR FLIGHT + NOT THE DUKE’S DARLING | MINI REVIEWS

October 27, 2018 | Posted by Victoria in Book Reviews, Multi-Reviews | 4 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
FIGHT OR FLIGHT + NOT THE DUKE’S DARLING | MINI REVIEWSby Samantha Young
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: October 9, 2018 by Berkley Books
Format: ARC
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2 Stars
Source: Publisher via Mail

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....

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I first rated this book 3.5 stars after finishing it. After more thought, and reading more reviews, I’ve lowered it to a 2 star rating. It’s a super fast and binge-able read, but there were too many issues.

Ava and Caleb meet at the airport and get off on the wrong foot. They keep running into each other and making snide comments to one another, which was only funny at the beginning. The hero is supposed to be this grumpy/standoffish guy, but it’s just too much. Instead of being someone with a tough exterior, Caleb is just a dick.

The novel is supposed to be hate to love, but I didn’t feel any chemistry between the two. Their relationship was not healthy at all, and it was romanticized in this book. Like most romances, there’s a part where Caleb tries to push Ava away, but he does it in a super horrible way. He said some terrible things to her, and I don’t understand how Ava forgave him because they were way harsh.

There’s also a part where Caleb villainizes a woman for having an abortion. plis no, that’s not okay. Caleb and Ava also forget to use a condom, and when Ava remembers Caleb doesn’t stop right away even when Ava tells him to. NO, why is this in a romance novel??

The only part of the book I really enjoyed was the friendship between Ava and Harper. They stood by each other when things were tough, and support each other no matter what. Even though their relationship was positive, and a breath of fresh air, it was not enough to redeem the rest of the novel.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
FIGHT OR FLIGHT + NOT THE DUKE’S DARLING | MINI REVIEWSby Elizabeth Hoyt
Genres: Adult, Historical, Romance
Publication Date: December 18, 2018 by Forever
Format: eARC
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2 Stars

New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Hoyt brings us the first book in her sexy and sensual Greycourt Series!

Freya de Moray is many things: a member of the secret order of Wise Women, the daughter of disgraced nobility, and a chaperone living under an assumed name. What she is not is forgiving. So when the Duke of Harlowe--the man who destroyed her brother and led to the downfall of her family--appears at the country house party she's attending, she does what any Wise Woman would do: she starts planning her revenge.

Christopher Renshaw, the Duke of Harlowe, is being blackmailed. Intent on keeping his secrets safe, he agrees to attend a house party where he will put an end to this coercion once and for all. Until he recognizes Freya, masquerading amongst the party revelers, and realizes his troubles have just begun. Freya knows all about his sins. Sins he'd much rather forget. But she's also fiery, bold, and sensuous-a temptation he can't resist. When it becomes clear Freya is in grave danger, he'll risk everything to keep her safe. But first, Harlowe will have to earn Freya's trust-by whatever means necessary.

Features a bonus novella from New York Times bestselling author Grace Burrowes!

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book started off strong for me, and then kind of went downhill. I loved that the main character Freya was super feminist and part of a secret organization of women that helps women. At the beginning of the novel Freya runs into an old family friend turned enemy, and finds a way to put herself in his path so she can get revenge. Putting herself in his way means attending the same house party as the Duke of Harlowe. While there, she realizes she has other business to attend to for the Wise Women, the secret organization she’s a part of.

Halfway through the book I forgot what the main plot of the story is. Freya is supposed to get revenge on Harlowe, but they’re pretty cordial (if a little snappy) to each other. She’s also supposed to get information on someone else, but nothing happens with that until the end of the book.

There was also one part of the novel that really lowered my rating of the book. I don’t want to give too much away, but there’s a neurodiverse character who wasn’t introduced and was used more as a twist and a way for the story to progress. The few times this character was mentioned, she was described as a helpless person who doesn’t know any better.

Unfortunately I did not get what I wanted with this book, and am not sure if I want to continue with the series. I thoroughly enjoyed the first half, but things started to go downhill after that and I couldn’t enjoy the story anymore.

Victoria

Book Blogger at Latte Nights Review
Victoria is a twenty-two year old from Texas. She’s an avid reader of YA and NA, and reads at least seventy books a year. She is new to blogging, but excited to meet new people and share her favorite books. In addition to being a book hoarder, Victoria is a former gymnast, a coffee enthusiast, and aspires to be a mental health counselor.

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