Welcome back! Christie and I are on a mission to keep up with our arcs and so far, so good! We are always thrilled when we get approved for the same arcs, because it gives us a chance to buddy read and to discuss the book with each other and then provide a joint review instead of individual ones (perks of having a co-blogger)!
Today, we are excited to share our review of Shipped by Angie Hockman with you all!
Between taking night classes for her MBA and her demanding day job at a cruise line, marketing manager Henley Evans barely has time for herself, let alone family, friends, or dating. But when she’s shortlisted for the promotion of her dreams, all her sacrifices finally seem worth it.
The only problem? Graeme Crawford-Collins, the remote social media manager and the bane of her existence, is also up for the position. Although they’ve never met in person, their epic email battles are the stuff of office legend.
Their boss tasks each of them with drafting a proposal on how to boost bookings in the Galápagos—best proposal wins the promotion. There’s just one catch: they have to go on a company cruise to the Galápagos Islands…together. But when the two meet on the ship, Henley is shocked to discover that the real Graeme is nothing like she imagined. As they explore the Islands together, she soon finds the line between loathing and liking thinner than a postcard.
With her career dreams in her sights and a growing attraction to the competition, Henley begins questioning her life choices. Because what’s the point of working all the time if you never actually live?
This book was so fun! We loved the cruise setting and learning about the Galapagos Islands. One of the things that stood out in this book is Angie’s advocacy for our ecosystem. It is very apparent that she cares about creating a more sustainable environment.
We are both fans of a good enemies-to-lovers troupe, and felt this one was done well. Henley and Graham’s relationship is genuine. Graham is kind, thoughtful, and isn’t afraid to speak up when something is not fair. Henley is confident, caring, and driven. Together, they are wonderful!
We are suckers for lovable side characters, so this book was like a dream come true in that department. We always want to see more of them, and with the small and random encounters we had, we are happy people. Although, it wouldn’t hurt if we saw them in future books either. 😜
One thing that we really look for in a rom com is something that is more than just a romance story. This book provided just what we were looking for, between character growth, both main and supporting characters, and shedding light on domestic abuse and gender inequality in the work force. These issues are always important and when done appropriately can really add so much more to a story.
Overall, we definitely highly recommend Shipped. You get to watch the romance unfold, partake in lip syncing battles, go on hikes and see wildlife, learn about the Galapagos Islands, and meet a wonderful supporting cast. That being said, if you are looking for a witty, fun, feel-good rom com, definitely be on the lookout for Shipped when it hits the shelves on January 19th, 2021.
Author: Angie Hockman
Publication Date: January 19, 2021
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Women’s Fiction
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