Publisher: Gallery Books / Simon & Schuster Audio
Release Date: January 19, 2021
Genre: Adult Fiction / Romance
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?
Shipped by Angie Hockman is such a fun debut romance, and it was perfect for reading in February. Not only does it have a sweet romance, but it is also mostly set in the Galápagos, so it gave me island and beach vibes as well. I loved Henley so much, and she was the perfect female lead. She was fierce, motivated, smart, and you can’t help but love her. There are many times this book made me laugh and I loved that I was laughing from the very first pages. I also loved the fact that this book taught me something about the Galápagos. I really appreciated the author’s note at the end, and it was one of the things that really made this book for me.
I ended up listening to the audiobook and I think that is a great route to go with Shipped. The narrator is Inés del Castillo while Hockman reads her author’s note, and I really enjoyed the way the audio was done especially considering there are emails and text messages in the book. It was also very short at under 9 hours and I listened to the book in just two sittings. The romance aspect is a slow burn that ultimately reaches a crescendo at the end, and I really like when they are done this way. There are lots of characters and other aspects to love about this one and I highly recommend it to the romcom fans out there!
Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an advance review copy of this book, all opinions and thoughts are my own.