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Author: Angie Hockman
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: January 19, 2021
Page Count: 335
My rating: 5 stars
About the book:
The Unhoneymooners meets The Hating Game in this witty, clever, and swoonworthy novel following a workaholic marketing manager who is forced to go on a cruise with her arch-nemesis when they’re up for the same promotion.
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?
Perfect for fans of Christina Lauren and Sally Thorne, Shipped is a fresh and engaging rom-com that celebrates the power of second chances and the magic of new beginnings.
Shipped by Angie Hockman is a contemporary romance novel that uses the enemies to lovers romance trope. Set mainly in the Galápagos Islands this romance has that humorous side while also going deeper.
Henley Evans has always worked hard at her job at Seaquests Adventures, a small more personal cruise line. Henley is ecstatic when she finds that she’s up for a promotion but not so happy that her office enemy, Graeme Crawford-Collins, is also being considered. Now the two are set to head to the Galápagos Islands and the best idea to create more business wins.
It’s no secret that I love exotic locales and beachy or island settings are right at the top of my favorites so Shipped by Angie Hockman was right up my alley. The setting in this one could have won me over all on it’s own but the author also included some very likable characters that were easy to get behind. I loved the laughs just as much as the deeper moments and this one was definitely a great debut novel that would bring me back to the author again.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Angie Hockman is a 2019 RWA Golden Heart Winner. Her professional background includes stints in law, education, and eco-tourism, but these days you can find her writing romantic stories, enjoying the outdoors with her family, or dreaming of her next travel adventure. To learn more, visit AngieHockman.com or follow Angie on Instagram and Twitter @Angie_Hockman.