Review | Shipped by Angie Hockman

“People are the problem. But they can also be the solution.” 4.5/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: emails, competitions, marketing strategies, kayaks, flamingoes, cocktails, competitions, snorkeling, bananas, tropical fish, work phones, bad tap water, yoga, social media, ABBA songs, lip-sync battles and cruise ships.

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?

Looking for the next beach read? Well, look no further, because this is the perfect book for you. If you like tropical and summery books, you need to check this one out.

In this book, everything works perfectly. The plot is great, the writing was easy to follow, the story flowed perfectly, and of course, the romance was amazing.

The writing was so good, that every single description made me feel like I was on vacation with the characters. I never went on a cruise, but this book awakened that desire in me. The tropical theme was very inspiring and I loved all the wild animals that appeared in some of the activities, like the flamingos and the tortoises.

I was also a big fan of the romance.  Enemies to lovers is by far my favorite trope, and this love story was a great example of what I like in romances. At first our main character hated the love interest with all of her heart, even though she didn’t have a great motive for it. After a while, it was clear they had amazing chemistry and I really liked every time they spent time together, getting to know each other better. I know the miscommunication between them had its purpose in the book, but I found it a little bit annoying at times. That’s the ONLY reason why I didn’t rate this higher.

Another thing I really liked was how the author incorporated what it feels like to be a woman living in a man’s world. It’s not like that everywhere, and thank God for that, but there are still women in this world that are belittled and disrespected in their workplace, regardless of how hard they work or of their positive results. It was a nice addition to the story, and it was done tastefully without taking the focus off the romance.

It’s the perfect summer book. If I would recommend any book for you to read this summer, it would be this one. Hands down, one of the best.


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