Book : Shipped
Author : Angie Hockman
Genre : Contemporary Romance
Personal Rating : 4.75/5 ⭐
Publisher : Gallery Books
Publication Date : 19th of January, 2021
Happy Monday, fam! I’ll be reviewing one of my most anticipated romances today. Many thanks to the publisher for the free review copy of Shipped by Angie Hockman. 💕
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 was a delightful read through and through! The cover screams “FUN” and that’s exactly how the plot of Shipped made me feel. The book features an enemies-to-lovers office romance between Henley, a work-obsessed heroine and Graeme A.K.A Mr. Charming as Hell. (title given by yours truly) Falling in love with your nemesis after discovering that he “isn’t anything like you imagined him to be” is definitely one of the most cliched storylines out there ~ but Angie Hockman added a refreshing touch to this trope by giving the book a very unique cast of characters. Henley and Graeme were very different people, but as the story went on, they gradually realize that they were, surprisingly, on the same wavelength. I love how they connected through their backstories and shared an intense level of compassion for each other. They helped each other grow throughout the story, which I really appreciated. The witty banter in G&H’s conversations made me swoon uncountable times too. 😭😭😭
As individual characters, Henley and Graeme were well-written too. I loved how the author highlighted their flaws, because those made H and G very real to me. Henley’s determination was very inspiring, and I loved how she transformed from being a person with deeply-rooted trust issues to finding the faith to be free while having a successful career at the same time. She won my heart with how loyal she was to the people she cared about. :’)
AND THE SUPPORTING CAST OMG. Walsh, Nikolai, Christina, Barbara and Tory were such fun and quirky characters! They made reading Shipped so, so much better. The description of the scenic sights in the Galapagos Islands took me on a fictional tour too, which was such a bonus!
It’s very rare to find a book where you can laugh your heart out in almost every single chapter, which is why I highly recommend adding Shipped to your 2021 tbr pile. The book comes out next year, on the 19th of January.