Book Review: Shipped by Angie Hockman

Title: Shipped
Author: Angie Hockman
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: January 19th, 2021
Publisher: Gallery Books
Rating: 3 stars

“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?” (Goodreads)

I have been curious about this book since the first time I heard about it and finally gave it a chance after a friend on Bookstagram asked if I would do a Buddy Read with her. Luckily, my library had a copy I could borrow right away so off I went on this adventure!

There are things I enjoyed about this book but also ones I didn’t like. It was kind of a mixed bag but I still rated it 3 stars since I did get some entertainment out of it.

Henley is a very outgoing person when it comes to her job. She also has great friends and they are very present in her life and make a lot of appearances in the book. I liked seeing this as sometimes the friends in books end up being very minor.

I can’t say I really liked her sister. I can understand why she made certain choices but one was just in poor taste. I feel like this characters was only there for plot twists and ones that were resolved so quickly that it just didn’t make sense to add them in the first place.

Graeme was an interesting character and I liked his banter at first. He kind of became stale after awhile for me because he just had that “too good to be true” personality. It was instant that he had feelings for Henley and I just wish there would have been more pushing and pulling from him.

Their relationship wasn’t terrible but it wasn’t one I loved.

From the blurb, it seems that this book has the enemies-to-lovers trope. It is one of my favorite tropes to read about. Sadly, this was more one-sided than anything. In the first couple of chapters it would indicate that they are both pretty unpleasant to each other but upon meeting it is quickly noticed that the only person who has a problem is Henley. I wouldn’t say that this is in any way bad but it just wasn’t what I was expecting.

The setting was one that I loved! I usually am not one for books set on boats but the setting also adds the Galápagos Islands and the wonders that are found on them. It was cool to see talk about conservation and ecotourism be included.

Besides what has already been said about the plot, I would also like to add that it is a quite predictable but I liked the progress of Henley and her job while also sticking it to the man. She learned to stick up for herself and it’s a lesson that some of us can surely relate too.

Overall, this was one that I liked but also one that I wouldn’t pick up again if I had the choice. It had it’s good moments but also ones that just didn’t work for me.

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