Genre: Contemporary Romance and Adult Fiction
Warnings: Loss of a parent, sexism in the workplace, discussion of drowning and discussion of abuse
Read if you liked: The Unhoneymooners and the Ex Talk
Travel agency marketing manager, Henley Evans is all work and no play. When she’s shortlisted for the promotion of her dreams, all of her sacrifices finally seem worth it. There however is a bit of a problem, Graeme Crawford-Collins, her workplace “enemy”, is also up for the position. Although he works remotely, their email battles are the stuff of office gossip.
Their boss determines that the best way to decide who gets the promotion is to have them go on a company cruise to the Galápagos Islands together…and the best new strategy wins. When the two finally meet, Henley is shocked to learn that Graeme is nothing like she thought. As they explore the Islands together, she soon finds the line between hate and love is thinner than she thought.
I heard about Shipped in bookclub, it was the March pick…I didn’t however get to it until April. If the Unhoneymooners and the Ex Talk had a baby, it would be this book. Enemies to lovers romance but set in paradise, we love to see it. The setting was also unique, I had never thought much of the Galápagos until now and I want to go! While this was an enemies to lovers book, the characters weren’t super childish/immature which I find to be common in this trope.
Shipped was a good, easy beach read and the characters were relatable to me. Henley is obsessed with her career but is also a hard worker who is learning how to balance life and family (I have been there so many times in my life). Graeme is trying to put the pieces back together in his life after loss (also relatable). What I loved the most and these two supporting each other in this journey.
Things I loved: Henley pivoting in her career + family life, Graeme was literally so kind, the humor was on point for me and getting to know more about the Galápagos.
Things I didn’t care for: The cringe-worthy boss situation, which I know was needed for the story but I also just hate the sexist boss no matter what.
Is Shipped on your list?