Author: Angie HockmanSummary: 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. ~amazon.com
Publication Date: January 19, 2021
Publisher: Gallery Books
Obtained: publisher via Netgalley
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Bottom Line: Fun story with some climate discussion thrown in
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Review: I love books that are fun reads but do have some sort of purpose as well. Henley is all work and no play when it comes to her life. In fact, she doesn't really know how to relax since she's also pursuing her MBA at night. So when a new Director role opens up she figures she's a shoe-in for it, since she's devoted her life to the company. Only she's not the only candidate for the job, there's Graeme, her arch nemesis. When their boss decides that they should go on a cruise together to come up with ideas on how to get more people on this cruise.
Of course everything Graeme does is wrong and Henley thinks there is an alterior motive in his every move. Graeme is a bit confused why Henley seems so hot and then cold with him. Even on this trip, Henley is all about work and often sneaks off to try to get her proposal done. Except she can't come up with any good ideas because she's so worried about Graeme and what he's going to do for a proposal.
It isn't until Henley let's go of her preconceived notions about having to have to nail this promotion and it being the job of her dreams. What she finds is that opening yourself up can you lead you in directions you didn't know about and that is where you are supposed to be.
I enjoyed this rom-com novel a lot. I also liked that it had a eco/climate message to it but didn't hit you over the head with it.
This is definitely one to pick up if you are looking for something fun.