The Unhoneymooners meets The Hating Game in this witty, clever, and swoonworthy novel following a workaholic marketing manager who is forced to go on a cruise with her arch-nemesis when they’re up for the same promotion.
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.
About the Author
Angie Hockman is a 2019 RWA Golden Heart Winner. Her professional background includes stints in law, education, and eco-tourism, but these days you can find her writing romantic stories, enjoying the outdoors with her family, or dreaming of her next travel adventure. She is the author of Shipped and Dream On. To learn more, visit AngieHockman.com or follow Angie on Instagram and Twitter @Angie_Hockman.
"[An] absolutely sparking debut...Shipped is a divine enemies-to-lovers tale set against the backdrop of snorkeling with sea lions and hikes ending in breathtaking ocean vistas...It's as sunny and inviting as its tropical vacation setting, one of those books that makes the heart swell with joy. If readers crave an escape, it certainly offers one, but it also feels poignantly real. Shipped is a literary vacation I never wanted to end. Grade: A."—Entertainment Weekly
"Newcomer Hockman creates a paradise in the sunny and distinct Galapagos setting, educating readers on the wildlife of the islands and the conservation efforts that become a powerful part of the story. For fans of Helen Hoang and Sophie Kinsella, this charming romp at sea will make readers wish to stay with the characters well after the story’s end.”—Library Journal
"A healthy dose of competition powers Hockman’s laugh-out-loud debut about love on the high seas...With flawed but lovable characters and exotic locales, this quirky, thoughtful love story will whisk readers away."—Publishers Weekly
“Close quarters, high seas, and dreamy destinations provide the backdrop for this battle of the sexes…Like a tropical cocktail…[it] goes down easy.”—Kirkus Reviews
“This romantic comedy is charming, witty and sure to whisk you off your feet.”—CNN
"Hilarious and sexy."—PopSugar
"[An] utterly charming, perfect-for-warm-weather romance novel.”—Real Simple
"A classic enemies-to-lovers tale...smart, swoony."—USA Today
"[A] charming contemporary romance...Hockman’s debut is smart, witty, and charming, with steamy on-page chemistry that will make you want to take a dip even in winter."—Vulture
“Angie Hockman's Shipped is the rom-com beach read you've been waiting for.”—Insider
"An extraordinary debut. Witty, romantic, and completely addictive."—Lauren Layne, New York Times bestselling author of Passion on Park Avenue
“A funny, smart, and easygoing story, with many laugh-out-loud moments and heartwarming scenes, this book was a fresh breath of air and a must-read for all the romance lovers. Beautiful settings, a mix betwen The Unhoneymooners and any other recent office romance stories, this book will keep you invested from the beginning to the end.”—BookBub
"Shipped is the hilarious enemies-to-lovers rom-com we all need right now. I fell in love with Henley and Graeme, and it was such a delight to watch them fall for each other. Angie Hockman has written the perfect escape that's exploding with sexual tension."—Kerry Winfrey, author of Waiting for Tom Hanks
"[This read] was such a rewarding experience. Hockman has done a fabulous job...In some books, the setting is a backdrop; in this book, the setting is as much a character as the protagonists...highly recommend Shipped if you are looking for a tender story of discovery of the true person behind outward façades."—Frolic
“The wind-whipped sails of Henley's journey to enlightenment are further powered with clever, breezy banter, sarcastic wit, and an endearing supporting cast. Hockman offers readers a fun literary escape with undercurrents of deeper truths.”—Shelf Awareness
“Witty, charming as hell, and layered with real passion for ecotourism, Shipped is a sparkling debut. The perfect slice of vacation in book form.”—Rosie Danan, author of The Roommate