Shipped – Published 2021
“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
A huge thank you to Netgalley for the free ARC of this book! I listened to a sample of the audibook now that it’s released, and I feel like it would lend itself so well to audio, too!
I really enjoyed this book. It reminds me of The Unhoneymooners in that two people who are sworn enemies are in close proximity on a cruise, while also giving me Dating You/Hating You vibes of two people vying for the same job. It wasn’t as funny as either of those, but it definitely was just as sweet.
I love how strong the MC becomes as the book goes on, especially when it comes to her chauvinist boss. I also loved the side characters’ influence as she finds her way back to having more of a social life and not being consumed by a job she doesn’t really love.
You’ll love this one if you love close proximity tropes, enemy to lovers tropes, and stories about tropical locations.