Shipped by Angie Hockman
Henley works in marketing and is up for a promotion for the director of digital marketing. Her competition is Graeme who is her office nemesis. He works remotely from Michigan (the office is in Seattle), but has still managed to make her life difficult. He took credit for one of her ideas right after he got hired, and she has hated him ever since. Their boss tells them that they need to go on a company cruise and come up with a proposal to boost sales. The best proposal wins the promotion.
The enemies part of this book was over pretty quickly. I felt like they talked fairly early in the book about why Henley dislikes Graeme, and then were friends after that. While I appreciated the honesty and communication, this book was advertised as hate to love but turned into more of a friends to lovers book. I actually prefer friends to lovers, but just a heads up if you are thinking this is going to have a lot of hate to love in it.
Since they are on a cruise ship together and have to go on the excursions together to get the full experience, there is a lot of forced proximity. However, Henley’s sister Walsh is also on the cruise and that seemed unnecessary. I liked the sister relationship conversation we got to see at the end of the book, but other than that I felt like her characters just got in the way.
The romance was cute. I liked how they were fighting their feelings for each other since they decided to keep things professional until after the promotion. It caused for a lot of little swoony moments like their pinkies touching. Those little moments are definitely the best part of this romance, as this is a closed-door romance.
I received this book for free in return for an honest review.