Release date: January 19, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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?
When I pick up a book with an enemies to lovers trope I really want them to hate each other because I always feel like when the two characters finally do get together they set the world on fire with all that pent up frustration. So happy to report that this definitely had the hate part down pat, at least on Henley’s side, she really cannot stand Graeme. Their emails and sniping back and forth was super entertaining and the tropical setting was a fabulous added bonus for me.
I loved the focus of a strong woman trying to succeed in the workplace and the exploration of the struggle it can be solely because Henley is female. She was a complex and interesting character and Graeme was as well and he was also pretty swoon worthy. There was quite a bit of back and forth conflict between the two but nothing too heavy. I do want to point out one aspect that caught me off guard, there was some domestic abuse discussed and in the middle of this charming and otherwise fun story was just something I wasn’t expecting, so heads up if that’s a trigger for you. Overall a really fun and enjoyable read for me!
Overall rating: 4/5
Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.