Saturday 7 July 2018

Book Review: Shipped by Karrie Roman (MM Contemporary)

Title: Shipped
Author: Karrie Roman
NineStar Press

Publication Date: 18 June 2018
eBook - EPUB
ARC via NetGalley


Ryan Lowe has been a lonely nobody all his life. The only time he ever feels the rush of living is when he’s acting. Wanting to get as far away from his small town life and alcoholic father as possible, he leaves Australia to pursue a career as an actor in the bright lights of Hollywood, never stopping to consider the fame that might come with it.

Lucas Evers understands fame. He’s been a successful actor on the small-screen for years and loves his career. Nothing comes for free though, and the price he’s paid for his success is keeping who he is hidden from the world. He married his best friend to keep both of their secrets, and until now, he has been content with the cost of his fame.

When Lucas and Ryan are cast in a new television series based on a wildly popular book series everything changes for them. The show is a worldwide hit and together they have just become the most popular ship on the planet. As they begin to realize it’s not just their characters falling in love, the cost of their fame rises. Together they must face stalkers, anxiety, panic attacks, and attempted murder.

Shipped appealed to me as soon as I read the blurb. I am an avid shipper, and I can't resist a story set in the world of filmmaking. So it seemed a match made in heaven. And mostly, it was. I really enjoyed entering Ryan and Lucas' world, and I loved their pairing (much as their fans did!) from the get-go. At times, their early relationship felt a little obsessive, but that soon dissipated once the main thrust of the plot got underway. There was a nice balance of action and drama, with good pacing, and a satisfying ended that provided a fun set-up for book two. All in all, it was a fun, enjoyable read, and I would definitely check out future works from this author.

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