Title: Shipped (Until You #1)
Author: Karrie Roman
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: June 18th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 69,200 Words
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
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.
It took me a long time to get into the story and I found myself skimming at times when there were parts that could have used, in my opinion, a bit of editing to cut back.
That being said, I liked both Lucas and Ryan, I was very happy that Lucas’s wife Anna wasn’t vilified and that their relationship was explained early on in a way that helped me get over my “Cheater!” vibes quickly, and how absolutely in love and there for each other Ryan and Lucas are from the moment they recognize their feelings for each other.
“What do you think about us coming out?” Lucas’s voice was low, hesitant, as though nervous about Ryan’s response.
“I’m yours, Lucas. That’s the only thing I know for sure in all this craziness. But I’d like to be yours walking down the street holding your hand, and yours when we share a kiss while we’re waiting for our dinner in a less-than-fancy restaurant somewhere, and yours when we hug goodbye at the airport if one of us absolutely has to leave the other—because that’s the only way I’ll be leaving you. If I absolutely have to.”
Dual POV, Out For You, medium angst romance with on page sexy times, a slow burn build up, nice amount of hurt/comfort, and there’s a setup for the next book, Sentinel (Until You #2), which makes Shipped end on a teensy tiny cliffhanger.