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: Jia
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.63 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.
Shipped is a good fiction and Ryan’s excitement for everything made the atmosphere feel fresh. The story is about Ryan’s life from when he meets Lucas and becoming famous, and the ups and downs he experiences with family drama, anxiety, stalker and attempted murder but it’s between the ups and downs where the story looses my attention a little and I keep checking how much is left. Otherwise it’s a sweet and enjoyable story with angst and suspense thrown in, a fan’s wet dream of their two favourite actors falling in love, if you will.
Ryan and Lucas are so sweet and good together and very supportive. For me, their characters are almost too smooth though, too good, which makes them harder to remember. Lucas is a good guy and takes Ryan under his wings. Their own insecurities holds them against confessing and it takes them time to get to know each other and finally confessing. Not to mention the thought of Anna keeps Ryan back. I like the slow burn and all that happens in the story.
The story was well written but I do feel the author could have held back on the use of ‘fucking’ which came through both in the narrative and the speech of various characters, not overly much but enough to feel it was unnecessary. Because it felt as if it was the author’s habit of using the curse word, not a specific character’s habit.
Since this is the first in a series I suspect we’ll get to read more of Ryan and Lucas but I’m not sure since their love story is resolved and their futures seems somewhat worked out. The cliffhanger is more in the form of their bodyguard and his story. However, I did like Ethan and Ben’s chemistry so I’m looking forward to it.
All considered, I like this book and enjoyed reading it.