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(Until You #1)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  41 reviews
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 fa
Published June 18th 2018 by NineStar Press
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BWT (Belen)
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 feelin
Oct 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm-read
3.5 stars rounded down to 3 because still no 1/2 stars here on GR and this one just didn't quite make it to 4 stars for me.

WOW!!! Am I ever glad that I read this one...

And for more than one reason. I was presented with the opportunity to read 'Sentinel' the second book in this series and when I was checking things out because...hey what can I say...this is a new to me author and I wanted to be sure or at least as sure as I could that this was a book that I would hopefully at least like. Anyw
Joyfully Jay
Jun 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: michelle
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.5 stars

Some books are just okay and this book didn’t do its job to fully keep my attention. We get caught up in both characters’ lives fairly quickly as Ryan and Luke become costars on the wildly popular TV show. They have instant chemistry on screen and off and the fandoms go crazy for them. The first half of the book is partly Ryan trying to navigate his new-found fame as he gets caught up in anxiety and too much drinking. Ryan came to California from Australia, but as
This was a fresh and fun take on the famous actor romance trope. Readers will get a quiet kick out of the underlying plot. Best selling book series is made into an ultra popular TV show with rabid fans. M/M Romance readers will get a kick out of two male actors taking the romantic lead away from the original F/M leads. ;-)

Lucas and Ryan are both actors. Lucas is a little more experienced and appears to be a rising star. Ryan is newer on the scene but already making a name for himself acting next
4.5 stars

Synopsis: Ryan auditions for a tv show based on a popular book and gets the part. He's an unknown working with more famous actors, and is really excited to have the job after surviving in LA working odd jobs. The actor who plays his love interest in the show quickly becomes a really good friend. Ryan has never really been interested in labels, and although he has been attracted to men, he has only ever been with women. He quickly develops an attraction to Lucas, his costar, but Lucas se
My mind went straight to some odd, romantic version of ‘Supernatural’ the moment I started ‘Shipped’ and thankfully, Lucas and Ryan aren’t brothers. Just co-stars who have an electrifying connection that neither can separate from screen time when life starts to imitate art. Or rather, fiction imitating art, when UST on-screen bleeds off-screen and turns everything else awkward between a supposedly happily-married rising star in Hollywood and a new guy from Down Under.

Whatever is done onscreen t
Lisa The Novel Approach
I didn’t become versed in all things ‘fandom’ until about ten years ago, when I started reading fanfiction. Until then I would have had no idea what someone meant if they said “I ship it” or used terms like OTP. Now though, I do know what those things mean, and even have a few favorite “ships” of my own. 😉 So, when I read the premise for Karrie Roman’s latest novel, Shipped, it definitely piqued my interest. I quite enjoyed her first novel, Saved, published last year, also with NineStar Press, s ...more
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
First of all, I really liked this book, but have some hesitations about it. The story between Ryan and Lucas is good fan fiction, or romance, but not all too realistic. It feels a little like Danielle Steele, only with men. Lucas meets Ryan on what I can only describe as a Supernatural rip off show when their characters fall in love. On a side movie Lucas wins an Oscar and their relationship is compared to Brangelina. The scale on which two actors on a show stolen from the CW live seems absurd. ...more
Sawyer  ❤
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, mm-romance
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3.5/5 rounded up.

I'm really struggling to write this review. The story was fine, good even, I enjoyed it but I didn't connect with it. It seems to me the book could have been a great work of fan fiction, but it was a bit of a struggle to read this from a romance perspective.

You see, usually, there's a bit of every book where you can see yourself as one of the characters. The average person who catches the celebrities eye, for example. You can convince
Kendra T
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this take on a costar relationship. Ryan is new to Hollywood, but jumps quickly into the limelight when he gets a role on a popular TV show. He is costarring opposite Lucas-the "straight, married" actor. There is immediate chemistry between them, and it shows even on camera. When the guys finally get to realizing that they have feelings for each other, things get a little crazy when stalkers come into play.

I thought the story was really intriguing and well written. I loved the
Jun 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, m-m
Shipped has such a unique premise that I absolutely couldn’t turn down the opportunity to read it. This title is the first I’ve read from the author but I found her style to be pretty smooth with well-flushed out characters. I think we’ve all seen celebrities or co-stars with fantastic chemistry that you hope will get together, so it seemed like Shipped would be an easy homerun in which those moments “come true”. Yet, for some reason, I simply kept putting this book down in favor of another titl ...more
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> > Judging a Book by it's Cover < <
A very busy cover. The top half contains two men standing facing off-centered with a blazing sunset behind them. The bottom half shows a large city with a large, long bridge. I did not even read the synopsis before picking it up. I fell in love with Ms Roman's 2017 debut, SAVED, and jumped at this one with unbridled excitement.

> > Looking Deeper < <
POV ~> Third-person
Ryan left Australia with dreams of acting in Hollywood b
Ruthie Taylor
Jul 04, 2018 rated it liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~


This is the first in a new series, and I am looking forward to reading the next installment already!

I really enjoyed the story and the writing style is easy, my only real criticism is that it felt overly long. Part of that might have been that I wanted the answers, to see how it could work, and everything be reconciled. The first half of the book certainly didn't give me any clue as to the drama that would unfold
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars - I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

This is an angst filled story about the romance between two young Hollywood stars. The relationship between co-stars Ryan and Lucas unfolds between the celeb gossip soundbites and the self-awareness of the book made me smile. The story doesn’t deviate too far from a traditional celebrity romance. The crazed stalker storyline has been told before but the boys’ celeb nickname is a Millennial invention.

While we get both
A great read. Two hot actors fall in love on screen and off.
Luke and Ryan. A paranormal TV show, two great actors and a great plot.
Luke is married but it is not a real marriage. Ryan starts crushing on his co-star. They have a good time working together, then start a romance in their off time. Then there comes some trouble in the form of crazy stalker people.
I really enjoyed this book. Was entertained, engrossed enough to read all in one go.
Well done.
(Given a copy for an honest review) (Tha
Roberta Blablanski
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mm, arc-for-review
Shipped had a cute premise but I found it to be a bit too cheesy. The emotions were over the top, and the drama was very soap opera-like. The MCs were likable but enjoyed talking too much about their feelings. Okay, I get it. You guys like each other. Move along, please. The drama was predicable and not exciting enough to keep my interest. I noticed I was skimming through more than reading every sentence. The book ended on a cliffhanger, but I don't think I'm interested enough to read the second ...more
May 06, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So bad, so so so so so so bad >:-o!!!!!! ...more
Danielle  Gypsy Soul
3.5 Stars. There were some things I really liked about this book and few things that I thought could have been better. However, for a new author - this being her second book I thought it was well written and interesting and it definitely has me looking forward to the next book (more on that later in this review).

This book started out really interesting to me. Ryan and Luke are costars who are playing two characters who are witch hunters and who are attracted to each other. I kept thinking of sup
Book Gannet
3.5 stars.

This is a cute, easy M/M read with plenty of angst, self-doubt and sex, plus some acting, anxiety and stalker suspense. Lucas and Ryan are both nice and adorable, and most of the people around them are understanding and supportive. It’s a bit too fluffy to be believable, but it was good enough to keep me interested.

Which is a surprise, because at first I was really not sure I’d like this. The writing style was all tell, making me feel distanced from the characters. The pacing in the fi
Shari Sakurai
Jun 18, 2018 rated it liked it
*I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review*

When newcomer Ryan Lowe is cast as one of the leads in a television series he finds himself catapulted from being a nobody into stardom overnight. Struggling with his newfound fame, Ryan relies very much on the support of his co-star, established actor Lucas Evers. As their television characters make the transition from friends to lovers, Ryan begins to realise that he is developing feelings for Lucas. As their on-screen relationshi
Amy Dufera
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shipped is everything I love in a romance. I am thrilled to have discovered this gem by Karrie Rowan.

Ryan and Lucas meet on set of their tv show. Their characters fall in love, and their show's fandom is going crazy for this couple. Off set, they are becoming the best of friends, as well as becoming extremely attracted to each other.

Ryan has always been straight, and Lucas has no reason to suspect that Ryan has real feelings for him. Lucas, of course, appears to be straight to everyone, as he is
Jeannie Zelos
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Genre: LGBTQIA, Romance

I love M/M and books involving fame, such great potential for jealousy plots, fan over action etc. I really wanted to love this but...I liked it, a lot but it fell flat of being one I love, a re-reader.
Ryan seems to have walked into fame from nothing, top star Lucas has a wife, a beard only, but that seems to have escaped notice and I wondered just how realistic either of those things could be. The romance angle
Jun 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I really liked the idea of this one. The basic story goes like this: Book series becomes a huge success- it gets made into a TV show - supposedly straight main cast (our main characters whose characters fall in love in the book series) get shipped by millions of fans - and they end up falling in love with each other in real life.

A fan's dream come true, right? Only for Ryan and Lucas, the people actually involved, it turns out to be a bit of a nightmare. For Ryan especially, who is new to Holly
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars!

What I Loved: I loved both Lucas and Ryan and thought they were great as both friends and lovers. They had a really good chemistry and really worked as a couple you wanted to see get that HEA. I could see the reality of them as friends and more and it definitely reminded me of a few real-life actors that have a pretty well-known group of fans who love to ship them.

What I Liked: I liked the idea of two characters who fans have shipped becoming an actual real-life couple. I know I have p
Up All Night With Books
4 Stars
Review by Amy W.
Late Night Reviewer
Up All Night W/ Books Blog

Who hasn't shipped their favorites together?? Karrie Roman's Shipped is all about what happens when a ship turns into real life feelings.

Ryan is new to the scene of Hollywood while Lucas is a veteran. When they land coveted roles as the leads in a popular book to TV series, they have to play up to the fantasy ship for the fans and ratings. But what happens when those feelings turn all to real?

This was a super cute storyline, the
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
I have mixed feelings about this book.

First, the good—I really liked both main characters, Ryan and Lucas, and I liked them together as a couple. If the focus had just been on them and their developing relationship, on things like when and how they should come out as a couple to the fans of their hit TV show, I would have been perfectly happy.

BUT . . . the author interjected so much drama into the story that it actually took away from the romance. Both characters are burdened with problem famil
Diane Dannenfeldt
I wanted to like this book, I really did! I stopped and started it several times and when I finally put my foot down and made myself read it, I did a lot of skimming. I hate when I force myself to read something and not just DNF it. Anyway, our MC’s meet on a TV series. Luke is married to Anna, who I really liked, and Ryan thinks he’s straight. Luke does come clean to Ryan and explains what the deal is before they really get going. Ryan is from Australia but I never really got the feeling that h ...more
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shipped by Karrie Roman is the first book in the Until You series. I found this story to be really sweet, fiery, and a touch of action/adventure.
Ryan is a lonely soul who has been through a lot in his life. He loves acting and that is where he really shines. Getting a roll in a TV series is a great break for him. Allows him to get away from his former life and make something of himself.
Lucas is running from his past. He is an established successful actor who knows the price of fame. He is a stro
Nicki Markus
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-lgbt
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 paci ...more
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome start to the series. First time author for me and I am in love. Ryan and Lucas are everything I want in a romance. The story plot that they are TV actors and their show is based on a book, their characters being together is a cool idea that kept my attention for sure. This is a complicated situation with these guys where one is "straight" and one is "married", these guys have a lot to go through before they can find each other. You'll love not only the main characters but the side charac ...more
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Karrie lives in Australia’s sunshine state with her husband and two sons, though she hates the sun with a passion. She dreams of one day living in the wettest and coldest habitable place she can find. She’s been writing stories in her head for years but has finally managed to pull the words out of her head and share them with others. She spends her days trying to type her stories on the computer w ...more

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