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Review | The Invitation

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Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 / 5 stars.

Author: Vi Keeland.

Length: 284 pages.

Trigger Warnings: N/A.

“Why the hell does everyone in my life ask me if I want to know what they think and then when I say no, they tell me anyway?”

The first time I met Hudson Rothschild was at a wedding. I’d received an unexpected invitation to one of the swankiest venues in the city.

Hudson was a groomsman and quite possibly the most gorgeous man I’d ever laid eyes on. He asked me to dance, and our chemistry was off the charts.

I knew it wasn’t a good idea to get involved with him, considering the wedding I was at. But our connection was intense, and I was having a great time.

Though the fun came to a screeching halt when Hudson figured out I wasn’t who I’d said I was. You see, that unexpected invitation I received? Well, it hadn’t actually been addressed to me—it was sent to my ex-roommate who’d bounced a check for two months’ rent and moved out in the middle of the night. I figured she owed me an expensive night out, but I guess, technically, I was crashing the wedding.

Once caught, I couldn’t get out of there fast enough. As I bolted for the door, I might’ve plucked a few bottles of expensive champagne off the tables I passed, all while the gorgeous, angry groomsman was hot on my tail.

Outside, I jumped into a taxi. My heart ricocheted against my ribs as we drove down the block—but at least I’d escaped unscathed.

Or so I thought.

Until I realized I’d left my cell phone behind at the table.

Take one guess who found it?

This is the crazy story of how Hudson Rothschild and I met. But trust me, it’s only the tip of the iceberg.

A new, sexy standalone from #1 New York Times Bestseller, Vi Keeland.

There’s one very special thing about Vi Keeland, and that is that even when you think you know what will happen, you don’t. She does a great job at giving little hints so that we can put together the pieces, but she always denies you the last few ones until the very last moment. This creates a constant sense of intrigue that keeps you hooked to the story, and I think there are few authors that manage to do this so flawlessly.

I was attracted to your strength. You’re not a woman who needs a man. You’re a woman a man needs.

Stella is probably one of my favorite characters of this author thus far. She is unique and bubbly, and I didn’t even know that Hyperosmia existed (I love learning new things). But, above all, she is an inspiration. She is the embodiment of strength and perseverance. She’s an inspiration to all women. Stella continually demonstrated her fierceness, intelligence, kindness, and selflessness. And, despite all this, we still got to see her grow as a person and become even better (I don’t even know how that was possible).

Hudson was also wonderful. I liked that even though he was broody at the beginning, he was never horrible or very mean. There is a very thin line between moody and outride rude and, unfortunately, romance novels tend to leap over that line by making love interests be monsters towards their counterparts, which can be annoying and brings a level of toxicity to the relationship if not addressed. So, I really liked that he was always portrayed as stubborn, but never nasty.

I think forgiveness is more about not letting it destroy your heart anymore.

I love how Vi Keeland introduces very new and original elements to each one of her books, and The Invitation is not the exception. Besides there being so much information about starting up a business (not a guide people, so don’t expect to know how to be an entrepreneur with this), it is a story about trust and learning to love again. Also, this author creates the most adorable children ever that warm my heart and make me so happy. I love how after everything unraveled, we got to see how it was all related as well. As said somewhere in the book that I won’t specify because spoilers, it’s also about destiny because our main characters are even more connected than we think. The universe conspires to bring them together, and I’m a big fan of that. Anyways, this book called to me and kept me engaged till the very end.

I can’t say much else except READ THIS. I cannot recommend this author enough.