The InvitationThe Invitation by Vi Keeland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Plot. Girl meets boy sexy romance. Nothing is fade-to-black.

Liked. The initial meet of the couple happens as the lead female character crashes a glitzy wedding. Fun reading. The female lead character’s best friend is a gay man. Although it’s not the main part of this story, the casual approach by the author to the normality of LBGTQ life is refreshing.

Not so hot. Invitation’s dual narration is not based on character gender, but rather on point of view, i.e., BOTH narrators read the voices of BOTH characters. Personally, the minds-eye visual of a character is influenced by the narrator’s voice in audiobooks. How a character sounds/speaks gives a picture of them – and I found the narration jarring. Of course, this is not an issue for any format other than the audiobook. Invitation contains very descriptive sex scenes. Very. If this isn’t your cup of tea, skip it.

The machination/integration of a venture capital company and start-up business is educational – although it is a device for the story of a woman being dependant on a man 🙄.

A girly beach read, nothing deep – not intended to be.

Written by Vi Keeland, narrated by Sebastian York, Andi Arndt, close to nine hours of listening in unabridged audiobook format, released in January 2021 by C. Scott Publishing Corp.


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