The Invitation

The Invitation by Vi Keeland Book Summary

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

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.

The Invitation by Vi Keeland Book Reviews

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- The Invitation5 star

I loved this book. Had a little of everything in it. Happiness, sad and humor. Could not put it down. This book needs a sequel for sure. Pudge48

- Fun and Flirty5 star

This story was so good! I loved how their relationship didn’t depend on sex like some other romance novels. They genuinely had a great connection and fell in love and it was so much fun reading the way it happened. Read in 1 night couldn’t put down!!!

- Funny & sexy5 star

Love this pair, they were funny and so good together, sometimes when you least expect it you find the love of your life❤️

- The Invitation5 star

It caught my attention from the beginning! I finished it in one day. The plus was all of what completes a great story, was included!

- Excellent! Just Excellent!5 star

What a great story! Totally entertaining! I don’t rate books and I don’t write reviews, but this book was perfect and I wanted to share just how much I enjoyed the story, the dialogue, the characters. It’s the total package!

- Love this one5 star

Love it

- I couldn’t put it down!5 star

This story had me from the beginning. I usually read a few chapters a night but I could not stop! This was a wonderful story even if parts were sad. I will tell all of my friends to read this one!!

- A lot of love5 star

This one is by far my favorite book by Vi Keeland. Loved the characters even with their faults and broken past. Again, a sad part but a good daddy prevails that makes you fall for him even more.

- Something different4 star

I’ve never read this author, but I liked this book. Would recommend.. it could do without the very, detailed sex scenes which were really not necessary to make this story. Otherwise, I look forward to reading another one of her books.

- 5 star5 star

I loved this book. It was one I couldn’t put down. And ending was so well written. Everything pieced together perfectly

- The Invitation5 star


- Just okay2 star

I don’t like writing bad reviews. A book is a creation of someone’s imagination after all. But that doesn’t mean one ought to publish it. Could it have been better? Maybe... If you’re in your early twenties or late teens and new to romance, this might be fun to read. But unfortunately this story was beyond vanilla. Very predictable. I finished reading it for two reasons: 1- I actually paid $ for it 2- I was being polite I gave two stars because unlike most ebooks, this one was edited well for grammar and spelling!

- Best book EVER!5 star

I have four children and a full time job ...yet I still was able to finish this book in less then a week!

- Awesome Book!!5 star

I couldn’t put this book down! I alway found myself reading wherever I was!

- A great read!!5 star

An amazing author!

- Couldn’t stop reading!!!5 star

Like the title says, I couldn’t stop reading! This was a feel good story with a great twist in events that had me gasping, and laughing and even crying! This story was very well written and it was something that ill definitely read again. Well done Vi!!

- Nice romance story5 star

It was super cute. It had two strong independent characters who complemented each other very well. Their relationship was realistic and not forced. The twist in the book was surprising and unexpected which was cool. Once you figure it out you’re like “Oh wow!” Overall I loved the book and would recommend it if you like romance novels.

- Enjoyable4 star

Held my attention throughout the whole book. It was very entertaining and the fact that she read diaries was unusual and a very interesting plot twist.

- Read it5 star

Soooooo good and much more than just an epic love story.

- Amazing ♥️♥️♥️5 star

This was one of the best books I read in awhile. Couldn’t stop reading it!!!!!

- Fantastic!5 star

Couldn't stop turning pages!

- So beautiful5 star

I absolutely loved this book. Couldn’t stop reading. I love Hudson and Strellas love story!!! Such an amazing read.

- Swoon5 star

I love this book, it will definitely be a reread for me!

- Amazing!5 star

Couldn’t put this down!

- @michellesbookstoread5 star

THE INVITATION... VI KEELAND... This story made me smile so much! Loved it from beginning to end... love story with all the feels! Definitely a must read if you are looking for feel good love story that’s quick and easy! @vi_keeland

- 😍5 star

Vi Keeland is now my all time favorite writer. This is the sweetest closest to real life as I have ever read. This one will be the book I compare all others too.

- The Invitation5 star

Enjoyed very much! Great love story.

- Perfect5 star

This is the quickest easiest reading love story I’ve ever read. It was wonderful and I enjoyed every bit the storyline!

- She did it again5 star

Love Keeland books!

- Finished it in 1 day5 star

This is a great book! I'm not normally one that buys books on here. I normally stick to the free ones. But this one is definitely worth buying! It had me smiling, laughing and I had tears in my eyes!

- Loved it5 star

Loved it!! Awesome story

- Hard to Put Down5 star

A famous library, several weddings held there, a diary that tells of lovers who surreptitiously meet on its steps, a lovely woman with an excellent sense of smell who crashes a wedding, and a broody single dad who is fascinated with this woman—these are some of the elements that create the wonder that is The Invitation. I loved this sooooo much! Stella and Hudson are wonderful characters, and their romance amazing!

- Loved it5 star

Great writing style and story line. I really enjoyed this book. I’m going to read something else from this author ASAP!

- Worth the read5 star

Loved the characters and storyline! Read the whole book in one night.

- One of my new favourites!5 star

I always look forward to a Vi Keeland book. This is definitely one of my favourites by her. I loved Stella and Hudson. Stella was such an amazing character. Such a unique romance story. Couldn’t stop smiling reading this book. Love love love!

- The Invitation5 star

Loved it and all the characters, especially Stella Bella!!

- Wonderful5 star

So good!

- Perfect, feel good book5 star

If you’re taking a break from reading hard hitting novels, this is great! It has just enough heart break & longing, & you loooove the characters. Wonderful book!

- love !!!5 star

absolutely amazing. i read this book in about 4 hours. i could not put it down. i got two hours of sleep before work bc i couldn’t sleep until i finish. vi keeland is amazing.

- What a man!5 star

This book had all the feels! Stella and Hudson’s story is beautiful! I keep rereading it!

- I never knew eBay sold old used diaries!5 star

Thank you Vi! I like a story that leads me along at a happy rate, characters that are full range -emotionally, and real happiness. I have liked all your stories! This one hits a little home for me, with Hudson and Stella. I love their directness and that they don’t let things self destruct over pride. Excellent!!

- Favorite Vi Keeland book to date!5 star

This book was everything I hoped it would be and more! Thanks for never disappointing, Vi!!

- Loved Every Pag! Such an original storyline with all the feels!5 star

The New Year is off to a fabulous start because I loved every single word of the Invitation by Vi Keeland as well as the super sexy cover! I have read every one of this talented author’s fabulous books and The Invitation is now my forever favorite. Hudson Rothschild and Stella Bardot were the perfect pairing and both so deserving of love and happiness. Their meet cute is epic and I LOVED that they met by chance. She’s not the nanny or his sister’s friend, and they don’t have to pretend. Their first meeting was epic! It made me laugh while giving me chills because I just knew that I was in for a wonderful ride with the pages to follow. Hudson is a single dad to a sweet, lovable little six-year old daughter, Charlie. He’s also a smart, successful venture capitalist and close to his sister, Olivia, who also works with him as VP of marketing in their family business. I loved learning about their business and also his interactions with his staff and family as it showed over and over again that he was a man of character. In addition to his business skills, Hudson also possessed a devilish smirk, quick wit, and was a living, breathing, sexy, charming, dream come true. He was dubbed “Prince Charming” by our heroine, Stella, the moment she and her best friend and neighbor, Fisher, laid eyes on him at his sister’s up-scale NY wedding that they crashed, and I couldn’t read fast enough to see what happened next. I couldn’t love Stella anymore if I tried. She was so sincere, hardworking, funny without even trying, beautiful and humble, and was just filled with so much goodness. She’d randomly give people a chocolate bar to make their day, and lived with a motto to bring joy into other people’s lives just because she could. When they meet again for the second time, I just loved her honesty and vulnerability and how much her presence and words affected Hudson. She was so unexpected, and little by little, he let down his guard and wasn’t quite sure how to process what he was feeling. I loved that Stella was super smart and a fragrance chemist, how business savvy she was, and how she fought for what she wanted and didn’t back down. She just didn’t sign contracts on a whim, she actually read them and gave a lot of thought into her future and made her dream happen along with the help of Rothschild Investments as a business partner for “Signature Scents.” They had some misunderstandings, but I loved how they handled it, how they could apologize, and got to know one another over time. I love Stella’s love of reading old diaries and how one of them affected them so deeply. Tears I tell you. Tears!! I loved the slow burn and how she was cautious to begin a romantic relationship as they worked together and she didn’t want to risk her heart being broken again. But when they finally did give in, WOWZA! There was plenty of steam with no turning back! Because they had such an emotional and deep connection, their intimate times were really magical as well as super sexy. I read four books a week and it was so refreshing to read such an original storyline with a swoony hero and quirky, sweet heroine, as well as all of the supporting characters whom I adored. The Invitation made me laugh out loud as well as cry, and is a book I will be reading again and again.

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CaliGrownWithLove - Hudson & Stella4 star

I enjoyed the story of Hudson and Stella and how, no matter what happened - the good, the bad and the ugly, the universe kept bringing them together. There was A LOT of build up to Hudson and Stella actually getting together, but it was lovely to see them trust one another after having both been hurt in the past. I have to give huge props to Vi Keeland on her ability to spin a story - the woman knows how to throw intense curve balls! Note: compared to her other books, I would say that this one is much tamer as far as intimacy goes between Hudson and Stella.

noe_14d - A great book5 star

Definitly one of the best book i read. Intense and romantic, i couldn’t put my eyes of the pages, cause i wanted more. I read it all in only 2 days.

Rn123CA - Just wow5 star

Those two are swoon worthy!

marcia me - Beautiful5 star

It’s was a amazing read . Loved the plots the twists and turns . It’s a must read

pink1doll - The Invitation5 star

Once again Vi has delivered another fantastic read, I was sad when this book was over! A definite must read 5 plus stars

alwaysdonna - Beautifully Enticing !5 star

Hudson and Stella’s story is intense and wonderful. These characters are intriguing, witty and sexy. Such a great and profound storyline. Beautifully written Vi!!!

Sandy Sch - 4.5stars-imaginative, inviting and decadent5 star

4.5 stars -THE INVITATION by Vi Keeland is a stand alone, contemporary adult, erotic, romance story line focusing on businessman Hudson Rothschild, and perfumist Stella Bardot. Told from dual first person perspectives (Hudson and Stella) THE INVITATION follows the building romance between businessman Hudson Rothschild, and perfumist Stella Bardot. A misdirected invitation finds our heroine, Stella Bardot, along with her best friend Fisher, crashing the swanky New York wedding of Olivia Rothschild and Mason Royce wherein Stella would meet businessman Hudson Rothschild, the man with whom she would fall in love but all is not well when Hudson discovers that Stella is an uninvited guest, posing as someone else, and the fall-out almost paralyzes our heroine’s future. Needing some start up for her own perfume company, Stella must face down Hudson Rothschild, and our hero wants nothing to do with our story line heroine. What ensues is the building professional, personal and romantic relationship between Hudson and Stella, and the potential fall-out as Hudson’s life is about to spiral out of control when his past reveals betrayal and deceit. Hudson Rothschild is a single father who shares custody of his daughter with his former wife. Struggling with the failure of his marriage, Hudson battles between head and heart when it comes to Stella Bardot, in the face of her deception, secrets and lies but a successful launch of Stella’s perfume company finds our couple working towards their own happily ever after. Stella Bardot knows betrayal first hand having found her ex-fiance in a compromising position but it was not only her ex-fiance that destroyed her heart. Our heroine likes to collect journals and diaries, and in this, Stella lives the lives of the people, from the pages inside. The relationship between Hudson and Stella begins as a lie, and struggles in the face of Stella’s deceit. A quick building professional relationship leads to a slow building romance but Hudson is about to face a betrayal that may affect their relationship going forward. The $ex scenes are intimate and passionate without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. We are introduced to Hudson’s sister Olivia Rothschild, who is the catalyst pushing Stella towards a successful business launch. Fisher is Stella’s best friend and confident, and Jack is Hudson’s best friend is the VP of a large media conglomerate. THE INVITATION is a story of betrayal and deceit; secrets and lies; business and pleasure; romance and love. The premise is imaginative, inviting, decadent and not without some twists and turns; the romance is spicy and sexy; the characters are sassy, flirty and spirited.

Jo Duncan - The Invitation3 star

Unfortunately it was slow, I found myself skipping pages well pass the half way mark. The idea of this book was good the delivery wasn’t great.

AbiHug - A great twist5 star

I really enjoyed this book with great dialogue, different timelines and a couple of twists.

Anne.G happy - A Joy!5 star

This was a wonderful book full of chemistry and sexual tension. I read it in one night, I couldn’t put it down! Great characters that are uplifting and a joy to get to know.

Quinny19 - Should be 10 stars5 star

I really anticipate reading this authors work when it hits my reader and this did not disappoint. It had it all and I loved it.❤️❤️❤️

Roxy.11 - Loved it!5 star

Loved this book. Belly laughed many times throughout. I loved the fruit notes, awwwww. It had all the feels!

meggsy mac - Highly recommend5 star

It was soooo good. Loved it from the start and I couldn’t put it down. Finished it in a couple of days. I loved Stella, Hudson and Fisher.

Jaxwright57 - Wow !!!5 star

You know a book is very special when it stays with you long after the final words have been read and The Invitation is really a very special read. It has characters you will fall hard and fast for, it has all the feels you would expect in a great read and a story that will captivate you from the first page to the last line and as I said I’m sure you will be thinking about Hudson and Stella long after you have finished this wonderful story. I’m not going to write a review that full of spoilers because I believe this romance needs to be read with no preconceived ideas you need to pick this book up like me and reads it first hand with your own eyes. What I will say is this couple intrigued me and as I read each page I knew I couldn’t put this book down and that’s how come I was still up at 3am so be warned make sure you have time to finish what you start because believe me once you meet Hudson and Stella all else goes out the window. This book touched me on so many levels, the chemistry is intense, the passion is steamy and the banter is witty. Another sure sign of a special read is when you can’t stop reading but you don’t want the book to end and that’s how I felt about The Invitation and I guess I do need to mention the most epic epilogue I have ever read....... it may only be the middle of January but The Invitation will be on my top reads of 2021 so I urge you all to one click this gem. Vi Keeland once again gives us a wonderful start to the year with this epic read.

CrystalBella1989 - Umm.. thanks for the sleepless night!5 star

This book was so good, my night of a read-until-I-fall-asleep was utterly disturbed. It was engaging, literally laugh out loud funny but also really heartwarming. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book of this kind that seems believable, even though you know it’s totally not. The story is really captivating and I love Stella’s character. I haven’t read anything from the author before but I am now probably one of the biggest fans. Well worth the purchase. Thanks for a brilliant read x

Mandadrummo - Top read of 20215 star

I don’t care if we’re still in January, this is definitely going to be one of my top 5 reads for 2021. I loved everything about it, the banter, the scorching hot chemistry and the storyline were all fantastic. I finished it in one sitting and could not put it down!

Erin Lewis aka Maimeo's - Outstanding5 star

I was hooked on the story that Vi Keeland wove from the first to the last word. The Invitation was an entertaining, well written story that was a pleasure to read. From the first moment that Hudson Rothschild and Stella Bardot meet at a wedding, sparks fly and I just knew that this was going to be one heck of a story. However, not all is as it seems, since one of them is there under false pretenses. Despite knowing that it can go nowhere, Stella is attracted to Hudson. Like Cinderella, Stella flees from the wedding but in her haste to escape, she leaves her phone behind and guess who finds it?. The chemistry between them is off the charts and their story was so much fun, with plenty of steam and witty banter that I spent a great deal of the time laughing out loud or swooning. It was wonderful to watch their relationship develop and I found myself smiling like a fool. This was a book that I was sad to see end; in truth I could have kept reading about these characters, they were just so easy to relate too.

Marina Skinner - Absolutely sensational! Top read for 2021!5 star

An absolutely sensational read, every feeling, every moment was just wonderful. I was riveted to the story and didn’t put it down till I had finished. I had a permanent smile on my face as I read and genuinely loved the characters, especially Stella and Fisher, they were a hoot together. Needless to say when Stella meets Hudson, at his sisters wedding she crashed, the adventure we are sent on is not without drama and some rather unique surprises. This was a story that blew my mind and the coincidences and the way the storyline went, had my attention from the very beginning. It is one of my top reads for 2021. The author has exceeded her talent for writing a captivating story. These characters will forever hold a special place in my heart. Well done!

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About Vi Keeland Wiki

Vi Keeland is an American author associated with Mont//lake Romance. Her books have become best-sellers on New York Times and USA Today listings, have been translated worldwide, and have appeared on the German, Brazilian, and US bestseller lists. Fourteen of her novels have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list, and Bossman placed at #1 on both The New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. Her short story, Dry Spell, was turned into a short movie by Passionflix.
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