Review: The Invitation by Keris Stainton

Posted June 27, 2018 by Lorna in Reviews / 11 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The Invitation by Keris Stainton
The Invitation

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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Released on June 25, 2018
Pages: 242
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Being a big fan of books that take place in the UK, I was happy to dive into this book about a career girl in London. She’s also a blogger about body positivity and has been in love with a guy back home since they were just kids. Of course, he doesn’t know it and it’s been eight years since they’ve seen each other. I couldn’t wait to see how they found their happily ever after.


Piper grew up in a small city on the water in Northern England. Eight years previously, her parents both died, so her and her sister only have their aunt left. All Piper wanted to do was get away from the memories of her family and she couldn’t wait to start living a fabulous life in London. She leaves behind all her friends and the love of her young life, Rob. She was never with him, but he was part of her group of friends. When she appears on a morning television show debating body positivity versus a healthy lifestyle, she hears from Rob out the blue, via Facebook. He tells her to come see him if she ever comes home to see her aunt. Of course, she freaks about it, but has no plans to go back home. When her aunt has a health crisis a few days later, she finds herself back home with the memories and face to face with the Greek god that Rob has managed to turn himself into.

Piper was such a good character. She’s outspoken about her body image, knows she’s overweight, but totally owns it. She is still grieving the loss of her parents and has no intention of ever moving back home due to the memories. Her best friend and roommate is Matt, a guy she met at uni. He actually was one of the best parts of this book. He’s bisexual and really doesn’t seem to have a preference one way or the other. He’s happy to be Piper’s very supportive friend, is very sensitive and loving, and would probably rather be with Piper than any of his many conquests, any day of the week. Their banter together was really fun. Rob is just about as close to perfect as any man can be. He’s a teacher at their old high school, has sculpted his body to perfection, and could care less that Piper is overweight. Rounding out the characters are Holly, Piper’s “perfect sister”(they aren’t close), and their elderly great-aunt Connie.

I thought this book was well written with lots of fun banter back and forth with at least three of the characters. Can’t under-estimate the power of good banter in a book! Relationships get straightened out, people fall in love, a bad sexual decision is made(not the main characters), a girl band gets a new name(not explaining),fun is had by most at a high school reunion and social media has a field day. And I had a great time reading the whole thing.

My only problem with the book?  I thought at times Piper stressed over her weight too much. For someone that is so body positive, she does mention it quite a bit. Not a big deal, just something that I did notice.

I definitely recommend this book to contemporary romance(not necessarily rom-com readers) readers or people that just enjoy a good story, because it’s not just a romance, but also a journey to get past tragedy, mend other family relationships and also to show that men and women can be close friends without anything else at stake. This is a fun, sometimes sensual, and at times, heartwarming read!




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I’m a lifetime book addict and currently own nine Kindles, with only six still working. I do tend to wear them out! They pretty much are my favorite technology-well that and my cell phone. Okay, yes and my laptop. I spent most of my life in Kentucky, but moved to Maryland in my attempt to get closer to the the ocean a few years ago. Being retired helps. I have a B.S. degree in law enforcement with a minor in sociology, but never really worked in my major. Instead, I spent my entire adult life working in the medical field in some capacity. After retiring(early), I found my passion in reviewing books for a couple of blogs and I love it. My author favorites include, Dannika Dark, Amber Lynn Natusch, J.T. Geissinger, Colleen Hoover, Samantha Towle, K.A. Tucker, Karina Halle, Sarina Bowen, J.R. Ward, Mariana Zapata, Dianne Duvall, and I could go on and on. I read many different genre’s, but still like a romantic element in most, if not all of them.

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Sophia Rose
4 years ago

You said the magic words. I’m a banter fan. Neat that its set in the UK, too.

4 years ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

Yep, Banter is fun!

4 years ago

I love these type of stories so much, and the cover is fantastic! Great review! Hugs…RO

4 years ago
Reply to  RO

I did really enjoy the book. I think the cover is why I looked at it in the first place actually, Thanks!

4 years ago

It sounds good but I think I would have been annoyed a bit if she keepss thinking about her weight

4 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

Yes, she was a bit worried but then she would be just the opposite about it. It wasn’t too bad, but I did notice it.

4 years ago

I don’t know if this one would be a good fit for me… I like a little more rom in my rom-com, haha. I also hate it when characters degrade themselves or think negatively about their bodies and how they appear. There are literally millions of people out there and they all have their own image. It’s okay to look the way you do!

L @ Do You Dog-ear?

4 years ago
Reply to  Lindsi

I totally understand-this is billed as being laugh out loud funny and I don’t think I laughed at all-maybe once. Her whole blog was about being okay about your body regardless and then she would mention her body and that was a bit tiresome. Still enjoyed the read though,

4 years ago
Reply to  Lorna

If I’m promised laugh-out-loud, then that’s what I want! She seems hypocritical, which would really bug me…

Naomi Hop
4 years ago

So many girls can relate to this one I think… None of us really have the perfect body. Sounds like a good journey for Piper.

4 years ago
Reply to  Naomi Hop

I did enjoy the journey. And true most can relate!