Thursday, July 31, 2014


Don't panic, day three of our trip will be a post later on tonight! I just have a few book reviews I'm working on and then back to photos and stories.

Invitation - Christina Hoffman
Can the love of a good man bring you back to life? Dr. Liam Mason wants to try...

Madison Spencer is a focused medical student, concerned only with work and paying the bills. She hides her beauty and once passionate spirit behind a quiet plain Jane facade. Since she was drugged, stripped, and photographed by a vengeful ex, she has stayed away from men and kept her heart and body safe. But the loneliness is becoming more than she can bear.

When heart-stoppingly gorgeous Dr. Liam Mason walks into her world, she knows she's in trouble. The attraction is instant, but Madison expects her past to be a deal-breaker.

Instead, Liam offers to bring her back to life. No love, no commitment, just straight-up fun. Madison's sensible mind resists, but her body is willing. Together the young doctors explore love, and all its many obstacles.

Deep inside, each wonders if they've found their perfect match. But their fears threaten to destroy the world they're building together. 

Will they each be strong enough and brave enough to risk their hearts to have it all?

*Please note: this title contains adult situations and is not intended for readers under 18 years old.

Any book that comes with a disclaimer urging readers to be 18 years old and beyond, is going to be good right off the bat. It's particularly good when you find yourself home alone for a full weekend day. Which is glorious all on its own. 

Madison is a bit of a square, a really focused square with a really terrible history. Obviously steering clear from men because of a pretty horrific incident that I don't think many people would come out normal from, when she meets Liam she's knocked on her ass. It's like heat of the moment, drop your drawers intense and Madison isn't sure what to do. Fortunately for her, Liam also is looking to be commitment free so they embark on a friends with benefits type relationship, which ends up being messy and not at all what they wanted. 

There are some fairly explicit scenes in this book, which you can imagine with the disclaimer given. The key here is that if you are a little freaked out about the BDSM trend and  you don't get any of that at all and it kills a romance novel for you? You're in luck because you won't get that here. It's straight vanilla scenes, albeit steamy in their own right. Another thing about this novel I enjoyed is that if you aren't a huge fan of romance, this actually might not be a bad start for you. Mostly because unlike traditional romance novels where the characters are maybe more difficult to relate to (because how many billionaires do you actually know?), these are "normal" people with baggage. They could be anyone, basically. 

Can we also mention this is a debut novel? For as solid as this book was, I am still surprised it's a debut. Christina writes as if she's been crafting this for a while, and maybe she has in her spare time, and the hard work has certainly showed. I was hooked from the very beginning and easily finished this in an afternoon. 

If you go ahead and read this, you can discuss your thoughts on it at the PUYB Virtual Book Club over at Goodreads (HERE). If you want to purchase this book, it's currently available at Amazon (HERE).  
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