Welcome to crossbow hunting/shooting. The Parker Hornet has gotten some very good reviews, and is definitely worth looking at. The fact that you can shoot it is a bonus. If the shop sells other brands, check out as many as you can before you buy. You may find one you like more than the Hornet.
The balance and feel of the Hornet and the Wicked Ridge Invader are about the same. Speeds are very close too. If you get the chance shoot both of them before you buy. I like the trigger on the Wicked Ridge much better and the cocking mechanism is built in, it's also priced $50 less. Add to that Ten Point/Wicked Ridge reliability and the online reviews and it might help you make a decision.
There are many other likes and dislikes that I could list here. I'd be happy to talk crossbow with you if you want to call. 814-662-4321
My son shoots a hornet now...a good mid-market crossbow, and accurate as all the others.
Wicked Ridge is really making a name for themselves in the mid-market, but we tend to stick to brands where we had luck. as always AH is the guy to talk to, he knows and tries them all, just wanted to give the hornet a thumbs up from my family.
"Only takes a second to change your season" Dad, 1980