Recently named executive chef at one of Miami Beach’s hottest restaurants, Jaden Thorne is determined to make her culinary mark and fulfill her professional dreams. When Jaden is given highly coveted tickets to the ultra-exclusive Winemaker’s Dinner, she jumps at the opportunity to meet South Florida's wealthiest and most influential food and wine enthusiasts. Jaden’s eyes are drawn to the VIP section even before the appetizers appear, but she soon finds herself thinking less about networking and more about the intriguingly sexy stranger eying her from across the room. After dinner, what begins as a light-hearted flirtation unexpectedly catapults into a night of explosive passion. But when morning dawns, Jaden leaves her sleeping Mr. Oh So Sexy behind, sure they’ll never see each other again. Dr. Ivan Rusilko, a handsome, young physician, boasts an extensive resume’ and a well-established position on Miami Beach’s social scene. But despite his success and glamour, he’s routinely had to suffer uninspiring dates and doomed relationships. With a romantic heart, Ivan’s not the love-‘em-and-leave-‘em type. But when he awakens to find that the girl in the red dress has done exactly that, he resolves to find her--only if it’s just to ask why she left without even a kiss goodbye. The Winemaker’s Dinner is a fictionalized erotic memoir inspired by the romantic triumphs and tragedies of Dr. Ivan Rusilko’s real life. Weaving fact with fantasy, authors Everly Drummond and Dr. Ivan Rusilko have gifted readers with a swoon-worthy flesh and blood romantic hero and the intoxicating bouquet only a heartfelt tale of passionate love can create.
Okay, you know I love me some hot reads and for what the Winemaker's Dinner: Appetizer's promised, it was GOOD! I can honestly say that i enjoyed this book quite a lot ;) Also while reading I had no idea DR. Ivan was real O_O...until I read the authors...yeah. That was interesting. I actually liked this story. It had a few flaws but it wasn't anything MAJOR. For the begging of a series it was okay and a real appetizer ;) (yeah i just had to put that =P) One of the things i liked were the characters. I liked Jaden. She seemed like the woman who wasn't so confident with herself but whom soon realizes she's not completely unwanted. I liked that she felt real. She made me laugh & at times cry. I COMPLETELY LOVED her friend & roomie Tasha! She was encouraging and funny! Now to Dr. Ivan. He was described as a romantic, and yes in the book he is! Thought at times I was confused by his changing voice. What I mean is he sounded sweet + romantic one moment then at another he was calling her "babe" that is the one word i DON'T like in adult books. XP BUT i did LOVE reading his POV's in the book (YAY, for multiple POV's!) As for the romance, IT WAS HOT & SWEET! I loved there interactions and of course there "NIGHTS OF FUN!" Even though they had an adult version of the YA "insta-love" but for the situation it worked. I mean sometimes love can happen in a moment but i'm still debating weather i liked it or not. =/ Overall, i enjoyed this book and for the start of a series it was good. Not too overly erotic but definitely interesting & full of emotions. It has a sweet & hot romance and is filled with likable characters!! ^_^ So i give it 3.5/5 STACKS of BOOKS! Only because at times the writing was a bit choppy & fast.
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Dr. Ivan Rusilko
Dr. Ivan Rusilko, DO, CSN, PT, is an accomplished weight loss, wellness, physical enhancement and sexual health physician in Miami, Florida. A certified sports nutritionist, champion bodybuilder, international male fitness model, and former Mr. USA 2008 & 2010, Dr. Ivan graduated from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2010 and sits as the national media and public relations expert and spokesperson on diet, exercise and sports nutrition for the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). Dr. Ivan has been a feature health writer and lifestyle coach for numerous magazines and online publications including The Washington Times and Quarter Life Health. In addition to health and wellness, he has a variety of interests and activities including event coordination, photography, writing, and politics. With his debut novel, "The Winemaker’s Dinner: Appetizers," book one of a planned three book series due out in the summer of 2012, Dr. Rusilko is excited to offer a male voice in a predominantly female authored genre. Always one with a story to tell, he hopes to continue writing, exploring new genres and projects, as well as field future entertainment opportunities. He is proud to bring two of his passions, his medical wellness and sexual health background and writing together in this unique project. He hopes that the "The Winemakers Feast Trilogy" will help spark an enthusiasm and liberation among women, inspiring them to bring their sexual health into focus and achieve a better quality of life.Find and Follow her on: Facebook / Goodreads / Website / TWITTER
As a student of the Centennial CollegeSocial Service Worker program, and the Trent University Biology program, EverlyDrummond had a previous life in administration and transportation beforelaunching her career as a writer. Everly's other writing projects include City ofthe Damned, a paranormal romance series, and Blood of the Ancients, a YAparanormal romance. All four novellas in the City of the Damned series haveappeared on the Amazon.com bestseller list. Everly resides in Toronto, Ontario,where she is currently working on the third installment to The Winemaker’sDinner with co-author, Ivan Rusilko.Find and Follow her on: Facebook / Goodreads / Website / TWITTER
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