The Winemaker’s Dinner: Appetizers (The Winemaker’s Dinner, #1)
by Dr. Ivan Rusilko and Everly Drummond
Published on:July 31, 2012 by Omnific Publishing
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.
The Bookish Brunette thought:
Jaden gets tipsy at the Winmakers Dinner (am i the only one singing ‘You can find me in da club, bottle full of bub’ in my head?) while ogling a man who she says is “out of her league”. She starts to wander the grounds and ends up at a fountain, she just can’t help but dip her feet in. O_o
Low and behold, the mystery man she’d been undressing with her eyes all night, comes up behind her! After a short back and forth, Super McHotty puts his jacket around her… At this point- Jaden is too breathlessly vulnerable and he’s a bit too “formal” for my taste.
What? I like MANLY, macho guys… Not someone who comments on how I shouldn’t leave expensive shoes on the ground and makes jewelry. (Seriously… Hubs breaks out my beads and starts stringing them up- I’m taking his man card.)
Her body is “quivering” at his touch on her cheekbone by 5% in… And I’m thinking, “Where’s the build up?”
They’re kissing for seemingly no reason soon after. And I’m wondering, “Is it the wine?” Because no matter how hot the guy- unless it’s Charlie Hunnan (I mean SERIOUSLY) – then there’s no way I’m going to be all aflutter and passionately kissing after three rushed statements of conversation.
Jaden was not really my cup of expensive espresso… She reminded me of those ‘fainting heroine’ types with little to no personality. And Ivan was very… Prissy?
The Winemakers Dinner was a bit out there for me… I like romance/hot sex to seem realistic, even if it IS fiction. Ivan is very seemingly regal, but considering he’s Mr. USA, a doctor and umpteen other things- I suppose it’s to be expected… But he slips into a “normal dude” every once in a few paragraphs when Jaden isn’t ‘fluttering’ or ‘breathless’…
The Winemaker’s Dinner has some hot sex, with an over the top romance. Not really a typical adult romance read for me… I prefer tough guys and smart-mouthed chicks, but that’s just me!
This is a slow, deliberate romance… There’s not really any ACTION … unless you count the sex. The Winemakers Dinner is a chronicle of the beginning of Ivan and Jaden’s relationship, and their quick, yet intense path to love.