Tuesday, April 30, 2013

My review: The Winemaker's Dinner: Appetizers by Dr. Ivan Rusilko

The Winemaker's Dinner: Appetizers 

By Dr. Ivan Rusilko

Genre: Erotica

Published: July 29, 2012

Length: 240 Pages

Synopsis: 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.

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When I first picked up this book to read and found out that the author Dr. Ivan Rusilko was not only the author and model on the cover but also the one of the main characters in this story, I thought this book was going to be horrible.  I expected to find a book in which the male character in this story would always talk about himself and I wouldn’t enjoy it.  I have to say, I really enjoyed this story A LOT, I especially liked the titles for each chapter.

 Let me start of with the title of the book The Winemaker’s Dinner.  This worked out so well for this series because that is where Ivan and Jaden first met, at the annual Winemaker’s Dinner.  Jaden has recently been named executive chef at one of Miami Beach’s hottest restaurants, Bianca, so when she receives tickets to the Winemaker’s Dinner she jumps at the chance to meet and network with some of the wealthiest food and wine enthusiasts in Miami Beach.  That’s when she sees Ivan who just so happens to me seated at the VIP table.  From the first moment she saw him she was drawn to him, that is until she sees the lady that is hanging off of him.  With her best friend Tasha off dancing with a man she met named Michael and finding herself alone at the table, she gets up and walks off and finds herself at a fountain, little does she know that while she is gone, Ivan is searching for her.  They are both attracted to one another and little does Jaden know, but Ivan is also attracted to her as well.  They end up leaving the dinner together and end up spending a magical night together, even though Jaden has a had little bit too much to drink and the next morning struggles to remember what happened.  She’s on cloud nine that is until Tasha sends her some articles to read about the man she just spent the night with.  She discovers that Ivan is actually a young physician that has an extensive resume and is used to spending his time with actresses and models.  Feeling down on her luck and disappointed she leaves while Ivan is still sleeping in the bed without so much as a goodbye.

 Little does Jaden know that Ivan is not the one night stand kind of guy and wants so much more from her.  Assuming that she will never see him again she goes about her life as normal.  It’s not until her roommate tells her that Ivan knows exactly who she is does she start to think that she made a mistake in running off.  According to her roommate and best friend, Ivan wanted to know everything about her and asked lots of questions, thinking that fate has left them to go their separate ways she goes back to what she does best, cooking.  Ivan is a little hurt that Jaden has run off, but he’s not going to let her go that easily, she he does what he does best.  He organizes some of his friends to go and have lunch at the restaurant where Jaden is the head chef and when the meal is over, he requests that the chef come out and meet them at the table, little does Jaden know that she’s about to come face to face with Ivan again.  At this point you would probably be thinking that Ivan would want some sort of revenge for the fact that she ran away without so much as  goodbye note, but surprisingly Ivan wants to take her out on an official date.

Throughout the book and the time they spend together you watch as Ivan and Jaden grow closer to one another, especially when they go to visit his family for Thanksgiving.  I don’t want to give too much away so you will just have to read the book for yourself, but this is definitely not a book to be missed.  While you watch them grow closer, you also watch as their careers slowly start to eat up all their time together and Jaden quickly becomes the top chef in Miami Beach landing a leading role on a new series for Bravo that will take her all the way to Los Angeles.  Ivan can’t leave due to his commitments and his career in Miami Beach.  So when Jaden’s dreams start to come through and she has to give up everything she has created in Miami; contacts, friends, and most of all Ivan will their relationship be able to survive.  I wanted to cry when Jaden left for Los Angeles and Ivan said that he would never again risk losing a friend to attempt a long distance relationship, I wanted so much for these two but I didn’t feel sad at the end of this book and there was no huge cliffhanger that made me not want to continue to read the series, it left me wanting more and to see what happens to Ivan and Jaden in the future.

What I love about Ivan is he’s not your typical guy, he’s very romantic and very caring and that’s rare to see especially in a lot of the books I have read, and I only grew to love both Ivan and Jaden more as the book progressed.  He always was so kind to Jaden even at one point sacrificing his own feelings for her so she could follow her dreams.  I also loved the fact that it was reality mixed with some fantasy it made the book more realistic.  This book was amazing and if this is just the beginning, I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the entree and dessert books, lucky for me I have all three so I can start now!

Favorite Quotes

"You can ruin every suit I own, as long as you promise to say yes every time." Loc 794

"Baby girl, you could make a chastity belt look sexy." Loc 3004

"I would give you anything your heart desires, even if it means your happiness over mine." Loc 4192

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