Monday MANdy Special: Review…The Winemaker’s Dinner: Appetizers by Dr. Ivan Rusilko and Everly Drummond

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.


I would like to start out by saying that I’m so glad that reviews are written and not spoken, because I’m certain I would get lost in thought remembering my favorite parts of this book and start stammering like a fool.  This is the first book in a series written by Dr. Ivan Rusilko and Everly Drummond, called The Winemaker’s Dinner.  This first installation, Appetizers, delivers a delicious tease to the palate that has me hungry for more!

Jaden, a beautiful and talented chef at one of Miami’s most popular restaurants, is given the opportunity of a lifetime to attend The Winemaker’s Dinner, an upscale event for Miami’s élite.  Who could turn up that offer? Even better, it’s her birthday weekend and with two tickets in hand it’s a perfect opportunity to spend time with her best friend, and roommate, and enjoy the finer things the culinary world has to offer.

Dr. Ivan Rusilko is a young and handsome physician built like a Greek god.  He’s been to places and has had experiences most people only dream of.  He’s mingled with models, actors and athletes. He’s loved and lived to the fullest.  So, to go to the Winemakers Dinner is a pretty common example of a night out on the town for him.  But tonight is bound to be different.  The instant he sees the young woman dressed to kill in a red dress, he knows she is special.  There’s something about her that is so alluring and he knows she isn’t a woman he should let slip through his grasp.

The story of Ivan and Jaden is one of lust, passion, and love.  It starts out hot and heavy but grows into a romance that is enviable and honest.  The evolution of their relationship is magical.  It is the perfect mix of erotic and romantic.  There were times I was drooling on the pages and times where I was sighing dreamily like a teenage girl. 

For me, the best part of this whole reading experience was knowing that Dr. Ivan is real.  He’s a real person, sharing some of his real experiences.  The women in his life are some lucky ladies.  He seems so kind and caring and well–rounded but most of all, humble and honest.  I wasn’t sure how I would feel about this whole fiction based on reality mash-up when I first started this book but damn, it worked so well!! And let’s be honest ladies, you all know when we read a story with a hero we love, we will sit and Google the character name with the hopes that someone out there in Internetland has found a model that represents what we think the hero looks like. But with this book, we can Google the actual hero! And oh, what a Google search it is *swoon*!

Thank you Dr. Rusilko and Ms. Drummond for a wonderfully different concept that made one hell of a read!  I cannot wait for the other installments in this series and how Jaden and Ivan grow.  You have earned a fan and I will be recommending this book to all!  Cheers! 

Heat Factor: Burning 

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  12 comments for “Monday MANdy Special: Review…The Winemaker’s Dinner: Appetizers by Dr. Ivan Rusilko and Everly Drummond

  1. 07/23/2012 at 11:41 am

    I have not been a fan of reading a romance story based on true life, but Jilly, I think I have to read The Winemakers Dinner books as they come out. You have whetted my appetite…LOL
    Thanks for the review and contest.
    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

    • 07/23/2012 at 4:24 pm

      Michelle – I really think you will enjoy it and am so glad you’re going to give it a read :-) Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Laurie
    07/23/2012 at 1:35 pm

    I saw something awhile back about this series coming out and I wasn’t sure how it would be based on an actual person, but it sounds like it works, thanks for the review!

    • 07/23/2012 at 4:25 pm

      Laurie – I was on the fence also but it really worked well! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  3. Tina Lane
    07/23/2012 at 4:37 pm

    I guees I found another book to read!! Thanks for the review!!

  4. 07/25/2012 at 1:50 pm

    WOW that is awesome. He is a real person, you don’t read about that everyday. ;) I’m now going to enter the giveaway for this on goodreads. LOL

    Thanks for the review!!!

  5. Wendy M
    07/25/2012 at 1:59 pm

    Yum- met him at RT this year, all I can say is WOWZA this man is smoking hot. I’m looking forward to reading this book.

  6. 07/25/2012 at 2:19 pm

    he kind of looks like prince Caspian from Narnia. just saying. :)

  7. Carin W
    07/25/2012 at 3:13 pm

    It seems weird to me to read real life “romantic exploits” but maybe I am just being weird LOL! Carin

  8. 07/25/2012 at 5:37 pm

    Wow! What a great review! I will definitely be buying this book and reading it next chance I get. It sounds great and being that you enjoyed it so much makes me want it all the more!!
    Book Monster Reviews

  9. 07/26/2012 at 10:06 pm

    Ok…I’m going to have to read this! Geeshhh…my “to read” list is growing by leaps and bounds. I have got to finish my WIP soon, just so I can READ!!! :)

  10. Lori Meehan
    07/28/2012 at 7:24 am

    That man is HOT. That was a great review and I will now have to add this to my TBR pile.

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