Wednesday, September 5, 2012



Welcome to The Bookish Babe's stop on THE WINEMAKER'S DINNER Blog Tour. The Winemaker's Dinner was written by Dr. Ivan Rusilko and Everly Drummond, and  published by Omnific Publishing. The  tour is being hosted by AToMR Blog Tours. You can find the complete tour homepage here, and the tour schedule here. My stop includes my review of the book.

The Winemaker's Dinner: Appetizers (The Winemaker's Dinner, #1)Series: The Winemaker's Dinner
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Publication Date: July 31, 2012
Format: ebook
Source: Received from publisher for review.
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 Winemaker's Dinner:Appetizers is the story of Jaden and Ivan, falling in love. They are both successful professionals living in Miami, him being a Doctor and she an Executive Chef. Upon meeting, they have an instant, passionate chemistry that leads to the start of a very beautiful relationship. A relationship that features cozy dinners, exhilerating adventures, and steamy nights.

Jaden was a charming character. I felt she was relatable, despite the lifestyle she leads. She is secure with herself and in her burgeoning relationship with Ivan. As for the good doctor? I did like him, but didn't feel that much of a connection, despite seeing the story through his point of view as well. It wasn't any one thing about him that didn't resonate, but moreso his lack of any flaws. I kid you not, there isn't one thing in this entire world that man doesn't know how to do, and do it better with his eyes closed and one hand tied behind his back. He's a doctor, he's a model, Mr. USA, unfailingly even-tempered, he can even make jewelry. It's enough to make most women crawl under a rock with shame. But not Jaden, thankfully.

With it's nearly perfect characters leading nearly perfect lives, The Winemaker's Dinner was a nice, but not especially exciting read. I did enjoy it, but never felt as if I couldn't get enough. I will say, though, that the steamy scenes were pretty awesome. They were spicy enough to raise the temperature in the room, but not so much that you feel as if you need a shower after.

Full of passion and an over-the-top love affair, The Winemaker's Dinner is sure to appeal to readers looking to be swept away by romance.

Favorite Quote:

" 'You were watching me?'
   'No,' he corrected her with a hint of amusement. 'I was watching you watch me. There's a difference.' " (ebook, 5%)

"Sure, I've traveled the world and done things some people only dream of doing. So what? That's what I've done, not who I am. Right now I'm just a guy...desperate for you to give him a chance. Nothing more." (ebook, 17%)

You can purchase The Winemaker's Dinner at:
Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble Book Depository

Learn more about The Winemaker's Dinner at the  series website and  Facebook page.

Connect with Dr. Ivan Rusilko and  Everly Drummond on Twitter.

There are two blog tour giveaways, courtesy of the publisher.

US/Canada Giveaway
  • Signed print copy of The Winemaker's Dinner
  • Signed Bookmark
  • Sea Turtle Keychain
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International Giveaway
  • The Winemaker's Dinner (ebooks)
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  1. I have been wondering about this book. I have the others in the series, but haven't had time to read them yet. Thanks for the great and honest review.

  2. This sounds good, but sometimes when characters are too perfect it can really put me off. I'm glad you enjoyed it!!

  3. I work in the California wine industry, so I am intrigued about any story that features wine. Sounds like the wine is a bit periphery in this one, though. Glad you enjoyed the story despite the too-perfect love interest!

  4. This book sounds interesting, don't know if it is something I would normally pick up, but hey sometimes you gotta branch out. Thanks for the review.

  5. It sounds pretty good. I can deal with the perfect characters for the steamy scenes

  6. This book sounds interesting. Thanks for being honest in the review.

    Thanks for the giveaways.

  7. I kept seeing the book title around and was intrigued as to what it was about. Sounds like a fun steamy read although I agree that it sounds like Ivan is a bit too perfect lol Makes jewelry even!

  8. Glad to see you enjoyed this in spite of some it's flaws. Wonderful review Andrea. :)

  9. I simply cannot wait to read this since I've seen a lot of great reviews on this story!

  10. Wonderful review. I've had my eyes on this one so i'm thrilled you loved it.

  11. Love this review. I agree completely. I about died with this "he can even make jewelry". I either texted you or April when I read that part. I mean seriously! Apparently there will be more drama in the upcoming book. We'll see. :)

  12. This sounds great! And sexy! Thanks for the giveaway.


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