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The Winemaker's Dinner: Appetizers (The Winemaker's Feast Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Dr. Ivan Rusilko , Everly Drummond
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)

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“Combining glitz, glamour, and hot romance, The Winemaker’s Dinner: Appetizers is one of the best romance novels of the year.” – 5 stars, Book Savvy Babe


“Everly Drummond and Ivan Rusilko serve up one hell of a treat and if this is just the appetizer, whoa baby, what do we have in store for the main course then?” – 5 stars, Riverina Romantics


“This book had everything I love to see in a romance. There was chemistry, a little bit of lust, some cat and mouse chase thrown in there, those sweet and tender moments, a massive amount of sexy, and a pinch of day-umm.” – 5 stars, She Who Blogs Behind the Rows


"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! " – 5 stars, Darhk Portal


“The publisher has referred to this as his "fictionalized erotic memoir." The fact this person is also the co-author, a doctor, a model, and Mr. USA not once, but twice? This by itself makes for a crazy mix in an erotic romance novel. The whole time reading this book I kept thinking, “Is this real? Is that real?” It truly makes for a one of a kind reading experience that I’m looking forward to continuing in the sequels. Pour a glass of Mollydooker and settle in.” - 5 stars, A Tale of Many Book Reviews


“If only there were more men like the hero of this story.” – The Reading Café


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.


Product Details

  • File Size: 463 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Omnific Publishing; 1 edition (July 29, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008QYUW0K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,227 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still swooning over Dr. Ivan......swoon September 9, 2012
By Dana
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Everly and Ivan did an awesome job writing this book in tandem! When reading the book I couldn't tell where one writing style ends and the other begins. I was intrigued by the concept, which is how I was hooked to read this book. I have read other books written by two authors and was not impressed. I usually avoid books as such, however having heard a little bit of the background of the book and that it was based on Dr Ivan Rusilko's real life, I had to read it. I was NOT disappointed.
I don't believe in spoilers so my review of the book will be general. The storyline is light, fun and hot. I found myself crying, laughing out loud and falling in love with Ivan and Jaden. Jaden is not the typical damsel in distress who needs to be saved. THANK GOODNESS!! She has her moments, like we all do, and it allows the reader to see the compassionate side of Ivan. Jaden is an independent accomplished chef who questions what she wants in life. She is realistic in her outlook, but hopeful. I like the storyline to one that two people meet and well it was love at first sight. Only Jaden's realistic side hampers her ability to see it!! They fall in love with passion that rivals no other. I totally swooned over their love story. With that being said, they have challenges to overcome and choices to be made, some of which are not revealed in this book. (WHEN DOES THE SECOND BOOK COME OUT????) Can we say CLIFFHANGER!!
There is plenty of hot and steamy love scenes. Only they are classy, not an obstacle course. The physical attraction between Jaden and Ivan is undeniable and hot. The pages were melting on my Kindle.
Now on to the best part...Dr. Ivan Rusilko. We all know he is cute as hell, he can sweep a lady off her feet. I like to read a book and feel like it is a window into their heart. There is no doubt that Ivan is compassionate, intelligent, thoughtful, adventurous, and on and on I could go.
Totally needs to be a new addition to your library!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Winemakers Dinner:Appetizers September 15, 2012
By Amy
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I read 50 shades and could not wait till TWD, it did not disappoint!! I couldn't put the book down, read it within 24 hrs. As you read the book you see, feel his compassion, vulnerability. To know there is a man out there that can show that side of him, warms my heart. Gives me hope. Isn't that why you read.. to take you different places. There are several favorable scenes. A couple of them are when Ivan and Jaden are in the room of accomplishments in his family's home. The Costume asking Jaden to accompany him home for thanksgiving. The sea turtles. Thank you Ivan and Everly for a fantabulous book. I can't wait for the next installments
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love me some Dr. Ivan September 15, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Love..love..loved this book! Amazing story of finding love and what you will do to keep it. The dynamics between Ivan and Jaden are awesome and it's so fun to watch how they come together and grow together as a couple. The passion they have is amazing and something most women would "kill for" in a partner.

Towards the end, I couldn't stop clutching my chest and holding my breath. My heart was racing! I can't wait for the next book cause I know those feelings will come back and that there is so much more excitement and heart racing moments to come!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Beautiful Love! November 19, 2012
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This book was an exciting and fun romantic read, especially considering the unique co-authorship and love story based loosely on the real-life experiences of Dr. Ivan Rusilko, who is adorable. He has also done a great job at his first foray into writing contemporary/erotic romance (even his dedication is a moving and swoon-worthy fine piece of writing!), and I look forward to the next installation in this awesome series!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terribile writing May 4, 2013
By sajie
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** spoiler alert **

Thank goodness I got this book when it was free.

I really only liked the part where Jaden visits with Ivan's family for Thanksgiving. I don't like giving bad reviews, but feel I really have to in this case. The writing, especially the dialogue was very uncomfortable. Like someone was waxing on poetically, when most people don't speak that way. Maybe that's why the time with his family was the better part of the book, because it felt more real. For the most part, it just felt like the writing was trying to make me feel something instead of letting it happen more organically.

I didn't like that he called her baby girl, because it felt strange and out of place. I also felt like he reminded me of guys that I've known or met before who are so pretty and into themselves that they are almost caricatures of real people. Like they are always putting on a way about them. The author describes him at the beginning of the book, but doesn't mention until towards the end of the book that he has a silver hoop earring in his ear. I'm thinking, where did that come from? Also, it could be a Miami way of dressing, but grey jeans are not cute.

And, what kind of doctor is he? The writing was so focused on him being a Mr. USA/model/bodybuilder, to make him seem so good looking, I still don't know what kind of doctor he is. Is he a medical doctor or did he get a PhD in something else, which basically allows him to be a nutritionist? Calling him Dr. all the time, it was like they were bashing me over the head with it, but not telling me much about what he actually did.

Then towards the end of the book, he stays away from her the entire week before she leaves for Los Angeles, only to later say that the hours she was away, that couldn't bare?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Well, hello there!
Jaden Thorne is the beautiful, bright new rising star chef at one of Miami's hottest restaurants.

The devastatingly handsome Dr. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kyleigh Jane
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good
This was pretty good. Ivan seemed almost to good to be true. There were eye rolling moments for me but otherwise this was a pretty good read.
Published 5 months ago by elgato
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
I did not expect the fireworks so quickly, but glad they happened. This book caught me from the start and held my attention to the end. Looking forward to Entrees.
Published 10 months ago by Angela
5.0 out of 5 stars yes!
It was pure love through and through. Everything came crashing down in the end. Not much of a cliff hanger in the end, but left you wanting more.
Published 11 months ago by Sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars Pulled me right in
I became connected to Ivan and Jaden immediately. They're just what you look for in this type of romance- beautiful people that are also vulnerable, nice, and who you can't help... Read more
Published 12 months ago by KathyS
4.0 out of 5 stars The Winemaker's Dinner: Appetizers
I found The Winemaker's Dinner: Appetizers fun and hot! As you read this book, you find yourself feeling Dr. Ivan and Jaden's compassion and vulnerability. Read more
Published 13 months ago by clpetit56
2.0 out of 5 stars ehhhh
I downloaded this as a free book, but its chopped up so bad that you have to keep ordering the rest of the "dinner" in order to get the story. Read more
Published 13 months ago by D & R fm VA
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot, Hot, Hot!
Steamy, romantic and it just pulled me in right away. The characters were easy to love. Really enjoyed this book!
Published 14 months ago by eLizabeth
3.0 out of 5 stars Romantic and enjoyable
Reviewer: Bex
Rating: 3 out of 5 Fairies

Appetizer's, book one in Ivan Rusilko's series is an enjoyable read. The romance is sweet, yet not overly heavy. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Bex 'N' Books
5.0 out of 5 stars TOTALLY INTRIGUING!!!
This is an amazing story!!! I was hooked when I read that it was advertised as comparable to 50 Shades of Grey. I was not disappointed!! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Susan L. Griffiths
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