THE WINEMAKER’S DINNER: Appetizers by Dr. Ivan Rusilko and Everly Drummond-a review

The Winemaker’s Dinner: Appetizers (The Winemaker’s Feast #1) by Dr.Ivan Rusilko and Everly Drummond

THE WINEMAKER’S DINNER-Appetizers by Dr. Ivan Rusilko and Everly Drummond

THE WINEMAKER’S DINNER –Appetizers is the first novel (July 31, 2012 release) in The Winemaker’s Feast series co-written by Dr. Ivan Rusilko and Everly Drummond. The storyline has been labeled a fictional account of Dr. Ivan’s life and love. But I wondered- How much of the book is fiction and how much of the book is fact? Of course, it doesn’t hurt, when a reader is able to put a face to a hero, and a face that is derived from reality and not from our imaginations. Then again, a good imagination allows the reader to place themself into the novel and experience the storyline first hand.

Dr. Ivan Rusilko is a successful doctor and businessman, but something or someone was missing from his life. And meeting Ms. Jaden Thorne brought everything into perspective-he was missing the other half of his soul. Having loved and lost, Ivan was afraid to put everything he was back into a relationship, but Jaden could be that someone. Knowing what he was going to do, would take time, but eventually everything would fall into place. But when dreams do come true, there may be someone needed to gather the pieces of a broken heart with the realization that sacrifices have to be made.

Jaden knew she had made a mistake. She wasn’t the type of girl to do a one-night stand, but she knew she was out of his league. Yet on the night Dr. Ivan sat with his friends, dining at her restaurant, Jaden knew she had made a bigger mistake then leaving without saying goodbye. If the tears staining her face were not a giveaway to her feelings, then the overwhelming joy at Ivan’s words, would certainly inspire a woman to fall head over heals for the stranger she had met only days before.

Throughout the story, the reader is taken on a trip of romance, of sex and fun. Ivan’s ability to make Jaden feel like she is the only woman in the world sings praises for a character who once thought he was destined for a string of failed relationships. His family’s acceptance was instantaneous, and the couple’s love grew with every encounter and morning after. Ivan is a man capable of melting a woman’s heart with a smile and a kiss. If only there were more men like the hero of this story.

Jaden was on the cusp of making a name for herself in the culinary world. Her position, as executive chef, had garnered a few turns of the head but it was her skill and her abilities that caught the attention of some very famous people-or so she had thought. But to everyone’s surprise except Ivan’s Jaden was thrown in to a spotlight that would eventually find her facing a boardroom of executives offering to make all of her dreams come true. But choices will have to be made, and the biggest sacrifice will come at the expense of a broken heart and a shattered soul. Sometimes the heart will not survive the separation of thousands of miles, and sometimes the heart knows exactly what it wants and needs.

THE WINEMAKER’S DINNER is a sweet story about finding love when and where you least expect it. As an erotic storyline, it was tamer than most, but the sexual energy was palpable and flowed smoothly between the pages of the book. The storyline was fast paced without the usual playing hard to get like many romantic tales-Jaden and Ivan were two adults who knew what they wanted and went into the relationship with their eyes and their hearts wide open. An interesting storyline, that makes you wonder, how much of the novel is fiction and how much is the real Dr. Ivan Rusilko. I have no doubt that comparisons will be made and most of us will never really know where reality and fiction blurred-but it was fun trying to guess. Congratulations to Dr. Ivan and Everly on their new release. I am looking forward to their next collaborative effort in The Winemaker’s Dinner series.


Copy supplied by the publisher.

Reviewed by Sandy

Click HERE for our interview with Dr. Ivan Rusilko on March 19, 2012.

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21 thoughts on “THE WINEMAKER’S DINNER: Appetizers by Dr. Ivan Rusilko and Everly Drummond-a review

  1. Great review Sandy!

    It never ceases to amaze me how you and Ms. Barb can go about your busy lives, and yet still produce high quality reviews one after the other. You are both so talented. I could never accomplish what you both achieve.

        • hahahahahahahaaa…..*snort*…..tears are rolling down my face….I do this to you…everywhere….LMAO…*cough*

          Sorry Miranda….*giggling*….I don’t know why I do this to you…

          • This is Miranda speaking…..I (Miranda) am going to start with this sentence every time I (Miranda) speak to you Sandy. I (Miranda) believe that it will help you to remember my name….which is Miranda.

            I am cracking up. Lmao

          • ROFLMAO!!!! This is just too funny. Miranda allow me to apologize, it’s probably my fault Sandy got our names all confused. She was probably distressed over the info I sent her on Kenyon’s new DH book about Styxx. 😉

  2. Great review Sandy

    As i said yesterday i don’t know why some of you’s don’t try your hand at writing your own novels you ladies rock out some B!t*hen reviews .Book i know i would’nt be interested in, You make sound like something i want to read .Sometimes i’m not sure if i should thank you or scream because my list just keeps getting L O N G E R . { sigh} *o*

    LOL And yes this book sounds very interesting even more so if your right Sandy but i guess we all kind of wish for the fairytale ending.

  3. Marcie here, waving at Sandy as she puts on her name tag. There we shouldn’t have anymore confusion. LOL!!!! Great review Sandy, I’m looking forward to reading this one. I really enjoyed the 2 short stories/prologues to this one I read a few weeks ago, so I have no doubt I will enjoy the full version. 😉

    • *ripping off Marcie’s nametag*

      For Pete’s sake woman, you will only confuse her more that way! Give me the name tag….one that says Miranda, not Marcie, and all will be well. *snort*

  4. Shame on you Sandy for forgetting our dear Miranda’s name. lol. Interesting review. The thought that it could be a fact base story instead of fiction. TBR list.

  5. Sounds like a good read…tee hee hee my tummy felt all warm and fuzzy when I read the part when it said, “finding love where and when you least expect it.”… true though!! 🙂

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