The Winemaker's Dinner: Appetizers by Dr. Ivan Rusilko and Everly Drummond-Adult Contemporary Romance
Kindle format given by Omnific Publishing for review/blog tour
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.
Here's the thing, I went into this book with high expectations. I read the two prequels and really enjoyed them. So, I expected that I would love the book. I didn't love it, but I liked it.
I liked Jaden more in the book. She seems very dedicated to her career. I also liked that she wasn't really intimidated by Ivan. As for Ivan, I can see his appeal. I actually liked him more in the prequel. He didn't deliver as many cheesy lines in that one. Even though their physical relationship started quickly, I appreciated that their relationship developed naturally and more slowly.
This book is listed as an erotic romance and it certainly has some steamy moments, but I really felt like it was more of a traditional love story. I felt like the love story was "perfect". I typically like to see a little more drama, but I do like a happy ending. Although, I've heard that there will be another book in this series and Ivan and Jaden will face some challenges. If that's the case, I may have to keep reading the series. There have been quite a few readers that have absolutely fallen in love with this book. I would definitely recommend this book to readers who like a perfectly wrapped up story.
Twitter: Dr. Ivan Rusilko @ivanrusilko, Everly Drummond @everlydrummond