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Appetizers (The Winemaker's Dinner #1)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  811 ratings  ·  171 reviews
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.

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Paperback, 246 pages
Published July 31st 2012 by Omnific Publishing (first published July 28th 2012)
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~ Becs ~
Love’s sweetest intoxication………

I picked this one up with the anticipation of reading something a little different. It appeared to be an erotic romance written by man – a male voice in a predominantly female authored genre. And will you just pause a moment, take a deep breath and take a look at the man that wrote it!!

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Yes, this is he. Dr Ivan Rusilko – a health and fitness guru, sexual health adviser, male model, body-builder, a Doctor and, obviously, drop dead gorgeous. Colour me happy!!

He also
Erotic romance with a heart and a hero you can believe in AND fall in love with. Great plot, great characters and frisky as hell. LOVE!!!
It has been a long time since I’ve reviewed a book at 5 stars. What puts this book above others for me is the unique twist of using a real life person as the hero of a fiction novel. 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 ...more
3.5 stars

At the risk of being crucified by all womankind and perhaps even the good Doctor himself
(I only ask that you please anesthetize me first if you must do it)...

I'm going to be a little blunt with my opinions here but, only because that is what I would ask of someone reviewing my work....

Being that Dr. Ivan Rusilko is an attractive man, I believe it would be incredibly easy to let that color my judgement of this novel. Particularly, as he has featured himself as one of the main characters

I will leave a full review later... When I can properly think ;)

Here we go:

I first heard about this book back at the Chicago RT Convention in April where I met Omnific Publishing. With them they had this beautiful man. This didn't come as big of a shock because many publishing houses or authors bring cover models with them as promotion. Then he was introduced as Doctor Ivan. Doctor? Did I hear that right? Before I can gather any thoughts on this it is also mentioned that he was Mr. USA, a bodyb
Jul 07, 2012 Traci added it
Just finished this, and I must say it is well named. Not to give too much away, but the ending? "Appetizers", indeed! Ivan and Everly leave readers ready for the entree! Lovers of erotic romance will love to read this fictionalized account of real life hottie Dr. Ivan Rusilko. (go ahead. Google Image Search is your friend.)

Jul 23, 2012 Jillian rated it 5 of 5 stars
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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
I am a bit conflicted about this book. The writing is good (well done to Ivan for his first book!), but I am not sure what I think about mixing fiction and real-life events.

Ivan (the real guy) appears to be one of those guys that are just great with everything they do - he is funny, hot as hell (just Google him), smart and seems like a sweet guy that loves his family. He has accomplished sooooo much at 28! If I was a guy, I would want to be him ;)

Some people could argue that the book is a bit eg
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 f
The Winemakers Dinner: Appetizers
By Dr. Ivan Rusilko & Everly Drummond

What is Love? The age-old question has been written, asked, and theorized throughout time but we never seem to get enough of it. The Winemaker’s Dinner: Appetizer was a journey for all the senses and truly kept you enticed throughout the whole book.
One can relate to Jaden on so many levels because like many of us, she doesn’t see herself very clearly while the rest of the world sees the extraordinary woman that she is. Mia
Marquetta (LoveToReadForFun)
I've heard the early buzz about this book. The buzz being that the writer is a male writing erotic romance. When I started reading The Winemaker's Dinner, I found the writing to be very formal. It made reading a little clunky. I also noticed, as I continued reading, that the hero, Dr. Ivan, was described in detail several times but the reader didn't know what Jaden, the heroine, looked like. After reading 50% of the book, I knew that she had black hair, green eyes and is 5'10". There were no des ...more
A real life erotic novel actually written from a male point of view , the author is a real, living breathing doctor who resides in Miami and wrote the novel himself supposedly based on his real life past pursuits and trials and tribulations he has actually experienced. This novel has seemingly broken down the walls of the usually female dominated erotic author writing genre .... Dr Ivan Rusilko's writing is full of heart and soul as he pursues his object of love the beautiful and talented chef J ...more
I really enjoyed reading this book and finished it over two nights. I'm a big fan of erotic fiction and it did not disappoint in that regard! Part of the appeal of this book also stems from knowing it's partly authored as a type of memoir. That's kind of hot in, and of itself, and makes you ask questions you wouldn't normally ponder when reading erotic fiction! The love story was realistic enough, the lifestyle portrayed by the young couple was fairly upmarket and glitzy, compared to my level of ...more
It seems that I only review books I really love. If you look at my ratings for other books you might notice a pattern. It's true again...I LOVED THIS BOOK. I'm not the only person that feels that way about this particular book though if you'll notice on Amazon it really is rated pretty high.It's wonderfully erotic, romantic, even corny in a few places. The funny thing that intrigued me about this book is that it is a fictional story written by Dr. Ivan Rusilko and co/written by Everly Drummond b ...more
Rosina Scott
really enjoyed this alot, I cannot wait to see what Jaden and Tasha get up to when they arrive at The Winemaker's Dinner.

Great teaser and introduction to a unique heroine. I'm sure the sparks will fly come July 31st.

Not since Fifty Shades of Grey and the likes of tv's Torchwood's love stories between Captain Jack Harkness and the man he stole the name from or the handsome Angelo Colasanto have i fallen so quickly for a male lead in a novel or a shows.

The new exception to this is the wonderfully
Jennifer R
Yuck. Don't waste your money on buying it and don't waste your time on reading it. I thought, when I read the reviews, that it would be hot that this Dr used his life experiences to write the book but, to me, all it sounded like was a bunch of self-promoting. He talks about how wonderful he is throughout...and not in a good way. And the sad thing is it if this book had been listed as total fiction, it wouldn't be a bad read! But Dr. Rusilko's book sounds like a PR stunt, letting all the good rea ...more
The anticipation was killing me. I loved the book! Everly and Ivan did an excellent job! It was amazing reading the book and knowing that the man is real and a gentleman(making his parents proud. So enjoyed the way that the story flowed. I can't wait for the sequel! Move over Mr Grey there is a new man in town and he doesn't disappoint. Is there a doctor in the house?
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Review and rating coming soon.
If this isn't on your TBR list you need to add it!
2.5 to 3 stars. I really want to be fair in this review but to all my Goodreads friends I have to tell you that I can't help but feel like I've taken one for the team. Hands down Ivan Rusilko, author, is an accomplished handsome guy with a beautiful body. I commend his efforts along with his co-author Everly Drummond in wanting to offer a male voice in a predominantly female authored genre. I know I've been very disappointed in the number of female authors who write a wonderful Hero while giving ...more
Heather Book Savvy Babe
* I received this book for review at Book Savvy Babe blog.*

There has already been buzz about The Winemaker’s Dinner. For starters, the book is highly unique in that is is a cross between a memoir and erotic fiction. My interest was piqued right there. However, from the minute I started reading, I was drawn into the story full of romance, heat, and glamour. I will tell you now, this book lives up to the hype, I loved reading The Winemaker’s Dinner: Appetizers and it is one of my favorite reads of
Janéah Rosecrans
The Winemaker’s Dinner: Appetizers is co-written by Dr. Ivan Rusilko and Everly Drummond. This is the first installment to The Winemaker’s Fest, a three book series. Dr. Ivan Rusilko is a doctor, former Mr. USA, and Sports model, who is hoping to find that special someone that is his “miracle”. Jaden Thorne is a new head chef at a Miami restaurant. The two meet at the Winemaker’s Dinner. Sparks fly immediately which lead to one very hot steamy night between the two. After finding out who Ivan is ...more
What a wonderfully romantic novel! The intimate moments in the book were definately HAWT! but the book was about so much more than those moments. There are moments in this book that literally take your breath away. I had some minor issues with the book and I am sure that much will be made of them as the book continues along the path of its skyward trajectory, for instance- The endearment "Baby Girl" was so over used in the middle of the book that I had to stop reading for long moments to compose ...more
Caroline Copley
Sorry but I thought this book was poor, so poor that I only got 37% through it before quitting. I like at least a bit of delayed gratification in my books and this book just lacked that certain something. It is just so over the top its almost laughable. Stick to whatever it is you do Rusilko because writing books is not for you. I really didn't connect with the characters either.
Loved, loved, loved!! Ivan and Jaden rock! I can't get into book 2 quick enough. Great love story, steamy as hell, just everything you want in a romance.
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.
Jul 25, 2012 Tamie added it
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Two of my favorite words are now "baby girl"
If you haven't put this book on your TBR list need to...NOW!
Rating and review coming soon.
If this was the appetizer, I can't wait to get my hands on the main course and dessert! Loved it!
Lisa Collicutt
Oct 11, 2012 Lisa Collicutt marked it as to-read
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Haven't read it yet, but I'm dying to!!
Es una novela de romance contemporáneo con una saludable carga de optimismo, cortejo y erotismo.

Es lectura liviana para llenar ratos de languidez con una historia de amor chispeante y romantiquísima. Trata de una chef que se ha mudado a Miami y sueña con que su carrera despegue a niveles de fama y reconocimiento. Cuando conoce al impresionante Doctor Iván Rusilko, se niega a verlo como una pareja real. Es demasiado guapo, demasiado VIP para ella. Sin embargo, la pasión les asalta a ambos de mane
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Where to start with The Winemaker's Dinner. Yes this is supposed to be an Erotica Memoir but it was so much more. I have to say that the fact that the guy in the story is a real live person through me for a little loop but by God it worked! I have never read something so loving and inspiring that had me on the edge of my seat that when the ending came I was so looking for more. I needed more because the story flowed so smoothly that when the conflict as we know every great romance has snuck up o ...more
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Dr. Ivan Rusilko, DO, CSN, PT, is an accomplished weight loss, wellness, physical enhancement and sexual health physician in Miami, Florida. A certified sports nutritionist, champion bodybuilder, international male fitness model, and former Mr. USA 2008 & 2010, Dr. Ivan graduated from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2010 and sits as the national media and public relations expe ...more
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The Winemaker's Dinner (4 books)
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  • Entrée (The Winemaker's Dinner, #2)
  • Dessert (The Winemaker's Dinner, #3)
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“Your beauty took my breath away, but your mind has stopped my heart.” 42 likes
“I have to know.”

“Know what?” Jaden demanded.

“Well, for starters, I have to know why you left without even saying goodbye.” Without thinking, he caressed the soft curve of her cheek with his thumb, stroking it affectionately as he stared into her green eyes. “But more importantly, I need to know why a woman I barely know has left such a gaping hole in my chest, why when I open my eyes in the morning I’m disappointed that you aren’t there, and why every song on the radio sounds like Frank Sinatra. Why is it that one night with you felt more like a thousand?”
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