Monday, December 17, 2012

Giveaway and Tour Review: The Winemaker's Dinner: Appetizers and Entree (18 and over only!!)

Title: The Winemaker’s Dinner: Appetizers (The Winemaker’s Dinner, #1)
Authors: Dr. Ivan Rusilko and Everly Drummond
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Release Date: July 31, 2012
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Adult/Erotica
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Links to the books:
To buy TWD: APPETIZERS (Book #1)

Book description
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.

Review: This series is definitely 18 and older! I loved this book. I loved the characters, and how they interacted with each other. This book flows really well, and had me turning pages until the very end. It was very steamy, and very sexy. Ivan keeps your pulse beating fast throughout this entire book. This one didn't end with a cliffhanger. Everything was pretty much resolved at the ending of this book. The main two characters is a women named Jaden, who is a chef. She wants nothing more than to be a world famous chef, who is in the limelight. Ivan is also one of the main characters, he is very successful and very connected at a young age. This is the classic fell in love at first sight type scenario. Well that was more him, than her really. She did run out on him in the morning lol. Now onto character descriptions:

Jaden: I very much liked her character for the most part. I might have disagreed with some of her decisions but not much I can do about that. She is a hard worker who loves what she does. She is a tad insecure, and doesn't always fully believe in herself and her dreams.

Ivan: He is a sweety. He is every girls dream guy. He is thoughtful, caring, and knows what he wants. He has been around the block a few times when it comes to relationships, and is ready to find the one. He is a generally shy guy when it comes to picking up girls, most of his relationships have been because friends or managers have hooked them up. It is definitely out of his comfort zone when he approaches Jaden.

Tasha: She is Jaden's best friend and roommate. Tasha is always there for Jaden when she needs her, and is an amazing friend.

This book was a rollercoaster of emotions, and at the end the best decision was made in my opinion. This is a truly great book, and I suggest everyone who is into these type of stories to read it.

Goodreads Status Updates:
12/15page 210
85.0%"Poor guy, he just doesn't see it coming :("
12/15page 207
84.0%"Okay, I changed my mind Tasha is a horrible friend who gives bad advice. She needs to shut up! Miracles don't happen every day to the same person! Ggaahhh"
12/14page 152
61.0%"Okay, this baby girl nickname he has for her is quite annoying."
12/14page 150
60.0%"Well this isn't going to end up well."
12/14page 132
53.0%"You know the saying when things seem too good to be true, it's because it usually is. I have a feeling things won't stay like this for long, but it's just a guess."
12/14page 122
49.0%"Hey! It's not official until it's on Facebook. Lol"
12/14page 92
37.0%"It's okay, I like corny! :p"
12/14page 91
36.0%"Tasha is such a good friend"
12/13page 60
24.0%"I think I am in love lol."
12/13page 58
23.0%"I am really liking the chemistry between them so far!"

Title: The Winemaker’s Dinner: Entrée (The Winemaker’s Dinner, #2)
Authors: Dr. Ivan Rusilko and Everly Drummond
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Release Date: December 18, 2012
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Adult/Erotica
The Winemaker’s Dinner website:
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Book description
Dr. Ivan Rusilko has got it bad. He’s in love—with life, his work, and his baby girl, Jaden Thorne. The nearly 3000 miles between Miami and L.A. that once threatened their happily-ever-after now seem nothing more than a mere geographical challenge—nothing a few hours on a plane and a sexy weekend rendezvous can’t trump. No time apart is too long to keep him from wanting her in his arms and in his bed. He’s absolutely sure Jaden is his dream come true.

Jaden Thorne is living the life she’s always wanted. She’s got her one-in-a-million job on a TV cooking show, she’s achieved celebrity chef status, and she’s in a committed relationship with her perfect guy… Then the network’s surprise decision to add a co-host to her show takes a bite out of her perfectly balanced life and career. With a new man in the mix, living the dream gets a whole lot more complicated both personally and professionally.

When the emotional, mental, and physical paths of true love’s course collide with frustration, secrets, and assumptions, will Ivan and Jaden pay the price? Does their dream-come-true cost something neither can afford?

The Winemaker’s Dinner: Entrée is a decadent meal of passion, sex, and secrets, inspired by the real romantic life of Dr. Ivan Rusilko. Authors Everly Drummond and Dr. Ivan Rusilko have turned up the heat in this emotional follow up to The Winemaker’s Dinner: Appetizers, expertly executing their unique recipe for blending fact and fantasy, with more than a dash of passion and sex.

Review: This second book one ups the first book in a big way. I thought the first book was pretty steamy, this book was just hot. Jaden and Ivan return together, in a new and much better way. Their lives are pretty separate, living an entire country apart. They are trying to find time to make their relationship work. Ivan is still as sweet as ever. I don't care for Jaden so much in this book. She let's a guy push her around, and doesn't stick up for herself. Then there's the thing that makes me really dislike her. I don't want to say what it is, so I don't ruin it for you guys. 

Character Overview:

Jaden: She is now a celebrity in her own right. She has her own television show that is taking off. She is having a difficult time with Ivan being so far away from her, and everyone around her keeps increasing the doubts she is having.

Ivan: He is remaining strong for the both of them. He visits her when he can, but work is really starting to put the pressure on him now that he has opened his own practice.

In this book they are having to fight more now than ever to keep their love alive. Jaden does something that could threaten to burn everything that they have built to the ground. I was so mad at Jaden for being so foolish, she needs to stop doubting things. If she can't tell he truly loves her, than she hasn't had her eyes open throughout their relationship. She needs to learn to stand strong. I am glad she finally makes a stand at the end of the book, but it was too little too late. This book ended in a cliffhanger that made me want to throw my nook. I want to find out what happens in the next book now!!! It is going to kill me until I find out. Read this book!! Read it now!!

Goodread Status Updates:

12/16page 138"Nnnnoo not the cliffhanger.."
12/16page 138"Okay I don't hate her as much, I now completely and fully hate him"
12/16page 132"Pretty sure I hate her"
12/16page 83"I think my heart just literally broke. This is killing me."
12/16page 77"This is literally hurting my heart :("
12/16page 71"Well this is the deciding factor she really is stupid."
12/16page 66"Man, she is stupid..."
12/16page 32"Love like this doesn't come around a lot, she shouldn't be so worried and hesitant."
12/16page 18"Ivan is too"
12/16page 10"How could she have not seen that coming?"

Rating for Both: out of 5

Author Bios:

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 expert and spokesperson on diet, exercise and sports nutrition for the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

Dr. Ivan has been a feature health writer and lifestyle coach for numerous magazines and online publications including The Washington Times and Quarter Life Health.

In addition to health and wellness, he has a variety of interests and activities including event coordination, photography, writing, and politics.

With his debut novel, "The Winemaker’s Dinner: Appetizers," book one of a planned three book series due out in the summer of 2012, Dr. Rusilko is excited to offer a male voice in a predominantly female authored genre. Always one with a story to tell, he hopes to continue writing, exploring new genres and projects, as well as field future entertainment opportunities.

He is proud to bring two of his passions, his medical wellness and sexual health background and writing together in this unique project. He hopes that the "The Winemakers Feast Trilogy" will help spark an enthusiasm and liberation among women, inspiring them to bring their sexual health into focus and achieve a better quality of life.
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As a student of the Centennial College Social Service Worker program, and the Trent University Biology program, Everly Drummond had a previous life in administration and transportation before launching her career as a writer. Everly's other writing projects include City of the Damned, a paranormal romance series, and Blood of the Ancients, a YA paranormal romance. All four novellas in the City of the Damned series have appeared on the bestseller list. Everly resides in Toronto, Ontario, where she is currently working on the third installment to The Winemaker’s Dinner with co-author, Ivan Rusilko.

Giveaway: Omnific Publishing is running the giveaway and will select the winners. (1) Kindle Fire Pre-loaded with APPETIZERS, ENTRÉE, RSVP, and NO RESERVATION (2) Signed Print copies of APPETIZERS and ENTRÉE (1) Signed 18X24 Poster of Dr. Ivan (10) Signed Winemaker’s Swag Packs (2) Miama Beach Sea Turtle Key Chains Code: a Rafflecopter giveaway  Blog Giveaway: a Rafflecopter giveaway
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  1. Great review, Cara! Haha, I like your Goodread status updates! :)

    To answer the question in Rafflecopter:

    I love that The Winemaker's Dinner is a fictionalized erotic memoir based on Dr. Ivan's real life and romantic trysts! As much as I enjoy fictional characters and book boyfriends, Dr. Ivan is real (and oh so gorgeous! *swoon*) and gives us hope that one day we might meet our very own Dr. Ivan! Haha, a girl can dream huh?

    I can't wait to read The Winemaker's Dinner! Love me some Ivan already please ;)

    All the best to Everly and Dr. Ivan on the release of The Winemaker's Dinner: Entrée!


    1. Thanks!! I love that he puts some of himself in it. It gives me someone to picture while I am reading it! :)

    2. You are welcome! Agreed! It's nice to picture him while reading it ;) *major fan girling* I'm crossing my fingers and hoping to win the ebooks for Christmas!

      Happy Holidays and a Wonderful New Year Cara!