Friday, December 21, 2012

VBT: Giveaway and Review ~ WineMaker's Dinner Appetizers and Entree by Dr. Ivan Rusilko and Everly Drummond

Description of Appetizers:

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.

Title:The Winemaker’s Dinner: Appetizers (TWD #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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Description of Entree:

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.

Title: The Winemaker’s Dinner: Entrée (TWD #2)

Authors: Dr. Ivan Rusilko and Everly Drummond

Publisher: Omnific Publishing

Release Date:December 18, 2012

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Age Group: Adult/Erotica

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About the authors: 

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.
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Omnific Publishing is offering an awesome giveaway for this tour. Thank you! :D

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They are also allowing me to giveaway 1 ecopy of TWD#1 Appetizers and 1 ecopy of TWD#2 Entree here on Crazy Four Books!

Leave a comment and tell me what you think about the series and which book you'd like to win and you'll be entered in my giveaway then fill in the Rafflecopter to be entered in the tour wide giveaway.

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My thoughts:

The Winemaker's Dinner: RSVP - (Dr Ivan's prequel) and The Winemaker's Dinner: No Reservations - (Jaden's prequel) precede Appetizers and Entree. These very short books help set the scene for the other books but are not necessary to understand them. 

I read both Appetizers and Entree and I have to say ooh la la! These books are smoking hot! I really enjoyed the chemistry between Dr. Ivan and Jaden.

These books have the normal aspects to offer, romance, a pretty woman, a handsome man, a deep connection, and sizzling love making. Sounds like pretty much the typical romance with erotic elements, right? Not exactly.

Part of what makes these books and this series so good is the male perspective that Dr. Ivan brings to the story as an author. It is virtually unheard of and I welcome it completely.

I can't help but wonder if Dr. Ivan is as awesome in real life as he is on paper. He treats Jaden so well and is so romantic. Is it an act played out on paper to make the character sound more appealing or is he really that wonderful? Either way, I'll root for him to get a HEA in the books. After all, he is a fellow Pennsylvanian!

The second book is a little more angsty and ends in a cliff hanger that I can't wait to see resolved!

All I can say with out giving anything away is READ THESE BOOKS! If you like sexy romance books, you must try these. You will not be disappointed.

I received copies of Appetizers and Entree in exchange for my honest opinion. I honestly thought both books were super hot. I enjoyed them immensely and I am looking forward to the next book! 

I'd love to know what you're thinking. Please leave a comment!


  1. as long as the story is good, its doesn't matter whether or not the characters are fictional or non-fictional

    1. I agree but I can't help but wonder what he's really like because I know that he IS real.

  2. I enjoy stories where they mix fact and fiction,. Makes the reading intriguing.
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  3. Thanks for your review, Brenda! I have read The Winemaker’s Dinner: Appetizers and I love love love it! Now I’m dying to read The Winemaker’s Dinner: Entrée especially after your review!! And 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 really 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! Thanks for the giveaway and Happy Holidays! *fingers crossed* I really hope to win The Winemaker’s Dinner: Entrée (or hope my pay check comes sooner!) :)