The Winemaker's Dinner: Appetizers
Dr Ivan Rusilko & Everly Drummond
Publication date: 31st July 2012
First up, having that male perspective in an erotic romance is a pretty intriguing concept. Personally, I love when authors add that last chapter tucked in at the end from their hero's perspective, but ultimately I know it's still a female authors version of what goes on in a man's brain. So yes, reading a real male POV definitely appealed to me.
What surprised me about The Winemaker's Dinner was that I wrongly assumed that the male POV would be a bit "wham, bam, thank you mam" but what I actually got was all out romance. Yes, there's plenty of sex (and Ivan clearly has very talented hands- he got a definite thumbs up from me), chemistry and lust but it was much more than that. It's not soppy hearts and flowers it was realistic, sweet and romantic hearts and flowers and I loved it.
The Winemaker's Dinner starts with a bang (pun obviously fully intended) the twist is that it's the heroine Jaden waking up with the whole what was his name again dilemma her "Evan maybe? Igor?" comment made me laugh. As Jaden sneaks about searching for her clothes for that inevitable walk of shame it's down to Ivan to track her down and convince her that's he's more than a good looking one night stand kind of guy. This had me awwwwwing big time I tell you. From this their romance develops and it's full of heat and heart.
Whilst I'm happy that us ladies (especially us repressed Brits) are finally admitting we read erotica, I actually thought it was quite refreshing not to be reading about another tortured hero billionaire with issues for a change. Ivan comes across as charismatic and romantic and Jaden was the kind of smart, independent, hard working and caring heroine that I like. And I know I've already mentioned the whole good with his hands thing, but honestly it did cross my mind he could write a self help book for all our boyfriends and husbands. It would be a public service!
My favourites bits:
1. Those rough sea turtles *snigger*
2. The dancing love heart costume and Jaden's WTF initial reaction.
3. Visiting Ivan's family tugged at my heart strings a bit. I loved his Dad I want a book about him!
4.The amount of times I wondered if this bit or that bit really happened. I wonder if writing it was cathartic? Everly Drummond must have had real fun getting to know Ivan.
5. The whole "Baby Girl" thing. OK, I'll admit it annoyed me at first and maybe it just doesn't work so well with a British accent but in the end I couldn't get it out of my head. I'm determined it will be a new catch phrase in the UK.
It's a must read go buy it.
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