Thursday, 6 September 2012

The Winemaker's Dinner: Appetizers blog tour and giveaway

The Winemaker's Dinner: Appetizers
Dr Ivan Rusilko & Everly Drummond
Publication date: 31st July 2012

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 eyeing 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.

My thoughts
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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  1. This sounds like a very interesting read :)

  2. Great review Lesley! Sounds like something I would read!! :D


  3. Thanks for your thoughts. I also tend to stay away from male authors but you have me intrigued. I am looking forward to checking it out. Thank you also for the chance to win!

  4. Nice review! I enjoyed this one too. I didn't love it, but I liked it. It was a bit on the cheesy side for me and I can't say I'd consider it erotica. Still, a great read for a romance fan.

  5. I had previously heard of this book and thought it didn't sound very interesting but having read your review I have changed my mind and decided it might be a fun book after all. Thanks for your insight.

  6. This is one of the best reads for me this year - the characters are "real" and we can all relate to them.

  7. Ohh. I've had this on my TBR list for a bit. Can't wait to read all about his hands! Sounds very promising :)


  8. Great review!! I am intrique with htis book, and like the cover book to.


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