The Winemaker's Dinner: Dessert [NOOK Book]

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Left on bended knee, with nothing but a ring in his hand and a gaping hole in his chest, Ivan Rusilko lost everything when Jaden Thorne said, “I can’t.”

Now, six months later and despite her endless attempts to reach him, finding forgiveness for Jaden’s indiscretion is last on his list of things to do. Dr. Ivan is married to his career now, and his professional success is taking him places he’s never been before. But even the glow of ...
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Left on bended knee, with nothing but a ring in his hand and a gaping hole in his chest, Ivan Rusilko lost everything when Jaden Thorne said, “I can’t.”

Now, six months later and despite her endless attempts to reach him, finding forgiveness for Jaden’s indiscretion is last on his list of things to do. Dr. Ivan is married to his career now, and his professional success is taking him places he’s never been before. But even the glow of accomplishment can’t heal his devastated heart. Determined to recover, to move forward at any cost, he now finds moments of respite in distractions that leave him emotionally bankrupt. He’s empty, a shadow of his former vibrant, life-loving self. On the outside, he may seem to be the man he always was. But inside, a terrible desire threatens to rip him apart and ruin him forever.

Meanwhile Jaden is haunted by the memory of the moment she saw the light wither and die in Ivan’s eyes. She knows it died at her hand. After months of trying to explain herself, of begging for mercy, she takes herself back to Miami, back into Ivan’s path, for one last chance at redemption. Can she entice him back into her arms? Convince him to give her a second chance? She’s determined to do whatever it takes to find forgiveness—even if all that’s left is forgiving herself.

In this final book of The Winemaker’s Feast Trilogy, The Winemaker’s Dinner: Dessert, author Dr. Ivan Rusilko is writing solo, drawing freely on his own life and love experiences to craft a heartbreaking and wildly erotic tale about lost hope, desperation, contrition, and—if it’s possible—the quest for a perfect ending to a real-life love story. True to its title, Dessert serves readers an indulgent, decadent last course, rich with twists, turns, and tantalizing truths.

Love is beautiful, guys like this really do exist, and the power of real romance is something we can all believe in.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016755625
  • Publisher: Omnific Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/28/2013
  • Series: The Winemaker's Feast , #3
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 263,694
  • File size: 873 KB

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  • Posted May 1, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    WOW JUST SENSATIONAL!!!  What can I say, to start with thank you

    WOW JUST SENSATIONAL!!!  What can I say, to start with thank you to Everly Drummond for have the know all to contact Dr. Rusilko about writing a book based on his character and Dr. Rusilko for join in the process and bring to an amazing conclusion.   Be proud of an excellent body of work.

    I have read a LOT of books and what stands out about TWD for me was that the characters were gripping, relatable, loving and at the same time had flaws.  As the story unfolded we were privileged to watch the loving relationship of Jaden and Ivan grow but getting to know all the amazing supporting characters help shape the drama of the story.   The wisdom that Ivan got from his parents was profoundly thought provoking and present through out the story.  I know that some of this story is based on certain facts from the author’s life..., I hope that Dr. Rusilko is blessed with parents as wonderful as the characters he created.

    After the second book I was very disappointed in the decisions that Jaden made and was high anticipating the release of the third book.  What would be the tone would the story take in that Dr. Rusilko was writing it unaccompanied?  What would happen to relationship between Ivan and Jaden?  Would she stay in California?  Would her forgive her?

    Well let me state that Dr. Rusilko, you surpassed my expectations!!!  Not only were question answered but they were realistic and raw at the same time.  I read some negative review’s about the actions of Ivan the six months after the Bath Club incident and I politely disagree, I realized the anger that drove the character and was sympathetic to his pain.  As women we might full understand the choices that drove Ivan but as a reader it was very fascinating to read.  The book did an amazing job in letting us forgive and reconnect with Jaden.  I did not want the story to end, which is always a great indicator that the story should continue…hint, hint!  

    So I will remind everyone, “Do not cry because the story is over…Smile that we were able to read it”;)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2013

    TWD Desserts

    Definitely 5 stars. I just wish there was more after this. This trilogy was absolutely awesome. I love if Ivan continued their journey together.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2013

    When The Winemaker's Feast series was first introduced it was to

    When The Winemaker's Feast series was first introduced it was touted to be a fictionalized erotic memoir inspired by the romantic triumphs and tragedies of Dr. Ivan Rusilko's real life. Of course, as a reader, you can't help but wonder where does the fiction end and the fact begin? And while we'll never really know, I have a strong feeling that Dr. Rusilko has shared a lot more fact than fiction, especially in "Dessert".

    It's not easy to wait for each installment in a series, and the wait for "Dessert" is no exception. Now that it is here and the final course has been served and consumed, I can honestly say it's been worth the wait and my hunger has been satisfied.

    Dr. Rusilko has penned "Dessert" alone, and I will say the man has a gift for the written word. If he does not continue with his writing career, I, as a reader and supporter will truly feel deprived. Dr. Rusilko definitely needs to continue to share his gift no matter what the genre.

    For me, "Dessert" was gut wrenching. I especially struggled to get through the early chapters. Not because I didn't enjoy what I was reading, but because I could feel Ivan's mental and emotional turmoil with who he had become after that night 6 months earlier when Jaden walked away from him as he was preparing to propose. As the book progressed though, my heart ached for Jaden too.

    Once again, assumptions are made and the lack of communication only created more stress and heartache for both Ivan and Jaden. So many loved to hate Jaden, but honestly, in "Dessert" the girl won me over ~ Ivan wasn't the Mr. Perfect we wanted to allow ourselves to believe. He IS a normal guy and he's real and he hurts and he does stupid things too and he sometimes hurts others through his actions or inaction. It was refreshing to finally see the imperfections because that truly is what makes us perfect ~ we're NOT.

    I loved the visit from Marie and John because it was exactly what Ivan needed, even if he didn't realize it at that very moment. After all, who usually knows us better than we often know ourselves and who can give us the advice and insight we need ~ our parents.

    I won't and can't say any more about the story itself without risking revealing too much but I can say I certainly hope other readers will be as happy with the end of the series as I am. The Winemaker's Dinner series has been an emotional experience for me and I am so glad I discovered it in the summer of 2012. From the prequels to this final book in the series, my heart has been fully invested and it will always be my absolute favorite! Thank you Everly Drummond, Dr. Ivan Rusilko and Omnific for bringing us this FABULOUS story!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2014

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    I still loved Dr Ivan and Jaden, although the ending was a bit abrupt, I always am a sap for an ' Epilogue'. Wished their was little bit more of Jaden & Ivan & their families.... This is stll a great read, read both books in 2 days.... I think my kids hare me now, lol....

    LOVETOREAD

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  • Posted May 23, 2013

    3.75 stars:  REVIEW: The Winemaker's Dinner: Desserts is the fin

    3.75 stars:  REVIEW: The Winemaker's Dinner: Desserts is the final installment in the trilogy of the same name. The previous two storylines were co-authored by Ivan Rusilko and Everly Drummond, but with Desserts, Ivan has gone solo and endeavored to bring about a resolution to the previous storyline's heartbreaking ending. As well as emotionally bankrupt, Ivan `s character must question his morals when he seeks to satiate his internal demon's need for sex and retribution against the woman who broke his heart.
    TWD: Desserts continues six months post break-up and follows Ivan as he searches for something or someone to dull the pain of betrayal but an invitation to dinner by an old flame puts Ivan face to face with the woman he was hoping to forget. When the not-so-deeply-buried feelings resurface, Ivan and Jaden give it one more try, but thoughts and images of betrayal once again find themselves front and center in their lives.
    TWD: Desserts delves deep into the psyche of a man pushing the proverbial envelope of sexual promiscuity as well as personal failure. It is a storyline that is slightly darker than the previous two installments as the leading character fights and looses an internal battle over and over again. Much of the storyline content focuses on Ivan's struggle to quell the anger and emotional upheaval of the betrayal he believed Jaden brought into their lives.
    The Winemaker's Dinner: Desserts is the conclusion to a journey that began a few years ago with an idea-an idea to tell the story about a man's struggle to find love with one woman, only to lose that love and perhaps the woman, in the end. Although smooth in his approach, the character of Ivan is enveloped in a deep-seated anger and looks for an outlet to satisfy the beast. At times, his internal dialogue almost verges on obscene, especially when he views his sexual encounters as nothing more than an outlet for his needs. Although it takes `two to tango', there is still something to be said about a man looking for `love' in all the wrong places. All I kept thinking was...This man earns his living promoting sexual health but it seems to be the last thing on his mind when the `demon' wants control.
    Fans of The Winemaker's Dinner series will see a different side to the man they have grown to love and admire. And like all romance storylines, there is a resolution and a healing of sorts, when the truth about what happened is finally revealed. A happily ever after is not that far from the horizon. Now, let's hope the real Ivan Rusilko found a different path to travel when heartbreak and betrayal were his companions during the many feasts of The Winemaker's Dinner.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2013

    I have never, ever been more disappointed in an ending EVER! I

    I have never, ever been more disappointed in an ending EVER! I read 10-12 books a week and was so excited when a blog I love recommended this series. I swear the first 125 pages are about how Ivan screwed his way through Miami. Little of the book was given to the actual couple themselves. The last 10 pages, maybe, include their attempts at reconciliation. So disappointed. I wish I could get my money back!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    A real love story...

    For those that believe in happy endings.

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  • Posted May 1, 2013

    This book is absolutely a must read. It had me hooked from the

    This book is absolutely a must read. It had me hooked from the beginning and I honestly couldn't put it down. I read the entire book in one day. It took you on a pretty wild ride and the end was well worth the twists and turns the story took you on. I loved the entire series and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a really hot erotic story. I hope Dr. Ivan Rusilko continues to write more stories. I am a huge fan now. :)

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  • Posted April 30, 2013

    A mouth-watering dessert is scrumptious, appetizing, delicious,

    A mouth-watering dessert is scrumptious, appetizing, delicious, and yummy. OK Doc, you did not disappoint!! You served us an ending to a journey that we all could not wait for… and when it was released early… had to stay up all night reading!! So, with lots of coffee just to get through the rest of the day, we begin to come down off our “sugar high” and reflect on a story that has touched us in so many different ways.

    You go through many emotions as you follow Ivan and Jaden’s journey. You “feel” their experiences and struggles and wonder if their love can overcome heartache and if it is strong enough to prevail. The beginning was a little difficult to read. It was intense and emotional as Ivan’s “tortured soul” went through his own hell in mourning the loss of true love and trying to move on, or at best, just forget.

    You recently posted; “Desserts will raise more than an eyebrow, I am sure. But please remember....love is progression...good and bad”.
    Yes, an eyebrow was raised and maybe a few choice words were said and maybe a few surprises that knocked us for a loop but you can’t help but lose yourself in Desserts. You get so wrapped up in the characters that you forget that it’s just a book and where to draw the line as fiction and nonfiction. We can all relate in our personal life to the idea of “needs” vs “wants” and how we struggle to come to terms with living with the consequences of our actions.

    As with the first two books, there are many quotes in Dessert’s that we will be talking about for a long time. I can’t wait to start using “Dreamgasm”!!! but one of my favorites was Ivan’s dads advice: “Ivan, the only advice I can give you about love is this: When you find that one little thing about someone you can’t find in anyone else—no matter how small it is—that thing that completely shuts down whatever else you’re doing? She’s the one. Find that, and you’ve found her. That one little thing for me was your mother’s laugh”.

    Everyone deserves to find their "one".

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  • Posted April 30, 2013

    OMG! Where Entree left off Dessert was served with a vengeance!

    OMG! Where Entree left off Dessert was served with a vengeance! I was gripped starting with the very first sentence! This book out of all of them was emotion at its rawest. The fallout after the proposal affected Ivan and Jaden quite differently. Ivan was beside himself experiencing a grief like no other. "The loneliness that engulfed him every day was now his companion...Life was nothing more than a faded black-and-white movie now... vivid imagination were his sole glimpses of the once-familiar rainbow palette of colors that had painted his mornings and brightened the nights lost in her gaze. But these glimpses were just a mirage...nothing more than a lie to numb his mind and soothe the pain that tortured his soul." Ivan did what he had to do to expel her from his mind and his heart.

    Jaden discovered the truth regarding that ill fated night and would do whatever it took to win back ivans heart and his trust. "It wasn’t enough to prove her love for him...She was now fighting an assumption — one well-fueled with circumstantial evidence and documentation — as untrue as it might be. She’d lost his trust, and all the privileges that came with it because she’d been chasing what she thought was her dream. And she’d gotten lost along the way."

    During their time apart they both grew as individuals and both realized that to get on with their lives and possibly make it back to each other they both had to dig down deep and soul search and rediscover what was important in their lives . But during their time apart some twists and turns happened that made it look like that it might not be in the stars for them.

    You will NOT want to put this book down! You WILL be on the edge of your seat wondering if Jaden and Ivan actually do make it back to each other! Thank you Ivan for a wonderful story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2013

    Must read

    He did it again , hottt ,sexy, emotional roller coaster! Love it he had me in chap 1 , great job. Please keep writing :)

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    Posted May 2, 2013

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