Book Tour Review: Lightning In A Bottle by Gina Ardito

Lightning in a Bottle
by Gina Ardito
Genre: Contemporary Romance
After suffering through a humiliating divorce in New York, Bo McKenzie is
out of luck, money, and patience. Arriving in Silverton, Texas, she’s
bet her last dime on the launch of her craft brewery to get her life
back on track. Despite her vow to stay focused solely on the beer
business, one man manages to capture her heart. Can she trust him?
Drew Garwood’s one true love has always been serving the legal needs of
his neighbors. His greatest trouble is keeping his brother on the
right side of the law. When Bo McKenzie sweeps into town, she rouses
his passion and provides the spark his life has been missing.
Whatever happened before she came to Silverton has left her guarded
and suspicious. Can he break down her defenses?
As the two struggle to rein in their wild attraction, secrets and greed
could destroy the brewery and force Bo out of town for good –
unless Drew can find a way to convince her to stay.
Bo:  A strong alpha mentality versus internal conflict due to an attraction that she thinks she should not have. Why? After being ran through a muddy divorce from an embezzling, cheating husband her walls come right up, encasing her while she drowns in work in the hopes she can move on. Trying to make a name for herself, to show others (mainly her dad, the founder of a mega-scotch corporation) she can make it on her own.
Sound familiar? Well, it did to me! I have done this too, and am still doing it; sans the embezzlement and dad/mega-scotch parts!
Working non-stop to forget your troubles. Doing everything yourself because you are tossed between not wanting to be a burden on those you love and feeling you have to prove to yourself and everyone else that you can do this yourself, can do everything yourself. Letting your health deteriorate thinking that you are okay.
Each time she lets others in though, things start to fall apart. No vehicle, sabotage, family moving in, and more. Reality kicks in real quick when Bo realizes that she is surrounded by trustworthy people.
Bo was Drew’s Lightning in a Bottle with how she lit him up and how much of a crack-fire she was; a real, sexy woman in his eyes. With his own wall up due to his past it was nice reading their dialogue with how they were with each other.
Favorite quote from Drew:  And there is was. That smile. As bright as sunlight, as warm as a summer’s day, and more beautiful in person than could ever be captured in a photograph.
Seriously, why can’t I find a guy who thinks thoughts like this of me?
Smartly written with quick intimate scenes, nothing in-depth nor “smut-like” though, very clean. I could see some of the happenings in a town in Texas easily (sorry, not sorry). I was drawn in due to my own alpha similarities and past, but the ending, while giving a bit of closure on the main, left so many openings and questions for the rest. There wasn’t even an epilogue.
I really would like to see a follow-on book or short stories that follow Bo and Drew, solidifies Mitch’s story (I really liked Mitch!), and Quinn (one of Bo’s three brothers).
Guess that goes to show how much I like the book, wanting to read more of the book I received as part of a book tour!
I kill houseplants. There. Now you know one of my greatest shames. I’m
not boasting. I just figure that if you’re reading this, you’re
looking for more than how wonderful life is as a writer. You get
enough of that elsewhere. Ditto for political rants, how to lose
thirty pounds in a week, and creating gorgeous crafts with nothing
more than twine and soup cans. My goal is to connect with you, dear
reader, even if you’re not a writer, not a New Yorker, not a mother,
not a female. We’re human (unless one of us is a spambot), and what
we have in common is flaws. So here are a few more of mine:

I sing all the time. I sing songs most people don’t know–jingles from
television, crazy stuff I used to listen to on Dr. Demento, Broadway
and movie soundtracks, and I can even bum-bum-bum through
instrumental music. I sing in the car. In the shower. While I’m
grocery shopping. And I headbop while I sing. When I’m not singing, I
talk to myself. Just ignore me and move on. You get used to it after
a while.

I don’t eat my vegetables. Seriously. I only started eating salad about
ten years ago, but I’d still rather have a cookie.

Given the option, I would live in a mall where I would never have to worry
about freezing temperatures or too much sun. I’m extremely
fair-skinned and could burn under a 60-watt light bulb.

I can’t sleep without background noise so the television’s on all
night. If it’s too dark and too quiet, all I have are my thoughts.
And even *I* don’t want to be alone with my thoughts.

Don’t ask me to Zumba, line dance, or march in the parade. I have
absolutely no rhythm.

I color outside the lines. Not because I’m a rebel, but because I suck
as an artist. My artistic ability is limited to being able to draw
Snoopy sleeping on his doghouse. And I don’t even draw that

Regrets. I have more than a few.

My favorite activity is sleep, and I’m pretty good at it. I don’t clock
a lot of hours, but I can powernap like a Persian cat and rejuvenate
within ten minutes.

I consider shopping and dining out excellent therapy for anything wrong
in my life.

My feet are always cold. Always. My husband of more than a quarter
century claims it’s because I’m an alien sent to Earth to destroy
him. (He might be right about that.)

Coming to my house for a visit? Unless you’ve given me plenty of advance
notice, be prepared. My floor will not be vacuumed, there will be
dishes in my sink, and I only make my bed when I change the sheets
once a week (I’m climbing back into it ASAP. Why make it?)
Housecleaning is not high on my priority list. Okay, to be totally
honest, it’s not on the list at all.

I can resist anything…except ice cream.

Since this is our first date, I figure I’ve revealed enough secrets for
now. But if you’ve read this bio and think I might be the author for
you, pick up one of my books or stalk my website

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  1. Congrats on the tour and thank you for the book description and giveaway. I appreciate the opportunity to win.

  2. Hello, Ms. Cat! Thanks so much for the review. I’m so glad you enjoyed my work. Rest assured, there *will* be follow-up stories for Quinn, Mitch, and a few other characters. (I’m already working on Quinn’s story – no title yet.) I really appreciate your thoughts, posting your review on Amazon (a big help for us authors!) and sharing my story with your readers.



    1. That is amazing! Following your work and will be on the look-out, thank you so much for this opportunity also. ~ Ms. Cat

    1. It was a really great read; left me feeling warm at the end. Sounds odd I know, but it’s the best analogy I got LOL

    1. I loved how it could easily be deemed “real world situations” honestly; I know I see a lot of the same Alpha tendencies in myself as Bo.

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