Sep 27, 2016

Somewhere to Begin by Mika Jolie Review

Somewhere to Begin
 Poison and Wine #1
By: Mika Jolie
Release Date: September 20th, 2016
There are wounds that never show on the body.
For twenty-nine years, Colbie Bennington does as expected with an eternal smile stained on her lips. The biggest chances she’s ever taken can be counted on one hand, three fingers to be exact—her battered red chucks, painting her toenails a vibrant blue, and her wedding dress. Always the dutiful daughter and a Stepford fiancĂ©e, she has never acted on impulse, never been in love.
She’s never lived.
On her wedding day, Colbie ends a toxic relationship, drops the fake smile, and says, “I can’t do this anymore.”
Navy SEAL Zander Serrano returns home broken and burdened with a volcano of remorse. Too trapped in a mental war to be at peace and too damaged to be at war, he shuts the world out. The last thing he expects is to feel, especially for a runaway bride with her own baggage.
Two empty hearts marred in different spots find themselves drawn to one another. Each with their own scars.  Some, the world can see. Others, unseen to the naked eye.
They say two broken people should not be together. But for Colbie and Zander, their attraction is undeniable, unexpected.
Can two souls with fractured parts be the best cure for each other’s wounds?
Starting over is never easy, but sometimes in life, everyone needs somewhere to begin.

Colbie Bennington has been the perfect "Stepford daughter" for her cold parents. But it all comes to a head, when she defys her parents command to marry a man, whom on paper, seems the perfect fit, but behind closed doors, beats her! So Colbie flees in her wedding gown, to finally begin again…only to get into a car accident.

Navy SEAL Zander Serrano returns home full of survivors guilt and closes himself off, suffering through blackouts and and his PTSD, until he causes Colbie's accident. But that doesn't explain why he invited her to live with him…in a strictly landlord/renter way.

But that doesn't stops the sparks from flying between these two damaged individuals. Now if only they can get over the huge obstacles in front of them both, they just might have a chance together.

This book moved me in MANY ways; our hero was honest about his pain killers addiction and PTSD and our heroine battled to free herself from physical abuse and the long lasting after effects and then eventually manage to stand up for herself, which is a huge feat in and of itself. I loved the way that Colbie and Zander needed to save themselves before they saved each other! The other characters in this book were equally amazing, in different ways, and I cannot wait to read more about Max and Delia and Rafi and Paige…and yes! This is how I have paired them in my mind.

The plot was well thought out and researched and completely addictive from the moment Colbie ran away from the church. The writing is true Mika Jolie style, beautifully written and totally captivating.

I give Somewhere to Begin 5 stars!

Mika Jolie is the bestselling author of the Martha’s Way series. She lives in New Jersey with her Happy Chaos—her husband and their energizer bunnies. A sports fanatic and a wine aficionado, she’s determined to balance it all and still write about life experiences and matters of the heart. Let’s face it, people are complicated and love can be messy. When she’s not weaving life and romance into evocative tales, you can find her on a hiking adventure, apple picking, or whatever her three men can conjure up.

She loves to hear from readers.

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