Book Review: Somewhere to Begin

“SOMEWHERE TO BEGIN: POISON & WINE, BOOK 1″BY MIKA JOLIE

PUBLICATION: BARCLAY PUBLICITY; SEPTEMBER 20, 2016

Synopsis:  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 fiancée, 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.

Review: Let me begin by saying how much I loved “Somewhere to Begin!” This was such a feel-good novel, although weaved with emotional and physical scars, it really demonstrated that sometimes we all need love and affection to bring us back from dark places. Navy SEAL Zander has returned home from Afghanistan physically and emotionally wounded to the core. Colbie has just left her abusive fiance at the alter, along with her life of smiling through the pain and never being able to just be herself. Zander comes to Colbie’s rescue after an accident and the two become roommates as Colbie rebuilds a new life on her own and Zander continues fighting the demons that haunt him from the war. They immediately feel the attraction and chemistry between them, but struggle with their past wounds that are still healing.

I can’t imagine how any reader would not instantly fall in love with Zander and Colbie. They are both fantastic characters, despite each of their issues and fears. Colbie goes through a tremendous transformation throughout the novel leaving her such a different and strong woman in the end. While reading, you also get to watch the walls that Zander has built around himself slowly come down. The times when Zander is completely at ease and happy, he is so adorably cute and sexy! Zander’s friends and family are very prominent in the novel, pushing and pushing him to come out of his shell and start living again. Colbie, however, doesn’t have anyone after running from her wedding until Delia pays her a visit, and the two become friends. Colbie’s parents are initially concerned only with appearances and encourage Colbie to talk to Kevin, whom she left at the alter, but eventually, they seem to be more on her side.

“Somewhere to Begin” not only tells the story of Colbie and Zander’s healing but has several side stories with other characters that I suspect the author will explore in the future. There is a dominant theme of loss among all of the characters but in very different ways. Some of it is sad, but it’s presented more as an opportunity for change and going after what you want and need. There was literally nothing that I disliked about this novel and devoured it all in one sitting. Mika Jolie’s writing paints the perfect picture of the characters and their stories, beautifully sharing all of their joys and fears. Although there are very tense moments in both real time and during flashbacks, this novel leaves you with a positive and hopeful feeling. I cannot wait to read more of this author and the series and highly recommend this one to all of my readers.

Learn more about this fabulous author by visiting Mika Jolie’s web page.

Purchase “Somewhere to Begin”on Amazon.

*Disclaimer: I received this novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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