Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Somewhere to Begin by Mika Jolie (Poison & Wine, #1)

Somewhere to Begin
by Mika Jolie

Series: Poison & Wine - Book 1
Publication Date: September 20, 2016 (Amazon) Sept 16 (B&N)
Publisher: Mika Jolie
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Print Length: 428 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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

Somewhere to Begin by Mika Jolie (Poison & Wine, #1)

Somewhere to Begin (Poison & Wine, #1)Zander came home from the war a broken man filled with survivor’s guilt. Mentally, he is still at war with himself, still re-living those frightening moments when he lost his friends, his allies and part of his leg. Gone is the fun-loving guy, in his place is a shell of the man he once was, incapable of being part of the human race and nowhere to begin.

Colbie always had to be the perfect society daughter, seen often, dazzling, but never controversial. Falling the path dictated for her by both her family and the monster she thought she once loved, her wedding day has come and along with it, a backbone that gave her the strength to run as far as possible from the life she hated where she didn’t matter to anyone except as elbow dressing or a punching bag.

Determined to re-invent herself from a puppet to strong and independent woman, she had no idea where to begin. Along comes fate and puts two damaged souls on a collision path to finding a reason to live, someone to love and Somewhere to Begin. Before the future can become reality, first the ghosts of the past must be dealt with, but are Colbie and Zander strong enough to support each other? Do they have the courage to trust again? To share or take a chance on love?

Once again, Mika Jolie had me almost in tears. She also had me angry, made me chuckle and had my heart racing in high gear for this couple who clearly were meant to meet. Mika Jolie know how to create tender moments, frustrating moments and moments that will forever stay in your heart. Her ability to create dialogue that feeling natural, tension that makes the air thick enough to cut. Dramatic scenes, backgrounds that come alive and characters that become real people to care about is signature Mika Jolie and this time out, there is no doubt she wrote from her heart to ours!

I received an ARC edition from Mika Jolie in exchange for my honest review.

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