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#ARCBookReview and #Giveaway: Somewhere to Begin (Poison & Wine series #1) by Mika Jolie

Can two souls with fractured parts be the best cure for each other’s wounds? Find out the first book in Mika Jolie’s latest #contemporaryromance series, Poison and Wine, with SOMEWHERE TO BEGIN.

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.

ARC Book Review:

Somewhere to Begin by Mika Jolie is the first book in Poison & Wine series and also the first by the author that I have read. A heartfelt story of two people facing their own demons and trying to live through their darkness, this book held my attention throughout.

I instantly fell in love with the protagonists as well as the varied bunch of secondary characters. Colbie was in an abusive relationship but she is determined to start anew. Zander lost his parts of his soul and body in the battlefield and is now just a shell of the confident, happy man that he used to be. Both are trying to survive their harsh past and this is their story.

Mika's writing style is expressive, fluid and she had me engrossed and invested in her narration. I enjoyed how she portrayed people and events in the book, making them all seem so real. I felt like I was watching them live and felt a connection to their lives.

The plot is well conceived and executed and forced me to finish this book in one sitting. 

The romance as well as the traumatic past and hard present is brought out beautifully and developed skillfully by the author. She manages to entertain as well as forces us to think through her writing.

After reading and loving this book, I am eager to read the subsequent books in this series as well as the other books by Mika Jolie and recommend this author to you all.

All in all, Somewhere to Begin by Mika Jolie is an entertaining book that will keep you hooked and then leave you wanting more. 4.5 out of 5 to it and recommended to all adult lovers of romance.

I received an ARC from the author and the tour organizers and I am very thankful to them. The above is my honest and unbiased review which is in no way influenced.

About Mika Jolie:

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.

Connect with Mika:  Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon Author Page


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