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.
There is a special place in my heart for books that have military veterans as the heroes in the book. Maybe it is the fact that I was a military wife and because my husband was active duty that a part of me pictures him while I am reading. And when that hero has PTSD it homes even more so. Somewhere To Begin touched a place in my heart, this is another story with two broken characters who on paper shouldn’t be together but I saw screw what shouldn’t be and follow your heart. I applaud Colbie for what she did, most wouldn’t but just her doing what she did (read the book and you will understand) not only had me crying for her but also proud. Zander just destroyed me at times, I cried for him, I wanted to heal him myself if I could, he is in my soul.
Since tears are once again forming in my eyes while I type this review I am going to stop and just say this. Somewhere To Begin will own you heart and soul, will make you cry, will enthrall you from beginning to end and will be a book you soon won’t forget.
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.
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