Review: Somewhere to Begin by Mika Jolie


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


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.


One look at the book cover, I fell instantly in love. After reading the prologue, I was sold. Twenty four hours after completing the book, I’m now a big, big fan of Mika Jolie and I already love her!

This is how I imagined Zander:


Yes, ladies and gentlemen. Zander Serrano was a war veteran who fought in Afghanistan and lost his leg during the war. He was consumed by guilt after all his comrades died, except him and his friend Ben. Imagine a whole army of brothers and you end up burying all of them. Gosh, I could hardly imagine the pains and suffering and trauma he’d been through. I understood his aloofness and his brooding attitude towards people. To me, it was his coping mechanism, only it made him more miserable. Until he had a black out and met Colbie in a car accident.

Colbie Bennington was about to get married to the man who hit her, slapped and abused her, physically and emotionally. And when she couldn’t take it anymore, she ran away from her own wedding, leaving her old life behind. And then bam! She got hit by a car and ended up in a hospital, with no one else visiting her. No parents, no friends, no ex-fiance. Which was okay with her. Because from then on, she knew, she was on the road to a new journey.

Colbie and Zander both had scars in their bodies. A bruise in her ribs, a scar in his arms, a dark purple spot on her body, a missing right leg.  All these were visible to the eyes.. But what’s really killing them were the emotional scars they couldn’t get away from. Fear, guilt, torment, yearning.

The moment Colbie and Zander’s world collide, I never wanted to let go of them. I was totally consumed by their feelings and I had this extreme desire to see how their love story would start or end. And I was not disappointed. As I’ve told Mika Jolie, right after reading Somewhere to Begin,  I’m on cloud 9. 🙌🙌 I loved everyone in the book – Rafa and Paige’s dodging their feelings was full of sexual tension; Max and Delia’s past and present make them vulnerable in love and Zander’s family was really “family goals!” Most loved character aside from Colbie & Z – it’s got to be Delia. Oh gosh, this lady is a firecracker and a hoot! Her Google addiction is really something! LOL

What more can I say? I love, love, loved this first book in the Poison and Wine series and I can’t help to read more! Mika Jolie, I love you! You’re the bomb!





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