Thirsty by Mia Hopkins
ebook, 254 pages
Published March 13th 2018 by Loveswept
~Rating: 4/5 stars~
My name is Salvador Rosas. Back in the barrio, my past is written on the walls: ESHB. Short for East Side Hollenbeck, my father’s gang—my gang. Hell, it’s a family tradition, one that sent both my brothers away. They used to call me “Ghost” because I haunted people’s dreams. Now I’ve got nothing going for me except a hipster gringo mentoring me in a new career. An ex-con making craft beer? No mames.
Still, people in this neighborhood look out for one another. That’s how I became Vanessa Velasco’s unwelcome tenant. Chiquita pero picosa. She’s little, but with curves so sweet they’re dangerous. I remember Vanessa from the old days, the straight-A student with big plans. Plans that were derailed by another kid stupid enough to think he was bulletproof. Now Vanessa knows better than to believe in empty promises. There’s fire in her . . . and if I touch her, I might get burned.
I’m trying everything I can to go straight. But when East Side Hollenbeck comes calling, I might have to risk it all to find out if there’s a future for Vanessa and me. Because she’s the only one who can quench my thirst for something real.
The Rosas brothers will return in Trashed!
*a copy was provided by NetGalley*
Thirsty by Mia Hopkins is the first book in the Eastside Brewery series, and you can bet I’m interested in reading book two, Trashed. As my first Mia Hopkins read this one certainly grabbed my attention, and I’m curious to see what else the author has to offer. It took me a while to get into it, but I’m glad I finished it. I did feel like something was missing or maybe I just wasn’t that into it as much as I wanted to be. Honestly, the last 20% of the book made me really reconsider the book as a whole and how truly amazing this story is, and how well developed the characters are.
“You want a hero. Before we start, you should know—I’m not him. I’m not your hero. A hero is Prince charming, a firefighter, a cowboy. He’s handsome and perfect. He’s probably white. He has his shit together. None of that is me.”
Sal has been out of prison for six months and is trying to go straight, when he gets kicked off his friends sofa one of the neighborhood grandmothers take him in. There is quickly falls in love with Vanessa, the granddaughter. Vanessa is tough. She’s a single mom trying to make a better life for herself and her daughter. I really loved her strength. Sal is a good guy, he’s trying his hardest to make enough money for a new place and wants out of the gang life but doesn’t think that is possible.
“Easy,” she whispers. “You’re going tot get us both arrested.”
I laughed against her lips. “Not me. Just you. Arrested for looking so damn fine.”
Lights from the rides around us wash over her face-pink, blue, green, gold. “You are so cheesy,” she says.
Sal and Vanessa’s journey was interesting one with how everything started between them, but it actually worked in their favor because they were probably more open and honest about who they were than if things had started differently. The smexy was off the charts! But the way they connected and how they saw each other simply made the chemistry between them burn brighter. Some issues arise, which come as no surprise, but how everything worked out in the end for them was perfect!
Overall, a fun, sexy read. I loved the characters and the story line. It’s much more than a typical romance story. CLIFFHANGER!! omg! I’m actually looking forward to the next book. I highly recommend it!
Mia Hopkins writes lush romances starring fun, sexy characters who love to get down and dirty. She’s a sucker for working class heroes, brainy heroines and wisecracking best friends. She lives in the heart of Los Angeles with her roguish husband and waggish dog.