Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Thirsty by Mia Hopkins

A gangster hiding from his past. A single mom fighting for her future. Can she show this bad boy the man he’s meant to be?

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!

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This was an okay read for me – the two main characters are likable and it’s an easy read with a good plotline. I did feel almost like I was missing a portion of the beginning of the story, it just starts oddly and takes a bit to get into. It picks up after the first few chapters though.

Ghost is the member of a gang and has recently been released from prison. He is doing everything in his power to keep his nose clean and save enough money to get a place of his own before his younger brother is also released from prison. Ghost has been staying with a friend and when things don’t work, he’s out on the street until his elderly neighbor offers him her garage as a temporary home. Vanessa is the granddaughter of the elderly neighbor and 0% interested in allowing Ghost to be on the same property with her and her daughter. It takes Ghost a while to break through her icy exterior but once she gives him a chance, things really heat up.

I think what was missing the most from this story was Vanessa – she didn’t feel like a main character. I don’t feel like we every really got to know her and it left me feeling disconnected from her character. I do think her and Ghost were perfect together and I love that he works to make himself better for her. This is a cute romance without being mushy – I enjoyed 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 Los Angeles with her roguish husband and waggish dog.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Thirsty (Eastside Brewery #1) by Mia Hopkins to read and review.

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