Friday, March 16, 2018

Blog Tour: Thirsty (Review)

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?

“Mia Hopkins is an imaginative author who doesn’t take the easy road to a formulaic book.”—USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog

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!
Eastside Brewery #1
Mia Hopkins
Pub Date: 3/13/18
Genre: Romance
Rating: 4/5
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The first novel in the Eastside Brewery series follows Salvador Rosas and his rise from the ashes of his past. Mia Hopkins completely blew my expectations with Sal and his story is one you can't miss!

Sal has spent the last five years in prison and is working to clean up his life. Working two night jobs to save up for an apartment and avoiding contact with his gang, Eastside Hollenbeck, he struggles everyday to keep the past in the past and the future fixed firmly in his mind. An older woman in the neighborhood takes mercy on him and offers him a place to live, which puts him closer to his one true desire, Vanessa Velasco. As their relationship grows, Sal is shown that there is more to life than the gang and the anxiety that plagues can be overcome.

I like that Thirsty doesn't romanticize gang life, but instead shows a troubled youth rising above that lifestyle to live an honest life and find passion in something meaningful. It wasn't easy for Sal, but he found things more important than risking his life for the whims of others. I was surprised that the story was written in only his perspective, but I found that I quite liked it that way. Sal has the kind of voice that you don't want to interrupt. He's honest about his flaws and when he realizes that it's okay to care deeply for others and show it he seems all the more real.

I found a striking similarity between Sal and the Fuentes brothers from Simone Elkeles Perfect Chemistry series, so I felt a little nostalgic while reading Thirsty. Mia Hopkins did a superb job creating this character and building his life in a way that readers can understand. I made it through all the drama and tension of story with my heart intact, but the ending actually left me surprised and salivating for more!
*ARC provided in consideration for review*

See what others are saying about THIRSTY:

“Thirsty is sexy and soul-wrenching, with Sal’s irresistible voice luring you through a living, breathing Los Angeles. Vanessa and Sal’s chemistry is sizzling right off the page, and their journey will keep you on the edge of your seat. Five smoldering, tattooed stars!” - USA Today Bestselling Author Sierra Simone


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About Mia:
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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