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Feeling THIRSTY? Visit the Eastside Brewery…
A gangster hiding from his past.
A single mom fighting for her future.
Can she show this bad boy the man’s he’s meant to be?
Mia Hopkins is back with the first in an all-new contemporary series, THIRSTY (Eastside Brewery #1)!
This story takes the reader into the heart of a community run by a powerful gang, East Side Hollenbeck. After being released from prison, Salvador Rosas is trying to avoid being part of the gang but it is hard. He was an enforcer for it and his father was the leader but now his father is dead and prison has changed him, he has anxiety issues, though others don’t realise how bad it is and his “Ghost” reputation still remains. He is endeavouring to start again without being dragged back into the gangland culture, but the pull to be part of it all again is there. It is also about being there for one another, caring for those in need and supporting each other.
Vanessa Velasco was at school with Salvador but she was a studious student with big dreams that were crashed when she became pregnant. Now she’s a single Mom, living with her Gran who recognises how hard Salvador is striving to go straight. Nothing is simple for the people in this community. Can Salvador make a fresh start? He is hard working and is given unexpected opportunities but can he escape the past that has killed so many of his family? Can he make a fresh start for himself and his brother? Will Vanessa give their mutual attraction a chance, trust him to give her and her child a future together?
This is an emotional roller coaster, a brilliant start to a new series and an enthralling read. A very different, dark story, venturing into the gangland underworld with all its ramifications, it is a page turner that I thoroughly enjoyed and have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone who enjoys contemporary romance with well developed characters and plenty of hints of more to follow.
I requested and received a copy of this novel via NetGalley. This is my honest review after choosing to read it.
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.
On Sale in Digital: March 13, 2018
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Here’s an excerpt to whet your appetite:
The ride starts with a burst of music like a jack-in-the-box. We glide backward and over a couple of times. The Ferris wheel stops to let other passengers on. At the very top, our carriage swings back and forth before it goes still.
Now I can see my neighborhood from a different viewpoint, high above. The lights of the carnival are bright and beautiful. The smells of tacos, hot dogs, and popcorn fill my nose. People pack the church parking lot. Cars line the street, and in the surrounding houses, lights in the windows show where families are talking or watching TV or having dinner.
“How are you doing?” I ask.
“I’m all right.”
She’s looking at the same things I am. I wonder if she is seeing the same details. I stroke her hair and take another risk. “So what do you think?”
“Starting something with me?”
She takes a deep breath but doesn’t say anything.
“What are your doubts?” I say.
“Are you kidding?” She snorts. “You’re seriously asking me that?”
I laugh a little. “Okay, well. Besides the obvious.”
“You have your own life. I have mine. You’re trying to rebuild from the ground up. I’m trying to secure my daughter’s future. We’re heading in different directions.”
She isn’t wrong. Life has disappointed her in such deep and cruel ways, I don’t blame her for protecting herself. But even as she tells me this—the truth about how we’re not right for each other—I feel how right it is to talk to her, to hold her hand, to show her who I am. “I have an idea,” I say. “Probation.”
“I’m only around for two months, right?”
“Spend those two months with me.” I look into her eyes. “I want to be with you, Vanessa.”
“I’ll be gone before I have a chance to disappoint you.” When the words leave my mouth, I try to ignore how pathetic they sound. “We’re adults, not dumb kids. We won’t lose our heads.” I run my fingers through her silky hair. “I swear to God, every time I look at you, I feel . . .” I reach for the most honest word I can find. “Thirsty.”
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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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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