Just Released + Official Review! Thirsty by Mia Hopkins

Title: Thirsty
Series: Eastside Brewery #1
Author: Mia Hopkins
Publisher: Loveswept

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: March 13, 2018
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.


I received a copy via NetGalley and voluntarily left a review and all opinions are my own.

Mia Hopkins is a “new to me author”, I have had a lot of those lately and she absolutely blew me away with Thirsty! It is raw, gritty, filled with emotion and had my heart full of empathy for these characters trying to muddle through all the mistakes they made in the past and the life that they were born into. Mia shows us through Sal and Vanessa’s eyes that the world can be a hard place and the gangster life is cruel and predictable for a hard fall but love has the ability to heal, forgive, and soften any blow life gives us.

Salvador Rosas is born from a long line of gangsters with no hope of getting away. The ESHB own him and he knows it. Having recently served time and now trying to keep his nose clean, he realizes that the gangster life is not for him and that he wants to be a better man for Vanessa..if only it were that easy, but life never is, is it? I fell deeply for Sal aka Ghost and wanted to see him pursue a better life with Vanessa by his side. He has a hardened body and facade from serving time and being a part of the ESHB but inside he is the best kind of man and loves Vanessa with all he has…his muscled body and soul!

Vanessa Velasco was supposed to be the smart girl that got out of the rough neighborhood but when life gives her love with a gangster that doesn’t make it that leaves her with a beautiful little girl to take care of, she finds herself still living on the Eastside as a single mom struggling to make it. So the last thing she needs is a beautiful man from her neighborhood to show up and rock the very foundation of both her body and her soul…which is exactly what Sal does! Vanessa is heroine that shows us the true meaning of tenacity and what being a fierce woman with a vulnerable inner shell looks like. She is strong on the outside with a broken inside that only Sal can help fix, even if she thinks she doesn’t need a man, having someone to love her and support her in every is exactly what she needs!

Mia Hopkins delivers a scorching, heart gripping beginning to the Eastside Brewery series that shows us that love can conquer all! I highly recommend Thirsty for a glimpse at heartache and life as a gangster. After falling so deeply in love with Mia’s writing and still left with a few questions at the end of Thirsty, I cannot wait for her to create the next. Until then I might just have to saddle up and get cozy with some of her cowboys in her Cowboy Cocktail series or soak up some sun in California with her California Kings!


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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
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?”
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?”
those two months with me.” I look into her eyes. “I want to be with you,
“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.”
Coming Soon
Releasing July 10, 2018
Author Bio


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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