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(Eastside Brewery #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  254 Ratings  ·  146 Reviews
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 m ...more
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Published March 13th 2018 by Loveswept
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Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***2 Stars***

Oh man, I wanted to like this book so much. That cover? That blurb? All of it sucked me in. Unfortunately, what's beyond that just didn't manage to engage me.

Six months out of jail, Salvador "Ghost" Rosas is trying to get his act together. His brother will be out in a couple of months, so he's trying to save up some money so they can get a place together and stay out of trouble. Working two jobs and staying in Vanessa Velasco's garage is where he spends his time.

Vanessa Velasco is
~Mindy Lynn~
3 Stars!

Another book where the blurb sucked me in but the story fell flat. I've been picking up quite a few of these unfortunately.

If I had the choice to be in the females head or the males I would choose the male. Why? Because females like to go over everything a gazillion times inside their heads. I am no different. My mind never shuts off. So color me shocked with how much Sal kept us locked up inside his head. It's a PP of mine. I can't handle having hardly no kind of interaction with other
Anastasia シ
Full Review on my blog!
*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 la
(Tori-Smexybooks) smexys_sidekick
Originally posted at SmexyBooks

Favorite Quote: “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 shite together. None of that is me.”

Salvador (Sal) Rosa has just been released from prison after serving a five year stretch for boasting cars and other charges.Working two jobs, he’s trying to make a new life for himse
Taryn (Taryn and Her Books)

I really really enjoyed this one- more than I was expecting I would to be honest. I can't recall the last romance I read purely from the hero's POV and when I realised that was the case here, I was a little apprehensive- but don't fear. Hopkins's writing was amazing. I'm definitely going to be reading more of her books!

The plot was engaging and interesting right from the start, the pacing was great and the romance was stunning. I loved Sal + Vanessa right from the beginning and it was suc
Tracy- OMGReads
This book had me HOOKED!

Wow. I really cannot say enough good things about Thirsty. This story got me from the first page and I could not put it down. Ghost is a unique character, he's got gang ties, he's just gotten out of prison. Vanessa is the girl from his neighborhood who was gorgeous and smart- she was supposed to get out. She's still determined to do that, but now she has an adorable little girl. One whose father passed on early due to the life Ghost was sent to prison for.

Thirsty was a
***4 Stars***

So it went like this “Ohhhh the cover” then “Oooohhhh, beer?” then “Oh, gangsters?”
Mmmm, Yes. Please *hit request*
And I thoroughly enjoyed it. It took a different direction than what I had expected, but I really liked it. It’s got all the goodness of a romance, the heat, the connection that goes soul deep, but there is so much more going on than just that. It’s about getting back on your feet and believing that there is more to you than where you come from, if only you let yourse
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: didi-reviews

Thirsty is about a boy who grew up in an East LA gang and landed in jail as he was becoming a man. When Sal gets out of jail he is worried about getting drawn back into the gang lifestyle, he knows there is no easy way out but doesn’t want to go back in. Vanessa is the good girl in school; the one who everyone knew would escape their neighborhood and make something out of her life. Vanessa was on the right track until she got involved with a gangster and ended up pregnant, than a widow all by
Heather C
Mar 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, march-2018
Thirsty is my first read from Mia Hopkins and overall I enjoyed the storyline and look forward for more not only in this series but more from the author.

I will start off by admitting that it started off extremely slow for me and it took well into the second half of the book for the storyline to pick up and capture my full attention. I say this not to deter people away from the book but to encourage anyone who might feel the same way at first to keep going. 

Salvador Rosas fell into a gang as a yo
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved Thirsty by Mia Hopkins so much, and I think this is a powerful novel about love and forgiveness. We talk about how love is powerfully redemptive---but romantic love isn’t the only or even the most important kind of love in a person’s life. Friendship, family, community, and just learning how to love yourself---those are just as important and vital. Thirsty is a novel that attends carefully to all of those facets in the life of our hero, Sal “Ghost” Rosas.

Thirsty is that rarity of raritie
Four+ hot, dirty, gritty, Sal-loving stars.

It was love at first read for me with Sal. This guy is not my usual book boyfriend. In fact he's the opposite - poor, young, unsure of himself, vulnerable. But I fell for him nonetheless. Because he's real and selfless. He just wants to work hard, not for himself, but for the people he loves.

Through Sal's eyes, Mia took me to Eastside LA. I rode the bus and train with him to the gym in Santa Monica, the spa, the bar where he makes beer with Alan. I me
Kate Olson
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
😍😍😍😍 steam level = off the charts.
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it

Thank you to my friend Taryn for recommending this book to me (she did it several times before I picked it up, but I eventually got here).

Thirsty was a book that shocked me. I’ve said that phrase a lot and I think it’s because I never expect a lot out of romance novels. That’s on my own stigma and me, I’m slowly getting over it since I can’t stop reading romance. This book was highly erotic but also managed to pack a punch that left me slightly b
Suzi (Obsessive Reading Disorder)
This is a new to me author. It took me a minute to get in to the world but once I had a handle on the setting and the characters, it was a pretty easy read. There is a whole lot going on in the story and Vanessa and Ghost are just a piece of it. I still felt like I was missing something. Like there was a prequel that I didn't know about.

I enjoyed the time in Ghost's head and his POV. I would have liked to see more of that and him having to deal with his mental health more. There were lots of re
Hetero romance written from the male perspective by a female author and it's good. She did it. Thumbs up.
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.

I’ll be completely honest by saying I went into this one with some expectations in my mind. I was expecting another gritty gangster read, was expecting something a little bit dark and all the other associated expectations one has when they
3.5 stars

Objectively speaking, I should have rounded down to 3 stars. But personally speaking, I enjoyed the romance and the hero so much that I am rounding up to 4 stars.

I think I'll start with some of the things that restrained the story and the main one I can think of right away is the first POV narrative. Thirsty is told solely from the hero's first POV and that's fine, but the thing is I didn't feel as close to Vanessa as I did to Sal. I do like her a lot, but I felt more emotionally attach
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
YES YES OMG YES! Can we talk about the fact that this book was amazing?!? I am IN LOVE with Salvador Rosa! This story is told entirely from his point of view and I absolutely loved it!
I watch her manicured hands getting muddy and dirty, and for some reason, I feel something move inside me. A deep-down ache, a longing. Something about her hands--clean touching dirty. For a moment, I wonder if she'd ever touch me like that.

Salvador "Ghost" Rosa was brought up in the gang life of LA. His father was
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 g ...more
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
ok but wow i loved this book! I love messy, flawed, complicated and conflicted characters and yep I fell for Sal hard. We only get his POV but it really worked for me, being in Sal's head was funny and heart wrenching.

I just wanted to hug him? and shake him when he was about to mess up. And he did mess up!

I enjoyed Sal and Vanessa together but lawd I was on edge for Sal, because the whole gang's gonna come calling for you soon Sal just had my heart racing. Mia did a good job of fleshing out th
~Nichole~  Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews

This is the first book I've read by this author. I was drawn in by the synopsis when tour invites were sent out. There's something interesting about gang life to me. One of my top favorites movies is Boyz in the Hood. I cried buckets of tears watching that movie.
In Thirsty, the main character is Ghost and the story is totally in his first person pov. . Ghost is  just out of prison and is so determined to stay clean, get his own place and be able to have stability when his brother Trouble get
Sienna Snow
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I couldn't put it down. It is edgy and filled with emotions. Mia did a great job of showing life from the hero's POV. I cannot wait until the next book in the series.
Talia Hibbert
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I am... In love. With Sal. With Vanessa. With the author's beautifully blunt yet artistic style. With the blisteringly real characters and situations, with the respectful way this book's themes are handled... Did I say that I'm in love with Sal? I'm in love with Sal x 5. IN LOVE. This is a forever re-read kinda book, and I do not say that lightly because I typically hate re-reading
Wit & Wonder Books
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
**ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**

Thirsty by Mia Hopkins is a very deep, emotional book. I enjoyed reading it. It is one of those books you want to savor. It contains deep, thought-provoking story lines.

Salvador “Ghost” Rosas -- a gang member, an ex-con, a lost soul. Ghost is trying hard to toe the line and save enough money to make a home for himself and his brother after serving time for car theft. But once a gang member, always a gang member. He gets called up b
Jan 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
DNF 20%

Boring...slow and boring. I couldn't finish the book because it couldn't hold my interest.
Erika Cruz
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thirsty review

The main character tells you right off the bat on the first page that he’s no hero. As you read on, you’ll see he has nothing to hide, and there’s a lot not to like about him.


As we get to know him through his candor and character shaped by the mistakes and regrets of his past life, we as readers are rewarded by the purely likable character that is Salvador Rosas. No, he is not the prototypical white twenty something billionaire with blue eyes and private jets.

He’s something
I’m new to Mia Hopkins, and what an initiation Thirsty was! It’s told entirely from the male POV which makes it stand out, but Salvador himself was who made me stay.

So, if you follow my reviews you probably know that I gravitate towards stories where the HEA isn’t easy. I like watching the main MCs conquer personal demons, rebuild their lives, and never give in. With that said, I wish we had more MCs like Salvador Rosas.

I was locked up at nineteen and didn’t breathe fresh air until twenty-four
Catherine Bibby (Rochelle's Reviews)
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 l
Jul 18, 2018 rated it liked it
I was so excited to read Thirsty. I have a weird fascination with romance novels that feature ex-cons. Plus, the characters in this book were POC, so I was definitely looking forward to reading it. I was surprised to find that the book was told entirely in Salvador's POV. I haven't read many romance novels that have been told in the hero's POV so I was excited to read more. Sal was a great guy, which I know is such a weird thing to say about a criminal who just got out of jail, but trust me. He ...more
Mar 02, 2018 rated it liked it
3 Stars - 3 Flames

Hmmmm, this was an "Okay" read for me. It starts off really slow, picks up a little bit, but for the most part, left me feeling...blah

Ghost has been out of jail for six months. After living with a homie that cheated on his woman, he finds himself homeless. But only for like, five minutes. Because he's propositioned by a neighbor he kind of grew up knowing. So now he's living in her garage, helping clean through the mess, for only two hundred dollars for two months. He works tw
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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 the heart of Los Angeles with her roguish husband and waggish dog.

Other books in the series

Eastside Brewery (2 books)
  • Trashed