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(Eastside Brewery #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  774 ratings  ·  250 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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Dnf @ 61%

I'm okay with a story that has a slow start, but when it's at the cost of any relationship development between the H and h, I can't hang. The sex between them felt too pornografically impersonal. And if I had to listen to how buff the H was one more time, I'd start wishing he got crushed by a heavy dumbbell during his workout! 🙄🙄🙄 There's more to romance and attraction than a buff body!

I'm so pissed because there was so much potential, but the focus wasn't where it was supposed to be.
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
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
Anastasia シ
3.5 - 4 Stars

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. Hon
Sam (AMNReader)
This is an interesting book, in first person POV from the hero's perspective. Sal/Ghost is an ex-con, a gang member, and sounds older than his 24. He's also doing his best to manage anxiety post-prison and stay clean.

Of course he's flawed. He's not miraculous, and yes, there's sexy consent here too. In Hopkins's note that followed, it said she used her time volunteering with reformed gang members as inspiration and it does show. The book is done respectfully and convincingly and not miraculousl
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
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites

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
Pam Nelson
Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I saw this book on the audible website and I thought I would give it a try.

I was sucked in to these characters. I loved Sal and I felt his pain. I wanted to make it better for him. I hate that he was so torn in what to do. He wanted to do the right thing but that right thing isn’t so easy for a gang member when the gang wants you back.

He has a hard choice to make.

He is turning his life around, working 2 jobs to make a better life for himself and his brother when his brother is to be released
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
***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 your
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 b
inês ☾
3.5 stars

This book surprised me in a good way. I came for the single parent romance but the story was so different from what I expected.

We are following the Hero's pov, Sal, he's an ex-con and a gang member. There were some really heavy themes and situations explored. That part of the story was gripping and really great. However, I feel like the romance itself took a backseat. They were cute together but it happened quite fast and there wasn't as much development in that department as I would'v
Victoria (Eve's Alexandria)
I never, repeat never, listen to audiobooks this quickly, but there was something about this gangster-gone-straight story that got its claws in me. Sal is the kind of hero that I can’t resist - hard on the outside, soft on the inside, anxious but brave, thoughtful and conscientious yet self-deprecating, desperately in need of a hug. The book is as much about him coming to love and accept himself as it is about his romance with Vanessa, a fact exacerbated by the hero-only POV.
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
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
Kate Olson
😍😍😍😍 steam level = off the charts.
Nadine Jones
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
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.”

And we have title!!

I normally avoid books with blatant thirst trap covers like this one, but I saw some enthusiastic reviews and I liked the brewery angle and my library had a copy so I put it on hold and voila!

This book is definitely silly and unbelievable in sooo many ways. The whole “forced to live together for reasons” is one of my favorite
Skye Kilaen
The only romance novel I've ever read that just about broke my heart with office supplies. I was absolutely captivated by this story of a young Latino man sorting out his life after prison and falling in love with a single mom in his community who's working to become an accountant. If I made a bullet point list of everything that worked well about it, we'd be here all day, so I'm going to pick three things. First, I loved Sal's narrative voice. Dry at times, never self-pitying, emotionally raw a ...more
Salvador Rosas spent his time in jail and now he is back. He is trying to live life on the straight and narrow but it is hard with his gang East Side Hollenback at the door. He has been working two jobs and saving money for a place but when life hits a snag he finds himself renting a room from an unexpected source. However it also puts him in the path of single mom Vanessa Valesco. Her hot temper has Salvador wishing he had a chance with her, maybe he does but will his past ruin everything?

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
Tracy DeNeal
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vanessa and Sal

This is my first Mia Hopkins book. It will not be my last. I was totally absorbed in this story. I felt Sal’s pain and anxiety. It was real, raw and guttural. As the story was written from Sal’s POV, I didn’t get a true feel for Vanessa. I didn’t truly “know” her story as I did Sal’s, but his POV drove the story and kept me turning the pages.

I liked that Hopkins didn’t fall back on stereotypes to tell this story, but fully actualized her characters to give them real lives and goa
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
Dana Stabenow
May 14, 2019 rated it liked it
True love nearly thwarted by the reality of the Latino LA 'hood they live in, with some astute observations on race that do not feel at all preachy but only stating the reality of the difficulties of life as it is lived in the US by nonwhites. Steamy, humbling, worth reading, and an excellent teaser chapter for the next in the series. ...more
T. Rosado

4 Stars

I underestimated how much I would like this book. While the story was classified as a romance, I was much more captivated by Salvador's story beyond that. The author did an amazing job at capturing the life of an ex-con attempting to go straight, but also feeling an obligation to his past, as well as to his community. I was emotional during a couple of scenes and found that the first-person narrative was evocative in it's portrayal of Sal's lonely existence as he struggled to figure out h
Hetero romance written from the male perspective by a female author and it's good. She did it. Thumbs up. ...more
Delaney Diamond
Wow, Thirsty was sooo good and lived up to the hype. It started a little slow, but you have to stick with it for the payoff. Salvador Rosas (even his name is sexy!) is fresh out of prison when the story opens and wants out of the gang, but hasn't figured out how to do that yet. For now, he's on the straight and narrow, catching a bus for a long commute to clean a gym several nights a week and making sure he keeps himself out of trouble.

There are plenty of references to the gang life, as well as
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
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Told entirely from Sal’s perspective this is as much about a recent parolee learning how to escape from his gang and rebuild a life as it is a romance.
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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. Her favorite form of procrastination is baking. She lives in Los Angeles with her family.

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