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(Eastside Brewery #2)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  370 ratings  ·  115 reviews
He burns for her. Lucky for him, she likes to play with fire. . .

My name is Eddie Rosas, but everyone calls me Trouble. Since I got out of prison six months ago, I’ve had one goal: find my father, whatever the cost. My older brother says I need to move on. He also wants me to leave our gang, East Side Hollenbeck, and go straight, but I can’t—not until I uncover the truth a
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Published July 16th 2019 by Little Stone Press
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Talia Hibbert
You know when a book is SO GOOD that you just can't articulate HOW good, because you are a mere mortal and the task requires a god? I am in that position right now.

I fell in love with book one of this series, THIRSTY from the moment I saw the cover. I don't just mean that I loved the cover - I mean I had, like, a moment of DIVINE KNOWING and realised that this series was about to be everything I'd never known I wanted. And I was CORRECT. THIRSTY remains one of my all-time faves, but you know wha
Sam (AMNReader)
Apr 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Carmen traces her fingertip over the glass the way she touched the tattoos on my chest, as if she's trying to learn something she can't see with her eyes alone.

Coming off my previous read where it seemed like an outsider tried to write an insider life, this is refreshing. I said in the first of this series that I thought Hopkins showed her research by creating complex ex-con and gang members in respectful and not miraculous light. I think she did the same here, but Eddie 'Trouble' Rosas wasn't
Ivy Deluca
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it

This is my first Mia Hopkins book, but I can guarantee it won’t be my last. I had gotten this ARC without reading the first book in the series, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Quick side note - I love the ONS (one night stand) that becomes more as a trope, so I was hooked from jump.

The story is told from the hero, Eddie’s, POV which is something that I had to get used to (usually I prefer dual POV), but I think Ms. Hopkins did a great job really developing his worldview. First person stories c
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mia Hopkins has done it again.

Thirsty, the first book in this series, was hands down one of the best romances I read in 2018. I was so thankful to have the opportunity to read Eddie’s story, but I admit I had some trepidation. Would it measure up? The answer is: absolutely. Some of the things that made Thirsty so great are here as well: the setting, the world-building, the complicated relationships between family members and friends. This is also told from the male protagonist’s POV and Hopkins
Tracy DeNeal
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First they called him Trouble. He feels like and they treat him like Trash. But for her, and in her eyes, he is a Treasure.

Eduardo “Trouble” Rosas is third generation East Side Hollenbeck (ESHB) and proud of it. Daddy’s boy, homeboy, ex-con, parolee—all adjectives that fail to encapsulate the complex, fully actualized human being, man, that he is.

Mia Hopkins has brought this glorious young man to the forefront literally plucking him from the dish room in a swanky restaurant in Downtown LA and
Luna Joya
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love Thirsty. Like I loooooved Thirsty. But this second book in the series? The one I read with such high expectations and an inflated need because of Thirsty? It's even better.

I zoomed through this is a day. I kept stopping to savor passages because I was frustrated I was reading it too quickly.

Eddie is amazing. I mean I crushed on him in the last book. His POV is in depth and rich. All of which made me worry about finding him a worthy match.

Carmen is a heroine who not only keeps up with hi
Pam Nelson
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ahh Eddie Rosas we get a glimpse of him in the first book but you have to be wondering about him just as much as I was. He was intriguing the other Rosas brother.

I didn’t think I would like him he is a little more brassier then Sal. I kinda dig that if he likes you he doesn’t keep that to himself you know. And if he doesn’t well you know that too. Lol

Ahh Carmen throws a wrench into it and he intern throws one back into her life. Their back and forth are kinda amazing I love that she doesn’t ta
Ladies, read Trashed with your A/C at freezing point because it's HOT! HOT! HOT! 🔥🔥🔥 It's raw and dirty and, I'll say it again, hot.

Eddie is not your usual romance novel hero (ex-con, gang member, inadequately educated, poor, etc.), but like his brother Sal before him, he is worthy of loving and being loved. Kudos to Mia for writing about men like him. Not many authors do that and I love her for it.

I really appreciate witnessing Eddie's growth throughout the book. His was a fascinating journey
T. Rosado

3 Stars

While I enjoyed this book just fine, I felt a greater emotional connection to the first book in the Eastside Brewery Series, Thirsty. Like the first book, Trashed portrayed the same realism of an ex-con trying to figure out his life after incarceration and gang affiliations. The author did a wonderful job creating two completely different personalities in brothers Eddie and Sal. Eddie was the flirtatious and outgoing brother to Sal's brooding and moody one, but I still felt Eddie's comple
E-Reader Addict
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
4.5 Stars!

Oh, those Rosas men have stolen my heart.

Oh, how my heart has ached for them.

Like his older brother Sal, Eddie “Trouble” Rosas is struggling to make a life for himself as an ex convict, away from the life of a gangster, which is the only life he knows. He’s a man whose machismo has been knocked down several pegs by a five year stint in prison. He’s still haunted by his past, and struggles to let go of finding out what happened with his father, which occasionally makes him do stup
Adele Buck
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was a little surprised at how much I liked the first novel in this series (Thirsty). First-person, single point-of-view only from his side? That’s unusual and I wasn’t sure I’d like it.

I loved it. Sal’s story was intense and scary and heartfelt and tender.

But we’re here to talk about Eddie’s story. If anything, Eddie’s a bigger marshmallow under his prison tattoos, muscles, and history as a car thief and gangster. He falls for Carmen from almost the minute he sees her and his adoration is so
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great read. I read till it was complete. I wish I read the first book, but when I requested it I had no idea it was a second book. You can read it without the first one but I would have liked to have read Sal’s story.

Eddie is a complex interesting character. He has little faith in himself and makes instant choices without thinking. Carmen well I wish there was more info on her. We didn’t get much about her motives and why she searched out for Eddie except she had a crush on him. She is d
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Gritty, gorgeous, and it absolutely gutted me. Ok, enough alliteration and back to gushing (I gotta stop with the "g" words) about this beautiful story about Eddie "Trouble" Rosas' very un-beautiful life. Eddie is fresh out of prison, on the verge of being dragged back in with his old gang, and totally unprepared to fall for the mysterious Carmen. Slapped down by prison, gang violence, a deadbeat dad, and a lack of opportunities, Eddie thinks he is everything his nickname signifies.
“Being with
LianaReads blog
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I choose this book because I've heard a lot of great things about the first in the series and let's be honest, i was so intrigued by the cover and to see if the male character resemble the cover and i wasn't disappointed at all. Also, i haven't read the first book in the series but this one can very easily read as a stand-alone although the couple has a few big appearances in this book.

I haven't read many books told only in male pov and was so pleasantly surprised because i really enjoyed this
Sarah Smith
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was incredible! It's gritty and raw but also heartwarming and steamy. It's the story of Trouble aka Eddie, a 23-year-old former gang member who has endured loads of hardship and pain in his life (he grew up in a rough part of LA surrounded by gang culture, lost his mom and sister, has a drug addict for a dad who may be dead, and just released from prison after serving 5 years for stealing cars with his brother). On the surface he definitely sounds like bad news...but I totally fell for ...more
Jessica Alcazar
5 stars is an inadequate amount of stars for not only what is happening on these pages but what is happening with this series. It deserves so much more ......

Sometimes, I read a book and I am so stunned stupid that I don’t know even where to begin my review or what to even say. This book, no slash that, these brothers have stunned me stupid. Both of them. I honestly did not think the power behind Salvador’s journey (book 1 for those of you starting here) could be rivaled, but it was. I’m not
Ga Books LoverX
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ok first of all, do you see how freaking hot this cover is and then the blurb just draws you in. Please and thank you that that the book was just as good (or better) than what the blurb made it out to be! I did not read the first book in the series and I did not feel as if I was missing out on any vital information which is always nice!

This book is about Eddie (Trouble) who has been out of prison for a short 6 months and about him trying to get back on his feet after having a big complication f
I absolutely loved Thirsty, the first book in the Eastside Brewery series, and Trashed was a worthy follow-up. I really recommend the audio versions of both books because the narrators each do a fabulous job with the different accents and Spanish pronunciations. This book is about Eddie, the brother of Sal from the first book. Eddie has recently been released from prison and gets a job as a dishwasher in a fancy restaurant, where he meets Carmen, the chef. Except they already know each other fro ...more
Delaney Diamond
Another winner. Just like Thirsty, Trashed kept my interest with a storyline that seamlessly incorporates the gang culture and Mexican-American culture. Eddie, aka Trouble, wants out of the gang life just like his older brother. Can he do it? As he works on getting his life together, he takes a journey to discover the truth about his dad and finds a woman who loves him and has his back. This one is also written from first person, hero's POV only. But once again, I didn't feel like I missed anyth ...more
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
File this one under the "bad decisions book club" because I stayed up late to read it the night it dropped. Some rambly, disjointed thoughts: I loved Carmen for pushing back on Eddie and calling him on his impulsive BS: volunteering her for things, speaking before thinking, etc. It's strange to call a book tender but filthy but that's what it was.
I have been eagerly awaiting Trashed, as Thirsty is a absolute and utter steamy delight. Like whoa, my face is red reading this in the break room and I need to take a moment.

Trashed does not disappoint.

After being released from his five year prison sentence, Eddie Rosas hooks up with a beautiful stranger in a public garden a few days after finally being released from prison. While Eddie wants to blame his forced celibacy for the fire between him and the woman he cannot forget, he knows there is
Leigh Kramer
Thirsty was one of my favorite romances of 2018 and I’ve been quite eager to read Sal’s brother’s story. Trashed exceeded my expectations! I know male POV can be hit or miss for people but Mia Hopkins absolutely nails it.

Eddie is newly out of prison after serving 5 years when he encounters Carmen crying in the garden. They have a hot encounter before she takes off and while he can’t stop thinking about her, he doesn’t expect to see her again until they have a disastrous encounter at Eddie’s new
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really, really enjoyed this book.

Off the bat, I haven't read the other book in the series, so I wasn't entirely sure what this was going to be going in. I'd heard good things, but no specifics.

Eddie Rosas is fresh out of prison, when he hooks up with a woman who refuses to tell him her name. It's just a one and done thing. But it's mind-blowing. He spend the next six months thinking about the encounter, and once he starts a new job as a dishwasher is surprised to find that the woman in charg
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-arc, 2019, romance
In Mia Hopkins's Trashed, the 2nd installment in the Eastside Brewery Contemporary Romance novel series, this will make you believe in second chances. Meet Eddie "Trouble" Rosas. Six months ago, he's been released from prison and out on parole. He served his five-year stint for gang-related crimes and is ready to start fresh. But it isn't easy for Eddie, ever since she stepped outside of the prison doors and looked for work. Five years ago, he met a woman in the garden and made love to her. Ever ...more
Beverly Diehl
4.5 stars. I'm not a big fan of books written in present tense, nor romances written entirely from the hero's POV.

The author (who I'm personally acquainted with) breaks other romance novel conventions, as well, like having the hero be a tatted up gangbanger fresh out of jail. And yet, it works. It ALL works. I found myself totally rooting for Eddie and Carmen, and the story took me in directions that surprised me.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this work via Netgalley.

This is part of a se
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Trashed by Mia Hopkins is book Two in the Eastside Brewery Series. This is the story of Carmen Centeno and Eddie Rosas. I haven't yet read the previous book, so for me this was a standalone book.
Eddie has been in prison for about 5 years when he is finally released. Now he wants to find information about his father while still trying to stay in the club for answers. Just a short time since leaving prison he happens to hook up with a women who he didn't know but wants to learn to know but she do
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks, romance
When I read articles about diverse romance, the point typically boils down to the question who deserves a happy ending. Diverse romance is all about showing a vast array of people being happy by the end of the story. This is such a great example of diverse romance. Eddie is Latinx, he is poor, he has recently been released from prison, he is back in his neighborhood where it will be difficult to not be involved in his old gang. But he works things out and we get to see it happen and watch him fa ...more
Jacqueline Francis
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ohhhh man! This book was SO HOT! I am officially TRASH (haha) for everything that Mia Hopkins writes. The characters have so much chemistry. Usually I am all about the good boy heroes who like to think they are bad boys, but Mia's books do something to me and I am ALL ABOUT the actual bad boys.

This book is believable, breathtaking, and on fire!!!

You don't NEED to read the first book before reading this one, but why deny yourself even more steam?!

I received a copy in exchange for an honest revi
mindful.librarian ☀️
I absolutely ADORED Thirsty and I really really liked this one as well. I think I just connected with the characters better in book one, and in Trashed I couldn’t understand some of the decisions that Trouble and Carmen made. However, the writing was stellar and it is a highly enjoyable and STEAMY romance - not to be missed. I loved continuing this series and am SO excited about book 3! The excerpt included in my ARC got me all 😍😍
Happily Mary After
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-july
The first book in the Eastside Brewery series, Thirsty, was one of my favorite reads in 2018, and Mia Hopkins has blown me away once again with her eloquent writing, captivating and complex characters, and intensely emotional, raw and powerful plot. She makes you think as much as she makes you feel, and Trashed will definitely be on my Best of 2019 shelf. (And this book is one of the hottest I've ever read!) Full rec on Frolic to follow soon. ...more
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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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