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Thirsty by Mia Hopkins
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really liked it
bookshelves: new-adult, adult, romance, contemporary


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 breathless at the rawness of the characters. Mia Hopkins crafted the world of gangs and betrayal in a way that left me speechless. No one who has had an addiction to drugs is shamed either, it seems as though the characters in this book acknowledge that addiction is an illness, not a choice, which was definitely interesting to see.

What is Thirsty about? First off, this particular book is told from only the male leads perspective. I haven’t seen this done often, nor is it done well typically, but I feel that Mia Hopkins did a great job of this. Salvador, the main character, has left prison six months ago. He was in for five years and now that he’s out he’s been trying to make an honest living so he can support his brother when he’s out. Only that’s hard when you’ve just been kicked out of the place you’re staying due to your friend being a cheating turd burger. That’s how Sal ends up staying with Vanessa, her daughter and her grandma. Vanessa’s plans of going away to be a big fancy college ended when she became a teen mum, which only got worse when she became a widow.

Vanessa and Sal don’t need each other, they’re both doing pretty okay without one another and simply trying to do the best for the people around them but when they come together it’s pretty damn electric and the interactions are also amusing. Seeing such a strong single mother like Vanessa is always empowering as a single mother raised me.

However, as the gang tries to bring Sal back in he has to decide what to do to protect his future and Vanessa.

I’ll jump into the likes and dislikes I had for Thirsty or else this review is going to get way too long.


This was something I really enjoyed. So many times in real life I’ve heard people slam cleaning as a profession. Someone has to do it though. Both my sister and mum are currently cleaners and I have such immense respect for the both of them. They’re so damn hardworking and they come home exhausted every day.

Sal doing not one but two cleaning jobs in order to be able to give his younger brother a safe place when he’s out was just beautiful honestly. That family connection is very clear in the fact that Sal was working for what I presume was under minimum wage for over eight hours a night.


It really was. It was steamy and it was like BAM. I wasn’t even expecting it to appear when it did but I wasn’t made. Both Sal and Vanessa were such strong individuals that it had me a little breathless during the sex scenes.


Vanessa has been a single mum since her daughter was born, with the help of her grandmother who raised her she’s been doing an awesome job. Add on to the fact that she’s studying to be an accountant in order to give a better life to both her grandmother and daughter. The connection was so kind and I think it felt even more special to me because my great nanny and mum helped raise me, my mum’s mum is a bit of a pest and likes to interfere and the relationship between Vanessa and her grandmother reminded me of my childhood.

Overall though, Vanessa is just kickass. Being a single mum is hard and studying on top of that is even harder. I didn’t know how I’d feel about children in romance, this is my first time reading one of them featured, but I definitely wasn’t mad.


This was my biggest problem. Sal refused to tell Vanessa a lot and it did make the story a bit clunky at times I wanted to slam the man against the wall and scream at him to tell her what he was hiding. He never really explained it either; it was pretty brushed over and kind of rushed honestly. It was the classic break up with a small percentage of the book left and gets back together in order to push the book to its conclusion.

Seriously though, miscommunication is so damn dumb. Just talk to people, especially if it may hurt them.


This is something that may only be a bother to me. I grew up in not a great environment that involved drugs. It’s not the best place to be and it has given me a prejudice towards drugs. I hate it but I can’t get over it. This book features a lot of casual drug references due to the gang involvement. It got a bit tough for me to read at points, especially since no one cared about it. It just felt strange to me, but I’m probably alone on this.

Overall, Thirsty was a bloody good book. The characters were well crafted and Mia Hopkins managed to create the tone of a male’s voice excellently throughout the book. This can 100% be read as a standalone but there is a cliffhanger ending that has me screeching. If you’re looking for a bad boy goes good story featuring a diverse cast, this may just be the one for you.

Oh I also forgot to mention, there is a lot of mental health references in regards to Sal. It was interesting to see; especially since an anxiety attack was described so bloody well. However, I feel it was forgotten and occasionally thrown in for a gasp factor. I wanted a bit more out of it.

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Reading Progress

March 21, 2018 – Shelved
March 21, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
April 23, 2018 – Started Reading
April 23, 2018 –
42.0% "i love this omg"
April 24, 2018 – Finished Reading
May 27, 2018 – Shelved as: adult
May 27, 2018 – Shelved as: new-adult
May 27, 2018 – Shelved as: romance
June 7, 2018 – Shelved as: contemporary

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