I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Eastside Brewery #1
Also in this series: Trashed
Published by Loveswept on March 13, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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.
The Rosas brothers will return in Trashed!
Thirsty is the first book in the Eastside Brewery series by Mia Hopkins.
Thirsty takes place in East Los Angeles in a very poor neighborhood plagued by gangs, drugs and shootings. Thirsty is a bit dirty and a bit dark but above all it was hopeful. Salvador Rosas is our main character and the story is told in his point of view. He has just been released from prison after being in there for five years. He is trying to be a better man, he is trying to stay out of trouble away from the gang that landed him in prison. He is trying to leave “Ghost” behind and become Salvador or Sal.
Salvador aka Ghost is an ex felon, a gangster (or in my neighborhood we call them cholos). He is the oldest child of Dreamer Rosas and being jumped into the gang was part of his legacy, his grandfather was part of the gang, his father and now Sal and his brother Eddie aka Trouble. He is very hard working, he works two jobs and saves every penny. He is also a bit detached. He’s use to keep things inside and not having anyone to turn too. But underneath the tattoos, the hard exterior, there is a man who is extremely caring and has a huge heart. He also struggles with anxiety after being out of jail.
Vanessa is a single mom and a widower. She is hard working but also a bit closed off. She doesn’t have a whole lot of time for anything other than work and her kid. She’s also extremely independent and has been used to handling things on her own that it takes a bit for her accept help from Sal.
I LOVED Sal and Vanessa together. I felt like she was very upfront about what she expected from Sal and what she wanted. She wasn’t afraid to make him talk to her, make him share things with her. I especially loved how Sal was a bit of an alpha but also such a softie when it came to both Vanessa and Muneca (Vanessa’s daughter). I really loved how their relationship developed. How Vanessa saw more to Sal then he saw in himself.
I loved the idea of craft beers, I have a friend who is really into craft beers so it was one of the reasons I wanted to read this. I loved how Sal was able to make something and find joy in it because lets face it he didn’t have the best childhood. I also love the idea of cholos (or gangsters as this novel refers them as) creating craft beers. I feel like for many, they don’t think they can do something other than the gang life.
I also loved that the majority of the characters are Mexican American. Although they were a bit stereotypical, I still enjoyed them.
I’ve read a Mia Hopkins novel before and loved her writing style and I knew I would probably love Thirsty but I didn’t expect to absolutely love it the way that I did. I loved the fact that the story also featured the idea of anxiety and therapy. For me, therapy isn’t something we were taught to believe in. We were just suppose to internalize everything so I loved how the story features this. I will definitely be picking up Trashed.