I received this book for free from Author, Mia Hopkins, 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 #2
Also in this series: Thirsty (Eastside Brewery, #1)
Published by Little Stone Press on July 16, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Source: Author, Mia Hopkins, Netgalley
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 about our family and its missing piece.
One problem? I’m distracted. My distraction’s name is Carmen Centeno. Smart, passionate, and tough as hell, Carmen is a woman from the neighborhood who’s built her career as one of the city’s top chefs. She’s a master of creating pleasure both in and out of bed. But when our connection deepens, how can I show her I’m not the trash everyone says I am?
The pressure’s rising. Carmen deserves a man she can depend on. And when the ghosts of my past rise up, I’ll have to outsmart them—or lose my shot at a future with the only woman who believes in me.
The Rosas brothers will return in Tanked!
Trashed is the second book in the Eastside Brewery series. You could possibly read Trashed before Thirsty however, I’d recommend Thirsty first because Sal and because you see a bit of Trashed featured.
Eddie Rosas is a character we met in Thirsty. He is Sal’s younger brother and just like Sal is a fellow gang member and was just released from jail. He is attempting to stay out of trouble, but it seems like trouble just follows him everywhere. During this time, he met a girl and they had a one night (well it was daytime) stand. He never knew her name, but he was dying to see her again. And as fate would have it, they meet again.
Eddie struggles with adjusting to life outside of prison and outside of the gang. For a long time, they were both a huge part of who he was. There is a bit of a mystery in story that adds a bit of flavor to it.
Eddie – has just been a troublemaker most of his life. It’s how he got his nickname Trouble. He is the younger brother to Sal and has always been the quick tempered. Doesn’t think before he speaks or even thinks before he acts. This of course, could be a good or a bad thing. Mainly for Eddie it’s not a good thing. But underneath all this, he is a softie who in his own way loves his family and just wants them to be good even if it means sacrificing his happiness. It was one of the reasons I loved Eddie.
Carmen – we kind of met her in Thirsty but she was just nameless. However, Carmen is awesome. Carmen went to school to be a chef and struggles with wanting to follow her dreams but also the pressure from being the only daughter and her parents having a different dream from her. I really loved how caring she was, how she was trying really hard to find a balance so to speak between her wants and her parents wants.
Is there such thing as a one-night stand romance? Well, if there isn’t, I would say that Trashed is that. I loved the chemistry that Carmen and Eddie had. I love how much they communicated (even in the instances that they didn’t, they had their own language). I loved how they both believed in each other and how they both wanted the other to see their potential. It was so sweet, and I really enjoyed their romance.
I’m still unsure if I liked Thirsty or Trashed more. I think I would say I liked Trashed a bit more because it pulled at my heart strings more. I am excited to see that the younger brother of Eddie and Sal will be getting his own book. However, since we’ve never met him before and he’s only been mentioned, I am curious to see how he will fit into book 3.
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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