Thirsty: An Eastside Brewery Novel by Mia Hopkins


source: free ARC via NetGalley/Randomhouse/LoveSwept
title: Thirsty: An Eastside Brewery Novel
author: Mia Hopkins/ Twitter
published: March 13, 2018
pages: 254
genre: contemporary steamy romance
first lines: You want a hero. Before we start, you should know-I’m not him. I’m not your hero.
rated: 3 out of 5  1heartred1heartred1heartred

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.

my thoughts:
You know how sometimes you don’t realize something right away? I’m trying to think of an example to elaborate further but it eludes me right now.

I have to say right off the bat that Mia Hopkins is a great writer, I enjoyed her writing style and Thirsty: An Eastside Brewery Novel drew me in from page one. This is one of those books you can read in one sitting, I read it in two. The story is told first person POV by Salvador Rosas a.k.a. Ghost. I requested this one from NetGalley because I saw it revolved around Latinos. Being Puerto Rican myself this book intrigued me straight away because the main characters are Latin and I enjoy good romance. I haven’t read a full on romance novel featuring Hispanics before. Like ever. I’ve never really come across any. And I read alot of romance, it is a favorite genre but the couples are usually white. So guess what happened when I finally found a romance novel centering on a Latino couple? Guess.


The hero is a gang-banger. Ghost is Mexican, he has recently finished serving a five-year prison stint for car theft. He’s a janitor now. And duh, this is all in the blurb I know. It didn’t dawn on me until I started reading. I decided to keep reading because like I said the writing was very good. I didn’t like the stereotypes here though and they did bother me. I think the author wrote a good book but it is just that for my first time reading a Latin centered romance, I didn’t like that the hero was a gang-banger. So, I read on and I actually enjoyed the story. I will say, it is a story about getting your life together so the plot was full of hope and redemption.

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Top Ten Tuesday 3/6/18: Favorite Book Quotes


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s TTT topic is Favorite Book Quotes.
I love a good book quote. I always highlight them on my Nook and *gasp* dog ear my favorite pages in books. There is something special about a wonderful book quote and it doesn’t have to be about anything in particular either. If a passage moves me while I am reading I feel more connected to the story. In no particular order, here are just 10 of my favorite book quotes. I could be here all day…not surprisingly most of these quotes are about love.


Top Ten Favorite Book Quotes

1. “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” ― On Writing A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

 2.”Life has to end,” she said. “Love doesn’t.”-  The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

3. “They are what all lovers are: pieces of the same one sigh.”- Crescendo by Amy Weiss

4. “Angry, and half in love with her, and tremendously sorry, I turned away.”The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Take Control of Your TBR Pile Challenge March 2018


Welcome to the Sixth annual Take Control of Your TBR Pile Challenge!

The rules are simple: for the entire month of March, you focus on reading/listening to books in your TBR pile released before March 1, 2018. They can be eBooks, physical books or audiobooks. Let’s clean off those shelves and finish those series and trilogies!

This is one of my favorite events as my to-be-read pile is often neglected. For those with a backlist of ARCs have no fear, as long as they have already published you can count them!

Kim is hosting the Take Control of Your TBR Pile Challenge and since I’ve been trying to make a dent into my TBR/for review pile since late last year, I figured this would be a good motivator to continue doing so.

Here is the stack of books I will be reading from. Even if I get at least two read that will be great.

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Sunday Post 2/18/18: Reading, Mr. Darcy, Crochet and More Snow

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog…


Happy Sunday everyone. We woke up to a beautiful snowy scene here this morning. It started last night around 5 pm and went through the early morning hours and it is that pretty fluffy kind of snow. We got around 5 inches by us. I don’t mind snowy weekends, it is snowy workdays that are a pain. I will take a few pictures when I venture out later and share them on next week’s post. Supposedly the temps are going to get up into the 70’s by midweek so I that will be a nice change.

This past week was one of the longest work weeks ever, complete with commuting over one hour for a meeting and a few late nights at the office plus notice of my being chosen for a special team project that will last about 4 weeks. I gladly took Friday off to run important errands and we have Monday off for President’s Day so at least I’m enjoying a long 4 day weekend. I got alot of things taken care of on Friday and Saturday and it feels nice to take those off my “to do” list.

I don’t have book mail to share this week yet, as I resisted the NetGalley urge, but I did treat myself and ordered a book yesterday on Amazon. I will share it for next time.

Watching: (aside from the Olympics)
I finally got around to watching the six episode mini-series of Pride and Prejudice this weekend. P&P is one of my favorite Austen novels and I love the 2005 film version and this mini-series was great. Now I can’t decide who my favorite Darcy is, Matthew MacFadyen or Colin Firth. They both have that Darcy glare down pact. I think it is a tie. Have you seen these films, who is your favorite Darcy? Speaking of which, I found some hilarious P&P memes on Instagram at @JaneAustenHumor like this one:

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Top Ten Tuesday 2/13/18: Complicated Love


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s TTT topic is Love Freebie (Romances, swoons, OTPs, kisses, sexy scenes, etc.)

10 of My Favorite Complicated Love Stories

I’m a sucker for romance, it is one of my favorite genres. I gobble it up in literature and in film. But I am really a sucker for unhappy endings and complicated love that just burns the house down so to speak. I love it when the couples have to work hard for it, it feels like they earned their love and it feels more true to life.

Today I am listing 10 of my favorite complicated love stories. The kind of love that is meant to be but the timing isn’t right or there are miscommunications and other things involved that keep the lovers apart. Some of these finally have happy endings but most don’t. There are also a few movies thrown in here for good measure. All are based on novels except for the one film.

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1. Love in the Time of Cholera is one of the most complicated love stories I have ever read. These people have to wait decades to finally reunite.

2. The Great Gatsby
Why Gatsby? Why are you so besotted with Daisy? She doesn’t deserve it. Everything he does is to win Daisy back into his life.


3. Gone with the Wind is a favorite classic, both the film and the novel. In think Scarlett O’Hara is one of the most unlikable heroines in any book I’ve read. She is her own worst enemy and this comes full circle in the end. P.S. I love Rhett. I purchased the hardcover vintage copy above one day at a library book sale for like .50 cents. I wasn’t even looking for it, that’s what I call good book karma 🙂

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