New Release + Review + Giveaway + Excerpt: Thirsty by Monica Corwin

Thirsty (Eastside Brewery Book One) by Monica Corwin

🎩🎩🎩.5 hats from Julia!

Julia’s Review:

Sal has been out of prison for six months and is trying to go straight, when he gets kicked off his friends sofa one of the neighborhood grandmothers take him in. There is quickly falls in love with Vanessa, the granddaughter. Vanessa is tough. She’s a single mom trying to make a better life for herself and her daughter. I really loved her strength. Sal is a good guy, he’s trying his hardest to make enough money for a new place and wants out of the gang life but doesn’t think that is possible.

Thirsty has its draws as well as its drawbacks. The tempo of the book was fast in some places and slow in others. It did take a little away from the story. I liked the gang storyline, it’s new to me as I haven’t read many of them. I fell in love with Sal and Vanessa, it was easy to do. Both have overcome a lot in their life and both still fight for where they want to go. Thirsty will suck you into the world of gangs and give you a peek at those few soldiers who change and want more, something better for themselves and those they love.

Alan was my favorite though. The way he took Sal in and helped him. He saw something in Sal that was more than a gang member and more than someone who just spent 5 years in prison. Alan gave Sal hope and purpose.

Title: Thirsty
Series: Eastside Brewery #1
Author: Mia Hopkins
Publisher: Loveswept

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: March 13, 2018
A gangster hiding from his past. A single mom
fighting for her future. Can she show this bad boy the man he’s meant to be?
My name is
Salvador Rosas. Back in the
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.

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The ride
starts with a burst of music like a jack-in-the-box. We glide backward and over
a couple of times. The Ferris wheel stops to let other passengers on. At the
very top, our carriage swings back and forth before it goes still.
Now I can
see my neighborhood from a different viewpoint, high above. The lights of the
carnival are bright and beautiful. The smells of tacos, hot dogs, and popcorn
fill my nose. People pack the church parking lot. Cars line the street, and in
the surrounding houses, lights in the windows show where families are talking
or watching TV or having dinner.
“How are
you doing?” I ask.
“I’m all
looking at the same things I am. I wonder if she is seeing the same details. I
stroke her hair and take another risk. “So what do you think?”
something with me?”
She takes a
deep breath but doesn’t say anything.
“What are
your doubts?” I say.
“Are you
kidding?” She snorts. “You’re seriously asking me that?”
I laugh a
little. “Okay, well. Besides the obvious.”
“You have
your own life. I have mine. You’re trying to rebuild from the ground up. I’m
trying to secure my daughter’s future. We’re heading in different directions.”
She isn’t
wrong. Life has disappointed her in such deep and cruel ways, I don’t blame her
for protecting herself. But even as she tells me this—the truth about how we’re
not right for each other—I feel how right it is to talk to her, to hold her
hand, to show her who I am. “I have an idea,” I say. “Probation.”
“I’m only
around for two months, right?”
those two months with me.” I look into her eyes. “I want to be with you,
“I’ll be
gone before I have a chance to disappoint you.” When the words leave my mouth,
I try to ignore how pathetic they sound. “We’re adults, not dumb kids. We won’t
lose our heads.” I run my fingers through her silky hair. “I swear to God,
every time I look at you, I feel . . .” I reach for the most honest word I can
find. “Thirsty.”
Coming Soon
Releasing July 10, 2018
Author Bio
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. She lives in Los Angeles with her roguish husband
and waggish dog.
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