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.
|Thirsty is a wonderful book, and for me drew me in from the beginning and I was sad that it actually had to end. Salvador Rosas is on parole and is also working at staying away from the gang that his father started. Now being kicked out of the house he is staying at because one of his homeboys messed up with his woman. He is looking for a place. It is this beginning and the way Mia Hopkins draws you into the story with her words that you feel like you are one of the neighbors watching the scene of clothes and yelling that is going on, yet like someone that has been through this before Salvador is yes getting dressed out on the sidewalk, and yes this actually happens in real life, not just the movies. The difference here is you don’t lite his things on fire because you don’t know when the fire is going to arrive and there is a greater chance you will be charged with a crime, not the case in other neighborhoods or in the movies. Now Salvador walking and is called by a woman that has lived in the neighborhood forever and is given the chance to stay, rent out the small garage. He, of course, must clean it, and he asks about the granddaughter Vanessa who he remembers, but the grandmother says she will handle it. Well, it is not handled until after Salvador is watered down with the garden hose by Vanessa because she knows who he is and does not want him there. Grandmother over rules and he stays. Now begins there working out things from the past. Salvador also meets a man who does not judge him and they build on his budding interest in making craft beer. This man who makes beer and begins to show him how it is done is really the first person other than Vanessa to actually help him. Everything is going well until one night when it all goes sideways with some of his old gang, and then the next morning trouble is brought to her house, and now he has more trouble. The author takes you on a ride that is fantastic with this story. The characters are very lifelike along with how they speak, and with the gang life, she even has parts of that down as well. There is enough action to keep the story moving along, and I think she even sets up for the next book. I don’t want to give away the ending but this is a very good book. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave 5 stars. Follow us atwww.1rad-readerreviews.com|