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!
I’m new to Mia Hopkins, and what an initiation Thirsty was! It’s told entirely from the male POV which makes it stand out, but Salvador himself was who made me stay.
So, if you follow my reviews you probably know that I gravitate towards stories where the HEA isn’t easy. I like watching the main MCs conquer personal demons, rebuild their lives, and never give in. With that said, I wish we had more MCs like Salvador Rosas.
I was locked up at nineteen and didn’t breathe fresh air until twenty-four. It’s like I died and came back to life, and here at the gates of the cemetery is this angel I couldn’t even dream up, she’s that perfect.
Sal works hard, pinching every penny, as he picks up the pieces of his life. Eventually, he wants to save enough money to buy a place for him and his brother. Being an ex-con and a member of a gang makes that difficult. You can see Sal’s inner struggle as he re-shuffles some pieces only for his past to come knocking.
Meeting Vanessa again sends Sal for an even bigger loop. He doesn’t think he deserves the time of day where she’s concerned. Vanessa has plenty on her hands too with school and her daughter.
“Don’t throw them away,” I say. “You’ll regret it.”
“Why do you care what I regret and what I don’t?”
In the old days, I would’ve said, “I don’t give a shit what you regret.” But today is today. So I say what’s in my heart. “Because you don’t deserve to regret anything.”
These two were so well-drawn and developed. Sal is open about his past, honest and self-aware with himself and others, and he’s so genuine with Vanessa. His inner thoughts were just heart-wrenching. His story just dug into my soul and attached itself, and I’m not going to forget it anytime soon.
And Vanessa was FIERCE. I loved her to pieces. She’s got such heart, and although she doesn’t trust Sal one hundred percent, she can’t resist the silent but determined man he is. They learned a lot from the other and the character development was on point.
I have good manners—I should jump up and help her out. But I’m hypnotized by this tiny woman in high heels carrying it all by herself without a single grunt, groan, or complaint—like she does this every day. And then I remember, she’s a single mom. She does.
What makes this read totally swoon-worthy, though? Sal appreciates the hell out of Vanessa, and oh my gosh, he just understood how hard Vanessa works as a single mother…
It doesn’t hurt that seeing them together was blazing hot. Gosh damn.
If you’re wanting a story that tears you to shreds and picks you back up again—making you even stronger—than I highly recommend this book.