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!
Praise for the first Eastside Brewery novel, Thirsty
ONE OF THE BEST ROMANCE NOVELS OF THE YEAR "A powerful, honest look at love as both a motivation and a risk."—The Washington Post
"Heartrending, raw and beautiful."—USA Today
"A brilliant read. There are good writers, and then there are writers that just leave you in awe. And Hopkins has definitely left me in awe."—Hypable
"Bold and unapologetic."—Smexy Books
"A sizzling, emotionally intense story that is both gritty and heartwarming, an addictive page-turner that will stay with me for a long time to come."—New York Times bestselling author Cathryn Fox
"Sexy and soul-wrenching, with Sal's irresistible voice luring you through a living, breathing Los Angeles."—USA Today bestselling author Sierra Simone
"An amazing read! I stayed up way too late to finish and haven't stopped thinking about the characters. Highly recommended!"—USA Today bestselling author Molly O'Keefe
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
4.5 stars. I'm not a big fan of books written in present tense, nor romances written entirely from the hero's POV. The author (who I'm personally acquainted with) breaks other romance novel conventions, as well, like having the hero be a tatted up gangbanger fresh out of jail. And yet, it works. It ALL works. I found myself totally rooting for Eddie and Carmen, and the story took me in directions that surprised me. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this work via Netgalley. This is part of a series about the Rosas brothers. I had heard a short reading of the first in the series, Thirsty, but have not read that book. This works well as a standalone, but I suspect for those who loved the previous work, there is enough inclusion of Sal and Vanessa to satisfy, without allowing them to hijack Eddie and Carmen's story. There is so much texture, such sensually rich description of sights, sounds, aromas and more that I felt enveloped by the story. It includes a lot of Spanglish, but that is woven in with enough contextual clues that I could almost always figure out what was going on. And did I mention the HOT sexytimes? Wonderfully erotic and varied. Really, a wonderful read, and these kinds of heroes deserve their happily ever afters, too.
Trashed by Mia Hopkins Eastside Brewery #2 What a treat to spend the day with Eddie and Carmen today! Everything flowed and was perfect and absolutely made my day! Eddie is just out of prison and sees a woman in the garden...a woman he has hot passionate anonymous s*x with and then she disappears. He runs into her months later at his new job washing dishes in the restaurant she chefs in and the chemistry is still there and they soon act upon that chemistry in delightful and wonderful and steamy ways. I really enjoyed this couple together because they brought the best out in one another and neither was a pushover. In addition to the romance there were threads in the story that dealt with the gang Eddie and his brother Sal were members of, family issues Eddie wanted resolved, Sal’s desire to open a business showcasing the craft beer he produces, trying to determine what future there was for all of the main characters, friendships and family and a whole lot more. Did I enjoy this book? Definitely! Would I like to read the next book in the series? Without a doubt! Thank you to NetGalley and Little Stone Press for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars
Thirsty was one of my favorite romances of 2018 and I’ve been quite eager to read Sal’s brother’s story. Trashed exceeded my expectations! I know male POV can be hit or miss for people but Mia Hopkins absolutely nails it. Eddie is newly out of prison after serving 5 years when he encounters Carmen crying in the garden. They have a hot encounter before she takes off and while he can’t stop thinking about her, he doesn’t expect to see her again until they have a disastrous encounter at Eddie’s new job. He’s had a tough time finding his feet again and he’s trying to figure out who he is, as well as who he wants to be. Plus, the specter of his gang East Side Hollenbeck still looms. He has scars from being shot the night that sent him to prison and got tattoos in prison to disguise them. This became his armor and now he wears it whether he wants to or not, which has implications for his future and for his ability to separate himself from the gang. Eddie is a romantic, even if he doesn’t admit it, and this made me fall for him. He was a player before he went away to prison but that’s not really who he is anymore at age 23. He worries he’s awkward and deep down he wants a relationship like what Sal and Vanessa have. But he’s also not sure what he has to offer someone like Carmen, who is practical at her core. Eddie is reckless and impulsive and he can still live up to his old nickname Trouble. But he’s a good man, no matter how he’s struggled post-prison. He’s so hopeful and naive concerning his father. Dreamer Rosas is presumed dead but Eddie refused to believe it and much of the plot involves him trying to track down his father and what ensues. This broke my heart and I was quite worried about what would happen whether or not he found his dad but the way this played out was excellent. Chef Carmen was a perfect foil for Eddie. She had a big crush on him growing up but he never noticed her. Well, he certainly notices her now! Carmen is stuck between her parents’ overly high (and inherently sexist) expectations and her own dreams. No one thinks Eddie is good for her but she believes in him and this kind of belief is transformative. We also get some great glimpses of Sal and Vanessa, as well as see the next moves for Eastside Beer. If that’s not enough, this story explores class and gentrification in some nuanced ways. Plus, the continued insights into prison life and parole are much appreciated. I love when authors are able to explore these issues and do it well. Hopkins has done her research and it shows. I cannot wait for the next book in this series! CW: gang culture, shooting, violence, alcoholism, casual drug use, addiction and recovery, grief, reference to death of loved ones by car accident, reference to past domestic violence Disclosure: I received an advanced copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.