Feeling THIRSTY? Visit the Eastside Brewery…
A gangster hiding from his past. A single mom fighting for her future. Can she show this bad boy the man’s he’s meant to be? Mia Hopkins is back with the first in an all-new contemporary series, THIRSTY (Eastside Brewery #1)!
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.
On Sale in Digital: March 13, 2018
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She narrows her eyes at me. “It’s not as complicated as you want it to be, Sal.”
I gather her hair off her neck and pull it back very gently. She lets me, tipping her chin up and exposing her neck. Her eyes never leave mine. Her lips part just a little. I can see the tip of her pink tongue in the shadow of her teeth.
“What do you mean by that?” I whisper. I can hear my own heartbeat, pounding blood through my body.
“I mean,” she says quietly, “my whole life people have been trying to tell me what I am. A nerd. A good girl. An honor student. A slut. A whore. A failure. They were wrong each time. No one else is going to tell me who I am. Never again.”
She’s right. But her situation is not my situation. “That may be true for you. For me, it is complicated.”
“The word complicated is nothing but an excuse to keep from thinking clearly and making a clean choice. It’s a coward’s word.”
“A coward’s word, huh?” Copying her earlier movement, I trace my fingertips over her cheek and down her beautiful neck. Her chest rises and falls. She takes a deep breath. “Tell me this, then,” I say softly. “Why are you allowing this coward ex-con to live on your property? With your grandmother and daughter in the house?”
“The money,” she says immediately.
“The money, huh?” I pull her hair a little bit. Her nipples harden through the cotton of her shirt. I’m so hard it’s taking all of my willpower not to strip us naked and do what we both really want to do. “And why are you allowing him to touch you like this, out here in broad daylight?”
She reaches forward and runs her hands over my chest, resting them on my shoulders. “Because I like it,” she says.
“What else do you like?”
She’s looking at me through half-closed eyes, staring down her nose at me as I pull her head back. She runs her hands down my shoulders over my arms. “I like it rough.”
Goddamn. Good girl Vanessa Velasco likes it rough. Of course she does. I lean forward until our faces are an inch apart. Her lips smell like fresh coffee. I imagine that they taste like sugar and cream. “And what makes you think I’d give it to you that way?”
“Because you like it rough too.”
“How do you know that?”
“Because this is turning you on.” She shifts her weight until my hard-on presses against her inner thigh. “I can feel it.”
I bite back a groan. She feels so good. “You got an answer for everything?”
“Not everything. But the questions you ask are easy.”
This is fun. Teasing each other, testing what the other is made of. A man would have to be out of his mind not to find Vanessa attractive on the outside. But that’s nothing compared to what’s on the inside. I’m fascinated by her and surprised by the fact that she appears to want to show me more.
“So how about this question?” I stroke her throat with the pad of my thumb. “Can I kiss you?”
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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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