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    Another fantastic romance from Mia Hopkins

    I really liked the first book in this series, but I loved this one even more. The book is written entirely from Eddie's (the hero's) POV just as the first book was written from his older brother Sal's POV. Eddie is Sal's younger brother, nicknamed "Trouble" and it's a pretty appropriate nickname. He was always rather feckless and thoughtless, a typical teen guy, not serious about anything and was sent to jail for 5 yrs for a carjacking gone wrong. Now he's finally out and never wants to go back. He'd love to get out of the gang and go completely straight, but has no hope of that actually happening. The book opens with Eddie having an anonymous, extremely hot encounter with a woman at the community garden where he's living. This type of opening doesn't usually work for me, but this is the rare exception. The author did a great job of getting me to actually care about these two characters even though I knew nothing about them. Eddie never learns her name, but can't get her out of his mind and 6 mos. later runs into her when he's sent by an employment agency to a restaurant that needs a dishwasher. Carmen is the sous chef and it turns out she grew up in the 'hood, the daughter of the owners of the local bakery. She's a strong, in-charge woman, a heroine to admire. As they work in proximity, their explosive chemistry ignites, however, there is fallout that changes both of their lives. Like Sal, all Eddie wants is to get out of the gang. By writing the book entirely in his POV, he is revealed in his entirety as a kid who could never catch a break, whose destiny in the gang was almost inevitable, but who still yearns for something more, something better and who is sweet down to his core. The drawback of this POV, though, was that we didn't see enough of Carmen or get to know her nearly as well as Eddie. Still, what was shown of her was admirable. All in all, a great book and I'll be looking forward eagerly to the next one. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book from Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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    Raw, dirty, and hot

    Ladies, read Trashed with your A/C at freezing point because it's HOT! HOT! HOT! 🔥🔥🔥 It's raw and dirty and, I'll say it again, hot. Eddie is not your usual romance novel hero (ex-con, gang member, inadequately educated, poor, etc.), but like his brother Sal before him, he is worthy of loving and being loved. Kudos to Mia for writing about men like him. Not many authors do that and I love her for it. I really appreciate witnessing Eddie's growth throughout the book. His was a fascinating journey from the directionless newly-released inmate to a man with a purpose in the end. Mia's male voice is so strong that I believed that transformation wholeheartedly. Which is kind of a double-edged sword because, like in the first book with Vanessa, my main nitpick is that we don't get to see what goes on in Carmen's head. While I understand how she could fall for him in the end, I still can't believe how strong her emotions had been from the start. Compelling writing has me going back for more and I'm absolutely looking forward to the next book in the series.

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