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- Print Length: 297 pages
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- Publisher: Little Stone Press (July 16, 2019)
- Publication Date: July 16, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07QTX17YF
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,206 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The narrator did a great job.
CW gang violence, domestic violence, a character sleeps with both a mother and her daughter
Eddie’s a former gang member, six months out of prison, and trying to get his life on track. The two meet at a restaurant where Carmen is a chef and Eddie attempts to be a dishwasher. Then, they both get fired.
I love that Hopkins sticks with the story being told from Eddie’s perspective. Even without Carmen’s direct POV, you get a good sense of who she is, where she’s coming from and what she stands for. That said, at various points in the story, I wondered what she was doing/thinking.
Hopkins excels at developing complex, introspective characters who never feel like stereotypes to me. Eddie’s clearly had time to think about who he is, how he got there, and where he wants to go next. I can’t tell you how much I love seeing working class lives and loves front and center in romance, and not just in one-dimensional supporting roles to billionaires and white collar workers.
Trashed *can* be read as a standalone, but do yourself and read Thirsty first. There's a mystery in it that we get some answers to this go round.
ARC provided by the author for review, I also bought my own copy.
So needless to say, I liked this book. Who else could create a Hero who is a gangster that you empathize with and fall in love with? Eddie isn't as bad a man as he thinks he is. He's done his time and grown up during his five years in prison. Carmen can see the good in him and she sticks with him through thick and thin, even when Eddie is full of self-loathing. Eddie's journey to believing in his own goodness evolves as he redeems himself in his own eyes through his own efforts and through Carmen's unwavering devotion.
What a gorgeous love story. Eddie and Carmen need each other to feel calmed and grounded in the face of relentless adversity. We can actually feel their yearning for each other. What must it be like as adults to have to search for ways and places to be alone, like teenagers? What must it feel like to have nothing, and be told you are less than nothing, yet know that you are capable of grand ideas? And what must it be like to find the one person who sees who you really are and believes in you, yet to be kept apart by obligation?
The depths to which this character Eddie is down and out are eye opening and completely believable. Mia Hopkins was inspired by her real life experiences and writes this at the end of the book:
"In 2014 and 2015, I volunteered at a gang intervention and reentry program. During my time there, I spent many hours conducting in-person interviews with trainees. Their stories of trauma and transformation inspired the characters in Trashed."
I've read other series about 'bad boys'. Some were vigilantes, some were mafia, etc., but none were as believable as these characters. And none were so completely lovable.
I waited patiently and with much anticipation for this book to come out, and it was worth the wait. Now I must be patient once again for the next book Tanked to come out. I love this series. 100% recommend it.
Trashed was passionate and alluring story, and I loved that it was from the Eddie's POV, although sometimes I wished to read from Carmen's pov also. If you like a hardcore ex-convict with a soft spot for his lady like our heroine did, you're in for a ride!