Kings of California, #1
by Mia Hopkins

Publication Date: November 20, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance





Sex, drugs, and spicy tuna rolls? Resilient and disciplined, tsunami survivor Eve Ono moves to California from Japan looking for a position as a sushi chef. When she’s suddenly fired from her restaurant job, desperation drives her to find work on a fishing boat despite her fears of the ocean. To make matters worse, she’s stuck in close quarters with her new captain—a man whose raw physicality drives her out of her mind with lust.

Free-spirited and roguish, Sam Lamont is a commercial fisherman aboard his own dive boat, the Bravado. When he makes a bad deal with a deadly loan shark who threatens to take his boat, Sam is in danger of losing both his business and his way of life. On top of that, he’s got to train his new deckhand—a beautiful hard-ass who just so happens to be sexy as hell.

A female sushi chef with mad knife skills. A deep-sea diver who’s pissed off a Mexican drug cartel. Together, they’re in trouble, and the only way out is down.

*AUTHOR’S NOTE* While this book is a part of a series, it can be read completely as a STANDALONE.




Eve stood still as Sam took everything off.


She tried not to look. But on the sunny deck of the Bravado, buck naked and shameless, Sam had the body of a Greek god.

He was big and scruffy and aggressively masculine. His heavy jaw was covered in shadow and he wore his dark, wavy hair a little long. This theme carried down to his chest and torso, but not even a healthy coat of dark hair could hide the sharply defined muscles of his pecs and abs. His nipples, one shade darker than his tanned skin, were tiny. A thin trail of hair led down his torso, dividing the muscles of his six-pack before widening and gathering past his shallow belly button.

She didn’t dare look lower.

“The next part is kind of gross,” he said.

He took a bottle of hair conditioner and squirted some in his hand. He rubbed it all over his body like lotion until his skin glistened in the sunlight and the air filled with the ladylike scent of fresh herbs and strawberries.

“What’s that for?” she asked, pretending to look at the instrument panel. Her skin tingled as if his hands were on her body instead.

“It helps me get my suit on easier.” He grabbed his wetsuit and pulled it on up to his waist. The black neoprene clung to his rock-hard thighs and round ass. When he turned around, Eve caught the outline of his enormous package before she could look away again.

“Hand me my mask, will you?” he asked.

It hung inside the wheelhouse. As Eve handed it to him, he made eye contact with her. His unusual mismatched eyes seemed to burn into hers, and in an instant, she sensed he was trying to get a rise out of her.



Music from DEEP DOWN

When I came up with this playlist, I imagined a busted-up radio playing on Sam’s old fishing boat as it bobbed up and down in the Pacific. I imagined Eve and her roommate Tiffani goofing around while pole dancing. Eve spent many years in Japan, so I’ve included a song she might like. I pictured Sam visiting his cowboy hometown in the Central Valley. Most of all, I remembered what it felt like to drive up the Pacific Coast Highway for the first time, windows down, my heart full of sea air and sunshine. Hope you enjoy the music! 

– Mia Hopkins

Playlist Direct Link: 

  1. Going to California – Led Zeppelin
  2. Breakdown – Jack Johnson
  3. Love Come Down – Evelyn Champagne King
  4. Spooky – Dusty Springfield
  5. Blurry Eyes – L’Arc en Ciel
  6. Diamonds on the Inside – Ben Harper
  7. If You Want Me to Stay – Sly and the Family Stone
  8. Mama Tried – Merle Haggard
  9. Waiting in Vain – Bob Marley
  10. You Can Get It If You Really Want – Desmond Dekker
  11. Bam Bam – Sister Nancy
  12. Pressure Drop – Toots & Maytals
  13. The Harder They Come – Jimmy Cliff
  14. Better Together – Jack Johnson
  15. God Only Knows – The Beach Boys


I thoroughly enjoyed Deep Down. Mia Hopkins gave us characters that were likable, interesting and they both had faced difficulties that had left them a little bit broken.

There was an attraction from the first time they encountered each other but holy hell, when this pair actually got it on they were smoking hot…. nah, that doesn’t come anywhere near what they are when they get down and dirty – and they got dirty a lot, A Lot, A LOT!!!!!

Deep Down was well written, as I’ve come to expect from Mia. I really like the description and detail in her books and the imagery her stories invoke. There was humour, heat, some family drama, a bit of a bump in the road and a cast of supporting characters (good and bad) that all added up to a really well rounded, engaging read.

The only little thing I would say is that I would have liked was an earlier explanation of what happened in Sam’s past that had him so full of doubt and made him feel ‘less’ than he was and the epilogue, while I enjoyed it, I would have liked to know more about what happened came about.

Overall a great read and the start of a series that I’m looking forward to reading more of.

I’ve giving Deep Down 4.5 down and dirty stars.


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.
When she’s not lost in a story, Mia spends her time cooking, gardening, traveling, volunteering and looking for her keys. In a past life, she was a classroom teacher and still has a pretty good “teacher voice” and “teacher stare.” She lives in the heart of Los Angeles with her roguish husband and two waggish dogs.


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