TB Reviews Hardcore Vol. 1 by Staci Hart

*** Part 1 of a 3 part serial ***

Cory James has never known a life where she wasn’t running. Running from the cops, her home, her past. Running from love. The only time she’s free is when she throws on her hood and takes to the roofs to become a part of New York, to climb to a place in the city where she doesn’t feel alone.

Stealing is nothing, lying inevitable, byproducts of survival. A way for Cory to provide for herself and for her younger sister, Jill, give her the life Cory couldn’t have. For five years, Cory set up a long line of teetering dominos, one by one, choice by choice.

Meeting Van is the first domino to fall, and once they crash into each other, it’s only a matter of time before her whole world is in danger of falling apart. She can tell herself over and again that she doesn’t care, but it’s a lie. She knows it from the first time she says his name, but she can’t let him in, not when she has a job to do, a job that could rip her life apart at the seams. One that she’ll have to betray Van to finish.

He’ll follow however high she can climb, but she can only run for so long before she has to choose. 
ARC provided by author.


The first volume of Hardcore had me riveted from the very first page, throwing me straight into Cory's life as a runner and thief. It opened my eyes to the interesting sport(?) of parkour, something I knew of but never really understood until now. All the running, climbing, and jumping is described vividly, it was so easy to picture everything taking place.

Cory is an interesting character. You'd think she's a typical bad girl but that's not the case. Yes, she's a thief but she has her reasons for it. She has some pretty high walls up, not letting anyone in. Until Van. At least he has the potential to take those walls down. But everything she has with him could come crashing down when he learns certain truths about her.

"I can scale any wall in my way, and I never give up on what I believe in. You never stood a chance." 

Hardcore is an erotic serial, meaning the sex in this hour and a half read is plentiful. And freaking HOT. There's a particular shower scene in the beginning that I want to high-five Staci for. But even with the multiple sex scenes, it doesn't overshadow the actual story and for that I am grateful (I'm not a fan of erotica with no story.)

This is a fantastic start to this three part serial. It's unique and edgy. It's action-packed, drama-filled, and quickly paced keeping you glued to the pages and let's not forget, it's off the charts hot. And after that epic cliff, I can't wait for the next volume to see where things go next!

"His body was a silhouette against the lights of the buildings that stretched up around us. He was a god or a superhero, something out of a myth or legend, too good to be true. Too good to be mine."


About the Author

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life -- a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom; she has three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife; even though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey. Her favorite word starts with f and ends with k. 

From roots in Houston, to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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