** Part two of a three part serial **
The choice is steep: Stay on the ledge and steal Van's painting or take the leap and sacrifice her sister. It's another decision in a long line that she's had to make in her life, and though it's easy to make, it's impossible to execute. Jade won't let Cory go until she gets what she wants, but the price for Cory is high. It's never been hard to steal, to lie, but Van changed all the rules. It was the last thing she wanted to do to him. But as much as that choice is agony, there's really only one to make. Betrayal and pain. Love and loss. Decisions and consequences. The edge Cory walks is razor sharp and sky high, but she can't look down. Not until she makes it to the other side.
Hardcore Volume 2 picks up right where the first left us hanging, desperately wanting to know what happened next. And what happens next in Vol 2 is heartbreaking. Cory really has no choice when it comes to Jade's plan to steal from Van. She must do what Jade wants in order to keep her sister safe, even though every fiber of her being is against it. Her inner turmoil with this steal caused my heart to ache. Cory had finally found something real with Van but there was no way things could continue when she realized she must betray him. I loved the support Cory received from her roommates over the whole ordeal and what they were willing to risk for her. It makes me want to know them all more.
This volume of Hardcore was just as fast-paced and action packed as the first. There was never a dull moment and I was glued to the twist and turns of this story, finishing it in no time. Staci Hart knows how to craft a story together that is intense, emotional, and just plain good. I am so anxious for the next and last installment of this serial to see how things play out for Cory!
"It's like I stepped on a land mine and now the entire brigade is punched full of shrapnel. All that's left of me is dust."
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.