Thursday, January 22, 2015

ARC Review: Hardcore Vol 1 by Staci Hart

Title: Hardcore Volume 1
Author: Staci Hart
Source: Author Request
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotic, Serial
Length: Novella
Release Date: January 27, 2015
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 5
Sexual - 4

*** 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.
This book was a lot of firsts for me.  I had to go look up the term "parkour" and I'm still not quite sure how to pronounce it.  For others of you that may be in the dark (from "the sport of moving along a route, typically in a city, trying to getaround or through various obstacles in the quickest and most efficientmanner possible, as by jumping, climbing, or running".  Sounds pretty cool and something that would probably kill my uncoordinated self.  The descriptions of this activity were amazing - you can definitely get a feel for the thrills of parkour by reading this.

Cory is a criminal.  She's a thief, and she's pretty good at it.  Of course she has her good reasons to be doing this, and it gives a bit of a super hero feel at times.  She has her own moral code and when she's asked to break it, she's not quite sure what to do.  Her first meeting with Van is quite the memorable encounter, and I have to admit that he was pretty resourceful in tracking down this elusive girl.

Volume one is just the beginning of the romance, and as a serial we do not see a happily ever after just yet.  The romance is definitely beginning and I am rooting for them to be together - they would just be so cute running along the rooftops holding hands.  We are left with a cliffhanger as Cory is put in a horrible position of having to make a difficult choice.  I can't wait to see what happens next!

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

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