Release Blitz and Review: Hardcore 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.

**My 4-Star Review**

I was reluctant on this book.... Reasons?  Well, I am not always a fan of serials.  They tend to be hit or miss.  Then throw in an author I haven't read, and I get a little shaky.  You never know what to expect.

The opening of the book threw me off.  I was skeptical.  The whole chasing, wham-bam-thank-you-sir left me a little skeptical.  I was praying that the whole book wasn't going to be like that.  It bothered me for some time while reading to book.

As I read, my opinion on the opener dwindled, for the most part.  I get it.  I understand the idea behind it and how it relates to the story.  The story grew, and so did my fascination with the characters and where they were heading.

This is a very unique story.  I haven't read anything like it yet.  That is quite rare.  This isn't an "alpha" book or a biker book or a rock star book.  Thank goodness!  I love when an author gives me something no one else hasn't.

Cory and Van are both mysterious characters.  Staci slowly shows us who they are and what they are all about in this book.  As the story kept building, so did my interest.  I was curious what would come next.  I read this book with ease and was curious to how everything would play out.... 

It should go without saying, there is a cliffhanger.  This is a serial, after all.  So all you ney-ers on cliffhangers, you should wait for all three books.  I would hate for you to read it and get mad because of the wonderful, jaw-dropping, heart-pounding cliffhanger at the end.  

Let talk for just one minute on that cliffhanger I just mentioned... WHAT?  Yes, I knew there would be a cliffhanger, but WHAT?  Ugh.  Staci, you left me hanging in the worst way!  Thank you.

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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