Book Review: Hardcore Volume 2 by Staci Hart

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Hardcore, #2
** 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.
 
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PURCHASE


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4.5 STARS


AAAH! I am so excited to talk about this book!!! Even if you're unfamiliar with or a bit weary of serials, I think it's worth it to check this one out! The pace of the story is so well-executed. I really enjoyed the writing, the dialogue...the overall vibe. Once again, my I-am-so-into-this senses got a good jolt!

As we found out in Volume 1, Cory specializes in parkour and freerunning, using those skills with her roommates to pull off small heists, and Jade is forcing her to pull off one last job. The stakes are dangerously high, as Cory tries to protect her sister and fight for her own life. Just imagine this tough group of girls! (Who doesn't want a badass ring of ride-or-die chicks at their side??) I loved getting to see them interact! Their dynamic, especially the close relationship between Erin and Cory, definitely gets some time to shine, and I really enjoyed those scenes. Even the scenes with Jade, the villain who made my blood boil, were incredibly well-written. I was completely engrossed in every page. This was a truly captivating cast!
"I don't think you should cave, Cory. I think you need to fight."

"But if I fight and lose, what's the price that I'll pay? Because I already feel like I've paid enough."
Hart nailed the dialogue, allowing sharp words to bite when needed, then offering something softer and more reflective when necessary. I could feel the tension. The emotion. Through each conversation, I was hanging on every word.

Cory was such an interesting, refreshing female protagonist. I love the voice that Hart gave her. The way she thinks, the way her life's circumstances have hardened her. Her fears, her struggles. In this next part of the story, you'll see Cory battle over sacrifice, trust, self-worth...And despite all she goes through, her toughness and determination comes across so well.
"You have to trust the people who love you, Cory. That's part of what love is. And if your honesty pushes someone away, then they didn't love you in the first place."
Although, if I were to nitpick, Van felt less prominent in Volume 2. I was so drawn to his character, and I had hoped to see him connect with Cory for just a tiny bit longer before conflict came around and reared its ugly head. However, the scenes he did have with Cory still stood out. They still showed off that same intense chemistry they started out with!
"Tell me you want this."
"I want this," I breathed.
"Tell me you want me." Emotion was thick in his voice.
I locked eyes with him. "I want you."
"Tell me to fuck you."
This has been such a gritty, riveting, and edgy ride so far, and I'm quickly becoming a huge Staci Hart fan! Again, I loved the combination of action, suspense, and turmoil. I once heard the comparison that novels are like films and serials are much like episodes of a TV show, and I get that with Hardcore. The pacing and the thrill. I'm so amped up for more! I can't wait for the final volume!

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MORE FROM THE HARDCORE SERIAL


| Volume One | My Review | +GR | Amazon | B&N | iTunes | Kobo |


 | Release Date: March 24, 2015 | +Goodreads |


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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, with 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, cleaning, or designing graphics. 


***ARC provided in exchange for an honest review***