Hardcore: Complete Series by Staci Hart REVIEW

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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.


★★★★ 4 Stars ★★★★

Fantastic, I loved this one! Cory James is a bike messenger by day but by night she is one of a team of thieves who free-run their way through Manhattan. She has been running all her life, from her home, her parents, love. But one day she gets caught, by fellow free-runner Van Collins.

“I seek out things in life that are satisfying. Runnin, food, photography. You.”


Van is a famous photographer and he has finally met his match, someone who gets the need to run and the freedom that comes with it. He wants Cory and when she runs away from him, he just runs right after her.

Cory is a professional thief whose only priority is to support her younger sister. Unfortunately, when self appointed team leader Jade finds out about Cory’s new rich admirer she demands that Cory betray him.

Van does not make things easy for her and she is miserable, she runs in order to exhaust herself but she can’t move on until she can finally explain to him why she betrayed him and that he is the last person she would ever want to hurt.


I really enjoyed all the action, and the sex between Cory and Van was scorching. Cory is bi-sexual and before she meets Van she has been having a casual affair with a woman. We do get a short FF scene right at the beginning but it was tastefully done and integral to the story.

I really loved both Van and Cory, Van loved unconditionally and helped Cory grow as a person and help her see that underneath her hard exterior, she was a good person who only did the things she did because she cared about her sister.

“You’re good, Cory. Even when you’re bad.”

I loved reading about the parkour and how they used free running as a way to relieve stress and become free, and how they saw Manhattan in a way that no-one would ever get the chance to see under normal circumstances.

“He took my hand, and we ran.
And as I followed him through the city, the cage around my heart opened as far as the hinges would allow.”

Overall, this was a fantastic 3 part serial that I would recommend.

ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review

About the Author

Staci Hart

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.

he’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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