Four stars to Hardcore by Staci Hart!
Over the weekend, I read Hardcore I by my friend Staci Hart. It was the first book of hers that I have read, and it won't be my last :)
Hardcore is an erotic serial novella that follows Cory. We meet Cory as she's running from rooftop to rooftop in NYC. She's got a rough and tough exterior, and throughout the book we learn more about her and the reasons why she hold up such a rough front. Cory hasn't had the easiest life and now she's responsible for taking care of her younger sister. The easiest way for Cory to make money (that she uses to pay for her sister's school tuition) is by stealing. She's good at silencing alarms and is fast. She likes the high she gets from B&E.
What I like about Cory is she is the "bad guy" in the story. All too often the h in erotica is weak, innocent, and totally intimidated by the H. It was reversed (a bit) in Hardcore, which was a nice breath of fresh air. Cory is one tough bitch and can hold her own. She doesn't take shit from anyone, and doesn't melt at the feet of the H. (Thank you, Staci! Love me a tough female lead!)
The H, Sullivan (van) Collins, is a hot, athletic, rich, and well known photographer, who also likes to run and take risks like Cory. What I liked about Van is he was still sexy and mysterious, but was really a good guy. He's optimistic and trusting, which aren't qualities we see in Hs that often in erotica. He doesn't need to be an asshole alpha to be sexy. He's kindness to Cory was really appealing. He's the type of guy you'd want to settle down with for more than just one night.
He and Cory hit it off right away. (And I mean, right away. They hook up literally seconds after meeting. They don't even know each other's names and they're getting it on.) They both have an empty spot in their hearts, even though Cory tries to resist, Van fills hers.
Through events you'll have to just read about, Cory's sister is threatened and she must make the tough choice of protecting her sister and betraying Van or tell Van everything and risk her sister's life.
"What are you running from?"-Van
Part II comes out mid February. I'll be grabbing my copy for sure!!