Book two in the Heroes of Henderson series by USA TODAY best-selling author Liz Kelly....
When Vance Evans tracks down Piper Beaumont, the little blonde who saved his life back in fourth grade, he doesn't just find the sweet, delicious, curly-haired Tinkerbell he remembers. He also finds a complicated woman who proves to be way more than he's bargained for. Though she's still Perfect Piper with the soothing touch, now she's also "The Lawyer Beaumont", a defense attorney carrying a personal grudge against every cop who crosses her path. So when his newly adopted good cop persona can't break down the lawyer's defenses, Vance decides to fall back on his old bad cop ways to coax Naughty Piper into his arms.
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Bad Cop is the best Audiobook I have read out of a dozen or more great titles, because of both the writing of Liz Kelly and the vocal dexterity of Charles Laurence. Vance, and the entire Heroes of Henderson series is one of my very favorite guilty pleasures. Wealthy and gorgeous, with a rock hard body and a hilarious potty mouth, bad boy Vance Evans is one of the sexiest characters I've ever met. When he comes face to face with his past, watching what happens next is a madcap, rip-roaring, testosterone-driven, hot and sexy romantic adventure that is not to be missed. I laughed, I cried, I swooned, and I won't ever forget, Vance Evans.
Good Cop by Liz Kelly is the first book in the Heroes of Henderson series and is just as good as Bad Cop. Daisy Does It All, by Kylie Gilmore is also a comedic romance I enjoyed by the same narrator.
Hands down, Vance Evans is my very favorite character in the Heroes of Henderson series, and no one could do a better embodiment of this gorgeous, cocky, rock hard bodied, bad boy sinner, than my favorite narrator, Charles Laurence! He created a super sexy southern drawl for Vance that gave me a thrill every time I heard it, and the sexy moan he used for Piper is outstanding...and HOT!
Yes! I laughed throughout the entire book. I laughed so hard that my husband could hear me two rooms away and he wanted to know what I was listening to! He listened with me and he laughed just as much as I did because Vance is one of the most outrageously comical characters I have run across in years.
I highly recommend this audio book and this author to fans of comedic romance who don't mind steamy sex and flamboyant swear words.
Much better! Hearing the story in the different voices that the narrator uses makes the story come alive. I can visualize the scenes much better as well.
The first time Vance and Pipper "slept" together. That was the hottest and longest sex scene I've ever "read"! Every time he called her Baby Doll I melted!
Charles Lawrence moves between the different characters with ease. He is very good with the male voices as well as the female voices. That is a very specific talent to me. So many narrators can't do men and women without sounding a little off. Mr. Lawrence did a great job with this book as well as the others in this series.
This author gave Vance the most romantic lines I've ever read in a book. This book is one I will definitely listen to again. The story just oozed romance. I truly don't remember ever reading a book where the hero was written in such a way. (And I read a LOT)!
The humor in this book is priceless! You can't help but love a book that has humor as well as very serious moments such as this one. This one has such a great balance. I absolutely love this series!!!
We read to know, we are not alone ~ C.S. Lewis
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 3.5
Focusing on the second half of the friend-duo introduced in the first book, this story is Vance’s tale. And I’ll admit, of the two friends, he was the one I found needed the most time to grow up and leave his childish behaviors behind. He had few redeeming features, and his competitive streak with his more mature and honorable friend Brooks tilted toward too much too often.
But here we have Vance’s chance to redeem (or bury) himself, and hopefully show some growth and maturity along the way. Brooks and Lolly have softened him, and she’s made him want more from life and to change his reputation. Lolly knows this is an uphill battle, but she’s determined to believe in this former himbo’s desire to be better.
Vance is struggling with what he ‘should’ do juxtaposed with what his ‘instincts’ tell him, especially when it comes to the woman who got away, in fourth grade, Piper. When his mother left his family, Piper became his best friend, his solace and his comfort. Even when Vance moved on and through a cavalcade of women, she’s kept an eye on him, if quietly. But she hasn’t remained static: now a successful defense attorney, she’s got a bit of the defense attorney’s bias toward police, and most especially toward Vance. Of course, seeing Piper all grown up now, he realizes that he met, and dumped her years ago at a bar- so he’s got lots of ground to make up.
Like the first, this was a clever feel-good read, this one having a bit more substance with Vance’s issues and Piper’s attitude toward him, and in terms of her determination to defend ALL of her clients. She’s the same feisty, take charge and protective woman that was foreshadowed in the feisty little blonde fourth grader, and there’s plenty of laugh out loud moments as she gives back as good as she gets…repeatedly. The interplay with Vance and Piper shoots sparks – fueled by attraction and old insecurities, finally coming to a head when they both let down their guards.
Narration in this story is again provided by Charles Lawrence, and his skilled and nuanced use of tone, delivery and pitch perfectly suit this story. Never overreaching for a voice or a moment, the characters come alive in his presentation, and his ability to add subtle pauses that serve as moments to digest the humor, impact and subtext in the conversations impacted the story and provide a wonderful listen.
A solid follow up to Good Cop, Kelly did manage to flush out Vance’s character and add depth to this humorous and enjoyable story. A bit more substantial than the first, this story gives readers and listeners a great getaway, make you smile story.
I received an AudioBook copy of the title from the narrator for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Oh Vance and Piper! I love and I mean absolutely love Vance Evans. I loved him in Good Cop but he has so many more sides. I loved how Vance said there are 3 different Pipers.
This is a great book; this is the second book in the Heroes of Henderson series and is written by Liz Kelly and narrated by Charles Lawrence. When Vance Evans tracks down Piper Beaumont, the little blonde who saved his life back in fourth grade, he doesn't just find the sweet, delicious, curly-haired Tinkerbell he remembers. He also finds a complicated woman who proves to be way more than he's bargained for.
The narrator Charles Lawrence did a wonderful job with this book. He did a great job with the different voices of each character in this book. It was very easy to listen to in one sitting and I didn’t want to stop listening until the end.
If you are looking for a great book with well-developed characters then you need to listen to this book. I am looking forward to listening to the next book by this author and narrator.
A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
I life this group of friends ! In this book we got Pipers and Vance's story , it starts back in 4th grade and what a ride many near misses they finally get it right . Plus add in some new faces which really get their own stories rest assured I will be finding out as I work my way through this series .
great narrator! Funny story, loved it! I had already read all the books in the series..., but really loved listening to them, it really brings the story to life. Already listening to the next in the series. Liz Kelly is a favorite!
I adore listening to Charles Lawrence. His performances are always spot on.
Vance is well deserved of a HEA. We discover so much about his and Piper's relationship and the true depth. I was a bit frustrated with Piper toward the end of the story and her doubts.
Awesome!! The folks in Henderson are hilarious and the leader of the crazies, Vance Evan, is the best. I love all his nicknames he gives everyone and how he is so much more than most people think. I really enjoyed his story!
With Lolly's help Vance is beginning to understand his issues with women. He's ready to track down Piper Beaumont. She was the little girl who helped him when his mother left but she's all woman now and she may be the one Vance has been waiting for all this time. When he sees her for the first time he realizes right away she's the woman he met in a bar and ran out on a few years ago. He has no idea why he ran he just knew he had to get away. Now he knows and he wants nothing more than to get to know Piper. The right way not the jump in bed way!
I actually listened to the audio version I must say I really enjoyed this narrator this time around. I definitely recommend this one to everyone whether you chose to read or listen to it, it's a great story.
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