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Where does Bad Cop rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
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.
What other book might you compare Bad Cop to and why?
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.
Which character – as performed by Charles Lawrence – was your favorite?
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!
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
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.
Any additional comments?
I highly recommend this audio book and this author to fans of comedic romance who don't mind steamy sex and flamboyant swear words.
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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.
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