Hologram: The Provocation of Detective Brooks

Nancy Miller
Hologram: The Provocation of Detective Brooks
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Nancy Miller
Release Date
September 2015
Book 2 of Hologram
Action/Adventure Romance, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

When a mysterious cold case file arrives in Detective Brooks' mailbox, it doesn't take much to provoke his curiosity. Sparks fly when Brooks falls for Samantha Bowman, a key witness, only to unearth evidence implicating her in a plot to kill her estranged husband. Brooks' investigation summons a dangerous psychopath from a life on the lam; he returns, with his sights set on Samantha. Torn between duty and desire, Brooks unravels a deadly plan, bringing him face to face with a killer who plans to make Brooks his next victim.

A romantic thriller with lots of twists and turns, plenty of erotic spice, and some California sass.

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Feb 27, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
146 people found the following review helpful
This book starts where Hologram: The Seduction of Samantha Bowman ended in a huge bowl of crazy sauce.

When last we left the dirty bastards at Holotech Corporation, corporate officers Dante Burke and Niles DeMortaine had gone down in a fiery plane crash. The devious duo are presumed dead, though no bodies were ever found. Detective Fallon Brooks is responsible for putting the case closed stamp on the crash, but the well timed delivery of a USB drive with information that could change the trajectory of his case has him taking another look, including the shooting of the third Holotech partner Charlie Bowman by his wife Samantha. As Brooks starts to follow the trail of breadcrumbs that the sender of the USB left for him, he starts to wonder exactly what went down that day in LA.

Sam knows she shot Charlie, but what she can't figure out is what on earth made her do it. Or why she had a plethora of drugs in her system when she was taken to the hospital afterwards. Why can't she REMEMBER anything?!? Brooks is determined to connect the dots and get to the truth behind Holotech's deviant doings, hoping that he can keep his new lover Samantha out of the firestorm.

HOLOGRAM: THE PROVOCATION OF DETECTIVE BROOKS is the follow up novel to the clinically insane Hologram: The Seduction of Samantha Bowman. I was so anxious to read this book, because the first one tipped the crazy scale way off balance and I was dying for more of the unique, wild ride that made the first book so fascinating to me. While I did enjoy HOLOGRAM: THE PROVOCATION OF DETECTIVE BROOKS, this one was most certainly not written with the same standards in mind, in my opinion. This story was riddled with editing and consistency errors, and if you've read any of my reviews, you know that you'd have to have the next Pulitzer Prize winner for me to overlook what is easily fixed by a good editor (or spellcheck in some instances).

This story is less about Brooks and Samantha getting together and more about Brooks investigating the entire shitstorm that happened in book 1. There's a few decent sex scenes in this book, but Ms. Miller used words like "petals, stamen and blossom" when referring to lady bits. Um, no. Let's call a vagina a vagina, folks. Ugh. Anyway, beyond the errors and weird vaginal terms, the climax of the story was distinctly...anticlimactic. I expected more in the drama department given the sheer amount of insanity that Ms. Miller introduced us to in both books. The only thing that saved this read from a lower rating from me was the fact that the actual plot of the story and Brooks' investigation was well thought out for the most part. I would still read more from this author, especially if she picks up where this one left off.

Bottom Line: This wasn't a TERRIBLE read, but along with the editing issues, I think that my expectations were so high after the brilliance of the first book and therefore this wound up being a big letdown.
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