The Last First Time

The Last First Time

When Gina Temple decides to go Christmas shopping for her girlfriend, Detective Sergeant Kate Brannon, in the Norfolk town of King’s Lynn, it seems like an easy enough task.If only life were that simple.A split-second event, months in the planning, tips their safe world upside-down.In this twisting lesbian thriller, Kate’s subsequent investigation leads her down the rabbit...

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Title:The Last First Time
Author:Andrea Bramhall
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The Last First Time Reviews

  • Lexxi Kitty

    The Last First Time is the third book in the Norfolk Coast Investigation series.

    Both Gina and Kate have point of views on this book, and there’s a third point of view in the prologue.

    In a book like this characters both matter more and matter less than in a pure romance. There is a romance-plot-line here, but it’s subservient to the thriller/mystery plot-line.

    On the Romance side of things, the main characters of importance are G

    The Last First Time is the third book in the Norfolk Coast Investigation series.

    Both Gina and Kate have point of views on this book, and there’s a third point of view in the prologue.

    In a book like this characters both matter more and matter less than in a pure romance. There is a romance-plot-line here, but it’s subservient to the thriller/mystery plot-line.

    On the Romance side of things, the main characters of importance are Gina Temple and Kate Brannon.

    On the Mystery/Thriller side of things, the main characters are Kate Brannon, Stella, Clare, Jimmy, Tom, Timmons, Gareth and the rest of the police force. Plus the victims and near victims, like Gina & Stella, Pat O’Shea, and others, like the baby in the baby carriage, in the first explosion; police and innocent bystanders in the second explosion.

    On the family side of things we include the growing closer to being a single whole family of Gina, Kate, and Sammy (Gina’s kid); plus Gina’s mum Alison.

    King’s Lynn, Norfolk, England. 98 miles north of London, 36 miles north-east of Peterborough, 44 miles north north-east of Cambridge and 44 miles west of Norwich.

    The story takes place around Christmas time.

    Gina and Stella are in a sex shop buying a present for Kate. Stella’s there to help Gina, though Stella isn’t really sure

    . While in that shop, two teenagers wearing explosives explode.

    The story proceeds from there, following several plot-lines:

    Plot-line 1: Police investigate terrorists.

    Plot-line 2: Gina and Kate’s relationship advances.

    Plot-line 3: Gina meets a woman in that sex shop and makes a specific promise, to track down a lost love of that woman.

    Plot-line 4: Two police officers from Kate’s past turn up – one an older mentor type, someone Kate thought of in a ‘sister’ type way; other ex-girlfriend of Kate’s. Both betrayed Kate.

    Plot-Line 5: Someone is stalking Gina – sending her flowers, cards, letters, indicating that Gina is theirs and that Gina just doesn’t see them.

    Before I jump to ‘one specific problem’ (which is what I actually wrote first), I insert this part here: I realized, suddenly, what type of book I got myself into when I started to read from the beginning – the pre-beginning. When the author started to list all the terror attacks that had happened in the UK in the preceding year. Then turned to a prologue that show-cased two women getting ready to explode themselves. This is the third book in the series, I didn’t expect that this was what would pop-up, a terror plot-line. I don’t know what the book’s description says, as I said, this is the third in a series, of course I was going to read this book, no questions asked, no desire to look at the book description in that situation as it might reveal stuff I don’t want to have revealed. It’s like when you are about to watch a show, and three seconds before it starts there’s a preview . . . for that show. Pfft, no want to watch that preview (or read book description)!

    I’ve one specific problem right at the start of the book, something immediately let me know that this was not going to be a five star book (or, at least, not a 5+ star book). And that’s the way the prologue and opening chapter merged – no no, not the prologue itself. It was neat that the prologue showed two young women outside a particular shop, showed them entering a shop . . . moved to chapter one, with Gina and Stella both noticing the young women right as the two older women enter the shop. That’s neat and thrilling. It’s the part where the reader knows that the two young women are wearing explosives, and that they are seconds away from detonating them. And that two people who have been in the series from the beginning are, seemingly, inches from them. And then . . . . paragraph after paragraph, word after word . . . way too much in between that, forgive me the use of this phrase, that ‘oh my god’ moment and . . . the actual explosion. I, even though I really really didn’t want to do so – found myself starting to skim. I

    an explosion was just about to happen, I couldn’t read all that crap right then and there. I needed to know what happened next! Yes yes, it builds things up to have these two women acting all human like but . . .. That happens more than I’d like in this book – not really padding, the ‘stuff’ had its use, but it wasn’t ‘stuff’ I really wanted to read right then and there. Elongated the book beyond what it could have been. But, bah. Choices and stuff.

    Beyond that specific ‘problematic’ issue, the book was quite riveting, exciting, interesting to read. All aspects of the story. The horror of terrorism, of being in a blast; the bone-wearying investigations; the constant bumping up against ‘need to know’ issues that hamper investigations; the further joining together of two families; the further lives of three women (Kate, Gina, Sammy).

    Rating: 4.68

    December 13 2017

  • Ted

    So book 3 in the Norfolk coast series has a lot of bumps and bruises for Gina and Kate. Their relationship arc is done very well and is understandable in it's progression. The criminal mystery arc is a bit frustrating but is well done.

    Andrea really hits her stride when there's bullets flying, a bomb about to go off or a dead body that needs investigating. You can just imagine her cricking her neck, putting her hands together and working out the kinks as she looks down and realizes her tea's gone

    So book 3 in the Norfolk coast series has a lot of bumps and bruises for Gina and Kate. Their relationship arc is done very well and is understandable in it's progression. The criminal mystery arc is a bit frustrating but is well done.

    Andrea really hits her stride when there's bullets flying, a bomb about to go off or a dead body that needs investigating. You can just imagine her cricking her neck, putting her hands together and working out the kinks as she looks down and realizes her tea's gone cold as she finishes writing a Kate interrogation scene.

    Then there's several sub arcs, Gina's mom, the mystery woman at the first crime scene, and the origins of the roses given to Gina from book 2.

    This is an intensely satisfying novel that really has so much going on, in typical Bramhall fashion, that many times you're asking yourself, what about that, or this, aaaargh... lol. But in a good way.

    Zero question in my mind there *will* be a book 4 :)

    Loved it to bits.

  • Liz

    This is the 3rd book in a series. It can be read as a stand alone, in fact I have not read book one. But in hindsight better read in order as the stories do follow on.

    I really enjoyed this and book 2. The romance is very slow burn, which I prefer to wham bang scenes of most romances. I really enjoyed the story, even more chilling as in UK (and other countries) the scenes described as becoming a frequent report on the news.

    The writing is excellent, and for me this author excels in this type of

    This is the 3rd book in a series. It can be read as a stand alone, in fact I have not read book one. But in hindsight better read in order as the stories do follow on.

    I really enjoyed this and book 2. The romance is very slow burn, which I prefer to wham bang scenes of most romances. I really enjoyed the story, even more chilling as in UK (and other countries) the scenes described as becoming a frequent report on the news.

    The writing is excellent, and for me this author excels in this type of genre rather than standard romance books. My only slight gripe is that the side storyline in book 2 was not resolved in book 3, but left a book 4. I hope book 4 is not too far away as I had series that end without resolution. I would prefer a complete story in a book.

    Would recommend. Certainly lifted me out of lesfic reading slump.

    Arc supplied by YLVA for honest review.

  • Agirlcandream

    Loved it. This third book in the Norfolk investigation series packs a punch and showcases Andrea Bramhall’s talent when she writes romantic intrigue/police procedurals.

    In The Last First Time, Kate Brannon and Gina Temple are feeling their way through the early stages of their relationship. Gina’s secret admirer is becoming bolder. A character introduced in Under Parr, Gina’s mother Alison begins a tentative relationship with her daughter.

    Overriding the family drama are the harsh realities of mo

    Loved it. This third book in the Norfolk investigation series packs a punch and showcases Andrea Bramhall’s talent when she writes romantic intrigue/police procedurals.

    In The Last First Time, Kate Brannon and Gina Temple are feeling their way through the early stages of their relationship. Gina’s secret admirer is becoming bolder. A character introduced in Under Parr, Gina’s mother Alison begins a tentative relationship with her daughter.

    Overriding the family drama are the harsh realities of modern terrorism and its impact on the small community of King’s Lynn. What I love most about this author is her talent for tying plot lines together for that aha moment I enjoy in my police procedurals. I found the ending both revealing and satisfying. Conflicts around the world may evolve and threats originate from new locations but the impact on innocent bystanders and their loved ones remains the same. A solid addition to an excellent series.

    ARC received with thanks from publisher for review.

  • Lex Kent

    This is the 3rd book in the Norfolk Coast Investigations series, and it was just as good as the others. After 3 books I have become really attached to Kate and Gina, and I am always excited to see another book come out in this series. If you are new to this series, I highly recommend starting at book 1. There are storylines that continue throughout all the books that you would be missing out on if you didn’t start from the beginning.

    The blurb does not give away much, so I want to be very careful

    This is the 3rd book in the Norfolk Coast Investigations series, and it was just as good as the others. After 3 books I have become really attached to Kate and Gina, and I am always excited to see another book come out in this series. If you are new to this series, I highly recommend starting at book 1. There are storylines that continue throughout all the books that you would be missing out on if you didn’t start from the beginning.

    The blurb does not give away much, so I want to be very careful what I say. The beginning starts off shortly after book 2 ended. The normally close-knit town of King’s Lynn is attacked, and it is up to Kate to figure out how who’s behind it.

    The beginning of the book starts with a bang that was well written and exciting. Kate really shines as she runs head first into the investigation. Kate has been growing in front of our eyes as a Sergeant, and it was fun watching her at her best. The investigation was exciting, but the ending was bittersweet.

    One thing about this series is the romance is very slow going. In this book it was nice to see the romance actually take steps forward. It’s still not to the level I wish, but there was definitely more attention to the romance than in previous books.

    My only real complaint, one of Gina’s new main storylines, wrapped up a bit unrealistic for me. It’s just seemed a little “oh come on now.” The chances of that happening must be as good as winning the lottery. So I honestly was not crazy about it. On the other hand there is one storyline, with Gina, from the last book that is still not resolved. If you read book 2, you will know what I mean. By Bramhall doing this it is clear a book 4 will be coming. I’m happy about that, but I hope this storyline is resolved in the next book. It does not need to be stretched out so long. I already am forgetting things from book to book, an ending to that storyline soon would be welcome.

    If you are a fan of this series, don’t hesitate to read this, you will enjoy this one. If you are new to the series, start with

    . I hope we don’t have to wait long for book 4.

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