The Last First Time by Andrea Bramhall

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 hole, where innocent people are targets, and has repercussions that wi...

Details The Last First Time

TitleThe Last First Time
Release DateDec 4th, 2017
PublisherYlva Publishing
GenreMystery, Crime, Romance, Glbt, Lesbian, Thriller

Reviews The Last First Time

  • 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 d...
  • Lexxi Kitty
    Book received from Ylva Publishing for an honest reviewThe Last First Time is the third book in the Norfolk Coast Investigation series.POVBoth Gina and Kate have point of views on this book, and there’s a third point of view in the prologue.CharactersIn 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 s...
  • 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 k...
  • 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 excelle...
  • Jane Clements
    This is a great title for a book. The conviction that that you will be with this person for the rest of your life means that this will be the last time you have sex for the first time with someone. Sweet.This is the third instalment of the Inspector Kate Brannon series Norfolk Coast Investigations, following Collide-O-Scope and Under Parr. I was eager to find out (view spoiler)[ who was sending Gina flowers and stalking her. (hide spoiler)] Alas,...
  • Jasmine
    There's an attack in King's Lynn, which has Kate and her team working fearlessly to find out who's behind it. Kate is working night and day, but still finds time for special moments with Gina and Sammy.This is book three in the Norfolk Coast Investigation series, while I think you could pick it up in the 3rd book, I highly recommend reading the first two. The romance is slow paced, but happens in real time, only two months has passed from the beg...
  • Aj Smith
    Andrea Bramhall is a writer who frequently frustrates me; this book and the two previous instalments in the Norfolk Coast Investigation series (Collide-O-Scope & Under Parr), are truly excellent novels. All three are tight, well plotted crime novels without being overly technical, are realistic and deal with real life issues (drugs, terror threats) without being overly obvious and have a decent romantic sub-plot. Her other novels, however, well t...
  • Andrea
    A great thrift novel in the series about Gina Temple and Kate Brannon. It is a well plotted crime novel with a thight mystery that seems hard to solve at the beginning but everything comes together at the end with a reasonable solution. All of the books in the series deal with real life issues like drugs, terror threats and family issues. I like that the crime plot is the main plot and the romance plot is a sub plot. For anybody who is looking fo...
  • Della
    This is the third novel in the Norfolk Coast series and I am so glad it has finally been published. I want to start with the title. Normally I run to the first sentence of a novel and skim right past the title. This title stopped me in my tracks. My imagination was going wild trying to decipher the meaning. I give one star alone to the title.Andrea Bramhall has written another great novel. This one is not for the feint of heart though. The story ...
  • susan
    Another great mystery/thrillerI thought I loved the first two books of this series well add this book to the love. I thought the storyline line was well done. And seeing characters from the other books added to the storyline. The ending left a hope for another so please see....I would definitely recommend this book and the series.
  • Tiff
    The third installment of the Norfolk Coast Investigation Story series is gruesome, gory, violent, enchanting and heartfelt. So many feelings all rolled into one magnetic story. Kate and Gina are back and life keeps throwing them into chaos and danger. It also brings them closer than ever before. The book starts with a bang. Literally, unfortunately. Gina and Kate’s co-worker Stella are shopping for Christmas presents at the local mall. While de...
  • Kitty Kat
    I certainly hope this isn’t the last time we get to read about Gina and Kate. This third instalment is a highly topical story revolving around terrorism in the U.K. and the Norfolk Police force trying to deal with it on their patch. Both women get caught up in different ways and the heightened emotions as a result are raw, real and strengthen their relationship. Andrea Bramhall manages to weave a few different threads through the story. Gina be...
  • M the avid reader
    Horrific terrorizing crimesIt’s important to know this book is part of a series and reading it a standalone is not recommended; I highly recommend the entire series be read in order because of the plotlines that carry over between books. The Last First Time has familiar faces returning in the cast and some new ones introduced; the camaraderie between those on the police force is here again with the witty banter and tight knit feel to their bond...
  • Lauren
    I was at a disadvantage reading this book, as I had not read the previous ones in the series. If I had, it is entirely possible that I would have been more invested in the characters and story, and enjoyed it more.Kate, a police detective in a small town in England, is pursuing a relationship with single-mother Gina. Gina is in the midst of recovering from a series of traumatic events, but unfortunately, the violence and mayhem continues.A LOT ha...
  • Alison
    This is really good. As a standalone this would be good but the series this has been getting better with each instalment. Each crime investigated has become more nuanced as we get to know the King's Lynn detectives, but it's the careful layering of the broader narrative arc that draws you in and adds depth to each individual story. I made the mistake of starting this whilst travelling home for Christmas and found myself totally hooked by a topica...
  • Mazzie
    I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review. This is book 3 of Norfolk Coast Investigation series, and the best one in my opinion. Andrea Bramhall definitely has grown as a writer through this series. Both of first two novels were great, don't get me wrong, but there were some minor details I felt could've been improved. This one has even less area of improvement necessary. The balance of several plotlines: The bomb investigation, the stal...
  • Karen
    This installment of the wonderful Norfolk Coast series has many facets to it: violence, Kate and Gina’s relationship, coming to terms with old relationships, family, and Gina’s predicament from the previous book. The novel starts with Gina and Stella looking for a gift when the shop is attacked. They survive but not unscathed. Gina is troubled by the death of one of the victims – which is one of the strands woven together in this story. Fam...
  • Danie
    I was given this ARC by the publisher in exchange for an Honest Review.Crap, that beginning. Kicked me right in the feels. That was... I had to stop reading it because it just hit me as real, and at different times throughout the book I had to do the same, take a break and come back a little later.It's the third book with Kate, Gina, and Sammy in the Norfolk Coast Investigations series. In this one, as I said, it starts with a big event, a bombin...
  • R
    The Last First Time is an intriguing novel. It is a fast read because it is so engaging that you don’t want to put the book down until it reached its completion. The main plot deals with a terrorist bombing and the aftermath of such a horrific event: the lives loss and the people affected by it. The characters and dialogue are handled in a realistic manner including emotional angst by the police whose job is to protect the public while facing u...
  • Colleen Corgel
    The Last First Time is my favorite Bramhall book and my favorite of the Norfolk Coast Investigation Series. It brings back all of the characters from the previous two books, and closes up more of the minor sub plots in within the overall story.Kate and Gina are back again and having to navigate the complexities of their relationship. They are also right in the middle of a horrific bombing, where Gina is one of the victims. What follows is an emot...
  • B
    *Note: I was provided with a free copy of the book by Ylva Publishing in exchange for a fair reviewOne of the things I love about Bramhall’s Norfolk Coast Investigation series is that she nails the nuance and complexity of criminals. When I read the prologue, I worried for a split second that all that nuance would be thrown out the window. I didn’t need to worry though. Bramhall handled it with characteristic sensitivity. You can tell that sh...
  • Rocío
    First of all, I haven't read the previous two books of this series but after reading this one, I already ordered them. Some details are given here that makes you want to read the whole story.Gina Temple decides to go Christmas shopping for her girlfriend when a terrible incident happens. Gina promises a dying old lady to deliver a letter to her long lost love. This incident will bring Gina and Kate closer. Not only fot the incident itself but for...
  • Virginia
    Bramhall at her best. This is the third book in the Norfolk Coast Investigation series. You don't necessarily have to read the other two first but if this is your first Bramall read you are going to want to catch up in time for the next installment.From a mystery standpoint the storyline is tight and the action fierce. Life changes in seconds and it is fast and brutal. The police investigation is realistic and believable. Plodding investigative d...
  • Allison
    Absolutely Loved It!I might recommend not rewatching the first season of Homeland with Claire Danes, at the same time as reading this book. A little too much terrorism going on between the two. But, I was so happy when I saw the third book in the Norfolk Coast Investigation Story came out, I couldn’t put it down as soon as I started reading. I love Bramhall’s books because there is a more complex story around the relationship of the two main ...
  • Shelley
    This is the 3rd book in the series and we are shown the couple moving further in their relationship but also having to deal with terrorist bombings, honoring a dying womans request-just to name a few. There is always so much going on that I wonder how they can deal with it all. Really good mystery that is exploring what is going on in the world today. It is a roller coaster ride of emotions but it is well worth the read. I would recommend that yo...
  • Betty
    This is a complex book that is not an easy read, but it is a must read! You'll be cursing both the terrorists and some of the good guys before the end of the story. I was caught into the web at the beginning of the tale and ensnared right up until the end of the story. This is the third in a series about these characters.You can read this book without reading the first two, but you might want to consider reading the others first.I gave this story...
  • Lisa B
    Third in the great Norfolk Coast Investigation series. It could be possibly be read as a standalone, but there is a story arc running through the series and references to events from previous books. You will also miss the building relationship between Kate and Gina from its infancy up to the present time, so I do recommend that you start with book one. Not a romance novel, so if you’re looking for that look elsewhere, more a light police invest...
  • Fran Ringland
    Not sure the balance was totally right on this one. Some paragraphs I had to re-read to get, others I wanted to skip as I felt points were laboured. However the dedication made me believe some real research had been done and this would account for some, I believe, authentic aftermath scenes. The book at the beginning absolutely pulled me in, I just felt some bits were a bit imbalanced. However I enjoyed the romance and felt the red herring from t...
  • Denise Kyte
    I received this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review.This is the 3rd book in the series. I've read and enjoyed the first two books.Detective/thriller set in Norfolk England. Secondary romance.Likeable and interesting primary characters with a good ensemble cast. Good character development throughout the series. Mostly told from alternating POV of the two main characters.Tackles issues related to terrorism, stalking and the psycholigica...
  • Sandra Golz
    This is the third book in Andrea Bramhall's series about Norfolk Coast Investigations. Along the path of the other books we really became attached to Kate and Gina and this book is as good as the others.I love Bramhall's writing and was soon head over heals drawn into the book. It was great to follow Kate again and it was great to see more of Kate and Gina together, to see how they're going step by step closer to each other. Though the romance is...