- Series: Arabesque
- Mass Market Paperback: 313 pages
- Publisher: Harlequin Kimani Arabesque; Original edition (June 22, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 158314174X
- ISBN-13: 978-1583141748
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.9 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,217,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Touch Away (Arabesque) Mass Market Paperback – June 22, 2001
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Watching the characters' deep desire to overcome painful pasts and make way for new love was heartening and touching.
Top Pick. -- Romantic Times, July 2001
From the Author
This book was inspired by my college experiences in Omaha. It's full of fond memories, good times, and strong love. It is also a testament to the women in my family who are a strong influence on my life. It is dedicated to them.
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Trying to put her life back on track after a disastrous relationship, Sonji Stephens returns to college after 15 years of being in the workforce. She's determined to go pursue her degree and protect her heart from the opposite sex. Yet, she finds the latter, easier said than done.
She's on her way to keeping her focus until she hears about the English professor from hell. Grayson Gilmore has the reputation for being one of the toughest professors on campus and is all business. However, Sonji wasn't prepared for the tyrant to be a gorgeous hunk of masculinity.
Although an excellent teacher, Grayson is a tortured soul plagued with guilt, grief and insurmountable loss. When Sonji enters his class, he suddenly begins to have hope -- that with her -- he can rejoin the living and recapture love.
I loved these two together! The way they REALLY come together is reminisce of the movie "You've Got Mail." However, it was done on the spiritual, Egyptian/African tip. Their passion, love and humor leapt off the pages. It was so wonderful, it made me weep. I also enjoyed the secondary characters. This is a definite reread for me. Excellent book!
All in all it was an okay book. Would I suggest it to a friend..probably not but I will continue to read Ms. Louise's books because her story ideas are pretty good.
Meeting Andi and Sebastian was a major find for Sonji, the young couple helped her get readjusted to college life and offered her friendship. With Andi's insistence Sonji was introduced to a website that not only offered free e-mail but proved to be a new beginning for both her and Grayson.
When Sonji first walked into Gray's class late, neither could predict the importance they would play in one anothers lives, although they both felt an undeniable attraction. Sonji's presence in Gray's life ignited the spark for his return from the nightmares and demons that possessed his dreams and soul. Gray's presence in Sonji's life forced her to face her fear of failure, together they found closure and lasting love.
Grandmother Zinga's memory might prove other interesting disclosures for Gray and his brother Kyle. Possibly allowing another visit with the Gilmore family, I especially like Kyle's wife Jerika, their story would be interesting. Andi and Sebastian are definitely characters that deserve their own story. Bryon deserves someone special too. Great book, I will add this to my list of re-reads.
Grayson Gilmore has heard the many names the students call him. And he knows that majority of them fit him well. When Sonji comes to his class late the first day, he is drawn to her beauty but can't except the tardiness.
After being introduce to the college website to find a mate, Sonji uses this as on outlet in dealing with the professor. When Sonji and her cyberspace love decides to meet she is shocked when her love is revealed.
I really loved the way that Kim developed the relationship between Sonji and Grayson. It was love/hate in the beginning but love overcame all the obstacles that they both had to face. The secondary characters helped to bring everything together. Andi and Sebastian as well as Kyle and Jerika could have had a story of their own. I hope that we will see a story with Byron finding his soulmate soon.