||Mar 29, 2008
Jeffrey Harrison is anointed with the looks, charisma and political connections to go far. He doesn't realize how far until he meets the one woman who touches his heart like no other. Tracy Washington's innocence and purity overwhelms him and even though she's his sister's best friend, he can't stop thinking about her. The forces of nature bring the two together and the sky is the limit for this couple. The trials and tribulations that Jeffrey and Tracy endure on their journey together bring them closer, to a place where neither of them imagined. But will their dreams be derailed by jealous people, family skeletons and his dangerous career?
Tracy Washington, a young woman from humble beginnings is given an opportunity of a lifetime. Her street-smart brother sends her away to college, which is the perfect opportunity and escape from her self-absorbed mother. She takes full advantage and after graduation starts her own business. While in college she meets J.D. Harrison and her life is never the same.
J.D. Harrison is destined to be an undeniable force in politics, however, his strong sense of integrity and belief in a fair and just system places him in a constant struggle between right and wrong. When he meets nineteen-year-old Tracy, sparks fly, but her age prevents him for showing his feelings. Then fate steps in. The street-smart brother, Al Day is now a case for the prosecutor. You guessed it, J.D. Harrison. In an effort to protect his sister, Al makes a deal with J.D., who now finds himself connected by a commitment and by the heart to Tracy.
Life would be great if others would accept the love they have. However, Carolyn Roth, the ex-girlfriend of J.D., has her own dreams of becoming the first lady of Virginia. She believes J.D. is the man that can make that happen and she stops at nothing to make her dream a reality. Between vengeful women, criminals and other interesting characters, J.D.’s life becomes a living nightmare for the couple. J.D. is shot in the courtroom and Tracy is brutally beaten, but the two hold on to their love.
To protect Tracy, J.D. changes his career and begins the life that those around him knew he was destined for and puts his hat in the political arena as Attorney General. Together J.D. and Tracy rejuvenate the Democratic Party as they pursue the most powerful address in the world - 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C...
SistahFriend Book Club
Once You've Touched the Heart was a fairytale with roller coaster twists and turns
Iris Bolling's Once You've Touched the Heart was a book full of romance and suspense that would provoke you to probe through the pages with eagerness and curiosity from the beginning to the end!
Jeffrey and Tracey came from two different types of backgrounds, but destiny would have its way by placing these two together as one...but not without challenges, downfalls, and of course, enemies. Will their love be strong enough to endure the "skeletons", jealousy, and danger that they'd face? Well, once you've touched the heart, there could definitely be a chance.
Iris Bolling provided a traditional, thought provoking romance that touches the hearts of readers in various ways throughout the story. Tracy and Jeffery have the ability to captivate one's soul through their stories and roles. Once You've Touched the Heart was a fairytale with roller coaster twists and turns; a ride that will have your mind racing quicker than you can turn the pages!
ARC Book Club Inc. By SiStar Tea
True love can't be stopped no matter what opposition it faces
It's been a long time since I read a love story that tugged at my heart. Author Iris Bolling brings a story filled with heartache, envy, love, and suspense. This novel had me cheering for the main characters JD Harrison and Tracy Washington.
Jeffrey Daniel Harrison BKA JD is what every woman is looking to snag as a husband. He is good looking, charming, sexy and has a great job as an assistant District Attorney. What's the problem you ask? JD doesn't want to be married he is a player, a respectful one who will call you the next day to say he enjoyed your company. Don't me get wrong these women know what the deal is with JD they just all think they're the one who can make him settle down. There is one who makes him do a double take, that's Tracy Washington. They meet when she comes home with her roommate Ashley during spring break from collage. Ashley Harrison is JD's younger sister. The problem is with her being five years younger and his career taking off he feels she is "jailbait" and too career driven to take a chance with the younger woman. Tracey also feels for JD and feels rejected when he slows down their mutual connection. Tracy goes back to collage never to return, that is until six years later when a case JD is working on brings the two together again and thus the drama begins.
These two JD and Tracy have nothing but the upmost respect for one another and once they do begin their love affair, it seems the world is trying to break them up. I felt these two deserve to be together. JD ex's were coming out the woodwork to put a wedge between them, see if any of the plots are successful. JD's job also brings another element to the story. Family history can also destroy their happiness. With all that's going on this made for a delightful read. This could turn out either way you have to read to see what I'm talking about. All the characters in the book brought an element with them that was needed and work very well
I look forward for too more from this talented writer with a knack for words and plots. I can't wait to read the sequel it's more of a spin off as Ashley and her love interest James both of whom have time is this novel
RAWSISTAZ Literary Group
When Jeffrey “JD” Harrison first met Tracy Washington, she was the college roommate of his younger sister. The effect she had on him was unsettling, but he considered her too young. Years later, they are reunited as JD takes a case, as the District Attorney, that involves her brother. This time he takes the role as Tracy’s protector and eventually, her lover. JD is a womanizer and Tracy has no experience in love, but, despite several odds, they manage to build a relationship that most folks only dream of.
I found it hard to believe this is the first effort by Bolling. ONCE YOU’VE TOUCHED THE HEART is very well-written with attention to detail. That may have been the only flaw with the novel since the minute details made for a lengthy book. Nevertheless, the characters are three-dimensional, the plot is well-developed and the action is non-stop. Readers may pick this one up thinking it is your average romance, but it is so much more. Bolling is following with a sequel, which I will be adding to my book pile.
Reviewed by Paula Henderson, RAWSISTAZ.com
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