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When We Touch (Graham Clan #6)

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  348 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
Men! If they aren't accusing Lady Maggie Graham of witchcraft or murder, they're marrying her off to old men who drop dead at the altar. And now she's going to have to save her unruly stepdaughter from a band of thieving, lustful street ruffians (men, again) with the help of the most infuriating man of all...Lord Jamie.

Paperback, 448 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Zebra
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Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie
4.5 Stars

When I looked at the average rating of this book, I basically started dreading reading it but now that I have I'm actually glad I did. I loved this book and while it's definitely historical and there is romance, the romance part is just half of what made it good.

Maggie is a widow, she's also an anomaly because while she is a member of the peerage her late husband was not. He was a policeman, she didn't care but everyone else did. She plays an active part in helping woman who have no mea
Jul 27, 2016 AnnMarie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

When We Touch, A Graham Novel, is by Heather Graham and is a stand alone story.

It's the story of widowed Lady Maggie Graham. In order to save her brother from bankruptcy, their uncle sets up a marriage for her with Viscount Langdon. He is a kindly gentleman, but also very old, and certainly not the kind of man Maggie would choose to marry. She knows of the man, and how kind and caring he is, and she just hopes that he will be happy with companionship and won't want a sexual relationship. He has
Oct 04, 2016 Wyldrabbit rated it liked it
Sometimes the ability to find the good and the bad in any book means digging deep into your own subconscious and pulling out some sort of justification for what you just read. Although, I had a hard time finding it.

Heather Graham/Shannon Drake is a well known, well loved author. I have never read anything by her, but I have a few paperbacks of hers that I am going to pull down. She is a very good story teller. When We Touch was full of suspense and energy. I enjoyed the murder mystery very much.
Sometimes the ability to find the good and the bad in any book means digging deep into your own subconscious and pulling out some sort of justification for what you just read. Although, I had a hard time finding it.

Heather Graham is a well known, well loved author. I have never read anything by her, but I have a few paperbacks of hers that I am going to pull down. She is a very good story teller. When We Touch was full of suspense and energy. I enjoyed the murder mystery very much. Using real pe
Sonya Heaney
I was interested in this one because I love the late-Victorian London setting. It worked for me in capturing the atmosphere, but in the end, I struggled.

When We Touch begins with a heroine being forced into a marriage with an elderly (SERIOUSLY elderly) aristocrat because her brother has lost the family fortune. However, on the same day she meets her fiancé, she meets his great-nephew, who she is immediately attracted to.

My problem was that I didn’t like anybody involved! The heroine was Too Stu
Jul 25, 2016 Francoise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, 2016-reads
3.5 stars

Since she became a young widow, Lady Maggie has had two objectives: help the starving orphans in the East End and unmask the charlatans « mesmerists » operating in the slums of the city. She has no intention of remarrying. However, her family is in dire straits financially after her twin brother gambled away their fortune. To save her brother from debtors’ prison, she accepts a marriage of convenience with a wealthy nobleman, Viscount Langdon, who happens to be in his seventies. She is
Aug 28, 2016 Samantha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I actually rate this 3 1/2 stars. I LOVE Heather Graham, but this was the first period piece of hers that I've read, and I wasn't overly impressed. I enjoyed the characters, they developed well and in the direction that I felt they should have. I loved that she kept the plot very much to the time and place that the novel took place. I just couldn't connect to it. It literally felt like two separate stories that were tossed haphazardly into one novel. Both the title and the synopsis lead me to be ...more
Aug 05, 2016 Belinda rated it it was ok
Shelves: net-galley
Well, to tell the truth, I really did not like this book very much. I have enjoyed Shannon Drake/Heather Graham's older ones. This was not my favorite, and it was a bit boring. The main characters were Lady Maggie Graham and Lord Jamie. She married an old man who died from a heart attack when he saw her naked. Really!!! What a silly thing to happen to save her from destitution.
Lord Jamie was the great nephew to Maggies' husband.
Things go from bad to worse, when a mad mad is going around killin
Okay, I would highly recommend Shannon Drake's other historical romance books though. Shannon Drake is an AWESOME historical romance writer, but I found this book a little boring.
May 19, 2017 Helena rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-i-dislike
book was disappointing. didn't like either of the main characters. everything was rushed and what they did was not right
Kayla Hemmerle
Sep 02, 2016 Kayla Hemmerle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you’ve read my blog before, or know me in real life, you know that I basically think Heather Graham is an author Goddess/Queen/Unicorn who is basically every complimentary word in the world. With that said…I’ve never read any of her historical romance books before. I started with the Krewe of Hunters (and am still puzzled on why I haven’t yet been asked to join, but that’s a conversation for another day). So when I was approved to read this through NetGalley, I was super excited.

My first thou
Angel Hatfield
Maggie- Lady Graham was the daughter of the late Baron Edward Graham. Maggie’s uncle Angus had arrived . Maggie was considered the black sheep of the family as she had married a commoner - Nathan-who had been a cop but two years into the marriage he was killed. Maggie would not trade the time or memories she had of Nathan. Jacques was Maggie’s friend and defender. Maggie admitted to Jacques her uncle Angus was not one of her favorite people. Maggie had two grand passions- easing the lives of the ...more
Debbie Glenn Brown
When We Touch is the story of widowed Lady Maggie Graham a member of the peerage whose late husband was not, he was a policeman. She has vowed to never love again or remarry, but plans change and she finds herself married again when her brother gambles the family fortune away and their home is at risk. She agrees to an advantageous marriage with Viscount Langdon, Charles who is old enough to be her grandfather to save her home. She knows Charles is a kind and caring man and hopes for a companion ...more
Jan Goodard
Dec 23, 2016 Jan Goodard rated it it was amazing
When an author offers entertaining books in a number of varied genres, you have a very talented writer. Heather Graham is one such an author. She has written books that span history from medieval to Regency/Victorian to American Civil war to contemporary vampire. Some of my favorites are those she wrote under her alternate ego, Shannon Drake. I do believe I have read them all. When We Touch was originally out in paperback in 2004. It was certainly worth a reread. Set in Victorian England at the ...more
Ariana Fae
Dec 30, 2016 Ariana Fae rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I have never been a fan of romance books, especially historical romance, after reading a few horrible titles in my early twenties. However I came across WHEN WE TOUCH while browsing Barnes and Noble. I once stated in a review I wrote about one of Mrs. Graham’s book that I would read the back label of a ketchup bottle with enthusiasm if she wrote it. So I thought I would give historical romance one more try. Honestly I didn’t have much hope even it is written by on of my favorite authors.

I was p
Sep 10, 2016 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Queen Victoria's London is a teeming metropolis of pageantry, forbidden desire, and danger—especially in the East End, a hotbed of vice, witchcraft, and murder. What widow Lady Maggie Graham does there more than greases the rumor mill. When she agrees to wed the Viscount Langdon, there are those who would act upon their suspicions . . .

Experience has taught Lord Jamie well. He has seen his fair share of women behave inappropriately—enjoying risqué amusements in secret theatres, ru
Nov 28, 2010 Nicole rated it really liked it
Shelves: frothy-romance
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Jul 18, 2016 Trish rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was interested in this book for two reasons. The first is it's a Heather Graham novel and two it's a historical romance and I do enjoy those from time to time. I can't say I hated the book but I wasn't overwhelmed by it either. It was good enough I didn't immediately stop reading it but it did take me several days to finish it.

I'd have to say I was less then impressed with the book. I really wanted to like the characters but every time few pages I found myself wanting to reach through the book
Nov 06, 2014 Sharil rated it it was amazing
I liked this book. It moved along at a clip with a good story line. However, I thought that this VICTORIAN historical romance that took place in London was really odd in the series. The series itself is about the Graham family characters during "medieval" times in Scotland. I found no connection for this book to the series other than the heroine's last name was Graham. In fact, I don't even know how she came to be in London or her ancestry regarding the Graham family.

While it was historical roma
Aug 22, 2016 Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This Victorian romance is set just after the golden jubilee, Maggie Graham is a widow who finds out that her twin brother Justin has gambled away the family fortune. Their uncle Angus has arranged a marriage for Maggie with an elderly Viscount who has always admired Maggie. Maggie wants her brother to find love & she will do anything to stop her uncle getting the title Justin has & so she agrees to marry Charles, Viscount Langdon. Jamie Langdon is Charles’ great nephew & heir, there ...more
Courtney Tonokawa
I loved this book! This really highlighted the darkness that existed during the Victorian era, as it takes place during the time of the murders of Jack the Ripper. The heroine, the widowed Lady Maggie Graham does charitable work for the prostitutes and other working women of Whitechapel, and also works to reveal the false business practices of mesmerists and spiritualists. Her family's bad finances compel her to pursue an arranged marriage with the elderly Lord Charles Langdon, but her charity w ...more
Aug 27, 2016 Megan added it
This book had my attention from the beginning and it was hard to put down. It was a fascinating mix of love, intrigue, adventure, mystery and quite the page turner. Maggie may have found herself in some difficult situations but she didn't shy away from doing what needed to be done and helping those less fortunate than her.

I loved getting to know Maggie, Jamie, Mireau and Clayton who is more than just a butler. I am really hoping that Mireau will get his own happily ever after considering what a
Kelly Wilson
Jul 13, 2016 Kelly Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heather Graham no doubt is one amazing story teller. When We Touch is a story you don't want to miss. With almost 450 pages you won't believe how fast you'll devour this book. Heather Graham has the ability to keep you mesmerized by Lady Maggie and Lord Jamie as well as Viscount Langdon's story. Lady Maggie is truly one intoxicating character and well Lord Jamie happens to be my favorite, who doesn't like a man who loves his women. One wild ride.

Thank you Netgalley for this opportunity to read
Jan 28, 2015 Mariah rated it liked it
This story wasn't bad, but neither was it one of my favorites. Maggie's family is down on their luck. A wealthy elderly asks her to marry him. She falls in love with his great nephew. She gets caught up in a situation where she nearly dies. Then she gets married and her husband dies from all of his excitement. Accused of murdering him she falls into drugs... And the book goes on. A killer is on the loose, another gunning for her death. Does she survive? I really like Mireau I believe he would be ...more
Aug 21, 2016 Kimberly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Review featured at

This is a re-release from under the name Shannon Drake, series name Graham #6 from 2004.

As a fan of Heathergraham I picked up this book from NetGalley. I don’t read historicals very often any more but I was interested to read Graham’s work before she started writing more contemporary/paranormal (Krewe Of Hunters) stories .

I have to say it was good. But I am glad she went into the other genres.

I received a complimentary copy of the book in ex
Kathleen Gray
Sep 08, 2016 Kathleen Gray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this with an open mind- it's a historical romance from an author who is a darn good story teller . Even is some of this is a bit far fetched, Maggie and Jamie make a good couple. It's a light and enjoyable read- perfect for travel or when you'd like to relax. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC- I'd read Graham before but those have been "modern" novels. This was a nice departure; I'd like to see her do more in this vein.
Not up to some of Heather Graham's other work. I really love historical romance and I have enjoyed Heather Graham's contemporary works, but I didn't realize that this was just an older novel of hers that has been reissued. It was really lacking in many areas. I didn't like the characters from the first page and everything else was basically boring.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a review copy.
Dec 07, 2016 K rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
ARC in exchange for review.

DNF. I love Heather Graham. This book was awful. Though I did find out it was a re-release of an earlier book so I guess I don't like her earlier writing style. Both characters were terrible. It just didn't keep my interest. I skipped to the end and what was up with the writing style for the epilogue.
Jul 24, 2016 Chelle rated it liked it
It was ok. Good on the historical side of Victorian London but not much on the romance. What romance there was was hard to buy into. And the story between Jamie and Maggie was just too predictable for me,
But the Victorian London descriptions were well done.

Thank you to netgalkey for an arc of this book in return for an honest review
Theresa Contreras
Jan 14, 2012 Theresa Contreras rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-stars
If you're looking for romance, don't look here! You will only get about a paragraph's worth in this book, it should not be considered romance by any stretch. It's more like a mystery, or a crime novel sprinkled with some sex.
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Heather Graham Pozzessere
aka Heather Graham, Shannon Drake

Heather Graham was born on March 15, 1953 and grew up in Dade County, Florida, and attended the University of South Florida at Tampa, majoring in theater arts and touring Europe and parts of Asia and Africa as part of her studies. After college, she acted in dinner theaters, modeled, waitressed, and tended bar. She married Hershey Dennis Po
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Graham Clan (7 books)
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