Torn Asunderby Kiki Howell
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Aubrey Griffen is a witch whose true reasons for coming to London soon fall to the wayside when she catches the eye of Edmund Bryant, the Marquess of Dalysbury. He seduces her into a whirlwind romance until the lies and threats of his mother force her to flee to Triaill Brimuir, a secret island of her ancestors off the coast of Ireland. Edmund goes after her only to be hit by Aubrey’s confusion and anger when she magically transforms him into an elemental beast of her own creation.
However, it is when Edmund’s lust mysteriously turns him back into a man that the couple are forced to deal with a family secret and untold of powers. Now, Edmund must learn to shift himself into the beast in order to save her in a battle of black verses white magic.
Fraught with scenes of explicit intimacy, romantic spells and mystical shapeshifting, Torn Asunder is a unique blending of the age of manners with sexual magic.
NY Times Bestselling Author, Hannah Howell, says of Torn Asunder, "Kiki Howell spins a wonderful tale of passion, magic, betrayal, and a love that conquers all. Enjoy."
Kiki Howell I feel has a major hit on her hands with Torn Asunder. I was so glued to this book that I was up til 4AM reading it, and mind you, I had to be up at 7AM to see my kiddies off to school....lol. I was just so captivated by the story of Aubrey and her love Edmund. On a scale of 1-10 I give this book a 10 and encourage everyone 18 and over to get a copy of this book and fall under Aubrey and Emund's spell. It is so worth the ride.
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Meet the Author
Ever since she was young, Kiki Howell loved to listen to a well-woven tale with real characters, inspired plots, and delightful resolutions. Kiki could spend hours lost in a book, and soon she knew that creating lives, loves, and losses with just words had to be the greatest thing that she could do.
To that end, she pursued her study of literature and writing, earning a bachelor’s degree in English. She then followed in a Master’s program in Creative Writing.
“After a long break having my boys, I finally just had to write again. And, as soon as I gave the stories the space, they entered it. It’s both awesome and humbling to find the words in my mind become characters on a page and create their lives.”
Kiki resides in the Midwest with her incredibly handsome and talented, singer/songwriter husband and two children. When she is not writing, she is spending time with her family, reading, baking or knitting.
You can find out more about Kiki at www.kikihowell.com
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I have had the pleasure of reading all of Kiki Howell's work, and have to say, this one by far is my new favourite. Torn Asunder captured my interested within the first few pages, and kept me turning them until I reached the end. I couldn't put it down. The instant attraction between Aubrey and Edmund is hot, and there were amazing plot twists throughout filled with explosive intimacy, mystical shape shifting, and unique spells that reveal the most intriguing mysteries to solve. Ultimately love conquers all in the end, as Kiki takes us back into Regency England and into an amazingly written emotional tale that can only come from her unique style. I Loved it!
"When shall we three meet again in thunder, lightning, or in rain? When the hurlyburly 's done, when the battle 's lost and won" - William Shakespeare, Macbeth The Dowager Marchioness of Dalysbury threatens to expose Aubrey Griffen's true nature as a witch if Aubrey continues her affair with Edmund Bryant, the Marquess of Dalysbury. fearing for the safety of her cousins Lord and Lady Sanderly more than hers, Aubrey flees to the island of Triaill Brimuir but Edmund manages to find her in her secret sanctuary. confused and angry, Aubrey transforms her lover into an elemental creature. Edmund's baser yearnings, however, turns him back into a man. through Aubrey's guidance, Edmund acknowledges and releases the power within him that his mother had been trying to suppress. upon returning to London, the couple seeks out the truth of the identity of Edmund's father. what they discover will pit them against those who practice the dark arts and test their love for each other. author Kiki Howell sure knows how to write a story by combining romance, history and magic. though the sexual situations are very graphic, they are also well-written. i never realized that making love could be described in so many ways and i have to give credit to the writer for being so eloquent about it. however, i find the steamy scenes too many for me and yet too little attention was given to the last part of the book. the remaining pages felt rushed and these were highly critical ones. all in all, it was still a good read and escape for me especially since i got to meet a new and very interesting villain in the person of Edmund's mother!
I was so excited to read this novel. I was first introduced to Kiki's writing with The Sorcerer's Song, which I absolutely loved, and she brought the same brilliance to her first full length novel in Torn Asunder. Aubrey Griffen was sent to live with her cousins, Lord and Lady Sanderly, to learn her magic. When she meets Edmund Bryant, the Marquess of Dalysbury, a love blooms beyond anyone's belief. Edmund's mother has other intentions for him though, arranging for him to marry The Lady Elizabeth Ward, daughter of the Duke. Edmund continually defies his mother's wishes and sneaks off to secretly be with his true love. It is when his mother threatens Aubrey, forcing her to leave London to give Edmund the chance to marry who is best suited for his social status, that Edmund realizes he cannot live without her. Giving her money and the threat to expose her family for what they are, witches, Aubrey agrees and flees to the island Triaill Brimuir, a place her ancestors once inhabited. Edmund leaves in search for his love, finding his way to the island. Out of fear for her family, Aubrey uses her magic to transform Edmund into a beast, willing him to return to his homeland with no success. To both of their surprise, Edmund carries a secret of his own. Fearful and angry, Aubrey tries to ignore the love that her and Edmund share, feeling that Edmund purposefully kept this information from her. Only after much plea and convincing, does she return to London to face Edmund's mother. Learning of his true Father, the plot only thickens as Edmund fights to save his true love from the man he never knew, and figure out who he truly is. Will white magic and true love be enough to conquer the dark forces that so blatantly try to tear them apart? I was so blown away at Howell's imagination. I was drawn into this novel from the first chapter, and as I neared the end the action picked up so much, forcing me to read it until I knew what the outcome would be. I greatly enjoyed this read and would recommend this to anyone that loves a good romance with a fantasy twist. If it weren't for the steamy sex scenes, I would even recommend this to a younger audience. It's that great that anyone would enjoy it, but because of the sex, it must be for 18 and above.