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.
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. The second I read the name Edmund I immediately thought of Edmond Dantes from The Count Of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas. That name just always conjures up images of James Caviezel and how HOT he looked as Edmond. But alas I digress, we were talking about Aubrey and her Edmund. They seemed destined to be together from the onset of this book. They are drawn together by an unseen force that unites this couple body and soul. You would think that would be a good book to read but lets add witches, shapeshifting, white and black magic, a despicable mother, and a malevolent father to the mix. That is the story I had the very great pleasure of reading. It seemed at every turn our fated couple had more than there fair share of obstacles to over come in order to try to be together and on their own terms. Edmund would like nothing better than to shuck the mantle of being the Marquess of Dalysbury so he and Aubrey could be free to be together and get married. BUT the Dowager Marchioness of Dalysbury a.k.a. Edmund's mother has other plans for her son and his future. With nothing but ill intent Edmund's mother pays Aubrey a visit and spews her venomous poison filling Aubrey's head with threats and lies leaving Aubrey with no other choice than to leave England and her Edmund behind for the country of her ancestor's Ireland. Edmund upon hearing of what his mother has done takes off for Ireland in search of his beloved Aubrey. This is where Aubrey's magical world is displayed and starts the beginning of the most nail biting journey of our two characters lives. In between all the chaos our couple must endure is the most breath taking love story. Think Romeo and Juliet without them both dying at the end....lol. Neither Aubrey nor Edmund see a future without each other. Their hearts and minds are linked for all time by an unforeseen connection that real couples only dream of. After reading this story you truly believe in soul mates and that love conquers all. 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.