BY KIKI HOWELL
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.
Torn Asunder is what a Regency novel should be. Prior to this book, I have never had a historical romance keep my interest for more than a chapter or two. Kiki Howell has written a historical novel that sings.
The heroine Aubrey is very easy to like and empathize with from the very outset of the story. She is passionate and possesses an inner strength that is tested throughout. She is willing to sacrifice her love and happiness to protect those she loves. The hero Edmund, the Marquess of Dalysbury, is a likable cad. He truly loves Aubrey, but is the victim of his social station. When he finally realized how important Aubrey is as a part of his life, he too is willing to go to all ends to ensure that they can be together. Through their love and a bit of magic, they are able to fight through class conflict and some truly nasty family relations in their pursuit of happiness.
Frequently, I find that historical novels either tend to get bogged down with stiff and formal language, or even worse, with modern language that is inappropriate for the time period. In Torn Asunder, Ms. Howell carefully spices her text with appropriate language, but does not go overboard. She lets the language flavor the story, instead of overpowering it. Her love for the time period is reflected in every part of the story, from the vivid characters to the clear imagery of her settings. Her description of the magical island is nothing short of magical.
I give Torn Asunder five of five hearts. I look forward to Ms. Howell’s next Regency novel. If you love historical romances and do not pick up a copy of Torn Asunder, you are probably a bit “dicked in the nob“.
About 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.
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