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Broken Wide Open

Broken Wide Open

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by Susan Griscom

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When your heart is broken, sometimes all you need is a gentle smile.

Grace Davidson didn't have the smoothest childhood, but now, years later, she's ready to start her new life with her amazing new husband-until she discovers his infidelity...with her best friend. Hurt and betrayed, Grace takes off alone for the exotic resort where she should be spending her


When your heart is broken, sometimes all you need is a gentle smile.

Grace Davidson didn't have the smoothest childhood, but now, years later, she's ready to start her new life with her amazing new husband-until she discovers his infidelity...with her best friend. Hurt and betrayed, Grace takes off alone for the exotic resort where she should be spending her honeymoon, only to realize it's as lonely as it sounds. Until her hunky next-door neighbor says hello.

Leo was just a man Grace met while enjoying her un-honeymoon. They became friends, but that's it. Yet even after she returns home, she can't get him out of her head. Too bad she'll never see him again.

Starting over in a new town after finding her dream job, Grace suddenly runs in to Leo in the last place she expects. But is he the man she believes him to be? Or is her heart in danger of being broken wide open?

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CreateSpace Publishing
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5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.51(d)

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Broken Wide Open 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
OneTen 11 days ago
I received Broken Wide Open for an honest review and read in one day. I don'the like to talk much about what happens in the books I review in order not to give anything away. What started out as predictable and had me coming up with what was going to happen next took a very unexpected twist. Susan'so writing kept me on my toes and unable to put the book down. I respect Grace's strength in dealing with all life has handed her and Leo's respect and the understanding he has gained through his own battle. This was an enjoyable and easy read book I recommend for anyone who likes romance novels.
Robindpdx 14 days ago
This was a sweet, well-written book. Grace is at her wedding when she discovers her brand new husband cheating on her. She goes on the honeymoon by herself, and meets her hunky neighbor, Leo. They spend time together just as friends, and at the end of her vacation she returns home by herself. She finds a dream job and moves to a new town to start over. She and Leo are shocked to run into each other in the last place they would expect to meet. Leo doesn't want to miss this opportunity for the love of his life. But can Grace risk her heart again? I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading others by Susan Griscom.
Suzi1811 14 days ago
I really enjoyed this book, it was very emotional at times. Leo had a major trauma in his past that Grace (unknown to them) was linked to. There were a couple of great twists towards the end of the story! It had me hooked from start to finish and I did shed a few tears at the emotional scenes! I adored them as a couple though and had my fingers crossed for them the whole time!
KellyTheRed 15 days ago
Reading this book almost had me throwing my tablet across the room. The stupid device stopped working for several hours right in the middle of a highly emotional scene. And there are plenty of those. The characters are fantastic. I connected with Grace from the first page. And from that moment on we were on an emotional rollercoaster. From ecstatic highs to OMG lows and back up just to drop again and so on… She is justifiably confused and her head frequently fights with her heart. I kept wanting to hug her and tell her it will be all right but so much kept happening that I wasn't sure if it would be. I can't recommend this book enough.
keleex 18 days ago
This standalone is anything but broken. Right from the beginning you are pulled right into the story. Grace is a strong woman that experienced true heartbreak. She goes to Bora Bora alone trying to get herself together. She meets Leo in Bora Bora. Fireworks are exploding but things don’t go the way you would expect. Then back to reality. Grace is getting back on her feet after the wedding that never should have happened. Grace runs into Leo and the tension is palpable. There is always something in the background that is trying to keep them apart, but the attraction is incredible. As the story continues you feel like you are going to continue on with a predictable happily ever after. But then you are hit unexpectedly with a twist. When this happened it clenched my heart. The raw emotion that you take from these characters is moving. Then I started questioning whether the outcome of this story was going to be what I wanted. It was anything but predictable and is an absolute must read. The spin is perfectly flawed. It’s exactly what you need for an incredible ending.
JuliaAD 18 days ago
Very emotional book. Grace, hours after walking down the aisle, finds her new husband with her best friend together. She goes ahead to Bora Bora where they were supposed to honeymoon. She meets Leo. Neither of them wanted to start any relationship because they knew they would never see each other after their time in Bora Bora. Wrong! Once they find each other again, Grace is sure she can't get involved with Leo. There are some very dark and painful secrets that have been kept from both of them that could tear apart their love. This is a story about love and betrayal. I was really rooting for Grace and Leo.
Sandy-thereadingcafe 18 days ago
3.75 stars---BROKEN WIDE OPEN by Susan Griscom is a stand alone, contemporary adult story line focusing on hospitality manager Grace Davidson, and marine biologist Leo D’Amore. Told from dual first person perspectives (Grace and Leo) BROKEN WIDE OPEN follows Grace Davidson as she navigates the pitfalls and heartbreaks of her life. Just hours after her wedding our heroine finds her new husband in a compromising position with maid of honor. Not one to waste the honeymoon, Grace heads to Bora Bora where she will meet a deep-sea diver she knows only as Leo.Nothing comes of their few days together but neither one will forget the friendship that developed. Fast forward several months where Grace will come face to face with her new boss’s son-Leo D’Amore-the man who would steal her heart and destroy her life. What ensues is the building relationship between Grace and Leo, and Leo’s fall from Grace when sins of the past reveal in the present. The relationship between Grace and Leo begins as friendship while in Bora Bora but Grace isn’t about to place her new position in danger by falling in love with the boss’s son. Leo knows that Grace is the woman of his heart but he must reveal the truth about his past before moving forward. The $ex scenes are romantic but mostly implied. We are introduced to Grace’s mother Sofie and step-father Oliver Davidson, and quickly catch a glimpse of her newbie husband Craig; Leo’s best friend and the restaurant hostess Kate, as well as Leo’s father Len D’Amore. The world building focuses on the relationship between Grace and Leo but a couple of twists to the story line add conflict and angst to their growing love. Grace will once again be blindsided by a man with whom she had fallen in love. BROKEN WIDE OPEN is a slow building story line as Grace struggles with the failure of her marriage, and her attraction to Leo ‘Amore. The premise is emotional and revealing; the characters are passionate; the romance is a slow build to a happily ever after.
valzoo 19 days ago
I read an exerpt in the author's newsletter and immediately pre-ordered this book as I was hooked! When I got the opportunity to read an ARC copy, I jumped on it as I did not want to wait. Grace and Leo are such a great couple with broken pasts to overcome. The secondary characters are quite well-drawn as well. There are points in the story were I thought I knew what would happen next and the author surprised me. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a gripping, emotional read.
Xkoqueen 19 days ago
Broken Wide Open is a gripping wild ride from page one to the end. Susan Griscom has written another gut-wrencher! Grace Davidson was lucky enough to get a fantastic stepfather, Oliver, after her father died when she was only four. Oliver has her back when her new husband bangs her maid of honor at the wedding reception. Leo, a handsome marine biologist, just happens to be studying jellyfish in Bora Bora when Grace takes her honeymoon by herself. He is a caring, intelligent man whose secret is eating him up. These two characters are great together. Their fun, easy relationship is infectious. Of course, when Grace’s vacation is over, she has no hope of seeing Leo again, but she is ready to move on with her life. A new job in a new location is just the start she needs. When that new start includes running into Leo and his family, Grace opens her self up again to the possibility of love and loss. Susan Griscom continues to write stories that take you through the wringer and eventually deliver a heart-warming ending.