Broken Wide Open (Sand and Sunset Series, #1)

Broken Wide Open (Sand and Sunset Series, #1)

by Susan Griscom

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BN ID: 2940154950616
Publisher: Susan Griscom
Publication date: 02/09/2017
Series: Sand and Sunset Series , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 512,037
File size: 607 KB

About the Author

About Susan Griscom

I grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania, spending most of my time daydreaming or playing around in the mud. I grew out of the mud play, well, most of the time, a good soak in the mud is always fun. I still daydream often and sometimes my daydreams interrupt my daydreams. So I write to remember them. If I didn't write, I think my mind would explode from an overload of fantasy and weirdness. To the annoyance of my friends and family, my characters sometimes become a part of my world. During my childhood, I would frequently get in trouble in school for daydreaming. Eventually, my vivid imagination paid off and I had the privilege of writing and co-directing my sixth-grade class play--a dreadful disaster, though not from my writing, of course. I'm pretty sure it was the acting.
I enjoy writing about characters living in small quaint towns and tend to lean toward the unusual and edgy.
My paranormal playing field delves into a different milieu, abandoning vampires and werewolves, but not discounting them. Someday I might like to write a novel about vamps and those furry creatures. But for now I like the bizarre mixed with romance. A strong hero or heroine confronted with extraordinary forces of nature, powers and capabilities gets my blood running hot, as does a steamy contemporary romantic suspense.

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Broken Wide Open 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
D-B1 More than 1 year ago
I loved reading the amazing and entertaining romance story by the wonderfully talented Susan Griscom. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader's copy. Grace's wedding day ends with her husband and best friend in bed together. Grace goes on the honeymoon by herself and meets the handsome, sexy Leo, and becomes friends with him while on the island. Grace gets a job working for Leo's father. Leo and Grace's friendship blossoms into a relationship but Leo has a secret that haunts him. Read the highly recommended love story that is beautifully written full of romance and intrigue.
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
Grace is a sweet person, experiencing the dog side of men. As she tries to find herself, she finds Leo while on her supposed honeymoon-now vacation. A friendship arises although there is a strong chemistry between them. When fate brings them back together, I enjoyed that same chemistry as they fumble through their relationship and dealing with their pasts with a twist I did not expect. I recommend this story, whether read or listened to. I received a copy of this audiobook as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.
Amanda_Kaye More than 1 year ago
When the blurb tells you that this is a roller coaster of emotions they were not lying. The characters are well written which is a very good thing because they have one heck of a story to tell. Grace has just hhad he life basically fall apart, hence the title Broken Wide Open. Add to that another character who is just as messed up and damaged as she is and you have Leo. Both the same yet different. Both hurt yet still functioning. Through the book and all the emotions you basically end up learning what a true family is. I liked this book and it does make you feel many emotions.
DinaS2 More than 1 year ago
Broken Wide Open has Grace going on her honeymoon alone and meeting Leo, a marine biologist who is studying there. They start to hang out, but can they only stay as friends? And when it is time to return home, how will it end? Susan Griscom has her characters grabbing you right into their story and you can feel how they feel, as if you were there with them. WOW, what a book! This is my first book by Susan Griscom and I loved it! I received this copy for my honest review.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite When we first meet Grace, she is a happy bride, but that quickly ends and, in her heartbroken state of mind, she decides to go on her planned honeymoon to Bora Bora alone. Leo is in Bora Bora on a work assignment in the room next door to Grace. Leo sees the pain that Grace is in and takes it upon himself to be there for her. They spend the week together, enjoying each other’s company, hiking, snorkeling and talking. At the end of the vacation, they say their goodbyes and though each has felt a great attraction toward the other, no last names or phone numbers are exchanged. At home both can’t get the other out of their thoughts, but they know they will never meet again; or will they? Grace restarts her life with a new job, in a new town, which just happens to be where Leo lives. The two face many roadblocks, distractions and concerns, but slowly allow their feelings to win over. When Grace finds an old article that has shocking news, the roller coaster takes another huge dip and she runs as quickly as she can away from Leo. I am leaving out a lot of the story because you simply must read it for yourself and find out the conclusion to each of their lives. Broken Wide Open is a roller coaster ride of emotions. Grace and Leo tell their story sharing the uphill, downhill and screaming drops in a way that kept me glued to the book from beginning to end. I found Broken Wide Open to be everything I enjoy in a good book. Author Susan Griscom has created characters that are impossible not to like and a plot that never falters. I highly recommend Broken Wide Open to every romantic genre reader – it is a definite winner.
KellyTheRed1 More than 1 year ago
A fantastic novel that brings out the truth of love, happiness and what makes a true family. This story is filled with all the feels that only a real emotional rollercoaster could bring out. Love, hate, friendship, loathing, jealousy and much more took me for a wild ride and finally landed me back on my feet in happy tears. The story of Leo and Grace has very quickly become a tie as my favorite Susan Griscom book. Her attention to detail made me feel as if I was actually at the beach, on the cliffs overlooking the ocean or sinking my toes into the soft sand. I very highly recommend this to everyone and can’t wait to get a paperback copy to keep on my precious Signed Books shelf!
OneTen More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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.