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Broken Wide Open

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4.02  ·  Rating details ·  94 ratings  ·  46 reviews
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 t
Paperback, 226 pages
Published February 9th 2017 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Its been a while since Ive read a book by Susan Griscom and for the most part those have all been paranormal. I wasn't sure what to expect from Broken Wide Open. I had read an excerpt the author posted online and it grabbed me right away. Then once I started reading the actual story I was hooked from the start. Broken Wide Open was an intense emotional roller coaster, on both Grace and Leo's part. You can't help but to fall for Leo almost immediately. He's very social, and you can tell there's m ...more
Mizz Latte

Beware of Spoilers!

Star Ratings:
Heroine (Grace): 2/5
Hero (Leo): 3/5
Plot: 2/5
Grovel: the h needed to grovel more
Cheating: none
HEA: yes with baby
Triggers: none

Average score: 2.5/5

Best Line: none

Worst Line: “He was attractive in a fatherly way.”

Personal Review:
A lackluster romance filled with unneeded drama between a marine biologist and a hotel manager

Random Ramblings
•Sounded like she had been brainwashed by Craig
•The ‘secret’ was an annoying surprise
•I foun
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Broken wide open by Susan griscom another fantastic book put out by this author she really has a true talent for making you feel emotional highs and lows with her characters in this book we meet Grace whose world has just been broken wide open and you can feel her sorrow and her rage as if it was your own personal pain then we meet Leo who is sexy strong and very confident yet as the story progresses we see that he is just as damaged and full of Sorrow as anyone could be this book is fantastic i ...more
Jackie Forquer
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 b ...more
Sandy S
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars—

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date Feb 9,2 017

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
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, arc, 2017
The author mentioned that this story was inspired by the song Broken Wide Open. I've not heard of this song before but I felt the lyrics as I read it at the introduction of the book and I loved how everything in the story fitted to this song and the sentiments.

Despite the fact that Grace wasn't really a risk taker, I was glad that she took the courage to do the necessary for her life on several occasions. It was also endearing to read about the relationship between her and Oliver who loved her a
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
There is something about books with surprise twists that I really enjoy. Susan Grisom starts out this book with a twist at Grace's wedding, and it doesn't end there! from start to finish, this book will wrap you up into Grace and Leo's world. How they meet and separate, how they meet again and how their relationship grows and changes...and then the plot twists that completely changed the life of both of them. The secret that Leo carries since his childhood will come back to haunt them both, but ...more
InD'tale Magazine
Susan Griscom’s description of Grace’s journey is hard to put down – a sure sign of great writing!

Charley Ongel and Tor Thom team up to produce a dual narration on this audiobook and the production is spotless – this is a tricky thing to do and a sure sign of great technical skills.

Read full review in the 2017 October issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Mary Lou Hoffman
BROKEN WIDE OPEN is a stand-alone contemporary romance.

The author mentions that this book is inspired by a song by the same name, written by Alex Woodard. I didn’t know the song, so I went to searching for it. I found this performance by For the Sender. Take a moment and enjoy; it is beautiful.

I liked the way that Grace and Leo allowed themselves to be friends when they first met. This was not a vacation fling. Because Grace is not a risk-taker, the relationship was forced to go slow. To become
Sonia Martinez
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Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Broken Wide Open is a very entertaining story of betrayal, secrets and second chances. Grace and Leo meet when she is still reeling from her husband's betrayal. Her vulnerability keeps Leo from acting on their attraction and they part, never expecting to see one another again. Grace is thrown for a loop when she discovers that her new employer is Leo's father. As a romance develops, Leo's devastating secret is revealed. Will everything that he thought he knew tear them apart or has he also been ...more
Jennifer Treviño
Not your everyday love story!

If you're looking for a typical romance then you have come to the wrong place. Broken Wide Open is definitely not your everyday love story. It is however a fabulous tale of heartbreak, healing, & hotness that manages to allow hope to peek through even the darkest of days. Griscom surprised me with some moves I hadn't seen coming ensuring I would be one of those fans who simply can't get enough. Talk about not taking our time for granted! Jeesh!! I was so torn on what
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Susan Grissom is a new author for me and I am so glad that I was chosen to receive an Advanced Readers Copy in exchange for an honest review. Broken Wide Open is the second chance story of Grace and Leo. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because I found parts of it to not be really plausible and I felt that there were a couple of small areas where we were left hanging. I especially liked that there was no cliff hanger and that we were given a glimpse of Leo and Grace in the future. Overall it is a ...more
Jessica Wannamaker
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fate was a really big part of this story. First Grace is cheated on shortly after the alter on her wedding day, then she meets Leo in an exotic location. They gained a friendship. Then to be brought together under the hotel. Leo's tragic past that links to Grace and then have it all come full circle that Leo was freed, Grace returned and their love restored, their hearts pulled back together.

It's an incredibly sweet, erotic story with some twists, really testing the human psyche.

I think they'r
Christine Woinich
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, gift
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
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-audiobooks
This is a review of the audiobook

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 and there 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. Narration is great.
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a quick, easy read, and hit the mark. While it started out relatively simple, and I wasn't sure whether I wanted to continue, I'm glad I did. Grace and Leo's story picked up and was quite enjoyable. There were some surprises that I hadn't anticipated, and that I really liked.

I'll certainly be on the lookout for more books by Susan Griscom.
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The well written storyline and the well developed characters pulled me in from the very beginning and kept me totally captivated until the very end!

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
I had the audiobook version and the narration left me cold. DNF.
Myra Espino
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Interesting read! I love Grace and Leo! I so freaking love Leo!!! **sigh**
Both characters are easy to like and love. On the first part of the book, I was pissed...pissed at Craig. I so want to kick his nuts and slap the hell out of her 'best friend'. Grrr... Anyway, as the story goes, I love how things went. The romance and! The drama is killing me!!! I want to cry for Leo!!!! My heart breaks for him. T_T
Overall, the story is amazing! I love how I was easily pulled in and the unexpe
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed for 2 Girls Who Love Books Blog

This is my introduction to Susan Griscom's writing and I really enjoyed the story! The book revolves around Grace and Leo, who both have some deep wounds from childhood caused by a series of circumstances out of their control. Each character has their own journey of hurt and brokenness that really pulled me in. The first part pretty much revolves around Grace and her struggles coping with what has been handed to her at a most unexpected time.

I make it a ha
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
I liked this story up until the big reveal. I liked Leo. He was sweet, kind, faithful, and supportive. Greece was all those things until she wasn't. She did not deserve Leo. ...more
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this story. Life got in the way which is why it took so long to finish it but, the book is amazing. The twists that you find are amazing and definitely surprising. One of them hit me out of left field. No way did I see that coming. The characters Leo and Grace are heart warming, realistic and relatable. They now hold a special place in my heart. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. Well done, Susan!
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. It starts with a bang and never releases. Although, I was a little jealous. I needed that vacation in Bora Bora. All I could think when I read what she did when she caught Craig was just smile. I loved how resilient she was and although she was gun-shy, she didn't stop living and fade into nothingness. That for me was huge. ...more
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 ea
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fate sometimes has a way of taking control and throwing you into situations that turn out to have a long-term effect. That's what happened to Grace and Leo. Little did she know that going on her "honeymoon" alone would lead her to Leo. Just like little did she know what would happen when she met him again. Life is fickle and always has skeletons somewhere just like Leo Both are wounded souls and when the lies and betrayal all come out, it could be those very lies that rip all Grace and Leo have ...more
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 lov ...more
Kelly Erickson
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book almost had me throwing my Kindle 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 ...more
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is my first time reading this author with a eye catching cover and good sounding storyline I jumped in. Oh boy with a story opener as this one Grace had me right away ready to do battle too. The flow takes you along right away with you soaking up vacation time with her. Then there is Leo whom is one interesting character. He does have sense with some finesse more than most. They will keep your attention on where they are going but they are unpredictable which is a plus. This kept my interes ...more
Julia David
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 t ...more
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