What it’s about:
He was broken.
Full of hate and sorrow.
Asher Beaumont never asked for much in life. All he wanted was to play his guitar, write music, and be recognized and loved by his father. Unfortunately, that last desire was never realized. The bastard died when Asher was just a kid. Then thirteen years later, his mother dies of a brain tumor, shattering him even more and leaving him hating everyone around him, except for his two best friends, Melody Stevens and her brother, Teddy.
Melody Stevens has crushed on her best friend, Asher Beaumont her entire life. But it’s always been a secret passion. Never something she’d act upon. But when she tells Asher she’s prepared—and determined—to lose her virginity to a guy he considers to be nothing more than a cad who sleeps with anything that wears a skirt, her best friend offers her a proposition she can’t really refuse.
When Asher stumbles across a letter left by his mother before her death, begging him to seek out his half-brothers, he and Melody begin a journey of discovery. Their travels lead them to the two brothers he has spent his life despising because they had the life he always wanted. While on their trip, they discover a miracle they never, ever considered.
A stand-alone book 3, in The Beaumont Brothers Series with a HEA for Adults 18+
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Beautifully Undone by Susan Griscom is part of the Beaumont Brothers series, however, it reads like a standalone. The characters from the prior books have roles in Beautifully Undone, but you don’t have to read the prior books in order to enjoy the story. At a signing event, Ms. Griscom warned me that Beautifully Undone was more racy than her usual book, however, the “racy” parts are some of the most tastefully written sex scenes I’ve read. Beautifully Undone is one of the sweetest, most tender, friends-to-lovers romance I’ve ever read.
Griscom’s main characters, Asher and Melody, are very likable, and they’re fabulous together. I rooted for their relationship to grow into something more than friendship. I loved that this NA romance wasn’t about instant love. The two face several life changing situations together, and the support they give one another is touching. Melody and Asher have been friends and neighbors since childhood. They’re like family. When Asher has to deal with his mom’s death, Melody is 100% by his side. When Melody announces that she’s going to give her virginity to a guy, Asher has a totally best-friend-who-is-a-guy reaction. Melody’s big brother, Teddy, is like a “big bro” to Asher too. Teddy lives out-of-state, and gives Asher the thumbs-up with Ashley by asking him to look out for his sister. In hindsight, Asher figures out what everyone else has seen– that he and Melody make a great couple.
The story is very emotional. It is a story about a guy and girl who grew up together. Their mothers supported them through divorces and other losses. They had a solid foundation of friendship, but haunting that friendship was Melody’s crush on Asher. That crush leads Melody to take advantage of a magnanemous offer from Asher. Both talented musicians, Melody and Asher make music and make love together. Their relationship might get a little angsty, but a road trip and a quest to find Asher’s half-brothers ends with a very satisfying HEA.
I adored the local details that could only be incorporated by a local author. Griscom has peppered her story with well-known local hangouts in San Francisco as well as long-standing local events such as the Bridge School Benefit Concert. Beautifully Undone has inspired me to read more of Susan Griscom’s Beaumont Brothers series.
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About the author: Susan Griscom writes paranormal and contemporary romance. She’s hooked on gritty romances and is a huge fan of superheroes and bad boys confronted with extraordinary forces of nature, powers, and abilities beyond the norm mixed with steamy romance, of course.
She loves those days when she gets to sit around in her sweat pants, doing nothing but writing emotionally charged stories about love and violence and drinking coffee.
She lives in Northern California with her romantic husband and together they have five great superhero kids and eight mini-superhero grand kids, so far.