You've been my shadow, following me through childhood-filling my days and nights with terror and uncertainty. You cleverly disguised yourself as some form of pain or suffering as I grew into a young woman. We were unwavering companions ... until I severed our ties.
I traded homelessness on the streets of New Orleans for a luxurious bed covered by the finest linens.
I traded dumpster diving for dinner in the finest restaurants.
I traded myself to a stranger-Bastien Pascal.
I have a good life within my platonic and mutually beneficial companionship with Bash.
He's my friend. My mentor. My roommate.
Until everything changes.
I'm not supposed to get goosebumps when his hand brushes my skin.
I'm not supposed to be eager for his soothing touch following one of my nightmares.
I'm not supposed to think about what might happen if I reached out to him in the darkness.
Falling in love with him? Preposterous . . . unavoidable.
Agony, why are you back with a vengeance to rob me of this life I've come to love so dearly?
I'm finally happy. Don't ruin this for me.
In this epic love story, Dear Agony forges a connection between an unlikely pair-a beautiful rose entwined in barbed wire and a shipwreck sinking into the darkest depths of the ocean. This agonizing romantic novel poses some gut-wrenching questions: What does a woman do when the man she loves is planning his own demise? And how far will she go to give him something to live for?
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Amazing story, couldn't put down the book!
I’ve read a million stories over the last handful of years, but Dear Agony is THE ultimate love story. Rose and Bastien have the type of love most people crave…. unconditional love. Love isn’t always easy or pretty and their story shows what it means to stand by the one you love in sickness and in health.
Rose is a homeless street performer doing what she can to survive when a beautiful sophisticated woman propositions her. With limited options, she accepts and finds a life she never even dreamed of as well as a self-confidence she didn’t know she could own. When she is placed as a companion to Bastien Pascal, her world takes another turn. Who knew that life could be so much better? What develops between these two characters is companionship to friends to lovers. And it is a beautiful story. I loved both Rose and Bastien. Their relationship just felt so real and the fact that it spans months into years just added a depth to it not normally found in romance books. Bastien does make an absolute a-hole decision, several to be honest. And even if I wanted to give him several good wallops, I understood his motivation. Rose was exactly what he needed at a time when he needed it the most, even if he refused to be swayed by her presence in his life. This was an incredible read and not at all what I was expecting. It is not a storyline I’ve read before and despite the heavy angst, found it refreshing in its uniqueness. This is my first Georgia Cates book and if her other works are a fraction of this one, I’m all in for digging into her backlist. ARC provided by NetGalley Dual POV Other woman drama but H doesn’t cheat at all Triggers
4.5 Stars! Dear Agony by Georgia Cates, took me by surprise with its mind-blowing originality, well-defined characters, and emotional upheavals. The two main characters light up the pages with their genuineness, need for companionship, and ability to love. Rose Middleton was homeless, penniless and hungry when Vale took notice and offered her a place to live. She welcomed Rose into her home and business, which changed Rose's troubled life forever. Vale's legitimate foundation specializes in mutually beneficial relationships, and sex is not a requirement. Companionship is what she provides to her clients, and occasionally that evolves into more. Overtime, Rose becomes Vale's assistant and confidant, while earning a business degree from Tulane. When Vale's best friend Bastien wants Rose for a companion, Vale reluctantly but happily agrees. This is what Rose was trained to become and Bastien is both a wonderful and handsome man. His successful real estate business keeps him wealthy and wise. The friendship between Rose and Bastien develops slowly, and overtime they become best friends, coworkers and lovers. Neither of them thought they would fall in love with each other, and their sexual chemistry is undeniable. Sadly, due to a health issue, their future as a couple and a family is difficult to navigate. To begin with, I love the cover, because it is both hot and sexy. Secondly, I loved how Ms. Cates evolved Rose and Bastien's relationship with trust, companionship, and some scorching heat. Rose's ability to work through her past was inspirational, as she embraced her new future with gusto. Bastien's situation is heartbreaking, and I found his decisions about his future to be understandable. Overall, this is a well-written romance with a plot that kept me engaged from beginning to end. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
For all the fans of Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. This is such a bitter sweet book. It leavs you wondering why on so many levels... I think this book will also spark debate, as was the case with Me before you. But I am not going to be the one to start it. For me this book was a very difficult book to read, because you know what the end is going to be. Rose met Bash in an unusual way. That was not the difficult part. The difficult part was because of the reasons why Bash sought out Rose. The agonising part was what happened after. It was heart breaking and Bash was immensely selfish in his reasoning. (Again, this might also spark conflicting emotions with other readers). It is a book that will be read two or three times and still punch you right between the eyes. I will be buying my very own copy to read and re-read. Thank you to the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.
Book exchanged for an honest review~ This probably my first five star review of the year so far. I've not found another story that can quite top this one. Dear Agony is aptly named. It's so emotionally gut wrenching story to read from beginning to end. Normally I retell you the highlights that I think are important but I'm afraid that would spoil the story so completely. Please please read this amazing book. I'm sure you won't regret it.