Author: Georgia Cates
Publication Date: March 1, 2017
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult
Note: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
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?
In Dear Agony, Rose is plucked from the streets of New Orleans by a woman who wishes to transform her from a homeless performer to an elegant companion. No longer hungry and dirty, Rose learns all she needs to know to survive in the posh world new world she’s entering. She thinks she is prepared for the man she will work for, but Rose wasn’t expecting Bastien Pascal. He’s successful, confident, nice, good looking and a whole lot younger than she expected. Living and spending time with Bastien won’t be hard, but not acting on her attraction to him will be. Rose’s feelings toward Bastien are complicated, and they’ll become even more complicated when Bastien’s secret is exposed.
When I started Dear Agony I wasn’t sure how I felt about the whole paid companion story line. My thoughts mirrored Rose’s. I just didn’t think the men the women worked for wouldn’t expect sex. It made me slightly uncomfortable for some reason. The minute I met Bastien, my thoughts changed. His reason behind hiring Rose was not what I was expecting.
I loved everything about Rose and Bastien’s relationship. Their attraction was instant, but the relationship grew over time. Roe and Bastien knew every good and bad thing about each other. They had a lot of battles to fight against each other and together. Their love story was truly a journey. Moments of it reminded me slightly of Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You. Dear Agony was its own story, but it gave me some of the same feelings at times.
Dear Agony was a beautifully written and emotional story. It brought tears to my eyes. Readers who like emotionally deep romances will love this book.