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 demise? And how far will she go to give him something to live for?
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Title: Dear Agony
Author: Georgia Cates
Source: Maxwell Author Services
WHYYYYY??? This is like, an automatic favorite for making me cry and laugh so much. I swear, it felt like I was crying every few pages, it was so sad! If I wasn’t crying about Bash’s decision to take his life in his own hands, it was about his stubbornness to refuse to see any other way to do things and- ugghh!!! It truly did master the title and make me feel like Agony was a long acquainted friend.
Bash has a secret and a plan that he won’t tell Rose about until it’s too late, and in my opinion, it was a bit of a dick move. Yeah, they didn’t plan to fall for each other, but things did happen, and instead of changing it like he changed everything else, he decided to tell her OH BY THE WAY- *breathes* but Rose refuses to give up on him.
I thought the whole thing was really sweet and intense when it came to the more gritty things of reality. It was hot, heartfelt and entertaining. A few things felt strung out but when it comes to stubborn people who refuse to change, it can feel like you’re immobile, so it was more frustration on my end than anything. And it’s probably what made me cry even more, to be honest. You should read this because of how sweet the love story is, how fast they click and how fast they fall with the obligations and responsibilities thrown between them. The whole thing was dramatic but intense and something I really couldn’t put down even if I tried, it was that good. Read it, if you really like contemporary romances with people that need that extra kick for good behavior.
Just be warned that the ending may scar you even if it does end on a HEA note. Believe me, I should know. It’s both one of the happiest and saddest moments of my life.