The offer of being taken off the streets and educated to be a companion to a rich and lonely man seemed a bit shady, but after Vale explains connections through her agency are usually just for company and friendship but sometimes develop into real romantic relationships, Rose agrees.
After three years under Vale’s tutelage, Rose Middleton has become the daughter Vale never had and Vale would rather make her a partner than pair her with anyone of her clients, until Vale’s best friend and silent partner specifically requests Rose as a companion.
“Dying and falling in love. The two just don’t go together.”
Vale is delighted that the two people she loves the most will finally meet, but she doesn’t know the real reason behind Bash’s request. He really just wants to not be alone until he decides his debilitating illness is too much for anyone to bare and he ends his life.
“I will get my wish…. to not wither away alone.”
Even though Bastien Pascal is over a decade her senior and he has his walls firmly in place, he and Rose make an instant connection. Can Bash and Rose remain just friends? Can Rose give him a reason to choose life with her for however long they have?
“I see the conflict in his eyes but it’s unnecessary.
Healthy….Sick….I don’t care.
I want him exactly how he is.”
Even though the title and blurb hint agony, the read was mostly sweet. The book’s premise was told quickly and fluidly and the main part of story is the relationship building between Bash and Rose, how they become friends and even though they both fall in love with one another they don’t express their feelings for their own personal reasons nor do they cross any romantic lines for a very long time. Until lines get blurred and then completely erased, truths are revealed and their lived get a bit complicated.
The story has a fluid pace with an interesting plot and well developed, likeable characters. It’s sweet, and heart-warming.
Dear Agony is a standalone, contemporary romance by Georgia Cates. Told from both points of view with a happy ending.
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* I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author. The excerpts are from that copy. I am voluntarily reviewing this title. *