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Dear Agony

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  2,254 ratings  ·  330 reviews
Dear Agony,

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 linen
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Published April 10th 2018 by Audible Studios (first published March 1st 2017)
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Alex is The Romance Fox
Aunt Agony by Georgia Cates is more than just a truly an awe-inspiring, uplifting, heart-warming and beautifully written love story. It's s story about two unlikely people, Bastien Pascal, a successful and very rich and lonely man and Rose Middleton, homeless in the streets of New Orleans, who is given a chance to change her life.

It's a story about life and how you deal with the good and bad things that are thrown at you. It makes you question the meaning of your life. The people you love. The f
Rachel Reads Ravenously
3.5 stars

“This man will burn me. I already know it. I feel it deep down in my core.”

Dear Agony follows Rose, a young homeless street performer who is rescued by a woman named Vale who raises her to be a companion. Meaning she spends time with men who pay for her, but not in a sexual manner. And not exactly like an escort service, more like a live in friend. Bash is a friend of the owner of the business, and asks for Rose to be his companion.

Bash and Rose connect immediately, and become the
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
4.5 Stars!

-The new Rose is special. She's intelligent. Beautiful. And deserving of good things.

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Rose Middleton is a beautiful 19 yr. old girl struggling to survive while living on the streets of New Orleans. She's hungry, desperate and alone when a woman named Vale enters her life & saves her from living a life in fear. This woman becomes Rose's best friend & mentor. Now 23, Rose lives a luxurious life & is almost done with college. Vale has trained Rose & groomed her for the la
Gi's Spot Reviews
4.5 'Beautiful Agony' Stars

Mind blowingly beautiful story! It really had to be for me to rate it this way, even with fade to black sex scene. But this beyond realistic, sad and heartwarming love story, and his talented author, deserve the raving! I sobbed like a baby for Bastien and Rose, for their pain, and their struggle - which was incredibly well written, and I won't soon forget - but for a love like this it was SO worth it!!!
Of course, as a HEA addict, the epilogue felt bittersweet too me,
Jacqueline's Reads

I love Georgia Cates and I loved Dear Agony. I love the cover, I love the summary, I love the characters and I love the story. Dear Agony is a melt-your-heart kind of read. It will leave you feeling swoony and breathless. I read this book in one sitting. I couldn’t put the book down! I was sucked in from the first page. There was NEVER a dull moment. I just could.not.stop.reading. Gah, it was addictive. I really needed this book.

Dear Agony had all the things I look for in a
Surprisingly sweet.

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 bes
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5-4.75 "Desirable Agony" Stars

"I’m convinced that you can see into the soul of a person through his or her eyes. Thoughts. Intent. Opinion. The simplicity in their expression tells a story. It says more than any words they could possibly speak."

I love Georgia Cates and her books as well, like this one! I loved it and really really enjoyed it. I had a really good time reading this one. I think Georgia Cates is well able to keep balance between sadness and joy in this book. she is such a writer!
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 lo
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I usually don't read books where beautiful homeless girl gets taken in and is groomed to be a companion/whatever for a wealthy man. That trope doesn't interest me that much but something about this book intrigued me.

I have to say I really liked it.

At a certain point the plot goes in a direction that I think some people will not like, but I didn't mind.
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The thing I didn't understand was
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Christine (Shh Moms Reading)
2.5-3 stars
A lot of this story didn't work for me which saddens me because i was really looking forward to reading it.
I loved how Vale found Rose and took her under her wing and changed her life for the better.
What didn't work for me was the actual relationship between Bastian and Rose...sadly I never felt any connection to them or between them. It felt very superficial and almost insta..maybe it didn't help that there were fade to black moments so any chemistry was missing.
While I liked the
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BRAVO Ms Cates, you have given us another beautifully breathtaking story of hope, life and learning to allow love in our lives!

There is so much I want to say about this breathtaking story yet I will hold myself from doing that so that you will get to experience the full effect of it.

Rose & Bastian's first meeting had me on pin in needles, would it be love at first sight, would they have an instant connection, would Rose finally have that "one person" that would be there for her?

I loved that
Ashi- A hopeless romantic girl :D
3.5 stars

This book is about Rose. A young girl who has been through alot in her life like living on streets alot.

Vale is her mentor, friend and much more as she was the one who found Rose when she was a street performer and had no one and nothing in her life.

Vale is a strong, ambitious and mysterious business woman. She saw something in Ross which made her choose Rose and turn her into a dream girl.

And by turning into her a dream girl i mean turning her into a desirable companion which any ric
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
Wow! This book has been sitting on my kindle since it's release and three months later, I got to read it! Had I known I'd love it so much, I'd have read it pronto. I do believe this is the first book I've read by this author. But not the last.

Dear Agony piqued my interest with the blurb but let me assure you, there is SO MUCH story to this story. Wow. Be still my heart- the angst! Gah. I encountered a million emotions while traveling this journey for a heroine who has been down on her luck unti
Kindle Crack Book Reviews Cheri
Can I give Dear Agony 5+ stars? Why doesn’t Amazon or Goodreads allow readers to give an extra special star or even a 1/2 star? Oh well, at least I can do it in writing. I knew Dear Agony was going to be an emotional journey based on the title, but I didn’t expect this. Everything about this book pulled on my heartstrings and didn't let go. At times that I wanted to kick my Kindle as tears ran down my face. I think Dear Agony might be Georgia Cates' finest work to date! I'm lost in a sea of emot ...more
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My heart is pounding.

My hands are shaking.

Tears are streaming down my face.

I'm a balled up mess of devastating, beautiful feelings. Dear Agony by Georgia Cates is a must read for EVERYONE.

Dear Agony is so different to anything I've read by Georgia before. I absolutely love Georgia's writing. Her books are ones I can easily lose myself in and not care that I've read away half my day. From the moment I saw the first teasers for Dear Agony and the minute I saw the cover I just knew I had to lose my
Paula  Phillips
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I wasn't entirely sure what this book would be about, I had originally thought maybe with the title it might have an Agony Aunt twist but turned out to be more the inner voice was her Dear Agony moments. I loved this book as it had a few of my favorite things, the first was that it was set in New Orleans and it reminded me of the time I spent there and gave me flashbacks of memories. The other thing it has arranged relationships and the theme of semi-roomies to friends to lovers. Rose was homele
Tina Manuel
Mar 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Cant decide between liking it and it was just okay so Ill just go with 2.5
Maree Repa
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Search for Perfection

Five Amazing Stars

I was so thoroughly excited to read and just love this amazing book by the most wonderful author, Georgia Cates. Another such magical romantic novel about the love between both Rose and Bash. I found it just so hard to put down.

We meet Rose Middleton, She has had such the hardest life of all. Simply begging for money in her bucket whilst in the streets in New Orleans. Feeling so sorry for her. She is just starving for for food to eat. Until she is appro
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finished this in a day. Quick easy read for me. I didn't realize what the storyline entailed when jumping into this, but it turned out to be a story about love, loyalty and devotion no matter the circumstance.

3.5-4 stars
Janna ♥ I'm A Sweet And Sassy Book Whore ♥
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Dear Ms. Cates,
This is my very first book that I have read of yours even though I have others on my kindle. I am now kicking myself in my book whore ass for waiting so long to finally reading a book of yours. You have destroyed me, put me in a book depression (I can’t even say hangover because I am still having moments of tears when I think of this book), you reminded me why I love and hate angst at the same time


I. Am. Ruined.
Like in really really ruined.


When I was given this book to read and review, I never thought that it would be this painfully and beautifully heartbreaking.


When Agony decided to turn her ugly face and give Rose Middleton a chance to finally have a decent life, she grabbed on it and enjoyed every bit of it to the fullest.

Being one of the Fairy Godmother's girls was impossible dreams come true.
With Vale, Rose learned how to live and how to become a woman she never thought she could b
* A review copy was provided by the author for the Blog Tour *

~ 5 Lifesaving Stars ~

FULL REVIEW to come for Blog Tour...... I will say this, this was an AMAZING read and one I believe everyone should read. Georgia Cates at her best!!!!

FULL REVIEW Now Posted::
Wow, Wow, Wow…..I can’t tell you how much I loved this book!!

I have been left speechless after reading this book. I don’t know how to put my thoughts into words that could possibly do this book justice. I think it is safe to say this in m
Three Chicks
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review by Lisa Kane

Rose Middleton is homeless, hungry and hopeless. Dumpster diving keeps her from starving. When she’s approached by a sophisticated, beautiful woman with an intriguing proposition, her life changes. Vale from the Duets Foundation links wealthy clients with polished, educated woman. Men who are too busy to make their own contacts when they wish to entertain clients, attend events or have an attractive woman on their arm. Vale things Rose can be one of her girls.

A business deal.
Melanie (mells_view)

I think this one started off strong for me. A girl with a bad past gets an opportunity that seems a bit shady, but it's better than the life she's currently living so she takes it. Three years down the road she's thriving in the life that was offered to her, but everything changes when a man, who is hiding his progressive degenerative disease from everyone even his best friend, decides he wants to use her for the job she's been training for. A non-sexual, strictly platonic, live-in companion
Mar 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given ARC copy for a honest review

I have final finished this one as I have to say it is hard for me to read as I know from the get go there is something wrong with the Hero and I hate to think then might not be a happy ending.

The writing style was good and drew me in when I was reading it but just when you were getting into the story the next chapter took a step back. Then it felt like you were skimming the good stuff never going into depth of what was going on between the hero/heroine.

Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very unique story-line. Super bittersweet. I cried for them both, for their suffering and their happiness. A wonderfully bittersweet and touching romantic story. I truly hoped they would remained eternally together.

4.75 Stars
Love  B.
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars!
Even though I enjoyed the concept, I didn't really connected with the characters and the lines were super cringy.
Mar 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars
I loved the idea of this book.
I loved the setting, New Orleans, La.
a place I spent all of my childhood
summers. I loved the flow, and
I loved Bastien and Rose.

I didn't like the push and pull,
and I didn't like the disease
that Bastien had. I read romance
for romance. I love to escape
to another place and just enjoy.
This book was not the book to
do that with.

ALS is a horrible disease. I have
watched a friend die from this
and I hated reading that my
hero had it. You don't come back
Once Upon A Romance  Blog
OOOO what an amazing love story. Georgia Cates always knows how to write a great love story.

This story follows Rose and Bastien (Bash) on their Epic love story about overcoming the hard times.

Rose is orphan who has been trying to get money by doing anything she can when an angel shows up watching her on the streets one nights and offers her an opportunity to make herself an accomplished woman. Giving her 3 years to go to college, and make her into a woman and to be a companion to a man one day.
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