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?
-The new Rose is special. She’s intelligent. Beautiful. And deserving of good things.
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 last three years to become a Duets girl. She’s given her a future and the opportunity to become something more. She’s now a confident woman who loves herself & knows her own worth.
The Duets Foundation pairs beautiful classy women with wealthy businessmen for companionship. Men who don’t have time to find dates. Bastien Pascal is a successful 35 yr. old multi-millionaire. He owns a commercial real estate agency. He works long hours and doesn’t have a lot of free time. He’s been going through some personal stuff & decides he’s lonely & craves a connection. His best friend Vale keeps bragging about how wonderful her new prodigy Rose is, so he decides he wants Rose as his companion.
Rose arrives to meet Bastien & is expecting the usual old elderly man, but instead is greeted by a handsome, drop dead gorgeous, mouthwatering sexy man. She agrees to be his companion & they agree on the rules. No sex or intimacy. No romance and no falling in love. They begin spending time together & quickly become extremely close. They are the best of friends, but both soon start to want more. Rose cherishes every moment she spends with this kind, thoughtful, beautiful, irresistible man. Bastien is completely captivated by Rose & she’s brought a joy to his life that was missing.
Rose is happier than she ever dreamed she could be. She feels safe, secure & cared for. She’s falling in love with Bastien & wants a life with him. He’s amazing in every way & leaves her breathless. The sexual tension between them finally becomes overwhelming & they act on their feelings. Bastien wasn’t supposed to get attached to Rose but now is totally consumed by her. Will his secrets threaten to destroy them, or will love prevail in the end? Has he given her the world only to take it away? Rose won’t settle & she wants it all with Bastien. She believes you fight for love & risk it all.