Release Tour & Review: Counting Daisies by Nicola Haken

Title: Counting Daisies
Author: Nicola Haken
Genre: MM Romance
Release Date: August 1, 2016

Dylan Roberts and Cameron O’Neil were good kids. Growing up together, they shared everything. By the age of fourteen they were more than best friends – they were in love. They dreamt of their future, of success, marriage…happiness. They were going to grow old by each other’s side.

But… “Kids are stupid.”

When tragic circumstances forced them apart, Dylan discovered that life wasn’t the fairytale he dreamed of; it was dark, difficult, saturated with pain and shame. Life wasn’t meant to be enjoyed, merely survived, but even that became a challenge.

Damaged, worthless, and disgusting, he saw no point to his pitiful existence…

Until he came face to face with the boy he used to love.

Successful, honourable, and happy, Cameron had achieved the future they planned. He was good, positive, popular…everything Dylan would never be. What would happen if Dylan let him back into his world? Would he destroy Cameron too? Would his poison push him away like everyone else?

“Everybody leaves.”

“They leave or they die.”

But what if…what if Cameron didn’t?


Patricia‘s Review – 5 Stars: ☆☆☆☆☆


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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I adore Nicola Haken books. Her writing, the way she develops the characters, the emotional side of the story, the real life problems she approaches… everything together is perfect, as if you are living the story yourself!

Counting Daisies made me shed a tear or two… is very emotional. Is very real.
Its about drugs, its about everything the addict life and everyone around him. The hurt, the despair, the angst… but also is about friendship and love, hope and success!

I absolutely loved this book!

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Ana‘s Review 5 Stars: ☆☆☆☆☆


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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

—Read and reviewed for The Bookery Review—


“Counting Daisies” is one of the most emotional and cruel books I’ve ever read.
It tells us the story of Dylan and Cameron.

The story starts when they’re teenagers. They’re best friends since forever but now they start to realize that there’s more than just a beautiful friendship.
Whereas Cameron lives a good life, with a happy family, Dylan lives with his grandmother due to his father’s death and struggles with the feeling of loss. He never met his mom.
One day, even though they plan a future with a HEA, the unexpected happens and they go in different paths.
Sixteen years later, faith brings them together. But what happens when one life is completely shattered? Will the love they felt for each other resurface? Will it be enough to save them?

“Counting daisies” has a powerful message. It may contain a few triggers. It deals with addiction. And let me tell you that Nicola doesn’t play around. She goes straight to the point.
I loved “Broken”, it was my first Nicola’s book. But “Counting daisies” left me bawling like a baby.
One thing I love about Nicola’s books is that they are real. Even if it hurts. But that’s life. She tells us a story so real that it could be one of us or the friends next door.

I loved Dylan. I loved Cameron. But most of all, I loved them together. Life is not easy and Nicola had the strength to show that there are no guaranteed HEA. Life is built every day. And love must be cherished.
A true story about true love. About that one person that owns our heart and we never forget.
Nicola’s writing is remarkable. And when I finished the book I didn’t have the words to express all the feelings.
This book is intense and brutal. It’s disturbing because it makes you think. I found myself yelling “NOOOO” so many times I think I got an arrhythmia.
I can safely say that this is one of my top recommendations for 2016. But prepare the tissues, They are required.

– Standalone: yes (but it’s the first of a new series)
– POV: dual
– Creativity: 5 stars
– Cover: N/A
– Plot: 5 stars
– Characters: 5 stars
– Darkness: N/A
– End: 5 stars
– Hotness: 5 stars
– Angst: 5 stars
– Editing: 5 stars

I give it 5 bawling stars.

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“This is a deep and powerful book with the main theme which is refreshing less about the path of a relationship and way more about the real life gritty obstacles that come on the way of their HEA.” – Reader Review

“This book was phenomenal. I cried so many tears. Story was heart breaking and heartwarming all at the same time.” – SiKReviews

“This was a beautifully crafted story of friendship, love, bonds, addictive behaviour and heartache. It was hugely emotional in parts, and Nicola doesn’t hold back.” – 2 Girls & Their Kindles

He clung to my shirt, his knuckles turning white. “Make it s-stop.” 
“I…I don’t know how.”
Fuck this. Fuck heroin. Why the hell would someone do this to themselves? I’d never seen this level of pain before that hadn’t resulted in death, and even that was only on TV. 
Dylan sobbed into my chest and I held him while he did. My arms were all I had to offer. He remained so cold despite my palms rubbing up and down his back, and he was dirty, too – dried up vomit sticking to his skin and hair. I’d never felt so helpless in all my life.
Needing to do something, anything, I climbed to my feet, lifting his body with me. “Come on,” I encouraged, struggling to take his weight on my own. “Try and walk for me.”
He whimpered and mumbled but made little effort to move. So, sliding one arm behind his thighs, I scooped him up like a baby, carrying him towards the bath. He clung to my neck, his grip weak, while I turned on the water. I turned the temperature down to barely warm, worried the heat might burn his shivering skin, before lowering him into the bathtub, under the fine spray of the shower. 
His muscles twitched and his eyes closed as he hugged his knees to his scrawny chest. Taking a sponge and some shower-gel, I scrubbed softly up and down his trembling body, gently manoeuvring his arms and legs when needed so I could clean every inch of him.
“I’m tired, Cam,” he barely whispered, dropping his head to the side.
My heart ached, like it was trapped inside a vice that was trying to crush its ability to beat, as I lathered some shampoo into his fair hair. “You can sleep soon. Nearly done.” 
I tried not to cry as I massaged his scalp. I wanted to be strong, but I’d never felt more vulnerable. Removing the showerhead from the hook on the wall, I hovered it over his head, rinsing away the tea-tree scented suds, before doing the same to the rest of his skin. After shutting the water off, I grabbed a large towel from the heated rail next to the toilet and rubbed it over his skin in the bathtub before lifting him out and doing the same to his back.
“I-I can’t d-do it anymore,” Dylan cried as I wound my arm around his waist, urging him to take a step.
“You are doing it. It’s almost over.” I had no idea if my words were the truth, but I had to hope they were for both of our sakes. Honestly, I felt like I couldn’t do it anymore either.
Nicola lives in Rochdale, England with her husband and four children (six if you include the dog and cat!) She is the author the author of the m/m romance Souls of the Knight series, and is currently working on a standalone with new boys, James and Theo, due for release early 2016. When she is not busy playing with her imaginary book friends (or talking about them with real life friends!) she can usually be found carrying out her ordinary mum/housewife/all round slave duties. Oh, and if the kids ever ask, she moonlights as the Pink Power Ranger while they’re sleeping…




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