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?
“They leave or they die.”
But what if…what if Cameron didn’t?
Patricia‘s Review – 5 Stars: ☆☆☆☆☆
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!
Ana‘s Review 5 Stars: ☆☆☆☆☆
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.
“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