Title: Counting Daisies
Author: Nicola Haken
Genre: MM Romance
Release Date: August 1, 2016
My Rating: A-
*happy sigh* This is a really fantastic book, but be prepared...it takes a while for the MC's to reach their happy place and it takes a lot of unhappy angst to get there...but that is what makes this book such a fantastic read. (I do love some good angst in my romance.)
The story starts when Cam and Dylan were 14 and totally in love...they were young and just experimenting with kissing...nothing serious, not yet, although they had plans for eventually. But then Dylan's grandmother died unexpectedly and social services moved him to another city. They didn't see one another again and Cameron never knew what happened to the boy he loved.
Now, Cameron is grown and has achieved all of his goals that he had at that young age...minus Dylan. He owns a highly recommended and successful restaurant. The only think in his life not so great is his love life...after his fiance cheated on him last year.
But that all changes one night when Dylan shows up outside the restaurant...beaten and needing help. Cameron takes him in, only to have him disappear in the middle of the night.
Needless to say, Dylan's life has not gone according to plan. He's hooked on heroine and works as a rentboy to make enough money to score his next hit. His life has been one bad thing after another, leaving him to believe that he'll have nothing else. So he seeks out the numbness that the drugs give him. He simply doesn't want to feel anymore.
Dylan's situation killed me. While I hated where he was at mentally, it broke my heart that I could see exactly how he got there. There's only so much loss one person can take, and he had way too much at way too young of an age. But being around Cameron gives him hope, at the same time, he doesn't feel he deserves hope anymore. He's done some really, really awful things.
The way this story unfolded was perfection. It wasn't easy...at all, but it felt so realistic because of that. These two men are on a really rough road, but everything could be so good if they can manage to make it through.
I started reading and simply did not want to put the book down. It was riveting. It was heartbreaking. And in the end, it was about two men who loved each other more than and despite anything else. I loved Cam and Dylan and am so thankful to Nicola Haken for sharing their journey with us.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.
“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
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...