Counting Daisies (Counting #1) by Nicola Haken

Title: Counting Daisies (Counting #1)
Author: Nicola Haken
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: July 24th 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 376 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

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?

Counting Daisies is book one in The Counting Series, but can be read as a standalone novel.

(M/M romance. Not suitable for readers under 18 years of age due to language and sexual content. ***Please note*** This book contains scenes and descriptions of intravenous drug use which may be uncomfortable for some readers.)

Counting Daisies by Nicola Haken is a beautiful second chance romance of two best friends. After unfortunate circumstances, Dylan was taken away by Social Services at the age of 14. His life which had never been easy became even harder. Cameron never forgot his best friend and was happy when they reconnected 16 years later.

Although not an easy story to read due to Dylan’s drug addiction it gave a realistic portrayal of what battling addiction is like and also what it’s like loving an addict. This book will frustrate you, break your heart, and heal it back together. I became emotionally invested in the story and its characters. A true story of perseverance and self-strength. It was exceptionally written. HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT. 5 Stars.

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I’m a romance junkie, who loves when books make her cry from heartbreak and happiness.

A few of my favorite tropes:

-Friends to lovers
-Age gap

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