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August 4, 2016

Counting Daisies by Nicola Haken

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?

(MM Romance, recommended for over 18’s due to language, sexual content, and scenes of IV drug use.)

ARC received for an honest review.

Another manic book rambling brought to you by April;

5 'The point is life' Stars.

Have you ever wanted to just grab an author and squish their cheeks after finishing a book?! Like, grab them and squeeze the ever loving shit out of them? Figuratively, of course. I'm not the touchy feel-y type but whenever I finish devouring one of Nicola Haken's books that's always what I want to do. Then, I always wonder 'how will she ever top this book', but time and time again, without failure, her writing blows me away--always one upping herself. Left in a complete book stupor, in awe and with tears in my eyes.

Queen of the best opening lines, stories brimming with heartfelt and heartbreaking realities, with perfectly placed humor at just the right times. Nicola has found her calling, her niche. When it comes to M/M it doesn't get any better than THIS!

'People say young love, first love, whatever you want to label it, isn't real. It's a dress rehearsal. Teenagers aren't capable or mature enough to understand what love entails. That's what people think. But we did. Dylan and I had a bond, an awareness of each other, even before we hit puberty and our friendship developed into attraction.'

Chasing Daisies is a story that will stick with you and perhaps haunt you at times. A poignant telling of love, life and loss, and over coming an addiction. Unquestionably, this beaut is a
compelling read. And that OMG moment when the title starts to make sense...just Looooove it!!

'Once you become and addict, you're one for life. The second you become hooked on your substance of choice, you're left with only three ways to describe yourself. Using. Recovering. Dead. There is no in-between. You can't ever go back to life before drugs. They're part of you now, whether you use them or not, they're there. Always. In your head. In your dreams. Life becomes a constant battle. The moment you let the shit take hold of you it never lets go. You've signed up to a never-ending war without even realising it. Sometimes you'll win, sometimes the skag'll win, and that fight is lifelong, only ending the day you draw your last breath.'

'People left. People died. The only common denominator was me.'

Cameron and Dylan, best friends since childhood and inseparable teen lovers, were torn apart by unfortunate circumstances that were beyond their control. After sixteen years of lost time, the two are finally reconnected. One is now a lucrative chef, while the other fell down the heroin rabbit hole of addiction. This is their story, a merging of lives, love, struggles and one's fight to free themselves from their self imposed hell. I don't want to give too much away because this book needs to be read blindly...mainly because I want everyone to be blindsided by the onslaught of emotions that we're tossed my way *evil grin*

'But loving him... loving him was effortless' O
'Heroin was a side effect of something much deeper.'

I loved Cam and Dyl and can't wait for the world to meet them!!

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