Hi guys, we have Nicola Haken popping in today with her new release Counting Daisies, we have a great excerpt and a fantastic giveaway so enjoy the post and click that giveaway link <3 ~Pixie~
(The Counting series 01)
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?
Title: Broken Series: N/A Author: Nicola Haken Genre: Contemporary Length: 287 pages Publisher: Nicola Haken (February 29th, 2016) Heat Level: Explicit Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts Blurb: When Theodore Davenport decides to switch his mundane job for a career, he walks into Holden House Publishing with enthusiasm and determination to succeed. As he settles into his new role, makes new friends, and dreams of making it to the top, everything is going to plan.
Until he meets James Holden, CEO of Holden House.
James Holden hasn’t been able to stop thinking about his encounter with the timid man he met in a club bathroom last week, and when he discovers the one haunting his dreams is an employee, he can’t seem to stop himself from pursuing him.
Just a little fun – that’s what James tells himself. He can’t afford to care for someone who can never reciprocate, not once they find out who he really is. James believes nobody deserves the burden of being attached to him. He’s a complicated man. Damaged. Difficult. Demanding.
Is Theodore strong enough to confront James’ demons? More importantly, is James?
v (M/M romance. Not suitable for readers under 18 years of age due to language and sexual content. ***Please note*** This book contains scenes of self-harm, mental illness and suicidal ideation which may be uncomfortable for some readers.)
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Review: It is not often that a book makes me hold my breath. This is one.
James and Theo were supposed to be a hook-up. Well, at least as far as James was concerned. Theo doesn’t do hook-ups, but sexy James kinda charmed him onto the dark side.
So, when Theo finds out that his Friday night hook-up is his Monday morning boss, I was expecting a nice little predictable read.
Man, was I wrong.
Broken is anything but predictable.
This is James’ story. The POVs shift between the two, so the reader gets a really complete picture of their journey. And as much as I enjoyed and sympathized with Theo, it was those times when I was inside James’ head that said breath holding took place. His pain is tangible on so many levels. I literally ached for him.
I really appreciated the lack of “love will conquer all bullshit” that sometimes slips into stories that deal with mental health issues.
I also appreciated that while James saw himself as broken, Theo never did.
Anyhoo, in the midst of all that angst, Nicola slipped in so really steamy lovin’, a kickass best friend, and a couple of big brothers that absolutely rocked.
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *
Title: Being Sawyer Knight Series: N/A Author: Nicola Haken Genre: Contemporary/Musician Length: Novel (317 pages) ISBN: B00KLF2DUO Publisher: Nicola Haken (May 27th, 2014) Heat Level: Moderate Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts Blurb: As lead singer and guitarist of the internationally renowned Souls of the Knight, Sawyer Knight is living a life most men can only dream of. He’s surrounded by music, fame, wealth, women throwing themselves at his feet. He has everything…
Yet he has nothing.
Life as one of the world’s most sought after rock stars is tiring, oppressive and lonely. He spends every day being who the world wants him to be, who his manager tells him to be, who his mother expects him to be… all the while fighting against who he really is. Truth is, he’s used to it. He’s actually gotten pretty good at pretending… at living the lie.
Until Jake Reed, his ex-best friend and the only person who’s ever made him ‘feel’, waltzes back into his life as the band’s new head of security. Jake wants Sawyer – always has, always will. Now, he just needs to get Sawyer to admit that he feels the same…
“You will be mine, Sawyer Knight. The faster you try to run the quicker you’ll fall to your knees. Then, Sawyer… then you’ll be too weak to resist.”
(This is an M/M romance that is not recommended for under 18’s due to adult language and explicit sexual situations)
Product Link: http://www.amazon.com/Being-Sawyer-Knight-Nicola-Haken-ebook/dp/B00KLF2DUO Reviewer: Tootsie Review: What a refreshing and enjoyable read. I was glued to the pages from Chapter 1 and barely looked up until the end. Nicola Haken is a new author for me, but knowing what I know now, that will no longer be the case. I will be searching for everything she has. Be sure and read her “About the Author” pages at the end of the story. She is incredibly funny, witty, and someone you would definitely want as a friend. Being Sawyer Knight is a fun, light-hearted (most of the time) sexy novel that anyone loving the m/m genre should fully embrace. Let me introduce you to the guys:
First up, we have the amazing Sawyer Knight. Yep, the main character, and what a character he is. Among his many good qualities, he is also an incredible musician and singer-songwriter that has him and his band touring all over the world. Usually a girl, or two, left behind at every stop along the way. Sawyer left home the minute he was able, leaving behind a mother who was more concerned what the church would think and an abusive stepfather, who was only after what fame and fortune Sawyer’s musical capabilities would bring. Turned his back on his best friend, the only person who ever knew him inside and out, after a huge disagreement. For 10 years, they’ve had no contact, but the memories are always present. He carries a hole in his heart from walking away and not talking it out.
his is a good place to bring in Jake. Jake Reed, bodyguard and one-time best friend to Sawyer Knight. Jake is gay and was, and still is, in love with Sawyer. In high school, not knowing what else to do, for fear of losing him and never telling him of his feelings, he kisses Sawyer. Bad move on Jake’s part as it caused hard feelings, misunderstandings, and abandonment of his best friend. Now 10 years later, Jake will be working with Sawyer as his full-time bodyguard. Other than his safety, his main goal is to win Sawyer back, not only as his friend, but also as his lover. Jake knew when they were in high school that Sawyer was not 100% straight. Now he just has to prove it to Sawyer and get him to believe in their connection.
It turns out it’s not as hard as he thought it would be to convince Sawyer. One kiss and a lot of determination soon have Sawyer seeing Jake as more than just a friend. Their chemistry is explosive, their connection, magnetic. Sawyer may be a virgin when it comes to loving another man, but he catches on quickly. He wants Jake just as desperately and shows him frequently. Will he be able to tell his band mates about their relationship? What about his mother, who lives and breathes for the church? Jake is only sure about one thing…..He loves Sawyer and he will never walk away or allow Sawyer to walk away again.
Nicola Haken has written a beautiful love story with strong characters despite their differences. There are several key players within the context of story that are just as strong and very prevalent to the growth and development of the plot. Elle, which is Sawyer’s best friend and ally, brings definition to the story with her easygoing attitude, willingness to be a good listener and/or sounding board for Sawyer. The author shows us that communication is usually the best policy, and she utilizes this belief early on. I like the way Ms. Haken allows each character to find their own truth, what works for them, and at the pace they need. She throws in elements of surprise that will have you holding your breath one minute, and spiking your heart rate the next.
Sawyer has many concerns, mainly people finding out about Jake, but the author doesn’t dwell on that. She continually keeps pushing forward giving you, the reader, a sexy, fast-paced, fun-filled story. If you haven’t downloaded your copy yet, don’t wait any longer. This story will hold a place within that will have you wanting to read again and again. Bonus at the end, thank you Nicola for that, we get a hint as to who the next story will be about. I will be ready to one-click for the next story with glee and anticipation.