Title: Who We Are
Author: Nicola Haken
Release Date: 13th March, 2017
Genre: M/M / Contemporary Romance
Cover designer: Jay Aheer
Since putting his life on hold ten years ago, Oliver Clayton doesn’t know who he is anymore. To his clients at the hair salon, he’s the sassy and confident stylist. To the crowds who come to watch his drag act at the club, he’s the fierce and fabulous Miss Tique. He’s popular. Talented. Out, proud, and self-assured.
He’s also a good actor.
Sebastian Day is content with life’s easy, if not a little monotonous, routine. After several failed relationships, he likes the simplicity of being alone in his truck at his job as a heavy goods driver, spending the weekends with his teenage son, and putting the world to rights with his cat, Marv. He’s not lonely. He isn’t hiding.
At least…he doesn’t think he is until he meets the mesmerising stranger with the red hair and purple lips.
Can Oliver and Sebastian help each other embrace who they are? Or will a cruel twist of fate end their journey before it’s even begun?
What Others Are Saying…
Angie at Wicked Reads ~ “Very heartwarming story, the banter between these guys is so sweet. I can’t say enough about this book to do it justice, just read it, you will love it.”
Beverly at Southern Babes Book Blog ~ “Sebastian and Oliver’s story is beautiful and heartbreaking… These two amazing men are trying to figure out who they really are and together they figure out that they can do anything.”
Jodi at Alpha Book Club ~ “Oliver’s story will make you cry and stand up and cheer for how strong of a human being he is… Loved this story and would recommend to anyone.”
MJ at Alixzia Reading Corner ~ “I ache and bleed with this book for every page turned! Highly recommend!”
Deanna at Two Chicks Obsessed ~ “This might be my new favorite Nicola Haken book. Broken nearly broke me, thus becoming my favorite; but this one left me far more emotional and thoughtful. I think it’s taken the crown.”
Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse
I have to confess that I am a total book cover snob and if there were ever one which caught my attention more, this has to be it. What I did take little notice of was the blurb. Going in blind was the best thing I could have done and only after reading a couple of chapters was when I realised how fitting the title is for such a compelling love story. Goodness me, what a way to pop my Haken cherry! I was literally at a loss for words when I started to read the Northern English lingo perfectly construed and easily understood. Seeing as I’m an Essex gal, I really appreciate certain peculiarities in Brit slang. It is so diverse from one county to another, but at the same time, so very charming. The author has gone to a lot of trouble to make the reader’s able to decipher every meaning.
“Chill, Olli. It’s just messin’ around init.”
This story literally knocked me backwards, turned my insides out and left me with a feeling of devastation. But at the same time, the protagonists fight to overcome their problems gave me hope. Hope which I grabbed at like I’ve never done before in book of this genre. Never did I expect to meet such heartfelt characters who were for me, so damn real. I hung onto their every nuance, their every feeling. Yep, reading Oliver and Sebastian’s story literally did me in! And did I expect their story to take such a turn however harsh it was? Never in a million years!
“Everything you’ve told me is a big deal, and I’m here to share the big deals.”
How on earth could I have not fallen head over heels for Oliver! 10 % into the book and I’d learnt a lot about him. Hardworking and responsible, it saddened me to discover how he’d been able overcome ten years of sufferance from such a young age. Saying that, he never gave me reason to doubt his inner-strength. His inbred style, his uncomplaining persona and generous spirit touched my heart. Proud—he is. Never wanting anyone’s pity, he would have liked things to be better; nonetheless, troubled waters are calmed to the best of his abilities regardless of his constant worrying for others.
“Are you flirting with me?”
“Is it working?”
Now then, the build-up in this book was steadily paced and the foundation of the storyline perfectly set. Everything seemed to be well marked out; but even so, something was niggling me in the background and I couldn’t for the life of me put my finger on it. I knew what an incredible person Oliver was and I really liked Sebastian’s dry wit and him making fun of his new friend had me in fits of laughter. What a couple of flirts! How Sebastian accepts his attraction for Oliver was for me, worthily magnified. I loved their sexual identity discussions, their frankness, their misunderstandings and their life’s everyday hitches. I wasn’t unduly concerned since whatever seemed to be thrown at them, solutions were discussed on a mature level. Just over halfway into the book, I had been lulled into false sense of security. What happens from here on is for the future reader to find out. Hmm… a man-sized hanky might not be a bad idea to have nearby says she who needed one! I will say the author’s character development is par excellent. Both the leading men have feelings for each other on the border of obsession… even I became obsessed with these two sensitive guys! Until I really got to know how they’d work it all out, was when I realised two people could never love as hard as they did.
“I’m scared too,” “But I’ve got you Olli. I’ve got you.”
Apart from the playful banter and lovable secondary characters, I have to mention Seb’s pet. It drove as mad as it did its owner. Maybe a tad too much! In fact, I could have done without this creature’s outlandish behaviour and that is coming from a person who adores animals! To sum up, this book has to be read! Bravo Ms Haken for your heart-warming offering. Looking forward to reading more of your books. Bravo!
“Ah, that hurts, Oliver. You only want me for my beans?”
“Nah, I’m more of a spaghetti hoops kinda guy.”
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