Reviewed by Amber
TITLE: Who We Are
AUTHOR: Nicola Haken
PUBLISHER: Self Pub
LENGTH: 271 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 9th, 2017
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?
I should be use to how this author makes me feel but I’m not. I never am. She puts so much feeling into every word she writes you can’t help but be swept away in the emotional journey of all her stories. Who We Are is a journey…it’s a story, yes but it’s an epic journey of hope, loss, love, new beginnings, and happy endings. You feel every moment with these characters and you can’t help but fall in love with their story.
Oliver hasn’t had it easy. Growing up he was picked on as he became an adult Ollie realized he was going to live his life for himself and no one else. That is until his mum passes away and he becomes sole guardian of his 4 year old brother, Tyler. Flash-forward a few years Ollie has done the best he can. Tyler is an angsty teenager and Ollie is doing what he loves, hair and drag performances. What he doesn’t plan on is love finding him.
Sebastian is happy with life. Co-parenting his teenage son Scott, driving his truck, and hanging out with his friends when he cans leaves Seb happy, but lonely too. Being bisexual hasn’t been easy on Seb. But it’s who he is and he doesn’t want to change.
Out on the town Seb and Ollie meet and the attraction between them is instantaneous. Both men have a lot going on but they can’t deny the emotions they feel towards each other. Both men work at being together and integrating their lives. They know what they found together is special and fragile.
When the worst happens Seb and Ollie rely heavily on each other which helps to build and strengthen their foundation and connection.
This was a true love story. This was the unconditional, no matter what kind of love and I adored it. The writing, the characters, the plot…everything, absolutely everything worked here.