Thursday, October 5, 2017

Welcome to Crash by Lina Langley


At first, Damien feels lucky to land a job at an influential art studio, but it soon becomes obvious that something’s not right. His gorgeous boss, John, is interested, and he’d be the perfect man for Damien—if Damien wasn’t already in a relationship. It isn’t long before Damien is at the center of a love triangle, forced to choose between hot, punk John and his secret affair with his professor, Levi. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, because something impossible is happening to Damien—and it’s having a drastic effect on his health as well as his perception of reality.

Each time Damien goes to work, things grow more bizarre, starting with Sam—an artist who has been dead for years and now somehow… isn’t. Damien’s unusual circumstances also free him from the restrictions of monogamy—or so he thinks. Levi, who cannot believe Damien’s claims, fears for his sanity. John also has strong doubts when Damien reveals knowledge of a catastrophic event looming in John’s future. Whether the men he loves believe his wild claims or not, neither can deny Damien is languishing, and if they cannot save him, he’ll be lost. More importantly, they must convince Damien to save himself.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Sarah☆☆☆☆
3.5 stars

So, I kinda like that it took me way too long to figure out what was going on in this book. At the start, the pieces were intriguing – Damien is an art student who lands an amazing job at a famous studio. He is already in a secretive relationship of sorts with his professor and he has a pretty serious medical condition that he doesn’t mention until it’s a bit late. As bizarre and confusing as Damien’s life seems, I enjoyed my confusion and I enjoyed teasing apart the puzzle of his life.

It took a while (and far too many clues) before I actually understood what was going on. However, with so much happening in the story, I think that the main characters end up disappointingly underdeveloped. John and Levi are blurry and not fully dynamic characters. As a person, even Damien remains a bit of a mystery. We follow his adventures but I’m not sure I understood his motivations or his emotions.

I usually expect romance from Dreamspinner Press but this isn’t really a romance. Traditional romance fans will be upset with Damien cheating on his boyfriend. And while the story tracks Damien’s relationships with both Levi and John, neither relationship is terribly romantic and the book doesn’t provide a traditional happily ever after or even a happy for now. I personally enjoy writing that plays with traditional romance norms but this really won’t suit everyone. Similarly, the paranormal elements of this story won’t work for every reader but they did keep my interest.

I’m still not sure whether I enjoyed this book or not. It caught my attention and my imagination. I enjoyed the puzzle of Damien’s life. I do wish more time had been spent developing characters and relationships that felt a little bit more real.



LINA LANGLEY is a first-generation immigrant. She currently lives in sunny Florida and spends her time slashing hot strangers while getting coffee.

Her past is haunted by spies, thieves, tyrants, and murderers. A resident of the world, she’s lived on three different continents. She first saw a radiator when she was twenty-two years old, and one time she followed a cat instead of going to a house party.

She likes to read, watch TV, and play video games when she’s not developing them. The rest of her free time is spent recreating her own characters in The Sims and hoping that people don’t look at the back end of her games.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Welcome to Crash by Lina Langley to read and review.

6 comments:

  1. I don't particulary like love triangles I feel there is always someone who could get hurt.

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  2. At the moment I don't remember any title but I do enjoy them. I liked them from the time I read only YA series.

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  3. I don't really like love triangles.

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  4. I'm not big on love triangles depending on the circumstances.

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  5. Not a huge fan of love triangles so the only one I can think of enjoying was Joey, Pacey and Dawson on "Dawson's Creek", lol.

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