Review: Lina Langley – Welcome to Crash

Author: Lina Langley
Reviewer: Sandra
Publisher: DSP Publications
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Summary:

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.

Review:

I am very torn on my feelings about this book. I guess I’ll end up pushing the rating to a 3.5 stars because I was really loving the first 1/4 or so, it’s an interesting idea and had me wondering what was going to happen… but there were a few things that ended up making me like it less.

A main part of that was Damien and Levi. I didn’t know what the F was going on with them. I mistakenly thought this book was a menage, but I quickly realized I had it wrong. So I assumed John was the love interest, and that made sense since Levi was being a total D to Damien. But then the tables turned, and I just wasn’t buying it. There wasn’t chemistry between Damien and Levi.

But I also just didn’t think Damien actually loved him. Damien is the epitome of the song “Love The One You’re With”, because that’s what he does. To me, he and John felt more real, but then I felt like the author kept trying to sell me on he and Levi for some reason. The love triangle was forcedand less an I-love-them-both-equally! as an I-don’t-want-to-be-alone!

Damien would apologize and apologize and apologize to everyone, and most of the time I didn’t think he was in the wrong. Selfish and immature and making poor life decisions, but his life decisions to make. I thought his friends and family were being insane and it all just got really annoying. It didn’t need to be quite so excessive and over the top that there was no dramatic tension because everyone was being an a-hole!

Added to that, when we finally get some sex scenes that aren’t fade to black… either I was over it or they just weren’t all that sexy. Not sure which. BUT… I did still like most of it. I just wish Damien had shown better growth of emotional maturity throughout? And more self-insight near the end? Instead, that was all crammed into the epilogue.

Which, don’t get me wrong, had a smile on my face. Although it was a tad bittersweet, I had been hoping for a different resolution, but it did bring everything full circle. I think epilogues should be ‘extra’ and if the epilogue had been missing from this book, I would have thrown my kindle across the room.

So overall, a good read. Although I found the love triangle tedious, and didn’t like the MC all that much, or one of his love interests… But the huge spoiler that I’m talking my way around kinda makes it all worth it.

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