Title: Welcome to Crash
Author: Lina Langley
Release Date: September 12, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 226 pages
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
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.
This one just wasn’t for me.
I don’t know if it was because I didn’t like Damien or if it was because I didn’t like the way it ended. I just don’t know all the way around. After all was said and done, this book did nothing for me whatsoever. I liked the plot. And I can’t really say much about it without giving away a lot of things that should be discovered while reading, so I won’t. I did, I liked the plot. I liked Levi and I really liked John. I liked all the individual pieces and parts, it just didn’t come together for me.
I understood what Damien was going through. His circumstances were difficult and he was young and kind of stupid, but that’s true of a lot of people at his age. I didn’t really mind the love triangle thing or the cheating thing (which can be inferred from the blurb) because, in this case, there were reasons why, in time and space, it didn’t really matter other than to add to Damien’s confusion and make him do, well … dumb shit that hurt both him and other people.
I’m thinking and writing at the same time, hoping I’ll list some of this stuff out and figure out why I didn’t like this book or what it was about it I didn’t like, but I’m coming up blank. I missed out on an HFN or HEA for sure. That’s one reason. As for the rest, I think I just failed to connect to the main character. I’ll let other readers be the judge as far as whether or not that’s a ‘me’ problem or if it was some deficit in the writing along the way. There’s truly not anything I can point to that indicated in any way at all that the author didn’t tell us a good story. I think I’m just not the person to appreciate this one.
Sorry if that wasn’t helpful. Give it a shot. If you like interesting plot twists and a lot of angst, a kind of coming-of-age story about an irresponsible young man experiencing some growth and learning to be a better person, then this one is for you. As far as steam or chemistry or the ending or editing or anything else is concerned. It was all-around mediocre. You may feel differently.