Book Reviews

Welcome to Crash by Lina Langley at DSP Publications

Genre Gay / Science Fiction / Paranormal / Time Travel / Future Earth / Psychic Powers / Multiple Partners / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 12-September-2017

Book Blurb

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.

 

Book Review

Even though this novel is labeled as a work of science fiction by the publisher – which is one of the reasons I was interested - it is by no means immediately obvious why and how this story is part of that genre. I kept looking for hints, and soon discovered a few “abnormalities”, but it took me a lot longer to begin to understand what in the world was going on. The strangeness permeates most of the story, and I found the whole setup and the slow reveal fascinating. As for the characters: they are complicated, fascinating, sometimes annoying, and kept me guessing (especially Damien) as to whether they would ever learn from their experiences.

Damien is a handful! On the surface, he is a student who is only just figuring out what he wants from life. He is in love (or maybe lust) with his professor, Levi, who wants to keep their relationship a secret. Damien’s new job at Crash (an art studio) leads to all kinds of discoveries and issues – and Damien cheating on Levi is one of them. Normally I hate that in a story, but people do make mistakes, and it fits with Damien’s not-so-mature personality really well. Damien, after all, is selfish, self-centered, focused on only himself, very impulsive, and… I could go on. He does learn a few things, but probably not as fast as I would have liked him to. Not that this matters – Damien is who he is, and the author made me deal with that in a good way.

The other characters at the art studio – from the mysterious and supposedly dead Sam to Damien’s boss, John – are fascinating men in their own right. Levi, the aloof professor, has his own weaknesses, but he is probably the most mature of the whole bunch. While I didn’t like his secretive way of dealing with Damien, I could see where he was coming from – I just wished he’d been more honest and had shown more self-discipline.

Be warned - this is a complicated novel with challenging characters, so if you’re not ready for a few surprises, you might be better off staying away from this book. If, on the other hand, you are ready for an adventure and enjoy hearing from a flawed human who struggles with growing up (even though he is physically mature), then you might just find this to be an entertaining tale. It certainly kept me guessing, and added to the fact that the main characters have to “work” for their happy ending, it makes for an unusual, exciting journey.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 214 pages/70032 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 12-September-2017
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
Buy Link https://www.dsppublications.com/books/welcome-to-crash-by-lina-langley-410-b