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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 ...more
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Published September 12th 2017 by DSP Publications
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James
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It’s always a gamble when you read a book that might be a bit outside your normal genres, but that wasn’t the case with Lina’s Welcome to Crash. I’ve started reading more in the spec fiction realm, choosing this book based on the cover and a few recommendations from others. I was intrigued by the premise, uncertain how much paranormal, science fiction or fantasy would actually be in it. In the end, that wasn’t the primary point of the story; those elements simply added stronger
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Jovan
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by the author.

2.5


This was a coming-of-age tale about being in your early twenties, which for some is a confusing and contradictory time, being an adult, but not quite and Damien epitomizes some of the hardest characteristics of being that age—the self absorption, self doubt and lack of personal accountability to name a few. Damien is involved with his former professor, Levi, a man he pursued with all the confidence of an equal, yet once they
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J.P. Jackson
3.75 Stars

About half way through this book I knew I was going to have a hard time writing a review for this.
The story is extremely well written, and the author wrote it in first person present tense, which is something I've always struggled writing...and yet, the novel unfolded beautifully.

I was also pleasantly surprised at the paranormal vein in this - as I truly wasn't expecting it. And throughout the entire book (until the very end) the reader is left wondering...is it happening, or is it all
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J.C. Long
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Damien, Levi, John...I love the guys in this story. Lina Langley was able to make me read and enjoy a trope I usually don't like at all--the love triangle. And she accomplishes this by making each and every character unique and alive. I felt like these were very real people on the page in front of me, people that I came to care a lot about. The second key to making me like this book was the plot. It's outstanding. I've rarely read a first time author who doesn't miss a single beat. It's vivid ...more
CrabbyPatty
I rarely DNF a book, but .... reading this book was a struggle. I just didn't care about any of the characters and while I appreciated the twist in the story, it wasn't enough to grab my attention.
Jayne
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was gifted an ARC of this book for an honest and fair review.

No doubt the M/M romance fascists will get their panties in a knot over this one, featuring as it does a man caught between two lovers, a scenario in which the ending will always be bittersweet.

Yes, hunties, the main character CHEATS on his boyfriend. Get over it and move on, because this is a wondrous treat, an effortless read that I couldn’t wait to get back to. I read it over the course of three evenings, and was immediately in
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Chasia Lloyd
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a really eerie and intriguing read. The book opens with an unsettling vibe but you can't quite pinpoint why... I was really fascinated with it from the start.

Welcome to Crash is not just a creepy spec fic, though. It's also a messy book that explores what constitutes as cheating in a non-monogamous relationship and shows how a relationship's boundaries change. This book is definitely not for everyone, but those who like a MC who constantly knows he's fucking up will enjoy it.

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Rita
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reviewed for Just Love

JOHN 4EVA!

Well this was a pleasant surprise. I was intrigued when I first read the blurb but I didn’t know what to expect since Langley is a new-to-me author. I really liked the premise of this novel and I’m in love with that cover. I found it to be unique and fresh but…not a romance. The romantic in me kept looking for signs of who protagonist Damien was going to choose but this book isn’t really about that.

Damien is a young man who doesn’t quite know what he wants from
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Karen Lane
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's hard to give a description of a book and it's storyline, when it's based on twists and turns and to do so would certainly spoil the plot, but I'll give it a shot. This is a strange love triangle, and Damien is in the centre of it. He is young so I suppose for that reason you can excuse his bad behaviour, but not all of it. Crash is a place, not a person, and that's where Damien meets John, a straight man, and his boss, Levi is hiding his relationship from the world because he is Damiens ...more
Sarah
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars - I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

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
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Milly Molly
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
What an intriguing read this was, I was captured from the start. It's a book best enjoyed without knowing too much about it so the twists and turns of the story can unfold. I really liked the main characters Damien, John and Levi, they were all very different and I enjoyed getting to know them as they gradually revealed their vulnerabilities, I became quite invested in them.
I kept changing my mind about which way I wanted the story to go but I was very happy with the final outcome.
Rob Browatzke
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book - and you will too! I'm going to keep this review vague because I don't want to spoiler anything but I just got sucked into Damien's life, and couldn't put it down. I've read many a love triangle in my day (and lived a few!) but this one was unique, real, and sexy!
Kristen Burns
3.5 Stars

Review:
*I received an ecopy of this book from the publisher. This has not influenced my review.*

*Note: If you're one of those people who likes going into books completely blind, maybe don't read this. Otherwise, I've hidden all the things that are actual spoilers.*

I'm gonna keep this review simple and go with some lists. You can't go wrong with lists.

Things I Liked:

- The premise was intriguing. I normally avoid time travel books, but this one just sounded good, and my favorite thing for
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Lisa The Novel Approach
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
~ 3.5 Stars ~

Welcome to Crash is the intriguing coming-of-age tale of a twenty-something, Damien. I can appreciate the realness of Damien’s character, and overall, he was exceptionally well-written. I liked him, but at the same time he drove me crazy because he was just dang self-absorbed. I won’t lie, there were times it got on my nerves, and I wanted to yell at him for being such a jerk. I totally disagreed with his decisions and choices on many occasions, which were made irresponsibly and
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Joyfully Jay
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

4 stars


Wow. This is a really hard book to review because there is so much spoilerific stuff here, I am having a hard time talking about it without ruining the suspense of what is really going on. So I am going to keep this review spoiler free and get at the meat of things without revealing too much.

Ok, so first off, I will admit things start off slow here. The story is told in first person, present tense POV, which I think is absolutely the right choice for this book. We
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Serena Yates
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Ivy
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, mm, romance-mm
Full review at :
https://optimumm.blog/2017/09/12/review-welcome-to-crash-by-lina-langley/

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Damien is a student in art looking for a summer job. He’s hired to Crash one of the most famous art studios in the city. He’s also in a complicated relationship with his professor Levi.

At his first day, he meets John, his boss. Stunning, sexy man. Damien, even if he’s in a relationship with Levi, is attracted to John.
Damien suspected something was wrong with his job and his boss, and more, when he realised
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Fatima Stephens
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Once again, Ms. Langley brings us an engaging and fully realized character. His voice brings life to what might be considered hum drum things, but there isn't any hum drum here. You're instantly thrust into Damien and his life, and his partner, Levi. It seemed many people didn't have a team, but I was Team Levi until the actual end
.. but I won't spoil that. Levi is exactly what he needs; someone stable and level headed enough to balance his often groan-worthy internal monologues. That element
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Natosha Wilson
Sep 09, 2017 rated it liked it
I hate to say this because I was so looking forward to reading this book but in being honest, I really did not enjoy this book as much as I had hoped too. The first half of the book was ok. I did not have any issues with anything going on but then the book took a turn for the weird side. It really through me off the way the book suddenly shifted in a different direction and then I just could not get my groove of reading it back on again.

Damien reminds me of one of those people that always goes
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Lee Welch
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable and compelling read. It’s more romance (or love triangle) than sci fi, but that was fine with me. I prefer sci fi/fantasy like this book that focuses more on characters’ reactions to unusual situations, and less on the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of the unusual situation. The writing was confident, well-observed and often funny. I had to stop reading to run an errand at one point, and I was keen to get back to it to see how it ended. The characters were believable and interesting, and the ...more
Light
3.5 / 5 Stars

Well, this is going to be a difficult book to review. For starters, I liked it some parts and kept reading because I wanted to know what was really going on. I can't say exactly what because that would spoil the story but it was the most interesting thing. On the other hand, as much as I liked that line of plot, I didn't really care about the characters (Levi and John) as we barely get to know them and although Damien shows a lot of himself, he wasn't my favorite character either.

My
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Caydenspia
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I did not know anything about the book other than it was M/M, so I had no expectation whatsoever. Wow! What a ride. I generally like to have a clear understanding of characters motivations when I read. That being said, there was No way I knew what was going to happen next. It kept me engaged and guessing. I really liked the story even though it did not have what I consider a HEA. it was more of a HFN ending. I enjoyed the book and recommend it.
Laurie
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really 3.5 stars

I’m still not sure how I feel about this book, don’t know if I liked it or not. It wasn’t a traditional romance for me, it barely rates as a romance in my opinion. It took me more chapters than I feel it should have for me to be invested in the story. It’s also a trope, cheating or caught in the middle of a love triangle, that I don’t enjoy reading. That being said, how much it’s cheating is open to debate since I was never sure that Damien and Levi had ever set boundaries or
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Ty
Sep 12, 2017 added it
What a rollercoaster. This is a story that you really feel the grasp of. It holds you down and leaves you there. Then you start to like it. It lets you stay the night, then leaves you in the rain. In the end, you're exaughsted, confused, hopeful, and somehow content. When gazing at this world through the terribly stressed eyes of an over-worked intern and his complex love-life, you feel every bump down the road. From the first two pages you will be hooked, and even if you feel like looking away, ...more
Elaine Gray
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book. I have read several of this artist books and I have enjoyed all of them. I still don't know about the time traveling at first but after a while it started to make since to me. I looking forward to her next book.
Holly
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ok not so good at reviews, but how hard is to say how much you like a book, lol so here I go. Do I think you should read this book hell yeah do you like time travel romance the this is the book i love Damien, I think you will to. Not going to give away the book but this is a must read.
C.L.
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

This one is so hard to review because almost anything I say about the story will be a spoiler but I'm going to try.

I really liked this book but had a hard time getting into this story at the beginning because first, it's written in present tense which is probably my least favorite of the tenses and second, the writing style took some getting used to. I'm glad I stuck with it though because the story was excellent.

Damien, the main character of the story, is a college student who's dating
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Lawrence
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
At first I was very frustrated with the lead. I thought he was selfish and immature.

I read the book in one night. Less then half way through, when I realized I'd been completely taken in by this world, I also realized that the lead Damien is wonderful because he's human. He's wonderfully human and exactly what he is. A twenty-something learning the ways of adulthood (in a very unconventional way). His scenes of lust and love are sexy but also sincere. Because he is a kid, basically. And he is
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Elliot Cooper
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy, queer
I want to hack a star off this because I don't want to like the ending or the fact that Langley sucked me into a love triangle. But I can't, because I enjoyed the shit out of this and it's just amazing storytelling. I've never read anything this long in 1st present, but it worked. It couldn't be any other POV, and Damien's voice is so earnest and real and young and stupidly unaware of himself or his place in the world. I love it. I probably over-identified with Damien (a la a younger me who had ...more
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