Book Review: Welcome to Crash by Lina Langley

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I read a book from a new genre for me this week: a combination spec fiction with male for male romance and some sci-fi / fantasy elements. It was quite good and I enjoyed both her writing style and her voice. Stay tuned for a profile on the wonderful Lina Langley in a couple of weeks… thought I’d share the review now to give you a heads up and gain interest for Author Alert Fridays! Check out my review below or on Goodreads.

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Book Review
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 Langley’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 layers and dimensions to it.

A young guy, Damien, struggles to make a relationship work with his hesitant boyfriend, uncertain if they will end up building something together or splitting apart due to outside circumstances. When he meets a stranger at his job interview, Damien’s thrown off his game, quite smitten, but also confused by John’s style, persona and level of interest. Damien will soon find out as he tries to balance being utterly honest with his boyfriend, Levi, and the growing attraction he has to John.

Just when you think you have it all figured out, the story takes a subtle, then giant, shift away from traditional romance to push you into realizing something different is going on… but readers don’t know at first. Damien suffers from some medical issues, is distant from his family and can’t decide what he wants to do with his life. The book is about his struggle to get through college, become an adult and find love; however, too many forces pull him apart until he has to make a decision about what he really wants for himself and in a potential boyfriend.

This is a psychological book – one where love and desire intermingle with need and reality. Characters are well-drawn; once you know the issues keeping Damien and Levi from truly being together, you recognize why it will be difficult and why Damien looks elsewhere. The writing is direct and clear; dialogue feels realistic and the story keeps you guessing throughout each chapter.
I enjoyed it and will be picking up another of the author’s books to try in the next few weeks.

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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12 thoughts on “Book Review: Welcome to Crash by Lina Langley

    BrizzleLass said:
    October 17, 2017 at 1:06 PM

    Ohhhhh this sounds good! I’m definitely putting this on my giant TBR! God bless when I will have time to read it but it will happen!

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    Mischenko said:
    October 20, 2017 at 10:08 AM

    Sounds like a good one. ❤ I must say, I love the cover for sure! 🙂

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      October 20, 2017 at 10:10 AM

      Yes, and she’s a really fun writer. We chat on Facebook from time to time. She has a bunch of other books out.

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    […] I am pleased to present the very talented Lina Langley. Lina and I met about one year ago when we were reading each other’s draft work. She was helpful with feedback and suggestions on very early versions of my debut novel, which I will always be grateful for. I’ve read one of her more recent novels and can’t wait to jump into more in 2018. You’ll find my review of Welcome to Crash here. […]

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    inspirationpie said:
    December 30, 2017 at 5:20 PM

    Yeah, this one sounds good! Great review, Jay, I’m drawn in, I want to know more about Damien and what is going on with him.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      December 30, 2017 at 5:26 PM

      It’s got a lot of intrigue and guesswork! Hope you enjoy it.

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        inspirationpie said:
        December 30, 2017 at 8:51 PM

        I love that in a story! Nothing like twists and turns and good old intrigue 🙂 Hope you’re doing well and had a wonderful Christmas!

        Jo-Ann

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        December 31, 2017 at 9:20 AM

        I did and am looking forward to 2018. Happy New Year!

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    inspirationpie said:
    December 31, 2017 at 3:35 PM

    Happy New Year to you too, Jay!

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    […] author alerts a few weeks ago was the dynamic and fantastic Lina Langley who published another, Welcome to Crash, last year. Click the links here to see her dedicated author page and my book review. Both were […]

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