by L.G. Castillo
Series: Broken Angel #1
Expected Publication: May 6th 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: An advance copy was provided by
the author in exchange for an honest review
Decades after being banished from Heaven for saving a life he shouldn’t have, Lash is given a chance to redeem himself. His mission: protect Naomi Duran, a young woman who has lost her faith. The assignment proves to be anything but simple when his superiors, the Archangels, withhold key information about Naomi and refuse to restore Lash’s powers. When an unexpected source reveals centuries-old secrets, his trust is shaken to the core, and he begins to doubt those whom he had once considered to be his greatest allies.
Determined to avoid anything that would risk his chances of returning to Heaven, Lash struggles with the greatest obstacle of all—his growing feelings for Naomi. But when her life is threatened by an unknown source, Lash questions the wisdom of the Archangels and his ability to keep her safe.
Soon, Lash will have to choose where to place his faith—in the home he has fought so hard to regain or in the forbidden love he can’t bear to lose.
Some people aspire to be writers, so they start writing and end up producing some pretty good work. Others were born to be writers, and when they write the sky opens up and beautiful rainbows appear. I believe that L.G. Castillo evokes rainbows, and she proves it in this impressive debut novel.
From the very first chapter I was completely invested in these characters. Something about that first chapter captivated me to the point that I knew I wouldn’t be turning off my Kindle anytime soon. That first chapter laid the foundation for the rest of the story. Without it, I don’t think I would have felt the vast array of emotions I did while reading this book. It usually takes me a good amount of time to get comfortable with the characters, to truly feel like I know them. That wasn’t the case here. I could hear Anita’s voice in my head while she spoke on the phone. I knew for certain what her voice sounded like.
In the next few chapters Castillo really starts to sink her claws in, and at that point I am certain it will be painful to pull away. Naomi and her family — Welita, Javier and Chuy — really tugged at my heart strings. They are such a loving, devoted family full of culture and laughter and fun; one you want to be a part of. Within just those few chapters I felt as if I knew them, wanted to be a part of their family dynamic. I was falling deeper into the rabbit hole. I knew it was going to be one of those nights. You know what I’m talking about, the nights where you claim to have insomnia, but really you just can’t pull yourself away from the book you’re reading, and you don’t care how many cups of coffee it will take to keep your eyes open the following day.
Lash is our main character, and he is one of those swoon-worthy angels that make you want to sin — a lot. His character development is astounding. So much happens to him throughout this story! By the same token, a great deal is thrown at Naomi. By the time chapter five rolled around I was shifting in my seat, the intensity of the story building at a steady pace. I couldn’t read fast enough! For a moment I wished I was Trinity in The Matrix so I could just yell out, “Read Lash,” and have every morsel consumed within minutes.
Although parts of the story were slightly predictable, there was a twist or two I didn’t see coming at me. At one point I do recall shouting, “No way!” then having to wave my husband and his concerned glances away. I will say that I am not yet sure how I feel about the ending. I loved it and I didn’t. Don’t get me wrong, by the last page the tears were flowing steadily and my husband took full advantage of poking fun at me, but there were certain aspects I didn’t care for. It wasn’t enough to keep me from loving this book, but it was there. Now, I know what you’re thinking — was she crying tears of sorrow, or tears of joy? Sorry, I can’t tell you that. You’ll have to find out for yourselves.
Final thought: Lash is a fantastic debut novel by L.G. Castillo, filled with love, laughter, suspense, and smoking hot angels (yes, more than one!). To anyone that loves the paranormal romance genre, I strongly suggest you add it to your TBR as fast as you can. Castillo is an author you are going to want to keep your eye on. I mean, who doesn’t love rainbows?
About the Author
L.G. (Linda) Castillo wrote her first story when she was ten and has been writing ever since. She took a break from writing fiction and poetry to focus on obtaining her Ph.D. in counseling psychology. She is now a licensed psychologist and currently works as a professor at a Texas university. Although she has published her psychological research in several professional journals and books, her dream is to publish a novel.
It wasn’t until she found the world of fanfiction that she became inspired to write stories again. She uploaded her first fanfiction novel under the pen name Lacrimosa Moon. With the support and encouragement of her readers (and lots and lots of caffeine), she wrote the first book of the Broken Angel trilogy, Lash, during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo 2012).
When she’s not writing, she scours the Internet collecting frequent flyer miles and uses them to travel with her husband throughout Europe.
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