Monday, May 6, 2013

ARC Review & Early Release—Lash by L.G. Castillo

by L.G. Castillo
Book #1 of the Broken Angel Trilogy
Publication: May 6th 2013 May 1st 2013
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance

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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.

Lash  folds together redemption and human/angel Romance. Lahash (or Lash), a Seraph assigned to protecting humans, makes a grave mistake when he shows human compassion: He saves someone who shouldn't have been saved. While his heart was in a good place, he's banished from Heaven for it. He spirals downward from there, with drugs and sex. A more disrespectful mouth when it comes to authority, too. He's broken, away from home. But if he wants to return after thirty-five years, he must be tested, and it's a battle between will and willfulness, to mean  good or do  good.

I love how Lash isn't exactly the typical bad boy or broken angel. He's inherently good. He means well (usually). It just leads him to make bad choices, which makes him more human and lovable. What I love even more is that while they're bad choices, they're not necessarily wrong  ones. His new assignment is to protect Naomi, and though he doesn't always succeed, it leads to better things, for him and everyone else.

It's with his atypical imperfections that L.G. Castillo did a fantastic job on the timeless theme of good vs. evil, Heaven vs. Hell, free will vs. fate, mixed with Romance. He's not the hero in a traditional sense or even the average Paranormal Romance, and his struggle to be so intertwines with his decision between Heaven and Naomi so perfectly that they become one and the same. He has to learn not only to obey but also understand that love means having trust and faith—both ways.

Add a strong cast of characters with wonderful familial bonds, as well as their own twists and issues, plus the fact that Naomi is as willful as Lash is, and Lash  was intricate and fun. All the secondary characters and interaction was fresh and genuine. They made me smile and laugh and become even more curious what will happen to them. The connection between Lash and Naomi developed naturally. I really appreciated how it didn't overshadow the plot, and the sex was sensual and tastefully done. I also liked the spin on the angels and their world.

I'm looking forward to the rest of the Broken Angel Trilogy. I enjoy reading about characters needing to be saved along with doing the saving. I'm hoping a certain someone in the series will be, in the end. There's hope for the supposed villain, and there's nothing I love more than that. What's more, this book could stand alone even though it's part of a series. L.G. Castillo tied off story threads nicely while still leaving enough depth and intrigue for more. If you're a fan of well-written novels revolving around angels, with a good deal of action and heart-warming laughs, I encourage you to read Lash.

eARC provided by L.G. Castillo in exchange for an honest review.
Thank you!

L.G. Castillo

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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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