Thursday, June 12, 2014

Lash (Broken Angel #1) by L. G. Castillo

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 faith in herself. 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.

First line:
Lash peered at the arrivals bored, confused, his hazel eyes scanning the list of flights going in and out of the Houston airport.
Review copy from author
4 motorcycles out of 5 
The book begins with Lash going on a mission to save an 8-year-old boy on an airplane. Lash sees the girl next to the boy being kind and gentle, and Lash saves her against orders. Thus, Lash is banished from Heaven. For thirty plus years, Lash wanders the earth, bitter and indulging in sinful things such as sex and drugs. But he's given a mission, that should he complete it successfully, could return him home.

Naomi lost her mother a few years ago. Her family is extremely poor. They struggle to pay bills and save every penny. Naomi is hoping to help her grandmother out with the business degree she just earned. She's feisty, strong, and independent. She struggles to let anyone do anything for her, particularly Lash. Watching them fall in love was interesting. They both pushed their feelings away, refusing to acknowledge them. Particularly Lash, as he must choose between Naomi and returning home to heaven.

I must say, Welita, Naomi's grandmother, and Bear, Welita's chihuahua, stole the show. Welita is funny, sharp, and intuitive. Bear is a itsy bitsy dog who thinks he's a guard dog. They both provided plenty of entertainment throughout the novel.

I really hope the sequel delves into the relationships in this book. Luke and Jane's; Lash and Jeremy's; Rebecca and Raphael's. There's so much that I need to know!! I can't wait to learn more in the sequel!

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