L.G. Castillo has been a friend of mine for some time and when she offered me a review copy of her newly released book, Lash, I jumped at the chance. Her debut novel was released last week and I urge everyone to read the first book in what I know will be a fantastic trilogy. Check out the synopsis, my review and an excerpt from the book.
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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.
Nose in a Book Reviews: Lash
The story revolves around a banished angel, Lash. He made one mistake too many thirty five years ago, and as punishment was sent down to earth to live among the mortals. For all those years he still stood by his last grave error and never really understood his punishment. Not until he meets Naomi, (Spoiler) the daughter of a boy he saved from a plane crash. His last assignment where he not only saved the boy, but another girl who seemed so kind that he couldn’t bear for her to die too. It isn’t until this moment when the pieces of his split second decision really begin to affect the world around him.
Lash really grows as a character through the story. He starts off a bit like a petulant child who evolves into the hero and type of angel he should have always been.
Naomi has always been a strong woman with a mind and opinion of her own, so when she suddenly is thrown into a situation where her life begins to spin out of control, Lash’s presence brings her comfort and a sense of peace she’s only known from her father and grandmother.
Overall, a wonderful debut novel. The story was intriguing and the action, especially the last third, was virtually non-stop. I liked the author’s use of family and while I don’t know much about angelic mythology, I enjoyed her take on it. I’m curious to read the next book to find out more about how things unravel for this group.
I also want to commend Castillo for ending her book properly and while leaving us all wanting to know what happens, doing it without a huge cliffhanger. This is a HUGE pet peeve of mine when I have to wait a year or more to find out if a main character lives or dies. Thanks for tying up the loose ends first and still leaving us wanting more. A difficult skill to master. Bravo.
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 has always been to publish a novel. Lash is her debut novel and was written during the 2012 National Novel Writing Month event.
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