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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.
Naomi Duran has lost the people that mean the most to her – First her mother and now her beloved father. She doesn’t see any point in going on with her life the way it is and is determined to end it all. When she wakes up she finds that the most beautiful boy she has ever seen is now her constant companion. He always seems to be around to protect her from an unseen force that wants her dead. But in the process of running for her life, she loses her heart.
“He’d been on lots of assignments where he had to watch people struggle with grief, but there was something about Naomi that touched him. She was like a wild bird, full of life and fire, that had her wings clipped, no longer able to fly. The girl he first saw ceased to exist.”
Lash has been Earthbound for thirty-five years, so he knows all about the empty pleasures of the flesh. So when he is presented with a chance to earn his way back into heaven, he gladly takes it. He soon realizes that the girl he is supposed to protect is the only girl that he could ever love. What aren’t the other angels telling him about Naomi and how can he bring himself to walk away from her when it’s all over?
“Her eyes locked with his and in that one moment they were suspended in time. There were no rules, there were no goodbyes; it was only the two of them in their own personal Heaven.”
Lash is a fresh new take on the angel genre. Lahash (Lash) is both charmingly imperfect and beautifully broken. Naomi is overtaken by her sadness and yet still so strong. It is the dichotomy between perfection and imperfection that makes the book compelling and a great read. The ending took me by surprise and I don’t know where L.G. Castillo will take the series from here but I am so going along for the ride.