Monday, September 16, 2013

Book Blitz: After the Fall (Broken Angel #2) by L.G. Castillo




After the Fall 
(Broken Angel #2) 

L.G. Castillo 


Published September 15th 2013 

by Author Self Pub 

ARC for review 

**New Adult Paranormal Romance** 

There’s a Spanish proverb that says, “From the thorn and the pain, a flower is born.” Naomi Duran never really understood what that meant until she became an archangel.

Finally reunited with the love of her life, Naomi thought she had everlasting love and happiness in Heaven. Even with the rebellious Lash by her side, she learns that life as an archangel isn’t easy.

When secrets of the past are finally revealed, tempers flare, brother is pitted against brother, and Naomi and Lash face the greatest threat to their relationship: choosing among love, family, or duty.

In the end, can this family of broken angels forgive past mistakes, or will they carry the thorn in their hearts forever, ripping their family apart?









The Way Ria See's It 

After the Fall... After the mother flippin Fall! OMG, I was like giddy countdown delirious for this book! 



I LOOOOOORRRRRVVVEED it! 


BUT… 

It was so SHORT! It was like one sec I was cracking open and then POOF! Donzo! Now what... Now what am I going to do?.. I’ll tell you... WAIT… Yep, nerd girl problem #342. Waiting months for a book to come out to read it in a day. Alas... Come on Broken Angel 3!

A-rdor, in every kiss, in every touch...Their passion is unmatched only a true union could make this bliss more perfect.
F-ather, Raphael has always been a father to Lash. Soon everyone will know how deep their family love runs.
T-raining, Naomi with the help of Gabrielle will train to be the 7th archangel.
E-scape, Naomi has been away from her family for too long with Lash’s and Jeremiel’s help she will find the answers she seeks.
R-esigned, Jane Sutherland has always been guided by Luke Prescott now what he asks of her, will come at a big price.


T-ruth, so much has been kept hidden and so many people have suffered. Lash reveals his greatest skeleton can Naomi forgive his transgression?
H-elp, Naomi’s first assignment is the last she ever expected, but being so close to someone she despised will open her eyes to forgiveness and second chances.
E-mma, it is so hard to see the littles suffer and I breathed an air of relief for Emma. This little angel was an insta-love for me!


F-aith, Welita has always been there for Naomi and she doesn’t plan on stoping anytime soon...Not only does she show Naomi what her path should be, but she touches a soul no one expects.
A-bdication, Jeremiel’s love for Naomi is complex but his love for Lahash is unrelenting. Jeremiel proves to everyone how deep his love runs.
L-ure, she was bait he was the prize... Soon we will know why...
L-ove, though painful and full of secrets, this beautiful family will come together like never before.

OKAY, OKAY so I kinda BALLED there toward the end. ERMERGERSH! Touching stuff like GAhhhh! Here come the water works.. HEY, they were the really pretty tears, you know the ones where your silently and deeply moved…Ya, that was me, then it hit me. “This is almost over.” That awkward moment you realize you yet again devoured a book too quickly :( I have a Naughty to list... It was sooooo short… Okay, maybe thats not a Naughty for all, but I wanted more. Call me “selfish” but what about Jeremiel? I want him knocking some one up soon!! lol okay I’ll chill... As yall know I love all things angel associated this story takes a spin and I love it!!


My Fav’s

Lash
Well duh he is dreamy and he loves Naomi sure he has made mistakes but WHO hasn’t?! Yep, thats what I thought! Any who in #2 we get to see a softer side of Lash...Rebelious oh yea thats still 100% but by soft I mean the love he has for naomi jumps off of every single page.

Naomi
So similar to lash I can’t wait to see what she was like before all of this Seraphs and Archangels meet Sex in the City ;) Lol I love Naomi to pieces even with her doubts and insecurities this girl knows what she wants and nothing will stand in her way!


My Rating

4.0 Bridge, River, Archangels, Seraphs, Drilling oh my!, Sacrifice, Bear, Enchilada dinner, Bounded filled stars!!! If you like angels you’ll love this little family of them:)












Mikki's View


I have been waiting for this book since I closed the last page of Lash (Broken Angel, #1) last May. I love to read stories about angels :) Out of all the creatures I love to read about, angels are the ones that still my heart. Reading about Angels opens a whole new world to me. They just have that power to pull me in and completely make me forget of the REAL world. L.G. Castillo delivered once again with this sequel. It was a blast to reunite with Naomi, Lash, Jeremy, Raphael, Rebecca, Uri, Rachel, Gabrielle, Welita, Chuy, Lalo and Bear :)

In After The Fall we follow Naomi and Lash's life in Heaven. After an Epic battle against Lucifer, Naomi is training to become an Archangel. She feels like a part of herself is missing because she can't be close to her family. When Lash's brother, Jeremy, comes back in the picture her relationship with Lash is put to the test and secrets from the past shatter their happiness. Every single character in this book was important for the development of this story. They all had their special part to play to make this a fantastic read. I loved the way we got a peek of what happened to Uri and Rachel. They are so cute together! I love the way they fought for their love. I had a few unanswered questions at the end of LASH, but I got the answers I was looking for in After the Fall. Rebecca and Raphael's story was an emotional one. I even got to like Gabrielle a bit more in After the Fall.

Once again we got to witness an impressive battle between good vs evil. Lucifer and Sal were just despicable and only had one goal in mind: World domination. I liked that in this book we got to have more scenes with Lucifer. I think that is evilness brought and extra something to the book. My emotions were all over the place! I almost broke down when he revealed a few secrets ... Oh. My. God. I was not expecting what he revealed at all!!! I loved all these twists and turns. It made the story even more exciting.

Lash, Naomi and Jeremy were easy to fall in love with. I can't really think of them as a love triangle for the only reason that Naomi and Lash's love is extremely powerful and nothing and nobody could separate them in my eyes. What happened with Jeremy broke my heart and I really wish that he gets his own HEA. Who would not want this sexy Angel around? The relationship between Lash and Jeremy was just beautiful. Both of them learned from their mistakes and found it in their hearts to forgive one another.

We are getting the prequel Before the Fall, which will be released in early spring 2014. OMG!!! It's so far away!!! I can't wait to read what really happened to all these Angels. I am looking forward to this last installment, but I'm still crossing my fingers that Jeremy will get his book. Pretty Please MS. Castillo?!?!

I give After the Fall by L.G. Castillo 4.5 Angels love ruled over Evil stars! This was exactly the kind of story I was expecting from L.G. Castillo. This series is AMAZING!!! I can't get enough of it!


Favorite Quotes

''The person you are today is made from who you were yesterday. Your past influences the present, and it is family that shapes your growth.'' 
~Raphael (kindle location 486)

''De la espina y el dolor nace la flor, From the thorn and the pain a flower is born''
~Welita (kindle location 2142)








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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 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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Excerpt

After the Fall Copyright © 2013 by L.G Castillo.
All rights reserved.

CHAPTER 1

Rachel’s cloak fluttered as she sped through the dark tunnel. He was there. She could feel him.
Shivering, her fingers fumbled with the heavy material as she drew it closer to her body. Puffs of white drifted from her mouth as she panted, trying to catch her breath. With each step she took, it was as if her angelic powers were being drained away. She stopped and slumped against the damp wall of the cave, unable to take another step. Could she do this? Even if she managed to reach him, would she have any power left to save him?
Gabrielle had warned her it would be like this, but Rachel had dismissed her, especially when she first stepped into Hell. It looked just like home! Lush grass and fragrant flowers lined the landscape as far as she could see. Snowcapped mountains stood as a backdrop against the clear blue skies—even the stream was located in the same exact spot as in Heaven. If it wasn’t for the unnerving feeling in the pit of her stomach and the hairs that stood on the back of her neck, she would have sworn she was home. 
Considering Lucifer held his captives at the Lake of Fire, she had assumed Hell was a vast empty land of sweltering heat. It wasn’t until she found the cave hidden behind a waterfall that she finally understood what Gabrielle meant about not letting her guard down. The cave was frigid. The icy air seemed to seep into her pores and deep into her bones, causing her teeth to chatter uncontrollably.
She wished Gabrielle had given her more information about what to expect. She would’ve dressed warmer. Gabrielle had only gone once, and she had waited on the outer boundaries of the cave. According to her, one time had been enough. It had taken her days to recover from the experience. 
Only Raphael knew what Hell was really like. He had made Gabrielle wait for him while he bravely went through the deepest depths of the cave to reach the lake. He was the only person she knew of who had gone down and returned—alive.
If only she could have asked Raphael about what to expect and how to prepare. She sighed. If she had, there was no way she could’ve slipped away unnoticed. She would’ve been reported to Michael and more than likely, would’ve been put on watch until it was too late.
A sob escaped her at the thought of his death. She slapped a hand over her mouth, horrified as the sound echoed in the darkness, bouncing off the walls. Her body shook as she wrestled with the thought of losing him. She had to pull herself together. If she were caught, it would be the end for both of them.
She took a resolving breath and pushed herself off the wall. I can do this. I won’t lose him.
Her feet scraped across the floor of the cave as she trudged forward in the darkness. As she rounded a corner, she came up to a pair of tunnels. 
Which way should I go? Her eyes watered, and she bit down on her lip, frustrated. She was tired. So tired. If she chose the wrong one, she didn’t know if she would be able to make it down the second. Time was running out. She had to make a choice, now!
She was about to go down the tunnel to her left when she heard a moan from the right.  
It’s him!
She raced toward the sound with renewed energy, and within minutes, she came into a large cavern. Heat slammed against her body, making her cringe in pain from the abrupt change in temperature. She stopped suddenly, her arms flailing out as she tried to regain her balance and not fall into the molten lava that appeared right before her eyes threatening to singe the tips of her toes. 
The lake!
Immense heat blurred her vision, and she rubbed her eyes. All she could see was a sea of red heat. Where is he?  
Searching through the haze, she finally saw a faint figure, motionless. She blinked again and gasped when her eyes finally focused. 
No! It can’t be him.
 Across the lake, chained to the wall, naked, was the one person in her life who she couldn’t be without. The one person for whom she would defy the orders of the most high of archangels just so she could save him.
Uriel. 
Tears spilled down her heated cheeks as she took in his once magnificent body, scorched by the lava that splashed onto his skin. His beautiful downy-white wings were now a grotesque black. With each movement he made, feathers turned to ash and fluttered lifelessly to the ground. 
“Uriel,” she croaked.
Uriel lifted his head, and pained eyes looked back at her, a startling blue against the black of his charred face. “No,” he groaned. “Leave. Leave now. He’ll be here—”
 The cave rumbled, and lava sprouted into the air. A splattering of the searing liquid fell onto his chest. He arched his back and screeched. 
“I’m coming, Uriel!” She tore off her cloak and flicked her wings open. 
 “It’s too late for me,” he rasped. “Don’t do this.”
“No, it’s not. I don’t care what the others say. You’ve redeemed yourself. You deserve another chance.”
He looked deep into her eyes. “Forgive me. I’m unworthy of you.” 
“There is nothing to forgive. I love you.”
Desperate to find a way to get to him, Rachel looked around the cavern. She swallowed hard as she flit her wings and with all the strength she could muster, propelled herself into the air. She was only able to get herself a couple of feet off the ground. It was as if an invisible barrier was holding her down. Frantically, she looked around for another way to get to him and saw a narrow stone path with lava washing across it. There was no other way to him. 
With all her might, she pushed herself upward, trying to get distance from the fiery liquid. The cave shook again, and a wave of lava slammed against the walls, sending droplets of lava flying into the air and onto her wings.
She wailed in pain and began to fall. 
“No, Rachel. Go back,” Uriel moaned.
Before Rachel could tell him there was no way she was leaving him, she felt a rush of air on her back. An arm wrapped tightly around her waist and yanked her away from the lake, away from Uriel.
“Take her…Gabrielle,” Uriel gasped. “Keep her…safe.”
“You have my word,” Gabrielle said as she tightened her hold on Rachel.
“No!” Rachel screamed, struggling against Gabrielle’s steel-like arms. “Let me go. Let. Me. Go!” 
Rachel stretched out her arms as if just by doing so, she could hold on to him. “Uriel! Uriel!”
 Just as Gabrielle flew out of the cavern, a loud thunderclap rocked the cave, and the sound of his screams ripped through her, mixing with her own. 
Then, silence.
He’s gone.
She fell limply into Gabrielle’s arms as they flew back through the frigid tunnel. The cold spread to her face, her hands, and then crept into her heart and the deepest part of her soul until there was nothing left except a dark numbness. It didn’t matter. Nothing mattered anymore. 
When they flew out of the waterfall and into the sunlight, she stared lifelessly at the clouds drifting overhead. And though the sun shone down on her face, she couldn’t feel its warmth. She doubted if she would ever feel it again. The cold emptiness in her heart would be there forever because Uriel was dead.














5 comments:

  1. Awesome reviews & excerpt. This sounds interesting.

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  2. Great reviews, ladies. I love how invested you both seem to be in this series. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Andrea! We loveeee this series ;)

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  3. Lash is the next book on my reading list :) Great post and review :) I am so excited now!

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