by Renée Carlino
Release Date: January 9th 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
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“My guardian angel is a drunk.”
Evelyn Casey's life is at a standstill. She's in her mid-twenties, struggling with the dating scene in San Francisco. Nothing seems to be working out, and she’s starting to think that she’ll live out her days in her crummy apartment with her overbearing roommate, Brooklyn. It's absurd, but sometimes Evey longs for a guardian angel to show up and save the day.
And then he does. Seriously. His name is Lucian and he's a guardian angel, been on the job for two thousand years. His sudden presence in her life is both good—he's brilliant, witty, and warm—and bad—he's brilliant, witty, warm, and hot as ----. But as perfect as Lucian seems, he’s got problems of his own. He’s taken up drinking and he’s brazenly inserted himself into Evey’s life, going against the greatest cosmic law ever created.
For Evey, the rules are simple: You are not allowed to hook up with your guardian angel. But sometimes fulfilling your destiny requires a leap of faith, a confrontation with God.
Yes, God as in God.
Lucian is a guardian angel. Evey’s guardian angel. He has been around for many, many years, serving as guardian angel to several different people throughout his time. But this time with Evey, it’s different. He’s fallen completely head-over-heels in love with her. Guardian angels aren’t supposed to be able to fall in love, but Lucian has fallen. Hard. He gives in to his temptations and, against his rules as an angel, shows himself to Evey. He even goes so far as to explain to her what he really is. Evey is rather taken aback, yet also overly accepting of the whole thing. She can’t explain her feelings, but they are strong for Lucian. She eats, sleeps and breathes him. These two are “meant to be” and they can’t fight it for another minute. But can an angel and a human really be together?
Though a tad insta-lovey, there’s an absolute reason for this. Lucian is Evey’s guardian angel. Because of the connection they share, their spirits are drawn together. Their love for each other was undeniable. It was in them, part of their being. Though this was a tad hard for me to grasp, I was able to accept it midway through the story and I really felt for them and their relationship troubles.
I’ve been a fan of Renee Carlino’s for quite some time now. Admittedly, Lucian Divine was not my favorite read of hers. BUT I loved how she went outside her comfort zone with this story and brought a different type of story to life for us. This was actually my first guardian angel book, so I was a bit hesitant about how I would feel about the story line. I really appreciated the author note in the beginning that explained her motive and intent behind this story. I’m glad I read that before going in, as it helped with the humorous aspect of the story, and I ended up really liking it. I’d definitely recommend this book, accepting that it may not be for everyone.
A Few of My Favorite Teasers:
“Evelyn, I’ve existed for more than two millennia. In two thousand years, I have watched over so many lives. At times, more than five souls were my responsibility alone. I’ve watched all of them die. I’ve held many of them while they were dying. It’s in my nature to do that, to give peace to my souls, to look out for them when I can, to sway the good ones to do the right thing, and to protect man and life here on Earth. I’ve watched over stunningly beautiful and brilliant women, but I have never felt love for any human the way I feel it for you. You are literally the air in my lungs.” -Lucian
“Isn’t love supposed to be easy? Isn’t love supposed to be fun? The moment you fall in love, you become acutely aware of all the different ways the person you love can die. It’s sickening. It’s morbid and painful and heart-wrenching, and it’s all totally worth it.” -Lucian
Have you read any of Renee Carlino’s books? How do you feel about books with guardian angels? Is Lucian Divine on your TBR?