Standalone w/ PNR & Contemporary Elements
“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.
“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
Renee Carlino always manages to find a unique way to tell a story whether it be by a book within a book or by a book with guardian angels, and I’ll always be awed at how she can continually write outside of the box. LUCIAN DIVINE has many different elements within it ranging from some spirituality to romance to a touch of paranormal. Each element tells the story in its own way and binds the story together into an immersive tale.
A forbidden romance truly unlike any other, Evey and Lucian are on the wrong side of the line. Angels and humans aren’t to communicate let alone form bonds of love. The longing and wanting these two characters have for one another is palpable and what’ll ultimately keep you turning the pages. Actually, Lucian will keep you turning the pages because he really digs at your heart every time we are in his POV. His sensitive and loving soul will really pull at you. The ‘world building’ and element building was also fun to explore and experience through the eyes of Carlino; the care and satire woven into it made it more so.
My one deciding factor to make it the star rating it is, is the pacing. I found the pacing to be too fast and it forced a disconnect that had to be continually re-connected in order to keep myself going in the story which can get a bit tiresome for a reader after awhile. Aside from that, I did enjoy this story and the ever-creating mind of Carlino. LUCIAN DIVINE has a little bit of everything wrapped into one package, and has the kind of romance that will pull a reader in instantly. Keep an open mind and give it a try!
♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦
Renée Carlino is a screenwriter and bestselling author of contemporary women’s novels and new adult fiction. Her books have been featured in national publications, including USA TODAY, Huffington Post, Latina magazine, and Publisher’s Weekly. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their sweet dog June. When she’s not at the beach with her boys or working on her next project, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate. Learn more at www.reneecarlino.com