By Renee Carlino
“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.
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Renee Carlino, best known for writing new adult/contemporary romance novels such as Sweet Thing, Before We Were Strangers, and Swear on This Life, decided to take her writing in an entirely different direction with her newest novel. Lucian Divine is a delightful paranormal romance that reads more like a contemporary romance. No matter the genre, Lucian Divine is a story that will quickly grab your attention, and before you know it, you’ll be reading the final pages!
Evelyn Casey is a 24-year-old fashion school graduate who feels her love life is going nowhere. But with her latest attempt at dating, her guardian angel has decided he just can’t take it anymore. Lucian, assigned to Evelyn since birth, is ready to be reassigned to another soul. He’s tired of having a front row seat as Evey dates and develops feelings for random men, and his pleading is falling on deaf ears. Not only has it driven Lucian to drinking, but he is now considering breaking cosmic law by revealing himself to her.
I absolutely LOVE the characters in this novel! Primary or secondary, the characters are what make this story great! I especially enjoyed reading the dialogue between Lucian and his angel peers, Zack, Abigail and Mona. And Carlino’s character development in Lucian Divine is one of its stronger aspects. Consider this: a celestial being involved in a loving relationship with a human woman. There are going to be all kinds of challenges with both of characters as they learn to adapt to each other. Carlino shows a natural progression of their relationship, and we are able to see both physical changes and emotional growth.
My emotions were all over the place while reading Lucian Divine, but mostly, I just smiled my way through each chapter. Lucian Divine is a story you don’t have to take too seriously. It’s humorous. The dialogue in this story is funny, especially between Lucian and his angel friends. I also felt some anxiety at times, and even sadness, but Lucian manages to keep a great sense of humor throughout, even when things aren’t going so well for him.
According to the author, “This book is about faith, love, the unknown, and not taking ourselves so damn serious all the time.” I definitely wouldn’t consider Lucian Divine religious. Instead, it’s an inspiring story – I felt hope in true love. If you’ve been looking for a light, fun read, look no further than Renee Carlino’s 4-star Lucian Divine!
Renee Carlino is known for creating unforgettable characters with compelling and highly emotional stories. With her latest release of Lucian Devine, Renee stepped outside of her norm and created an imaginative heavenly love story that purely entertains the soul.
Lucian Devine and his heavenly crew of guardian angels are not the typical angels. Like most beings they are individuals with their own quirks, personal likes and dislikes, and motivations. What sets them apart from the world is their job description and boss. They are guardian angels assigned to souls. Their job is to protect, gently guide, and buffer the realities of life. They are not supposed to intervene with fate or make contact with their assignments. Lucian Devine has always been a rule breaker and is paying for his transgressions of the past. His latest assignment is going to change the game and cause him to break every heavenly rule. He’s fallen in love with his charge. Evelyn Casey has captured his heart and he can no longer stand by in the shadows watching her muddle through life with one failed relationship to another. He wants to claim her as his own. He’s willing to pay the consequences if it means one moment in the arms of the woman he loves.
Evelyn Casey feels like her life is going nowhere. She’s working at a job she hates. She’s dating losers left and right. She’s stuck and doesn’t know what she wants out of her life until she meets her guardian angel.
Lucian and Evelyn find a love so pure that heaven surely could not frown upon it. Rules are rules and heavenly rules were not meant to be broken. Can their love withstand the wrath of heaven?
Renee Carlino created a charming heavenly romance that had me smiling throughout the book. This book was a pure delight.
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