BLOG TOUR AND REVIEW – Lucian Divine by Renee Carlino

 

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luciandivine_03-1-1-1“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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Whitney’s Five Star Review

Renee Carlino is good at breaking hearts. Every book she writes makes me cry at some point but I think Lucian Divine might take the cake as far as angst goes. And the thing is, it’s not actually a sad book. There are a lot of lighter and funny moments as well.

At it’s heart, Lucian Divine is about star crossed love. Lucian, a guardian angel, breaks all the rules falling for his charge, Evey and even more so by telling her. Their love is not meant to be and this line is probably what caused the most tears:

“Evey, next time, in the next life we’ll be together—that’s how this will be corrected. This will be righted. This can’t be our forever fate. Next time we’ll live together, we’ll die together…”

Argh!! See what I mean? I don’t want to spoil anything but the story has it’s ups and downs emotionally. I felt like I was on a rollercoaster. Lucian is so adorable neurotic and so sexy. Evey is a sweet heroine and the pain she and Lucian go through to try and be together is heart-wrenchingly beautiful.

Renee did a great job developing the characters and throwing in some light moments like the Star Wars Bar. I totally wish that was real! I won’t lie, the emotional upheavals were frustrating at times but I love angst so it really worked for me. This story isn’t pretty but I loved it.

This is contemporary fantasy because of the Guardian Angel aspect so keep in mind you have to suspend belief a bit. I love fantasy and paranormal so again, not an issue for me. But if you’re a fan of this author don’t expect something exactly like her other books. Renee took a risk with this and for me, it paid off. Highly recommended!

 

Renee-121Renée 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

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