Lucian Divine by Renee Carlino ~ Review & Teaser (@renayz)

Renee Carlino has written a few books that have touched my soul, so I was eager to try this romance featuring a drunk Guardian Angel!
Lucian Divine
Title: Lucian Divine
Author: Renee Carlino
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Published: January 9th 2017

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From USA Today Bestselling author, Renée Carlino, comes a totally unique and different love story that’s sure to make you question what’s really out there…or who.

“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.

I saw this book a long time ago and decided it was time to pick it up. I really enjoy Angel reads so I was a little excited to get into it. I enjoyed meeting Evey, and getting to know her sweet personality. Lucian was amusing, an angel drinking in a bar was funny! Especially when he gets caught by Evey... it really was a strong beginning to the story.

However, then it got a little rushed, as we skip through the days and weeks, face many hurdles, and the strong confident Lucian that I liked, turned into a whiny boy. I honestly skipped through a fair bit of the book as he was annoying me and some of the stuff was petty.

There were some moments that touched my heart, as Evey and Lucian struggled with a few issues. They relied on one another as they got through these difficult times, and became stronger a long the way. The ending was sweet, and I loved how it all turned out... I think we all need that little bit of hope!

I have read Renee Carlino in the past and have thoroughly enjoyed her writing style, but Lucian Divine didn’t quite hit the mark for me. However, I know I will pick her work up again because some of her reads are some of my favourites. It's just that this particular read didn't work for me.

Here are two sweet moments where Lucian expressed his deep feelings.

I bent near her ear and whispered, “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. We’ll experience every war together, inside ourselves and outside in the world. We won’t be out of reach, unavailable, unattainable, just love longing to be. Let’s keep moving fast in opposite directions. Keep praying we meet on the other side. I’ll see you there; I know I will. I have to believe that. Watch for me. I’ll be barreling toward you, arms wide open, and then we’ll crash into each other with the force of two spent lives yearning to be one.”
When her eyes opened, one stray tear trickled down her cheek. I touched her shoulder, and she relaxed.

Kindle Page 78

“How do you feel about me?”
He rolled onto his side to face me while brushing the hair out of my face. I studied his angled jaw, his black hair, his piercing eyes. “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.”

Kindle Page 105

Renee CarlinoRenée Carlino is a bestselling author of contemporary women's novels and new adult fiction. Her books have been featured in national publications, including Cosmopolitan Magazine, InStyle Magazine, USA TODAY, Huffington Post, Latina magazine, Publisher's Weekly, Redbook, Sunset Magazine, Coastal Living and the Union Tribune. She lives in Southern California with her husband and two sons. 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.

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