Monday, 9 January 2017

Review: Lucian Divine by Renee Carlino

*****4.5 Stars*****

This is a departure from Renee Carlino's usual books and one I definitely enjoyed. I'm a huge fan of books that have angels, so I was pretty excited about this story before I even began reading it. Renee Carlino has a talent for writing breathtaking stories that transport you to places that are at once familiar and also unique. She has a talent for writing emotion filled stories about love and with Lucian Divine she gives us a trip into the paranormal and also tackles issues of faith and destiny.
Evelyn is frustrated with her life. It seems to have become stagnate as she struggles with dating in San Fransisco, working a job she dreads thanks to her boss and dealing with her oppressive roommate. She finds herself wishing for a guardian angel. When he actually appears though, he is not exactly what she was expecting. Lucian has been on the job for a few thousand years. He's sarcastic, intelligent, incredibly hot and he seems to have developed a drinking problem over the years.
Evelyn's seemingly ordinary and dull life does a complete 180 once Lucian arrives. Lucian has some rules he is supposed to follow as a guardian angel and one of the big ones is not falling in love with his charge. He really can't help himself. Sometimes you just have to break the rules and he loves Evelyn enough to jump in without much thought for the consequences. As you follow along with their all consuming love story, you have a sense of fear as you wait for the other shoe to drop (will God easily over look Lucian's transgression?). It made for a unique and heart pounding read.
I enjoyed Lucian Divine so much. Lucian was a wonderful character. He is at once supremely good, but also so flawed and human. I read a lot of stories with angle characters and I really felt as though he was unique. Carlino also managed to tell a love story with elements of destiny, faith and soulmates without coming off as overly religious or preachy, which can happen so often. If you are a fan of paranormal romances you will undoubtedly adore this story, but I think it will also appeal to people who normally do not read in that genre.

Reviewed by Rosemary Feil

From USA Today Bestselling Author, Renée Carlino, comes a totally unique love story that is sure to make you question what’s 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.

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