|Release Date: January 9, 2017|
"“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."
My Thoughts:Lucian Divine is a quick and cute read. Its super cute and swoony in the romance department while also giving you that emotional impact. This book kinda straddles the line between contemporary and paranormal romance, which makes it a read fans of either genre will most likely enjoy.
Lucian was a fun character. Some of his one liners and banter was fantastic and he really knew how to bring the swoon. I mean… who wouldn’t want their sexy guardian angel to fall for them? It was definitely a fun aspect to explore. I also really liked Evey. She was determined and passionate and I loved that she was always optimistic and had faith. These two were breaking so many rules, but as a reader you root for them from the beginning. They could be a bit cheesy at times but that is kinda what I loved most about the story, that it was unashamedly swoony and romancey and unrealistic in some ways. It’s a fairy tale and who doesn’t love a good fairy tale.
Lucian Divine has a super quick pace. It really felt like a sped up version of a relationship at times, but for this story I think it worked. Yes there is insta love on Evey’s part, but Renee Carlino sells it and that’s all I ever ask for in insta love. Lucian and Evey’s relationship moves along at a quick pace and that means the story moves along at a quick pace. This is the kind of book you can read in a few short hours and stay invested because it’s constantly moving and changing. I was able to read this in one sitting. I needed to know what was going to happen.
While overall I liked Lucian Divine, there is one aspect that irked me. Evey has a best friend Brooklyn and I don’t want to give much away, but I’ll just say Brooklyn and Evey do not have a healthy relationship. In many ways they emulate the stereotypical mean girl relationship with the jealousy and pettiness. In the past I probably wouldn’t have been so sensitive to this but *sigh* I’m just over those kinds of friendships. They are not healthy or fun and I’m sick of reading about women tearing one another down when we should be building one another up. In all honesty this probably wouldn’t be a big deal for most readers but it’s kinda become a hot button issue for me of late so it stuck with me. Also there is one scene where the consent issue is fuzzy and I wasn’t entirely comfortable with it.
All in all, Lucian Divine is a good read that fans of contemporary and paranormal romance can enjoy. It’s a sweet read that really makes you believe love can conquer all.
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.comFACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM