LUCIAN DIVINE

By Renee Carlino

Published by: SELF-PUBLISHED

Page: 242

Genre: Romance, New Adult, Paranormal,

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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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Falling in love isn’t easy for most people. Now-a-days, we revolve around the internet.  Yet what if you somehow fall in love with the perfect soul? Imagine that it turns out to be your guardian angel. That soul who has been watching over your every move of your existences, turns out to be the right person for you. Would you be willing to fall for someone like that? Being with the one person that truly knows you and how you became you in ever depths of your core? Lucian Divine by Renee Carlino is a love story that truly overcomes the obstacles that are against all odds; but does the odds work when it becomes the elements of human and angel?

Evey is truly struggling with the idea of a future. Living in San Francesco, the twenty-four years old has been interning at a designer’s house which haven’t been successful for her. As well, she’s been living with her best friend Brook, who happens to be the anti-Christ of relationships. So for Evey, she doesn’t really have anything going for her.  All she wants is a path for her to take but nothing is keeping her glued on this road called life. In walks in a man that will turn everything around.

Lucian is a terrible guardian angel. We are talking about a drunk and a womanizer. He was literally the definition of what-not-to-be in the guidelines of angel material. Yet he always tried to intervene in Evey’s life choices. In a good way. Particularly one night at a bar where she was on a date with a total loser (well that was Lucian’s opinion and not mine). Both Lucian and Evey have this encounter with one another that becomes the start of something mesmerizing. He reveals himself to her. The connection that Evey had for Lucian and vice-versa was unbreakable. Yes, the love affair started right away, but there was a reason to it. He confessed to her who he was and Evey after denying it for a short period of time (five minutes)—she believed.  Out of 2000 years of existences, Evey had made an impact in his life that he could break from. He understood the depths of Evey. In that moment, when the skies above split and the risk they had to take, both souls became united.

What was the bombshell you may think because this couldn’t be a perfect love story filled with butterflies and rays of sunshine. No. He’s an angel. An enchanting one at that. Every time he tried to be this human for her, it was actually killing him slowly. He was willing to kill himself just to be in her life. He thought in his mind that he was turning into human, because he was slowly losing all the powers that he had. He began to have this perfect relationship; but sometimes as much as you hide the truth—it will surface. We try to fight the odds but there will always be consequences to our actions.

This story wasn’t the usual type for me. I’ve been binge-watching Lucifer (show) and I like the concept of Heaven and Hell. Angels and Demons. That all seems amusing to me. So when I read about this book, it literally made me want to fall from grace. Now, I did enjoy the story and it. I was thoroughly impressed with how Carlino delivered this unique and very different theme in comparison to her others books. Some of the parts tugged the heart where Evey and Lucian had to face some terrible situations no one should ever come too. It was the test of the relationship and how strong the characters were willing to face the fears that they kept hiding from. I felt there was some parts that seemed to lack details. On the other hand, I found myself thinking this could be a film. I kept saying to myself, I can see this as a movie that will leave you in tears. I did get emotion on one part that will actually tug the strings really hard! I mean, full-blown “I-need-tissues-because-this-just-went-south-and-I-don’t-know-what-to-do-with-my-life.”

 

The end was really bittersweet. I felt it wasn’t the “end” to the story, even though it’s a standalone. Other reviews have mention about a novella or a part two—I would have to vote that as well. I’d love to see what would happen to the story.  So look no further, because this will be another add to your TBR LIST!