Review: Lucian Divine by Renee Carlino

Posted January 12, 2017 in Review / 18 Comments

Review: Lucian Divine by Renee Carlino

Lucian Divine

by Renee Carlino
Published by Self Published on January 9th 2017
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 226
Format: eARC

I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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“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 have mad love for Renée Carlino’s books.  Each one of Ms. Carlino’s books is unique in it’s own way.  But Lucian Divine went in an entirely new, unpredictable direction and I love her for pushing boundaries.

What would a two thousand year old non-human being do to pass the time away while the person it was assigned to guard slept the night away?  That’s what all the guardian angels in the world have to figure out in Lucian Divine.  Some go through the motions of having relationships with other angels (sort of?) and others take up hobbies like running illegal gambling rings.

For some reason, Lucian has been assigned to guard only one person this time around.  He’s watched Evelyn (Evey) grow up and he’s mostly kept his distance.  But Lucian is starting to feel this “need” to be near Evey that goes beyond the whole guardian need.  And he doesn’t know what to do with this, uh, feeling???  Because angels don’t feel love.  So what could it be?

Evelyn, for her part, is a wrecking ball, a walking disaster.  She has the worst taste in friends and she could use some serious career advice.  I had no clue what Lucian saw in her except for what breaks down to the basic “what attracts anyone to anyone”?  Who cares?  The love story is AMAZING.  Renee writes beautiful love stories.

I have theories on how their romance got set into motion, why everything unfolded the way it did but apparently I have to write a “spoiler-free” review so just in case, I’ll keep my opinions to myself.  I will tell you my notes from right after reading the book are mind-blowingly awesome, if I do say so myself 😉

I particularly enjoyed the world building, having studied a few religions in my past.  Ms. Carlino took religion and used it as a mythology (which is what it kind of is, according to philosopher Joseph Campbell) for her world building.  This isn’t a religious story, it’s about living a life of love with someone.  It’s about having faith that the right person for you will come along when they’re supposed to.

The direction the ending took wasn’t AT ALL what I was expecting.  I was genuinely surprised, shocked, some other words, and amazed that I could be caught off guard like that.  Romances aren’t supposed to do that…. right?   Yeah, that’s why I love Ms. Carlino’s stories.  She gets me right here.  ∗thumps heart∗



“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.”







“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.”














About Renee Carlino

Renée Carlino is a screenwriter and bestselling author of romantic women's novels. 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.




About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.



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18 responses to “Review: Lucian Divine by Renee Carlino

    • I guess I was more open to the idea of it. I’m really intrigued to see your review!!! I know we don’t agree (and do often agree) sometimes and I’m always chalking it up to our age and experiences difference. OOOO, now I’m kind of giddy to see your opinion, just thinking about it!!! 😀 Renee’s books are so unique, right??

    • May I recommend you start with her contemporary book, Swear on This Life??? That book is SOOOOO Good and it was one of my top 10 of last year!!! 😀

    • OOOO, I’ll tell ya if you’ve read it!!! In short, it’s Lucian’s reward for staying on the straight and narrow. AND my other theory is that he started becoming human the minute he started watching Evey, when she was born. He became “corrupt” then. But there’s more b/c that’s not how the story goes 😉

  1. Hey! Another Joseph Campbell fan! FTW! 😀

    Well, you know you have me curious. In fact, you have me curious about all of this author’s works. I love a good romance and this one sounds like it has it and I am now curious about your theories. 😀
    Melissa (Books and Things) recently posted…RoseBlood by A.G. Howard

    • I LOVE Campbell!! So I’m open to authors who decide to use religion for their world building when other readers might not be. The author wrote a really intriguing Prologue to the story about her history with Catholicism that I totally understood, put the entire thing into perspective for me, especially b/c I’ve been exposed to religions. I think everyone needs to read The Tao of Pooh, myself 🙂 I don’t want to totally recommend this to you, thinking it’s going to be a huge religion noggin scratcher. I was just more open to understanding and pushing ideas.

      Gosh, now I need to go find my Pooh book 🙂

    • You really should try Swear on This Life first, then give this one a shot 🙂 PNRs are tricky so if you already love her writing (and you will if you read her other books), you’ll be more open to this one. I’m nervous to recommend this whole heartedly b/c of all the other reviews. I’m such a chicken!!!