Lucian Divineby Renee Carlino
Published by Self Published on January 9th 2017
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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.
“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.”