Renée Carlino is a screenwriter and the bestselling author of Sweet Thing, Nowhere But Here, After the Rain, Before We Were Strangers, and Swear on This Life. She grew up in Southern California and lives in the San Diego area with her husband, two sons, and their new puppy, Johnny. To learn more, visit ReneeCarlino.com.
Lucian Divineby Renee Carlino
"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
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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3.5 Stars When I first heard about Lucian Divine, I was so captivated by the cover. It intrigued me and the synopsis made me want to know more….. Lucian Divine is so different from the other books that I’ve read by this author. It’s a contemporary romance with a sort of paranormal twist. I loved that this author was brave and took a risk writing something that was out of her norm. I enjoyed the story-line and have to admit that I am quite the fan of angel type stories. Lucian Divine is a fun and unique story. The writing is smart and really makes you think. I adored Lucian and fell in love with almost instantly. I thought that he was quite easy to connect with and I appreciated his struggles. I was curious to see how everything would play out with Evey. I thought Evey was a lot of fun and I couldn’t wait for her to meet Mr. Right. I loved her reaction to Lucian and the connection that they shared. Their banter was entertaining and kept me coming back for more. And I totally loved the forbidden aspect to their relationship. Overall, I thought this book was a pretty good read. I loved the characters, their story and their journey. My only complaint was that I felt that there were a few elements of the story that were rushed and didn’t quite work for me. And those issues are what is keeping me from giving this book four stars. That being said, I am really glad that I checked out this book and went on this journey with Lucian and Evey.
Lucian is a guardian angel. Evey's guardian angel. He has been around for many, many years, serving as guardian angel to several different people throughout his time. But this time with Evey, it's different. He's fallen completely head-over-heels in love with her. Guardian angels aren't supposed to be able to fall in love, but Lucian has fallen. Hard. He gives in to his temptations and, against his rules as an angel, shows himself to Evey. He even goes so far as to explain to her what he really is. Evey is rather taken aback, yet also overly accepting of the whole thing. She can't explain her feelings, but they are strong for Lucian. She eats, sleeps and breathes him. These two are "meant to be" and they can't fight it for another minute. But can an angel and a human really be together? Though a tad insta-lovey, there's an absolute reason for this. Lucian is Evey's guardian angel. Because of the connection they share, their spirits are drawn together. Their love for each other was undeniable. It was in them, part of their being. Though this was a tad hard for me to grasp, I was able to accept it midway through the story and I really felt for them and their relationship troubles. I've been a fan of Renee Carlino's for quite some time now. Admittedly, Lucian Divine was not my favorite read of hers. BUT I loved how she went outside her comfort zone with this story and brought a different type of story to life for us. This was actually my first guardian angel book, so I was a bit hesitant about how I would feel about the story line. I really appreciated the author note in the beginning that explained her motive and intent behind this story. I'm glad I read that before going in, as it helped with the humorous aspect of the story, and I ended up really liking it. I'd definitely recommend this book, accepting that it may not be for everyone.
Whatever faith you believe in, true love is real... Lucian is a guardian angel to Evey and he has been watching over her since she was born. Trouble is, she has grown into a gorgeous, kind, and thoughtful woman and Lucian has fallen hopelessly in love with her. What is an angel to do? Read and see! What a fantastic book. Wonderfully imaginative, funny, poignant and romantic. I just loved it. I haven't had a book surprise and delight me like this one in a long time. It's something completely different and refreshing, the kind of book that makes you realize why you love to read. I'm being vague on purpose, I don't want to give anything away, this is one of those books you need to read for yourself and I highly recommend that you do!
An enchanting balance between Contemporary and Paranormal Romance. I loved it! Addictive read you can't put down.. I thoroughly enjoyed this read, as a huge fan of both Contemporary Romance and Paranormal Romance, it's rare to find such cross genre so balanced. Either reader will enjoy this book!
Every once in a while, I need a change in what I am reading to reset myself so that I am not reading the same things over and over again. Lucian Divine came at the right time for me because I was in a bit of a book slump. This is a very different book for Renee Carlino – in such a good way!! Now I will admit that I am a huge believer in God, in Guardian Angels, in Heaven and in my mind, I love the thoughts of the afterlife and where I will go one day to be reunited with the ones I love who have passed on. Ms. Carlino takes a leap of faith and tells the tale of the unknown – a look into Evelyn Casey’s life and the Guardian Angel that watches over her – Lucian. Lucian’s job is what every Guardian Angel’s job is – to protect the person they are assigned to since birth. The problem is that as Lucian is following Evelyn throughout her life, he starts feeling things for her outside of the normal protective feelings he is supposed to have for her and he acts on it. Now Evelyn is not supposed to see or know that Lucian is her Guardian Angel but of course he breaks all rules so that she knows who he is. Lucian is funny, sweet, and charming and oh so sexy and Evelyn can’t resist the pull that is between them. But is what happens between them right or wrong? Does Lucian defy God’s rules or do they find something in each other so extraordinary that it knows no bounds? How could something like love be considered a sin? Well, you will have to read this book to find out how it all turns out! I think everyone wants to believe in a higher power watching over us, protecting us and I loved this look into Evelyn and Lucian’s journey. Ms. Carlino pulls all the stops and gives us not only something emotional that will touch your heart and soul, but will also give readers something to think about long after reading the very last page. This book is indeed divine and was so much fun to read!