“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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Lucian Divine was actually the first Carlino book I’ve read and I’m now definitely open to checking out more of her work. That being said, there were some technical issues and personal pet peeves in this book that made it not quite stellar.
For one thing, there were several instances where the plot disappeared completely and no one (characters and readers included) knows what is going on. Maybe this is intentional but I think it shows a rushed hand.
Furthermore, the ending was, though not entirely surprising, rather confusing.
I’m not completely unsatisfied by any means.
In fact, I’d still recommend that people check out this book. I loved Evey, and sometimes I liked Lucian. Although, without giving any spoilers, there were certain things about him that made zero sense even within the context of the fiction of the story.
I can see that Carlino definitely has a way of making you want to find out what’s going to happen to the characters, and paints a steamy picture for new adult romance fans. I just wasn’t awed by this story. It might just be that I was super excited about the premise but found the actual execution to be a bit lacking.
Her strong points were the growth of the main character, the excitement of a forbidden romance, and the enduring spirit of one broken human being who gets put through some horrendous ordeals. So if you like books that take on this sort of slant, you’ll enjoy it!
I’ve got a new system this year with ratings every quarter mark from 1 stars through 5 stars, so this one gets 3.75 stars. My thanks to the publisher and tour host for the review opportunity!
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.com