BOOK REVIEW & BLOG TOUR: Lucian Divine by Renee Carlino

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luciandivine_03-1-1-1“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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Renee Carlino’s Lucian Divine gives us a look into what lies beyond us done so with an interesting satire like approach. Relying heavily in the belief that God may have a sense of humor, Ms. Carlino dives into this book with a unique look into what’s out there which  is delivered through Lucian and Evey’s love story. The entire sound and feel of Lucian Divine were so completely different from the author’s usual signature style which I have fallen in love with. While I respect  the fact that Ms. Carlino ventured out into something unlike what she’s done before, I felt the loss of something I’d come to adore. Don’t get me wrong, my overall feel of this book is positive. I enjoyed that Lucian Divine was fast paced, an in-your-face romance that had countless moving parts to it but what I enjoyed most about it was that it left me with a lingering feeling of hope that someone, somewhere is looking out for all of us.

From the blurb alone you know that Lucian Divine is Evelyn’s drunk guardian angel. Ok, so not exactly the sort of guardian angel that believers like me have come to expect—I blame it on 10 year of Catholic school (LOL). But what is expected of what a guardian angel does for the soul that they are watching over is there. Lucian protects Evelyn with all of him. He loves her through and through… The problem arises when Lucian begins to love her in the romantic sense. Things begin to get complicated and ultimately spirals out of control when Lucian shows himself to Evelyn. The connection they have is overwhelming and they become quickly enamored by one another, unable to function when they’re not together. Everything about Evey and Lucian was intense—an elemental need for one another. Despite the many crosses they bear, both find a way to get through the hurdles as long as it meant that they wouldn’t have to sacrifice their love for each other.

Lucian Divine was a cleverly done up paranormal romance because it falls outside the normal genre. An absolute page turner for the mere fact that you become desperate to find out how it all ends up. Without fail, she has written another book with a prolific message of hope for something beyond even our deepest knowledge of what else is out there. In a parody of sorts, Ms. Carlino puts faith in the driver seat in her upcoming release, Lucian Divine.

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Renee-121Renée 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

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