“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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I’m not a fan of paranormal books typically. I do my best to stay clear of them most of the time. However, I thought I’d take a chance on this one because I know that this author is really popular and the premise sounded really intriguing. It was definitely something different, and I’m glad that I read it. It was a nice change of pace from my usual contemporary romance reads. It was extremely fast paced, maybe a little too fast paced at times. Anyway, it was still a quick and actually a really fun and unique sort of read. Some people might not be interested in this book since it does touch on religion in a way and that can be a sensitive topic to say the least. That being said, I don’t think that this book will likely be for all romance reads. But I think you’ll be able to judge whether or not you’ll like this book depending on what you’re open to as a reader. My point is, I think you should read this book, but it ultimately comes down to your personal preferences when it comes to these types of stories.
What made this book worked for me was mostly the main characters. I thought that Evey was a funny and interesting main character. Not going to lie, it did bug me how judgmental she was towards her friend Brooklyn at times. For the most part though, she was still a steady character, though not particularly memorable as a whole. She just made the plot more lighthearted in a way because she had some humor and wit that was fun to see as a reader.
To put it simply, Lucian was a hot mess. As the description says, he’s an alcoholic angel which is very strange. It’s also quite humorous to see, as you might imagine. He was a funny guy for the most part. I enjoyed his spirit and the way he treated Evey for the most part. It was a little weird that at the very beginning, he’s already in love with Evey, so we don’t really get to see him actually in the process of falling for her or anything like that. I won’t spoil anything, but I wasn’t always a fan of some of the choices that he made, but I mostly was able to understand these choices. He was a fun character to read about, that’s for sure.
So the romance between Lucian and Evey moves pretty freaking quickly. I kind of understand why the author chose to do this, but I personally wasn’t a huge fan, that’s just me though. I typically hate insta-love, and I didn’t hate it exactly, just didn’t completely love it. As I mentioned, we don’t actually see Lucian falling in love with Evey since he already has these strong feelings for her when the book begins. As a whole though, I do think they made a compelling couple. It was definitely the definition of forbidden love: a guardian angel and a human. I think forbidden love is always intriguing to read about and the author totally pulled it off.
Lucian Divine was a different kind of book, but one that I thoroughly enjoyed. As mentioned, I’m not a usual reader of paranormal romances. I also have read literally no books about guardian angels prior to this one, but this did work out for me. I think the romance was a fun and fascinating one. I really liked reading this book. As I’ve already been over, I don’t recommend this for everyone. But I do think people who are fans of this author, different kinds of romance, and don’t mind reading about angels, you’ll probably like this one.
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