Lucian Divine (Renee Carlino)

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“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 don’t know Renee personally but I trust her. I trust her as a reader. I trust her to write a book and deliver it to me that just makes me feel whole and like a human being with feelings. I love that and this book was no different.

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Here’s a disclaimer though for anyone who is skeptic about reading this book because of what others say: IT’S NOT A PARANORMAL. So please don’t make that assumption based on the synopsis. and if you’re the one spreading that around, shame on you!

I have been steering myself away from the contemporary romance books that sprout up every day but I wanted to snag Renee’s book and read it because she’s an automatic for me. She is the cliché of “every book of hers that I have ever read I have LOVED.” I’m not just saying that to say it or to release hot air. I mean it 100%.

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The alternating POV’s were a nice touch to the story. Lucian’s thoughts and actions were just as important and crucial as Evey’s were. Plus we all know I love me some male POV.

“Isn’t love supposed to be easy? Isn’t love supposed to be fun? The moment you fall in love, you become acutely aware of all the different ways the person you love can die. It’s sickening. It’s morbid and painful and heart-wrenching, and it’s all totally, completely worth it.”

As I sit here and think about Lucian Divine and Evey and Lucian and how to put my feelings into thoughts and words I’m truly struggling. Very rarely do you pick up books that teach you something valuable. I like to read Taylor Jenkins Reid for that exact reason. But it’s also why I like to read Renee’s books. The messages they carry is sometimes overwhelming. They pack big punches to the gut and when you finish the book you are compiling a list of all the ways you can use this book in real life. Lucian Divine was no different.

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This is more than an “eye rolling romance”. It’s a story about protection and hope. Of faith and love. I, for one am so glad that I read it. In less than 24 hours might I add. I hope that every one falls in love with not only Lucian but Evey just as I did.

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