“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.
“This book delivers on so many levels. It questions but also reaffirms faiths. It makes you love harder and sends a hopeful message.”
-AC Book Blog
“I adored the neurotic but lovable Lucian. Everything about this book was perfect for me.”
-A Literary Perusal
"I would just stick around and try to collect smiles from her. I'd put them all inside myself and try to build my own little pathetic soul from the love she had given me."-Lucian"You are everything to me. You're the dream, the air, the reason, the cause for my whole existence."-Lucian"I'd die ten thousand deaths for you."-Lucian"I’m on the other side of life, Evey, existing where death belongs and yearning to be with you. Yearning in brief moments to bring you here, into the darkness. When my thoughts are so painfully selfish, I cannot breathe you in at all. I cannot love you when I hate myself. Don’t say my name. Don’t think about me. Don’t imagine how we can be together."-Lucian“Evelyn, I’ve existed for more than two millennia. In two thousand years, I have watched over so many lives. At times, more than five souls were my responsibility alone. I’ve watched all of them die. I’ve held many of them while they were dying. It’s in my nature to do that, to give peace to my souls, to look out for them when I can, to sway the good ones to do the right thing, and to protect man and life here on Earth. I’ve watched over stunningly beautiful and brilliant women, but I have never felt love for any human the way I feel it for you. You are literally the air in my lungs.”-Lucian“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 worth it.”-Lucian“Evey, next time, in the next life we’ll be together—that’s how this will be corrected. This will be righted. This can’t be our forever fate. Next time we’ll live together, we’ll die together. We’ll experience every war together, inside ourselves and outside in the world. We won’t be out of reach, unavailable, unattainable, just love longing to be. Let’s keep moving fast in opposite directions. Keep praying we meet on the other side. I’ll see you there; I know I will. I have to believe that. Watch for me. I’ll be barreling toward you, arms wide open, and then we’ll crash into each other with the force of two spent lives yearning to be one.”-Lucian
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
Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Author & Inkslinger Pr
Genre: Paranormal Romance
My Lucian Divine Review . . .
I absolutely love Renee Carlino. EVERY SINGLE BOOK of hers is refreshing and different and outside of the normal formulas that are too often used within the genres she writes in. In the preface, Renee says 'this book is about faith, love, the unknown, and not taking ourselves so damn seriously all the time.' And that is EXACTLY what this book was about. She couldn't have summed it up better that that.
Evey is wading through life. Living with her best friend, even if she's overbearing and messy. Dating, well unsuccessful dating. Has a career doing what she loves but she's not complete. On one of her dates she meets a mysterious man whom she has an instant connection with. Soon she finds out that this man is so much more. But can true love conquer all?
Lucian is Evey's Guardian Angel and he's a drunk. It's way easier to drink then watch the love of your life date everyone but him. But how can an angel and a human be together?
"Jesus Christ!" I mumbled. He turned back toward me, startled. "Where?" He didn't sound angry but surprised.The banter between these two is great. As Lucian is trying to understand a life he's familiar with yet its still completely foreign and Evey has finally found her mate. But how can it all work out?
"Great, so my guardian angle is a perverted narcissist"Lucian and Evey have an instant connection but the ones above need Evey to not remember meeting Lucian in the first place. However, that's not as easy as it usually is.
"You're so human," she said. "so flawed. I love you more because it it."Besides the amazing relationship of Lucian and Evey, the messages within this book are fantastic.
" . . . But swearing to God . . ."True Love is never easy but always worth it in the end. For poor Lucian and Evey they had many trials and tribulations but love always wins. This book was refreshing and beautiful. It was full of love, faith, hope, hardship, misfortune, honesty and realism. I adored it and loved every second of this book. Their was so many great messages and provoking thoughts about what we know or think we know but now can maybe look at it in a different way. Lucian and Evey were perfect together and it was honor to read their journey.
"What? It's frowned upon?"
"No, it's just meaningless. People shouldn't lie to each other to begin with. People shouldn't have to fear hell in order to tell the truth. They should fear that their lies will ruin relationships or get them in trouble, here now, on Earth, with the people they love."
4 Love can conquer all thumbs up!