{Review} Lucian Divine by Renée Carlino

Lucian Divine by Renee Carlino

You already know that we love Renée Carlino, so it’s no surprise that we were thrilled to be invited to participate in the blog tour for Lucian Divine, her latest release! We’ll be sharing our thoughts on this book with you, but first, here’s the 411 on Lucian Divine by Renée Carlino:

***About the Book***

{Review} Lucian Divine by Renée CarlinoLucian Divine by Renée Carlino
Also by this author: Swear on This Life
Published by Self-Published on January 9, 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Character(s): Angels
Pages: 286
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From USA Today Bestselling author, Renée Carlino, comes a totally unique and different love story that’s sure to make you question what’s really out there…or who.

“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.

***About Renée Carlino***

Author Renée CarlinoRenée 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.

Find Renée Here: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

***Our Thoughts***

Kassiah: I want to start off by saying that Renée Carlino is one of my favorite authors. I love her characters and all of the books that I’ve read from her are my favorites. She slays me. So it really surprised me that Lucian Divine wasn’t my favorite. I like to read meaningful books as my first read of the year, so I held on to this one until New Year’s. Maybe I hyped it up too much in my head. Maybe I expected too much. *shrugs* I’m not sure, but I will say that this book was awesome–there are lots of things that I love about it. But it wasn’t Renee Carlino-awesome. Does that make sense?

Twenty-four year old Evey is a fledgling designer, living with her best friend, and not really finding true love. She’s got a guardian angel, Lucian, who looks over her all the time. Lucian is two-thousand years old and finding himself in love with Evey, he reveals himself to her. I don’t want to give away too much of this story, but what do you think will happen when Lucian and Evey fall in love, wreaking havoc on all kinds of cosmic forces?

Like I said, there are lots of things I like about this book. The cover is amazingly beautiful, and the idea for this story is unlike anything I’ve ever read. I love how human Lucian is. He’s definitely not your typical angel–he’s a dirty talker, so sexy, and an alcoholic. I laughed out loud–literally–so many times.

“How do you meet potential dates?”


I sat up quickly. “Stop it.”

“I swear. Angels can see other angels’ wings, so when a profile pops up, we always know whether to swipe left or right.”

Lucian is crazy swoony, too.

“You are everything to me. You’re the dream, the air, the reason, the cause for my whole existence. If I die today right in front of you, it won’t be because I gave up. I’ll never give up. there is no God that can keep me from you. I’d die ten thousand times for you.”

::le sigh::

There are some really emotional, touching moments, like when Evey is praying to her guardian angel, and Lucian is saying the prayer with her. It was sweet and one of my favorite things about this book. There are other things, but I don’t want to give them away. But *heartclench*

So what didn’t I like? Well, I wasn’t crazy about Evey, which I know isn’t surprising. I don’t often like the heroines in stories. But with Evey in particular, I felt that she was emasculating, uncaring, and unrealistic. Yes, I know this was a book about a guardian angel manifesting himself in front of the object of his affections, so how realistic can it be? I get it. But she just rubbed me the wrong way. I don’t understand why Lucian loved her so much, even though that’s what he was created to do. One of the things that usually punches me in the gut with Carlino’s books is the desperate way her characters have to be together. They pull you in and make you love them. I didn’t feel that way about Evey, and I definitely think Lucian could do better.

Also, I thought their outlook on things like money was way off, and the actions of their friends left something to be desired. And I really really wanted more at the end. I loved the way it ended, but I wanted just a little bit more. View Spoiler »

Overall, I really liked this book. It was a fast read, and I couldn’t put it down until I got to the end. I just wish there was a little more connection between them and a little more at the end. If this is your first book by Carlino, I definitely think you should check out her other books because they are perfection. If you love Angel stories and swoony guys, you should absolutely read Lucian Divine.

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Overall: 3.5

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  1. My review doesn’t come out for a bit, but I definitely agree with you about Evey! I laughed out loud when you said “Lucian could do better.” Totally! And the end, yes, I know exactly what you mean! Great review!!!

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