Having received this wonderful read from NetGalley, I feel it only fair to include their blurb:
“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.
Where do I even begin with Lucian Divine? Man, I could write a 1,000 word essay on the sheer perfection encapsulated within its pages. One reviewer described this book as a ‘breath of fresh air’ and I couldn’t agree more. It’s unlike any book I’ve read and reviewed so far and I mean that in the best of ways. It takes so many tropes commonly found within the romance genre and throws them right out the window. To be honest, though, it’s actually difficult to categorize Renee Carlino’s latest, soon-to-be-released novel. Hmmm. Comedy? Well, there’s a lot of that, especially in the opening chapters. Drama? The dramas faced by Evey and Lucian are enough to have a reader in floods of tears, so we can definitely check that one off. Romance? Yup. The pages are filled to the brim with soul-searing passion. Fantasy? Well, while the primary focus isn’t on Lucian’s angelic abilities but more the relationship he and his soul, Evey, share, it’s a fantasy in the sense that it detracts a reader away from the realities of everyday life, a life in which we often find ourselves without guidance or direction. For a fragment of time, a reader is thrown into a world where guardian angels exist and no one ever truly walks alone.
There are so many things I loved about Lucian Divine, the main thing being the titular character himself. He’s just so…normal. Lucian, in all his drunken, sexy glory, is a far cry from the angels emblazoned upon church windows. This normalcy is reflected in the other angels he knows and encounters. The idea of angels being beautifully flawed, much like us humans, had an incredible effect upon me. It made angels seem so much more accessible, more so because I’m an avid believer in them.
Evey is a character I connected well with too. So often in the genre of paranormal romance (just gonna throw Lucian Divine under that umbrella term for now) the female protagonist is special in some way. Like, she has some form of supernatural ability or power or possesses a skill that will prove useful to the potential love interest. Evey is different in this sense. She’s just a regular twenty-something year old trying to find her place in the world. She has aspirations to become a top designer and works her ass off in her bid to achieve this dream. Like Lucian, she’s refreshingly normal and so is the love that blossoms between them. Their love is pure. They’re just a regular couple, albeit with some irregular relationship problems (God not approving being one…awwwwkward).
Lucian Divine needs to be added to every romance lover’s TBR list!
Lucian Divine is due to be published January 9th 2017! Mark it on your calendars 😉