on January 9th, 2017
Genres: Adult, Romance, Fantasy
“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 received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
“…that is love. That is life. Brutal and beautiful all in the same.”
This is only my second Renee Carlino book, and I have to say, she thinks of the most intriguing plots I’ve encountered! It was interesting and I found myself getting more attached to the story as I read it. As someone who was raised by religious Catholic parents, I honestly didn’t know what to feel when I first started. I did my best to read it with an open mind though. Some might not feel comfortable with how angels and even God were portrayed, so a bit of warning there.
Lucian Divine is a story told in alternating POVs that takes forbidden romance to a whole new level. Evelyn has a less than stellar love life, and after that disastrous end of a date, she doesn’t expect to meet someone who would change her life. Lucian is the drunk guy at the bar who claims to be her guardian angel.
“This is fun, Lucian. You have quite the imagination. My life is complete now. I’ve met an angel who sits in bars, binge drinking and playing stupid songs on the jukebox.”
Like a literal angel, wings and all. She thinks he’s hilarious––drunk, possibly clinically insane, but hilarious––but when he suddenly proves what he’s saying is true, she doesn’t find him so hilarious anymore. But there is a connection there, and soon they can’t resist.
Lucian knows there are rules in his job, and he knows he’s broken more than he knows. But he loves Evey, and they’ll do everything in their power to be happy together. The thing is,
“Jesus forgives, but there are rules for a reason.”
What I loved about the book:
The angels. I love how they were portrayed in this story where they were given more human aspects you would not usually associate with angels.
The premise. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never read a story like this before. I just had the read it the moment I read the blurb. I wanted to know the story would go and how their love story would unfold.
The feelings it brought me. Like I’ve said above, this book made me think about my existence and what I’m doing with my life. It made me think of the mysteries in life and if fate and whoever is above (if there is one above; I’m still in the team “God’s up there”) have anything to do with each other.
Lucian. He’s not an easy angel to love, but he’s charming in his own cocky way. He cares about Evey, obviously since he’s her guardian angel, and he’s always looked out for her, going way more than an angel would for his/ her soul.
The ending. By 80%, I was ready to cry for the star-crossed lovers. The ending made me so happy, so hopeful. I was grinning by the end, okay?
Why not 5 stars then?
Plotholes and Pacing. I think the story ended with more questions than answers. The story in general felt rushed as well. Things happened in a snap and sometimes I felt I had whiplash from what was happening. I wish the pacing was the way it was somewhere in the 70% mark.
But overall, I really liked this book. It’s something I know I won’t easily forget. It’s a story of love, forgiveness, humanity, and not giving up. As some of the other reviewers said, if you decide to read the book, go into it with an open mind. It pleasantly surprised me, and I’m so happy I read this!
“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.”