Blog Tour (Book Review & Excerpt): Lucian Divine by Renee Carlino

Title: Lucian Divine
Author: Renee Carlino @renayz
Reviewer: Ivy @PoisonIvy70
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Rating: 3.5 stars

“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.

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-Unusual premise hooked me. The blurb drew me in, no doubt. I’ve read other angel romances, but guardian angels, especially the way they’re handled here, are not an everyday occurrence. There’s a touch of religious overtones, but not so much that it distracts from the romance and it reminds me of City of Angels, the old Nicholas Cage/Meg Ryan movie that certainly played its part in my romance. Lord I loved that soundtrack. Anyway, Ms. Carlino has a very descriptive way of writing that really sets the scene for the reader and I could easily see this mini-movie in my mind while reading this. It’s a quality that I really appreciate in a writer.

-Definitely a bumpy ride. For any romance, it’s the obstacles that can make or break the story, and man, do Evelyn and Lucian have more than their fair share of difficulties (some of which may be difficult for certain readers, as they suffer some tragedies and while this is still a fairly lighthearted book, it’s not all sunshine and angel wings). Part of the bumpy ride was a stretch that was difficult for me. I recognize that I can be inflexible when it comes to the behavior of the heroes and heroines before and after they begin their romance. This was a close call for me because I was rolling along with the story when suddenly…

-Couple of moments that I definitely cringed at. When I say bumpy, it’s like a road in Beirut. While we get to know Evelyn we see her stumble along, trying to connect with someone and Lucian’s pain at wanting to be with her and knowing it’s forbidden. The angsty yet difficult scenes while he’s drinking his fool head off and some of the things (or people) he does to fight his attraction to Evelyn made me yell at my kindle a time or two until he stops fighting and the story really picks up steam.

-Turn from meeting to love was super fast. Perhaps a bit jarring is the turn from being unaware to all consuming love. I’d have wished for a little more time to see that turn play out, but I did appreciate that love when the going gets tough. Which is almost immediately.

-Earned their HEA. All of that suffering in the midst of some lighter moments serves its purpose as I really ended up rooting for them to somehow make the impossible happen. I may have shed a tear or two and while I hoped for one big final scene, the ending left me happy and satisfied.

I enjoyed this definitely different kind of romance and a ‘verse full of angels, and as long as you can hang on during a decidedly bumpy ride, that ending is worth it. I’d recommend taking a look.

– Ivy

*An ARC was received for an honest review.

“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.”




Renee-121Renée 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

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