Lucian Divine

Lucian Divine

From USA Today Bestselling Author, Renée Carlino, comes a totally unique love story that is sure to make you question what’s 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...

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Lucian Divine Reviews

  • Hulya Kara Yuksel
    Jan 11, 2017

    Okay first of all I have to confess. I have a thing for fallen angels / guardian angels stories. So maybe because of that, I liked this one. And I have a big girl crush on Lucian. :) He was so funny and sweet. <3

    This book could be 5 stars for me but I have to admit that everything and I mean everything happened super fast. I felt like I'm reading a novella not a book. They met (I mean first Lucian showed himself to her) and then boom! Lucian told to Evelyn that he is her guardian angel and th

    Okay first of all I have to confess. I have a thing for fallen angels / guardian angels stories. So maybe because of that, I liked this one. And I have a big girl crush on Lucian. :) He was so funny and sweet. <3

    This book could be 5 stars for me but I have to admit that everything and I mean everything happened super fast. I felt like I'm reading a novella not a book. They met (I mean first Lucian showed himself to her) and then boom! Lucian told to Evelyn that he is her guardian angel and then they fell in love

    Do you understand what I am trying to say? ( If you read the spoiler, you knew what I meant. :D) Okay but still I enjoyed reading their story because I felt their connection. And because of that I'm giving 4 stars to this book!

    Oh also, I really liked the ending. It was so sweet! And I wish there were more pages. Because I'd love to read more about them. :) <3

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  • Christy
    Jan 07, 2017

    I’ve read every Renee Carlino book out there, and I have to say

    is much different than her other reads. That being said, it still made me FEEL which is one of the things Carlino is known for. It also made me laugh out loud more times than I can count! This book was highly entertaining, emotional, and a lot of fun to read!

    Who here loves Ang

    I’ve read every Renee Carlino book out there, and I have to say

    is much different than her other reads. That being said, it still made me FEEL which is one of the things Carlino is known for. It also made me laugh out loud more times than I can count! This book was highly entertaining, emotional, and a lot of fun to read! 


    
Who here loves Angel books? *raises both hands*. Lucian has been Evey’s guardian angel from the moment she was born. He’s seen her through everything, but she’s never seen him. That’s the way it’s supposed to be. Until Lucian decides to break all the rules and not only show himself, but tell Evey who he is. Lucian has been a guardian angel for 2000 years. He’s had a lot of souls to watch over during this time, but none of them have had the effect Evey has on him. Lucian is trouble for doing this, but he can’t help it. He feels for Evey a way that angels aren’t supposed to feel for humans. He feels love.

    Evey and Lucian’s love story was so romantic and fantasitcal. Evey is someone who has big dreams. I love that Lucian supported her dreams. I loved them together so much. Forbidden love is one of my favorite story lines and this is about as forbidden as it comes. Lucian was an amazing character. He was funny, charming and totally love sick when it came to Evey. I loved the way he loved her, and how protective he was of her (and not just because it was his job).

    The story had a great flow- it was one I didn’t want to put down. Now that ending… if I could get a second book about these two, or at least a novella I would be forever grateful! Although this is a stand-alone and the ending was not a cliffy or anything like that, I wanted so much MORE! If you’re looking for a gorgeous and unique romance, with a lot of heart, emotion, and some comedy thrown in- pick up

    !!

  • Robin Hill
    Jan 10, 2017

    3.5 stars

    I read this book twice, back to back—and not because I loved it, but because I

    .

    The first 35% was sweet, swoony, LOL perfect. I tore through it with a giant grin on my face. I recalled the lack of 5 star reviews coming across my feed and thought,

    Then I got to chapter 8 and both times I was disappointed. That’s when I knew, I was right the first time...with a couple exceptions.

    #1. The book is longer than I originally thought. The pacing is way off

    3.5 stars

    I read this book twice, back to back—and not because I loved it, but because I

    .

    The first 35% was sweet, swoony, LOL perfect. I tore through it with a giant grin on my face. I recalled the lack of 5 star reviews coming across my feed and thought,

    Then I got to chapter 8 and both times I was disappointed. That’s when I knew, I was right the first time...with a couple exceptions.

    #1. The book is longer than I originally thought. The pacing is way off and it felt more like a novella than a full-length novel to me. I

    it was super short, and then I *incorrectly* confirmed that assumption on Amazon. When I got my paperback in the mail, I realized, no it’s not “short,” it just feels that way because of the pacing.

    #2. The first time I read ch. 8, I thought Evey had done a complete 180. I realized during the second reading, that wasn’t the case. She was gradually headed that direction all along, I’d just missed the signs. For me, this revelation was good

    bad. I’m happy she stayed true to her character. I just didn’t

    her character.

    The bulk of my original review:

    I love Lucian. He’s unique and charismatic and witty. He’s head over heels in love with Evey, the very soul he was designed to protect, and that love makes him both daring and vulnerable. Evey is on the immature side, but she’s young. That being said, what, pray-tell, does Lucian see in her? There isn’t anything necessarily

    with her. For her age, she’s fine. But Lucian is 2,000 years old. What is so special about Evey?

    Still, even with my hang-ups, I was hooked. I could overlook Evey for the most part. But then I hit 36% and the grin I’d been wearing faded. Evey went from immature to desperate, and Lucian from daring to reckless. I didn't feel their love so much as their obsession with each other. They went from zero to sixty in the course of one chapter. It felt impulsive and rushed.

    The pace eventually slowed, and the second half of the book flowed much better. Evey matured, and in many ways, Lucian did too. I wasn't as invested in them as I would have liked to have been, but I rooted for them all the same.

    I love

    . I loved

    , and

    is one of my all time favorite books. I was desperate to love this one. And I did love a lot of it. I was able to read it twice in a row, so that should say something, but I still stand by

    of my original assessment: Lucian Divine is a unique and (sometimes) charming romance, beautifully written in Carlino's signature style, that

    , with some much needed tightening, a little character development, and a pacing regulator, could have been something really spectacular.

    My original rating was 2 stars--which at the time, meant "just ok" for me. Since then, I revised my rating system and now 3 stars means "just ok." I rated Carlino's last book,

    , 3 stars and I can definitely say I liked this one more, so I'm upping my original rating a half a star to "I liked it," because I did. Mostly.

  • ✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰
    Sep 16, 2016

    We are in San Francisco with 24 year old Evey.

    She's working as a fashion designer for a boss she can't stand.

    She dates guys only once because she just knows it won't go anywhere.

    But she wants more for her life!

    To top off her already less than amazing life, her guardian angel is witnessing all of this AND he is constantly drunk!

    And also in love with her.

    He's obviously not allowed to love one of his souls, but he can't help himself.

    He might also be responsible for Evey's relationships not working

    We are in San Francisco with 24 year old Evey.

    She's working as a fashion designer for a boss she can't stand.

    She dates guys only once because she just knows it won't go anywhere.

    But she wants more for her life!

    To top off her already less than amazing life, her guardian angel is witnessing all of this AND he is constantly drunk!

    And also in love with her.

    He's obviously not allowed to love one of his souls, but he can't help himself.

    He might also be responsible for Evey's relationships not working out...

    What will happen with an almost fallen angel and a girl who lost almost all faith in her happily ever after....

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    First of all....this book has two of my reading hard-limits in it.

    First the paranormal aspect. I don't read those books much. A sexy vampire here and there, but only once a year or so. The second hard-limit is RELIGION. I'm such an ANTI-EVERYTHING-RELIGIOUS person. I don't even know why I chose a book about an angel and faith and whatnot! But the blurb sounded cute and fun and it was Renée Carlino ... I just had to read it.☺

    And I read it.

    I kind of liked the drunk Lucian. But he was so much like all the angels you always see on TV. I always saw Nicholas Cage in my head, and that is not something I want to have in my head. Ewww.

    Lucian is beautiful - and not the way Meg Ryan claims Nicholas Cage is beautiful in the movie - I almost barfed sitting in the theater when she said that btw.! ☺

    Lucian has longish black hair and the most beautiful light blue eyes!

    And of course we immediately want him to end up happily ever after with Evelyn.

    But it's just not possible without one of them dying or whatever the rules here are....

    I really liked the book, but, especially the beginning, was way too rushed. They meet. He tells her the angel thing, she believes him, they move in together. Bam, the end of their courtship. It was way too fast a start for me.

    I wish the beginning would've been a bit more like the last third of the book, with lots of action and feelings and tears and interesting stuff. I almost stopped reading a couple of times in the first half of the book, because it just didn't grab me. It was just too weird and too rushed and ridiculous.

    But the last 30% made up for the weird beginning.

    In the end I really enjoyed reading the book, it just wasn't my kind of thing.

    I had lots of problems with it. But I also loved many parts of it. There were some very

    and

    and

    and

    moments. ♥

    Please don't let me scare you away! You will probably fall completely in love with this book! I'm just weird with lots of things. ☺☺☺

  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    Nov 09, 2016

    This was a unique,captivating and interesting story, so different from Renee's other books, yet so good.I really enjoy it!The plot was fantastic and once I started it I couldn't put it down.

    Lucian was Evelyn's guardian angel.Since she was a baby he had been there to protect and love her.But he starts to have feelings for her and he can't stay away from her.I loved Lucian,he was funny,myst

    This was a unique,captivating and interesting story, so different from Renee's other books, yet so good.I really enjoy it!The plot was fantastic and once I started it I couldn't put it down.

    Lucian was Evelyn's guardian angel.Since she was a baby he had been there to protect and love her.But he starts to have feelings for her and he can't stay away from her.I loved Lucian,he was funny,mysterious and sexy.He was perfect for Every because he knew what she needs.

    This was a beautiful story and I really want to see more like this by Renee.She is such a talented author.

     

  • Jessica-❥Chatterbooks Book Blog❥
    Jan 13, 2017

    Do you believe in guardian angels? How would you feel if you met a hot drunk guy at a bar, and he told you he was yours? I would probably think he was joking or insane, and that is pretty much what Evey thinks when she first meets Lucian. Don’t worry. This isn’t one of those stories where the angel spends the entire book trying to convince the heroine that he really is an angel. He does something shocking right away that doesn’t leave any doubt that he is who he says he is. Instead, Lucian Devi

    Do you believe in guardian angels? How would you feel if you met a hot drunk guy at a bar, and he told you he was yours? I would probably think he was joking or insane, and that is pretty much what Evey thinks when she first meets Lucian. Don’t worry. This isn’t one of those stories where the angel spends the entire book trying to convince the heroine that he really is an angel. He does something shocking right away that doesn’t leave any doubt that he is who he says he is. Instead, Lucian Devine is a tale of forbidden love between a woman and her angel.

    This standalone paranormal romance was my introduction to Renee Carlino’s writing. I had absolutely no idea what to expect, and I have no bias based on being a fan of her previous work. I realize the paranormal genre is new to this author, so I went into this with an open mind and high hopes.

    Now that I have completed the novel, I am having trouble rating and reviewing it. This is mostly due to the fact that I had conflicting emotions while reading it, and because of the way it ended. In the beginning, I thought this was going to be a 5 star read for me. Hell, even the prologue was perfect. Before long, I was smiling from ear to ear. I may have read a couple of lines out loud to my husband and had a little laugh. All of a sudden, things began to happen that had me scratching my head in confusion.

    What made me enjoy it so much in the beginning? I absolutely loved the introductions to the main characters and the rest of the angels. Their interactions were interesting and entertaining. I loved the banter between Lucian and Evey. I loved the comical way Lucian’s friend tried to warn him away from her. Lucian more than any other character charmed me right away. He was an angel fond of whiskey that was deeply in love with the heroine to the point of breaking rules in place for thousands of years to be with her. What’s not to love?

    Where did things begin to go wrong? Well, remember when I said that Lucian is in love with Evey? Imagine my surprise when all of a sudden he is having sex with some random angel. I want to be clear that he and Evey were not in a relationship yet, but they were headed that way. I am not a person that is normally bothered by the hero having sex with another women even if it happens after they meet the heroine. It just needs to serve some purpose or make sense for the character at the time, and I’m good. I may not like it, but I understand why the author included it in the story. That was not the case here, and it really upset me. What happened after with the heroine upset me further, and I will just let you guess what that was. It pulled me right out of the story.

    I shook that off and decided to continue with the story. I won’t stop reading a book just because I dislike one thing that happens, especially since I was absolutely loving it up until that point. What followed was a story that was both heartwarming and heartbreaking. I enjoyed it, and I was frustrated with it. I got the ending I wanted, but not the way I wanted it. I enjoyed it, and was slightly disappointed by it. See? Conflicting emotions.

    The parts of the story I loved had to do with Lucian and Evey’s commitment to each other no matter the obstacles standing in their way. The sacrifices Lucian and Evey were willing to make to be together was touching. I wanted for them to be able to live a long happy life together so badly. I was invested in the characters, and obviously, I credit that to the author’s writing.

    At the same time, the pacing was way off. It went from being perfectly paced to me feeling like I must have missed some pages. All of a sudden, they are saying I love you and going to meet Evey’s parents. Even with the paranormal aspect involved, it seemed like too much too fast. Then, the story starts progressing at break neck speed. Regardless of the reason behind that, it affected my connection to the characters. The story would have had an even greater impact on me if it gave me time to feel all of the emotions I was supposed to feel.

    Not to mention, there is a point where the novel takes on a completely different feel altogether. The heartache Lucian and Evey experience changes a romantic, light-hearted book into a tragic and depressing one. Combine that with the change in pace, and it was almost like I was reading two different author’s writing instead of one. The couple begins to argue often. Evey starts to feel suffocated by Lucian. She keeps complaining about the need for more normality in their relationship. Acting like she has no idea why he might feel protective, she makes it known that she doesn’t like the way he always wants to watch over her now. Things between them are changing. When he is very ill, they are still fighting. Why did all of that happen? Who knows? Not me. It just made me feel really bad for Lucian, and that maybe he made the ultimate sacrifice for nothing. I thought maybe the author was trying to make them realize they were wrong for each other or that sometimes reality doesn’t live up to the fantasy, but I was wrong. Nothing ever comes from this fighting. I want to talk about this further, but I will spoil too much of the book, so I am going to leave it at that.

    During the story, information given about the angels and God is extremely vague. They have never seen God. Lucian did, however, know Jesus. He, nor any other angel, ever asked Jesus any of the questions they had I guess. That makes no sense, but okay. The people over Lucian never have any definitive information about anything. They don’t know what’s happening to Lucian. Lucian and the other angels don’t even know if there is a heaven. Where do angels go when they “die?” How did they become angels in the first place? In the end, we don’t really find out the answer to any of those questions. We don’t even find out how the ending was allowed to happen or the details of what actually happened to make it possible! I was left with so many questions that will never get answers, and that frustrated the heck out of me!

    Overall, I enjoyed Lucian Devine, but I wanted more from it. The story grabbed me right away, and I read the whole book in one sitting. I was invested in the characters, and their relationship immediately. The story warmed my heart and broke it, then put it back together again. I wanted to rate this book four stars, but as I started writing this, I realized it is more like a three.

    Would I recommend this book to others? If you like paranormal romance or are a fan of Renee Carlino’s work, I still think you should give this a try. You may find that you aren’t bothered by the same things that I am, and even if you are, that you enjoy it anyway. The majority of reviews I have seen rated this 4 or 5 stars.

    Will I read more of the author’s work? Absolutely.

  • Patty Belongs To Kellan~Jesse~Lautner~Miller~Garrett~Dean~Rafe~Liam~Prince Nicholas~Gianluca & Archer
    Dec 31, 2016

    {ARC Generously Provided by Author}

    I don’t think I will ever think of a guardian angel the same way after having read

    . Prior to reading this book my only visual of a guardian angel in my head was

    {ARC Generously Provided by Author}

    I don’t think I will ever think of a guardian angel the same way after having read

    . Prior to reading this book my only visual of a guardian angel in my head was Frankie Avalon from the 1978 movie Grease, and that guy was never sexy to me!! Well, this story knocked me sideways!! I couldn’t help but to devour it and my heart was stolen by the sweet, sexy and intoxicating angel named Lucian. I haven’t read a paranormal romance in quite some time but this week I’ve gotten a hefty dose of the genre and I realize that I need to make sure that I read at least one a month!! I hope that this will not be the last paranormal romance that Renee Carlino writes because that would be considered a “sin” in my eyes. Now there may be some people who because of their religious beliefs, might get offended by the subject matter, and although I believe in God, I am not a highly religious person. I viewed this as a seriously beautiful and romantic fantasy.

    Evey Casey is a young woman with an aspiring career as a fashion designer. She shares a loft in San Francisco with her bestie and for the most part, she is quite satisfied with her life. Except her love life has never been all that exciting. After breaking up with a guy whom she thought had potential but ended up being like all the other losers she’d ever hooked up with, she meets a stunningly handsome stranger in a bar up the street from her apartment. He’s definitely imbibed enough scotch to kill an ox but something about his demeanor is charming and very soothing to Evey. He ends up walking her home and then for some reason she’s inviting him up to her place. Lucian ends up telling her that he’s her guardian angel and although she thinks he must be insane, she isn’t the least bit afraid of him. He soon leaves her apartment but they end up running into each other again and ultimately she will learn that he has in fact been her Guardian Angel for most of her life.

    Lucian is in some serious trouble with the man upstairs because he has broken all kinds of rules by revealing himself to Evey. He is ordered to erase himself from Evey’s memories, and although he does as he’s ordered somehow his attempt was not 100% effective. The fact that Evey starts to remember Lucian is not a hardship for him, he has been in love with Evey for quite some time and watching her go out with other men was literally putting him through hell.

    As Evey and Lucian grow closer, a love that defies all odds blossoms between them. But as their love grows stronger, Lucian is starting to go through some changes and he’s also being shunned by other angels whom he considered to be friends. There is a dark looming cloud hanging over this couple and their future seems so uncertain.

    Can the impossible become reality? Can an angel and a human have a happily ever after, especially when it goes against God’s rules?

    This story had me wanting to believe in the impossible. It was heartbreaking and hopeful all at the same time. I had only read one other book by Renee Carlino prior to reading this one but I definitely know I’ll be getting to all the books I have missed by this talented author!

    releases on January 9th. You’ll definitely want to add this to your reading TBRs!

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  • Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog
    Dec 02, 2016

    This is only my second Renee Carlino book, and I have to say,

    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 fee

    This is only my second Renee Carlino book, and I have to say,

    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.

    is a story told in alternating POVs that takes forbidden romance to a whole new level.

    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.

    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,

    What I loved about the book:

    I love how they were portrayed in this story where they were given more human aspects you would not usually associate with angels.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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?

    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!

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  • Astrid - ☆Vanilla & Spice Books☆
    Dec 30, 2016

    4 Celestial Stars

    After another date gone wrong Evey runs into a very handsome guy who is more than drunk. She takes pity on him and takes him home so that he can sleep off his inebriation. When he tells her that he is an angel, in fact, HER guardian angel, Evey realizes the guy isn't just drunk, there is something really wrong w

    4 Celestial Stars

    After another date gone wrong Evey runs into a very handsome guy who is more than drunk. She takes pity on him and takes him home so that he can sleep off his inebriation. When he tells her that he is an angel, in fact, HER guardian angel, Evey realizes the guy isn't just drunk, there is something really wrong with him. Unfortunately he is also insanely hot and when he tells her things he can't possibly know she starts believing him.

    Lucian has been a guardian angel for more than two thousand years. Never before has he felt a connection to anyone like he does with Evey. When he realizes that he can't hold in his feelings for her any longer it's either being reassigned to another charge or breaking every cosmic law there is. Guess what he goes for. But there are laws made by God and crossing them has serious consequences.

    I loved Lucian. He was such a wonderful combination of cocky, snarky and sweet and affectionate.

    He struggled with the effects of his decision to out himself and was ready to make the ultimate sacrifice for Evey. His love had no price tag, he just loved this girl for who she was.

    Evey was a strong heroine, she had some snark and was sweet most of the times but also had a bit of a bitch about her which I tried to explain with her being afraid. Yet, that didn't always work and I had to admit that she sometimes just was a bit hurtful with this amazing man, who put her on a pedestal and gave her pure and unconditional love.

    I realize that this book might not be for everyone. On one side you have the religious aspect. Admittedly, I'm not a very religious person but I'm a spiritual creature and I do believe, despite (or maybe because of) my science background, that there is a higher power. On the other hand you have those who might think that this book is sacrilegious. All I can say is that if you think you might enjoy this, go into it with an open mind and let it surprise you. This story is about having faith that things will work out in the end. It's about two souls that are destined to be united.

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  • Natalie The Biblioholic
    Jan 03, 2017

    This story was heartbreakingly beautiful. My heart is still hurting over it and that ending definitely didn't help matters!!

    Evelyn was a good girl turned good woman. She was just a really good person. She had a job she hated in the field that she loved. She had a supportive father and a mom who pushed her to excel. She had a best friend that has always been there for her, but secretly harbours jealousy in her heart and takes Evey for granted. She had very little luck when it came to dating (a lo

    This story was heartbreakingly beautiful. My heart is still hurting over it and that ending definitely didn't help matters!!

    Evelyn was a good girl turned good woman. She was just a really good person. She had a job she hated in the field that she loved. She had a supportive father and a mom who pushed her to excel. She had a best friend that has always been there for her, but secretly harbours jealousy in her heart and takes Evey for granted. She had very little luck when it came to dating (a lot of frogs). Oh and she had an incredibly delicious guardian angel. yes, that's right, an angel. Who happens to be stupidly in love with her. And then she falls in love with him. What they share goes against all of the rules Lucian has lived by for 2000 years! Will true love prevail? Read the book to find out ;)

    Fave parts: the banter, the angels, the way the angels walked in our world, and the obvious effort the author made to create this story.

    January 9, 2017

    Paranormal Romance

    Dual - 1st person

    2 out of 5

    Standalone