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    Sunday, 8 January 2017

    LUCIAN DIVINE by Renee Carlino

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    “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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     My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    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.

    Release Date: January 9, 2017
    Genre: Paranormal Romance
    POV: Dual - 1st person
    Steam: 2 out of 5
    Series or Standalone: Standalone


    Excerpts

    "I would just stick around and try to collect smiles from her. I'd put them all inside myself and try to build my own little pathetic soul from the love she had given me."
    -Lucian

    "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."

    -Lucian

    “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.”

    -Lucian


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    Renée 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 www.reneecarlino.com

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