“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.

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FIVE STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

”You are everything to me. You’re the dream, the air, the reason, the cause for my whole existence. If I die today right in front of you, it won’t be because I gave up. I’ll never give up. There is no God that can keep me from you. I’d die ten thousand times for you.”

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

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






*****Mel’s Review*****

4 ‘Do You Believe In Guardian Angels?’ Stars!
(ARC provided by author)


Lucian is a gorgeous guardian angel whose job is to protect a beautiful 24 yr. old woman who lives in San Francisco named Evelyn Casey. Evey is kind and Lucian has always felt this pull towards her. He wants her to be happy, but over time he’s found himself wanting to be the one to make her laugh & the one to warm her bed at night. Guardians aren’t allowed to reveal themselves to the souls they watch over, & definitely can’t fall in love with them. Lucian’s personal hell has been having to endure watching Evey date guy after guy. He’s insanely jealous. He’s already on probation for breaking the rules but decides to reveal himself to Evey and confess he’s her guardian angel.

Evey meets this handsome drunk in a bar one night who acts as if they know each other. He then tells her he’s her guardian angel. She goes from thinking this sexy stranger with the heart-stopping eyes & smile is the most intoxicating, stunning man she’s ever laid eyes on, to thinking he’s absolutely crazy! Evey soon learns Lucian is exactly who he claims to be & now has an explanation for this intense connection she feels when they’re together. From the moment he touches her it feels magical & right. Nothing compares to the way he makes her feel.


-Everything about him was intoxicating.

-He watched me with an intensity I had never seen in a person.

-I wanted to feel her so badly.

-Every cell in my body ached for her.

-“We were made for each other, Evey. I believe that.”

Lucian & Evey are together & very In love. Lucian makes Evey feel safe & loved, and she wants a future with him, but are there consequences for breaking the cosmic laws of the universe? Will Lucian get a happily ever after or will he be banished or reassigned for his actions?

I really enjoyed this book! It was my first by this author & I can’t wait to read more of her books. This was a funny, sexy read & I fell hard for this delicious bad boy angel with a heart of gold.

-I’ve loved you forever.

-“I have never felt love for any human the way I feel it for you. You are literally the air in my lungs.”

-I didn’t know anymore where I ended and he began. We were lost in each other.

-Nothing would ever feel as good as being loved by him.

-I was lost in his eyes, this being who had watched over me, protected me, taught me things, cared for me, comforted me, loved me.

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