Lucian Divine by Renee Carlino

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luciandivine_03-1-1-1“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 REVIEW:

*Sighing*

The blurb to this story was very intriguing. I guess I didn’t take “guardian angel” very literally, which was my mistake. I was indifferent to the “religious” aspect of this story but more interested on how the author went about developing the love affair. Evelyn Casey was in a rut with her professional life as well as her romantic life. It seems that her current philosophy about relationships were no longer satisfying her. That’s when her guardian angel, Lucian, made himself known to her, beginning their improbable journey together.

I was on board during the first couple of chapters. Evelyn trying to decipher the puzzle that was her dating life. I was amused by her inner musings and her roommate’s obliviousness. Then drunk Lucian Divine arrived and I thought that maybe her parents paid him to find her or maybe someone she owed money to. The answer was less sinister than my imagination, but it became increasingly clear that Lucian really was a guardian angel. Also, that the author was going to pair this naïve and susceptible young girl with a 2,000-year-old angel who has been watching her for the entirety of her life.

I liked the dual point of view so I knew what each one was thinking but I just didn’t connect with the characters nor the story. I feel like Evelyn and Lucian weren’t truly developed as a lead characters. I had trouble with Lucian as well. The paranormal aspect nor the romance worked for me.  I wanted more personal growth as individuals and I wanted more of that entertaining/humorous angle that we got in the beginning.

I applaud the author for writing a story that is outside the box because it was different for me. Unfortunately, it didn’t resonate with me.

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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 www.reneecarlino.com

Guardian by Jordan Taylor

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guardian_500Guardian by Jordan Taylor
Release Date: March 7, 2016
Pages: 42 • Format: eARC
Published By: NineStar Press
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On a blustery November day in London, Gavin catches a bus from Waterloo Station to his office. He makes this journey five days a week, year after year, alone. Or so he thinks.

He does not know that his guardian angel accompanies him each day of his life, watching over him—loving him as all guardians must. His guardian’s feelings, however, fall into baser depths. As all guardians know, it is taboo to feel carnal love for a human ward. Such a relationship would not be viable—or healthy. Gavin’s guardian knows this. Lives and breathes this. And yet, to lift Gavin from depression, he is willing to attempt the impossible: to manifest as a human for Gavin and finally meet the love of his immortal life face-to-face.

five-stars   

Jordan Taylor has managed to shred my heart in a matter of 42 pages with the most beautiful and bittersweet story I have read this year.

They never tell you it’s wrong. They don’t have to. Relationships between humans and guardians are loving, caring, compassionate. But my feelings for Gavin…

Guardian is nothing like I expected. From the blurb we know Gavin has a guardian… but this story, it’s told from the POV OF this guardian angel, the unnamed former physical person who watches over Gavin, who cares for him and who loves him as no Guardian should, he loves him as a physical man loves another. Not as an angel loves his charge.

This story hurt my heart in the best way and even though I cried though most of it and am still crying as I write this review, I urge you to read it.

Stories that make you feel deeply are the best stories for me. The emotions, even the ones that make your head hurt because you have been crying as you read, are forever seared into your heart and soul and they don’t let go.

I won’t go into detail with the story, I think it’s far too valuable to spoil but the story does have a feeling of angst, of overwhelming love and sorrow that the movie City of Angles had. Though City of Angels had me sobbing into a box of wine listening to Sarah McLachlan after I saw it, Guardian has me listening to “Please, Please, Please,  Let Me Get What I Want” by The Smiths while hugging my Nook rocking back and forth in a corner.

Goodness. This book is heartbreaking, so very romantic and utterly stellar. What an amazing debut read by a new to me author it was.

Guardian is one of those stories that quietly sneaks up on you, takes hold of your heart in a painfully fierce grip, but holds it with such love and devotion that the pain is welcomed. It’s a story that takes you beyond what you know of a romance and shows you that sacrificing everything you want, for the one you love, is the greatest gift you can offer.

About Jordan Taylor

Jordan Taylor is the author of numerous novels and stories from the bestselling Angel Paws shorts to the historical fantasy series Lightfall. An avid reader and writer, Jordan also enjoys photography and graphic design, old bookstores, researching World War One, travel, and tweeting about her smooth fox terrier.