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She finally meets a decent man–after she’s oath-bound never to touch men again!Rebecca’s life sucked before she became an angel. Crappy apartment, awful jobs, abusive boyfriends–it was no wonder she jumped at the chance to escape it all and become a real live angel. The problem is Rebecca’s not very angelic, and she’ll have to do more to earn her wings than end her love afShe finally meets a decent man–after she’s oath-bound never to touch men again!Rebecca’s life sucked before she became an angel. Crappy apartment, awful jobs, abusive boyfriends–it was no wonder she jumped at the chance to escape it all and become a real live angel. The problem is Rebecca’s not very angelic, and she’ll have to do more to earn her wings than end her love affair with the word f–er, frick.Especially when she’s assigned to save single father Tony Weis, whose less-than-pure thoughts wreak hell on a telepathic angel’s nerves. It’s all Rebecca can do to keep her hands off him…but when she loses her memory injuring herself to save Tony’s daughter, now it’s Tony’s turn to be her angel and care for her. But will Tony’s devotion tempt her from her angelic path, even if it means being human again?...

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Divinely Ruined Reviews

  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
    2018-09-13 15:04

    After six months of writing for The Nocturnal Library, the time has come for me to review my first adult paranormal romance. It will probably be the last, too, so enjoy it while it lasts – I certainly did.Divinely Ruined is incredibly sweet, a perfect Sunday afternoon read. I was drawn to it because of the pretty cover, but the content turned out to be just as adorable. I know what you’re thinking: oh, not another angel story, there is one too many out there! and you’re right. But Divinely Ruined is not really an angel story. It’s a story about a lost woman trying to become an angel by saving a very lost and lonely man and ultimately falling in love. Rebecca Chance is one of the rare few humans who get the opportunity to become angels. She has successfully completed her training and a few missions, and now she is just one assignment away from getting her wings and finally finding her purpose. All she has to do is save Anthony Weis, a single father of a three-year-old daughter, from becoming a murderer. But both Tony and Miranda are proving to be irresistible, just the right cure for the damaged and abused girl Rebecca still is, deep inside.Tony Weis is bitter and jaded. His wife Jane walked out in him and their baby girl three years ago and he’s been struggling ever since. He loves his daughter so much and he wishes more than anything to be able to give her more than he already has, but he just keeps experiencing one failure after another. When a beautiful, redheaded woman shows up at his doorstep claiming that she’s an angel and that she’s there to save him, he snarls and complains, but he can't help falling for her, not even after discovering that she can read his mindMy only issue with Divinely Ruined is Tony’s daughter Miranda. While I understand that certain liberties can be taken when writing fluff, and that accuracy of any kind isn’t exactly a priority, as a mother of a five-year-old daughter, I have to say this: no child is that perfect. This book was just what I needed at the time. I can’t remember the last time I felt so good about reading paranormal romance. (Actually, maybe I can: it was Maybe This Time about a year ago.) The best I can say about it is that it made me want to read something similar again very soon. A copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, Entangled Publishing, for review purposes.

  • Claire Robinson
    2018-09-19 16:44

    3.5 - "Maybe I should prove to you that you're no angel... and neither am I." Stars!Another great reissue from Entangled. If you are a fan of this author I would recommend that you make sure you read the blurb before one-clicking just to be sure you haven't already read Divinely Ruined as it was initially released in 2012."We're alike... Two broken people trying to pretend we're not. Maybe that's why you were sent to me."I really enjoyed Tony and Rebecca's story, it was a little different with a slight PNR twist, and although a quick read, the story in this novella is well rounded and fully fleshed out, well worth a couple of hours of your time, if you are looking for some romance but don't have a lot of time to get your fix!Being the first book in the Divine Temptations Trilogy I would be interested to see if the author continues with it, after such a long break between releases.ARC generously provided via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review.

  • ♥Rachel♥
    2018-09-08 19:59

    Rebecca Chance is an angel-in-training sent to save Tony from losing his soul by committing murder. Rebecca has had a hard time conforming to the requirements of a would-be-angel. She has a temper, tendencies to cuss like a sailor, and has problems following orders. But she has a true heart and cares about others when it counts. Her heart can't help but go out to Tony and his four-year-old daughter Miranda. Tony's wife left him with his daughter and he's had to struggle being a single parent. Now he's lost his job and his house. He's has little faith left, and who can blame him? Not much has gone right lately. The one thing that keeps him together is Miranda. When Rebecca shows up on his doorstep and tells him who she is, he can't believe this "impossibly beautiful" woman. There's no way he would do what she says, he would never leave Miranda high and dry like that. Rebecca insists that somehow this will happen. She barges her way into their life and darn-it-all, Tony can't help falling for her. The way she cares for Miranda and him makes him fall hard. I had to laugh at this push and pull between Tony and Rebecca. They are so drawn to each other. Here's a teaser for you: Angel Rule #2 warned her never to fall for her subjects. It hadn't warned her that one of them would be distractingly handsome, with a body that roused some inappropriately devilish thoughts, and an adorable habit of running his fingers through his hair when frustrated.How can Rebecca keep on the straight and narrow, when this irresistible man with brilliant green eyes keeps sending wickedly hot thoughts her way(she can read his mind)? Thoughts unbecoming an angel, but boy, do they have an effect!This was a quick read (only 111 pages long) but a satisfying and sweet story, even so. This is the third Diane Alberts story I've read. I'm an official fan girl now!

  • Kayleigh {K-Books}
    2018-09-12 13:50

    "It had never bothered him, but now the empty apartment seemed to swallow him whole, too quiet without her warm presence nearby."When I was offered the chance to review Divinely Ruined for Entangled Publishing I jumped at the chance. After reading Diane's previous romance title, On One Condition I could not wait to read more from her. To hear she had not only another book coming out but a paranormal one at that I could not wait to read it. I was not disappointed at all. I loved this book.Rebecca has always had a terrible life, orphaned and never known real love she jumps at the chance to become an Angel and make a difference to other people's lives. But when her first charge is a broken man struggling to provide for his daughter Rebecca sees the good side to human life and it tempted by this man and the thought of a happy family. Is being an angel really what Rebecca wants? Or is it a happy human family that she has been longing for all her life?I really loved this book. It was to be expected after how much I loved Diane's other books and now I am certain there is nothing she can write that I will not love. Her writing style is amazing and you just get sucked in from the first page. Both books of hers I have read I have read in one sitting because I literally could not put them down they were so good. Her characters are incredible and you really feel for them and want everything to work out so badly.Rebecca is such an incredible character that everyone will love. She's got such a horrid past but she keeps moving on. The main think I loved was the confusion she had between what she knew was right and what her heart was telling her. I loved how she knew she shouldn't want this human family as she wanted to become an angel but how her feelings told her the complete opposite. Hers and Tony's relationship was just increidble. They fought all the time but I wanted them together so bad I refused to stop reading until it happened.This is another of Diane's amazing stories and I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next. I am determined to now backtrack and buy and read all of her books because I just love them. I think they are amazing and I love them so much. If you want an amazing short paranormal romance then this is the book for you. Incredible!I meant every word. I don't know how it happened, but I fell in love with you, and now I can't picture my life without you."

  • Nicola
    2018-09-24 19:10

    Divinely Ruined is a sweet, enjoyable romance with a slight paranormal undertone. I must admit I thought this aspect may play a bigger part than it actually did, but it didn't detract from a story I quickly found myself immersed in. I'm not going to reiterate the story as the blurb gives you all you need to know. But the interactions between Rebecca, Tony and his daughter, Miranda were lovely; the push/pull dynamic of their blossoming romance worked well and was fitting of their situation. "We're alike, little angel. Two broken people trying to pretend we're not."Diane Alberts isn't a new author to me. I have read many of her books and I have to say Divinely Ruined worked much better for me than some of her more recent offerings (this was originally published in 2012). Her writing voice seemed different; it held a descriptive edge, the story flowed well, the build-up was well paced and she created a couple who were both completely endearing. Needless to say, this is one I'd happily recommend. Copy received courtesy of Entangled Publishing via NetGalley for an honest and unbiased opinion.

  • XxTainaxX
    2018-09-15 14:58

    Rebecca is an angel in training and her job is centered around single dad Tony. When something unexpected happens, she is left in a vulnerable position with Tony to guide her. He makes some mistakes along the way but he grows to love her. The mistakes he makes, however, can break them apart. Cute story. Not too high in the steam department but there's enough there to keep things interesting.ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

  • Jen
    2018-08-27 21:44

    Read the full review on Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous.Note: This ebook was provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.Divinely Ruined is the first book in the Divine Temptations paranormal romance series by bestselling author Diane Alberts. The book was originally released in April 2012 under Entangled Publishing's old Ever After imprint and is being re-released with a new cover under the Select Otherworld imprint. This was a refreshingly different take on the angel falling for a human story line, especially since Rebecca Chance is, technically, has yet to receive her wings, which would make her a full-fledged angel. One of the rules given to her is to not fall in love with her subject, in this case, Tony Weis, who feels like he's failing his four-year-old daughter Miranda by losing their home and the plumbing business passed on to him by his father. Rebecca is there to save Tony, but in turn, it's Tony who saves the broken angel that is Rebecca.Rebecca and Tony were a fun couple and I appreciated that, even with the air of tension that was always buzzing between them, Rebecca tried to stick to her guns in order to become what she beloved she wanted to be most--an angel--while Tony respected Rebecca's wishes about him not trying anything sexual with her. There are two supporting characters, Miranda Weis and Sally the archangel, in the story and both were noteworthy because their presence changed things for the main characters's relationship. This was a pretty quick read, but the story felt complete and it had a different feel from the other Diane Alberts books I've read before. If I had to choose which books of hers are my favorites, I would definitely have to add Divinely Ruined to the list. I look forward to reading the rest of the series and give book one 4.5 stars, rounded off to five stars. ♥

  • Vi (the Vi3tBabe)
    2018-09-02 16:47

    Divinely Ruined is a cute story in its own right. I love that Tony has an adorable little girl who plays a key role in the story and that Rebecca totes the f-bomb like nobody’s business, despite being an angel-in-training. The story is told from both perspectives so I enjoyed those telepathic moments when Tony would think dirty thoughts and Rebecca would call him on it. She’s snarky, determined, and sexy. Tony is a loving single father who is trying to stabilize his life after his wife walks out on him and he loses his job. Both are very jaded people who eventually fall in love again, but there’s the whole angel issue standing in the way.To be honest, I found the whole angel aspect of the story wasn’t that believable. The way Rebecca basically announces that she’s an angel and Tony believes it, although not RIGHT away, didn’t really do it for me. I thought it could’ve been developed a bit more and you don’t even see any of Rebecca’s powers come into play except for her telepathy. This came off as a contemporary romance with a smidgeon of paranormal fantasy. Rebecca fits into their lives so quickly and without question that it didn’t really make sense to me. I mean, she basically moves in with them the next day!Overall, it was a very light-hearted story that could’ve used a bit more development, especially since it’s the first of a trilogy. But, if the other books are going to be about different angels, then I can envision that a bit more because there’s really nothing left to say about Rebecca and Tony. I definitely enjoyed reading it, their chemistry is felt from the start and they have some semi-passionate moments, but it didn’t strike me as all that memorable. I’m sure I’ll check out the rest of the trilogy, just not any time soon.

  • Bookish Michelle
    2018-09-10 20:47

    If you think that this is just another angel story, you are so wrong! Rebecca was not the sort of angels that we would normally think of. She was not very good at being angelic--she's head strong, has a temper and cursed. She was on a mission to save a man's soul and she needed to ace it to gain her angel wings. Imagine the shock that Tony has when a beautiful woman stalked him outside his own house, thinking she was a lunatic and was even more surprised when he found that she could read her mind... Then, in a twist of fate, Rebecca saved Tony's daughter, Miranda, and lost her memories as a result of it. Will she be able to recall everything before she endanger her angel mission any further?What I love about Divinely Ruined was that little darling called Miranda in the story. She's CUTE!!! *squeals* Ahem! As I was saying, this is not your usual dose of angel story. I'm sure angels don't go around saying "Hey I'm an angel here to save your soul." I mean, that would totally freak you out, just like Tony did. I do understand his apprehension for this crazed lady appearing out of nowhere and then staring at him like nobody's business. He was also very protective of Miranda and I could feel the bond between father and daughter. (Oh my gosh, she's so cute!!) It's kind of interesting to read the telepathic ability that Rebecca has and I was giggling at some of the scenes about it. Then comes the memory loss and there's a different Rebecca for us. First of all, her confusion shows. Then there's Tony's struggles... (If I go on any further, I'll probably spoil it all for you...)Divinely Ruined is a book that you'll not be able to put it down once you start. I'll definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a romantic read about Angels (and cute kid). I love it!

  • Dark Faerie Tales
    2018-09-12 17:48

    Review courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick & Dirty: A cute little story of temptation and redemption, full of witty remarks and sexual tension.Opening Sentence: From the moment Rebecca set out to become an angel, she’d known she wasn’t the ideal candidate.The Review:Divinely Ruined is a feel good story with a great happily-ever-after. Not only does it involve an angel with a foul mouth and terrible social skills, but also a man that holds very impure thoughts concerning a very celestial woman. If that wasn’t enough to hook you in, how about we throw in an immortal soul in peril and a little girl’s life hanging in the balance?Rebecca Chance sucks as an angel-in-training. She has temper issues and one hell of a potty mouth. No matter how hard she tries, this angel business is harder than it looks. So when she is finally assigned to help a man save his soul from damnation, all her hopes for a future as an angel hinges on her performance. Can she save Tony from committing murder and therefore save his soul, or will he be her very own fall from Heaven?Anthony “Tony” Weis is a man down on his luck. A single father, now forced to close down his business and leave his home, is a little low on faith these days. So when a gorgeous woman shows up and tells him that she is there to save his soul, he is decidedly unimpressed. Tony is sexy, stubborn, gruff, and only nice to one person in the whole world, his little girl Miranda. Can Tony trust this strange woman enough to let her into his and his daughter’s lives? Can he keep his impure thoughts to himself?But this story would be boring if not for a fatalistic twist: in saving Miranda, Rebecca loses her memory. She cannot remember that she is an angel-in-training or, for that matter, why she is with Tony and Miranda in the first place. Her life hinges on Tony’s help now. Will he do the right thing by Rebecca or will he give into temptation?The feel good part of the story stems around the equal partnership developed between the two main characters. The beginning is about Rebecca saving Tony. The reversal happens, and Tony is in charge of caring for Rebecca. Understandably, there are several obstacles in their way, not including the angel/mortal thing. But when that particular, if not insurmountable, obstacle is taken away, can they work through the rest their problems and find true happiness and love? Though the characters are not well established in terms of background, they do come across as likable. There is no need for extensive background information, even though it would be interesting to explore the angel-in-training program in future books. I especially enjoyed little Miranda’s escapades throughout the story. It puts a wonderful spin on the single father search for love theme.Though the story itself is not a difficult read, it is very much an enjoyable one. I spend much of my time reading long and drawn out serial arcs, several books long, that I find this book a nice cleanser for my reading palate. Another interesting addition that I liked was that each chapter begins with an angel rule that sets its tone. I recommend this story as a nice read on a lazy afternoon if you’re looking for something that will leave you smiling when it is done.Notable Scene:“This isn’t about Miranda at all,” she whispered, mouth dry. “It’s about you.”His fingers curled against her chin. His skin grazed against hers with electric friction. He tipped her chin up.“Maybe it is. You make me happy, Rebecca. I haven’t been happy in a long time. When you’re in the room, I forget to be angry and I just…laugh. That means more to me than years of history or awkward dates to get to know each other. Seeing my little girl happy, too? Means more than even that.” His mouth creased. “But that’s inappropriate, isn’t it?”Her heart slammed rapidly in her chest. She thought it might burst through her ribs and tumble into his hands. He already had a tight grip on it, when she knew it was wrong. Why did he have to say these things? Why did he have to tempt her? And why was it so wrong for her to need this? Rebecca pulled free from his grip and turned her face away, trying to calm her erratic breaths. “You’re confused. That’s all it is. I’m supposed to help you find the path to happiness. You’re confusing that with romantic feelings. I guess this happens to angels a lot.”“You’re not an angel yet.” He leaned down, bowing over her. His lips caressed the air just a breath away from hers. Each exhalation curled over her cheeks, teasing and sensitizing her skin until her knees weakened and her shallow breaths quickened. “How much would you hate me if I kissed you right now?”The Divine Temptations Trilogy:1. Divinely RuinedFTC Advisory: Entangled Publishing graciously provided me with a copy of Divinely Ruined. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review. The only payments I receive are hugs and kisses from my little boys.

  • Alisha
    2018-09-13 14:04

    (Originally posted at Book Lovers Inc:)In the course of three years, Anthony had lost his job, his house, and the mother of his child–and would soon commit a murder. (pg. 2, Divinely Ruined)Some books take a while to hit their stride, needing to lay down extensive plot and lengthy exposition before really hooking a reader. Not so with Divinely Ruined. By page two of this book, I was absolutely hooked. I needed to know more. Knew I’d devour the book quickly. The story’s main conflicts, as well as the nature of each main character…both were set up beautifully and immediately. Truly a treat when reading a story of limited length (in this case, around 40k words), where economy of length can mean potential limitations in effectiveness.Along with that great initial story setup, Divinely Ruined establishes solid character connections very early on. By that, I’m not just referring to the connections between characters. I mean that, personally, I fell hard for all three main characters (Rebecca, Tony, and Miranda, Tony’s little daughter), and quickly at that. ^_^ Why? Because their personalities came across clearly, endearingly. Rebecca’s tart mouth and confused spirit, balanced with a nurturing, selfless nature. Tony, who tries his damnedest to provide for his one joy in life: his daughter. And Miranda’s innocence, her unfettered adoration for her father, her trusting disposition…it’s impossible not to love her too, even as she serves as a mirror and magnifier for all of Tony’s hopes and fears. This book takes such care with these characters’ emotional journeys that their heartbreaks, setbacks, and triumphs are felt keenly by the reader. I swear, my heart ached right alongside them (I won’t lie–I cried on occasion), and I smiled at the little moments of joy and levity.Now, as for the connections among characters–specifically, between Rebecca and Tony. Theirs is an easy attraction, filled with many sweet moments. I enjoyed their repartee, which was clever and amusing, underscoring their differences even as it slowly revealed their similarities. And though they are both scarred individuals, touched by tragedy both past and present, their romance just feels…pure. Pure, even amongst those smoldering moments of longing and desire. I didn’t think I’d enjoy the prolonged state of potential romance (as opposed to realized) , but it was pitch perfect and fit the circumstances well.Judging from the commentary above, you’re likely thinking, “This is totally a character book.” And that’d be right; all three of the main characters are searching for something personal, something internal. That search, wittingly or not, forms the basis of this tale. But the plot progression here is equally engaging. Crisp and purposeful, the story never seems to lag, nor does it feel like it glosses over crucial developments.Which brings me to the concept. It is an angel story, but of a completely unexpected sort. There’s a recognizable thread of humanity in the otherworldly beings of this story, most especially exhibited by Rebecca. They are accessible, beings that strive for purpose like the rest of us. And the fact that there’s an angel training academy…well, I found that cute. ^_^ The scope of the tale is tightly focused, which I think further contributes to the strength of character connections. There’s enough world description to orient the reader in the story, but not so much as to detract from the cast’s journey.Okay, so I’ll end the effusive rant already. ^_^ But guess what? This story is part of a trilogy! Sure, the next book will feature a (mostly) different set of characters, but it’s sure to foster that same easy, effortless emotional connection. If it’s even half as enjoyable as Divinely Ruined, I will be a fabulous tale.Bottom Line: What can I say? Divinely Ruined is a pitch perfect romance that is at once pure and sensual, uplifting and heartrending, hilarious and solemn. The characters are the main draw, as Alberts gets them under your skin and into your heart almost immediately. This book is highly recommended if you crave a quick but robust and satisfying romantic read.

  • Jennifer
    2018-09-06 19:10

    This review is also posted at The Bawdy Book Blog.Divinely Ruined is a cute story of a broken angel trying to earn her wings by saving a man from committing murder. The idea that an angel needs to pass muster before getting his or her wings was intriguing all of its own accord, but throw an unexpected romance into the mix and I was a little sold on the deal!I originally disliked all the names except for Rebecca’s. The problem with names is one can have preconceived notions about who fits what kind of name (ie – when I read the name Miranda, I could think of no one else but Miranda from Sex and the City, even though I never really watched the show). This is not a fault or criticism of the author, but merely my observation of how much pop culture can influence us. Anyway, somewhere along the way, their personalities molded into their names and all of a sudden, it just clicked for me.I think the author danced delicately around the subject of religion, but I think it would have been really great to see her dive right in, when Rebecca and Anthony discussed the topics about losing faith and whether or not they believe. I think Alberts could have taken it much further with the message to not lose your faith, without becoming preachy.The development of the relationship between Rebecca and Anthony did feel a little rushed, however, given the length of the story, I can understand how it needed to unfold in a certain amount of time. But I think the novella could have benefited from being a full-length novel; I was really interested in the characters and how they developed over time. I wanted to know them so much better and longer than I did.It did feel a little like I was in a vacuum, because there weren’t that many characters in Divinely Ruined. I think there are only five active named characters and one other named character that is only mentioned in conversation, yet still plays an indirect role in the book. I like when secondary characters influence a story and its direction and there wasn’t really any of that in Divinely Ruined, so that was a little disappointing (but not much!).The verbal banter was spot on; I enjoyed the repartee and the sexual tension between Anthony and Rebecca. Anthony as a single dad who needed to “get his” came across loud and clear when he first meets her, and somewhere along the way… Anyway, it was clear they wanted each other, but – given Rebecca’s situation – couldn’t technically have each other, and so the sexual tension just continues to build. Throw into the mix that Anthony IS a single dad and you get a lot of “awwww” and a few “oops!” moments as well to giggle and guffaw right through the novel while Rebecca tries to save his soul. I also loved the role-reversal when Tony has to “save” Rebecca.All in all, Divinely Ruined is a completely heart-warming story of love and second chances.

  • Poison Rose
    2018-08-31 17:56

    Rebecca Chance was a angel in training. She still hasn't earned her wings and due to her "sailor" mouth it took nearly twice as long for her to complete her training before she was FINALLY given her first mission which would earn her wings. Upon arriving at her location she is caught by the man whose soul she is trying to save.Tony Weiss has enough to deal with on his plate, after loosing the family business and then loosing his job as an accountant, and now his home is in foreclosure Tony is feeling like there isn't might left in the world worth fighting for, except his daughter, Miranda. She is the one young and innocent thing left in his dark world. When he catches Rebecca watching him unpack the trailer, hes at first put off by her and tells her to leave. But he thinks she's crazy when she says she's an angel there to save him.After she reappears in his new home, Tony is still a bit put off, but can't help his unclean thoughts about the beautiful "angel" in front of him. Unfortunately for him, Rebecca can hear his thoughts and she's abash at whats she's hear and sees from him. Seeing that there are boxes everywhere she decides it might just be best to help him put things away. After a while they begin to talk about her mission and Tony is adamant that he'd never do a thing to jeopardize Miranda's welfare. Thus leading the two to a fight and both frustrated beyond belief.Leave it to a young innocent child, like our endearing Miranda to bring out the best of both Tony and Rebecca. Miranda takes an instant liking to Rebecca who takes it upon herself to help in getting Miranda as pretty as a princess. Tony and Rebecca begin to warm to each other, but with Rebecca hearing Tony's VERY impure thoughts shes getting ideas of her own. One day Rebecca takes Miranda out for a walk while Tony is fuming at her outside after another fight. Things go form picture perfect to nightmare in the blink of an eye when the two are caught in the middle of a face of between police and a criminal. Rebecca is critically shot while protecting Miranda and ends up unconscious and in the hospital.The aftermath of the shooting leave Rebecca with amnesia and when she finally awakes in the hospital she is scared at his closeness and Tony is afraid of what would happen to his developing relationship if she ever recovers her memory. with some "Divine intervention" form Rebecca's mentor Tony begins to live as he should, but is also told that her mission has now been completed and once she regains her memory she can leave. Through this he begins focusing on what he has, and not what he lost. He treats Rebecca as any lady wants to be treated, but she still questions how they met, about their relationship, etc. A couple weeks later an unexpected visitor triggers Rebecca's memories to come flooding back and she's PISSED at Tony for using her as she believes he did. He knows that he has to make things right, but can Rebecca forgive him and will there me a possible future for them after this? You HAVE TO read to find it its that good! a STRONG 4 Stars for Divinely Ruined.

  • Evie
    2018-09-16 20:46

    This is Diane Alberts' best work yet. I've read most of Diane's books, and I can tell you this one tops them all. The heroine, Rebecca, has had it tough-- and I mean tough for quite a few years. Non existent family, a shitty job, jerks for boyfriends, and the list goes on. She believes in nothing, how can she not? Out of nowhere someone comes to her rescue and she becomes an Angel. Except, she's an Angel like no other. Um, stop that thought. She's not THAT kind of Angel nor a Victoria's Secret Angel-- although, she totally meets the requirements in the looks' department. Her one and only requirement for being a full time Angel, is saving someone. The one thing she doesn't count on is falling head over heels for that someone. I mean, she totally could but she can't! The hero, Tony, has had it rough-- as rough can get. As if that weren't enough, he's a single Dad. Imagine that! I thought this was sexy...a nice twist in a romance. He believes in nothing, how can he believe in anything good when only crap happens? He's in a bit of danger, and he doesn't know it. A quick decision can ruin his life forever. That is where Rebecca, the foulmouth, stubborn, beautiful Angel crosses his path. The way in which Diane tells the story engaged me from the start. It totally sucked me in. The story is full of emotion, there's tragedy, and then there's love. I loved it when Tony and Rebecca got going on something they shouldn't have, it had me saying: "Oh you're such a bad Angel!", "No...don't go", "Please stay, no! Stop that!", "What are you waiting for? Just kiss...!" "Oh no...aawww, come on!"Yes, I know that's a lot of !'s, but you ought to read it and then you'll know. Last I found out today this is part of a trilogy. So now, like only Diane does, she's left me wanting more, and anxious for the next two. Diane, you must type faster. Maybe Sally can help? ;)Super AWESOME MUST READ. You cannot miss it. Blurb:She finally meets a decent man–after she’s oath-bound never to touch men again! Rebecca’s life sucked before she became an angel. Crappy apartment, awful jobs, abusive boyfriends–it was no wonder she jumped at the chance to escape it all and become a real live angel. The problem is Rebecca’s not very angelic, and she’ll have to do more to earn her wings than end her love affair with the word f–er, frick.Especially when she’s assigned to save single father Tony Weis, whose less-than-pure thoughts wreak hell on a telepathic angel’s nerves. It’s all Rebecca can do to keep her hands off him…but when she loses her memory injuring herself to save Tony’s daughter, now it’s Tony’s turn to be her angel and care for her. But will Tony’s devotion tempt her from her angelic path, even if it means being human again

  • Ellen
    2018-09-16 15:02

    Rebecca Chance has lived a life that has been anything but happy. She has had boyfriends who were abusive, terrible jobs, suffered through the death of family, and she has given up on her dreams. When presented with an opportunity to turn things around, she jumps at it. Rebecca is an angel in training, and in the process of trying to earn her wings. Her first assignment is to save Tony Weis' soul, by keeping him from committing murder. Needles to say, Tony is pretty skeptical when this beautiful woman shows up claiming to be an angel and that she is there to save him. Did I mention that Rebecca has a problem with her mouth, which doesn't help the situation. Tony lives with his daughter Miranda and is raising her alone after his wife left him. He is very bitter with women because of this. Nevertheless, little Miranda is the light of his life and he would do anything for her. Rebecca refuses to fail at her first assignment and proceeds to move in with Tony and Miranda, determined she is going to save his soul. Rebecca is a very beautiful woman, and Tony, well he is pretty hot himself. Rebecca has very hard time keeping her thoughts about Tony pure. On top of that, she can read Tony's thoughts, and his thoughts regarding her are anything but pure, which makes the temptation that much harder. After an incident occurs that causes Rebecca lose her memory, Tony is determined to take care of her. The chemistry between Rebecca and Tony is off the charts, and this time, the situation is reversed with Rebecca pursuing Tony, and Tony trying to keep her pure until she gets her memory back, all the while being afraid of what will happen when she does. What will happen when Rebecca finally has to choose between love and becoming an angel? I really enjoyed this book. It is a great romance with a paranormal twist. This story is so much more than just another angel story. It's a story of woman and man trying to push past the hardships they have been dealt in life, trying to find love, happiness, and acceptance again. The story line is fun and entertaining, with its intense moments, and the romance......well let's just say it gets pretty hot, especially at the end. Divinely Ruined is short, fast-paced, and delightful read, and if you love romance, this is a great story to read. Please note that are some adult scenes in this book that are not suitable for younger readers.

  • Christi Snow
    2018-09-23 19:11

    My Review:A- ratingThis book was truly just an enjoyable read. I loved the story line. Rebecca is trying to earn her wings after a not-so-great life. Her goal, to keep Tony from committing a sin that will condemn his soul which will earn her those wings. But instead she finds herself in danger of never becoming an angel at all.When she arrives at Tony's, she is very upfront about what she is and why she's there. I loved this part of the story because she can hear all of Tony's thoughts and they are certainly NOT pure about her...hehe. At the beginning, despite his attraction to her, they have a very antagonistic relationship towards each other. The back and forth biting between them is sarcastic, witty, and fun. I really enjoyed this part of the story. Rebecca is definitely NOT what you normally consider as angelic, but she is trying.Both of these characters have had less than ideal lives. Honestly, they both have issues with their faith, especially with their faith in themselves. I liked watching them grow individually through their relationship with each other. I also really loved the 4 yo in the story, Miranda. She definitely provides a positive place to land within the story line.Rebecca is brash, short-tempered, and trying her best to find a new life as an angel. She's trying so hard to do everything right. Tony has lost everything in his life beside his daughter Miranda. He's floundering, unhappy, and incredibly vulnerable. The chemistry between them is sizzling especially since an involvement between them will mean no wings for Rebecca. It's a no-win situation. After Rebecca loses her memory, it's especially heartbreaking to watch Tony try to resist her. Their attraction is so can it be wrong?I LOVED this book. Like I said, it was the perfect little read for a nice diversion. Just a fun and beautiful book to read!

  • Anjana
    2018-09-02 22:00

    I'm really not one for short stories or novellas but the cover and blurb of this one sucked me right in. Rebbeca's human life wasn't much to begin with - it was miserable at best - so when she was offered an amazing chance to become an angel, she took it. Now Rebecca has her first mission on Earth - to save a man's soul and prevent him from doing something bad - and if she completes it, she will earn her wings. The only problem is, Rebecca makes a crappy angel already, she didn't think she'd face trouble on her first mission in the form of an incredibly sexy man, namely Tony. That complicated things a bit. Where do I even begin? I loved every moment of this book! Sassy doesn't even begin to cover Rebecca, I loved her temper, her constant swearing and just the fact that she was quite possibly the worst angel to exist. Miranda was the most adorable kid EVER! Everytime she said/did something, I just wanted to pick her up and give her a big fat kiss on her forehead!The chemistry between Tony and Rebecca was pretty awesome and I can't believe Diane Alberts made me feel so much in such a short time, it usually takes way more than that for me to get emotionally attached/invested in the characters. The multiple POVs really helped I guess, I loved knowing Tony's thoughts as well as Rebecca's. Very few authors can pull off a good multiple POV story and Diane Alberts is clearly one of them. I loved the character development and the overall idea of this novel. I wanted Divinely Ruined to be part of an adult paranormal series if possible, that's how much I liked it. I was thrilled to know that this is the first in a trilogy, I honestly can't wait to read more books by Diane!

  • Wendy Sparrow
    2018-09-11 14:10

    Rebecca is an angel in training--anxious to earn her wings. Unfortunately, she's given the assignment of saving the soul of Tony, a single father, who's been beaten down by life and lost hope in everything but his young daughter. Add to that, Rebecca isn't the most saintly to begin with due to a quickfire temper and a penchant for profanity and, most damning of all, the combustible heat between her and her charge--getting her wings seems devilishly impossible. (Do you see what I did there? I know... I'm clever that way.)I liked this spin on angels. Rebecca was a very likable character and the set-up was fanciful enough that even though I'm devoutly religious it wasn't offensive. (I've struggled with this with other angel stories--they either skate heresy by trying to follow biblical traditions too closely or wander into cheesy...this was just right.)I really liked Rebecca's telepathy--it made for some hilarious moments.My favorite:"And stop thinking that about the shower. No one wants to see that."Tony fought back a smile and kept his mouth shut. He hadn't been picturing anything about the shower.She'd done that all on her own.***If you're hoping for a sweet angel book where a bell is rung and an angel gets her wings... this is not your grandmother's angel book, but you probably suspected that from the cover. This is hot, with lots of emotional ups and down, and a whole lot of swearing and a happily ever after. Okay, someone's bell might get rung... *winks* if you know what I mean.Oh, one final note, some authors can't write kid characters... the kids come off as either too old or too young or just plain freaky. The kid in this was adorably realistic. I really liked that.

  • Ornella (Nyx)
    2018-09-20 21:46

    This could have easily been a 5 star, but by the end of it, Rebecca had pissed me off too much.This was a fast enjoyable read, and the first half was a pretty awesome, then it started going down from there. Rebecca changes a bit too much, I know it was necessary but it's as if she had last her spark, the one thing that had made me like her from the start. And after she was back to herself again she went off like that and it just pissed me off! I know she had her trust issues and what not, but the only thing Tony did was take his sweet time not telling her she wan angel, and it's not like he was enjoying it either. He was tense and guilty more than half the time cause of it, and he kept her at an arm's length most of the time because he knew it was wrong. He was about to tell her anyway! And she still goes off and she acted as if everything that he did was a big joke to him, which I still don't see how that's possible but whatever, I guess she is entitled to that since she was pretty emotional at the time. But my biggest issue was that she didn't even realize it by herself...Sally had to point it out...I still enjoyed it quite a bit, had it's ups and downs, but good nonetheless.

  • Rva Booklover
    2018-09-16 18:55

    I don't like to write non-positive reviews. I go out of my way to not read books I think I won't like. The premise of Divinely Ruined, plus the fact that I have read Ms. Alberts' work in the past and enjoyed her style led me to believe I would enjoy this title. I emphatically did not.We start with Rebecca, an angel to be who is not so angelic, coupled with Tony, an angry single father who only wants to get Rebecca out of his and his daughter's lives. Tony is not friendly or receptive to being saved by Rebecca. Then, Bam! Whiplash, and she is the most important thing in his life besdies his daughter and he can't live without her? Bizarre. If there had been a buildup to the change of heart, then maybe it would have been believable, but it came so out of the blue...I gave this title 2 stars because the actual writing is competent. The story flows, the characters show change, if not actual growth. There were no glaring continuity errors. I just could not wrap my head around the abrupt personality transplants. Your mileage may vary.**I received a copy of this title from the publisher via Netgalley for the purpose of an honest review.

  • Alana ~ The Book Pimp
    2018-09-21 13:42

    I received this eBook for free from Entagled Publishing in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.Just barely 4♥'s by the skin of it's teeth. I'll give it a proper review, but to do a quickie sum-up-great if you are looking for an easy, no-thinking-required romance. It's whimsical and fun, and while it does try to delve into headier topics... I found myself not attached enough to the characters for the darker parts to drag me down and feel their pain. It's meant for a fun, frolic of a read (in my opinion) -likely ideal for a simple beach read while catching some rays.It's cute. I smiled a few times. I maybe got worried for a moment that there might not be a HEA. But, overall if you into a more carefree romance and don't want to feel wrung out after reading, this would be right up your alley. The author does touch upon more 'tortured' feelings and emotions, but for me it was not in-depth or gripping in that way and therefore just adding a little 'realness' to the characters.I'll add more later...

  • Kim
    2018-09-05 20:06

    Divinely Ruined is the first in a new trilogy, Divine Temptations, by author Diane Alberts. I was excited to be asked to review this book because the concept was new and different from anything I have read. This was a fantastic book that I truly enjoyed reading. It was a fresh new take on both the romance genre and the angel/godmother theme, and it was extremely well done.Rebecca is anything but typical angel material, which I loved. She was real, sometimes pretty dark, and that made her all the more lovable as a character. It wasn't all sunshine and clouds with her, but a real life with real pain. Tony, too, had his dark moments and painful past. The two together are an seemingly an unlikely pair, but a perfect one. There were moments that were absolutely giggle-worthy, and just as many that made you want to wrap your arms around them and take away the pain. This is a book that covers a whole rollercoaster of emotions and makes you feel them all right along with the characters. I couldn't put this book down and I can't wait for the next one!

  • Romancing the Book
    2018-09-03 15:48

    Reviewed by MeliBook provided by the publisher for reviewReview originally posted at Romancing the BookRebecca is a woman set out to make things right. All her life has been centered on bad things and now she has a chance to make everything right. Problem is that her job is to make Tony go into the right path and not destruction. Hard to do for here is a man who doesn’t well believe.I loved the spin of this story and have to say Diane Alberts did a great job in even making this reader a believer. Tony is your typical father who has had his life turned upside down. Now Rebecca is not a woman to back down easily and this was great in the book. The attraction is there but man Diane Alberts sure knows how to make Tony work for the love.Great book and definitely an author that I will watch. Her book is smooth and well developed to the point where even I fell for Rebecca and her schemes in making things right.

  • Abby
    2018-09-21 17:09

    I have to say, this book was much funnier than I had thought it would be. I loved the dynamics of the relationship between Rebecca, the guardian angel, and Tony, the one in need of saving. And it was made so much better because she was able to read his thoughts since he was her mission. The book felt well paced, and new developments made perfect sense, though they were not predicable. Honestly, my favorite bit about the book was near then end (at the end of chapter 11 to be specific, regarding what Sally says). It felt perfect. Really, it felt like the it was the final piece of the puzzle finishing off a beautiful picture- only I never knew there was still that piece missing. It's hard to describe without actually giving anything away, but I loved it very much. I am so glad that this book as listed as being the first in a trilogy! I can't wait to read the others.

  • Keri
    2018-09-11 22:01

    This is a sweet little romance. Becca is an angel in training, interesting concept on angels being people called forth to make a better life, not necessarily ones who have died. Tony is her mission, Tony has lost his way...his wife, job and home...his darling daughter Miranda his only bright spot. I enjoyed the first bit of this book in Rebecca and Tony's story, it was witty and fun; after her accident though it kind of lost me, it drug by and while I know it was supposed to show their amazing connection I kept wanting to forehead slap myself. All in all this is a super sweet, almost sickly, romance!This was a complimentary e-copy provided by the author or publisher in exchange for a honest review via Netgalley.

  • The BookWhisperer
    2018-09-23 17:54

    Divinely Ruined was a very sweet love story about an Angel and Man lacking faith. When the two cross paths fireworks will erupt. With their scarred past, both will attempt to ignore the obvious evidence of attraction. Determined to earn her wings; Rebecca sets herself in Tony and Miranda’s lives as times passes she will finds herself absorbed into Tony’s family effortlessly. As the days pass she dreads a time when she will no longer be needed. An unexpected turn of events leave her with amnesia, and she must remember who she is and her purpose or is this life what she really wanted all along?~BookWhisperer Reviewer JO~

  • Melissa Kendall
    2018-09-01 21:42

    So even though i gave this book 4 stars i have to admit it took me a little bit to get into it it wasn't until i was about 30% of the way through that i finally got hooked and couldn't put the book down.I am also impressed that this book took me somewhere i wasn't expecting to go i thought i had it all sussed out but then it totally threw me for a loop. it you want something good and unexpected this is definitely for you.

  • Misa Buckley
    2018-09-07 17:45

    This short, sweet romance is an absolute must-read. Rebecca is an angel-in-training and boy does she need lessons! Alberts' prose is sharp and witty, and she draws you in by creating characters that it's easy to sympathise with. She also manages to put in enough twists to avoid this becoming an overly obvious category romance.A great read - though I wished it were longer! - and I'm looking forward to more of the series.

  • Melissa
    2018-08-27 20:54

    Ok for a short story this is one of the best books I've read I love the characters! All of them Tony & his daughter Miranda both needing through I would have loved to know Miranda's reaction at the end (I'm sure we can figure it out) and Rebecca is great the August made her so defined yet unknown I truly loved this story I could also tell I the begging that Rebecca was Sally's assignment which was awesome I usually hate predictable but not in this! I just think it is a really good read.

  • Periwinklepsyche
    2018-09-10 19:09

    holy cow!! another five freaking stars for this awesome book!it totally rocked!another twist for those who love angel stories! surely you will have a good laugh with Rebecca & Tony's wicked bickering.well, I didn't know an angel can be that adorable even though she's cursing and swearing! definitely have a good time reading Divinely Ruined! there's never a dull love,love it!! <3<3<3