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Divinely Ruined

(Divine Temptations Trilogy #1)

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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  106 ratings  ·  41 reviews
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 af
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Published April 26th 2012 by Entangled Publishing (first published April 25th 2012)
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
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 Ruine
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Claire Robinson
Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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♥Rachel♥
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to ♥Rachel♥ by: Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

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. No
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Kayleigh {K-Books}
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"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.

Rebec
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Nicola
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.

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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.

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XxTainaxX
Dec 14, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
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Vi (like the letter)
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 ...more
Bookish Michelle
Apr 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 min ...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & 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
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Alisha
May 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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
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Poison Rose
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 fe
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Jennifer
May 06, 2012 rated it liked it
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 ki
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Evie
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 A
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Ellen
Jul 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 beautifu ...more
Christi Snow
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
My Review:
A- rating
This 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
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Wendy Sparrow
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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 kno ...more
Anjana
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 fac
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Ornella (Nyx)
Jun 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 th
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Rva Booklover
Dec 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
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 sa
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Alana ~ The Book Pimp
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
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Kim
May 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Romancing the Book
Jan 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Meli
Book provided by the publisher for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

Rebecca 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
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Abby
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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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 w ...more
Keri
Nov 30, 2015 rated it liked it
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 c ...more
The BookWhisperer
Aug 25, 2012 rated it liked it
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, ...more
Melissa
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Melissa Kendall
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Periwinklepsyche
Apr 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 moment.so love,love it!! <3<3<3
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Diane Alberts is a USA TODAY bestselling Contemporary Romance author with Entangled Publishing. Under the name Jen McLaughlin, she also writes New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling books with Penguin RandomHouse. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. James as one of the breakout independent authors to dominate the bestselling lists. Diane is represented by Louise Fur ...more