Title: Divinely Ruined
Author: Diane Alberts
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Divine Temptations Trilogy (Book 1)
Publication Date: April 26, 2012
Format: ebook, 111 Pages
ASIN: B007XX0NQS (Entangled)
Reviewed by: Sheila
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?
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.
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.
“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?”
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FTC 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.
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