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Posted June 10, 2012 by Chanel Chancey in All Reviews
 
 

Review: Divinely Ruined (Divine Temptations #1) by Diane Alberts

Divinely Ruined (Divine Temptations #1) by Diane Alberts
Divinely Ruined (Divine Temptations #1) by Diane Alberts

TLDR Recap:

Rebecca’s sucky life made it easy to accept the proposal to become an angel. Unfortunately she is not quite angelic material. Charged with saving Tony Weis’ soul in order to earn her wings, she rushes head first into the single father’s life. If only she stops using the f-word, and manages to keep from falling for Tony, then maybe she’ll finally earn those elusive wings. Divinely Ruined is a GraveTells Must Read!

  • Title: Divinely Ruined
  • Series: Divine Temptations Trilogy book #1
  • Author: Diane Alberts
  • Prominent Characters: Rebecca, Tony Weis, Miranda Weis, Sally
  • Recommended Reader Age: 18+
  • Genre: Paranormal Romance
  • Sexual Content Level: moderate

*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***

Thoughts:

New Angel, just out of training, Rebecca, finds herself across the street watching as Tony Weis packs up his belongings when his life takes another turn for the worse. He is moving into an apartment after losing his wife, job and now his home.  The spitfire of an angel must try to save Tony’s soul in order to earn her wings. But even after angel training, she doesn’t quite finesse her style when approaching her new charge. She abruptly reads his thoughts and tells him she’s there to save his soul. Of course Tony thinks she’s a basket case and sends her away.

The characters in Divinely Ruined come to life immediately. The storyline flows easily bringing us into an unbelievable situation. Ms. Alberts does an amazing job of allowing the reader to get to know the characters without dragging us into descriptions, but through their dialog, actions and gestures.

Rebecca doesn’t quite cut it as an angel, which makes it easy to relate to her. She relishes the idea of becoming a full fledged angel and making more out of her existence than the failure of her human life. The longer she is around Tony and Miranda, the more she realizes how much she was missing in her human life and doesn’t want that life back. Yet can she leave Tony and Miranda?

Tony’s confusion, his reluctance to allow just anyone near his little girl is touching. He is a good dad. Yet we learn some things about him that tells us he is not above reproach. When it comes to Rebecca, his reactions and thoughts are all male.

The little girl Miranda, is what all children should be written like, all of her actions and words age appropriate.

Divinely Ruined is a wonderful story that doesn’t pull you in, it snags you so fast your neck will snap. The idea of two people that are so different, yet so alike attempting to muddle their way onto the right path, made me laugh, tingle and even sniff a time or two. I absofreakinlutely loved it!

Memorable Quotes:

Strange woman…

“I’m here to save your soul, Anthony Weis.”

Not believing it…

“This is the part where you strip, right?. And sing some stupid little jingle?”

Only a guy would think this…

“Wrong kind of angel,” she said flatly. “I don’t even shop at Victoria’s Secret.”

If you liked…

If you enjoyed Divinely Ruined and are looking for more stories that pull you in, I suggest Laura Kaye’s North of Need, a GT Favorite and one of our 2011 Books of the Year.

Final Thoughts:

I can’t remember the last time I picked up a book and did not put it back down until I finished it. Thank God it was the weekend. I look forward to the subsequent stories in this series. I will be the first in line to devour Ms. Albert’s next Divine Temptations series!

Rating: Divinely Ruined

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Chanel Chancey

 
An avid reader who prefers a good book, over most things any day of the week. Reviews will be frank with an appreciation for the hard work and dedication it takes to be a writer.