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The Perfect Marriage
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The New York Times bestselling novel from the author of the Reverend Curtis Black series.
Denise and Derrek Shaw are the perfect American couple. Happily married for fifteen years, they have a wonderful daughter, Mackenzie, successful careers, and a beautiful home in a posh Chicago suburb. They are attractive, respected . . . and hiding a shocking secret: a dangerous addiction to drugs.
It started innocently enough. Denise occasionally used prescription drugs to help her deal with the long hours and demanding nature of her job. Derrek, also under pressure at work, began using cocaine socially with some of his colleagues.
They can quit whenever they want to. At least, that's what Denise would like to believe . . .
As her job becomes more stressful, Denise can no longer get through the day without a fix. Derrek realizes his harmless habit has become anything but, and desperately wants to get clean. However, his attempts are derailed when there is a sudden family tragedy. Once soul mates, now this husband and wife are quickly losing the immense love that had been the cornerstone of their marriage. With her parents spiraling out of control, Mackenzie makes an unexpected move to take matters into her own hands. Is her sacrifice too late-or is there still hope? Is there a final chance to save the Shaw family?
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It started innocently enough. Denise occasionally used prescription drugs to help her deal with the long hours and demanding nature of her job. Derrek, also under pressure at work, began using cocaine socially with some of his colleagues.
They can quit whenever they want to. At least, that's what Denise would like to believe . . .
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It started innocently enough. Denise occasionally used prescription drugs to help her deal with the long hours and demanding nature of her job. Derrek, also under pressure at work, began using cocaine socially with some of his colleagues.
They can quit whenever they want to. At least, that's what Denise would like to believe . . .
As her job becomes more stressful, Denise can no longer get through the day without a fix. Derrek realizes his harmless habit has become anything but, and desperately wants to get clean. However, his attempts are derailed when there is a sudden family tragedy. Once soul mates, now this husband and wife are quickly losing the immense love that had been the cornerstone of their marriage. With her parents spiraling out of control, Mackenzie makes an unexpected move to take matters into her own hands. Is her sacrifice too late-or is there still hope? Is there a final chance to save the Shaw family?
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      • premium: False
      • source: Essence on SECRET OBSESSION
      • content: Juicy read!
      • premium: False
      • source: chicklitreviews.com on SECRET OBSESSION
      • content: The kind of novel I wish more authors would write...addictive. Made me think, made me wonder. A novel well worth reading.
      • premium: False
      • source: TheRoot.com on SECRET OBSESSION
      • content: New York Times best-selling author Kimberla Lawson Roby has a knack for writing suspenseful, page-turning stories, and her latest novel, Secret Obsession, is no different... A must-read for fiction thriller fans.
      • premium: False
      • source: RT Book Reviews on SECRET OBSESSION
      • content: 4 Stars! Roby is the queen of redemption! She has a knack for taking characters that readers love to hate and turning them into ones everyone will cheer for. This one's definitely a page-turner!
      • premium: False
      • source: Prominence Magazine on SECRET OBSESSION
      • content: Filled with unexpected twists and turns. A dramatic, engaging, and entertaining piece of work.
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      • source: Booklist on SECRET OBSESSION
      • content: The lengths Paige goes to...sure keep the pages turning...so much fun...Fans of Roby's Curtis Black novels will find this one true to form.
      • premium: False
      • source: Las Vegas Review on LOVE, HONOR AND BETRAY
      • content: Lively, action packed and full of sassy sensuality, Roby once again has created a story that grabs the reader's attention and holds it until the very end.
      • premium: False
      • source: The New York Amsterdam News on LOVE, HONOR AND BETRAY
      • content: Love, Honor and Betray is an entertaining read and remains true to Roby's style of creatively telling a story.
      • premium: False
      • source: Corpus Christi Caller-Times on LOVE, HONOR AND BETRAY
      • content: Lively, action-packed, and full of sassy sensuality, Roby once again has created a story that grabs the reader's attention and holds it in her grip until the very end.
      • premium: False
      • source: Indianapolis Star
      • content: Kimberla Lawson Roby weaves truth into fiction.
      • premium: False
      • source: Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
      • content: Roby [deals] with real issues in her novels.
      • premium: False
      • source: Memphis Commercial Appeal
      • content: Roby's fiction...[addresses] issues that are important to women today.
      • premium: False
      • source: Rockford Register Star
      • content: Kimberla Lawson Roby has reached a pinnacle most writers only dream of.
      • premium: False
      • source: San Jose Mercury News
      • content: Roby, a bestselling author with a devoted audience, knows well the recipe for success: equal parts heartbreak and romance, with liberal dashes of sexual satisfaction.
      • premium: False
      • source: Lolita Files, author of Scenes from a Sistah
      • content: Kimberla's writing is magical.
      • premium: False
      • source: Philly.com on LOVE, HONOR, AND BETRAY
      • content: For those thousands of fans, who can't get enough of the 'good' reverend and his wives, this is a book that should not be missed.
      • premium: True
      • source: Kirkus
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        November 1, 2012
        Denise and Derrek appear to be the perfect couple, but can their love for each other and their family overcome their deepening drug addictions? As this sketchy novella opens, Denise and Derrek are at a 12-step meeting. Derrek, whose parents were drug addicts, has decided that they need help quitting what his wife of 15 years considers merely recreational drug use. Denise, unlike her husband, came from a "good" family, and as a nurse, she believes she understands and can control both their joint cocaine use and her increasing reliance on Vicodin. What Derrek doesn't know is that Denise isn't serious about giving up a habit that she doesn't consider dangerous. What neither realizes is that both are vulnerable and that a family crisis will push them over the edge. Before long, they're both using again and moving into harder drugs that not only endanger their livelihoods and their comfortable upper-middle-class lifestyle, but eventually the health and happiness of their daughters. Roby (The Reverend's Wife, 2012, etc.) keeps to her fast, sexy, moralistic style; there is little doubt that love and faith will win out, especially for such an attractive couple. What keeps the adult fairy-tale formula from completely satisfying, however, is its sketchiness. The effects of the drugs, for example, are vague. The secondary characters, such as kindly old Lula from whom Denise steals drugs, are flat stereotypes. And details, like the health scare that starts Derrek using again, are mentioned after the fact, as if the author decided on a motive too late and didn't want to bother going back. This might hold fans until the next installation of the author's Reverend Curtis Black novels, but it won't win over new readers. An outline, rather than a fully drawn study, of a beautiful couple's trials with addiction, their predictable redemption too easily won.

        COPYRIGHT(2012) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

      • premium: True
      • source: Library Journal
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        August 1, 2012

        Again, the popular Roby takes on a serious social issue within the context of glossy popular fiction. Denise and Derek Shaw have it all: happy marriage, successful careers, beautiful house, beautiful daughter--and a serious addiction to drugs. Their daughter must intervene to save them.

        Copyright 2012 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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