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“Compelling, dishy.” (Rockford Register Star on Be Careful What You Pray For )

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Her first marriage didn't work out, but that isn't going to stop Alicia Black, the privileged daughter of the charismatic Reverend Curtis Black, from getting what she wants.

Alicia can't believe her good fortune. God has heeded her prayers, blessing her with the perfect second husband, Pastor JT Valentine, a handsome, dynamic man of the cloth with his own large congregation, just like her father.

Unfortunately, Alicia doesn't understand how much like Curtis her new husband truly is. JT has been sneaking around town with other women—and he only married her to get close to her father's money and fame. But while Alicia is blinded by love, her dad certainly isn't. After all, it takes one to know one—and who better to see into the darkness of a sinner's heart than Curtis Black?

Only a miracle can save the day. But God acts in mysterious ways, and soon Alicia will have to face some very crucial and life-changing decisions. This time, she's got to be careful what she prays for. . . .

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (December 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061443123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061443121
  • ASIN: B005Q5PITC
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,471,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kimberla Lawson Roby is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the popular Reverend Curtis Black Series, which include: The Ultimate Betrayal, The Prodigal Son, A House Divided, The Reverend's Wife, Love, Honor, & Betray, Be Careful What You Pray For, The Best of Everything, Sin No More, The Best-Kept Secret, Too Much of a Good Thing, and Casting the First Stone, along with many standalone titles. She is the 2013 recipient of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Fiction, and a #1 Essence magazine bestselling author. She lives with her husband in Rockford, Illinois. Web Site:, Facebook:, Twitter:

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By D C on February 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Alicia Black is the daughter of the highly controversial Reverend Curtis Black. Recently divorced, she meets and falls in love with the slimy Reverend JT Valentine after hearing him speak at Reverend Black's church. Alicia sets her sights on JT from day one and eventually, she gets what she wants. But not all that she bargained for . . .

Everyone (except the lovely Alicia) seems to know that JT Valentine is a criminal, a pathological liar and a man-whore. Trying to keep his collection of women straight isn't an easy task. As he's bilking a wealthy church member for hundreds of thousands of dollars to help him reach mega-mega church status, he's in a conniving sexual relationship with another woman named Carmen--who just happens to be an old grade school friend of Alicia.

JT's--and Alicia's--world comes crashing down after a former lover emails Alicia from prison, finally giving her the proof she needed about JT's exploits. But Alicia *is* the Reverend Curtis Black's daughter: she won't be played, and she's got a trick of her own to play.

As per usual, Lawson Roby doesn't disappoint. I really liked this story--definitely a page-turner throughout! JT was really a snake, and Alicia was a little oblivious at first, which is a well-crafted fictional representation of real relationships that move fast, and then someone finds out that the person they thought they "loved" isn't who he/she is. I think the ending was a little abrupt, but it was fitting--flowed well with the story. Recommended.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By L. Bishop on January 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
First, I am a fan of Kimberla Lawson Roby, which is why I don't think twice about buying her books as soon as one is released. This is a sequel to "The Best of Everything" starring Alicia (Curtis Black's spoiled daughter)who would do Any & Every thing to have what she wanted - (like father like daughter). In this latest novel - "Be Careful What You Pray For" Alicia meets her next husband JT Valentine, who is the "mirror" of her father and worse(or what he used to be) - though I was delighted that Alicia has matured and realizes what's most important in life, It just left me feeling BLAH! It felt like the infamous Curtis Black was back, but, under a different name. Famous "married" Pastor who loves Himself and so should everyone else - especially women...

Don't get me wrong, the story is interesting/engaging. It's a quick read and there are situations you will be dying to find out how it will play out. But, you don't have to be a Christian to figure out "what goes around comes around." For me, I would love for Ms. Roby to add a different spice to her storylines and maybe do something different from the cheating Pastor.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "faye" on January 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I felt that this book was a great read. It showed us that ministers are no different than other men. I liked the fact that it seemed as if Alicia finally grew up and matured into the woman she should have been all along. I really felt as if her character took on a more adult role this time. The ending of the book was nice as well. All and all it was a good read and I would recommend it to anyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on March 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
After her recent divorce, Alicia Black is determined to focus on her future and not her past. She's actively writing her first novel with the hopes of it being published, while spending time with her family. When she visits a local church with her world renowned father, Reverend Curtis Black, she meets Pastor J.T. Valentine, a pastor of his own church with a large congregation. When the handsome Pastor Valentine inquires about her upcoming book, romance between the two blossoms. While Alicia is thankful that her prayers have been answered and she marries for love, her new husband has another agenda. She learns the truth about her new husband's intentions and has to make some decisions and in doing so learn valuable life lessons.

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU PRAY FOR by Kimberla Lawson Roby is the continuation of the Rev. Curtis Black series. Ms. Roby offers a spell-bounding tale of love, lies, betrayal and deceit. I was enraptured in the story that I read from beginning to end in one sitting. I'm anxiously anticipating the next installment of the series!!!

Reviewed by Jaime L. Lincoln
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Donnica Carter VINE VOICE on February 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Alicia Black, daughter of the infamous Rev. Curtis Black, is back in Be Careful What You Pray For by Kimberla Lawson Roby. After divorcing her first husband, Alicia was not sure she would be blessed with someone else. She thinks she has found exactly what she has prayed for in Rev. JT Valentine. JT has a growing congregation and does not mind Alicia shopping and spending whatever she wants. What Alicia did not expect was that JT was a spitting image of her father in his younger days. Everyone around Alicia, including her father, knows that he is a liar and a cheater. JT is so caught up in affairs, lies, and deception that it is bound to blow up at some point. Multiple lovers decide to blackmail JT and to contact Alicia to tell her the truth. Will Alicia believe that she has married a criminal and liar? Or will Alicia stick by his side?

Lawson definitely knows how to tell a story. She knows how to create twists and lots of drama. I was able to read this in one sitting. I personally can do without hearing from the Blacks any longer. This book is a sequel but can stand on its own. I recommend for fans of hers.

This book was provided courtesy of the author for review.

Donnica Copeland
APOOO BookClub
Sista Talk Book Club
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