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For Charlotte Black, there are some good things about being married to the "world renowned" Rev. Curtis Black (whose flashy, trashy life Roby has dished in earlier works). Her husband's bestselling books and flourishing ministry allow her a life of luxury, but Curtis is always away on publicity tours, and Charlotte suspects he's cheating. Of course, she's cheated, too, but Charlotte hires a private detective to catch Curtis in the act. Meanwhile, Charlotte's best friend and co-narrator, college professor Janine, has man trouble of her own. A farcical array of misfortunes (a death, a near-deadly stabbing, etc.) rock the cast as the book lumbers toward its conclusion. Astonishingly, none of this gets in the way of the happy ending; all the trouble, it turns out, was worth it. Readers may not be so sure.
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About the Author

Kimberla Lawson Robyis the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of the Reverend Curtis Black series as well as many other novels and novellas. She lives with her husband in Rockford, Illinois.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Reverend Curtis Black Series (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (December 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006089251X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060892517
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #486,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kimberla Lawson Roby is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the popular Reverend Curtis Black Series. Those titles include: 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, Love & Lies, The Best-Kept Secret, Too Much of A Good Thing, and Casting the First Stone. Kimberla also has 10 standalone titles: A Christmas Prayer, The Perfect Marriage, Secret Obsession, A Deep Dark Secret, One in A Million, Changing Faces, A Taste of Reality, It's a Thin Line, Here & Now, and Behind Closed Doors. She lives with her husband in Rockford, Illinois. Web Site: kimroby.com, Facebook: facebook.com/kimberlalawsonroby, Twitter: twitter.com/KimberlaLRoby

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J.C. Wallington on March 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The Reverend (Rev.) Curtis Black and his wife, Charlotte, are back in Kimberla Lawson Roby's fourth novel about the wayward preacher, Love and Lies. After a long absence from home, Curtis returns and professes his love for his wife and children. Charlotte, however, continues to scheme behind his back, as she has to cover lies and half-truths of the past twelve years. Not only is she working overtime to make sure the truth does not come out, but she has to deal with a daughter who is exhibiting disturbing behaviors, unwelcome phone calls from a former lover and a long lost "brother-in-law" who is intent on causing trouble.

Janine is Charlotte's best friend. After shacking with the unemployed Antonio for the past two years, she finally tires of supporting this able-bodied man. Antonio finds the idea of working to be ridiculous, after there was no employer who would pay him what he and his associates degree was worth. Once Janine gave him 30 days to vacate her home, the real "Antonio" emerged. He began threatening and harassing her even as she took steps to take back control.

This reader has enjoyed the saga of Curtis Black and his family and in my honest opinion, his time has run out. I have read all I care to about the good Rev. and as much as I like Kimberla Lawson Roby's novels, I probably would not read another Curtis Black book. It appears evident that Roby has run out of ideas for him, as in this novel, he became more of a secondary character. As an avid reader, I feel I can now draw my own conclusions about the outcome of the Black family. With all that being said, this is still a good read. While Janine frustrated me to no end there were several twists in the plot that made me sit up and pay attention. I am sure Curtis Black fans will be pleased with this offering.

Jeanette

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By serious reader on February 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I was completly disappointed with this book! After reading the first two, I rushed out to buy this one the day it came out. Normally, I will read a "good" book in a day or two, this one took me a week and a half! It just did not hold my interest. I thought Jannine's character was so weak and shallow. How do you let a man treat you like that in YOUR HOUSE WITH YOU PAYING ALL THE BILLS!! The excuse of her sister being killed by her abusive boyfriend was not strong enough to warrant her putting up with Anthony's mess.

As for Charlotte, when will she learn about the lies. The marraige that she and Curtis have is so phony and unbelieveable!

Another major problem that I had was that Curtis was supposed to be a man of God and Charlotte is supposed to be his helpmate, but they didn't seem to have GOD anywhere in their lives!

The book was totally predictable and did not live up to the first two! I was deeply disappointed!!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Christopher Murray on February 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I love to see writers grow with each book and Kimberla Lawson Roby is that kind of writer. In fact, this is Kimberla's best book (although I said that about Changing Faces, too.) In Love and Lies, Reverend Curtis Black is back. And he is really trying to live right. (Who would have thought it!) But then there's his wife, Charlotte, who is making that a difficult task. Love and Lies is filled with twists and turns and a shocker that left me with my mouth open. You'll love it, hate some of the characters, and be thinking about it long after it comes to an end. Great job, Kim.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jackie M on January 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
THis is more of Charlotte Blacks story: She is married to the infamous Reverend Curtis Black and if you remember in The Best Kept Secret, Curtis had reverted back to some of his old ways after finding out that Charlotte had played just like him. In Love & Lies, you find the same tenacity and spontaniety that is so intriguiing with Kimberla Lawson Roby's style of writing. She has introduced us to another scenario with Janine and her situations as she tries to get rid of Antonio and finds out that it is not as easy to lose a love then it was to gain it. Sometimes Love is so crazy especially in these non-working, too good looking to be with men. Curtis has been keeping his own secret and holding a grudge, but Charlotte is playing a dangerous game, just to find out that she should have listened to Curtis and she finds herself once again having to forgive and forget to move on...she has told so many lies and one particular lie and deception actually costs her dearly with her daughter. Curtis told her that you can't play a player and he was right, he was always one card deal ahead of her and unfortunately for her, it doesn't come out like she wanted, but then again Curtis is just so good for all the wrong that he has done, he is once again the one who has the upper hand and charlotte has to give in and deal with situations. The story is fast paced and interesting, but it lacked the explosive Curtis Black appeal, you actually see Curtis in a different light, and even though he has been up to some of his old games, he is no where near the same old Curtis Black that he was in Casting the First Stone. Curtis Black is not dead and I don't think that we have heard the last of the Black Family...still so much to do here and I look forward to reading more of the Infamous Curtis Black.
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