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The Perfect Marriage [Kindle Edition]

Kimberla Lawson Roby
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Book Description

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?

Editorial Reviews


"An exciting page-turner!"— on SECRET OBSESSION

"Juicy read!"—Essence on SECRET OBSESSION

"The kind of novel I wish more authors would write...addictive. Made me think, made me wonder. A novel well worth reading."— on SECRET OBSESSION

"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."— on SECRET OBSESSION

"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!"—RT Book Reviews on SECRET OBSESSION

"Filled with unexpected twists and turns. A dramatic, engaging, and entertaining piece of work."—Prominence Magazine on SECRET OBSESSION

"The lengths Paige goes to...sure keep the pages much fun...Fans of Roby's Curtis Black novels will find this one true to form."—Booklist on SECRET OBSESSION

"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."—Las Vegas Review on LOVE, HONOR AND BETRAY

"Love, Honor and Betray is an entertaining read and remains true to Roby's style of creatively telling a story."—The New York Amsterdam News on LOVE, HONOR AND BETRAY

"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."Corpus Christi Caller-Times on LOVE, HONOR AND BETRAY

"Kimberla Lawson Roby weaves truth into fiction."—Indianapolis Star

"Roby [deals] with real issues in her novels."—Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

"Roby's fiction...[addresses] issues that are important to women today."—Memphis Commercial Appeal

"Kimberla Lawson Roby has reached a pinnacle most writers only dream of."—Rockford Register Star

"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."—San Jose Mercury News

"Kimberla's writing is magical."—Lolita Files, author of Scenes from a Sistah

"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."— on LOVE, HONOR, AND BETRAY

About the Author

Kimberla Lawson Roby is the New York Times bestselling author of the highly acclaimed Reverend Curtis Black Series. She lives with her husband in Rockford, Illinois.

Product Details

  • File Size: 495 KB
  • Print Length: 193 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0446572500
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (January 8, 2013)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,774 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Denial January 16, 2013
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Derrek and Denise Shaw: They graduated from top colleges, have jobs that pay well, and live in a beautiful house. They are happily married with a teenage daughter. And they are addicted to drugs.

For two people who never wanted to lie, Derrek and Denise were lying all of the time - to themselves, to each other, to their daughter, to others. Deny, deny, deny - that's what people do when they don't want to admit and deal with the truth. I was doing my best not to dislike these characters because I was bothered by their choices, but after a while I did have to ask, "What is wrong with these people?" I mean, they had common sense and they had a daughter to consider. The stages of denial in substance abuse is very well-written.

My thoughts while reading: Don't take health for granted. Don't take family for granted. Hidden issues sure can cause a whole lot of pain. Don't wait until everything is out of control to ask God for help.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me..... January 27, 2013
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The story idea drew me in but the writing is lacking. There is very little emotion in what should be a very emotional story. Plus it didn't seem as though the author really understand the drug culture and the lingo that seems to transcend cultures and socieconomic put it quite frankly, the reader isn't allowed to have an emotional connection with the characters, thus leaving one with the feeling of "why am I reading this"?
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book title January 10, 2013
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This book is a must read!! An eye opener for folk who are not aware of the consequences of using cocaine!! I read the book in 2 days!! We r reading this for book club! Great discussion!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better November 17, 2013
By Tiara
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I gave this book only 2 stars because this book wasn't as intense as I thought it would be. Given the nature of the subject (drug addiction), I thought this book was gonna go to a deep, dark place and it didn't. It seemed pretty watered down and kind of hurried. I think the characters weren't crack heads long enough (well the husband anyway) for us to really understand their struggle. I would've liked to read about them losing their house, or getting strung out in a gas station bathroom because the urge was so bad they couldn't wait to get know, just anything that would make your jaw drop or make you shake your head in disbelief. I probably would not recommend this book at the price I paid for it (almost $9). If this book were cheaper (like maybe $3 or $4) and you're looking for a quick read then this book is for you. If you're expecting a book that shows the struggle is real, then this isn't the book for you.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy. plain and simple. March 13, 2013
"Never judge a book by its cover." Truer words have never been spoken. The cover is beautifully designed and very elegant. That is where everything stops. What pulled me in was the intro i read on the cover. It read as an intriguing story, so I bought it. It was different from the usual ghetto & street plots of most african-american literature and thats what i wanted. Simply put, I wanted a book that told a story where the characters in it just happened to be black. Not a "black book."

The writing disappointed me highly, and because of that it ruined a great plot.

Instead of letting the story unfold through a balanced mix of dialogue and description, letting the characters give us clues to themselves, and us feeling like we are in the characaters minds/eyes seeing the story, we get a narrator who basically tells us whats going to happen and whats happening, and then has the characters say whats happening. We never get to feel like we are in the characters mind because the narrative voice used comes off like you're reading a narcotics anonymous self-help book (The page where Derrick is about to do crack for the first time, the last few paragraphs of Chapter 15). I shouldnt read those questions as if I'm being ask to answer those on a test, I should read those questions as Derricks thoughts, or rather, questions he's asking himself in his head. Maybe throw in a small flashback thought or something.

Another example; the chapter when Denise is leaving work, and Pamela drives up to her in her car. When Pamela says that she is leaving, then by us knowing that she drove up in her car, we already know that she's about to drive off. We do not need to also be told, that Pamela drove off.

The writing makes this whole book flat.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent January 11, 2013
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Kimberly Lawson Roby always come through with great page turners. Drug addiction do not discriminate and this story portrayed that beautifully. Can't wait for her next book!!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't enjoy as much as her other books.... January 15, 2013
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I am a huge fan of Mrs Roby and I have read all of her books. I was eagerly anticipated this new book. I pre-ordered and got it on my Kindle. I read the whole book. It was a quick and easy read. However, I found this book to be very sad and repetitive. I guess its a precautionary tale . I'll still read Ms.Roby's books, but this one just did not hold my interest at all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good short story October 2, 2013
By Janie D
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A married couple that starts taking drugs and it gets out of hand, thinking they can stop anytime. The perfect marriage, one trying to please her strict father, the other trying to get over being abandoned by his parents. Amazing what drug use can do to a family.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just when you thought you could just quit.
The Perfect Marriage tackled some very tough real-life issues. It strongly dealt with the issues of drug abuse, the ability to quit and the constant desire fore more. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Not my first time reading a Roby thriller, but this was the most poignant. The characters jumped off the page and came to life. This would make an incredible movie. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars never dissapointed. A masterful writer!
Always a good read. You can NEVER go wrong with a KLR book.
Published 2 months ago by Sistalove
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Easy short read. Story of family that has everything but used drugs that destroyed their family.
Published 3 months ago by Iris Birdie Michaux
5.0 out of 5 stars omg what a book
Mrs. Kimberla I read this book in 3days . I refused to put this book down. I love your writings keep it up!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Clara
Good book.must read..keeps you interested..I like the author. All her books keep you reading and not wanting to put the book down

Thank You!!
Published 5 months ago by Clara
3.0 out of 5 stars I liked it enough to recommend it to someone looking for ...
This was an okay read - that I had to lay down several times because the main plot was of no interest to me. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Miss Elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars good Read
This book was very good. Happy, sad, it she'd light on the upper class drug addicts. People of all walks of life. You never know who is in need.
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5.0 out of 5 stars must read
This book kept me on the edge of my seat.
Published 6 months ago by Anica Colvin
5.0 out of 5 stars Baby Girl
Fantastic, as usual!
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More About the Author

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:, Facebook:, Twitter:

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