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Secret Obsession Hardcover – September 6, 2011

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"An exciting page-turner!"―www.upscalemagazine.com on SECRET OBSESSION

"Juice 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."―chicklitreviews.com 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."―TheRoot.com 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 turning...so 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

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.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044657242X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446572422
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,011,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jason Frost VINE VOICE on September 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
As I was reading this book one question kept popping into my head; "how can such a beautiful woman like Kimberla compose such a devious character like Paige"? Talent. Has to be, cause I don't want to think that Kimberla is this crazed on her own. Paige is a young lady who is as crazy as a Amish preacher listening to Black Sabbath played backwards while jogging on one foot through Harlem wearing a Confederate Flag jumpsuit . She wants her sister's life, her sister's house, her sister's money, and her sister's husband. And she will (literally) stop and plan at nothing to get it. Unhinged is the best word to describe her because she is convinced that "no" means "yes", and she can twist even the most blatant obvious negative into a Paige-Positive.

Example/Negative: Paige steals your car and you call the police. Paige Positive: She thinks you're calling the police because you want to borrow their handcuffs to spice up your night of lovemaking. Yeah, you think I'm kidding... read the book. Paige did have a less than stellar childhood but I was waiting for something to drop that would help explain what the hell was wrong with her. And it drops... oh does it drop! That part is very emotional and Kimberla writes it like she lived it.

This is a very fast read about an extremely delusional woman who is obsessed with her sister's life, and especially her man. She executes a couple of very devious plans to help facilitate this, and if you aren't convinced that Paige is insane by page three... reading about plan #1 will be your Rosetta Stone. While this is one of Kimberla's shorter books, it doesn't read like it. Kimberla is a gem and so are her books. Do yourself a favor and bask in the glow.
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Ok, I was all ready for a book with in depth characters and true drama filled pages. None of this story line was truly believable. The husband and wife were made to be so stupid that they couldn't see right through the plot of a crazy sister looking to steal a husband. The only way they found out was someone had to tell them. There was no character development and no plot development at all. To top it off, I spent 10 dollars on 195 pages of words that never painted a picture, I was basically just told what was happening and what was going to happen. And for this to be a book about mental illness, the author could have gone into more depth, put in more research...the surface was barely touched. When comparing this to what the author has done with her Curtis Black series, this is very lackluster. This is not to be critical, but I got jacked for 10 dollars, so I'm gonna give a honest review. Not really sure what book everybody else that reviewed it was reading.
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Living in older sister Camille's shadow her entire life has taken it's toll on Paige Donahue. We can easily empathize with her upon finding out that her mother clearly favored her sister growing up, and still makes Paige feel unworthy and second class. Fed up and ready to take what she believes should be hers, Paige concocts a master plan of deceit, manipulation, and heartbreak, which then makes it difficult for readers to feel sorry for her. She can't stand the sight of her darling sister, but puts up the most convincing act as she plans to steal her sister's car, home, and husband, Pierce. Paige is sickly obsessed with anything Pierce, and will stop at nothing to be his next wife. Her game plan seems to be running smoothly, and exactly according to plan in the beginning, but not for long. As the tale unfolds, secondary characters appear seamlessly to claim the spotlight, and the drama becomes jaw dropping and unpredictable.

I like the overall plot, but this read did not contain the intriguing story lines we are used to from this author. The product description of this novel is extremely straight forward, and precisely sums up exactly what happens between the pages. Nothing more, nothing less. Although surely entertaining, I found this short read to be either too simple or over done in every category. The twists make the novel, but the drama is heightened above that of a dramatic film, and the fairy tale ending comes off as abrupt and left me feeling cheated.
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All of her life Paige Donahue has been treated like an outcast while her sister, Camille, got plenty of love, affection and material things from their parents. Well, no more!! Paige is planning to take what she feels she deserves and she doesn't care who she hurts.

Paige: This woman was living in her head; in a dream world so far away from reality. She was very good at lying and she believed her own lies. She was vindictive, manipulative and had no problem `playin' with other peoples emotions'. And the lengths she went to so she could steal her sister's husband shocked and disappointed me. I wanted to think she was just plain evil at first, but `a bit touched' is how I describe her. At times it seemed like she had a bit of a conscience, but not enough to stop what she was doing. As I read, I kept thinking that her parents' neglect did some serious psychological damage. I questioned why she was attacking her sister instead of trying to get back at her mother - the one who made her childhood miserable. The answer is animosity and her mother caused it.

Camille: She seemed to have completely different memories than Paige when it came to their childhood. She loved and trusted her sister, but still, I was amazed at how naïve she was. There are some things she really should have figured out on her own. How her sister could plant seeds of doubt so easily, I could not understand.

Pierce: He claimed to love his wife so much, but he was quick to believe the worst. I couldn't understand that either.

Maxine Donahue (Paige's mother): Favoring one child over another can cause animosity. It was obvious she never thought about that... but if she did, she didn't care. I had to wonder what was really going on with this woman.
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