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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
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #880,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 acclaimed Reverend Curtis Black Series.

She lives with her husband in Rockford, Illinois.

For more information, please visit www.kimroby.com.

More About the Author

Kimberla Lawson Roby is the New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Reverend Curtis Black Series. Those titles include 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 9 standalone titles: 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

Customer Reviews

This book is a page turner!
Tambroz
Felt like a really bad Lifetime Movie Network story.
Kely A. Mathews
I read this book in one sitting.
Katrina L. Burchett

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jason Frost TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE 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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By bookjunkie on September 8, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By NovelAddict on September 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Avid reader on September 11, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm a HUGE Kimberla Lawson Roby fan, but Secret Obsession left a lot to be desired. I was thoroughly disappointed with this book. The characters seemed a bit over the top, and I found myself shaking my head at some of the dialogue and thinking who would really say these things. I understand sibling rivalry, but this took it to another level. While I'm not at all regretful that I bought this book because Ms. Roby is a phenomenal storyteller, I'm sorry that she missed the mark, at least in my opinion. Sorry, Ms. Roby....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Leah Graham on September 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Secret Obsession is a Marmite book. You'll either love it or you'll hate it. Either you'll read the description and instantly read it or you'll put it down in disgust. I felt both. I felt repulsed knowing what I was going to read about, but I wanted to read it anyway because I like a novel that's a bit different and Secret Obsession is certainly that. I liked the idea that after many years of living in her sister's shadow, Paige was ready to snap, that for once she wanted to win and the only way for her to win was to steal Pierce, so she sets about ruining their marriage. It's despicable, no doubt about it, but it's addictive and highly readable, too. I'm not sure how believable the plot is in terms of... well, everything, but for the sake of fiction I'll let it go. I mean it could happen. People steal other people's husbands and wives all of the time, and I'm sure some of those people are sisters/brothers/daughters/sons etc so it's not all beyond the realm of unbelievability.

The things Paige does to try and steal Pierce are rather disgusting. It's quite something that I managed to get past the first 10 pages, because what Paige does, what she sets up, what she lets people believe is horrible. It's deplorable, even worse than trying to steal her sister's husband and that's saying something. A lot of people will read that and slam the book down, and I'm a tad surprised it was allowed to fly, that the publishers kept it in, though despite being totally horrific it also helped us see Paige's mind-set. It's sort of like a see-saw, really. It's really rather a gray area, it's undoubtedly sick, but from Paige's point-of-view it's her only option. Despite the questionable nature of the plot, of Paige's actions it's a very readable book.
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