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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 (188 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,703,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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This was a major step up from the last book. Alicia finally has everything she wants, the lavish lifestyle, big house, fantasy cars, and a husband with a congregation of five thousand. Everything that seems perfect may not be. JT is always doing and saying all the right things. He has Alicia so fooled with all the fantasy gifts and prestige of being his wife that she can't see what's going on right in front of her. JT is a young Curtis Black in the making. JT has a lucrative business he was running years ago where he was prostituting young women and now his past is creeping up with him. JT is even more conniving than Curtis, he will use anyone and anything to get what he wants.

Alicia soon learns that the green is not greener on the other side and maybe her first husband was not so bad. This book has some tremendous twists and turns. I like the maturity that we see in Alicia this time around. I really enjoyed this one and I look forward to the next one.
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Another "Home Run" by Ms Kimberla. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel. It is evident and amazing, that the lessons we learn in our lives, sometimes and often times have to be learned the "hard way". As the saying goes "the grass in NOT always greener on the other side". I think Alicia is learning this lesson as she grows and matures into adulthood and taking note of her own life. I do recommend that you read the "Curtis Black" series, you won't be disappointed.

The saga continues as I move on to Book #8 "Love, Honor and Betray" ~ I can't wait to see what lesson I'm going to learn in that novel!!

Thanks again Ms Kimberla for such great novels.

Happy Reading Fans!
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Kimberly did it again!!! I could not put this book down. The title says it all. The characters were so real. The sins of the father came alive along with the old saying women marry guys like their father. JT was the lowest of low and he was a very good example of one lie leading to another. It's a great example of just because you can preach it does not mean you are pure. This should be a movie!!!
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I am honestly tired of these authors writing about preachers and churches the way they do. Bashing ministers appears to be the way to get a reaction out of your audience, and to make sales. If these authors actually attend churches where these type of things happen as a matter of course, then I would have to wonder why they remain there.

To me, this book was a cheap thrill.
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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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