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The Perfect Marriage by [Roby, Kimberla Lawson]
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"An exciting page-turner!"―www.upscalemagazine.com 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."―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

"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."―Philly.com 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.

Email: kim@kimroby.com
Facebook.com/kimberlalawsonroby
Twitter.com/KimberlaLRoby
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Product Details

  • File Size: 600 KB
  • Print Length: 193 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (January 8, 2013)
  • Publication Date: January 8, 2013
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ZFIYNI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,323 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By K. L. Burchett VINE VOICE on 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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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 barriers....to 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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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 home....you 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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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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Marriage is most without doubt an effort that each person has to give their 100%, their all, and not just 50/50; regardless if you have been married five months, five years or fifteen years. No marriage is perfect, but you can 'invent your own picture-perfect live'. So many people pay thousands on the wedding, and zero on the marriage. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with wanting to have a beautiful ceremony, but don't be so into the glamour of your wedding, you forget about the glory of the relationship God has mended together.

In this story, you meet Derrek and Denise Shaw, a lovely, devoted, and well-educated couple. From their outer appearances, it seems as if they have no imperfections, 'the perfect marriage', high paying careers, living in their perfect home with their beautiful and intelligent daughter. If only you knew the couple behind the walls.

The character development was somewhat lacking. I personally didn't feel any emotional connection to the couple Derrek and Denise situation. Even though the issue they were dealing with is a serious matter within our communities; lower, middle and upper class, I felt their development was not just a tad bit rushed, it was overly rushed, with that been done I was unable to form an emotive bond with their battle. I didn't feel any sympathy for them, only a small one for their daughter.

Denise's mother Wilma was the example of a woman who would tolerate anything from her spouse for the luxury of a high society lifestyle marriage. Now this is another issue within the story, that could been a delightful point to go in farer with. As a person of faith, how much are you willing to take for 'the perfect marriage'?
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n the beginning Denise and Derrick and there one daughter, Mackenzie do have the perfect life. Imperfections only are in their pasts, their childhoods. Neither Denise nor Derrick came from perfect home environments. It's easy to see what has gone wrong in Derrick's life. His parents are deeply involved with drug addiction and still fighting and clawing there way out of the horrible jungle of drug abuse. Still, it seems the drugs are winning in his parents' life. Whereas Denise's parents seem perfect. Perhaps their problems are more sinister than the problems of Derrick's family because everything seems perfect between Wilma and her husband. These past ghosts wind their way through the lives of Denise and Derrick and finally, touch the life of their daughter, Mackenzie.

The Perfect Marriage by Kimberla Roby Lawson is about occurring and reoccurring drug addiction between two married people. Denise and Derrick are leading the good life: fine home, upscale, professional careers, beautiful cars and a daughter who seems like the perfect child. They have it all. However, just when they are in the groove of feeling totally comfortable disaster strikes in the form of death. Derrick's brother dies of cancer. This death fills Derrick with guilt because he had not talked to his brother for a very, very long time due to a dept owed him by his brother, D.

The story of this family is a sad one but not totally a tear jerker. There are the good lessons which come from the bad times in our lives. It's also true, I think, what I've heard over and over again. When we hit bottom, there is no place but up. I grew anxious. I worried because it seemed there was no way out for this family. Everything seemed darker than dark. I hope to remember there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.
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