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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (307 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kimberla Lawson Roby Narrator: Shay Moore Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9781619692817
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Addiction, deception—pretty pictures hide ugly secrets.

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 house 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?

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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
  • "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
  • 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
  • “[A] masterpiece.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • 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
  • 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
  • Kimberla Lawson Roby is a true writer, a storyteller at the top of her game. Eric Jerome Dickey
  • 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
  • “Roby, a skilled storyteller, once again weaves together a compelling plot by placing ordinary, sympathetic characters in difficult situations. Roby’s many fans and readers who enjoy African American pop fiction will want this one.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rieta | 2/20/2014

    " Shallow characters but the addiction denial was spot on. The perfection of the marriage except for the addiction issues was a bit over the top! Some parts actually quite tough to get through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelly Bell | 2/17/2014

    " This book is a quick read and quite interesting. However, I felt it could have been better developed. I wanted to to know more about the other characters and it never happened. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 2/8/2014

    " This is a well written novel that gives a realistic look at how drug addiction can ruin a family. It is only 174 pages, so it is a very quick read (I read it in one evening). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith Spriggs | 1/30/2014

    " Good book, very quick read. Will read more of her books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 1/22/2014

    " I was so moved by this book. Oh my goodness. Nothing and no one is perfect. It was great from beginning to ending. I HIGHLY recommend this book! Loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debra Odom | 1/19/2014

    " I enjoyed this book but not as much as the Rev. Black series. Roby did an excellent job of making the reader aware of the process of becoming addicted to drugs. This book is a quick read. You can read it in a couple of hours. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hope Johnson | 1/17/2014

    " Great book. It really had me inside the lives of real drug addicts. I often wondered how people could get caught in the spiraling life of this addiction. Having watched people around me go through this I often thought they could stop if they really tried. But reading about Derrick and Denise made me realize that it is harder than I thought it would be. How the drugs could make you do the unthinkable....fast. It also was confirmation that your past, if not dealt with, can effect your present and future no matter how much you try to forget about it. But God... Great job again Kimberla Lawson Roby! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbara | 1/14/2014

    " Reading this book was like watching a Lifetime movie. The only redeeming quality is that it was very short under 200 pages. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica Goodman | 12/31/2013

    " I was very disappointed with this novella. Very predictable. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Vanessa | 12/14/2013

    " Very boring writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassandra Bowers | 11/28/2013

    " The Perfect Marriage was a great read. What I loved most was that the author didn't need to be graphic or explicit to get her point across. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 10/26/2013

    " Fast paced and gripping. Easy quick read with the ending you never seen coming! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Patricia Townes | 10/23/2013

    " Would not recommend this one. Boring! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 10/21/2013

    " A very good read that is realistic about addiction and the lives of addicts. Very good story line and it was hard to put down. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katie Lynn | 10/4/2013

    " Overly-romanticized version of drug-affected family and individuals. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pearl | 9/8/2013

    " So disappointed. I feel like the author dragged this out. The Perfect Marriage was far from perfect. Two educated adults on drugs, just couldn't get with this novel at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tina | 8/26/2013

    " I would give it 2.5 stars. Easy read but I had a hard time with the fast furious problems. I understand she was making a point and had to go to extremes. Wasn't bad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Millicent Rogers | 7/23/2013

    " This book was good. Deep, perhaps I picked the wrong time to read this book. The story was good and I am sure someone can relate to the story line. It seems like it will likely tie into the Curtis Black series with the drug dealer and stuff, so maybe we will see more of these characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 3/29/2013

    " I love Roby as an author. I found this book to be easy to read and well paced. Saying that I also found the storyline to be predictable. A light weekend read, enjoy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shandra | 3/27/2013

    " This was a good, quick read. I will read more by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy Simmons | 3/23/2013

    " Quick and easy read. Drugs...powerful message/story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 3/9/2013

    " Read for book club last month. Quick and easy read. I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sabrina | 2/18/2013

    " I will always support KLR. However, I just felt like this latest was not as good as I anticipated. The plot had a lot of potential. But the characters were under developed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tia | 1/19/2013

    " 3.5 stars. I had a hard time getting in to this one. "

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