Love and Lies (Reverend Curtis Black Series #4)

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At long last, the Reverend Curtis Black appears to be living the straight life. The all-too-human preacher is a bestselling author now, and he and his wife, Charlotte, are raising two adorable children. But the ever-suspicious Charlotte doesn't trust that Curtis has put his womanizing past behind him. While he's on the road promoting his latest book, she knows that there just needs to be one extra-devoted fan in his flock for him to stray.

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Overview

At long last, the Reverend Curtis Black appears to be living the straight life. The all-too-human preacher is a bestselling author now, and he and his wife, Charlotte, are raising two adorable children. But the ever-suspicious Charlotte doesn't trust that Curtis has put his womanizing past behind him. While he's on the road promoting his latest book, she knows that there just needs to be one extra-devoted fan in his flock for him to stray.

Secrets and lies . . .

Still, Charlotte is no angel herself, and she's been keeping plenty of secrets from Curtis while he's been away. For one thing, their daughter, Marissa, is behaving bizarrely, reminding Charlotte a bit too much of the man with whom she had an affair five years ago—an affair Curtis won't let her forget.

Then there are the disturbing visits from her so-called brother-in-law, a man once involved with drugs and the law. Curtis has forbidden the family to see him, but the guy simply keeps turning up on Charlotte's doorstep no matter how hard she tries to keep him away.

Charlotte believes with all her heart that things will be better once Curtis comes home.

Love and lies . . .

But Charlotte should be careful what she wishes for. She thinks love is enough to untangle the web of lies she and Curtis have woven for themselves. What she doesn't know is that when her husband finally returns, she'll have some tough decisions to make if she wants to save her soul and salvage her marriage.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
For Charlotte Black, there are some good things about being married to the "world renowned" Rev. Curtis Black (whose flashy, trashy life Roby has dished in earlier works). Her husband's bestselling books and flourishing ministry allow her a life of luxury, but Curtis is always away on publicity tours, and Charlotte suspects he's cheating. Of course, she's cheated, too, but Charlotte hires a private detective to catch Curtis in the act. Meanwhile, Charlotte's best friend and co-narrator, college professor Janine, has man trouble of her own. A farcical array of misfortunes (a death, a near-deadly stabbing, etc.) rock the cast as the book lumbers toward its conclusion. Astonishingly, none of this gets in the way of the happy ending; all the trouble, it turns out, was worth it. Readers may not be so sure. (Feb.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Roby (Changing Faces) dives back into the life of her most famous character, the philandering Rev. Curtis Black. Now a best-selling author who is always on the road, Curtis battles it out with his attention-starved third wife, Charlotte. Aware of her husband's past and anxious because she herself has skeletons in the closet, Charlotte decides to hire a private detective to check out his suspicious behavior. Meanwhile, Curtis's mysterious brother appears wanting a relationship with Curtis, who seems to want nothing to do with him. Things take a turn for the worse when Charlotte begins to realize that her past decisions may now be affecting the couple's daughter, Marissa. Readers will be left wondering if love will be enough to save this union when all of the lies are brought out into the open. Recommended for public libraries with contemporary African American fiction collections. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 10/15/06.]-Lisa Jones, Birmingham P.L., AL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Bad decisions and even worse men endanger the orderly lives of close friends Charlotte and Janine. As the stunning third trophy wife of charismatic African-American Reverend Curtis Black, Charlotte Black seems to have it all, including two adorable kids. But appearances are deceiving. Her husband spends most of his time on the road promoting his bestselling book, and he barely speaks to her when he is home, making her suspect that his needs are being met by someone else. And her five-year-old daughter Marissa seems disturbed, taken to playing with fire and saying shockingly antisocial things to her mother and older brother Mathew, while maintaining a sweet-as-pie facade in front of her father. The child's bad-seed behavior brings up some serious issues, since Charlotte believes her little girl is not Curtis's child, but rather the result of a disastrous affair she had with schizophrenic Aaron Malone. Clever Charlotte managed to keep the real lab results hidden, but her lie gets in the way of Marissa receiving the treatment she needs. Meanwhile, Charlotte's best friend Janine has man troubles, too. Her deadbeat boyfriend Antonio seems resigned to not working, prompting Janine, a college professor, to ask him to leave. That doesn't sit well with Antonio, who begins selling drugs out of her home as well as mentally abusing and threatening her. Terrified by this sociopath, she reports him to the cops, and he is arrested. Janine refuses to bail him out, which only makes him angrier, resulting in an inevitable, violent confrontation. Charlotte, in a somewhat confusing attempt to make her husband jealous, befriends his long-lost "brother" Larry, a recovering addict. Larry is truly bad news, andif anything, his criminal behavior makes Charlotte's philandering preacher man look good in comparison, paving the way for a possible reconciliation. This latest potboiler from the author of Changing Faces (2006) keeps the scandals coming, but it would have benefited from a little more character development. It is often hard to believe that two strong women could have such consistently poor judgment when it comes to men. Plenty of action, but far-fetched and joyless. Agent: Elaine Koster/Elaine Koster Literary Agency
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060892517
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Series: Reverend Curtis Black Series , #4
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 379,243
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Kimberla Lawson Roby

Kimberla Lawson Robyis the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of the Reverend Curtis Black series as well as many other novels and novellas. She lives with her husband in Rockford, Illinois.

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Love and Lies


By Kimberla Roby

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2007 Kimberla Roby
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780060892494

Chapter One

Charlotte

It was all I could do not to curse my husband out--my husband, a man who was never home more than a few days at a time, a man who didn't seem to care about his wife in the least, a man who was probably sleeping with only God knew whom. Which is why after five years of pleading with him to change and begging him to spend more time with me, I had finally had enough. I was finally in a place where I would no longer tolerate the world-renowned Reverend Curtis Black or the adultery I was sure he was committing.

"So when exactly are you going to be here, Curtis?" I asked now, gripping the phone tightly.

"I just told you. In a couple of days."

"I realize that, but I need to know a specific day. What I need to know is the time your flight will be arriving at O'Hare."

"Well, Charlotte, as much as I hate to disappoint you, I don't know what time."

"You don't know? How could you not know?"

"Because I just don't."

"Curtis, please. Do you think I'm that stupid? Do you really think you can get me to believe that you're coming home this week but your travel reservations still haven't been arranged? Do you really think I'm that crazy?"

"Like I said . . . I'll be there in a couple of days."

See, it was comments such as this that made me want to do unspeakable things to Curtis. Mademe want to snatch him down from that nice little pedestal that thousands of people nationwide had placed him on. What I wanted to do was show him firsthand that being a New York Times bestselling author didn't mean that he could do whatever he wanted whenever he wanted to.

But I decided instead that I would calmly try to reason with him one last time.

"Curtis, have you even thought about the amount of time you spend on the road? I mean, are you even aware of the fact that you've now been gone for two weeks straight, and that once you return, you'll only be here for five short days?"

"Charlotte, why are we doing this? Huh? Because you know just as well as I do that my speaking engagements are very necessary. You've known for the last five years that this is what I have to do if you want to keep living the wealthy lifestyle you so desperately wanted when we were first married."

"But baby, there has to be some sort of balance," I said, remembering just how miserable I'd been before his publisher had offered him a contract with an initial advance worth seven hundred fifty thousand dollars for one book.

"Look, either you want luxury or you want average," he said, sounding impatient.

"What I want is for you to be here with your family. Matthew and Marissa need you, Curtis, and I'm tired of feeling as though I'm a single parent. Twelve-year-old boys need their fathers."

"All three of my children, including Alicia, know that I love them and that I have a job to do. I've explained to them that it won't always be this way, but for now, this is what I have to do."

"Curtis, all I'm asking is that you please cancel some of your commitments. I need you to spend more time at home."

"It's not going to happen. Not right now, and to be honest, I'm tired of repeating the same words to you over and over again."

"Oh, so now you've got the nerve to be irritated?" I said, my last bit of tolerance evaporating second by second.

"No, I just don't see a reason to continue discussing a situation that isn't going to change."

"Well, maybe the problem isn't your speaking engagements, Curtis. Maybe it has more to do with the fact that you're out there sleeping around. Because, knowing you, you've probably got a different woman lined up in every city."

"You mean like the way you slept with Aaron behind my back? How you slept with that deceitful lunatic even though he claimed to be my best friend? Or do you mean like how you lied about Matthew being my son when you knew full well that he might not be? Or maybe you mean like how because you slept with Aaron, we had to get a paternity test just to make sure Marissa was actually mine? So tell me, Charlotte, which sin of yours are you talking about exactly?"

At that moment, I wondered when Curtis would ever stop wallowing in the past and would eventually forgive me for the way I had betrayed him. Because whether he wanted to admit it or not, it wasn't like any of this had happened one month ago. As a matter of fact, it had been five whole years since Marissa had been born, and to me it was high time for us to move on. Not to mention it wasn't like he'd been this perfect little Boy Scout himself.

"You know what, Curtis, as far as I'm concerned, you need to get over it. What you need to do is stop making all these lame excuses and get your priorities in order."

"No, what I need to do is the same thing I've been doing all along. Making a ton of money so that you can continue living like the queen you think you are, and so that I can maintain the type of freedom I've definitely become accustomed to. End of story."

His tone was razor sharp and more than anything I wanted to hurt him back. What I wanted was for him to feel more pain than he was now causing me, but for some reason I couldn't find the words. I was speechless and the only thing I could think to do was slam the phone down on its base.



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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2007

    ONE LIE ALWAYS LEADS TO ANOTHER

    The saga contiunes again with the good reverend curtis black, and his wife charlotte. We find that the two are still up to their no good ways. Curtis on the road alot promoting his books and having an affair with a woman name tabitha. Charlotte still doesn't trust curtis, so she hires a private investagator, to confirm what she is thinking. And when he does so, charlotte begins to tell lies, plot, and scheme. And you know what happens when lies and secrets are thrown into the mix. You have utter chaos. So sit back and enjoy the ride. Kimberla lawson roby has done an excellent job yet again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    Man

    All I can say is that this book is off the chain foreal. I mean you are just going to have too take my word for it.. its worth the money

    Devotion143

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  • Posted February 1, 2013

    Very Good Reading

    If you are a reader and fan of the Curtis Black saga you will love reading Love & Lies. A great book and believe me you will not want to put the book down once you start reading it. The characters are more than you can ever believe, without giving any of the book away a person will not be disappointed.

    Sisterholy

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  • Posted May 23, 2011

    Great book

    This book was recommened to me and it was a great book. I read it in one day...its one of those books you can't put down. I highly recommend it to everyone.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    LOVED LOVE & LIES

    THIS BOOK WAS NO DIFFERENT FROM ANY OF HER OTHER BOOKS INVOLVING THE REVEREND BLACK. I LOVE THE WAY SHE DOESNT FOCUS ON JUST REVEREND BLACK AND MAKES THE OTHER CHARACTERS THAT ARE INVOLVED HAVE A LITTLE OF THERE OWN DRAMA.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2008

    Not a good buy

    This book in the series is noy as good as the first two books. It lacked a true plot, no suprises, and it mainly centerd around the two female characters. There is no new twists or trists involving Curtis to make the book more interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2008

    Loyal Reader

    This book started off really slow. I usually finish her books in 2 days, but this one took a little longer. I will say that the end was really good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2007

    Slow but okay

    This one lacked the page turning punch that I am used to with this author. I put this book down three times and read three books before deciding to finish it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2007

    A reviewer

    Even though this book did not totally focus on Rev. Black, as I thought it would, I really enjoyed it. I can't wait for the next book to be released.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2007

    Black is back!

    I am addicted to bad boy Curtis Black and his escapades. This story has many unexpected twists and I loved it. I eagerly await the next one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2007

    A reviewer

    Buy this book ASAP! I did not see what happened to Marissa coming, Larry & Antonio got what they deserved. I was happy Janine pulled through her situation and Kimberla gave her a happy ending, and hopefully Curtis & Charlotte mean what they say and get it together. A must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2007

    Okay But Not Great

    This book lost my interest by the middle of the story. I guess I was expecting more but this book was just okay. It was almost predictable the more you read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2007

    Sizzles but doesn't burn!!!!! Where's the old Curtis and Charlotte?

    Like the previous reviewer, I too was disappointed where this story went. I am a big fan of Mrs. Roby's writing and have followed the Curtis Black stories over the years. This book really focused more on Charlotte and her issues. It took too long for the old Curtis to reappear and even then his problems were resolved too nice and simply. After all Curtis and Charlotte have been through and dealt with, it was too unbelievable that this latest scandal could so easily be swept under the rug. When I finished reading the book my first impression was overall I enjoyed the book but the ending seemed a bit rushed. It seemed like Mrs. Roby was just trying to find some way to end the book with a happily ever after. And she left us hanging with several of the storylines¿¿.specifically introducing Aaron back into the story. He served no purpose and didn't add to the the story in any way. Worth reading, but no wow factor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2007

    Another Great One by Roby

    I love the Curtis Black story and this one was great! It was good to see the mild side of Rev. Curtis Black. We needed something good from him. I hope the story will continue. Roby did a great job with this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2007

    Not the Curtis Black We Know

    I was a little disappointed where this story went (as a Curtis Black fan I was anxious to see how far off the chain he was going to be). Although Curtis was relatively mild in this book, I still enjoyed it and would recommend it if you're a Kimberla Lawson Roby Fan (like me).

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