The Perfect Marriage

The Perfect Marriage

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by Kimberla Lawson Roby
     
 

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The New York Times bestselling novel from the author of the Reverend Curtis Black series...

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 home in a posh Chicago suburb.

Overview

The New York Times bestselling novel from the author of the Reverend Curtis Black series...

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 home 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?

Editorial Reviews

upscalemagazine.com
"An exciting page-turner!"
Essence
"Juicy read!"
chicklitreviews.com
"The kind of novel I wish more authors would write...addictive. Made me think, made me wonder. A novel well worth reading."
TheRoot.com
"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."
RT Book Reviews
"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!"
Prominence Magazine
"Filled with unexpected twists and turns. A dramatic, engaging, and entertaining piece of work."
Booklist
"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."
Library Journal
Roby again takes on a serious social issue within the context of entertaining popular fiction. Denise and Derek Shaw have it all: a happy marriage, successful careers, a beautiful house, a beautiful daughter, and a serious addiction to drugs. As their lives start coming apart, their daughter intervenes to save them.
Indianapolis Star
"Kimberla Lawson Roby weaves truth into fiction."
Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
"Roby [deals] with real issues in her novels."
Memphis Commercial Appeal
"Roby's fiction...[addresses] issues that are important to women today."
Rockford Register Star
"Kimberla Lawson Roby has reached a pinnacle most writers only dream of."
San Jose Mercury News
"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."
Corpus Christi Caller-Times on LOVE
"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."
The New York Amsterdam News on LOVE
"Love, Honor and Betray is an entertaining read and remains true to Roby's style of creatively telling a story."
Prominence Magazine on SECRET OBSESSION
"Filled with unexpected twists and turns. A dramatic, engaging, and entertaining piece of work."
Las Vegas Review on LOVE
"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."
Booklist 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."
Philly.com on LOVE
"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."
Lolita Files
"Kimberla's writing is magical."
chicklitreviews.com 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."
Essence on SECRET OBSESSION
"Juicy read!"
TheRoot.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."
www.upscalemagazine.com on SECRET OBSESSION
"An exciting page-turner!"
RT Book Reviews 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!"
Eric Jerome Dickey
"Kimberla Lawson Roby is a true writer, a storyteller at the top of her game."
From the Publisher
"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446572507
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
01/08/2013
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

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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.

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The Perfect Marriage 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great story that is full of addiction in all forms! The perfect lives that society and those around us sometime dictate often leave us empty. The things we look for to fill this void are not good for the soul, body or mind. KLR does a phenomenal job putting this on paper...this is a MUST read! I love when she writes about 'real world' topics! MitziD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
True to Kimberla this immediately draws you in. I only thought that the story developed too soon and left me wanting more
BeachRead245 More than 1 year ago
Please welcome Kimberla Lawson Roby to Writer’s Corner. This is my first time reviewing her work. I know that for some of you this author is unfamiliar. She has graciously donated a copy of The Perfect Marriage. Synopsis: Denise and Derek have the perfect marriage. They have the perfect daughter Mackenzie. The extended family is also just as perfect. Are they? Derek’s parents are known drug addicts. One day Derek comes home with a little cocaine and shares some with his wife. Now they share a problem and try to hide it and appear as normal as possible. Then Derek’s twin brother calls and asks for forgiveness from something in their past. Can Derek forgive him? What will finally get Derek and Denise’s attention about their new problem? My Thoughts: Kimberla Lawson Roby writes with passion and ease. Her writing reminds me of Jodi Picot’s style of writing. I have a lot of respect for writer’s who deal with strong topics such as drug abuse. They make it easy for the reader to follow the story. I had a hard time reading this novel because of the subject matter which pertained to drug abuse and addiction. I found this book to be an easy read. Her writing simply flows to me. The plot was different from what I thought. I found the ending to be a surprise. What secrets are you hiding? What is it that you don’t want people to see?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rushed and bought this book the night before Mrs. Roby came to my local bookstore. Thinking I'll read it later, but at least I'll have a signed copy. Opened it to read chapter one, just to see what it was all about. I could not put it down! I finished it in one day. Roby's characters are so real, you identify with each and every one of them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read that took me on a thrilling ride. I've always enjoyed Mrs. Roby's work and she didn't disappoint. The Perfect Marriage is a must read!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well, what can I say.. she has done it again. Now I'm just waiting for the Curtis Black Series book 10 to come out. I have already pre-order it... Yahooooo
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really was disappointed . I am a big fan of this author but this was not her best work. I finished it because I  know she has great writing skills and I anticipated more.  Anyway, adddiction is tough subject to write about so I would have say thatit justt an okay book I 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a story and characters that are so very REAL. Perfectly interesting, perfectly believable events that happened to these characters. Thank you Kimberla, this was a Perfectly Enjoyable Read!!! Salena D Castle
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this book!
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LadyRC More than 1 year ago
Great read, good plot with interesting characters.
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This book is so good, it made me make up a word - UNPUTDOWNABLE! :)
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This was my first time reading this author . I enjoyed the book alot of people can relate to this story. The reveiws were not encouranging but ordrred it anyway, a book doesent have to be 400 pages to be good.
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I enjoyed this book, just as I enjoy EVERYTHING by Kimberla Lawson Roby. Those of you who follow the Rev. Curtis Black series will find this one completely different, but still as good, and it will keep you turning the page. I read it within a day.
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Excellent story on drug addictions in a marriage! I would like to read more from this author. ~Nook Readers~ Monique J.S.