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The ultimate betrayal
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9781455559565
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First edition.
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343 pages ; 24 cm.
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It's been four years since Alicia Black divorced her second husband, the most womanizing and corrupt man she has ever known. Since then she's been dating her first husband, Phillip Sullivan, a wonderfully kind and true man of God whom she'd hurt terribly by cheating on him. Alicia has worked hard to prove herself worthy of his trust once more, and when he asks her to marry him again, she couldn't be happier. But Levi Cunningham, the drug dealer Alicia had an extramarital affair with, has just been released from prison, and he has completely turned his life around for the better. Still head-over-heels in love with Alicia, he will do whatever is necessary to win her back.
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It's been four years since twenty-eight-year old Alicia Black, daughter of Reverend Curtis Black, divorced her second husband, the most womanizing and corrupt man she has ever known. Since then, Alicia has been dating her first husband, Phillip Sullivan, a wonderfully kind and true man of God whom she'd hurt terribly by cheating on him. Alicia has worked hard to prove herself worthy of his trust once more, and when he asks her to marry him again, she couldn't be happier.

But Levi Cunningham, the drug dealer Alicia had an extramarital affair with, has just been released from prison, and he has completely turned his life around for the better. Still head-over-heels in love with Alicia, he will do whatever is necessary to win her back. Remarrying Phillip is the one thing Alicia has wanted for years, but she can't get Levi out of her mind.

Alicia and Phillip aren't the only ones in the middle of a crisis. Their best friends, husband and wife Brad and Melanie Richardson, are struggling to keep their marriage together. Workaholic Brad is never home and has begun losing thousands on bad investments. Or so he says. Melanie, who is certain there's more to the story, is determined to get at the truth. At the same time, her frustration and stress cause her to eat a lot less, and she behaves in an extreme fashion. Alicia worries that she could be suffering from anorexia, but Melanie steadfastly denies it. Their friendship begins to suffer, and it isn't long before they're talking to each other like enemies.

Fresh betrayal leads to consequences no one saw coming, and Alicia's relationship with Phillip might not be the only thing that needs saving. But is it already too late?


Author Notes

Kimberla Lawson Roby has published about 15 novels. Her debut title, Behind Closed Doors, was originally self-published through her company, Lenox Press. Her other works include The Best of Everything, One in a Million, Sin No More, Love and Lies, Changing Faces, The Best-Kept Secret, A Taste of Reality, It's a Thin Line, and A Deep, Dark Secret. She received the Blackboard Fiction Book of the Year Award in 2001 for Casting the First Stone and the 2004 Patron Choice Award from the Central Mississippi Regional Library System for Too Much of a Good Thing. She is also the 2006 and 2007 recipient of the Author of the Year, Female award presented by the African-American Literary Award Show in New York. In 2013 she made The New York Times Best Seller List with her title A House Divided. The Prodigal Son made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2014. She also made the list in 2015 with her title, The Ultimate Betrayal.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Kirkus Review

Fans of the Reverend Curtis Black series will rejoice with this latest installment of the extended-family saga. Despite their spiritually rich environment, temptations abound for the members of the Deliverance Outreach community. This time, Curtis' daughter, Alicia, takes center stage. Preparing to remarry Phillip Sullivan, assistant pastor of her father's church, Alicia should be happy, particularly given that Phillip has forgiven her for ruining their first marriage by having an affair with Levi Cunningham. But as the nuptials approach, Levi finishes his prison sentence for dealing drugs and immediately contacts Alicia. Determined not to betray Phillip a second time, Alicia tries but fails to ignore Levi's overtures. Maybe he's her true soul mate? But does that justify letting down not only Phillip, but also her entire family? Meanwhile, Alicia's best friend, Melanie Richardson, discovers that her husband, Brad, has once again lost thousands of dollars in the stock market. He's promised to reform, but he's said that before. His late nights at work aren't helping their marriage, either. To make things worse, Melanie's motherthe delightfully rude and awful Gladysrelentlessly needles Melanie about her weight, cautioning her that Brad will stray if she doesn't get down to at least a size 8. Soon Melanie finds herself slipping back down the rabbit hole of her childhood eating disorder, exercising twice a day, eliminating solid foods, and making excuses to keep others from guessing the extent of her problem. Roby (A Christmas Prayer, 2014, etc.) toggles back and forth between Alicia's and Melanie's stories, ratcheting up the tension as both women's lives threaten to careen completely out of control. The writing is simple and clean though sometimes a bit saccharine. Nonetheless, Roby is a master of making a delicious mess of otherwise good, merciful, God-fearing people's lives. Melodramatic, yes, but compellingly readable. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

Roby (The Prodigal Son, 2014) continues the Reverend Curtis Black series with an installment about his daughter, Alicia, who is finally ready to remarry assistant pastor Phillip. She has put her affair with Levi and her compulsive shopping behind her. But her former boyfriend is out of prison and tempting her again with messages and texts. She just can't seem to resist him. Her best friend, Melanie, is becoming obsessed with her weight owing to criticism from her mother and arguments with her husband. Alicia breaks it off with Levi again and marries Phillip, only to reactivate her shopping habit. Levi has her followed and won't give up. Melanie's health deteriorates, even while she cares for her ailing father. The two friends each know something is wrong with the other, but neither can see past her own issues to help. Despite shocks for both ladies, the ending does offer hope. Roby's highly engaging prose offers edgy characters and intense drama without explicit language or lengthy sex scenes.--Alessio, Amy Copyright 2010 Booklist


Library Journal Review

Prolific author Roby (The Prodigal Son) revisits Rev. Curtis Black’s clan where drama is always simmering. Daughter Alicia has reconnected with her husband Phillip, and the newly-devoted couple plans to remarry in Reverend Black’s church. Disrupting their plan is Alicia’s ex-lover, drug dealer Levi Cunningham who is newly released from prison. Levi isn’t shy about confessing his love for Alicia, labeling her his sou lmate and desperately wants a face-to-face meeting. An alternating storyline has Melanie, Alicia’s best friend, determined to lose ten pounds by fasting on a liquid diet. In addition to her body image worries, Melanie finds that her husband has mysteriously squandered $40,000 over four months. Through all this secretive drama Alicia and Melanie try to hold things together, but suffocating pressure has them taking reckless chances. VERDICT Roby takes quite some time building the drama and readers will grow weary of fickle Alicia who repeatedly dithers over what to do. Older church ladies tired of her shenanigans will want to slap her face and say, “Now, you listen to me!” Yet, dedicated readers of the series will be rewarded with several nifty twists in the last 50 pages. (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.