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The Best-Kept Secret (Reverend Curtis Black #3)

4.4  ·  Rating Details ·  3,157 Ratings  ·  80 Reviews
At the request of her readers, Kim Roby is giving another airing to one of her most popular characters, Curtis Black, who was introduced in Casting the First Stone and who continued his escapades in Too Much of a Good Thing.

Kim Roby's readers can't get enough of the Reverend Curtis Black, that self–justifying, greedy, womanizing flimflam man who is one of the biggest rasca
Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 27th 2005 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published February 1st 2005)
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Brooklyn Darkchild
Jan 23, 2009 Brooklyn Darkchild rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the Rev Curtis Black series
In this 3rd (?) installment in the Reverend Curtis Black saga, Reverend Black and Charlotte, the mother of his seven year old son Matthew, have been married for five years. Reverend Black has given up his wicked ways. The family now lives in a suburb outside of Chicago, where Curtis pastors Deliverance Outreach, a small up-and-coming church he and his wife founded. Although he’s not making any where near the money he made before his fall from grace, Rev. Black is far more satisfied, both spiritu ...more
Apr 14, 2007 Lydia rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
What goes around comes around!!!This is a very good book, If you have read the first two book, you've GOT TO read this one. Curtis seems to have changed his ways and it is an everyday struggle, but he still has to pay for his sins of the past he had 2 good wives and mistreat both and let us not forget all those church members he deceived, so what makes him think that he could just move away, married charlotte and live happily ever after. Not saying that Charlotte is right, because I'm sure she w ...more
Dec 05, 2008 Taylor rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who love urban story

In “The Best Kept Secret” By Kimberly Lawson Roby, Charlotte Black happens to be Pastor Curtis Black wife and also the first lady of their new found church Deliverance. Charlotte and Curtis decided to move to Michelle which is a small time around Chicago to try and provide a better life for their seven year old son Matthew. Every since the time that they moved Charlotte complains about her new lifestyle and her husband’s income from his now
Rae Lewis-Thornton
Mar 07, 2016 Rae Lewis-Thornton rated it it was amazing
This is the third installment of the Rev. Curtis Black and I am not disappointed. Kimberla keeps the story line fresh. I loved the twist in this book it had me on edge with each page turn. I also love how the author incorporates really important issues in the story line. This one tattered on mental illness, betrayal and addiction. She also puts faith front and center in an honest way. I'm a late comer to this series but I certainly have become a fan... Serious issues and yet it comes across as a ...more
Donna Bennett
The Best-Kept Secret is entertaining, and a definite page turner. This was truly a great read, as well as all of Mrs. Roby's other ones. I loved the turns and twists. Kim did a great job picking up where "Too Much Of A Good Thing" left off. Reverend Curtis meets his match with his new wife, Charlotte. I think Roby did a wonderful job at keeping the reader's attention. I did not want to put the book down. Can't wait to read more of her work.
Jul 17, 2012 Dionna rated it really liked it
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Jul 27, 2016 Cathy rated it really liked it
Shelves: listened
Craziness and more craziness is what is always happening in Rev. Curtis Black's life and I keep reading. This time it was his wife that is contributing to the craziness. I enjoyed listening to this book while in the car in traffic; it helped pass the time in a good way.
Rev. Black thought he was on the road to doing right and realized he couldn't stay clean for long. Sadly his 3rd wife, Charlotte, didn't help matters at all. He is doing good being a dad and new husband for the most part but temp
Feb 07, 2013 Karen rated it liked it
" He/She just couldn't help it" or " She/He didnt know why He/She did it" is NOT good enough of an explanation in explaining a character's behavior or actions. They themselves may not know what's wrong but even they dont go on and on about it.
To present that limited information to the reader is unacceptable
Develop your goddamn characters
Tanya Matthews
Aug 06, 2012 Tanya Matthews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW!! Awesome book. Kept me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't put it down! I laughed, cried, got angry and even felt sorry for some. Rev Black is truly a complex man but Charlotte is definitely his match. Loved it can't wait to read the next book in the series!!
Diane A.
Jan 12, 2012 Diane A. is currently reading it
The book is great I can't put it down. I almost hate to finish it.
Jan 11, 2011 Walky rated it it was amazing
Amazing, kept me wanting more.
Jul 01, 2012 Tiffunee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: love-to-read
Great book
Feb 17, 2014 LaTonya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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OMG!!! This book was so good that I read it in one day because I literally couldn't put it down. From start to finish this book was amazing and there were so many secrets and surprises even up until the end. To me, this is the best so far in the series and the first two have nothing on this one. All I can say is this was a very entertaining read and now I'm so excited to start the fourth book in the series. I thought I would take a break and read a different novel, but now I'm dying to find out ...more
May 09, 2016 Madlyn rated it really liked it
This is the first time I've read any of Kimberla Lawson Roby's books and I was not disappointed. Curtis life with Charlotte was like being on a roller coaster ride. I didn't really care for the ending with him staying with his wife. But at the end his side kick kept him happy and he deserve to be happily in love with someone other than Charlotte.
Jan 09, 2012 Margaret rated it really liked it
I was prepared not to like this book because on Amazon it received quite a few negative reviews. However, I really enjoyed the book. I didn't care for the ending so much because I believe that the redemption of God is stronger than the pull of sin. But I do understand the way the book ended.

I really enjoyed the interaction of the characters. Charlotte was a mess but I know that that is how some women thing. Curtis really had my heart until the end. Even with his past, I thought he was a great ex
Johnnayea Edmond
Aug 26, 2015 Johnnayea Edmond rated it liked it
This was okay. This is the first book I read in the series, and I feel like I was able to jump right in and get acquainted with the characters.

I did like to read on something from the POV of someone with Christian beliefs, but the spiritual piece as missing it all felt like a ruse than to me.

I did enjoy the story as it was well written although it lacked the element of surprise.
Tiffany Mack
Nov 02, 2015 Tiffany Mack rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-book-shelf
OMG this series has me hooked....... I keep saying I'm going to read one more chapter and I can't stop. This book has me waiting to read the next one. I thought Pastor Black was a bad man but Charlotte is entangled in a web of lies also. If you haven't read this book or series you should.
Dec 13, 2014 Lynette rated it it was amazing
Finished this book in a couple of hours, I just couldn't put it down! I'm kind of upset that this is book #3 to this story. Definitely will look into other books by this author as well as the other books from the Curtis Black saga
Suprina Bracey
Oct 14, 2016 Suprina Bracey rated it it was amazing
Well this time it wasn't Curtis it was that crazy Wife of his....this was definitely a must read or listen as I'm doing!!!
Love this series The Blacks are a hot mess
Nicole Woodley
Never a dull moment in the Reverend Black series. Absolutely loved the characters, the ending was quite a surprise!! Ready for the next one!!
Jul 05, 2014 Dominique rated it it was amazing
Yes Curtis has definitely met his match with Charlotte. It ended so well. I can't wait to read the next book. Already in the mail and on it's way!
Sep 02, 2015 Amanda rated it it was amazing
This series keeps getting better and better! I can't believe I have waited this long to get into the Reverend Curtis Black saga; better late than never. The drama picked right up with Charlotte and Curtis at their newly founded church just outside of Chicago. Now that Matthew is seven, it seems that Curtis may have just settled into a comfortable life and gotten out of his wild ways. But not before Charlotte sews some wild oats of her own! New characters are introduced and old characters resurfa ...more
Mar 28, 2016 Myuncutreality rated it liked it
Thoroughly enjoyed the twist. I was expecting another round of "Rev. Black at it Again". I was pleased to see Charlotte be the not so innocent one, but dang Ms. Kimberla made her straight scandalous. #ReadingKeepsMeSane #KimberlaLawsonRoby #BookClubGroupies
Aug 16, 2014 Carolyn rated it it was ok
This could have been a good book but the infidelity was ridiculous.
Lexie Lee-bush
I love the Curtis Brown series it was really a good read
Nov 01, 2015 Essie rated it really liked it
Kimberla Roby has captured me with this series.
Mia L.
May 25, 2015 Mia L. rated it it was amazing
This book was such a scandal! lol. I loved it.
Winter Sophia Rose
Nov 18, 2014 Winter Sophia Rose rated it it was amazing
Emotional, Captivating & Surprising Twists!
Bianca Harrison
Jul 13, 2014 Bianca Harrison rated it it was amazing
As always what a great read by Kimberla Roby!
Tika Crutcher
Jan 14, 2015 Tika Crutcher rated it it was amazing
loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeee ROBY
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Reverend Curtis Black (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • Casting the First Stone (Reverend Curtis Black, #1)
  • Too Much of a Good Thing (Reverend Curtis Black, #2)
  • Love & Lies (Reverend Curtis Black, #4)
  • Sin No More (Reverend Curtis Black, #5)
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