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

4.4  ·  Rating details ·  3,390 Ratings  ·  97 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 rasc

Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 27th 2005 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published February 1st 2005)
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Brooklyn Darkchild
Jan 23, 2009 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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the third installment of the Reverend Curtis Black series, Curtis gets a dose of his own medicine. In his new marriage his wife is subjecting him to the same treatment he inflicted on his ex-wife and he does not like it. I listened to and enjoyed the audio book which kept me very interested.

Dec 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Biggaletta Day
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very entertaining book, and I enjoyed it for what it was - light reading with plenty of messy drama!

In this book Charlotte is dissatisfied with Curtis's loss of status, loss of earnings and downsizing church size so decides to do the dirty on him with his best friend. Keep family close and friends even closer takes on a different meaning with the Blacks.

There are a few twists and surprises - with lots of lying, cheating and blackmail, and some, but ya'll know Curtis and Charolette just do their
Rae Lewis-Thornton
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
Jul 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 26, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
" 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 04, 2012 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!!
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: love-to-read
Great book
Diane A.
Jan 12, 2012 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
The book is great I can't put it down. I almost hate to finish it.
Jan 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing, kept me wanting more.
SD Johnson
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure how I feel about this book, wait a minute. That's not true I'm just so emotionally spent after finishing this book just seconds ago. (Sigh!)
1. KLR has some skills when it comes down to weaving together a tale.
2. This book was a more informative book, she dropped some jewels of knowledge as we read the story line such as paying credit cards, getting published and much more.
and 3. the reason i'm emotionally spent. Curtis.
I really wanted to see him on the up and up. Finally being the
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't think that Charlotte learned anything. She got help to make her "problem" go away. But let's be honest, Curtis hadn't learned a thing either. Both of them are selfish wh...No, I said I wasn't going to slut shame these two. I constantly had to remind myself that Charlotte was young and that a great deal of her issues with men stem from the fact that these men, Curtis and the husband of her cousin, took advantage of her youth and innocence. She was a child and children don't necessarily kn ...more
Carol Hornsby-mccoy
It never seems to amaze me, men do what they do and it's suppose to be all good; but let a lady beat them at there game and look how the tables turn. Both Rev Black and his wife needs to re-evaluate there relation with God. I know we all have sin and fell short of Gods glory in some way or another. But when you leading a flock and you keep tempting fate, don't be surprise when you reap what you sow. I'm just glad this is a fictional book. I mean, I don't know anyone who lives there life like thi ...more
Gina Marcelin
Pretty good for a church folk book.
DJuana Drew
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was full of surprises. Although it appears to slow down in some spots don’t lose heart, this one will keep you “shaking your head” until the very end!
Letesa Campbell
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
wow karma show went around for Curtis!!
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book kept my attention from the first word until the last. Many twist in the story that were unexpected. The saga continues with the next book.
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Diane Rembert
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Reverend Curtis Black is a little older, in a different city and married for the third time. Will his philandering ways diminish after nearly losing everything, or will they somehow be the same? I can't get enough of this series and implore all of my book buddies and fellow lovers of books to get this series, beginning with Casting The First Stone and then Too Much of a Good Thing. You will not be disappointed!!
Oct 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just have to say thank you for being such a great writer. I thought i had a huge imagnation but girl you are the woman that has a great mind and are useing it.I love reading your books evevn thought i went a little backwards but i'm alright it falling into order.Keep up the good work.Looking forward to more to come.That Curtis Black he is a handful but he will find someone that's his match just keep on writing.
May 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
This was a okay...I was eager to read this one because I thought the author did a really good job in the first one. This one keeps you very interested...but she was really grasping as far as some of the things that occurred. I say that it is okay...but I am not as excited to read the book following it...eventhough I will anyway.
Johnnayea Edmond
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.
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
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Reverend Curtis Black (1 - 10 of 14 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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