The Ultimate Betrayal by Kimberla Lawson Roby

The Ultimate Betrayal by Kimberla Lawson Roby

Book Review

The first I have read in this long-running series, The Ultimate Betrayal is loaded with drama, angst, stellar characters and enough twists for a Gordian Knot. Kimberla Lawson Roby writes dialog that could be taken from an actual conversation, and her characters breathe through the pages: laden with contradictions, conflicts and insecurities galore.

Alicia is the daughter of Reverend Curtis Black, and her own life has not been free and easy. For the past four years, after divorcing her second husband, she has been dating her first husband, Phillip. Since she broke Phillip’s heart with her own infidelity, there is a sense of what you put out in the world comes back at you in the dissolution of her second marriage, as her husband was a cheating liar, and corrupt to boot.  This has left her at a bit of a disadvantage: licking her wounds while trying to prove herself to Phillip.

But, just as things are looking up: Levi is released from prison, just as enamored with Alicia as he was when they had their affair, and Alicia just can’t get him out of her mind.  When her best friend Melanie confides some of her own marital issues with Brad, and her own behavior becomes more erratic and confused, the plot heats up and one betrayal is followed by another, and another.  Every choice has a Solomon-like option that would destroy relationships, ties and even faith.

With choices that are ‘less bad than good’ and less wrong than deadly, the characters never once catch a break from dealing with their own desires, their issues or the emotional toll that grows as events unfold.  With the Reverend dropping in moments of wisdom and the pleas for turning to their faith in God to bring them peace and good decisions, the impact of hasty words or selfish choices and unforeseen consequences pile on to each character with abandon, giving readers that Need to Know feelings about the story that is mixed with a healthy dose of wanting to reach in and smack a few characters for being so foolhardy.

Not the last I will read from this author: characters, emotions, twists and turns all made this a stellar read and one that is hard to forget.

The Ultimate Betrayal by Kimberla Lawson Roby

Title: The Ultimate Betrayal
Author: Kimberla Lawson Roby
Genre: African-American, Contemporary Romance, Literary Fiction /Family Saga
Published on: 9 June 2015
Format:eBook
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 352
Audio Length: 9 Hours
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameOne Flame

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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?

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About Kimberla Lawson Roby

New York Times Bestselling Author, Kimberla Lawson Roby, has published thirteen novels , and her debut title, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS , which was originally self-published through her own company, Lenox Press. Her novels have frequented numerous bestseller lists, including The New York Times and those in The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Essence Magazine, Upscale Magazine, Emerge Magazine, Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com, Wal-Mart, The Dallas Morning News, and The Austin Chronicle to name a few and both BEHIND CLOSED DOORS and CASTING THE FIRST STONE were #1 Blackboard bestsellers for four consecutive months in both 1997 and 2000. BEHIND CLOSED DOORS was the #1 Blackboard Best-selling book for paperback fiction in 1997.

In addition, Ms. Roby’s first novel was nominated for Blackboard’s 1998 and 1999 Fiction Book of the Year Award, and she received the Blackboard Fiction Book of the Year Award in 2001 for CASTING THE FIRST STONE. She is also the 2006, 2007 and 2009 recipient of the Author of the Year – Female award presented by the African-American Literary Award Show in New York, the recipient of the 1998 First-Time Author Award from Chicago’s Black History Month Book Fair and Conference, and her fifth novel, A TASTE OF REALITY, was a 2004 finalist for the Atlanta Choice Awards sponsored by the Atlanta Daily World. Additionally, TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING received a 2004 Patron Choice Award from the Central Mississippi Regional Library System.

Each of Ms. Roby’s novels have dealt with very real issues, including social status, gambling addiction, infidelity, single motherhood, infertility, sibling rivalry, corruption within the church, domestic violence, sexual abuse, care-giving of a parent, racial and gender discrimination in the workplace, sexual harassment, overweight issues, and female illnesses to name a few.

Ms. Roby resides in Illinois with her husband, Will.

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