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Review of Be Careful what you pray for by Kimberla Lawson Roby

I have been a fan of Kimberla Lawson Roby for many years. Her novel “It’s a thin line” is one of my favorite books of all time. I also was an early fan of Curtis Black and his antics. “Be careful what you pray for”, centers on Curtis’ daughter Alicia and her new husband JT Valentine, an obvious Curtis Black clone.

This book was truly disappointing. First of all although I began as a fan of the Curtis Black series, after awhile I was truly sick of hearing about it. It also bothers me that Curtis Black has done more than a little bit of dirt, but he’s never gotten any comeuppance so to speak. He’s now more successful, rich, and powerful than ever. In this novel he takes on the role of wise and understanding father, who doesn’t want his daughter married to a man just like him.

While I realize that Roby does not market herself as a Christian author, the so called Christians in her books deeply disturb me. As hard as I tried, I could not find even one person who claimed to be a Christian that was doing things that they should. On the contrary, they all were as scheming and conniving as the main character JT Valentine. If I didn’t attend church this book would sincerely make me not ever want to. Also there was an absence of any likeable character, including Alicia, the spoiled selfish daughter of Curtis. I really didn’t care that her husband cheated on her because I knew she’d cheated on her first husband in a previous book. It was basically Karma.

I will continue to support Roby as an author, and I will read her next book, however this is clearly not her best work.

This book can be purchased locally from Wal-mart, Barnes&Noble, or Booksamillion.


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    Shantal Darby 3 years ago

    I've only read The Best Kept Secret by Roby, and I liked it. I decided against reading anything else from the series of Curtis Black though.


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