Pastors Raven Jones Black and Porsha Harrington may co-minister the New Vision Christian Center but there’s no room for two at the top.
Fans of Roby’s (Copycat, 2017, etc.) bestselling Reverend Curtis Black series will rejoice at this new tale of women wrestling with temptation. After serving time for embezzling $100,000 from the Rev. Black himself, Raven married and divorced the reverend’s son, Dillon. She subsequently made an unexpected alliance with Porsha, Dillon’s former mistress, who fronted most of the money to start the women’s mega-church. No stranger to creative financing, Raven has never repaid Porsha’s seed money, nor has she repaid the money she stole years ago from a loan shark. Called to the pulpit by greed not God, both women are unlikely Christian role models, drawing hefty monthly salaries and indulging in steamy relationships outside the bonds of marriage. Tensions between Raven and Porsha escalate when Porsha announces that she will be delivering an inspirational message before Raven’s sermon. Raven smiles but seethes. Hoping to turn the spotlight back on herself, Raven spontaneously decides to share her story of being raped by a prominent pastor years ago on Facebook Live. The ploy works, but as Porsha suspects, the story is a lie, and Raven’s strong suggestion that the Rev. Black was her assailant sparks outrage from both Raven’s ex-husband and her current boyfriend. Coincidentally, the loan shark is back on her doorstep demanding payment with exorbitant interest. Financially desperate, Raven again turns to criminal behavior. Meanwhile, Porsha tries to turn back to God and clean up her behavior, but Steve, her married boyfriend, might not let her go, and Dillion is pushing her to reignite their love affair. Less burdened with back stories than other books in her series, Roby’s latest sizzles with scandal.
A deliciously decadent beach read of temptation and the wages of sin.