Thursday, 5 November 2009

Review – The Clergy Affair © Jennifer Johnson

Title: The Clergy Affair

Author: Jennifer Johnson

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Main Characters: Reverend Deborah Reynolds & Sam Perry

Reverend Deborah Reynolds wasn't expecting to fall for-or over-Sam Perry, one of the groomsmen at the wedding she was officiating. But when Sam answered her door early the next morning and greeted the biggest gossip in town, Deborah found herself in hot water with her congregation. She never imagined soon after she would be flying cross country with Sam and broadening her horizons by visiting a nudist beach, learning the paths of ants, and falling in love. But there were still her life and vocation at home to consider. Ministers don't believe in Prince Charming, don't wear brightly-colored lipstick, and certainly don't steal kisses in the church pantry!

Can Sam Perry convince the Reverend that even a woman of the cloth can have happily ever after?


Deborah closed her eyes and reached her hands up to cover her face. Her guilt, or innocence, was of very little consequence once a rumor got started. No matter what did or didn’t happen between them, she’d be known as a floozy by tomorrow morning. Just in time for church.

“Can’t we just explain…?”

Deborah laughed humorlessly and turned to her side away from him. As if anybody would believe them.

“I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have answered the door.”

“It doesn’t matter. Lucy probably would have parked in the front yard and waited until the owner of that car came out to claim it.”

“Maybe we could say I’m a cousin, or something.”

Deborah sat up and glared at him. “I can’t lie! If they catch me in the lie, then I’ll look guilty for sure.”

Sam didn’t say anything. He just stared at some point above her head.

“You might as well crawl in the bed with me and ravish me because that’s what everybody’s going to be saying happened.”

“I concur,” said Sam matter-of-factly just before he leaned forward and kissed Deborah within an inch of her life.He leaned back with a satisfied grin on his lips. "I've never ravished anybody before. Do you think that's enough to make what the gossipmongers are saying true?"

The Clergy Affair © Jennifer Johnson




When Reverend Deborah Reynolds started her job in small town Mississippi, she knew it would be a quite life and her only source of excitement would more than likely be regulated to the busy bodies of the church. Now a few years later some part of her job are par for the course and some goes way beyond the call of duty and both of those are how she finds herself currently the headline of the local gossip mill…

Because,  yes

The Reverend was having an affair…

with man unknown…

Nosey church member saw said man in wee hours of the morning in the Reverend home

Said mans car  was parked in front of her drive all night…

But no matter how much Deborah deny the claim it just kept mushrooming… Probably because she left out one thing

Said man did kiss the Reverend.

The man in question is none other than Sam Perry, groomsman number three to be exact at the wedding that Deborah was officiating that weekend.  From the moment they meet there was something between them, but Deborah full of pride and worried about what the “locals” will think of her makes every effort to push Sam away.

Sam on the other hand knows what he wants and his prepared to take his time and put in his all to at least make the  first step. With a whole lot of luck and good friends – he gets a head start when Deborah ends up flying back to British Columbia with him where she ends up having a whale of a time. But despite this Deborah is not as convinced that anything can come from those insane happy few days…

But what she did not count on was,

Said man wants her for keeps,

Nosey neighbours and friends wants said man to have her for keeps ,

and everything just seem to be conspiring against her having her way.

When I got this book to review I dragged my feet on it to my regret, THE CLERGY AFFAIR was excellent, not only was it a fun read but it had so many slices of reality in it that I could have sworn I was at home.

The book starts off with Deborah at her best and doing her best work even it was over and beyond the call of duty; and soon after than it comically went downhill and  I was laughing my head off.

Deborah is the staid local revered that not everyone has taken to their heart. Some accept her unconditionally and some only for the nature of her office and no further and there in lays the problem, because Deborah has more or less forgotten that she is a  woman first and tries to please everyone at all time and forgotten the essence of who she is.

Sam however sees the woman first and is very much open to everything that makes up Deborah. With only one chance to make an impression on her – he gets her on his patch and with some irreverent friends and scandalous going on’s Deborah let the woman in her free..

Ms Johnson has put together a wonderful set of characters in this books and she has made me laugh, really laughed. I joined in the antics of the most fun loving set of woman that I have met in a long time and I totally had fun with this book… I also got totally pissed off at small town narrow-mindedness but there is always one who is not shy about telling it as it is and I could see light at the end of the tunnel for Deborah and Sam.

If you are looking for that read that will give you chance to see old fashion love at work and nosey meddling neighbours having the best and worst of time this is the book for you. Small town America has never been more fun or more scary to be honest – Ms. Johnson did a wonderful job with the pace and the dynamics of the casts that she put together. I was sorry to leave these people and  the antics that they got up to at the drop of a hat.               



8 Speak To Me:

Jennifer Johnson on 5 November 2009 at 20:58 said...

Thanks for a great review! What a gift to me today.

Magdalena Scott on 5 November 2009 at 22:24 said...

What a nice review! Jennifer is a friend of mine, and also one of my favorite authors. If you enjoy a romance that makes you laugh, read Jennifer's THE JINX.

Smokinhotbooks on 5 November 2009 at 23:41 said...

Great review! You haven't steered me wrong yet, I'm still fanning myself after reading Rena Marks Shared by Wolves. I'm a little skeptical about reading a romance about a clergy, it feel so, well, naughty :)

Sassy Brit @ on 6 November 2009 at 10:15 said...

Oooh what a scandal! LOL Sounds a fun, juicy read.

Erotic Horizon on 6 November 2009 at 19:08 said...


Thanks you for coming by... I really enjoyed this book.


Erotic Horizon on 6 November 2009 at 19:09 said...


Thank you for the recommendation - I will be checking it out...


Erotic Horizon on 6 November 2009 at 19:12 said...


I know what you mean about the naughty feeling but it was so good...

Enjoy my dear...

Deborah was a surprise..


Erotic Horizon on 6 November 2009 at 19:12 said...

@Sassy ..

This was definitely deliciously saucy...