Saturday, December 8, 2012

The Reluctant Santa by Sylvia McDaniel

I would like you to know that the author is donating 10% of the sales of this book to Puppy Rescue Mission. This is an organization that brings home dogs from Afghanistan and Iraq that our soldiers have bonded with. Most of them are dogs that they have found wandering the street and become attached to. Search for them on Facebook under Puppy Rescue Mission.


Colin McDermott has one last chance to get Christmas right. Since his mother dropped him off on Christmas Eve never to return, Colin has hated Christmas and sworn never to have children. But this year fate is giving him everything he didn't want. A Santa suit, a child and a chance at love again.


The Reluctant Santa is a charming contemporary romance set during the Christmas season.

Colin McDermott is a driven successful salesman for a medical software company who in order to achieve his goal of Western sales manager has a month to out sell his closest competitor in the office.

Brooke is in the accounting department for a small hospital in the Denver area. She dated Colin in college and ran home to her family when she found out she was pregnant. Never telling Colin, who had stated adamantly when asked that he never wanted children, that she was pregnant with his child.

On top of the romance and drama of Colin and Brooke we have the side story of Devon,the devil's angel who needs at least one more soul to make his quota and Gabriella a heavenly angel who's job it is to comfort and guide people and try to prevent Devon from leading people astray.

I thought this was a cute Christmas time read, the idea of finding an old flame 6 years later is something that most people have thought of but when that person doesn't know they are a parent that makes it a bit more difficult. I thought the story was well written with a little bit of steam to it. I really liked Colin and could relate to him and his position, on the other had I had a hard time liking Brooke I thought she was selfish and a childish on a lot of occasions. The secondary characters were all wonderful and Olivia the daughter steals the show as far as I am concerned. It's a fairly short novel so its a good Saturday afternoon read. I say enjoy a before Christmas present to your self :O)




About the Author:
Sylvia McDaniel and her very supportive husband Don, the love of her life, live in Texas with son Shane, Putz the klutzy dachshund and Ashley our shy dachshund. During the day, she works for a small insurance agency from home, helping clients with their commercial insurance coverage.

The weekends are spent working out in the garden until the temperature climbs above ninety degrees. Recently, with the help of her husband, she learned to make homemade blueberry and blackberry jam. Cooking is not her favorite past-time and she prefers Don’s cooking any day of the week.

Currently, she’s written fourteen novels. In the last year, she’s been a finalist in six writing contests and was a 1996 Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist. Sylvia is very involved with the Dallas Area Romance Authors.

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