The Reluctant Santa

The Reluctant Santa

by Sylvia McDaniel
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The Reluctant Santa by Sylvia McDaniel

Colin McDermott hates Christmas, doesn't like children and is focused on making his million. But two angels are fighting for his soul and to teach him about the importance of family and love. This is his last chance to learn the true meaning of Christmas. Watch as Colin receives everything he never wanted for Christmas.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015841534
Publisher: Virtual Bookseller
Publication date: 10/20/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,007,163
File size: 642 KB

About the Author

Sylvia McDaniel is a best-selling, award-winning author of historical romance and contemporary romance novels. Known for her sweet, funny, family-oriented romances, Sylvia is the author of The Burnett Brides a western historical western series, The Cuvier Widows, a Louisiana historical series, and several short contemporary romances.

Former President of the Dallas Area Romance Authors, a member of the Romance Writers of America®, and a member of Novelists Inc, her novel, A Hero’s Heart was a 1996 Golden Heart Finalist. Several other books have placed or won in the San Antonio Romance Authors Contest, LERA Contest, and she was a Golden Network Finalist.

Married for nearly twenty years to her best friend, they have two dachshunds that are beyond spoiled and a good-looking, grown son who thinks there’s no place like home. She loves gardening, shopping, knitting and football (Cowboys and Bronco’s fan), but not necessarily in that order.

Currently she’s written sixteen novels and is hard at work on number seventeen. Look for her the first Tuesday of every month at the Plotting Princesses blogspot
Be sure to sign up for her newsletter to learn about new releases, contests and every month a new subscriber is entered into a drawing for a free book.


You can write to Sylvia at P.O. Box 2542, Coppell, TX 75019

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The Reluctant Santa 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
angiebabe92 More than 1 year ago
Ok before I begin my review i should say i was given a free copy of the book by the author for a fair and honest review. I also must add that the fact she is giving proceeds from her book sales to an animal shelter/puppy mill rescue organization is amazing. That fact made my heart sing because i have 2 beautiful shelter doggies in my home. My Rott and Pitt wouldn't have been here today had it not been for an animal rescue soooooo big gold star in my world for my fur babies~ Ok the book....i had to convince my girls that this cute doggie book wasn't actually for them but for me!! The cover was adorable as was the story. I love any story where the main character can change their life or make life altering decisions. The story makes you, the reader, feel like you are there and are rooting for the characters. I loved this book and will make sure to promote it with friends and family. This would be a great book to give for Christmas. You will be providing entertainment AND helping out an animal in need....isn't that what the holidays are for??????
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am in the middle of this book and so far I am really enjoying it. The characters are very real, and you really feel for them. It's very heartwarming.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very sweet. Loved the characters.
MissBethBC More than 1 year ago
The Reluctant Santa was a very enjoyable Christmas romance.    I like stories that involve angels and it was adorable to see the sparring between Devon(Devlin?), and Gabriella.    Devon needed to fill his quota of souls taken and he was in hot pursuit of Colin McDermott, the successful salesman who was out to make a million.    Gabriella was the angel in white who was  all for love and a happy ever after. In a contest for a bigger than big promotion, Colin and his competition, Logan, have three weeks before Christmas to bring in the highest sales to earn the promotion.   With some help from a devious angel, Colin is distracted from the sales competition when he learns he is father to a five year old girl...and said girl's mother, still stirs his heart and soul.     McDaniel allowed Colin's character to be very human and he went from angry, to caring more than he ever intended to.  He was easily a book boyfriend with a few childhood hangups.    Brooke, his college sweetheart and mother of his daughter, was portrayed as a very strong woman; she indeed had motherly instincts to protect "her" daughter. It was a well well written story, but the kindle edition I read, did have some editing errors, that I would hope would be fixed.    Devon was Devon but he was also referred to as Devlin.   And there were other bits that were confusing.    Overall, I really enjoyed the story and the idea of it.  
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kimamhill More than 1 year ago
Once again Sylvia has written an amazing book! I cried and laughed and just fell in love with the Characters! And Sylvia is supporting the Puppy Rescue Mission as well which makes this book even more special! Thank you Sylvia for all you do!
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MariaD1 More than 1 year ago
I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review. I rated it 3.5 Stars With a message that family is more important than money and prestige, Sylvia McDaniel treats us to a second chance romance taking place during the holidays. With a likable, yet also annoying, hero and heroine, a precious child and well written secondary characters, Ms. McDaniel's story is a good reminder of what's important, regardless of the season. Ms. McDaniel's well paced plot and setting round out this entertaining tale of love. Ambitious and hardworking, salesman Colin McDermott has worked all year to earn a promotion to Regional Sales Manager of the West Coast. Discovering the promotion he thought was a done deal is now up for grabs thanks to some last minute sales by a rival, Colin heads out to make additional calls on prospects he's trying to turn into clients. He didn't plan on running into Brooke, his college sweetheart, at one of the prospective hospitals he's trying to sell software to or on having to play a last minute Santa Clause to a roomful of kids. Ms. McDaniel does a good job developing Colin's character; at first he comes off as a single minded, almost obsessive businessman who has money and success on his mind. As we get to know Colin and his background, we get to see a man who grew up poor and thinking both of his parents abandoned him. Discovering he has a child he never knew about throws him into an emotional tailspin and makes him question what's really important. Single mother, Brooke Warren, is content working at a local hospital and raising her daughter Olivia. Running into Colin, her college sweetheart, and the man who is secretly the father of her child, is something she never planned on. Talking Colin into playing Santa Clause in a last minute emergency is easy, coming clean about their daughter is not. While Brooke plans to keep Colin at arms length, she wasn't counting on Olivia, an angel named Gabriella and a demon named Devon, ruining all of her plans. Ms. McDaniel did a good job with Brooke's character; she's responsible, a loving mother and a good daughter. She's also scared of letting Colin into their daughter's life and into her heart. The scenes between Colin and Brooke are well written; they're both likable characters but their fear, their stubborn behavior and their unwillingness to forgive their shortcomings in the past, made me want to slap them once in a while. Luckily Olivia, Gabriella and Devon always know what to do to bring them together, even if it wasn't what they planned. While Ms. McDaniel did a good job through most of these scenes there were a few times when both Colin and Brooke's emotional immaturity and inability to be totally honest with each other got annoying. Will Colin choose money and a promotion over Olivia and Brooke or will he make peace with his past and look towards a brighter future? Who will win the battle for Colin's soul over the holidays - the angel or the demon? You'll have to read The Reluctant Santa to find out. It's a short, entertaining holiday read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago