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Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Reluctant Santa by Sylvia McDonald -- A Review



Does it confuse anyone else when there is more than one cover for 
given book?    Of course, I read this during my month of Kindle reads, so I guess it really doesn't matter, but in my humble opinion, I would appreciate one cover for all editions of the same book.   Otherwise, as my dementia worsens, I may possible buy a book more than once, not recognizing it as the same book; different cover.   My mom has done that with several republished books that she first read two decades ago.     Somehow that seems manipulative on the part of the publishers as a means to sell more books.   Ok, I'll drop this bone and go ahead with today's review.    You're welcome.


"This book is such a delight. Romance and Christmas! Think I'll try a few more of Sylvia McDaniel's books." N. Sims

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.


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.   

I rated this a 4 Wink read.

Disclaimer:  I read for my pleasure.   I may receive ARC copies for review purposes, but I am not compensated for my reviews .  I like to read and I like to share my reviews.   I post my thoughts without prejudice or bias.  The words are mine and I write reviews based on my humble opinion.  I will admit, I seldom meet a book I don't like.  I purchased this e-book for my personal Kindle Collection.  

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