Don't you just hate surprise guests for dinner?

Ignited
Whiskey Nights #2
Suzannah Daniels
Self-pub, Dec 2014
Kindle ed, 285 pages, also in paperback
Genre(s) Contemporary Romance
Source Author's newsletter

Other books in this series: #1 Wasted, #3 Deceived, #4 Betrayed, #5 Seduced

Synopsis:
James "Hawk" Hawkins always knew he'd be a firefighter. At twenty-four years of age, he's dedicated his entire adulthood to the perilous job of saving lives and extinguishing flames. After a chance encounter, he carries a young woman to safety, but it's unlike any rescue he's ever performed. She touches something deep inside of him, not because he finds her attractive, which he does, but because she doesn't want to be saved. For the first time in his life, he doesn't need to put out a fire...he needs to start one.

Twenty-year-old Amber Lawson escaped to the small town of Creekview, Tennessee. She was running...fleeing from a tragedy that left her heartbroken and shrouded in despair. Struggling with the desolation that has engulfed her, she tries to start anew, hoping that if she evades the reminders of her past, she can slowly begin to heal.

Hawk is determined to rekindle her passion for life. Along the way, he realizes that's not the only passion he wants to ignite. With his heart on the line, it could be his most hazardous rescue yet.
About the Author:
Suzannah Daniels has had an affinity for words for as long as she can remember. She grew up in North Georgia with four brothers, so she learned at an early age to admire snakes and motorcycles. When she wasn't pestering her brothers, she could usually be found reading or writing. She is the author of Viking's Embrace, a historical romance, Perfectly Able, a new adult contemporary romance, the Dangerous Trilogy, a mature young adult contemporary romance trilogy, and Ghostly Encounter, Book One of the Ghostly series, a young adult paranormal romance/adventure. Currently, she lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee with her husband and her college-aged daughter. Her son lives nearby. The family pets include a Lab mix, a Basset Hound, a Shih Tzu, and a sweet, little kitty.

My Disclaimer:  
I was provided a free copy of this book by the author's newsletter. I am voluntarily providing an honest review in which all opinions are fully my own. I am not being compensated in any way.
~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review

My Review:  ✭✭✭✭
Imagine you are engaged to a nice guy but his mother doesn't like you. He's in a car accident, you're told he's dead, and don't come to the funeral; Mama doesn't want you there. But she wants you to return your engagement ring because it's a family heirloom. It's the only thing you have of him. Everyone is telling you that you need to get over it and get on with your life. This is what Amber had in her head when she and Seren were in an accident.

Hawk and Cade were the first responders. The two guys are firefighters in town and were close by when it happened. Hawk can't figure out why Amber would say she didn't want to be saved while he was pulling her out of the wreck.

Hawk tries to help Amber as a friend, but she's not very open to him. But each time she needs something, he's there for her with his helping hand and shoulder to lean on. And he's, of course, one hot-looking fireman. Romance writers don't write about ugly men very often. So, Amber finds herself being drawn to him and having to fight herself to keep her distance. But you know how well women keep their distance from hot men in romances. So, Amber decides to take him home to her Mom's for Thanksgiving dinner. As a guest, not a menu item. But there's a surprise guest at dinner this Thanksgiving and there may not be room at the table for everyone.

This was a good book, but it was a bit depressing to me when Amber would get down and start going on about having to be alone. She wouldn't take the help that was right there with no strings attached, and it was frustrating to see happen over and over. 

It was quite well written. The characters weren't just run-of-the-mill, they were individuals. Yet, somehow it was all just a bit off for me. Then you had a major jolt near the end and weren't sure where you were going.

So, romance readers, I recommend this book to you to see how you like it and if you find the same things I did. Perhaps you will understand Amber's need to stay away from people. And perhaps you will like the turnabout towards the end. Maybe you will see it as a challenge or a test. If you read it or have read it, do let me know what your thoughts are.