Book Review: Into the Fire by Claire Boston

February 11, 2016

Piper Atkinson uses the truth as a weapon, but her latest interview candidate is more than just a headline.

Piper wants to be the kind of journalist who makes people sit up and take notice of the issues, and in Houston, Texas, there are plenty to go around. In the city's high-end restaurant world, reclusive Native American chef Taima Woods is discussed in reverential whispers, so when the opportunity to interview him arrives, Piper jumps at it.

But getting to Tai is tougher than she expected. He has a deep mistrust of reporters, and a private life he'd prefer to keep hidden. There are two passions in Tai's life – his cooking and his tribe – and he means to keep it that way. But the closer Tai gets to Piper, the closer he comes to conceding a third.

Through Tai, Piper discovers a world she knew nothing about – a damaged and ostracized community in need of a voice. But the more Piper wants to help them, the more Tai understands that to love Piper is to turn his back on his people. ​

Will Tai reject the one woman who's ever understood him? Or can Piper show him that hardening his heart helps no one?

This was the first book I’ve read by Claire Boston, and when I finished it, I wondered why I’d been hiding under that rock for so long. “Into the Fire” is a contemporary romance with substance, with a message and it is delivered beautifully.

It’s told from the point of view of Piper—a truth-seeking force of nature determined to make the world a better place through her writing—and Tai—a reclusive chef who works tirelessly both in and out of the kitchen. Although they come from completely different worlds, their story—their love—comes from their mutual desire to make the world a better place. 

Both of these characters, along with their long-standing supporting characters, were well-rounded, likeable and insightful. They aren’t your cookie-cutter characters that could be found in any number of contemporary romance books; rather they had their flaws and their baggage, and they have their struggles to overcome preconceived notions and prejudices. 

Boston’s writing style is very easy to read, and I found that I didn’t want to put my kindle down at all. If I’d been able, I would have stayed up and read the whole thing in one hit. It was clear from the story that Boston has done a lot of research into the culture she was focusing on, and she touched on the sensitive issues carefully and respectfully. 

I’m the kind of reader who likes to have a little more detail when it comes to the more intimate scenes so that was one thing that I found lacking in Into the Fire, but in saying that, there are plenty of people out there who don’t want to read every detail, but rather want to use their imaginations instead. 

After I finished reading, I decided that I would have to get the first three books in the series and catch up on what I’ve been missing. This really is a story that grabs you by the lapels of your leather jacket and pulls you onto the back of Tai’s motorcycle.

“Into the Fire” is a great read, especially if you like authors like Brandi Kennedy and Colleen Hoover.

About Claire... 

Claire Boston was a voracious reader as a child, devouring anything by Enid Blyton as well as series such as Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, The Baby-sitters Club and Sweet Valley High. Then one school holidays when she’d run out of books to read her mother handed her Hot Ice by Nora Roberts and Claire instantly fell in love with romance novels.

The love of reading soon turned to a love of writing and she struggled to keep within the 1500 word limit set by her teachers for her creative writing assignments. When she finally decided to become serious about her stories she joined Romance Writers of Australia, found her wonderful critique group and hasn’t looked back.

When Claire’s not reading or writing she can be found in the garden attempting to grow vegetables, or racing around a vintage motocross track. If she can convince anyone to play with her, she also enjoys cards and board games.

Claire lives in Western Australia, just south of Perth, with her husband, who loves even her most annoying quirks, and her two grubby but adorable Australian bulldog.

Claire loves to hear from her readers. You can find her at her website, on Twitter, @clairebauthor and on Facebook You can also join her reader group at

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