Author: Claire Boston Published: February 11, 2016 Pages: 258
Stars: 4 out of 5
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 book was nothing like I expected and I am delighted I had the opportunity to review it. Before I started the book, I thought it was a romance story about a journalist and a chef. In reality, that was the undertone of the story. What the story really focused on was the racism and misconceptions of tribal members. I understand this book is a work of fiction. But I couldn’t help but wonder if what the author wrote was true. This story is powerful in its ability open up a different culture and look beyond the stereotypes. This book also makes you look at yourself and reassess the choices you’ve made. I honestly can say it has been an extremely long time since a book has touched me on this level.
With that said, the reason I gave the book four instead of five stars was based on the brake up and reconnecting of Piper and Tai relationship. I thought it was ironic that Tai was upset about others judging him and his people based on their race (racism) and injustice/negativity but he ended up doing the same with Piper. He broke up with her because she was white. Yes, it was also because if they had kids, his children wouldn’t be considered part of the tribe. But really, it was the color of her skin and the fact that she wasn’t part of his tribe. I was extremely upset at the way he treated her when throughout the entire book he complained about others doing similar things to him and his people. And to make matters worse, she easily accepted him back with a simple apology.
Overall I loved the book and was fascinated by the tribal community described within. This was the first book I read in this series and I didn’t feel like I missed anything. I don’t think you need to read books 1-3 in order to grasp this book.