The Boy & His Ribbon by Pepper Winters
The Ribbon Duet Book 1
Publication Date: April 3rd, 2018
Genre: Coming of Age Romance
“What do you do when you meet your soul mate? No wait…that’s too easy. What do you do when you meet your soul mate and have to spend a lifetime loving him in secret?
I’ll tell you what you do.
Ren was eight when he learned that love doesn’t exist—that the one person who was supposed to adore him only cared how much he was worth.
His mother sold him and for two years, he lived in terror.
But then…he ran.
He thought he’d run on his own. Turned out, he took something of theirs by accident and it became the one thing he never wanted and the only thing he ever needed.
I was young when I fell in love with him, when he switched from my world to my everything.
My parents bought him for cheap labour, just like they had with many other kids, and he had the scars to prove it.
At the start, he hated me, and I could understand why.
For years he was my worst enemy, fiercest protector, and dearest friend.
But by the end…he loved me.
The only problem was, he loved me in an entirely different way to the way I loved him.
And slowly, my secret drove us apart.
THE BOY & HIS RIBBON, Book 1
Panty Scorching: 5
Over All Rating: 5 Stars
Kindle eArc provided by Netgalley
Reviewed by Robin
Being sold at eight years old, Ren doesn’t believe that love exists. At ten he finally runs away from the slavery at the farm but he ends up with a little stowaway. Something he never wanted. Baby Della is in his backpack and somehow Ren is now begrudgingly responsible for her. As the two go through life trying to survive, Della finds herself lying to Ren as her hero worship develops into something more. Something forbidden.
“I’m living proof that a heart can be broken a thousand times and still function, still keep you alive – desperately hoping that it won’t happen again, all the while knowing it will.”
I was completely sucked into Ren and Della’s world as the two standalone against the world just to survive. Ren has really taken Della on as his responsibility and sister even though she comes from the family that delivered such abuse to him. As they both come to age at different times, I really could see the profound effect where they are always in such close proximity but one is still growing; still at that curious grade school age where the other has been pushed into young adulthood with so many tasks and never a chance to just be a kid or to have an education. It was heartbreaking. There are so many twists and avoidable rifts as communication between the two becomes difficult as Della matures. I really am dying to know how their story continues. My heart goes out to Della because the little girl grew wiser beyond her years. The guilt. The keeping it all inside. I need more now.
Pepper’s writing always is so captivating and the idea behind this duet really intrigued me because it’s so different. Just what I needed to bring out that voracious reader inside of me and feed the monster. I’m really addicted to the way she thinks about the world.
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THE GIRL & HER REN, Book 2
About the Author
Pepper Winters is a multiple New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today International Bestseller.
After chasing her dreams to become a full-time writer, Pepper has earned recognition with awards for best Dark Romance, best BDSM Series, and best Hero. She’s an multiple #1 iBooks bestseller, along with #1 in Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense, Contemporary, and Erotica Thriller. With 19 books currently published, she has hit the bestseller charts twenty-six times in three years.
Pepper is a Hybrid Author of both Traditional and Self-published work. Her Pure Corruption Series was released by Grand Central, Hachette.
Her books have garnered foreign interest and are currently being translated into numerous languages, including already released titles in Italian and Turkish. Audio Books for her entire back-list will be available in 2017.
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