Published by Self Published on 4/3/18
Genres: New Adult
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“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 is an adventure of survival as much as it’s a grand love story. It’s a vivid portrayal of love and devotion that take many forms as the story evolves. It’s an emotionally gripping account of loyalty and friendship and I enjoyed every single achingly beautiful second. This is one fantastic story, a book so exquisitely crafted with raw emotion and the most unforgettable characters that I fear my own words can’t possibly do it justice.
5 “This was Everything” Stars!
The Boy & His Ribbon is an unexpectedly riveting, unbelievably fascinating story of survival and love. This mesmerizing, breathtaking novel is unlike anything I’ve ever read before, a wholly unforgettable, soul searing story that consumed me from the very start. I’ve read many books from Pepper Winters and this book has a decidedly different vibe to it. The Boy & His Ribbon is the first half of a duet and while I can’t wait to see what’s to come, I desperately longed to savor every morsel of this first book. This is a SUPERBLY written account of the devastating circumstances that allowed for the most beautiful sort of kinship to blossom and flourish and ultimately consume itself. The complicated course of events that ensues from something terrible, something beautiful, is one that I won’t soon forget.
This is a story that is so wild yet somehow remains relatable all at once. It’s the reality of human growth and development woven seamlessly through a story of codependency and adoration, and while it’s often difficult to wrap your head around, sometimes uncomfortable and hard to reconcile, it also makes absolutely perfect sense.
Ren and Della’s complicated connection evolves throughout this story and in every phase they move through together, emotions intensify and the tenuous bond between them grows frayed. Their relationship is natural in every sense of the word, which is why I connected so completely with their journey. It’s everything you never see coming but it’s also everything that you’d expect to exist between two people who’ve come up together with such a powerful bond. You know something will eventually have to give though. You know as they age, their dynamic must shift. But while the unforgettable bond between Ren and Della does get twisted and tangled up by confusing emotions, it remains this beautiful, wholly understandable entity that I felt completely.
Pepper Winters is known for her dark romance. She’s known for taboo stories that push the boundaries and make you fall deeply in love with characters even if their circumstances make you deeply uncomfortable. For that reason alone, I was worried. This story made me incredibly nervous. Ren and Della exist in such a precarious situation throughout this story, that one decision by this author in respect to their dynamic could’ve turned it into something I wouldn’t have been able to handle. But it’s so perfect what Pepper Winters creates here. The Boy & His Ribbon was everything that’s right and good set against a backdrop of something that’s inherently wrong. Given that, I truly felt that, while Winters held the power to send the story careening in a horrific direction, she made all the most beautiful choices, crafting a phenomenal novel that I absolutely loved, one that devastated my heart and filled me with as much sorrow as it did with hope.
The Boy & His Ribbon is an adventure of survival as much as it’s a grand love story. It’s a vivid portrayal of love and devotion that take many forms as the story evolves. It’s an emotionally gripping account of loyalty and friendship and I enjoyed every single achingly beautiful second. This is one fantastic story, a book so exquisitely crafted with raw emotion and the most unforgettable characters that I fear my own words can’t possibly do it justice. This may be the most captivating story this author has written to date and my heart is exploding with desperation for more of this story.
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 20 books currently published, she has hit the bestseller charts twenty-nine 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, French, Hebrew, German, and Turkish. Audio Books for her entire back-list will be available in 2018.