Tuesday, April 3, 2018

 Release Day Review
The Boy & His Ribbon
(The Ribbon Duet #1)
 Pepper Winters
Release Date: April 3, 2018
Genre: Coming of Age Romance 
~ Synopsis ~
“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.
You lie.”


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.

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~ Review ~
This is not your typical Pepper Winters book is what you will hear.  However, this book still has all of the elements of a Pepper Winters read sprinkled throughout.  Although this story starts while the main characters are young, Ren and Della will captivate you and weave their way under your skin. 

Ren trying to escape the life he was sold to finds an unexpected passenger amongst his things when he flees.  I could honestly say that I felt as torn as Ren while reading as to what he should do.  Let’s just say that as the story progressed I was glad he made the choice he did.

The bond that forms between Ren and Della is strong.  Having kept to themselves during her formidable years not only explains her dependency on Ren but her awe of him.  Ren has become that of a big brother/father figure and mentor but let us not forget that they are not blood. 

I loved their story.  The determination to make a life for themselves.  The want of Ren to give everything to Della that he did not have.  Her ability to share her newfound knowledge with Ren to give back to him.  That Della recognized the sacrifices that Ren was willing to endure for her happiness and well being.

There are few secondary characters in this book but they all have a very important role.  There are several firsts given by Cassie to Ren, Patricia and John are seemingly the first adults Ren and Cassie trust and John gives Ren the opportunity to work for him to provide a safe environment for Della to grow and learn.

But as time passes the lines begin to blur.  Although they have always presented themselves as family feelings begin to twist.  I felt bad for Della having to share “her Ren” with others. It was definitely an adjustment for her to watch him grow into a man while still a child.  Her knowledge and needs not the same in that respect.  They call them the seven deadly sins for a reason.  Jealousy and lust can blind a person and without the proper outlet Della has brought trouble to their door more than once.

I was conflicted towards the end of the story, though I am not sure I was more than Ren and Della.  I could see this story from many different angles and in some their actions would not be questioned.  What I will tell you is that I will anxiously be awaiting the release of The Girl & Her Ren to see where this story ends. 
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~ 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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