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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

{Book Review} The Boy & His Ribbon by Pepper Winters

The Boy & His Ribbon by Pepper Winters
Published: April 1st, 2018
Series: The Ribbon Duet #1
Source: Received in exchange for an honest review
Genre: Contemporary 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.
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.

WOW, I was absolutely blown away by this read. The only other book I have read by Winters is Unseen Messages, which introduced me to the way Pepper Winters has the unique ability to write a beautiful story that feels epic and all-consuming. The Boy and His Ribbon was no exception-it was absolutely amazing! I cannot recommend enough that all readers, even ones that don’t like romance, should give this book a read because although it does have romance, it is more a story of survival, unconditional love and the struggle of growing up and accepting the changes that it brings.

Pepper Winters has some of the most beautiful and poetic writing. When I read this book, I was in awe because I couldn’t believe that it is possible to weave such beauty using the written word. I will say that I couldn’t believe that this book was only 394 pages because it felt much longer. So much happens in this book-beginning when the characters were only children and ending when they are young adults. It chronicles the two main characters lives with such detail that I felt like these individuals really existed. I felt their pain and sadness, along with their triumphs and happiness. This was an epic coming-of-age story that really pulled at my heart strings while making me root for these characters to succeed and survive the dire situation they had been forced into.

This story is told in dual POV’s, alternating between past and present with Ren’s voice describing the events of the past and Della being the voice of the present. I thought this aspect was done very well. Most of this book focuses on Ren and Della as children and how they forged an inseparable bond as they learned how to survive on their own, trust in one another and overcome many obstacles.

I absolutely loved these characters! Winters created very complex and developed characters.  Even the secondary characters were well-rounded and added depth to the story and its progression. I will say that this story might not be for everyone because it is VERY character driven. The character’s emotions, desires, and motives really were the driving force behind the story. Both the main characters, Ren and Della, were relatable even though most of their experiences would not have been had by most. The emotional conflict of growing up, the bodily changes and finding ones place in the world are things most readers can understand. This was a beautiful coming of age story that pulled at my heart strings and made me question my moral compass.

Like I have stated above, this book does not focus on romance.  In fact, romance does not even play a role in the story until the end of the book. However, I believe that this book was essential in establishing what is yet to come in book two. This is not just a taboo story of unrequited love-it’s a journey about how dependence turned into friendship that then morphed into something that is still unknown. It crushed my heart and I really felt for these characters.

I HIGHLY recommend this book, but just let it be known that it does end on a cliff hanger. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book because I have the feeling it will be more gut wrenching than the first, but I am hopeful that these characters will find happiness.

With my face buried in her sweet-smelling neck, I murmured, “I will always love you, Della Ribbon. Until the day I die and even past that.”

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