The Boy & His Ribbon by Pepper Winters
Series: The Ribbon Duet, #2
Published by Indie on April 3, 2018
Genres: Coming of Age
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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 way Ren looked at you made you suffer beneath his expectation and glow beneath his praise.”
Whew, I honestly didn’t know what I was getting into when I started The Boy & His Ribbon. While I certainly read the blurb when it was released, I made a point not to go back and look at it before I started reading it, as has become my tradition with Winter’s books. I wanted to go into this with zero expectations because no matter what, I know the story being told will touch both my heart and my soul and this was no exception.
The Boy & His Ribbon is a magically dark story that ripped my heart out more times that I can count and I’m thankful for every moment. It’s a survival story. Survival for not only your life but for your heart as well.
I’m not even going to get into a recap or give you a glimpse of what happens, I’m just going to tell you how it made me feel. First of all, if you find yourself moving a bit slow with the story in the beginning, it’s OK. I promise. I felt the same way. At first I felt that it was dragging on but by the time I finished the book, I realized that every detail from the start was necessary and I began to appreciate just how much back story was provided. I tell you this because it will be worth it, trust me.
Both Della and Ren captured my heart. They grew into such beautiful people and their story is unique, sad and uplifting all at the same time. It’s a huge bag of mixed emotions that will keep a flutter in both your heart and your gut. But it is Ren who stole the show. From the moment we meet him, we see how big his heart is and how much he generally cares for most things around him. Every single thing he did for Della made me only fall harder for him.
If you are looking for a survival story that will ruin you and save you all at the same time, then you need to read The Boy & His Ribbon. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book because I’m dying for more of them and I need to know how their story ends.
THE BOY & HIS RIBBON, Book 1
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THE GIRL & HER REN, Book 2
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