The Boy and His Ribbon (The Ribbon Duet #1) by Pepper Winters

//The Boy and His Ribbon (The Ribbon Duet #1) by Pepper Winters
The Boy and His Ribbon Book Cover The Boy and His Ribbon
The Ribbon Duet
Pepper Winters
New adult, Romance, Dark
13th March, 2018
Kindle
394

"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 - 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.

DELLA - 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 and His Ribbon is the first book in a new two part duet from Pepper Winters and one I knew I had to read. I love Pepper’s books, rarely does she disappoint me and with a beautiful cover like this one I had a feeling I would enjoy this. I was surprised by this book though as it wasn’t what I was expecting. I find with synopsis’ often they tell to much, mostly I avoid reading them but with The Boy and His Ribbon, maybe it didn’t tell me enough.

The story is told from Ren and Della’s points of view. We hear from Ren in the past, in fact he starts the story in a very nasty, dark situation. Those opening pages I wasn’t ready for and admit it was heart wrenching to hear what was happening at that farm. The book follows Ren from age 10 when he leaves the farm to near present day at the end of the book. Ren felt a reliable story teller and it was good to see how he grew and changed throughout the book from a boy, to a teenager and then a man. Della’s story is told both in past and present tense. I loved that we were hearing her story in her words at the same time. In fact I admit I connected with her chapters more, maybe because we were both women/girls? I understood her frustrations, her growth throughout those chapters¬† but mostly I loved how she kept me reading. For its not till a good 85% in you realise some things aren’t completely what they seem. The story has a lot of ups and downs, but mostly you see its about learning to love, about family, trust and surviving. The Boy and His Ribbon isn’t like anything I’ve read recently, in fact it felt truly different which in the Romance/New Adult genre I personally think is hard to do these days.

There is a dark element to this book I should add, but it didn’t over shadow the story. I cannot talk about the relationship of Ren and Della, nor do I want to talk about characters from their journey as I do not give spoilers. I will say that Pepper really has wrote something both beautiful and tragic, but done it in such a way that I felt everything.

As I stated at the beginning of this review I love Pepper’s books, I knew I’d probably enjoy The Boy and his Ribbon too. I wasn’t however expecting it to end like it did (Cliff hanger -ish!) and feel depressed (Almost) as the new book isn’t out till June I believe (The Girl and her Ren). I cannot wait to see what happens next for Ren and Della, in fact I need to know. This is such an intricate, tragic story but one I can see many enjoying if you enjoy a good romance that’s not traditional and likes to pull on your emotions. 4 stars.

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