ARC Review: The Boy and His Ribbon by Pepper Winters


“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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**ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**

She was my one weakness, and I was determined to stay immune to her for her own protection.

I love Pepper Winters' dark romances, but I love her contemporary romances even more. She always gives her all in these books, and really takes her time to tell the whole story. The Boy and His Ribbon, is about a broken ten year old boy Ren and baby Della who ends up in the Ren's backpack when he makes his escape. He doesn't know what to do with a baby in the wilderness, but finds a way to save her and himself. It broke my heart reading what these two had to go through to survive. But they had such a beautiful connection, that it also warmed my heart seeing how they took care of each other. Ren is super protective and takes on the father/brother role very serious. Della is very headstrong. As she transforms from a toddler to a young woman her connection to Ren becomes even stronger, and she starts feeling things for him. For Ren this is unacceptable and he does his best to keep his distance when its needed.

Everything Ren did was for Della. He wants her to have a normal future/life. He sacrifices so much for her, it was very heartwarming. He always put her wants and needs before his own. Della, sometimes forgot to be thankful and acted out, which is a normal behavior for a teenager. Ren did the best with the hand he was dealt with. Della, sometimes really pushed his limits. I really enjoyed that the author included chapters in Della's POV (taking place in the present time), and that she acknowledges her faults. This story was a pretty emotional read for me, but not so much that it had me in tears. Pepper has a great writing style, and it was really easy to read. The pacing was perfect, and I was hooked to the story. The pacing was a great way to really showcase how Ren and Della's relationship developed, and I am really looking forward to the next book in The Ribbon Duet.

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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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