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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The Boy & His Ribbon is unlike any romance story that I’ve read. It’s definitely a coming of age story, but it’s so much more than that…

It’s about a boy’s journey to freedom from a life of abuse and slavery…about a young man’s attempt to teach and to protect someone who never should have been his responsibility but who comes to be his everything…about a man who works diligently to not cross a line even when his heart and his body yearn to let go…

BUT, it’s also about a baby girl’s chance to not be raised by monsters…about a toddler’s growth and education by a boy who wants more for her than he ever had…about a young girl developing into a young woman and all that that entails…about a teenage girl who does all she can to keep her secrets hidden and her longing suppressed regardless of the damage it does to her heart and her body…

FURTHERMORE, it’s about feeling more at home in the wild than in civilization…about the complications that arise from a connection that can’t be broken even when it’s altered…about the truth beneath the lies…about ‘fallen dreams and impossible fantasies.’

Part One of Ren & Della’s story spans over 18 years, and readers get the details of everything that occurred through Ren’s present time account and through an 18 year old Della who sits down to write a story based on reality, putting words to paper that she promised never to speak of but finds cathartic nonetheless.

I have to admit that it took me a bit to wrap my head around where Pepper Winters’ characters were taking me, but once I understood the path that I was to journey with Ren and Della, everything fell into place and I couldn’t read fast enough, and then as they led me to their fourth separation, the one I knew would ultimately destroy them and me, I couldn’t believe there were no more pages to read; I wasn’t ready to leave Ren and his Ribbon because, in my mind, there was not one without the other and I didn’t know how to leave them where they were without knowing what was to come for them and for me.

But what I did know was that their story wasn’t over; they had more to say to Pepper Winters and through their conversations, I would get my conclusion…I just needed to wait until June…

4.5 Poison Apples


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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