The Girl and Her Ren by Pepper Winters
The Ribbon Duet Book 2
Publication Date: June 5th, 2018
Genre: Coming of Age Romance
“What do you do when you write down all your secrets? No…that’s not enough. What do you do when you write down all your secrets and the one person who should never read them does?
I’ll tell you what you do.
Ren didn’t know the meaning of love until he took Della for his own.
To begin with he hated her, but as the months bled into years, he learned the opposite of hate, dedicating his life to giving her everything.
Every sacrifice, every gift, he gave wholeheartedly.
But then love turned to lust and ruined everything.
I was stupid to write my secrets down, but I’d been stupid before so it was nothing new.
I couldn’t blame him, hate him, fix him.
I tried to move on without him.
But no matter what I did, I couldn’t seem to delete the secrets I’d written.
Until something happened.
Until he came back and read my stupid secrets.
And nothing was the same after that.
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Pepper Winters’ Ribbon duet is one of the finest pieces of prose that I’ve read in quite some time, and there are a number of reasons for that assertion, but what it comes down to is the fact that Ren and Della’s story expands over decades, so readers are a part of their entire lifetime together, which means that we experience every single emotion they feel towards each other as well as their reactions to a multitude of events and situations that not only transform them both but also cause their relationship to ebb and flow, changing in ways they never thought possible.
In The Boy and His Ribbon, Pepper Winters introduced readers to the story of an unloved boy who had to endure what felt like a lifetime of abuse until he had the courage to break those chains and escape when he was 10 years old, but as she tells Ren’s story, Winters also must tell the tale of his companion, a little innocent baby girl who somehow found herself on Ren’s journey with him, dependent on him for everything regardless of how ill-equipped he seems.
Throughout the pages of Ren and Della’s story, readers witness Ren’s less than welcoming feelings towards his stowaway, but as he learns to coexist with Della and understands exactly what her needs are, she becomes essential to him…an extension of himself, and he refuses to allow anything to taint her life, even if it’s his own feelings towards the girl he raised as his own.
Through Della’s college assignment, she takes us back to where it all began and then moves us forward through time, experiencing Ren and Della’s highs and lows, their successes and failures, their pain and their elation, redefining who they are to one another despite Della’s lie and Ren’s avoidance.
In The Girl and Her Ren, Winters, once again, focuses on the boy and girl from the first story, but he is now an attractive and strong man and the girl is now a beautiful and passionate woman – a woman who no longer sees Ren as merely her protector, her brother, her family, which is why when the second half of their story is told, it begins with them apart, struggling to find their way in this world without their other half and no longer truly living because a part of themselves is missing with really no indication that it will or could be reclaimed.
Once again, readers get the second half of Ren and Della’s story through both of their perspectives – Della’s future self reflects on the events that led to where they were able to get while also allowing Ren to keep readers in the here and now, so that we understand exactly how everything occurred and how they endured everything that they faced.
Ren and Della’s story started in quite an unusual way…it continued amidst a path of trials and tribulations, and it ended on their own terms surrounded by more love than they ever thought possible, and while some readers may question their ending and might strongly feel it should have been told in a much different way, what we all need to remember is that it’s Ren and Della’s story to tell…it’s their lives that Pepper Winters is gifting readers with, so staying true to how they wanted it to end, regardless of the potential for criticism, honors who these two characters are, how they lived, and what they taught everyone around them about the most greatest gift in life – love because true love – ‘the kind that spans decades, endures heartbreak, and solidifies a bond that started as something other than love’ is the most precious gift than anyone can receive and I’m just so thankful that Pepper Winters gifted her readers with Ren and Della’s love story and allowed us to experience every aspect of it, told through their own voices, in its rawest and purest forms.
5+ Poison Apples
The fallen papers crunched beneath my boot as I shifted my weight, leaning into her, seeking an answer. “Why didn’t you tell me?”
She flinched, her eyes closing beneath an avalanche of pain.
“Della…please.” My calloused thumbs caressed her silky-soft skin, catching on her young perfection with my older imperfection.
Ten years separated us.
Ten years was an eternity when she was a babe and I was a boy, but now…it no longer held such power. I refused to let it because I didn’t know what I’d do if I couldn’t touch her the way I was touching her now.
She laughed quietly, full of torture and tragedy. “I did tell you. In a roundabout way.”
“But I did.” She dared meet my eyes. “I never understood how I could touch you, hug you, kiss you, and you never knew. I didn’t know how I could hide my jealousy when you were with Cassie or later with your one-night stands. I lay awake at night analysing every sentence I said to you, amazed that you never heard what I’d been shouting for longer than I could remember.”
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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