Book: The Boy and His Ribbon (The Ribbon Duet #1)
Author: Pepper Winters
Genre: Adult / Romance / Dark Romance
Expected Release Date: 03 April 2018
“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.
This is the first arc that I have ever received courtesy of Netgalley and I am so happy that I got the chance to read this book before its release. The only downside is that I have to wait even longer for the second book in the duet. And gosh that was some cliffhanger!
Pepper Winters’ writing always pulls me out of my comfort zone which is something I love when reading. If you are wanting a lovey dovey romance you won’t find it in this book.
I am not going to lie, when I started this book I didn’t know what direction it was going in, especially at the beginning. I found that I was a little apprehensive to continue. But (and it’s a huge but) I am so glad I stuck with it. I have finally found the book that has pulled me out of my recent reading rut.
This is a hard review to write because going into too much depth would ruin the book for others and I really don’t want to do that.
The Boy and his Ribbon is unique, gut wrenching and addictive. It will embed itself into your thoughts and take you on an emotional rollercoaster.
Throughout the book you follow Ren and Della as they overcome dangerous situations and develop into young adults. Let me tell you it’s not the easiest journey for them or for us as the readers.
You become invested in both of the characters due to the duel perspectives. Usually when reading stories that include more that one point of view I find myself favouring certain characters. When this happens I tend to skim though chapters to get back to the point of view I’m favouring. There is definitely no favouritism through this book and both Rem’s and Della’s perspectives are enthralling and heart-breaking. I was invested in both point of views and just couldn’t stop reading.
This book is beautifully written and I recommend this to anyone who enjoys the dark romance genre.
I was provided with an arc by Netgalley in exchange of an honest review!