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The Boy & His Ribbon

(The Ribbon Duet #1)

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  8,745 ratings  ·  1,461 reviews
“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
Paperback, 386 pages
Published April 1st 2018 by Pepper Winters
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SueBee★bring me an alpha!★

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2! The Boy and His Ribbon, book 1 of 2. A coming-of age tale of fate, survival & a burning yet forbidden love!

Books in The Ribbons duet should be read in order:
Book 1: The Boy and His Ribbon
Book 2: The Girl and Her Ren

“…the only thing I loved, the only girl I ever needed, the only friend I ever wanted…”

The Boy and His Ribbon (book 1) follows Ren Wild and Della Mclary aka Della Ribbon from childhood into adulthood. Escaping captivity, their codependent relationsh
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
i completely forgot how unrealistic the vast majority of this story is, but man. it still packs a punch straight to the heart. 💔


this book absolutely consumed me in my entirety. my heart, mind, and soul. all of it now belongs to this story.

my emotions are all over the place at the moment. from the beginning, i was rooting for della and ren. its not difficult to understand where things are headed and i wanted it to work out. i really did. but as the story progressed, as
Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰
"The sensation of holding her was one of coming home after being lost for so long, and I ached."


This was both one of the most unique and outrageously hooking trips I have taken in a while.
Let's see how that looks in bold.

This was both one of the most unique and outrageously hooking trips I have taken in a while.

Damn, still the same feeling....

“Ah! It’s not squirms, it’s sperms!”
I think it's safe to start this review by stating a couple key things that are running thro
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THE BOY AND HIS RIBBON: is the first book in Pepper Winter’s ‘The Ribbon’ duet. In this we meet Ren and Della. Told in ‘Dual Perspectives’

About a boy and a girl…

2000: Ten year old Ren has escaped the terrors of his captivity, dodging bullets just to get away from the terrors that held him captive at a run down old farm house where his mother had sold him two winters before hand, with no recollection
✰ Liz ✰
"Ren was simple. Ren spoiled me. Ren kept me in line. No one else came close."

The Boy and His Ribbon is the first book in The Ribbon Duet. This is a heartbreaking and beautiful story of a boy who finds himself taking care of a girl. This is the story of their journey.

"Humans were complicated creatures, and smiles were full of poison."
Ren was eight years old when he managed to escape the brutality that existed in his world. Once he was safe and in the wild he realized that he had a
Hulya Kara Yuksel
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm a huge fan of Pepper Winters and this book was my 23th book of hers. Told you! I'm a big fan! :D Anyway when I first saw this book I was expecting something dark, just like her other books but this book was really surprised me in here. I really, really loved Ren. He always thinks about Della, because he cares about her so much. He always puts himself second place because of her. So why 4 stars? This is my fault actually. If this book was my 1st book of Pepper I'd give 5 stars without a doubt ...more
Jessica ❥Chatterbooks Book Blog❥
The Boy and His Ribbon is my very first Pepper Winters novel. I've been wanting to read a book by this author for quite some time now, because I've heard so many people sing her praises. Well, I finally see what all the fuss is about! It's obvious to me from this book that the author is an amazing storyteller.

This is such a unique coming of age tale/romance. The romance aspect isn't as much the focus as is the actual survival, struggle, and bonding of Ren and Della. Don't get me wrong, the love
Jennifer Kyle
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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5.5 RIBBON Stars


This book was absolutely fantastic! I adored the writing, the characters, the pace, and the unique storyline. This is a story that spans years of a runaway boy and a baby girl.

"Once upon a time, there was a boy and a baby.”


Ren and Della survive years in and out of society. As Ren raises baby Della being only a boy himself. It’s a story of family, responsibility, growing up and it was simply superb while grazing the taboo!

"Was she in love with me? And if she was…where
Alessandra Torre
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This morning I finished The Boy and His Ribbon by Pepper Winters. I loved it. It’s a non-traditional romance, but it is definitely a love story. It pushes boundaries. It made me question everything I was feeling. It held me to the pages and that’s a very difficult thing to do. I can’t wait for the second half of this story and I HIGHLY recommend this novel. Absolutely my favorite Pepper Winters novel to date. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️!
Melanie (mells_view)
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book. This god damned book. It gave me anxiety coupled with stress sweats. It is emotional. It is tragic. It is beautiful. It’s filled with relationships that are so unconditional and bonds that are so strong. The story of The Boy and His Ribbon is NOT a simple one. It’s not easy, and it will have even the most open-minded moral compass quivering at times, but Pepper Winters does a flawless job with this story. The book is told in two POV’s, and over the course of nearly eighteen years. I w ...more
mel ☽
3.5 -3.75 stars?? lol idk

before y'all decide to read this, MAKE SURE YOU ARE READY FOR HEARTBREAK . i don't care if that's a spoiler but im warning you guys... the second book was brutal. but of course, i decided to continue this cuz im in the mood to cry and be depressed so all is good in the world

"They ask you how you are and you just have to say that you're fine and you're not really fine but you can't get into it."
- Katy Perry

like im fineee. just- fine. lol jk its raining and im listeni
one of my fave authors...

wrote the story of love.

unconventional love...that is NOT suppose to survive as such...NOT in a romantic least

and yet, the crushing moment when the realization hits the main characters, Ren -the boy who escaped the cruelty of a life as he was sold into a child labor at the farm among other unfortunate souls...but he escaped at age 10 and took, by a set of accidental circumstances, a little life along with him-his tormentors' little daughter Della-a girl wit
Olga therebelreader
*****ALL THE STARS*****

I was in the mood for an emotional love story and this delivered it in spades. Provocative and utterly mesmerizing!
Ren and Della are involved in a dangerous relationship, but they can't seem to let go of each other and what they feel when they are together. As the relationship builds and as the characters spend more time together you start to slowly question the tension of the relationship, the ethics and moral dilemmas behind the forbidden love, the confusion of lust w
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5 Unique Stars

The Boy and His Ribbon is an unforgettable story!5 stars isn't enough for this one, if I could I would give it more!I fall in love with this story so much, my heart was aching all the time and I'm thinking about it all the time!!This is by far my favorite book from Pepper Winters and I have read and loved all her books but this one was something else!

The writing was poetic,beautiful and flawless and I could feel everything!My heart,
Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦
holi crap. HOLY FRIGGIN' CRAP!
Review to come, I need to get my thoughts together and pick my jaw off the ground while simultaneously kick myself for not waiting for the second book to come out. I need the second book RIGHT NOW and this is coming from someone who normally has 0 problems with cliffhangers.

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Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: unforgettables
He touched you deeper than any hand could reach. He affected you harder than any spoken word ever could.
He cared with his entire soul and committed with entire being.

Before I get into all the fantastic things about this book, I want to address the one negative piece. I'd like to get it out of the way with, because if I'm being perfectly honest, something that I thought could ruin the story for me actually ended up being nothing but a minor annoyance in the grand scheme of thin
“I would die for her. I would live for her. I would kill for her.”

Once again Pepper Winters has captured our hearts and imagination with a harrowing tale of childhood abuse, its aftermath on the survivors and a moral dilemma that tears at your very soul. She does it with a compelling tale of two children, one a mere babe, surviving on their own battling hunger to the point of starvation. These poor lambs are also exposed to the harshest elements with only a tent and sleeping bag for shelter. It
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 She Was My World Stars!
(ARC provided by Buoni Amici Press)

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This is the story about a young boy and a baby. Ren & Della we’re never meant to be together, but became all each other had. One is a child born to monsters, and the other is a kid no one wanted. There is a ten year age difference between them, but they become the best of friends. Ren is just a kid, but he protects Della at all costs. He takes it upon himself to be responsible for her safety, happiness, and well being. She was pre

Yes, I am. Give me 5 second.

*Breath in........................ *breath out..........

OK, after reading nonstop for 2 days, I finally finished the book and completely shocked (Only for 2 reasons):

◾️ Why, how is it possible that this interesting book never came to my notice? Am I getting old or is my brain having some difficulty focusing? The biggest question is "how can I protect my brain?" Hmm🙄....never mind.

◾️ For the first time, I came across a book that contained unrealistic stuff
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
★6 Stars! The boy and his Ribbon... Is the most painfully heartbreaking, soul shattering, addictive, unforgettable, and most beautiful masterpiece I have ever read!
Rating: { ★★★★★★ }
”Ren is my favourite word. I love every history attached to it. I love every pain lashed to it. I love the boy it belongs to.


This masterpiece will destroy your entire being.

As I have said time and time again, Pepper Winter never disappoints. And she continues to prove me right.
This book. God, this book is one of t
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: New Adult audience
3.75 stars

Genre: Romance
POV/s: First person, dual
Pace: Bloody slow
Taboo element? (view spoiler)
Darkness level? (view spoiler)

Ren ran away from his captors when he was just ten years old. He was sold by his mother to a farmer and forced to labor on the land with a group of other children who we
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“There is no me without him."

Sweet baby Jesus, what a ride!! I’m so emotionally exhausted right now, I can’t even articulate the right thing to say. I knew this was going to be different story and I couldn’t wait for that, but what I never factored in, was to be so emotionally invested in these characters. They took a little piece of my heart with every heartbreak and survival mode they had to endure and if you think you know how this story is going to end, think again.

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Sophie's Reading Corner
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 powerful stars

Wow, I have no words. This was a fantastic read for me. If I could categorize this book I would say it belongs more in the fiction genre, than romance. But it is a story that follows a love story. The story follows Ren a ten year old who was sold in a family and mistreated him along with other kids. One day he can’t take it any longer and runs away. Somehow he ends up with Della, the family’s infant.

"I didn’t want this. I didn’t want her. I wanted my freedom , and she
4.5 Stars

I finished this a couple of hours ago and I'm still trying to come up with a way to convey everything I'm feeling without giving anything away.

Guess what? I'm not that talented of a reviewer.

This is my first (que!) Pepper Winters book and I'm absolutely kicking myself for not reading her sooner. I went into The Boy and His Ribbon blind and I'd suggest you do the same if given the chance.

Ren and Della's tale was hard for me to take from the beginning, but the writing itself and the prom
Beatrice Masaluñga
May 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: new-adult, arc
I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Boy and His Ribbon is a good coming-of-age story. It's about Ren Wild, a boy sold into slavery at the age of 8 and escaped his captors two years later. He longed for freedom but his life changed when he accidentally took his captors' infant daughter, Della Mclary.

It was a depressing start for Ren and Della. I pity them for experiencing hardships at a young age. Being homeless kids, they have no choice but to survive by scaven
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I don't even know where to begin. I want to curb my snarky tongue but honestly my mind is whirring from all the stuff about THE BOY AND HIS RIBBON that I just couldn't. Couldn't believe, couldn't tolerate, did I mention the couldn't believe, and just overall.. couldn't.

The first in The Ribbon Duet starts off in a dark place. And I was actually really excited about it. I've never read Winters before, despite much encouragement from a buddy, so didn't know how much darker things would go when the
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
"He cared with his entire soul and committed with his entire being."

This book begins with an 18 year old Della telling the story of her life, her survival and her love. Its a tale that spans close to two decades. Its about a ten year old boy running from the horrific family that bought him. He just never expected to find his ribbon soon after his escape. The entire book is about love. Not only the romantic kind but an all consuming love. One that knows no boundaries. I loved every word of it
Pam Godwin
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Emotionally-charged, multilayered, coming-of-age romance that deals with strife and heartache and impossible challenges. The most powerful element is the relationship between Ren and Della. It's harsh and real and sometimes painful to read, but it burrows deep, leaving a substantial, eternal imprint on the soul that separates this story from everything I've ever read. Pepper Winters is a master storyteller, and this book is a profound portrayal of her gift. 5 stars! ...more
Dora Koutsoukou
(reposting my pov since it recently disappeared)

4,5 💙💙💙💙🔝✨✨✨✨s❣️❣️❣️❣️

The author’s writing was exceptional, eloquent, riveting and gripped my heart completely❣️
There were times that the “forbidden” love that was blossomed between Ren and Della made me inconvenient, but I let myself get carried away by the flow of their life story.

Ren enslaved and spellbound me, heart and soul 💞💞💞.
I found Della’s behaviour and maturity not consistent with her age.
Nonetheless, their bond was heart-stirring and
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Pepper Winters is a multiple New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today International Bestseller.

She currently has thirty books released in nine languages. She’s hit best-seller lists (USA Today, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal) thirty-three times. She dabbles in multiple genres, ranging from Dark Romance to Coming of Age.

After chasing her dreams to become a full-time writer, Pepp

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