The Boy & His Ribbon (Ribbon Duet, #1)

The Boy & His Ribbon (Ribbon Duet, #1)

by Pepper Winters

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BN ID: 2940155400684
Publisher: Pepper Winters
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Series: Ribbon Duet , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 646
File size: 689 KB

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The Boy & His Ribbon (Ribbon Duet, #1) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pepper Winters never fails to amaze me with her talent and ability to render me amazed! What a heartbreaking story that I couldn't put down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great read could not put it down .So sad but heartfelt and wonderful can’t wait to read the second book !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved loved loved this duet! Great characters and great plot! Touching and heartbreaking
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Emotional Rollercoaster
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can honestly say that Pepper Winters is one of the best Author's I have read. This book will stay at the top of my best reads for 2018! The Boy & His Ribbon has played with all of my emotions. Ren (fanning myself here) I think I am totally in love with him. You would think for what he has been through he would be mean, but nope he is so protective, giving, loving, a mentor, teacher and I could go on. He loves his Ribbon like no other. Now for Della her little heart is pulled all over the place. I cannot go into to much detail as it would spoil it. And I am not one to want to spoil such a great book for any reader. I am glad I held off to read this until the 2nd book was released and purchased it. It would have drove me crazy to have to wait. I read all 390 or so pages in one day, you can tell that I didn't get much else accomplished, It was just that good, I couldn't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure at first if I would like this book as much as Pepper's other books. But, I fell in love with the characters. The strength of the bond knitted together so delicately is amazing. I was torn on so many different levels, yet I couldn't stop craving more of the unknown that was unraveling within each page. I cannot wait to dive into the second book, so I can qwinch my curiosity. Pepper you are wickedly unstoppable with your writing.
NatalieRose27 More than 1 year ago
Well I’ve finished this story, it was an ARC I was thrilled to be a part of in exchange for my honest review, as Pepper is something like a superhero in my book . I am so thankful that Ren and Della’s story will continue even as I hang here on the precipice of their conclusion. There’s a small irony in the time it took Pepper to write this story versus the time it took me to read it. These characters flowed through her, telling their story, and the thrill and excitement Pepper noted in telling the story was the same thing making me read so slowly. I wanted to listen to their tale, to live it and feel it and let it flow around me as long as I could. Watching each of them grow and change as individuals while their dynamic paralleled was both heartbreaking and heartwarming in equal parts. Although, this story could simply be classified as a coming of age tale it is so much more than that. Yes, it had all the elemental parts of growing up that everyone can connect with but it was deeper than that, far more complex in nature than most have had to experience. I will say that this story is not like Pepper’s other books but only in that it does not have the dark elements she brings to the table (very well I might add). In every other way however, it is 100% true to her ability as an author. The characters are dimensional, the plot is thick, all the feelings are present and impossible not to feel right along with the characters! This story may be different but it is just as lovable for the reader, maybe even more so because of its differences. It was definitely the kind of story I needed in my life this last week and for that it will always be a favorite of mine!
SpiderEffect More than 1 year ago
No one can know the throws of desperation quite like Ren. At just ten years old, Ren’s mother sold him into servitude. A fate that is unimaginable and incomprehensible to most. Ren held on to hope like only a child could know. Then he set in motion a plan that would take him away from the squalor and servitude that were now a part of Ren’s daily life. Packing that backpack gave Ren the courage to make a break for it. To end the suffering that he knew as part of his slavery. With no plan beyond making a run for it, Ren loaded up his backpack and headed for the woods. A feat that was harder to overcome than Ren could have imagined. Running just as fast as his legs would allow, Ren set out on his new path to survival. Determined to stay away from the eyes of his captors, Ren stayed in the woods dependant only on the contents of that backpack. Little did Ren know that his course would change drastically just from the contents of that pack. Crossing paths with Della was an unwelcome distraction for this boy on the run. Something that fueled his possessive nature. Della would alter Ren’s life in more way than one. Leading the two on a journey that few could endure. Their days and nights would be unlike any they could imagine. However – the desire to stay away from the farm far outweighed the hardships on this path. Time wasn’t always on Ren’s side, but the outcome was always to keep Della safe. A new responsibility that would shape the future for this battered soul that Ren possessed. Whew…..let me catch my breath! In typical Pepper Winters fashion….The Boy and His Ribbon is unlike anything you have read before. It is a love story that transcends the customary confines of ‘boy meets girl’. The story that unfolds between the pages of this novel will give you hope, shower you with love, and have you in tears from the injustices Ren will face. It is a story of devotion so deep you will ache from the very center of your heart. A testament to the creativity that one author exudes every single time she puts pen to paper. Ren and Della are definitely two of the most unique souls to grace the pages of a book. Surviving a unique set of circumstances that were crafted so vividly. The emotion was brimming over with each new chapter. Giving life to the decisions that Ren and Della would have in one another’s life. There is so much hope, loyalty and devotion crafted into this tale. Without it – Della would not be sharing the events from their past so vividly. A story that takes one tattered boy named Ren, and leads him through trials and tribulations that will keep you glued to the pages. At the center of it all is Della Ribbon……the girl with the rosy cheeks. Where does her path lead? Well, you will have to discover that tid bit for yourself!!
shabbyarora More than 1 year ago
It's not a story, it's a Fascination! ....Amazement!......wonder! The story doesn't need adjectives because it's a living, breathing entity, hence a noun. A perfect combination of grief and bliss. Making you float on pink cloud of love or be lashed by biting rain, all at the same time. LOVE changes like weather in this book, unpredictable and unexpected. Exactly like on a mountain, snow gives way to warmth and leaves that change colour. I'm afraid my words won't do justice to this astounding journey . I took a hike through Ren & Della's life, running away from McLary's farm, to the mountains, to Polcart farm, to cherry river farm. Its soul changing pilgrimage watching a couple of kids clinging on to each other, battling elements and civilisation. They're running from fate, authorities, and their own turbulent emotions. First of all, it's not a "-regular" Pepper book, it's not the typical dark BDSM stuff,sexual slavery trope. But a good writer is a good writer at the end of the day, the words she pens, glow golden, no matter the setting. Dark dungeons, an MC club, a shipwrecked island, a Phantom ship on sea or snow covered mountains, in this case. The surroundings maybe hopeless and dismal but her stories are like treasure chests of sparkly, shining, multi-faceted gems. There's pure, intense love, the kind that breaks fortified walls, crosses boundries( oh! Does it cross boundries!!!) and restores faith in humanity, there's a solid lesson in loyalty and allegiance, and a whole tutorial on mature responsibility.  I dived in blind, having not read any blurb or watched a teaser or trailer. What's the point, Pepper book is guaranteed exceptional, a sneak peek would've ruined my surprise. So I dived, headlong,and what a wonderful surprise it was.  I’d lived my life with one existence: where parents were cruel and beat their children, branded them with hot cattle irons, and fed them by trough and pail.  Ren is running from his slave-labour camp -McLary farm. Having been sold into bonded labour by his own mom, endured two years of torture & starvation, he finds an opening and he escapes. With a backpack full of survival gear ..........and a stowaway, with a Blue Ribbon clenched in her tiny fist.!!!!. A beautiful package he doesn't want, but he needs, because she will be his path to salvation Now, I've read some reviews and I've my own views on how does a 10 year old boy take care of a 1 year old toddler, in the mountains, in the snow, in freezing temperatures and altitudes!! He's just a kid FFS! How much common sense or say survival skills did we have when we were 10...i'd say, we were barely aware of our surroundings. my first step toward a future that would mean a life of struggle, hardship, unpredictability, uncertainty, and an unbelievable consequences.  BUT We were never raised and forced to work back-breaking manual labour on a farm, being one with the earth, living in its soil, filling our lungs with fresh air 24/7/365. Nature treats you like an adult the moment you're exposed to it, so I do believe that Ren was more capable of enduring exile and a baby, and the scenario, though implausible, is not impossible. I'm in a daze, like utter heavenly bliss, I so need book 2 like yesterday!!  5 "Wild & Ribbon" stars 
shabbyarora More than 1 year ago
It's not a story, it's a Fascination! ....Amazement!......wonder! The story doesn't need adjectives because it's a living, breathing entity, hence a noun. A perfect combination of grief and bliss. Making you float on pink cloud of love or be lashed by biting rain, all at the same time. LOVE changes like weather in this book, unpredictable and unexpected. Exactly like on a mountain, snow gives way to warmth and leaves that change colour. I'm afraid my words won't do justice to this astounding journey . I took a hike through Ren & Della's life, running away from McLary's farm, to the mountains, to Polcart farm, to cherry river farm. Its soul changing pilgrimage watching a couple of kids clinging on to each other, battling elements and civilisation. They're running from fate, authorities, and their own turbulent emotions. First of all, it's not a "-regular" Pepper book, it's not the typical dark BDSM stuff,sexual slavery trope. But a good writer is a good writer at the end of the day, the words she pens, glow golden, no matter the setting. Dark dungeons, an MC club, a shipwrecked island, a Phantom ship on sea or snow covered mountains, in this case. The surroundings maybe hopeless and dismal but her stories are like treasure chests of sparkly, shining, multi-faceted gems. There's pure, intense love, the kind that breaks fortified walls, crosses boundries( oh! Does it cross boundries!!!) and restores faith in humanity, there's a solid lesson in loyalty and allegiance, and a whole tutorial on mature responsibility.  I dived in blind, having not read any blurb or watched a teaser or trailer. What's the point, Pepper book is guaranteed exceptional, a sneak peek would've ruined my surprise. So I dived, headlong,and what a wonderful surprise it was.  I’d lived my life with one existence: where parents were cruel and beat their children, branded them with hot cattle irons, and fed them by trough and pail.  Ren is running from his slave-labour camp -McLary farm. Having been sold into bonded labour by his own mom, endured two years of torture & starvation, he finds an opening and he escapes. With a backpack full of survival gear ..........and a stowaway, with a Blue Ribbon clenched in her tiny fist.!!!!. A beautiful package he doesn't want, but he needs, because she will be his path to salvation Now, I've read some reviews and I've my own views on how does a 10 year old boy take care of a 1 year old toddler, in the mountains, in the snow, in freezing temperatures and altitudes!! He's just a kid FFS! How much common sense or say survival skills did we have when we were 10...i'd say, we were barely aware of our surroundings. my first step toward a future that would mean a life of struggle, hardship, unpredictability, uncertainty, and an unbelievable consequences.  BUT We were never raised and forced to work back-breaking manual labour on a farm, being one with the earth, living in its soil, filling our lungs with fresh air 24/7/365. Nature treats you like an adult the moment you're exposed to it, so I do believe that Ren was more capable of enduring exile and a baby, and the scenario, though implausible, is not impossible. I'm in a daze, like utter heavenly bliss, I so need book 2 like yesterday!!  5 "Wild & Ribbon" stars 
AshleyO2008 More than 1 year ago
I wish I could rate this over 5 stars, Once again Pepper Winters reminds her readers that she is one hell of an author! This book was all consuming and more! It is impossible to hold back your tears regardless if they are tears of happiness for Della and Ren or if they are from the heart wrenching heart break they feel. She brings Della and Ren to life and you can't help but feel every single emotion that they feel. It might take me until book 2 gets released to recover from the feeling of my heart being ripped from my chest.
aschae More than 1 year ago
Admittedly, I'm a sucker for anything Pepper Winters writes and in the past, she had originally drawn me in with multiple dark romance/suspense series. A Boy and His Ribbon is unlike most of her well-known works, yet similar to Unseen Messages (one of my all-time favorites), as both stories are based on characters living wild. A scenario that speaks to my wanderlust soul and moves me like no other topic. The story follows Ren and Della, two children who escape abuse and a fate worse than even any animal should endure. Growing up alone, fending for themselves, this story takes us through years of this unlikely pair growing up uneducated, unsocialized and learning from each other. And with such fierce love, devotion and determination from children so young... We've all had to deal with the ups and downs of growing up. Imagine facing your teenage years that come with messy feelings and changes, without any guidance or expectations? This Coming of Age/Romance teeters between not quite right and completely understandable. Like every other Pepper Winters title in the past, I devoured this book. It tore my heart out, leaving me in suspense until book 2 in the Ribbon Series, The Girl and Her Ren is released in June.
borntoreadbooks More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. When Ren was a child, his mom sold him to a farmer. He was abused there, so when he was able to do it, he escaped. Unknowingly, he didn't escape alone. A little girl, the farmer's daughter, was hidden in his backpack. The relationship between Ren and Della, the little girl, is different from the beginning. It is obvious for the reader. But poor Ren is so naive... He refuses to see it. And that's the key to this story. They enter in a whirlwind of heartache which they both start. They are like the two sides of a coin. He doesn't want to admit what it's in front of him. Or he just can't. And Della, who is younger and wilder, doesn't want to ignore her feelings. Or, again, she just can't. I really liked the story. Although I wish I could have opened Ren's eyes. The ending is just awesome. And now, we have to wait (sigh).
JoannaDursi More than 1 year ago
Going into The Boy And His Ribbon I truly didn’t know what to expect. Ms. Winters’ blurbs are always enticing but I’ve only had time to read her Debt Inheritance series. That series is one of the darkest I’ve ever read. Early on ‘The Boy’ had the potential to go that route but I was pleasantly surprised when it didn’t. While it may not be dark per se, it is not your average tale. I’ve been trying to sum this story up and the one thing I keep coming back to is that it’s about Della coming of age. She struggles with the normal childhood growing pains while also dealing with her feelings for the boy that is raising her. Her feelings for Ren range from love, anger and jealousy. I am dying to get my hands on The Girl And Her Ren! I cannot wait for June and to find out what lays ahead for Della and Ren.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pepper Winters never fails too deliver! There hasn't been a book I haven't loved. The story of Ren and Della grips you and pulls you in to the point you feel like you are right there with them. I can't wait for the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely despise going into a book not knowing that it's going to be a cliffhanger. It angers me beyond reason. But I forgive you, Pepper Winters. I forgive you because this story is so deliciously dark in such a brilliantly subtle way. The reader can't help but fall in love with Ren and Ribbon as children, ache with their growing pains, then cringe, and suffer through their confusion and awkwardness as they blossom into adulthood. So well written. Sucks you in. Swallows you whole. These characters will be stuck in my head for weeks, I'm sure. And that's the beauty of Pepper Winters' writing. My favorite read of 2018 so far.
MichellC More than 1 year ago
WOW!! Just WOW!! I read a lot of books and authors. And a handful of them can bring out emotions in me. Where the hairs are standing up on the back of my neck, or my heart is in my throat, or a book absolutely guts me, or leaves me a slobbery mess. Where I feel every word. And Pepper Winters does that with all her books. But this book. This book went above and beyond anything she has written thus far. OMG!!!! I was GUTTED!!! I have never been so wrecked for a male character the way I was for Ren. My heart literally shattered for him. What if the one thing you loved more then anything in life. Was the one thing that destroyed you? This book was and an emotional rollercoaster I did not want to get off of. It was beautifully written. My words will not do this book justice. All I can say is that it is a MUST read!!. Well done Pepper Winters well done. I can't wait for book two.
RandysGal69 More than 1 year ago
Such a captivating story! I totally enjoyed this side of Author Pepper Winter's writing. Ren & Della are characters that will grip you and make you go on soo many emotional levels. You will not be able to resist loving these two hard. I was a wreck while reading this because this story about Ren & Della was soo moving to me. Such an intense love story that had me wanting to hug and take care of them both. Go grab this book and be ready to grip your reader hard with the intensity that flies off the pages.
AndyPeggy More than 1 year ago
As always when finishing a book by Pepper Winters, my feelings are all over the place. At ten years old, after two years as a slave, Ren decides to make a run for it. What he didn't expect was a baby hidden in his luggage. Faced with decisions no ten years old should ever have to make, Ren becomes Della's protector, her guardian, her family. We follow their story through 18 years and from both POV. From Della's present self, recounting thing for an assignment, and from Ren's as things happened. The Boy and his Ribbon is... I'm not sure I have the words right now to describe it. There is so much feelings and emotions in those pages. You feel the love, the hope and despair, the growth of Ren and Della. But most of all, we witnessed the hardships that Ren faced all those years and what it meant for Della. And you can't help but fall in love with those characters. Ren's devotion towards his Ribbon is a beautiful thing one can only hope to someday achieve. And Della's dedication and revelations through her assignment will leave you wondering about her future. I've just finished this book and I already want the next one. Surely that's what everybody will want after reaching the last page. I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fantastic book, written so perfect that I couldn't put it down. I cannot wait for book 2!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love EVERYTHING you write!!! Thank you for the amazing book, can't wait to read the rest!!!
Tina-N-Tennessee More than 1 year ago
WOW !!! This book is Amazing!!! This beautifully written story is one of desperation, survival, love and heartache. It is heart wrenching. Why does life have to be so hard? Why does love have to be so evasive? If you only read a few books this year, this must be one of those books. Pepper Winters took me on an emotional journey that will not soon be forgotten.
BeckyRendon More than 1 year ago
I just read one of the most soul clenching, heart rending, and utterly hopeful love stories. And yet, I am a sobbing mess of despair. You see, the Boy & his Ribbon, isn't a traditional love story. It's a story filled with love, hope, and devotion. It's an idealistic dream in a reality far too dismal to imagine. A love and bond created in hardship. A love developing over time. A family. the Boy & his Ribbon. I still hurt all over from this book. It's impossible to finish this story without a heart rending ache. It's impossible not to echo Della's feelings. It's not probable that you can read this story and be satisfied with the end because it is truly a beginning. But we don't know to what, and honestly, that tears my heart up wondering. I'm afraid of what will become of my friends. I'm afraid of the rift. But most of all, I'm terrified I won't get my fantasy Disney dream. You see this melancholy story is the perfect set up for an amazing fairytale... But life isn't fairytales. Pepper Winters is a genius at shredding my heart. She has never let me down and so I will struggle with my need. I will clutch my chest hoping for quick relief. But we both know, that nothing Pepper writes comes without sacrifice. I know it will hurt but when it comes to books....I am masochist begging to be hurt more. Clawing for the pain, I will always, ALWAYS, ask, plead, beg, chant, and pant for more. In the end, you will be just as needy. Don't say you weren't warned! Reviewed for Sweet Spot Sisterhood This book is beyond anything I have ever read by this author. It's compelling, heartbreaking, and beautiful. As always the characters are complex, they fuel a driving need to be wrapped up in their story. To be a part of it...
Vickory More than 1 year ago
This will definitely be one of my favorite books of the year, and we are only three months in. I read this book in one day, staying up until 2 am so I could get as far as the author would take me with Ren and Della in this first book of the planned duet. I am so glad the release date for book 2 is just another couple months away! I'm not sure I could wait any longer than that. I read this book not knowing what it was about before I started; only knowing that the author had said in her blog that it wasn't like anything she had written before. I am a fan of the books of hers I have read previously - all dark romances - and this one is definitely different ... and utterly amazing. I'm a slow-burn junkie and this was a gut-wrenching slow-burn MASTERPIECE. We are taken through many years of Ren and Della's lives, really learning about them in detail and feeling the growth of their relationship and evolving feelings for one another. This was such a poignant story, it had quite the impact on me. It was one of those rare book experiences for me - the kind where I just know I'll never be able to recapture the magic of the first read no matter how much I might wish or try to. *I voluntarily and enthusiastically (can you tell?) reviewed this after receiving a free copy*
carvanz More than 1 year ago
I want to scream and rage and sob and allow all the indiscernible words and sounds that this book stirred in me loose. But there is no way. No possible way to describe all the feelings, emotions, desire and need this book gave me and then so sharply took away. I am broken. So incredibly, completely broken by the story of Ren and Della. I went into this book with one expectation and as it slowly unfolds, was pretty sure I knew the path it would take. Before I realized it, these characters were going in a whole different direction and I rearranged my predictions and settled in for a different journey. Then wildly, I ended up somewhere I never even imagined I would be. Oh sure, some of it I knew would happen but never did I foresee it unfolding in the manner that it did. Never did I expect these characters to live, dream, struggle and make the decisions that they did. This is one of the most poignant books I’ve read in…well, probably forever! The voice this author gave to both Ren and Della resonated within me and kept me captivated unable to set it aside for even a brief respite. I needed to know what happened next. How did Ren go from one place in his life to the next with such insurmountable odds against him? How does a young child grow up in these conditions? And how does a man make the choices he made and find peace for himself now that the end is here? I could summarize Ren and Della’s story. I could add a tad more than the blurb gives you. And really, it could be done without really spoiling anything. But the truth of the matter is, this book isn’t just about these characters’ story, but about the emotion that comes from living a life outside the norm all while you hold fast to the one that gives you peace even while you struggle for survival. There is no summary that’s going to allow you to understand that this book is more than a story. It’s feeling and thinking and deciphering how each one of us would handle it should we have ever been in Ren and Della’s situation. I didn’t want this story to end and I certainly didn’t want it to end when it did and in the manner that it did. Pepper Winters literally wrenched my heart out of my chest and flung it across the room and there is no possible way for it to be healed and replaced until I get the conclusion to Ren and Della’s story. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book provided by NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.