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Publisher's Summary

From New York Times best seller Pepper Winters comes one of her best tales yet... 

"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 

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. 

DELLA 

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 labor, 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. 

©2018 Pepper Winters (P)2018 Pepper Winters

Critic Reviews

"The Boy and his Ribbon really does deserve all the 5 stars, all the accolades and all the praise it's already receiving. Ren and Della are characters that will stay with me for a long time." (Hopeless Romantics Book Blog)

"I think this is it. The best book I have ever read and I have read a lot of books. Pepper's writing in this book is beyond superb." (Wanton Book Lover Blog)

"This book. God, this book is one of the best books I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Without a doubt and with so much confidence I can say and will say this is the best book of 2018. (6 stars, S, Goodreads reviewer)

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Pure love

This is the sort of book where you feel like you should clutch your chest when you hear about love so fierce and pure and sweet.

I nearly quit listening after 5 minutes of listening to that guy’s voice but it kind of grows on you.

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What a fantastic read

Yes it's a long book, but well worth it. You can feel, their pain, joy, and love. in all the pages. the way Ren and Della evolve is unbelievable. one of my all time favourites

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i struggled with this book. The narrators voice drove me batty. He always spoke in an over excited incredulous tone of voice as though the sky was about to fall any second. Drove me NUTS! The girls narration better. Sorry but this book dragged..interesting in parts but i lost interest 3/4 of the way through.

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❤️

Never read anything like this before. I have read most of Pepper’s books and loved them, so I knew I was going to most likely love this one too. Essentially seeing everyone else’s words about it. But I didn’t expect to love it this much. Completely different then what I expected, but good, amazing different! I love both Ren and Della so much. Probably my top two characters in any book I have ever read.

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  • Misty
  • 07-05-2018

How do you rate your heart?

I am trying to remove myself from the cliffhanger because I just hate them so much, especially ones that are so epic the reader can’t move on with their life. I don’t think it’s nice to the reader, but that is my opinion not a judgment on the book.

So walking away from how salty I am over that, this book was magnificent. It was a landscape painting full of vivid colors and characters that were expertly drawn up into the readers minds.

The slowest of burns, I wanted to blow on the fire and have it spread a little faster but by the end, I was grateful that I was patient and glad that the fire was still at a manageable level because now we have a month to wait for book 2 and I couldn’t take it if the fire was raging and then we had to wait.

Slightly taboo, but only for those that don’t know or read taboo. If you do, then it won’t be any skin off your back.

Hayden Bishop is one of my favorite for this age group of characters. She is just perfect. She has that tone. Will Watt was amazing too. I must say that this was a complete waste of his accent as he spoke in an American accent but it was ok because I loved it and I love him.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-05-2018

Nonstop Listen!!!

Excellent story! Excellent narration!! Could not put this one down!!! It should win an award!!! I listen to about five audible books a week! THIS ONE IS BY FAR THE BEST!!!

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  • Stacey Jamison
  • 09-05-2018

Please hurry and record book 2

I absolutely loved this story! I absolutely loved the narration. One of the best books I’ve listened to in a long time. Bravo Pepper Winters!

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  • Mitzi Sadler
  • 15-07-2018

Dragged after first half

I liked it at first but then it just dragged on with way too much description of Ren’s angst about his feelings for Della. Ending was abrupt even though I was glad it was over Don’t think I can stomach the sequel

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  • Peachesnbeal
  • 15-05-2018

I hate to leave this review

I love Pepper's writing. I love this story. BUT, the beginning of this story damn near had me walk away. From the neglect Ren has endured, half of the thing he describes in the beginning, he would have no clue of what they are. It was so off balance and unrealistic. Narration, I can't imagine the job it takes to stay in character, however that is what a narrator is paid to do. There are a couple spots in this book where the accent is either completely different or not there at all.

With all that being said, I still truly love this story! I am dying waiting for a Girl and her Ren! If you can forgive the few miss steps, you need to listen to this story

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  • Lorri
  • 22-06-2018

My new favorite book!!

OMG, this book is one of the best books I've listened to.
This story was amazing. I felt many emotions listening to this story.
Ren and Della's story is one I will never forget. I can't wait for the next book!!!!
Please do yourself a favor and just buy it, it's a wonderful listen. The narrators did a fantastic job, making each character it's own.
Thank you Pepper Winters!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-05-2018

Great story, characters, and FANTASTIC narrators!!

This book starts out a little differently than most of the other Pepper Winters books that I've read, and I believe I have read and listened to almost all of them, as she is one of my most favored authors. This book made laugh and cry and made me so frustrated that Ren wouldn't open his eyes. If you read it you'll see what I'm talking about, but I don't want to give away any spoilers. So, if you like a great storyline, extremely touching characters, and a hint of a forbidden romance, do yourself a very big favor and give this one a chance. You will not be disappointed!

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  • THELMA
  • 18-05-2018

OMG!!!!!!

OMG! She is making us wait in suspense. This is one of Ms Winters best writings.

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  • Jen - Audible Addict
  • 31-01-2020

Amazing and Wonderful!

This story is SOOOO GOOOOD I seriously contemplated using sick time to listen instead of work... This duet is all the things! Beautifully and skillfully performed by Will Watt and Hayden Bishop. Just WOW!! I have been brought to everything from giggles to tears by this story of suspenseful angst, pure love, sacrifice, wanting, and self discovery. I just started book 2. Pepper Winters is a master! This story is breaking me into little tiny pieces over and over again, and I can't believe I waited this long to read it. Again - WOW! This is my first time hearing Will with a southern accent. You are a brilliant auditory chameleon! This is my first book narrated by Hayden Bishop and she is really talented! I will definitely listen to more of her narration.

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  • Jill O'Reilly
  • 09-02-2019

Use the right accents!

An interesting story. 3 stars. A little repetitive. 3 stars. But the thing that gives it 2 stars (too generous?) is that when a British person writes a book and uses words like “poppet,” “rucksack,” “lounge & corridor—for living room and hallway,” and a number of other words WHY are the people in the story American & SOUTHERN??? It is utterly annoying to have the combination. Some pronunciations were off as well...

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  • Karenjdee
  • 26-05-2021

The Boy and His Ribbon

I loved reading this first but listening to the story was even better. A beautiful, sad and tragic story of hope .The two main characters come to life. Pepper at her best yet again.l love her books.

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  • Sarah - Kindle and Koffee
  • 20-05-2020

Addictive

I read this book when it came out and loved the story so much I wanted to listen to it on audio. This audio just brings back all the emotions I felt whilst reading.

This duo bring Pepper's words to life and do this story justice; once again I get all the feels so much so it sends shivers down my spine!

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  • mikki100
  • 16-04-2020

Not for the faint hearted but highly recommended

I rate this highly because of its unconventional tale which is well written from both Ren and Della's perspective. This isn't a romance as such and it certainly didnt exert sentimentality. It is raw and innocent, a coming of age story that will churn your emotions.. I'm talking rollercoaster, washing machine gut wrenching turbulence. It is rare a story will have you reevaluate your morals; I have no idea what I want for these characters or where I want them to end up. I admired Ren's work ethic and sacrifice to Della, the loss of his childhood and the trauma of his past, the passion he holds for the outdoors which he ingrained in Della.

This story is tragic as it is wholesome and joyous; tense as it is uninhibited, pure as it is tainted. This story is not black and white but a kaleidoscope of grey and I loved every bit of it and will devour the next instalment immediately.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-04-2019

A beautiful story

This story is unlike anything I’ve listened to before. It is so well written, so full of emotion and richness, I felt everything the characters felt from chapter 1. I love that you grew up with the characters and felt the angst so strongly as the dynamic of the relationship changed. My heart broke with them all the way to the end and I can’t wait to listen to the next book. I’ll be honest and say that the middle third of the book was a little drawn out at times but this didn’t deter me and ultimately I think it was important for understanding the developing relationship of Della and Ren. By the end I couldn’t give this any less than 5 stars. Well done, Pepper.

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  • TE Fagan
  • 12-12-2018

Best book Ever

What can i say about this book, i loved every word of it. I was especially moved by how Will M Watt portrayed Ren. I don't think any other person would have captured the character like he did. Truly amazing. If you haven't read or listened to this book, please do yourself a favor and read it. You will not be disappointed. I'd give it 100 stars if i could

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  • Preetii Mishra
  • 26-10-2018

Addictive

Pepper has throughly surprised me with this book. Never in my life as a reader i have come across a book like this. This story is so unusual yet so real its seems touchable, livable as if you are looking as it through binoculars or keeping a ghostly present beside Della & Ren and watching this tale unfold.. its mesmerising, enchanting, alluring & unstoppable. You just can't stop at this as you have to finish it with the next part..the experience of reading is undescribable. Just read it to have a life long experience of reading a treasure...

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  • zoey
  • 01-09-2018

wow!!!! brilliant

wow!! brilliant loved it couldn't stop listening the nectaraters were amazing loved della and ren's story

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  • clarebear
  • 21-07-2018

pure perfection

this was my first audio book and what a book !! Totally different to what I've read from Pepper Winters before, boy did she do a fantastic job, bringing all the angst and heart ache and feels to me from the start . I loved Ren and Della and can't wait to read some more.
The dual narrating was great , especially the voice of Ren , he was brought alive ,as if talking to me , 5 worthy stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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  • Abigail
  • 20-05-2018

Another great book from pepper winters

It hooked me for the first word to the last. Great narration, can not wait for the next instalment.

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