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The Boy and His Ribbon

Ribbon Duet, Book 1
Written by: Pepper Winters
Narrated by: Will M Watt, Hayden Bishop
Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
3.5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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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

What the critics say

"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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Went downhill fast

I liked it at first because the author draws a very good picture. Great descriptions. But I was confused because I couldn’t figure out where it is set. The narrators have a strong southern US accents but they don “jumpers” and wear school uniforms, so not the US, but they eat in diners, so which is it?
But halfway thru the book the characters become consumed by teenaged sexual angst. It goes on and on endlessly. I can’t stand it. Am planning to delete the book without even finishing it. Yuck. Please stop the whining!

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  • Misty
  • 2018-05-07

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
  • 2018-05-11

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
  • 2018-05-09

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
  • 2018-07-15

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
  • 2018-05-15

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
  • 2018-06-22

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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  • Debra Fein
  • 2018-06-15

The Boy and His Ribbon

I loved it. Heart warming story. Well written and read. Dissapointed that Book 2 isn't recorded as well

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-05-27

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
  • 2018-05-18

OMG!!!!!!

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

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  • Jane
  • 2018-05-16

Good... but.

This was pretty good over all BUT it drag so bad at the end. The last 4 or 5 chapters I barely made it thru.. only to find the ending sucked

The narration was excellent. 👍

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