The Girl and Her Ren (The Ribbon Duet, #2) by Pepper Winters


Title: The Girl & Her Ren

Series: The Ribbon Duet, #2

Author: Pepper Winters

Genre: Coming of Age Romance

Release Date: June 5, 2018



“What do you do when you write down all your secrets? No…that’s not enough. What do you do when you write down all your secrets and the one person who should never read them does? 
I’ll tell you what you do.
You hope.”

Ren didn’t know the meaning of love until he took Della for his own.
To begin with he hated her, but as the months bled into years, he learned the opposite of hate, dedicating his life to giving her everything.
Every sacrifice, every gift, he gave wholeheartedly.
But then love turned to lust and ruined everything.

I was stupid to write my secrets down, but I’d been stupid before so it was nothing new.
I couldn’t blame him, hate him, fix him.
I tried to move on without him.
But no matter what I did, I couldn’t seem to delete the secrets I’d written.
Until something happened.
Until he came back and read my stupid secrets.
And nothing was the same after that.







Excerpt from The Girl & Her Ren
(The Ribbon Duet, #2)
by Pepper Winters © 2018

The fallen papers crunched beneath my boot as I shifted my weight, leaning into her, seeking an answer. “Why didn’t you tell me?”

She flinched, her eyes closing beneath an avalanche of pain.

This hurt.

Everything hurt.

“Della…please.” My calloused thumbs caressed her silky-soft skin, catching on her young perfection with my older imperfection.

Ten years separated us.

Ten years was an eternity when she was a babe and I was a boy, but now…it no longer held such power. I refused to let it because I didn’t know what I’d do if I couldn’t touch her the way I was touching her now.

She laughed quietly, full of torture and tragedy. “I did tell you. In a roundabout way.”

“You didn’t.”

“But I did.” She dared meet my eyes. “I never understood how I could touch you, hug you, kiss you, and you never knew. I didn’t know how I could hide my jealousy when you were with Cassie or later with your one-night stands. I lay awake at night analysing every sentence I said to you, amazed that you never heard what I’d been shouting for longer than I could remember.”



The Girl and Her Ren (The Ribbon Duet, #2)The Girl and Her Ren (The Ribbon Duet, #2) by Pepper Winters
Rosa’s rating: 5 of 5 iScream Cones

“Trust me, trust you, trust us.”

I’ve been a Pepper Winters fan for years and have loved everything she’s written. I’ve always enjoyed her dark side, but The Ribbon Duet was another side that she’d not shown me before. I’ve always felt that authors are gifted with something special that the rest of us lack. That whatever muse they are blessed with must also keep them up at night filling their heads with thoughts and ideas that hold them captive until they are released through the words they write. And after reading this amazing story I believe it must also be therapeutic, because I personally experienced every emotion possible during the reading, and then again as I continued to replay it in my head long after the last page. This is one of the few that I’ve tagged as being #MovieWorthy, I believe it would be a box office success if it ever graced the big screen. I most definitely give it two-thumbs-up.

Ren and Della have been through so much it’s amazing that they weren’t even more broken. It speaks of the power of love that their support and care for each other kept them from giving in to the hopelessness they faced repeatedly as they struggled to survive. Whereas they might have stopped fighting for themselves, they would never stop fighting to protect each other. To be so close they could almost finish each other’s sentences and yet that very closeness is what they struggled with. There’s a fine line between love and lust and once they crossed the line in their minds the real battle began.

For everyone who’s read The Boy and His Ribbon, I’m sure that you will go into The Girl and Her Ren knowing what you expect from it. You already have their story outlined and just need the blanks filled in, right? Wrong! Expect the unexpected. Duh! I have read multiple books by this author, I should know better. But like I said earlier, this one is different. It takes a different tone and lured me into a sense of complacency before pulling the ribbon that I’d had tied in a nice bow. My ribbon ended up in a tight knot, and my stomach in an even tighter knot, and then it broke my heart into pieces.

I was so completely invested in the lives of these characters. I hung on their every word, thought, and emotion. I rearranged my life to keep me close to my Kindle (thankfully in a waterproof case), refusing to part with His Ribbon or Her Ren until I turned the final page with my heart filled with “hay and hope and happiness.” I don’t know how the author is going to top this one, but she’s never disappointed me yet. If she writes it, I’ll read it. The line forms here…




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Pepper Winters

Pepper Winters is a multiple New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today International Bestseller.

After chasing her dreams to become a full-time writer, Pepper has earned recognition with awards for best Dark Romance, best BDSM Series, and best Hero. She’s an multiple #1 iBooks bestseller, along with #1 in Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense, Contemporary, and Erotica Thriller. With 19 books currently published, she has hit the bestseller charts twenty-six times in three years.

Pepper is a Hybrid Author of both Traditional and Self-published work. Her Pure Corruption Series was released by Grand Central, Hachette.

Her books have garnered foreign interest and are currently being translated into numerous languages, including already released titles in Italian and Turkish. Audio Books for her entire back-list will be available in 2017.





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