Title: The Girl and Her Ren
Series: The Ribbon Duet #2
Author: Pepper Winters
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: June 5 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication 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.
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.
This is the climatic conclusion to the absolutely beautiful Ribbon duet. This isn’t just a love story with a touch of taboo which were my initial thoughts before reading. Oh no it is so much more than that. This is a life story and one not to be missed.
When I picked up this second part of the duet I was fairly sure in what was going to happen. How wrong could I be? I knew it was going to be emotional but it was intensively so, I was a wreck of emotions from the highest highs to the darkest despair. It was epic!
Della and Ren have gone through so much in the first part of the duet you just could not imagine that they could take any more. But this poignant conclusion resonated with me so deep it will stay with me for a long time. The strength of their love for each other goes even deeper when they finally submit to the change in their relationship. Along with that comes the guilt and the second guessing, the secretive entanglement of soul shattering proportions. But the main element to take away was two soul mates who were destined to be together and yes their meeting was of an unusual nature but one that was meant to be. After all if they hadn’t gone through all those life experiences together they would not be who they finally were when their fought for love finally came to fruition.
I was emotionally invested in this poignant and compelling life story as each layer was cleverly revealed with every heart wrenching and breathtaking word. Even though I knew what was coming after Della had written a warning in her life book to the reader, I just had to keep reading. I’ll admit I had to walk away a few times from my kindle to regather my need to carry on and seek the ending I was not ready for. Yes there were some absolutely beautiful chapters full of happiness and love I knew there was more despair to come but that it would ultimately give me that sought for HEA, wouldn't it? After all this couple had not had the easiest of life events to date so I was waiting for the hammer to fall. But this is what I loved about this book. It was a story of life and life has a way at throwing challenges at you to strengthen the person you ultimately become and this was the same for Della and Ren.
The writing was unprecedented and one that made me feel as if I was there sat in the forest with Della and Ren that I could actually feel the breeze and hear the rustle of the trees and smell the earth beneath. Fabulous storytelling. A wonderful life journey with all its richness and joy and along with that the painful rawness that was so compelling to read. I got so much from this book that was more than just a story telling and that is something that I will treasure for a long, long time.
*ARC kindly provided by the author to Foxylutely
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.
“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.”
“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.”
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.