Tuesday, December 20, 2022

✱✱Audio Book Review✱✱ The Boy and His Ribbon by Pepper Winters

 

The Boy and His Ribbon
Ribbon Duet, Book 1
By: Pepper Winters
Narrated by: Will M Watt & Hayden Bishop

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.

Momma Says: 5 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

First, Yay for duet narration! If ever a book deserved the full immersion that comes with duet narration, it would be The Boy and His Ribbon, and narrators Will M Watt and Hayden Bishop do a phenomenal job on this equally phenomenal book.
I knew going into this one that it's a duet, so I expected a cliffy, but dang, I didn't expect that! It's a good thing I like my phone because I was dangerously close to throwing it across the room when the book finished, and the playback switched to the Audible information about it. I mean, really?! This whole book is an emotional rollercoaster from the very first line to the last, and I spent a lot of time just wanting to hug both Ren and Della. I also wanted to shake the daylights out of them a few times. What I didn't want to do was hit the pause button. Pepper Winters is crazy talented, and I couldn't get enough of these characters and their world.
Admittedly, parts of this one do require some suspension of disbelief, but that didn't hinder my listening experience in the least. The thing about this book is even when something was a little over the top or something that would be eye-rolling in most cases, it didn't have that effect here. It felt real, and as I was listening, I had no doubt that these things were happening to these characters.
So, to sum it up, this is a book that needs to be read, listened to - whatever your medium of choice. I really wouldn't call it a romance - I suppose women's fiction, maybe? I'm struggling to find a genre I feel like this fits into coming-of-age and women's fiction is about as close as I can get. It's certainly a bit dark, and the love story touches on the taboo. Regardless of the genre, I'd easily recommend this one. It's certainly a book I'll be thinking of for some time to come and one I'll be discussing every chance I get. 


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