Tuesday, July 25, 2023

✱✱Audio Book Review✱✱ Lunamare by Pepper Winters


The Luna Duet, Book 1
By: Pepper Winters
Narrated by: Tor Thom & Fiona Clare

Aslan: the 16-year-old boy named after a lion. A boy with his entire life ahead of him.A boy running from a terrible secret. All it takes is one awful night to change everything. One secret, one smuggler, one boat, one storm. And he wakes in an entirely different existence. Staring into the ocean blue eyes of his 12-year-old rescuer.

Neridat: the 12-year-old girl named after a sea nymph. A girl with lofty dreams and absolute faith that she’ll achieve them. All it takes is a bright, sunny morning to change everything. One boy clinging to wreckage, one sea cradling him close, one chance at keeping him safe.

He’s illegal and unwanted. She’s stubborn and so sure. He’s lost absolutely everything. And she’s found the only thing she ever wanted.

They begin as rescued and rescuer, slowly growing from 12 and 16. He’s not allowed to touch her. She’s convinced he is the one. But as each day dawns on his illegal existence, Aslans’s secrets creep ever closer, the death he ran from hunts ever faster, and the darkness that he can’t get free of finally finds him. And it costs him everything.

A true coming-of-age story that spans a lifetime. This book deals with heavy subjects. Check the content warnings on the author’s website.

Lunamare is a tangled romance that fans of the Ribbon Duet will love. Combining the beautiful drama of Nicholas Sparks with the brutality of dark romance, Pepper Winters has created a tale of soulmates, secrets, cruelty, and heart-wrenching love.

Momma Says: 5 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Pepper Winters does it again. This book is more than just another story. It's the story of two lives, two hearts that call to each other. So many emotions are wrapped up in this first part of Aslan and Neridat's journey, and from the sweetness of young love to the angst of yearning for what you can't or shouldn't have, Winters brings it all to life. There are some much darker emotions and life-changing events, gut-wrenching trauma that breaks your heart. Tor Thom and Fiona Clare bring the characters to life with duet narration, which is absolutely perfect for this book. These narrators bring out every feeling from the very first word to the last, and I felt every single one of them. I realize I've been really vague, but I don't want to give away the book's secrets. Suffice it to say the combination of Pepper Winters' superb storytelling along with the equally superb narration by Tor Thom and Fiona Clare is something you don't want to miss. And to think this is just the beginning of the journey for these characters. 

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