**Completely Spoiler Free Duet Review**

Our Review

‘Love is the hardest thing we’ll ever have to do because love, as miraculous and wonderful as it is, is also cursed and soul-breaking.
Because of love, life is a war of moments and time and bargaining for more of everything.
But in the end, love is what life is about.
And love is the purpose of everything.’

Every now and then we’re blessed to read a book that reaches into our soul, touching us in ways we know we’ll never forget. A story that leaves us in complete awe of an author’s phenomenal talent, pondering how we can ever do justice to the words we’ve been so privileged to read.  A story where the words, the feelings, the characters and the journey the author took us on are indelibly etched into our hearts, constantly reliving all the heart-warming, heartbreaking and memorable moments over and over again. The Ribbon Duet by Pepper Winters is that book.  We experienced the complete sphere of emotions in Ren and Della’s unforgettable soulmate love story.

‘I stared at the girl I loved more than life itself. The who’d cracked my heart. The girl who would forever have the power to break me….’

We’ve started and stopped this review so many times, questioning how we can adequately convey how much this story moved us. Wondering what to tell you about the story, and what not to tell you for fear of spoilers. We’ve decided we are not going to tell you anything about the story, because so much can affect the full impact of how this story unfolds. We were unprepared, and so thankful we were, as it intensified our emotions. We implore you to trust when we say, if you buy only one book this year, make that book The Ribbon Duet, and live Ren and Della’s story alongside them. Believe us, you won’t just read The Ribbon Duet, you will live it, becoming a part of every challenge, every triumph and every heartache Della and Ren encounter. Nothing anyone will say about this story will ever compare to what you will actually feel reading it for yourself. Nothing! We have pages and pages of quotes.

‘True love is constant. It has no beginning, middle, or end.’

As readers we can only wish a story the calibre of The Ribbon Duet crosses our paths. When it does…it’s everything. We tend to recall a year by a book which stood out from the others, one that meant everything to us, one we couldn’t forget, one that defined that year. It may only be June, but we feel The Ribbon Duet will be our ‘we remember the year’ book. From start to finish we became absolutely mesmerised by Ren and Della’s story, hanging off every stunning word the incredibly talented Pepper Winters shared with us.

‘She gave me a life and taught me how to be happy. And if she left me, I would no longer want that life without her.’

Della may tell us this isn’t a love story, but a life story, it was both. An epic heart wrenching, and powerful love story in every sense of the word, and a story of survival and life. A true soulmate tale we will never forget. When we think about The Ribbon Duet in times of reflection it will with happiness, sadness, and a longing to always have these characters live in our hearts. Della and Ren showed us that love truly is worth fighting for, in ways that left us filled with wonderment.

‘I’m a living proof that a heart can be broken a thousand times and still function, still keep you alive— desperately hoping that it won’t happen again, all the while knowing it will.’

As we shared Ren and Della’s confusion as they navigate the complexities of childhood, adolescence and adulthood, we experienced a coming of age story of forbidden love, life, sacrifice, survival and loyalty. Of a once in a lifetime love, the likes of which we haven’t experienced for quite some time.

‘He has his moods. But when he’s in your arms..that’s when he lets himself be seen. His kisses are full of tragedy. His touches are full of sorrow.’

We promise you, Ren and Della’s story is one readers will be clamouring to discuss. They’ll marvel at Della, the feisty girl whose love for Ren was without question and would never wane. They’ll be wanting to talk about Ren…oh Ren! Without question, he is our favourite hero. This man. We’re actually speechless at how soulful and beautiful this character was. Ren made our hearts ache.

‘I would never let her down….I would die for her. I would live for her. I would kill for her.’

So yeah, we could wax lyrical, summarise the story, and use a lot of flowery words to try and convince you to read The Ribbon Duet, but you know what, we’re so passionately in love with this story, we feel it would be your loss if you don’t pick up this book. We want to shout from the rooftops….stay away from spoilers, and implore you to 1Click and allow this magnificent storyteller to grip your heart with a story so unique you’ll be thinking about it long after reading the last word.

‘This is a story of truth. This is a story of my heart.’

Synopsis

THE BOY AND HIS RIBBON BOOK ONE

“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 labour, 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.

THE GIRL AND HER REN BOOK TWO

“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
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.
DELLA
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.

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  1. Amanda Cothran said:

    Well, when your favorite book bloggers tell you that this duet will be their standout books for 2018 and that it’s truly your loss if you don’t read it, you stop what you’re doing and 1-click!

    I have been reading and/or listening to 15-20 books a month for years, most of which were recommended by the two of you. I am definitely a HEA kind of girl…life can be messy and painful, so I I definitely Like to escape into a good book and I like things to be tied up neatly at the end…I can handle just about anything in a book as long as there are some redemptive qualities to the tough characters and love wins in the end. Yep, I’m all about the HEA. That being said, this story took me on an emotional journey that I haven’t been on in a long time. I can’t remember the last time my heart physically ached the way it did in the last half of “A Girl and Her Ren.” I sobbed through the end earlier today, and have walked around with the sweetest (but painful) ache in my heart that just won’t let go. I make it a habit to download the playlist if an author includes one, so “You are the Reason” has been played “a few” times today 😉

    Ren. I just can’t even. He may be the most pure, soulful, loving character I have ever read. And we’ve met a few, have we not? Pepper Winters created a character whose love for Della ran so deep, there was almost no other way to go with this story. The eternal nature of the love between these two soulmates could only be understood and felt from an eternal perspective.. But oh, the heartache when I realized where she was going with the story! Even though my HEA heart was yearning for something different, there’s no way this story would have touched me the way it did if Ms. Winters had not stayed true to this “life story.” She warned us. And I know she agonized over it. But she did the right thing by listening to her characters and taking things where they had to go.

    Thank you, ladies, for pushing me to read something outside my emotional comfort zone. I’m sure the heartache will fade over the next few days, and I will need something with witty banter and sexy characters to soothe my broken heart (any suggestions?!). But for now, I am just going to let myself experience these emotions and know that a story like this one is truly a gift.

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    1. TotallyBookedBlog Post author said:

      Oh wow! Amanda what a beautiful message to see today. Sorry we haven’t answered before but only saw the notification. Firstly, a big pat on the back for taking a chance with this duet. Yes, it’s heartbreaking but the journey is so powerful, so true and so moving. We were the same as you. We expected it, we knew it was coming but on one hand we hoped for a miracle but also wanted Pepper to stay true to the story. We cried our hearts out but wouldn’t have missed this read for the world.

      We’re sending you big virtual hugs – we know we couldn’t stop thinking about this book for weeks. It really did weave its way into our hearts. We’re really looking forward to The Son and His Hope – Jacob’s story will be beautiful!

      Ohhh have you read Three Blind Dates by Meghan Quinn https://totallybookedblog.com/2018/01/04/three-blind-dates-dating-numbers-1-meghan-quinn/

      or Accidental Tryst by Natasha Boyd? https://totallybookedblog.com/2018/04/06/accidental-tryst-natasha-boyd/

      Both those books are feelgood stories that will repair your broken heart.

      Thank you again for trusting us.

      Big hugs
      Jenny and Gitte xoxo

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