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Publisher Description

From New York Times Bestseller comes one of her best stories to date.

“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 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. 


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. 

March 6
Pepper Winters
pepper winters

Customer Reviews

Bingo rena ,

Five Stars

Beautifully written, completely spellbinding. I couldn’t stop reading it. Thank you Pepper

Devoted Book Lover ,

Gut-wrenching undying love!

I don’t ever write reviews but I had to for this book and the following: The Girl and her Ren, and The Boy and his Hope.

First of all, Pepper Winters has become my all time favorite author. This is the first time I have read books that move me to tears. They are dark romance books that speak of subjects that just horrify you but yet develop such multifaceted characters that struggle to survive with such enduring strength. This story and characters have been so carefully built that they seem so real and you become invested in them. You just want to fight for them, love them, and protect them.
The world is sometimes a cruel and ugly place but this shows you how you can be pulled from the fire to touch the sky.
I highly recommend!!

__adela__97 ,


You won’t regret this journey!

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