Tuesday 27 June 2023

🌜 Pepper Winters 🐬 LUNAMARE 🦁 Luna Duet #1 πŸŒ•

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• 27 June 2023
• Book #1 in the Luna Duet
• #2 - Cor Amare → 25 July

Tropes: Age Gap(-py: 4.5 years!), Angsty, Childhood Sweethearts, Close Proximity, Coming-of-Age, Fish Out of Water, Forbidden Love, Found Family, Interracial/Multicultural, Love at First Sight, Main Character in Peril, Orphan, Soul Mate, Tragic Past, Secrets, Longing, New Adult

4.6 Stars

"This incomparable duet is Pepper Winters’ DEFINING MASTERPIECE – a true romantic masterpiece of SOULMATE love. Lunamare is in a realm of its own -- like no other love story you will ever read." - Goodreads

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“Is it true…that you pulled a lion from the ocean and fell in love with him?”


The sixteen-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 twelve-year-old rescuer.


The twelve-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 twelve and sixteen.
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…

A true coming-of-age story that spans a lifetime. This book deals with heavy subjects and is advised you 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.

Nerida + Aslan

We first meet Nerida when she is very old and about to tell her life and love story to two journalists.
When she was twelve years old, she was out on the ocean with her marine biologist parents to check on the whales.
That's when they saved a boy from certain death.
16 year old Aslan has been on the run with his family for almost a year. Something happened at home in Turkey and they all had to leave - or be killed.
Now they were almost safely in Australia when the little boat didn't make it throught that last storm. Aslan was the only survivor. He lost his parents, his little sister and his cousin.
He's not legally in Australia obviously, but he can't go back home. He's relatively happy living with the Taylors and working on their boat for now.
But little Nerida has grander ideas. She knows that this boy will one day be her husband.

A LOT .... that's all I can tell you ....
Although we might get a tiny little huge cliffy - but no worries - book #2 will be here soon!

Well. I loved this.
I was afraid that this book would be way more paranormal. There's nothing paranormal here. A tiny little bit maybe where Nerida feels things a bit more than other people. But I didn't mind that at all.
The tropes or rather more the trigger warnings scared me as well... 
But I survived that stupid party scene (I mean how can she be so stupid to even go there in the first place - not that I want to say everything is her own fault - but she should've just never gone there!)
Anyway. I really enjoyed reading this. 
You cry a lot and you just want there to be a happy end for them. But it doesn't look good. Especially if you listen to what 'old' Nerida is telling us. Ugh. I just wanted to fast forward to the end of book 2! LOL.
Can't wait to see where these two books will take us.

LUNAMARE was such a great start for this coming-of-age duet.
Beautiful. Heartbreaking. Scary. Dangerous. Mysterious. Sexy. Sweet. Water-y. Australian. National Geographic-ish. And alll the things. READ IT! And hurry book 2 - I need to know how it all ends!


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Pepper Winters is a multiple New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today International Bestseller.

She currently has thirty books released in nine languages. She’s hit best-seller lists (USA Today, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal) thirty-three times. She dabbles in multiple genres, ranging from Dark Romance to Coming of Age.

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 20 books currently published, she has hit the bestseller charts twenty-nine 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, French, Hebrew, German, and Turkish.