Author: Katee Robert
Series: Sabine Valley #1
Publication: January 5th 2021 by Trinkets and Tales LLC
Genre: Dark Romance
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Seven Brothers. Seven Brides. A revenge seven years in the making.
Eight years ago, my family was betrayed by those closest to us. Now we’re back in Sabine Valley, staging our return during the feast of Lammas, where I step into the ring and ensure we’re given what we’re owed. Who we’re owed.
Our enemies send their seven best warriors against me. With each victory, I win a Bride for each of my brothers. And for me? I’m saving the best for last. My Bride is Harlow, the woman claimed by the man I used to call friend—the one responsible for our exile. Eli.
And if Eli has a problem with it? Well, then I’ll take him as my Bride, too. All the better to enact my revenge…and bring Sabine Valley to its knees.
The Paine brothers are back, and we’re here to stay.
I just finished reading this book as I’m writing this review and I just can’t stop smiling. After having read eight books of Katee Robert in 2020 I didn’t think she could surprise me anymore but that’s exactly what she did with this new upcoming one. There are no words for how much I loved it and I consider it my favorite books of hers now. Just wow!
Abel is the first book in a new series called Sabine Valley. I believe it’s a spin-off to her Wicked Villains series but you can definitely read it without having read those (although I don’t know why you’d want to because that series is awesome as well). Each book in the Sabine Valley series will feature a different Paine brother and this was Abel’s book.
The book starts out with the seven Paine brothers coming back to Sabine Valley after being in exile for eight years. The first thing Abel does is win fights against seven of Sabine Valley’s best warriors and win a Bride for each of his brothers and for himself too. It was the only way to gain back some of the power that they lost years ago.
Katee Robert is the queen of tropes, let me tell you. She convinced me of that already with all her previous books that I’ve read. And it’s definitely no different with this one. There’s enemies to lovers, MMF, forced marriage, hate fucking and I was here for all of it. Everything about the romance between Abel, Harlow and Eli was nothing less than delicious. I loved these three characters so much. Together as well as solo.
My favorite character, though, was Harlow. Just like the writer who created her she was a fucking queen. I can’t even explain properly how awesome that I think she is. You just have to read this book, I guess. What I can say is that she was just made for Abel and Eli. More than once she proved to be the perfect woman to make those two men lay aside their complicated history and I just know she’ll hold them all together.
I also enjoyed the little appearances of the other brothers and their Brides. It makes me super excited for all of their stories and I can say that I’m 100% looking forward to Broderick’s books.
About the author:
Katee Robert is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Entertainment Weekly calls her writing “unspeakably hot.” Her books have sold over a million copies. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, children, a cat who thinks he’s a dog, and two Great Danes who think they’re lap dogs.