Thank you to Katee Robert for the advance reader copy of Abel, the first installment in the Sabine Valley series. This story releases on January 5th!
I jumped at the chance to sign up for this wonderful opportunity, a seven-book series by Katee Robert. I discovered Katee last year and she quickly became an author who defined my year. I absolutely adored the Wicked Villains series and I cannot wait to feel the same about Sabine Valley.
Check out the Goodreads synopsis…
“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.”
Check out my more detailed thoughts below…
- Characters: Abel, Harlow, and Eli are the main characters of this story on this triad. Abel establishes himself as the dominant character, the leader of his brothers and someone ready to enact revenge. His brothers had been kicked out of Sabine Valley and the story opens with the Paine brothers return. Abel wins himself both Harlow and Eli as his brides. Eli is a sector leader with Harlow as his partner by his side. She was the most surprising character to me, she had a very cunning and intrepid side to her.
- Pacing: There is a history that takes place before the story opens. I really liked Katee starting in medias res, in the middle of the action. Then Katee did a good job filling in the missing gaps in the background of the world and the characters.
- Setting: Sabine Valley is the setting. We were somewhat aware of it from Malone’s musing about her home in Queen Takes Rose. It is similar to Wicked Villians in the vein that there are different sectors and different leaders. I cannot wait to learn more about this world as we get more books about more Pain brothers.
- Romance: Katee is really good at writing relationships that are equal part horny and heart. I found myself not getting as invested in this relationship romantically as I did with the ones in Wicked Villians. But there was no doubt that the usual heat I associate with Katee was there and then some. I really love the way she writes triads, she does an amazing job showing that they do not work as separate couples in any variety of combinations. These three really needed each other, the relationship would not have worked in any other way.
Abel receives four out of five stars.
Thank you again to Katee Robert for the review opportunity. Thank you for reading and supporting my blog!