Will an innocent prince forced into marriage choose passion?
Sheltered in the palace with his books, Jem’s life is peaceful. Even if he’s lonely and yearning for romance, the big, strong men he wants don’t crave small, timid princes.
Then he’s forced to marry a mysterious barbarian.
Jem must do his duty—even if it means being stuck with Cador, a brute who dismisses him as weak. Even if it means a fake marriage in name only for the sake of their homelands. Even if he must leave behind everything and everyone to journey to a forbidding island of ice and stone.
Even if there’s only one bed.
Alone with this wild—yet tender?—man, Jem discovers desire that burns hotter than he ever imagined. Can two strangers learn to trust, or will dangerous lies tear them apart?
Wed to the Barbarian by Keira Andrews is a gay romance fantasy featuring enemies to lovers, an age gap, forced proximity, first times, and of course a happy ending (eventually). This is the first action-adventure romance in the Barbarian Duet and must be read before The Barbarian’s Vow.
Point of view:
3rd person. Alternating character POV by chapter.
I told myself to wait until the second book was out – but I apparently have no patience. And it’s Keira Andrews!
Soooo… I read it all in one day and now I’m whining that I have to wait two weeks for the rest of it. Despite Andrews being VERY clear that this was a duet and the first book ends on a cliffhanger, I still dove in.
Forced proximity/arranged marriage, opposites attract, age gap, romantic suspense – all enjoyable tropes/genres for me. This was super easy to read with great characters (even if flawed) and wonderful pacing.
I know this sounds weird, but I felt like there was too much sex. Or maybe it was too many scenes in a row for me. But I do tend to prefer my romantic suspense heavier on the suspense than the sex so YMMV. 😉
That said, I am absolutely all in to read the second half of this duet and looking forward to seeing how Cador & Jem work things out for themselves AND their respective homelands.
About the author:
After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration, Keira discovered her voice in gay romance, which has become a passion. She writes contemporary, historical, fantasy, and paranormal fiction and — although she loves delicious angst along the way — Keira firmly believes in happy endings. For as Oscar Wilde once said:
“The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.”
You can connect with Keira Andrews here:
My Favorite Quotes
I have been patient, allowing you the time you seemed to need. But you knew this day was coming. – Wed to the Barbarian by @keiraandrews #MM #Fantasy #Romance #Duet #Royalty #CliffhangerTweet
Stop talking! Think of your mouth as something to shut immediately! – Wed to the Barbarian by @keiraandrews #MM #Fantasy #Romance #Duet #Royalty #CliffhangerTweet
Instead of a loving partner to keep him warm and safe, Jem had only a wall of muscle behind him, his husband as cold and forbidding as Ergh promised to be. – Wed to the Barbarian by @keiraandrews #MM #Fantasy #Romance #Duet #Royalty #CliffhangerTweet
He wasn’t sure whether to be hopeful or terrified. – Wed to the Barbarian by @keiraandrews #MM #Fantasy #Romance #Duet #Royalty #CliffhangerTweet