Barbarian Duet Book 1
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.
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“This was absolutely, utterly delicious: I can’t think of a different word to describe this book. It left me swooning and grinning like a fool…. It was enemies-to-lovers at its finest and it had everything I love in a romance novel: hate to love, forced marriage, size difference, accidentally catching feelings (whoops), first times, scorching hot sex scenes, a bit of kink, possessiveness and jealousy, angst and scheming, secrets and betrayals. This is a high-stakes romance and I loved every single word.”
~ LZ, Gay Romance Reviews
“I love that Andrews went with a full on, old-school, bodice-ripper style and used it for a gay romance…. Things are a fairly slow burn here for Jem and Cador, though when they finally heat up, it is super intense. It’s all the lusty, young virgin and his barbarian lover that you could possibly want and I was all in. Of course, it works because we know that Cador is not truly barbaric; he is gentle and kind and cares about Jem, even before he wants to admit it.”
~ Joyfully Jay LGBTQ Romance Reviews
“[A] masterpiece. Keira Andrews is playing on the old bodice rippers of the 80s, but Wed to the Barbarian is complex, nuanced, and beautifully crafted.”
~ Daniela, Gay Romance Reviews
“I love a good forced-proximity, opposites attract, size difference story!…. Lots of great world-building here too in this fantasy setting. There were some super steamy times and plenty of drama too.”
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