• Wed to the Barbarian

  • Barbarian Duet, Book 1
  • By: Keira Andrews
  • Narrated by: Michael Ferraiuolo
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (51 ratings)

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Wed to the Barbarian

By: Keira Andrews
Narrated by: Michael Ferraiuolo
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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 listened to before The Barbarian’s Vow.

©2021 Keira Andrews (P)2022 Keira Andrews

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Really good! similar to Kidnapped by the Pirate

Loved this book! It took some time but it definitely grew on me in the end. I was looking for something similar to Kidnapped by the Pirate (my favorite!) and this delivered.

The narrator is really great and sounds EXACTLY like Brynjolf from Skyrim (seriously) when he voices Cador. his voicing for Gem wasn't my particular favorite but it's nice he had some variety in his narration.

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I'll admit I was a little frustrated with Gem and his progression arc. It took longer than I was hoping for for him to quit being so whiny, fortunately there's a sequel though so I hope to see him rise to the occasion!

While I know it was a forced marriage and there's the grim subplot, it gets frustrating having two FULLY MARRIED MEN that live together 24/7 constantly having a back and forth regarding their attraction to each other. I get we need development, but this took ages, and they're already married for crying out loud.

All in all a pretty great listen. The characters are interesting and believable, and Andrews manages to build a wonderful fantasy world without focusing too much in the world-building details which I always appreciate. I'm excited to listen to the sequel!

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So good!!!

I loved both the story by Kiera Andrews and the narration by Michael Ferraiuolo. His voices for Jem and Cador were perfection.
As much as I loved these two together, Jem was the standout character for me. I loved how much he grew throughout the story, at first seeming meek and nervous but he’s actually very strong with a heart of gold. Jem also learns more about his fantasies and what he likes in bed, and it was so fun to be on this journey with him!
Cador does his own growing too. He starts out cold and uncaring, focused on the goals of his people. But how can you not fall for Jem?! Jem really melts Cador’s icy exterior and Cador discovers that disappointed Jem is quite possibly the hardest thing he’s ever been through.
I also love med the casual queerness in this book. People just like who and what they like. It was really beautifully written and refreshing.
I really loved this story and will definitely grab the next one!!

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Slow burn

I enjoy a good slow burn enemies to lovers story. And arraigned forced marriage is a fun trope to explore. Cador and Jem were very interesting complex characters. I had a lot of fun seeing their relationship grow and develop as the story progressed. There were some really great twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. This was a good mm take on a bodice ripper and there were definitely some steamy scenes. I’m in need of that next book and can’t wait to se what’ll happen next.

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Old school romance vibes

Jem is a gem; Cador is a fool, and both are narrated wonderfully by Michael Ferraiuolo.

Alternately fun and emotionally harrowing, I'll admit it took me longer than usual to finish this. Mainly because I knew this was heading for a cliffhanger, and I wanted to prolong the inevitable break that would lead into the second volume (which I made sure to purchase so I'm ready to start that soon and continue the adventures.)

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Oh well I tried....

I have to say...I STRUGGLED to finish this...I normally love enemies to lovers but this one didn't grab me as much. I felt for Jem and really didn't like Cador as much. I really couldn't see how these two would EVER get past the differences and learn to trust let alone care for one another. It was really long and drawn out. What kept me going was my fondness for Jem and the narrator's performance. I'm not sure if I would have read this due to the "to be continued" at the end....but I'm glad it was in audio and I gave it a chance. I think I will be giving the next story a hard pass...not sure I'm interested in Cador trying to redeem himself and being back in favor with Jem...well maybe a little...LOL.

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enemies-to-lovers slow-burn

This is an enemies-to-lovers slow-burn romance set in a fantasy world. Cador is hard to like and Jem is so innocent that they shouldn’t work, but they do. It is an enjoyable read and Michael Ferraiuolo’s narration was so easy to listen to.

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Very enjoyable Jem and Cador

This was not what I expected, I really enjoyed it, even though there wasn't much romance, as it was a Marriage of convenience, and even though Prince Jem found out the ruse he isn't happy, can't wait to see if the Barbarian can win the Prince's heart in the next book, what a cliffhanger

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Epic!

I’m all about the contemporary romance, but this duet being written by Keira Andrews and narrated by Micheal Ferraiuolo, I couldn’t let it pass. And I’m so glad I didn’t!
I loved how Jem and Cador seem to bring out parts of the other that are yet undiscovered or carefully hidden, like Cador’s softer side or Jem’s unsuspected back spine.
This was a wonderfully-written and masterfully-narrated tale of political intrigue, love, hardship and deceit, I loved every second of it and cannot wait to start the second part of this duet to see what my heroes will be facing!

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Fantastic!

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This… was fantastic. I wasn’t expecting to become so invested in Cador and Jem’s forced marriage, the ache of their casual dismissal of each other. I absolutely loved the slow build into something more. And damn, was it hot.

I was ready with the second book before I’d even finished.

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An epic fantasy...

I was spoiled with this story because so many people jumped into this book and I read their reviews. I knew about the cliffhanger so that did not surprise me.

What did surprise me was how much I disliked Cador. I mean from the moment I heard about the hands plan, I hated him. But I loved Jem. These feelings made it so hard to enjoy the tale. I will not get into my thoughts on what was that whole wedding and the wedding night in regards to Jem's family. I almost stopped listening there.

But this was written well and I loved that it was a bodice ripper, and I think others may enjoy it more than I did.

Michael Ferraiuolo did an excellent job on the narration. I would have read this one for his narration alone.

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 11-21-22

Jem the Prince and Cador the Barbarian

As with many Keira Andrews books, I had no clue what to expect when I picked up this audio. Keira writes gay romances across a huge spectrum of subgenres – from historical, to dystopic, to comedy, and more. I have to admit, having a barbarian fantasy story intrigued me.

I empathized with Jem – preferring to raise little baby birds who’d fallen from the nest and read his books rather than engage in the political wranglings his mother, the Queen, was involved with. Wanting to perhaps eventually have a lover, but never expecting to be thrust into marriage with a wild man and then sent to live with him in his homeland.

I also empathized with Cador – he’s been alone a long time. He’s had lovers, but doesn’t have that one special person. Now he’s wed to a child for the sake of his people. Okay, maybe Prince Jem isn’t a child - but he sure acts like one. Whiny, yet also kind and considerate. Soon those nights alone lead to more.

But everything is not as it seems and when Jem discovers the truth, he’s ready to bolt. Only, sometimes, going home is impossible. There’s another book in the duet and I’m going to snap it up because I’m curious to see how this all plays out.

Love, love, love Michael Ferraiuolo’s narration of this story – he was perfect. Can’t wait for the conclusion.

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  • C.
  • 11-14-22

Different setting

Beware: This is a dual and this story ends on a cliffhanger to be continued in the next part.

I really enjoyed this audio, the story is set in a different world and the author made me travel to that location while listening to it.
Although it starts with a forced marriage and Cador is rather unpleasant at first, we learn from his POV that he was also blindsided but he means well. Soon we start to care for him as much as we do Jem.

Michael's narration is perfect as always!

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  • Susie Umphers
  • 11-13-22

A mix of classic tropes

Jem is the classic innocent forced into marriage for political reasons to his total opposite Cador. Initially, Jem is neither respected nor treated well but forunately we get both POV and while not forgiving Cador we do come to understand him. As they both begin to understand the plots that have been swirling around them there is hope that their kingdoms and their relationship can be put right in book two. Very much looking forward to Cador's redemption and Jem's continued growth. I came to care about these two more and more as the story went on. I am a huge Michael Ferraiuolo fan and was very curious to hear his performance of Cador which is outside the type of character I know him for. He gives an amazing performance, finding the small moments where we see there may be more to Cador than we originally think.

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  • song121
  • 11-11-22

Absolutely amazing!

I thoroughly LOVED this story! Full of tension, magic, adventure, growth & love. The story takes the reader/listener on a journey thru kingdoms & politics, machinations & deceptions, power struggles & true love's triumph - eventually, a well-deserved, hard-fought HEA! The way part one ends, though - aaagh! - broke my heart and filled me with hope, all the same. Great job by author and narrator both, excellent performance!

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  • Kirsty Mc
  • 11-09-22

Warning - you’ll get hooked!

Like I’ve seen in several reviews I put this book off because of the cover art, however this was more because I thought I’d be hooked (unlike some of the reviews who got put off by the cover - but I read and listen to a lot of fantasy so this seemed right up my street). And I was right!

I adored Jem’s character - it might be my own love of books but I love a bookish main character. He’s sweet, and innocent and argh he’s just a great character!

Cador - what can I say about Cador?!?! Did I want to shake him many times? Yes I certainly did. Do I also hope that he and Jem get their HEA? Yes I certainly do.

Trying to decide if I break and read book 2, or wait till it comes out on Audible. Enjoyable narration too - definitely worth a listen!

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  • HelenMK69
  • 11-08-22

Cliff-hanger, I need book two now.


I didn't think I was going to like this book/audio after the first chapter, but then all of a sudden, it clicked. The story does end on a cliffhanger, and I'm now desperate for book two, which will be consumed shortly.

The world-building was good, the scenic descriptions were on point, the characters were well-developed, and the story was well-written.

Michael Ferraiuolo does a clean and concise narration, which I always enjoy. I speed this narration up to 1.10 on Audible, which is usual for me.

Wed to the Barbarian
Barbarian Duet, Book 1
By: Keira Andrews
Narrated by: Michael Ferraiuolo
Series: Barbarian Duet Series, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins

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I received this audiobook for free from GRR at my request. My review is my opinion and an honest review - neither the author nor GRR influenced my opinion.

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  • XG
  • 11-08-22

A favorite of mine!

This is one of my favorite books ever! I have lost the count of how many time I have read and reread this wonderful story about a forced marriage that finished in one of the best love stories I read this year. Jem and Cador complemented each other in a perfect way, they were meant to be together in spite all the intrigue, lies and hate. Even if the story broke my heart and made me cry a lot, it was also an amazing tale full of intense emotions, desperation and above all love. It was a delight hearing how Mr. Ferraiuolo captured all the feelings and intensity in a wonderful narration with his smooth voice and great acting skills. An enjoyable book in any format! Loved it so much!

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  • Macbandit
  • 11-08-22

Opposites

I over looked that this is the first part of a duel which is something I normally don’t do unless I have my hands on the whole story.
The author does a great job of describing the scenery and characters. Jem has led a sheltered life mostly spent with his aviary nursing wounded birds or he is entirely focused on his books. He doesn’t really fit in with his siblings because he is a small protected guy while they are more the guy’s guy. Then he is to wed Cador a total barbarian.
Cador life is totally different than Jem’s so when he is faced with caring for his husband he does a poor job of it. He is rough and not trying to make anything of this relationship. Then he finds Jem is tougher than he looks. He also finds himself being attracted to Jem.
There is a underlying story to the marriage. What all it involves is horrible for Jem but somehow things seem to work themselves out. It is in the middle of this solving the problems that ends the book. I have not read/listened to the second half of this story yet. I feel the narration by Michael Ferraiuolo made the characters visible. His portrayal of Jem is perfect and then his ability to completely change into Cador and others smoothly made me feel like it were actually different people talking.

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  • Trio
  • 11-08-22

So Exciting, Excellent Performance by Ferraiuolo!

Wow, that was so exciting! I used to love those old bodice rippers where the plucky heroine wins over the coarse (but handsome) chap. And Keira Andrews has just elevated the whole thing with strong characters, political intrigue, and smoking-hot, steamy love making in Wed to the Barbarian.

I’d been meaning to read this book last year, but my procrastination TOTALLY paid off, because Michael Ferraiuolo’s performance in the audio version is simply spectacular! Mr. Ferraiuolo makes full use of his incredible variety of accents and voices, and keeps up the fast pace of the story.

I wasn’t aware that Wed to the Barbarian ended in a cliffhanger. Thank goodness the audio version of The Barbarian's Vow is already available. Onward to the happily ever after!

an audiobook copy of Wed to the Barbarian was provided to me for the purpose of my honest review, all opinions are my own

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  • Mary
  • 11-08-22

The narrator sounded...bored

I'd bypassed this book for a while because of the cheesy title and cringy bad cover art. But a friend told me that the story was good, and I shouldn't judge it by the bad cover.

The story of a delicate prince and an arranged marriage is a much used romance trope, and so thete was nothing majorly exciting or original in the storyline, but it was quite fun.

I've listened to many books narrated by Michael F, and while he's great with goofy, sassy characters with this particular production he primarily sounded bored. He did give the Scots accent a go and, although it sounded like he was getting tangled in the words at time he did better than loads if American narrators I've heard.

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  • Marguerite
  • 10-22-22

Seriously hard to put down!

Keira Andrews always writes excellent stories and with the added narration from Michael Ferraiuolo this adventure became epic. Can wait for next one! Unbelievably great read, keep up the good work!