Monday, March 29, 2021

Medieval Monday with Cathy MacRae - Excerpt 8


Welcome back to Medieval Monday! This is week eight of the new round of authors, snippets, and fun. Our spring theme is the first kiss. Today I am hosting Cathy MacRae and her great story, The Highlander’s Pirate Bride.

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Let me catch you up. Rona be a fearsome pirate, but intimacies with near strangers even one she is agreeing to wed is a different kind of fight. So… how will he woo her?

Excerpt 8

An exhilaration not unlike facing a storm at the bow of a ship rushed over her. She swallowed, throat suddenly dry. “This isnae going to be a peck on the cheek, then?”

His grin was pure seduction. “Nae, lass. I dinnae have pecks in mind.” He reached a hand toward her. “The first step is yers.”

“Och, thank God. For I dinnae know what the second step is.”

The Highlander’s Pirate Bride
By Cathy & DD MacRae

Will the theft of the wrong ship land her in a hangman’s noose? Or a Highlander’s arms?

As the pirate The Black MacNeill, Rona MacNeill has stolen more than one English ship to keep her clan from starving. With Yule only days away, will the theft of the wrong ship land her in a hangman’s noose? Or the arms of a Highlander?

Rona MacNeill has done everything she can to help her small, impoverished clan—except marry for money. Her luck seems to lie in stealing ships, not attracting suitors. Only days before Yule, she seeks one last ship with stores to keep her people fed over the long, harsh winter. Too bad her luck has run out.

Pedr MacLean is happy to be the younger (by three minutes) son of Baron MacLean. His days are filled with running the family’s shipping business and sailing the world. His heart belongs to the sea—or so he thinks, until one of his ships is stolen, and the woman responsible turns his world upside down.

Drawn to Rona’s strength and love of the sea, Pedr will agree to her father’s demand—information on the whereabouts of his ship in exchange for his daughter’s hand in marriage. Will Rona find herself caught between a marriage of convenience and a hangman’s noose? Or will she discover something far more compelling?

The Highlander’s Pirate Bride is the swash-buckling seventh addition to the Hardy Heroines series. If you like pirates, rags-to-riches, and swoon-worthy Highlanders, you’ll love Cathy & DD MacRae’s newest high-seas romance.

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  1. Replies
    1. Thank you so much, Mary! Happy Medieval Monday!

  2. It's wonderful having you on my blog. I almost lost my coffee reading that last line in this week's excerpt!


    1. LOL! Thanks for that, Ruth! Pedr's quite the heart-breaker. I loved his line. :-)

  3. What a great snippet, Cathy! And I love that she would feel exhilaration during a storm. So would I! Have a lovely week.

    1. Right, Judith? No fear, just a thrill to be part of a storm. Hope you have a fabulous week!

  4. Oh, this is SO GOOD! I can hardly wait for the kiss!