The Rogue’s Ring
A Treasure Tale Novel #3
by Nancy Lee Badger
Genre: Historical Romance
Heading out on his horse, Ghost, into the snowy Highlands of Scotland in January 1817 was not sane, but Bryce Ketteridge would never let down his friends. If a duke, an earl, and a former spy felt finding the owners of nobleman’s rings was important, he would do his share. Coming across masked bandits, and shooting one, turned his life on end. What follows was not in his plans.
The last thing Cat Douglas wished to do was steal coins from the handsome stranger she meets at a tavern. When he later shoots her while she threatened a nobleman’s coach, she suspected he had no idea it was her. Kidnapped boys, pirate threats, and murder propel them to save a boy named Blake. He was, after all, special to them both.
The idea of finally getting away from her brother and raising her son away from Devlin’s influence tempted her with a morsel of hope. If Cat could raise him to be a man of integrity, instead of a thief and a pirate, she could die happy.
All of those dreams rested on the man standing next to her. Would Bryce do right by her and the boys? Since Jamie had escaped, he no longer had need to stick around and help her or the other lads.
“Here me out, Cat. I have a good feeling that with my knowledge of nobles, and with your help in convincing the boys to trust me, that we will make it out of there unscathed.”
“Tell me what ye need of me.”
He smiled, then leaned in and kissed her. His lips were warmed from the morning sun and he tasted of weak tea. His scent was lost in the tangy breeze heading in from the sea.
“What the bloody hell is going on!” Devlin yelled.
Cat pushed away from Bryce and smacked him across the cheek. “This bloody bastard thought my offer of a walk in the sun meant I wished for him to maul me. Keep yer distance, Sassenach!”
Bryce glared open mouthed at her, but she hoped he understood she was trying to save his life. Devlin might not love her as a brother should, but he wanted no one using her, unless he saw profit in it.
“I…I beg your pardon. To both of you. My mistake. I guess I shall have to find companionship at tonight’s party,” Bryce said, lowering his gaze to the sand.
“Fine,” Devlin said. “I need to talk last minute plans after luncheon. Join me in the grotto. Cat, what be ye serving for luncheon?”
“I have venison stew warming. One of yer men took out the skiff, promising to catch some fish that I can serve for supper, before the party. I found some potatoes in the cold storage cave.
Without another word, Devlin turned on his heel and returned to the cave. Cat let out a deep breath and turned her attention to the sea. On the horizon, a small skiff appeared.
Bryce looked up at her, then out to sea, and sighed. “I am so sorry.”
“Be ye remorseful that ye kissed me, or that Devlin caught ye?”
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Nancy Lee Badger grew up in Huntington on New York’s Long Island. After attending Plymouth State, in New Hampshire, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree and met and married her college sweetheart. They raised two handsome sons in Rumney, New Hampshire while she dreamed of being a writer. When the children had left the nest, and shoveling snow became a chore, she retired from her satisfying job as a 911 Emergency Medical Dispatcher and moved to North Carolina, where she writes full-time. Nancy is a member of Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, Fantasy-Futuristic & Paranormal Romance Writers, and the Triangle Association of Freelancers. She finds story ideas in the most unusual places.
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