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A Highland Pirate's Moral Code

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From the perspective of Shaw "Savage" MacDougall

Name's Shaw, but most people call me Savage. I'm a Highlander, born and bred, proud of my Scots roots. Proud of my clan, the MacDougalls. Proud of who I have become. A defender of the weak. But I'm also a pirate. A ravager on the high seas. I pillage towns, I fight and crush my enemies. I love a good, hard whisky and a soft, willing lass. I wasna always a pirate. Born in Oban, Scotland to a cold bastard who sold me to a pirate king to gain his own freedom. Look at me now. I'm the prince of pirates, the leader of the Devils of the Deep. The world fears me, and yet those I save, worship the sea I glide on. I've never been in love, and I never will be. Love weakens a man—trust me on this point.

I might be brigand, but I've got me code, too. Sit down and I'll tell ye.

  1. Never trust a pirate.
Aye, ye might be giving me a wonky eye at that one, but ‘tis true. Pirates canna be trusted. Unless they are a part of your brethren. Ye see, a pirate's duty is to rob ye. Rob ye blind of anything ye hold of value—including your pride and dignity, and possibly your life. And most of the blimey bastards I deal with, well, they do. Take my enemies for example. Damned Van Rompey and Santiago. Scourges of the earth. Devils in breeches. I'd not trust them with my jug of whisky. The only pirates I can trust are my brethren. We're not devils, even if they call me Savage. We ravage only those that are deserving of it. And the ones that need saving? Well… my claymore does the speaking for me.
  1. Honor reigns supreme.
There's honor within the lords of the sea. We honor each other. We honor the brethren. If an enemy goes against one of us, he goes against us all. For hundreds of years, we have protected the weak. Our name lives in infamy, decade after decade, century after century, because we are strong. Because we have a moral code. Honor, above all else, rules our brethren. Once our word is given, it is law. Carved into our skin and remaining there until the day we die.
  1. Crush thy enemies.
There is no place on the earth or sea for men with evil in their hearts. We leave no stone unturned. Our enemies have no place to hide. We know all of their sins. And we dinna stop until we've seen them vanquished.
  1. The brethren comes first.
The brethren is our family. The bond canna be broken. Not by man, woman or child. If anything dares come between the brethren and thyself, a man should take his own blade to his heart. This is why we canna love. We canna have family. Because the love of a woman, of a child of your blood, can cause a man to go against his code. And to go against the brethren, is to jeopardize one's honor. My heart is steel. My mind is sharp.
  1. Protect the weak.

Our greatest leader, our creator, Arthur MacAlpin, first king of the pirates, gave us this code. He built a family, the lords of the sea, by protecting the weak and gathering them into his arms. I was once weak, but my pirate king father saved me. Made me what I am today, and I must repay this gift with every breath I take.

Readers, what do you think of Shaw? What ever is he going to do when he comes across Jane Lindsey and the steel around his heart begins to melt? His code may come into jeopardy, for love… that is a bond hard to escape from. Will he learn that love makes us stronger?

SAVAGE OF THE SEA by Eliza Knight

Pirates of Britannia #1

Savage of
the Sea

First book in the new Pirates of Britannia: Lords of the Sea series!

A daring brotherhood, where honor among thieves reigns supreme, and crushing their enemies is a thrilling pastime. These are the Pirates of Britannia.

When Highland pirate prince, Shaw "Savage" MacDougall was invited to a deadly feast, he didn't know that saving a wee lass would forever change his future.

A lady with a dangerous secret

Lady Jane Lindsey, widowed at a young age, seeks refuge from her departed husband's vengeful enemies. For five years, she's held a secret that could cost her everything, including her life. When her safety is compromised, she reaches out to the only man who's protected her in the past, and offers him a bounty he cannot refuse.

A Highland pirate determined to save her

Shaw's life is perfect. Whisky, women and mayhem. He wants for nothing—until Lady Jane presents a treasure he'd never considered possessing. Is he willing to risk his lethal reputation in order to save a lass he barely knows, again? Will she trust a pirate to see their arrangement through to the end? And what happens when perilous battles turn to sinful kisses? Who will save them from each other?

Romance Historical [Knight Media, On Sale: October 19, 2017, e-Book, ISBN: 2940154758465 / eISBN: 9781386990604]

About Eliza Knight

Eliza Knight

Eliza Knight is an award-winning and USA Today bestselling indie author of over fifty sizzling historical romance and erotic romance. Under the name E. Knight, she pens rip-your-heart-out historical fiction. While not reading, writing or researching for her latest book, she chases after her three children. In her spare time (if there is such a thing…) she likes daydreaming, wine-tasting, traveling, hiking, staring at the stars, watching movies, shopping and visiting with family and friends. She lives atop a small mountain with her own knight in shining armor, three princesses and two very naughty puppies. Sign up for her newsletter to get news about books, events, contests and sneak peaks!

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