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The Laird's Command

The Glen Torridon : Book One

By: Finley Brown
Published By: Blushing Press
Copyright: ©2018 by Blushing Books® and Finley Brown

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She must obey his every command…

Ailsa has three principles she lives by: never rely on anyone, never care for anyone, and never love anyone. With her failing career on the line, she flees to Scotland to make one last-ditch effort to save it. However, she is involved in a car crash during a storm and finds herself in the care of Dr. Ian McLennan.

Ian McLennan, Laird of Glen Torridon, gave up practicing medicine after a tragic accident claimed the life of a loved one. When a headstrong lass turns up on his property, injured and in need of attention, he is thrust back into action in more than one way. A storm is brewing, and he fears the eye of it is a reckless lass in need of guidance.

Ian offers Ailsa a deal to keep her safe, but it comes at a cost she is not willing to pay – she must obey his every command. Can she learn to trust the man who can help her, or will her own rules get in the way?

Publisher's Note: This steamy contemporary Highland romance contains elements of power exchange.

Chapter One

 

 

Scotland

Ailsa gripped the steering wheel tightly on the tiny Vauxhall she had rented, her full attention on the road. It was hard enough to drive on the left side of the highway, not to mention in the fog and pounding rain. The storm seemed to have come out of nowhere, materializing before her eyes without warning. When she started out on her journey this morning, it was sunny, which matched her optimistic spirit. Now, it was sleeting, and a dense mist had descended like a wall. Ailsa was beginning to think she had made another mistake. She was searching for the perfect wedding venue in Scotland for her prestigious clients. However, as the day quickly turned into night and the first ominous clap of thunder shattered the air around her, her mood began to darken. She regretted getting off the A9, Scotland's northernmost carriageway and gateway into the Highlands, but she could swear someone had been following her in a truck. She was lost and trying her best not to crash on the single lane road she currently found herself on. She knew she was being paranoid, but she couldn't take the chance of messing up this assignment.

This trip was a last-ditch effort to restore her almost ruined career. If she messed up this wedding, it would mean the end of her livelihood and the career she worked so hard to build. Ailsa still wasn't sure what exactly happened with the last wedding she was in charge of and how it had gone so wrong. She worked hard to keep things confidential and private to ensure her famous clients could enjoy the most meaningful day in their lives without the media. Until four months ago, she had a perfect record—until she arrived at the small chateau in the Swiss Alps with the famous bride to the paparazzi and flashing cameras. The wedding was ruined and had to be canceled and, with it, her reputation. She still didn't know who had leaked the date and location. She had been so careful to ensure the privacy of her clients. It caused her to become suspicious of everyone, including her co-workers, and she was worried someone was trying to sabotage her future in the company. Regardless, she hadn't been contacted by a potential client since then, and her boss had all but forgotten her existence. Until the President and CEO of Hartford and Company, Harold Hartford, had been personally approached by some new clients explicitly requesting Ailsa as their wedding coordinator. Although she had never met the infamous bride or groom, she had met with their attorney and promised to do everything in her power to ensure the couple's confidentiality. That was what brought her to this remote part of Scotland and a possible secluded venue.

The sleet and rain were falling faster now, and as the temperature dropped, it wouldn't be long before it turned to snow. Ailsa shifted the car into a lower gear. She could barely see two feet in front of her, and the dense fog was causing her to move at a crawl. She was lost, the signal on her phone and maps went out over an hour ago. She had been driving around aimlessly, looking for a town or village where she could pull over and get directions without luck. The road was starting to flood, and she knew she should stop, but she couldn't find any place to do that safely on the winding lane.

"Damn it." Why did she always have to be so impetuous?

This trip was becoming a metaphor for her current life. It was spiraling out of control. While, on the outside, she looked like she was in charge of everything, the reality was, on the inside, she was secretly caught in a whirlpool of panic and self-destruction. The wheels of the rented Vauxhall suddenly skidded on the slick road, causing her to hydroplane. Ahead of her, the road abruptly disappeared and a rapidly rising river loomed. Ailsa hit the brakes, but nothing happened and the car continued to glide. She pulled the wheel hard to the left, hoping to avoid the river, but overcompensated the turn that led to a bridge, sending the car spinning around, slamming into a tree.

Everything went black.

***

Ailsa slowly opened her eyes, her head pounding. Her left arm ached. She was in a large bed, but she couldn't remember how she got there.

"You've been in a car accident, lass," a deep voice spoke.

She tried to lift her head off the pillow to see where the voice was coming from, but spots danced in front of her eyes and she immediately shut them.

"Where am I?" she managed to ask.

"Torridon House," the voice said. "My ghillie and I found you in your car last night. You hit your head in the crash and have most likely given yourself a concussion. You gashed your arm, too. I sutured it."

That explained her aching arm. It was wrapped from wrist to elbow in a white gauze bandage, and it felt swollen and inflamed.

"Who are you?" Ailsa reluctantly opened an eye and made out the blurry form of a man. A very handsome man, she gleaned as her vision cleared.

"My name is Ian McLennan. I'm laird of this estate. We're lucky we found you before the bulk of the storm hit," he said in a constrained tone.

She looked up into icy gray eyes that flashed with disapproval.

Ailsa felt something pull low in her belly and a slow flush rose on her pale skin. She had never reacted to a man this way before, but there was an instant attraction. She closed her eyes, trying to shake the sudden awareness that captured her body.

He came over to the side of the bed and sat down in a chair pulled up beside the edge. "How are you feeling?" he said, softening his voice a little, though his eyes remained harsh.

Ailsa grimaced as she tried to sit up. Every muscle in her body ached, and her head screamed with disapproval. He reached out to help her, adjusting the pillows behind her back.

"Everything hurts." She rubbed at a knot the size of an egg on the side of her head; her hair felt sticky and stiff. "You said you stitched my arm. Are you a doctor?"

"Aye, I was. I'm not practicing anymore, but I keep up my license." His dark eyes looked troubled. "Now that you are awake, I would like to examine you again to make sure I didn't miss anything from last night. It was late, and my main concern was your head and arm. You're pretty banged up. In the meantime, is there anyone I can contact for you?"

Ailsa hesitated, trying to remember everything. She was having a difficult time focusing. She was in Scotland. No one even knew she had left the country. She was so afraid to mess up the confidentiality of this wedding, she never told her work exactly where she was going. They only knew she was on an assignment. She needed to get back to her hotel and get in touch with her boss, but for the life of her, she couldn't remember the name of the place where she was staying. She had already missed her first deadline to check in regarding the status of her clients.

"No, I'm fine, I just need my phone, so I can get a cab."

Ian chuckled, running a hand along the back of his neck. "You aren't going anywhere, lass. The roads are all shut down and impassable due to the storm. Not to mention, you need to stay in bed because of your head. I didn't see a phone when we found you. We only found your purse, and there was no phone in it."

He leaned back in the chair, studying her, his dark eyes piercing. Ailsa looked down. His size, alone, was intimidating. He must be at least six-foot-four and, from what she could tell, made of solid muscle. Dark hair framed a chiseled face, sporting the new growth of a beard. However, it was those eyes that scared her the most. They were studying her, and she could not hold their gaze.

"Shit," she cursed to herself. Her phone was her lifeline.

Ian cleared his throat in disapproval, leaning in toward her. "That is not the word of a young lady. I'll ask you to watch your tongue." His tone was hard and uncompromising.

"You went through my purse?" Embarrassed by the chastisement, Ailsa threw the accusation back at him. She made herself meet his eyes in challenge.

"I looked in your purse for identification, Ms. McKenzie." He raised an eyebrow at her, emphasizing her name, and pointed to her passport sitting on the nightstand. "I gave your information to the police, in case anyone was looking for you. At which point, there was no way for me to transport you to hospital due to the storm, so I informed them I would keep you here with me. What is an American lass doing in the Highlands during a storm by herself, anyway?"

"I'm perfectly capable of taking care of myself, storm or no storm," she said in a small voice, fumbling with the white duvet covering her.

Ian laughed, ignoring Ailsa's comment, and pulled a notepad and pen out of the nightstand drawer. "Now, if you give me the phone numbers of your family, I will contact them and let them know you're okay and that you will be staying here for a few weeks until the roads clear."

"A few weeks!" Ailsa said, sitting up too fast and jarring her already aching head. A wave of nausea rolled over her and she buried her head in her arms, trying to shut it all out. She waited for it to pass before leaning back into the pillows. "I can't stay here a few weeks."

Ian watched her intently as if he could read her thoughts.

"You don't have a choice, lass. The roads won't clear, and we are too remote for the plows. The storm isn't over yet; it's still raging outside. I'm responsible for you now; so again, if you give me the phone numbers, I will make the phone calls for you, then I will examine you to see if I missed anything. In the meantime, you can think of yourself as my guest."

Ailsa froze. She could feel his deep gray eyes staring at her and undressing her to her core. What was it about this man that made him think he was responsible for her? Who said things like that? Again, the same feeling low in her belly pulled at her, and she could feel her nipples grow hard and tight. Moreover, why was her body responding to him in this way? She was an independent woman who took care of herself. She glanced up into frowning, stern eyes. She realized how intimidating he was, and she didn't want him to know she never took the time to memorize any phone numbers. They were all on her cell phone. She had no way to contact her work to let them know where she was, and she had no family who would be looking for her. She didn't want him to know any of this.

She shook her head, "No one will be missing me."

Ailsa knew she should be scared. She didn't know where she was. To make matters worse, she was injured, she had no phone or computer, no way to contact the outside world. She didn't know the man in front of her at all or if he was going to harm her. He came across as arrogant and formal, qualities she usually avoided in men, yet there was something about him she found attractive.

"I find that hard to believe, Ms. McKenzie," he said, resigned. "If, at any time, you want to give them to me, I will be more than happy to help you. In the meantime, I insist on giving you a proper medical examination. I have a room set up." He leaned over to pull the covers off her, and strong arms picked her up. It was then she realized she wasn't wearing her clothes but, instead, a short, thin, white nightgown of the softest cotton fabric. Ailsa felt her cheeks grow red, and she knew he saw it, too.

"You were soaked to the bone when we found you." He smiled, and his face softened for the first time. "My housekeeper and one of her wee maids helped me change you."

 

charlotte Huelsmann on 01/13/2019 03:18pm
The Lairds Command
The Glen Torridon Series book one by Finley Brown
This is the story of Ailsa and Ian. Ian is a doctor and a laird. Ailsa is a wedding planner and of a higher rank, but someone betrayed her. She had a hard childhood and demanding a lot from herself. She never wanted to be poor again. Ian found her after an accident and recognizes she is just what she needs in his life. Someone to take care of. This story is heartwarming full of danger and a mystery. This author is new to me but I am anxious for anther book. This book was a page turner from page one to the
Toni L on 01/06/2019 10:06pm
As a first book in a new series, this is a wonderful entry. It sets the tone, introduces characters and gives you an idea of what you can expect in future books, all while providing a nice story. This is the first book by this author I have read but it reminded me greatly of the Dungeon Fantasy Club series by Anya Summers, and while I think that is a superior read, this is definitely an enjoyable way to file some time. It's not overly long, so it's easy to great through without becoming bogged down. My only dislike is that the Dom expected trust but didn't seem to eager to give it in return.
Hope W on 01/04/2019 01:39pm
I enjoyed the first book in The Glen Torridon series. This is the first book I have read from this author and look forward to seeing what else she will write. The Laird's Command was well written and had characters that were interesting and entertaining with great interaction between them. The storyline was filled with mystery, suspense, action, and adventure, while also including domestic discipline, mild age play, and explicit sex and spanking. Ian is handsome, protective, dominant, and controlling but can also be a little harsh. Alisa is an American wedding planner who is independent and determined to make a name for herself. Their chemistry sparks and the emotions run away at times, but the story keeps the reader interested from start to finish. I enjoyed this book and recommend you giving this series a try. I voluntarily received an arc copy of this book.
Jf12574 on 12/28/2018 09:05pm
A caring, love story filled with genuine concern between characters. A nice smooth yet exciting plot keeps you turning pages. A .
LuCinda Beebe on 12/28/2018 03:08pm
This is the 1st book in this series and the 1st book I have read by this author. I enjoyed this story to the extent that I will be looking for more books from this author. The characters are captivating and interesting. I felt like that the setting is so vivid that I could feel the dampness of Scotland. The book is a little rushed in the end but it didn't take away from the overall story.
Tami on 12/23/2018 04:57am
Alisa has an accident while driving on the road. Ian, a physician, rescues her and takes her to his home for her recovery. He feels drawn to the young woman right from the beginning and Alisa feels the same. They enter into a domestic discipline relationship though Alisa is very reluctant to let Ian spank her in the beginning.

Finley Brown is a new author for me. I really liked the story, the storytelling and look forward to read more books of this new series.
Margaret Corcoran on 12/22/2018 03:55pm
I enjoyed reading this story. It's not long but it is well written and described. All the characters are well written. Alisia and Ian have a wonderful interaction. They need eachother. I hope that this is the start to a wonderful new series. I volinterily read an advanced reader copy of this book and I highly recommend it. An enjoyable and interesting story.
Lillie1922 on 12/22/2018 11:40am
I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book. Ailsa hasn't had an easy life. She doesn't trust anyone. Through an accident, she meets the Laird of Torridon House, Ian. He is dominant, strong, handsome, and he is all she has until she recovers. Such a good read.
Spanking (hand, belt), enema.
Ajjmb on 12/20/2018 05:00pm
I really enjoyed this book. Ian is quite dominant and a bit high-handed but I love how he wants to take care of Ailsa from the very beginning. I felt for Ailsa because she has never had anyone care for her even in childhood and she has built a huge protective wall around herself to keep from being hurt. Ian is able to slowly chip away her walls of defense. It is the beginning of a very erotic relationship. I really enjoyed this story. I voluntarily reviewed an copy of this book.
DONNA L on 12/20/2018 03:30am
Donna L
4.0 out of 5 starsAccepting your true self
December 19, 2018
This is a easy to read sweet story of one couples journey into
a domestic discipline relationship. How one young women
fought her naturally submissive nature to eventually find peace.
What drove Ailsa to search out the perfect venue for her clients
who expected privacy above all else.Her caree as a wedding planner
is in jeopardy,this sees Ailsa out on her own in the Scottish Highlands
during a storm.Who is this young American lass rescued by the now
non-practicing,Doctor Ian McLennan.Ian has suppressed his feelings
for years but they surface the moment he rescues AilsaWhat was Ailsa
doing driving on her own,what was she hiding.Stranded together for
two weeks was the perfect opportunity to find out if they had a chance
for a relationship but before this occurs,Ailsa fled back to New York.The
last thing Ailsa expected was for Ian to show up on her doorstep to claim
her for thimself.Ailsa fought his dominantion but had a deep desire for Ian
to spank her and claim her.

I was entranced by this story,it was smooth,cohesive and entertaining.It
was told from the point of view of both characters with mystery right up
to the last page.A simple concept but what a ride it was following Ailsa
and Ian on their journey through the weight of emotions they both felt.
Lalaland on 12/19/2018 12:15pm
I was delighted to see a new author I had not seen before and try the first in a new series and I was not disappointed. Ailsa is a young American event planner working in the UK for a very exclusive company acting for high profile celebrity clients and she has recently been in difficulties with her employers when one of her planned events was invaded by paparazzi. Because she is trying to keep the wedding she is now planning under wraps she takes herself off to Scotland in secret to canvass venues which are discreet and private. Whilst driving in the Highlands a storm begins and she gets the feeling that she is being followed so in an attempt to lose the follower she drives very fast and erratically losing her way and eventually during a heavy snow storm losing control of the car, colliding with a tree and then losing consciousness. When she awakens she finds herself in bed and being taken care of by Dr Ian McKlellen the Laird of Glen Torridon, which turns out to be an honest to goodness castle. Ian and Ailsa have chemistry but he is very dominant and needs to be in complete control and she is very independent and also needs to be in control, will they make it. This new story was a very entertaining read, it has all the elements of an erotic spanking romance and then some, it also has some mystery and some action and I really enjoyed it and look forward to reading the next one in the series. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy
Jessica N on 12/17/2018 06:24pm
The Laird%u2019s Command is a contemporary romance set in Scotland. Ailsa knows she%u2019s on thin ice with her job, so she travels by herself to Scotland to scout for the perfect location for her clients%u2019 wedding. Unfortunately, she wasn%u2019t paying attention to the fact that a storm was brewing, and after being chased, Ailsa crashes her vehicle. Ian finds her, luckily, and is able to be the doctor she needs. His dominant ways spark an interest in Ailsa, and he wants to take care of her in all ways. But Ailsa has many walls around her emotions, and when Ian loses her trust, will he be able to win her love?

Wow, I absolutely loved reading this book! I was drawn into the characters with their chemistry and events that drew them closer together. I loved Ailsa, as all she wanted was to be strong, independent, and not need anyone to be successful. Ian was dominant and stern at times, but I really loved how much he wanted to care for Ailsa and keep her safe. He definitely had his work cut out for him when he set his sights on Ailsa, with earning her trust and trying for her love, and I was completely thrilled with how the ending played out. There was enough drama throwing them together and yet tearing them apart and once I started this book, I could barely put it down! I enjoyed this author and as it%u2019s book one in the Glen Torridon series, I look forward to reading more from both Ms. Brown and in this series!
Pico1 on 12/16/2018 05:00pm

A really enjoyable short novel about two people who meet because of an accident, and gradually fall in love. Ailsa an American event planner visiting Scotland. She is really withdrawn and afraid of the world; Ian is a worldly Scotsman living in his own castle.
As she recovers in his castle from the accident, she gradually falls in love with him and experiences his desire to be the head of household, with the resultant spankings and other punishments. There are a number of close calls and problems along the way, but they are both interesting characters who are well described, and the story moves quickly to a happy conclusion.
Redrabbitt on 12/16/2018 12:26am
Wow, new author, new book, new series, and YES, I am hooked. Did it get hot in here? The story is a steamy contemporary Highland romance with plenty of mystery, suspense, secrets, action, adventure, and erotic chemistry. Throw in one very dominant and controlling Highlander, Dr. Ian McLennan, Laird of Glen Torridon, and an innocent, out-of-control American lass, Ailsa McKenzie and together watch the fireworks begin.

Ailsa has secretly gone to Scotland with the intent of finding the perfect and private venue for a high profile wedding. She is still trying to save face with her employer after the disastrous event four months ago being leaked to the paparazzi. Someone is tailing her, and in her course of evasion, she will get off track, in the midst of a storm and crash%u2014and that is how she will arrive at Glen Torridon, the estate of Ian McLennan.

When Ian%u2019s man, Alec finds Ailsa and her totaled car, she is injured, unconscious and placed in the medical care of Dr. McLennan. Ian hasn%u2019t practiced medicine for years but has an active license. Now he must tend to his patient who has cuts and a concussion and is closed mouth about everything.

The story will have Ian%u2019s dominance bring out the submissive side of Ailsa, a side she never has acknowledged since she is determined to be a self-sufficient female, not relying on anyone, much less a man. When he questions her, she can see a storm brewing in his eyes, and he knows she isn%u2019t telling the complete truth. The story will be unequal power exchange, with medical play, mild age-play, D/s, and control. Ian does not give in to the D/s aspect until she verbally agrees to give him control and accept his dominance and discipline. The medical is for her health, and that is something he won%u2019t allow her to control and risk anything being missed.

Ailsa is someone who doesn%u2019t think everything through as completely as she should and puts herself in jeopardy%u2014hence the automobile accident and several other incidences. While she has had a rough life since she was born, she is a fighter, but now she has someone in her corner that wants to take some of the burdens off of her, but can she trust him with her body, heart, and soul?

I can%u2019t wait to read the next story in this series. While at time Ian seems to be harsh, he has his reasons, and they do make a difference. He wants to keep Ailsa safe, and she has cracked the hard shell that has held his heart prisoner for years. If anyone needed someone to champion for them, it is Ailsa, she is a fighter and has proven she is determined, but at what cost to her personal life? There is more than succeeding in work, you need to have found happiness in your personal life, and with Ian%u2019s dominance, she is learning how submission is empowering.
Redrabbitt on 12/16/2018 12:26am
Wow, new author, new book, new series, and YES, I am hooked. Did it get hot in here? The story is a steamy contemporary Highland romance with plenty of mystery, suspense, secrets, action, adventure, and erotic chemistry. Throw in one very dominant and controlling Highlander, Dr. Ian McLennan, Laird of Glen Torridon, and an innocent, out-of-control American lass, Ailsa McKenzie and together watch the fireworks begin.

Ailsa has secretly gone to Scotland with the intent of finding the perfect and private venue for a high profile wedding. She is still trying to save face with her employer after the disastrous event four months ago being leaked to the paparazzi. Someone is tailing her, and in her course of evasion, she will get off track, in the midst of a storm and crash%u2014and that is how she will arrive at Glen Torridon, the estate of Ian McLennan.

When Ian%u2019s man, Alec finds Ailsa and her totaled car, she is injured, unconscious and placed in the medical care of Dr. McLennan. Ian hasn%u2019t practiced medicine for years but has an active license. Now he must tend to his patient who has cuts and a concussion and is closed mouth about everything.

The story will have Ian%u2019s dominance bring out the submissive side of Ailsa, a side she never has acknowledged since she is determined to be a self-sufficient female, not relying on anyone, much less a man. When he questions her, she can see a storm brewing in his eyes, and he knows she isn%u2019t telling the complete truth. The story will be unequal power exchange, with medical play, mild age-play, D/s, and control. Ian does not give in to the D/s aspect until she verbally agrees to give him control and accept his dominance and discipline. The medical is for her health, and that is something he won%u2019t allow her to control and risk anything being missed.

Ailsa is someone who doesn%u2019t think everything through as completely as she should and puts herself in jeopardy%u2014hence the automobile accident and several other incidences. While she has had a rough life since she was born, she is a fighter, but now she has someone in her corner that wants to take some of the burdens off of her, but can she trust him with her body, heart, and soul?

I can%u2019t wait to read the next story in this series. While at time Ian seems to be harsh, he has his reasons, and they do make a difference. He wants to keep Ailsa safe, and she has cracked the hard shell that has held his heart prisoner for years. If anyone needed someone to champion for them, it is Ailsa, she is a fighter and has proven she is determined, but at what cost to her personal life? There is more than succeeding in work, you need to have found happiness in your personal life, and with Ian%u2019s dominance, she is learning how submission is empowering.
Nancy Hughes on 12/16/2018 12:04am
Ailsa, a wedding planner for exclusive clients, goes to Scotland for business. She has a car accident, and is found on the Laird%u2019s property. He%u2019s a dominant, into D/s relationships. There%u2019s explicit sex and spanking. I thought this was well written. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Marybeth on 12/14/2018 10:26pm
Wow! What a wonderful first book! I loved the story of Ailsa and Ian. Ailsa has had a difficult life and she is running scared when she has her accident in
Scotland. Ian finds her and rescues her. They both feel something for each other, but Ailsa has a hard time trusting. Eventually they start to trust each other and become close. There is a HEA. I cannot wait for the next book in the series!
Sam on 12/14/2018 05:46pm
A great first book. I am looking forward to reading more of this series and more by this author. The two characters each have had hardships in their pasts. Together they can find happiness.
Stats23 on 12/14/2018 03:51pm
I really, really, enjoyed reading this first book from Blushing Books by Finley Brown. It is the story of an innocent, but not nave, young lady (Ailsa McKenzie) who gets lost and confused whilst driving on a rural road in Scotland and ends up crashing. She is later discovered, and taken in, by a Scottish Laird (Ian McLennan) who just happens to also be a physician. Being a determined Dominant, he wants to immediately take care of her and all of her needs while she, being a fiercely independent and non-trusting young lady, resists such attention. Each has their own back story of previous personal tragedy that leads to relationship reluctance and creates tension between them. The plot, of course, centres on if and how they can develop a trusting and loving relationship. All the elements of an erotic spanking romance are well laid out and delivered in this story. I must say that Ms. Brown really knows how to put the Capital E in Entertaining, Exciting and Erotic. A great read. 5 Stars.
I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

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