Curious about Dorian, Merry and Fifty? What happened after the festival? Wait no longer, Annie’s story is next in the Graye’s Maid series. Here is a snippet of her story but make sure to check out The Whip Master if you haven’t met the beloved characters yet. There’s so many more stories to share! Don’t forget to see what the other authors are working on over at the WIP It Up Wednesdays Blog.
A life with Greg Carmichael could be the ‘happily ever after’ of which 22 year old Annie Graye has always dreamed. Albeit an unorthodox way to begin a relationship, Annie’s contract has been purchased by the handsome and wealthy restaurateur. In the brief time they’d spent together, Annie had felt an undeniable attraction and connection to his quietly commanding presence, especially after feeling his belt against her bare backside.
At the age of nineteen, Annie had arrived at Graye Manor a scared, insecure, homeless girl. Three years later she departs to begin a life of her own, now a confident young woman after her time spent under the training, mentorship, and care of Head Master Dorian Graye and his wife. With them, she’d found a family and a home, as well as receiving the training to become a Graye’s Maid – specially trained women skilled not only in the traditional skills of domestic help, but also the BDSM lifestyle.
For Greg, it’s neither Annie’s domestic skills, nor the terms of her contract for which he has purchased her – he seeks a submissive to call his own, not because of a piece of paper, but to be his – in heart, mind and soul. From the time he first met Annie, he believed she could be his ‘one.’ Of great importance to Greg is his family, especially his little sister – Mel.
Almost immediately, Annie and the younger girl strike up a friendship, and in her Annie recognizes the heart of another true submissive. Soon she finds herself taking the young woman under her wing, helping to mentor her and provide a positive influence and example, as Greg steps in to provide his troubled young sister with the accountability and direction she desperately needs, as well as a very sore bottom!
As her feelings for Greg deepen, Annie strives to please and be of service to him, but fearing she cannot be everything he wants. Greg has dark passions and desires, and Annie questions her ability to trust and surrender to a man she is falling in love with. With every passing day she finds herself striving to be better, not only as a submissive for Greg, and example for Mel, but for herself. The examination of what it means to be a true submissive, and of service to others, specifically this one incredible man, will lead Annie to face her fears on a journey of self-discovery, and hopefully to her own ‘happily ever after.’
“What would you like him to do?” Annie asked. The question was loaded. She knew the answer, but would Mel admit to it herself?
“Okay, let me rephrase this. What do you need him to do?”
“I don’t know,” Mel shrugged.
“Be honest. This conversation is not going anywhere. I promise.”
Mel sighed. “I guess I need structure and boundaries, and more severe consequences if I mess up.”
“Why can’t you say what you really want?”
“Because grown women don’t come out and just say stuff like that.”
“Fine, then I’ll say it. You want to be punished for your transgressions. By the way you were talking to Greg, my guess is that you want to be taken in hand and spanked. Am I right?”
“I can’t believe you just said that out loud.”
“Why shouldn’t I? It’s true, and there is nothing wrong with that need. You acted like a brat to get a reaction. The only proper reaction would be a spanking and then have your nose set right into a corner. Act like a child and be treated like a child. That is what you want, and like I said, there is nothing wrong with it.”
“Not at all. Even I have my moments when I feel that way. Especially when I’m scared and insecure. I want a man who I respect to put me in my place and reassure me that things will get better.”
“Then why did you hook up with Greg?”
“There is much, much more to Greg than meets the eye. I would never even think of crossing his path if he is displeased about something. Talk to him. I will bet you anything that he understands.”