Necessary Roughness is a well put together piece of erotica technically speaking, but for some reason I could not connect to this story the way that I wanted to. I liked both Lynnette and Trisha’s relationship, loved the plot idea, and the execution was solid, I can't place it...not my favorite but I would readily read another title by this author again. This isn't just about spankings and hot sex, though. This story briefly explores the transformative qualities of BDSM and how it can bring a couple together. There is one series of instances in the short story that sadly real for many gay Americans, which adds a little bit of depth to an otherwise light erotic story.
When Lynette's worst fear comes true and her girlfriend loses her job because of discrimination, she's forced to step back and take a harsh look at her own prejudice. As a full figured, bi-racial lesbian she has faced bigotry all her life. The fact that she hasn't been willing to try and understand Trisha's penchant for BDSM has her angry at herself and willing to do whatever it takes to make the oversight up to her partner. Even if it includes a little necessary roughness. 10 pages