This short story nearly burned a hole in my screen as I read it.  Natalia and Ethan have amazing chemistry from the very first exchange of dialogue between them.

Ordinarily I'm wary of D/s relationships in fiction, since half the time it doesn't seem to be an equal partnership or its written in a half-hearted sort of way, but Paulin writes the relationship perfectly.  She shows us what both sides get from such a relationship and the rewards while also making it abundantly clear that its not the life for every single person.  She doesn't condemn or encourage, merely illustrates how it could be for the right personality types.

For as short as the story was, there was a surprising amount of depth.  Natalia and Ethan knew each other before the story began, but the astonishment when they both find out the other's activities was amusing.  And then its full tilt from there on out.  Natalia makes a comment that she was like a "nymphomaniac on speed", which is probably an accurate description.  Up until a work related issue comes up, separating them, the two of them can't get enough of each other.

Natalia's reaction to being away from Ethan also didn't seem to be contrived or just there for tension either.  They had very little time together and she's new to the whole culture of being a submissive, so she had to work out something on her own.  Ethan's reaction wasn't over the top either.

Basically this is a hot, thrilling short story that anyone even slightly interested in BDSM should look into.

Book Blurb for Punished

CATEGORY: Contemporary Erotic Romance, BDSM.
ELEMENTS:  BDSM Erotic Romance with Strong Sexual Content, Graphic Language, and Explicit Descriptions of Intimacy. *Warning: This title features a D/s relationship and contains elements that some readers might find objectionable including Spanking.
HEAT LEVEL:  Fire Opal
Prim Natalia Cooper lives life on the straight and narrow, never veering into naughty territory. But she wants to. One night, years ago, her boyfriend gave her a few swats on the rear as part of their sex play and she loved it. She wants more. But he?s long gone and she hasn?t been spanked since. When she learns of a club where she can get exactly what she needs?anonymously?she?s so turned on and ready she can hardly bear it.
For Ethan Tavish, The Dungeon has served as a place to exert his dominance without making lasting commitments. He can hardly believe his eyes when he enters the play area to find his secretary, Natalia, bent over the spanking bench in a schoolgirl uniform. They?re both masked, but he?d recognize her anywhere. In an instant, he has a plan to give them what they both want?and perhaps a whole lot more.

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2010 4.50