Early Book Review: Linger (In Vino Veritas #3) by Lauren Jameson
She imagined that some would say she had become a Domme because she wanted to exert control over her life after the chaos of her early years in the foster system. Perhaps that had played a part in her choices, but Scarlett was more inclined to think that she was just one of those people who needed something that the vanilla world couldn’t offer.
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Right from the start, Linger is a pretty easy read, so I didn’t expect it to have such a mature view on the BDSM lifestyle. Many of the stories in this subgenre rely on swanky clubs and a rigid set of rules on which to base their content; take the story outside of the club, take away the fancy equipment, take away the unending rules, and the relationship between the characters falls flat. Linger isn’t like that. It is a celebration of open Montana skies and a love that can overcome even the most traumatic memories.
[quote]Linger is a celebration of open Montana skies and a love that can overcome even the most traumatic memories.[/quote]
Author Lauren Jameson has crafted these characters with layers of confidence, doubt, realistic expectations, and fragile hopes and dreams, so that when they interact, it is on a personal level and always progresses their very organic-feeling connection. The emotion in Linger shimmers just below the surface for most of the book, the manifestation of a heart-rending story just waiting to burst free.
Something else I really enjoyed about the story is the unexpected depth of the characters – both of them. Logan is truly an alpha male, a former soldier-turned-veterinarian who only submits in the bedroom. Scarlett is a newly minted Domme who understands that all people have different needs and it’s her job give her sub what he needs rather than what he stubbornly insists he wants, even when that delivery is emotionally or physically painful for her. She’s commanding without being a bitch and calmly holds control without seeming overbearing. The perfect combination.
[quote]Linger may not be glossy and posh and sophisticated, but it has a whole lotta heart.[/quote]
Linger may not be glossy and posh and sophisticated, but it has a whole lotta heart. I believe even readers who aren’t into BDSM can get lost in this couple; incorporating kink into your everyday routine is as unique and individual as the people practicing it, and those with an affinity towards the lifestyle should enjoy the nuances of the connection between Logan and Scarlett.