Book Reviews

A Russian Bear: A Russian Bear I by C.B. Conwy

Genre Gay / Contemporary / BDSM / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 05-March-2018

Book Blurb

To Mischa, life is simple. Doms are Doms and subs are for spanking, flogging, and bossing around. Until he meets Tom, that is. Tom is deeply offended when the stranger in the bar takes him for some kind of slave boy. Well, offended and more than a little excited by the thought of surrendering to Mischa. Mischa being Mischa, their meeting results in Tom losing his virginity in a way that's hotter than even his wildest fantasies.

Mischa is drawn to Tom and makes another appointment. And then another, initiating Tom to every kink Mischa knows. They aren't scenes, of course, because Mischa has a "one boy, one scene" rule. But then again, Tom isn't exactly like his usual boys, and Mischa finds himself falling in love, though nowhere near ready to admit it. Luckily, Tom isn't exactly your stereotypical slave. Life is good -- until Tom gets attacked, and Mischa has to fight harder than ever to make Tom realize that he isn't going anywhere.

First Edition published by Torquere Press, June 2010.

Book Review

I thought this book was fascinating. The way it explores BDSM is very different from the way most books out there that I have read treat this topic. Partially, that is because it goes into pain play, but partially it is about the unique relationship Mischa and Tom build together. Also, while Mischa is an experienced Dom, he goes through just as much of a learning process as the new-to-it-all sub, Tom. It is very clear that Tom wants the things that Mischa does to him - there is no "coercion" except in scenes, when Tom asks to be coerced (a sort of "coercion play", I guess). Then, it's full steam ahead. Outside the bedroom, though, both are equal partners and both struggle to adapt to a new life as lovers.

Tom is not exactly a professional sub. He is, in fact, so new to the "scene" that he isn’t even looking. But he is sort of curious even if he has no idea what he's in for, and Mischa's calm and collected responses to his initial questions intrigue him. I think he's lucky to have run into a somewhat responsible, if somewhat crude, Dom, or he might have been in real trouble. Mischa makes sure that the way Tom gets to explore submission, some of the more common BDSM kinks, and his particular fetish, pain, moves at a speed that Tom can cope with.

Mischa has a lot to learn. He is rough, likes to play the tough guy, and thinks he's God's gift to subs. Initially, he doesn’t even respect them very much, and I don’t think he's ever connected to any of them emotionally. Luckily, Tom is the right guy to teach him differently – on multiple levels. And to think it all starts with a misunderstanding – that is really very well done!

I really liked the balance between the time they spend as partners and the time they spend in their "roles". The book shows that they are full characters and real people, not just men with role-playing fantasies. This is a variation of a Dom/sub relationship that I would like to read more about. I certainly look forward to the sequels! If you like BDSM books that go further into pain play than most, if the psychology of the Dom and the sub interest you equally (since both have a voice in this story), and if you're looking for a hot read with some very, very kinky scenes, then you will probably like this novel.





DISCLAIMER: Books reviewed on this site were usually provided at no cost by the publisher or author. This book has been purchased by the reviewer.

Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 298 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 11-September-2017
Price $5.99 ebook
Buy Link