Book Reviews

Of Russian Myth and Lore (Russian Bear 3.5) by C.B. Conwy at Torquere Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / BDSM / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 20-September-2011

Book Blurb

Family. In Mischa's opinion, you can't live with them. Period. That's why he's so reluctant to let Tom meet them, but Mischa's family decides that they'd like to meet Tom. And an order is an order.

This is a once in a lifetime chance for Tom to see a Russian bear in its natural environment. Mischa's family seems friendly enough, at least until Mischa's uncle sends Tom out into the woods by himself. In the middle of the night. However, there's more to Mischa's Russian background than Tom knew. In the quiet summer night, Tom learns a thing or two about Russian myth and lore - and about family.

This story is part of the 2011 Charity Sip Blitz collection. More than thirty authors have written short fiction pieces and have agreed to donate all proceeds of the sales of these stories to the It Gets Better Project. Torquere Press Inc. will match the authors' donations completely.


Book Review

This story made me smile. It is about family, acceptance and how some traditions only make sense once you experience them. It reminded me that, no matter who you become in life, your family always remembers and loves you for who you were long ago – as well as who you have become. If you are lucky.

Mischa and Tom, the main characters in this story, are very lucky. Told from Tom’s perspective, we find out about Mischa’s family, whom he has kept a secret for a long time. After having read the other books in this series (especially the first volume, A Russian Bear) it was amazing to see Mischa in a totally different light. Tom mentions that he’s a Dom, but we never see him act as such. The love between the two men becomes all the clearer now that it is devoid of any of the trappings of a scene.

I loved seeing Mischa in this different role. You can read this story on its own, and it will make you smile. But the full significance of the fun twist at the end will become even more poignant if you’ve read some of the other books as well. If you like stories with some cultural references (especially food), family gatherings and men who love each other deeply enough not to care what anyone else thinks, you will like this book.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 27 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 15-September-2011
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