The most important piece of this story isn’t the BDSM or the powerplay stuff… that’s good, but it’s not the most important part. I know, shocking right?
What I loved about A Russian Bear was how C.B. put the emphasis on the power of a submissive. Yes, the Dom holds the whip, but the sub give them the power to use it.
In the case of Mischa and Tom, you see that struggle between lust and love, but you also see the tether that the D/s relationships binds with… that desire, need, craving within the person to give up their power to another. To trust someone with their entire being and to know the trust is safe within their partner.
I got chills repeatedly while reading because of how C.B. wrote these two characters. Mischa didn’t want just a boy… Tom wasn’t looking to find a Master. Somehow it all came together in just what was needed.
Truly, a lovely encounter. At the end I was sad because I didn’t want to leave Tom or Mischa.
If C.B. said there was to be a sequel, I would be a happy, happy girl.
I purchased C.B.’s short that is sort of a sequel to A Russian Bear and I picked up ALphabet Soup as well this weekend. I am sure it won’t be enough though.
C.B. if you read this by some strange chance, sequel babe! <3
I would recommend this to anyone intrigued by the inner workings of the BDSM relationships. It’s not a how-to guide, but it’s a beautiful rendition of a significant, touching relationship between a sub and his Dom.