Thursday, November 14, 2013

Self's Blossom by David Russell

Title:  Self's Blossom
Author:  David Russell
Published:  March 15th 2010 by Devine Destinies 
(first published April 10th 2002)
Page Count:  194
Genre:  Romance
Shelf:  Review Copy
Rating:  ★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A romantic, erotic tale of a vivid portrayal of the uest for the inner truth, empowerment and sexual liberation of Selene, a woman searching for primeval abandon and reckless adventure. 

Intelligent, a university graduate and a successful careerist, Selene became emotionally scarred by unhappy relationships. Riled and taunted through the years by her former college roommate Janice, Selene gave in to the long-term desire to "get one back‟ at Janice by having a passionate holiday  encounter. 

Immediately drawn to the sea and enthralled by its brutal yet sensual waves, Selene seduces a young boy on a deserted beach. Once she comes to meets the mature and powerful Hudson, Selene finally begins to claim her sensual destiny. Through a slow process, accentuated by Selene's shyness, introspection and circumspection, she embarks on a long and elaborate interplay of leading on and rejection. The volcanic passion builds until there is a blazing row. A possible drowning, the final ritual undressing at long last, leads to the ultimate flowering of the woman Selene was meant to be.

Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.

My Review:

This novel is well and eloquently written. There is a calm and inviting flow to the story. At times the writing style is a bit at odds with the subject matter itself. Russell’s very visual descriptions include the scene as a whole, rather than simply specific parts of it. The plot of this story definitely threw me for a loop a couple of times and left me wondering. There was a mix of carefree vacation and seriously in depth relationships that seemed at odds with each other. However, this novel has a very large anthropological element that’s quite intriguing.

The characters in this story are extremely uniquely developed. You get to know a great deal about certain aspects of the characters, those directly related to their actions in the novel. The supporting cast is just that, support to help carry the story forward. Their development is directly related to that.

As a whole, this was an interesting novel that kept me wondering and guessing throughout.

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