Review: Self’s Blossom by David Russell

7844461Title: Self’s Blossom

Author: David Russell

Publication Date: April 10, 2002

Genre: Romance, Erotic Fiction

Note: I received an electronic copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads Synopsis:

A romantic, erotic tale of a vivid portrayal of the
quest 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.


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I hate to say it, but Self’s Blossom was not my cup of tea. I found it very tedious to read. It was filled with long, flowery sentences. The overly complex wording and the sentence structures made the story feel more like reading classic literature than a contemporary romance.

As for the story itself, sadly, I never truly felt connected to Selene or her mission. The story had a lot of potential, it was just overshadowed by Selene’s lengthy descriptions. They repeatedly caused me to lose focus of what was actually going on in the story. I felt the story would have been more enjoyable and relatable had there been less focus on description and more on dialogue. I also found the sex scenes to be more technical sounding than erotic.

Self’s Blossom is a novel I would recommend to romance readers who enjoy classic literature or a more poetic use of words in storytelling.

8 thoughts on “Review: Self’s Blossom by David Russell

    • Yeah, I’m not quite sure how to explain. It went something like he moved his hips clockwise while she moved her counterclockwise. It kind of took the romanticism of the act out of it.

  1. I’d be interested to discuss this further. I agree that the encounter had something of a swingers’ premeditated scenario about it. Still not sure how this related to romanticism

    • I think it was just the wording used to describe the sexual act. It was so technical that I wasn’t pulled into sexual connection between the characters. I guess I’d describe it more like reading a sexual textbook than a romance novel. Does that make sense?

      • That makes perfect sense; very acute observation. Yes, I did write those scenes detachedly, in the imagination. ‘Textbook’ is an interesting and pertinent comment. I realise that Selene is more of a perhaps jaded ‘swinger’ than a wide-eyed romantic. I am most grateful for this discussion. Just as a matter of interest, I did write a sort of ‘textbook’ article called ‘Undressing for Love’

    • I’ve read both the Goodreads and Amazon reviews. I think that’s why having multiple reviews is so important. No two readers are going two readers will experience that exact same thing while reading a book.
      I realize my review isn’t inline with what most other readers have written. It’s not that I think your novel was poorly written. You’re obviously a very talented writer. Self’s Blossom just wasn’t for me. When I’m reading a book, how I feel about it closely relates to whether I connected with the character, the story or both. I didn’t connect with Selene or her journey. That had a negative effect on my reading experience. I’m happy that others have enjoyed Self’s Blossom. I’m sorry that I wasn’t one of them.

  2. I reiterate, I respect and value your viewpoint. It is vital that responses should very. Just as a matter of curiosity, do you have any favourites? Are you a devotee of Anais Nin? Best wishes always

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