Self's Blossom [NOOK Book]

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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.


Immediately drawn to the sea and enthralled by its brutal yet sensual waves, Selene seduces a man on a deserted beach. Once she meets the mature and powerful Hudson, Selene begins to claim her sensual destiny.

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Overview

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.


Immediately drawn to the sea and enthralled by its brutal yet sensual waves, Selene seduces a man on a deserted beach. Once she meets the mature and powerful Hudson, Selene begins to claim her sensual destiny.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554875207
  • Publisher: eXtasy eBooks
  • Publication date: 3/15/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 329 KB

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  • Posted June 14, 2014

    Introspective Work Note: I was given this book in exchange for

    Introspective Work


    Note: I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

    Selene is off on a holiday adventure. She is a career woman who has thrown herself into work to escape the pain of unhappy relationships and needs to get away. She meets Hudson, a young man with a body that attracts her and allows her to have a physical encounter she needed.

    When I read this book, I found that the writer spent most of the time expressing Selene’s innermost thoughts and desires in a way that made me think that this girl could really use some therapy. Perhaps this was the author’s intent; if so, he nailed it. She seems unhealthily detached from the world around her. A line from the book reads, “What layers of reminiscence and what masses of the present—vaguely sprawled over the square miles’ patchwork and underneath them all, the ooze of potentiality devoid of any good or bad quality because it would never rise or touch to see the light of any test.”

    It is a complex book that does not fit the traditional romance genre as it lacks a happy ending. The writing is a little hard to follow at times, but Mr. Russell put a lot of time and effort into his book and it shows.

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  • Posted November 9, 2013

    This novel is well and eloquently written. There is a calm and i

    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.  

    Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted December 5, 2011

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    Intelligent, eloquent, in-depth and erotic.

    Erotic Flashes Reviews Rating: 4 Flashes Self's Blossom is a story that should be in the Tate Gallery, were the Tate a gallery for literature as opposed to art. With this story, you are getting a highly unusual and in-depth style of writing that you don't usually find in the erotica genre. Some people may regard it as abstract, although in truth it is actually very detailed. (Just like many of the paintings in the Tate -- you see where I'm going with this?) It took me a while to get into this story, and I think it's because when reading erotica, I've become accustomed to an "easy" read -- a book that you can open and, wham-bam, there you are in the story. While some readers may have that experience with this, I can't say that I did at first, and I suspect that most will not. There is an array of back story and character development from page one, and I'm glad I found the patience to stick with it, because I enjoyed the read. It's the story of Selene. She's an intellectual. She's independent. She's seeking freedom because she's an adventurer at heart. Or at least, that was my interpretation: for me, this was a story about the search for freedom, through sexuality, sensuality and emotions of the heart. I dare say that not everyone will take to Selene, but she's very real. She's a restless soul, and she is not the "flouncy" kind of heroine you usually get in erotica novels, but can be quite blunt and analytical in her thinking. Yes, it's unusual, but when I got into the story and her character, I found it refreshingly so. The male lead is likeable and patient, giving her the space she needs to learn and grow throughout the story, but there is a two-way exchange here, and he learns from Selene as well. This book is prose at its best. The language used is eloquent and intelligent. You won't find crude words or phrases here, but a rhetoric that is closer to that of Charlotte Bronte (yes, I did say Charlotte Bronte -- well, if she wrote erotica that is....) The narrative is highly descriptive and even a little "gothic" in some places. Here's a brief example: "Each, to the other, became universe god and goddess. After so many times in their pasts when the brakes had been applied, when both had been frozen by reticence, or had their yearnings derided -- the universe's currents now galvanized their bodies. Now words could be uttered in acceptance of total immersion. With their slow speed, they generated maelstroms. Their every part revealed with deep exuberance, two bodies showing themselves as two complete presences." Maybe it could even be considered poetry. If you want an easy read that gets to the point, hard-hitting, direct language and a lot of instant action, this book is not for you. If you want a different, eloquent and intelligent erotic story, that indulges in every emotion and thought from the characters, that works towards a specific goal of self discovery, this is the book for you. I urge you to read the sample chapters from eBook retailers. If you can accept that it's a different style of erotica, you will not be disappointed with it. Note: I received a free copy of this eBook from the author, in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted September 2, 2011

    A Good Read!

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    Self Blossom was very difficult for me to get into the stories, and characters. It took me a while to even understand what was going on with the storyline. Selena was on a vacation and taking time to herself, she was enjoying the time away from the busy life. I found this book hard to get into and feel the characters, that is why I gave it a 3 rating.



    Rating: 3 stars out of 5

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  • Posted August 15, 2011

    Self's Blossom

    Journalist Selene is a woman with a plan. Although her career is a success, she decides that something is missing in her life--romance-- so she throws the full brunt of her intellect and determination behind filling the gap. After saving and planning every detail, Selene finally arrives in her Central American destination hoping for primal adventure and a little loving on the side. Sure, she meets Hudson and has an afternoon delight with an unnamed native, but Selene's greatest impediment is the one she refuses to acknowledge. Her training as a journalist keeps her as observer and judge and prevents her from ever living in the moment. Will the danger she encounters be the impetuous she needs to find her passion? Or will she compartmentalize the men in her life so that she can safely put them back in their boxes once she's finished playing with them?

    David Russell's story is lush with description and replete with back story. His prose is strung like a strand of pearls, each shiny treasure perfectly chosen, making this story more literary than genre fiction. The narrative, told usually in omniscient POV, is almost surreal and blurs the space/time continuum. All together Self's Blossom is for those who want a reading adventure off the beaten path and are pioneering enough to sink in Selene's lugubrious world.

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