OK Loose Women – You’ve Really Pi**ed Me Off…

I heard a rumour that Peter Andre had gone through the simulation of labour pains. Apparently he did it to try and have a better understanding of how his wife will feel when she has their baby in just a couple of weeks.

Now I watched the clip on the U.K TV show, Loose Women. I’ve never been a huge fan of the show, but this sealed the deal for me.

There were a load of bitchy women (including the presents) cackling rabidly every time he was put through a contraction simulation. I’m sorry but this is so out of order, it really is.

Please tell me how it is OK to laugh at another human being in so much pain? Oh, that’s right, it isn’t. The lot of them screaming and cackling like harpies made me furious. If a woman was either being put through that simulation or actually giving birth, then not one person would laugh.

Sexism works both ways people, and neither of them are acceptable. Get a grip or yourselves for f**k’s sake!

Peter Andre in Labour simulation.

Book Review – Kith and Kin by Sophie Bowns…

I was approached by the writer of this novel and asked if I would review her novel after she read one of my posts on this blog. I informed her I would provide a fair and honest review as soon as I read it.
Downtrodden and disheartened John McGrath, a malnourished eighteen year old cotton mill worker longs to escape the miserable working environment that has suppressed him for years.
Trapped under the tyrannical eye of the factory foreman Mr Hopps, John finds solstice in the wisdom of his best friend and fellow worker Caine Davies, who assures him that times will change.
A refreshing new chapter is offered to John in the form of ladies’ companion, Maira MacWilliams who reinforces his love and trust in others. With his new found confidence a career pathway is opened and better prospects are on the horizon. John’s life will never be the same again, but can happiness have a price? 
This story opens as our protagonist is trapped in his miserable existence. His character is well thought out. A gentle and kind soul who adores his friends and will do anything for them. The supporting characters have also been well crafted and are easy to pursue throughout the story.
Some of the language used by the characters just does not feel entirely authentic compared to some of the other historical novels and classics that I have read, but this is only a minor issue.
My biggest issue with the story however, was the abrupt ending. There could have been so much more before the end.
All in all, a pleasant little read.
A four out of five star read.
I am profoundly grateful to Sophie Bowns for my copy of her book.

Book Review – The Watcher by Ross Armstrong…

She’s watching you, but who’s watching her?
Lily Gullick lives with her husband Aiden in a new-build flat opposite an estate which has been marked for demolition. A keen birdwatcher, she can’t help spying on her neighbours. Until one day Lily sees something suspicious through her binoculars and soon her elderly neighbour Jean is found dead. Lily, intrigued by the social divide in her local area as it becomes increasingly gentrified, knows that she has to act. But her interference is not going unnoticed, and as she starts to get close to the truth, her own life comes under threat. But can Lily really trust everything she sees?
I was given an ARC by NetGalley in return for a fair and honest review…
OK, I’m two chapters in and the story hasn’t started to get anywhere yet. However, I’ve got to get this out of my brain before I carry on reading. The writer has a habit of communicating the story in very short sentences. This habit is making it a little difficult to stay focused on the story itself.
I’m finding the protagonist a slightly annoying and very nosy character to begin with. Her husband tells her that she has an obsession with watching people with her binoculars. He’s right. She does. What she’s doing is voyeurism.
The short sentences do seem to improve a few chapters in and the story becomes much more fluid. The flow of the words becomes much easier to cope with.
The story itself is well crafted and has a couple of interesting little twists. Not bad at all.
A three out of five star book.
I’m profoundly grateful to NetGalley and Harlequin (UK) for my copy.

Book Review – Cut to the Bone by Alex Caan…

One Missing Girl. Two Million Suspects.

Ruby is a vlogger, a rising star of YouTube and a heroine to millions of teenage girls.

And she’s missing . . .

But she’s an adult – nothing to worry about, surely?

Until the video’s uploaded . . .

Ruby, in the dirt, pleading for her life.

Enter Detective Inspector Kate Riley; the Met’s rising star and the head of a new team of investigators with the best resources money can buy. Among them, Detective Sergeant Zain Harris, the poster boy for multiracial policing. But can Kate wholly trust him – and more importantly, can she trust herself around him?

As hysteria builds amongst the press and Ruby’s millions of fans, Kate and her team are under pressure to get results, and fast, but as they soon discover, the world of YouTube vloggers and social media is much darker than anyone could have imagined.

And the videos keep coming . . .
I have been given an ARC by NetGalley in return for a fair and honest review.
Kate, our female protagonist is a ballsy DCI but she has some secrets that make her more interesting. Zain, her junior is a much darker character but has good reasons to be. They have a good dynamic and blend well together. They way they spark off each other keeps you turning pages and wanting to know what is going to happen next.
Some effort is turned over to their sexual attraction but that doesn’t cut it for me. At all. I’m not a romantically inclined person, either in real life or in my books, so that part of the story simply did not light my fire.
The threads of corruption running through the story do keep you guessing as to who is guilty and just exactly what they are guilty of.
This is a well written, very clever crime drama and I enjoyed it hugely.
A five out of five star read.
I am profoundly grateful to NetGalley and Bonnier Publishing for my copy.

What the hell America?…

Seriously, what the hell? Who decided to agree with that dayglo orange buffoon that he would be a suitable candidate for POTUS? Everyday that goes by, another skeleton falls out of his closet and shows him up as the sexist, misogynistic, racist, bigoted moron that he truly is.

Today has been one of the most illuminating ones of all when it  comes to shining a light on the depths of how depraved he truly is.

Transcripts from shock jock Howard Stern’s radio show have been released and they regale the reader with many vile examples of things La Donald has said and done. Here is a link to the vile things he said …

Trump’s comments to Howard Stern
However, sadly this isn’t the worst of it. Unless you have had your head in the sand for the last 24 hours, you have most likely heard of the tape released by the Washington Post about how Trump feels about treating women, all because he is famous…

Donald Trump’s lewd comments
How can anybody accept this? People do though. There have people saying that they don’t care what he said. They will still vote for him. They claim to be staunch Christians. Really? How can you claim to be Christian when you stand with the devil?

Nigel Farage (the boil on the ass of British politics) said that this was “how all men talk”. Erm, no Nigel, it isn’t. It really isn’t.

Farage’s comments
After the release of the Trump tapes, there has been a surge of posts on Twitter of women sharing horrible stories about them being assaulted sexually at an early age. This is NOT ok people!!!

Sadly these tweets reveal how endemic and casually accepted sexual assaults are by (mostly) men in the world today. People, teach your children that they must ALWAYS repel an advance/touching that you do not want or feels wrong. Lash out, protect yourself and TELL SOMEONE!!! Teach your children that is NEVER ok to touch/treat another human being in this way. America MUST make a stand against Trump and they simply must accept that this (or any) level of abuse is not OK. Because it isn’t. It really isn’t!!!

First assault tweets

If you hate Hillary Clinton so much that you cannot bring yourself to vote for her, then fine. Don’t. JUST DONT VOTE FOR TRUMP!!! Show him and the rest of the world that this behaviour must never and will never be OK.

NEVER TRUMP!!!

Book Review – The Delphi Effect by Rysa Walker…

It’s never wise to talk to strangers…and that goes double when they’re dead. Unfortunately, seventeen-year-old Anna Morgan has no choice. Resting on a park bench, touching the turnstile at the Metro station—she never knows where she’ll encounter a ghost. These mental hitchhikers are the reason Anna has been tossed from one foster home and psychiatric institution to the next for most of her life.When a chance touch leads her to pick up the insistent spirit of a girl who was brutally murdered, Anna is pulled headlong into a deadly conspiracy that extends to the highest levels of government. Facing the forces behind her new hitcher’s death will challenge the barriers, both good and bad, that Anna has erected over the years and shed light on her power’s origins. And when the covert organization seeking to recruit her crosses the line by kidnapping her friend, it will discover just how far Anna is willing to go to bring it down.
I have been given an ARC by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
For me, this book has started off in a really promising way. I’m loving the female protagonist. Anna is, despite the noises in her head, a feisty and ballsy girl who has a hefty dose of street smarts. She has a close friendship with Deo, who is three years her junior. They are both in a state home.
Anna’s most recent hitcher caused her and Deo more problems than they could ever have imagined. Her drive to do the right thing brought her into more danger than she could ever have imagined possible. Anna will do anything to protect Deo and that leads her to make an incredibly dangerous gamble with their future. But she will save him at all costs…
I found this book to be one of the best I’ve read in a long time. Highly recommend!
A five out of five star read.

I’m profoundly grateful to NetGalley for my copy.