Tuesday, 21 July 2015

The freedom to love

Could you imagine a world where you were told it was wrong to be in love? The very thought makes me feel emotional. Talking as someone who is in a long-term relationship, I could not imagine my life without my partner, he has grown to be apart of me. 

If I was told that I could not love him, that it was wrong and disgraceful - it would rock me to the very core. He is very much my best friend as he is my boyfriend. 

I recently read that in 76 countries it is illegal to be gay. As a straight female, I know this does not affect my own personal relationship, so many of you may be wondering what the reason is for this post.

I wanted to share my thoughts and be another voice fighting against this hate campaign.

I know quite a few individuals who are gay or lesbian and they are wonderful people. This hate that surrounds them for wanting to be equal is shameful. I decided to join in the conversation and encourage the #gayisok campaign.

This may not affect me on a personal level, but it does affect people I know and care for.

I could not imagine a world where it wasn't okay to be in love, so why should they have to put up with this? These 76 countries withhold the freedom to love for millions of people.

Why are we so judgemental? Why is it so hard to accept? Why are we criticising people over their sexuality? Do we not have more important things to think about? I don't know.. like wars, poverty, crime - how can we place a person's sexuality alongside any of these things? 

In my opinion, a person should not be defined or branded because of his/her sexuality. Why can't being a good person be enough for us? Why do we always have to create hate.

We choose to obsess over something we cannot change and why would we want to? To love someone whether they are male or female is a beautiful thing. We should be embracing it rather than emulating hate. 


Thursday, 9 July 2015

Scandalous by Tilly Bagshawe

The front cover of Tilly Bagshawe's novel Scandalous really doesn't do the book itself any justification. If I was shopping for a book to read, this would not have captured my attention enough to pick it up and read the back cover. It really has no representation of what the story is about and quite frankly looks a little..dare I say.. tacky? 

Of course, the saying goes.. never judge a book by its cover. There have never been truer words spoken in this books case. The title 'Scandalous' is spot on and true to the nature of the story. Overall I have to say I loved the book. Let me tell you why. 

I picked up this book whilst exploring Madeira. It was just sitting there on the bookshelf in my hotel lobby, the leftovers of someone else's holiday. I picked up two books in fact (the only two in the English language might I add), one was a crime novel, which is usually more to my taste (I can't remember the name) - I love crime fiction, mostly James Patterson novels about Alex Cross. I have read a few chick lit and erotica books, but I have never really read something that grasps my attention where I can escape in the words on paper. This is why crime fiction is my favourite genre - the crime itself, the thrill, the danger and of course the hero. It's always action packed and leaves me on edge. 

I also love the Harry Potter books (who doesn't?) Twilight, Game of thrones and Hunger games. So it's true to say that I like a variety. 

I remember reading the back of both books and decided I wanted something more light-hearted. So I gave the other book to my brother Ryan and started Scandalous. 

For three days I got lost in the pages, at first I wasn't sure. The opening chapter sounds more like a teenage romance novel where the main character Sasha Miller loses her virginity and is heading out to university. Just as I was about to close the pages for good, the real story kicked into high gear and had me hooked. Introducing Professor Theo Dexter. I don't want to give the story away too much but here is the summary on the back of the book...

Sasha Miller goes to Cambridge University with a dream, and leaves a broken woman. After losing her heart to sexy professor Theo Dexter, she departs in a scandal. 
Meanwhile, as Theo Dexter becomes a television heart-throb, his long suffering wife Theresa realises that trust and fidelity are two words her husband doesn't understand. His betrayal is deeper than any cut. Years later the two women will reunite in a daring scheme to bring down the man who almost destroyed them both. It took them years to realise how one man could cause so much pain, but now they are determined her will regret the day he entered both of their lives...

The story takes you through Sasha Miller's life and various other characters within the book. It's brilliant, shocking and quite sexy too. There are some great twists and revenge is bliss. I enjoyed the story throughout, however I don't feel that the ending was as good as I hoped it would be. It felt rather rushed and I thought there could have been more to it. Of course that's just my opinion. I would still recommend it, it makes you feel good and bad and sexy all at the same time. You go through a mixture of emotions with the lead character and there are some elements that you can relate to. 

I would give it a 3.8 out of 5 if I had a star rating. 

If anyone would like to read it, I believe that it's available on Amazon for under £5! 

I hope you enjoyed this review. 
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