I only read romance when I'm ovulating

I have been starved for romance over these last three or four months. 
Waiting excitedly for a call or a message; holding hands at the movies; feeling someone's hand on your lower back while you go through your grocery list at Woolworths; a quick kiss hello, a long kiss goodbye. The sensual moments and their expression - yes, I mean sex. I miss it all. 
In Days Gone By, my boyfriend and I would make plans to visit each other. We would share meals (don't tell my high school friends, but I enjoy cooking for him) and we would watch hours of television together. I would rest my head on his chest, stroke his arm, snuggle in close. I find myself thinking about the day he lay in my lap a lot - the intimacy of that. I crave it. 
Not being able to see each other brought up a different kind of yearning: we held on to the idea of seeing each other "soon". But the weeks have turned into months and the dangers of being together the way we used to seem to keep increasing. 
Yet, I stil…

Keep your friends close - and your babysitter even closer

In primary school, I was introduced to the wonder of book series. Tracy Beaker, Adrian Mole, Ghostwriters, Goosebumps, anything by Enid Blyton, Sweet Valley High - so many detailed, exciting, entertaining worlds to get lost in.Going to the library for a new book was like finding a special treat that the authors left just for me.  When I discovered that my favourite books were made into TV shows and movies, I was beside myself. It was as if the story never stopped revealing itself.
When I read that Netflix was adapting Ann M Martin's The Baby-Sitters Club for streaming, I was immediately transported to Grade  5 or 6, when I first met Kristy, Claudia, Stacy and Mary-Anne. I learned so much about friendship and life from watching these girls run their babysitting business - the stories of Claudia, the compassionate artist dealing with family pressure, and Stacy, who was dealing with diabetes at such a young age, stood out to me. 
The good news is the streaming adaptation of the books st…

You're one bad blind date away from your best life

The events of Desperados are set off by an awkward first phone call between two strangers who are being set up on a blind date. Wes (Nasim Pedrad) calls Sean (Lamorne Morris) and says something along the lines of: "Hi...I'm the one your friend said you could hit it off with?"
After agreeing on how cringeworthy and tedious blind dating can be, the two set up a meeting with one condition: if either of them says a simple "No", that should be their automatic out. No hard feelings, no wasted time.

Wes, who has been struggling to find work and is generally not having a very good year, arrives flustered and bumbling, as the audience expects, the date doesn't go well. In fact, it ends with a concussion. But what's a terrible blind date if the guy who takes care of you after you fall on your ass in public (Robbie Amell) is super cute?
Wes takes this meeting with Jared as a chance to reset her life: make different decisions, create the persona she wants. What's …


Dream jobs for a young woman whose life has not been turned upside down by a global pandemic:
Beauty writer who only reviews Fenty and Pat McGrathFood critic who travels the world eating ramen and cake - nothing elsePersonal assistant to Rihanna - in charge of returning wine glasses and coiffing hair at photoshootsMagazine editor in the world The Bold Type is set in Book reviewer for all the books people read in moviesFashion buyer (that's basically telling everyone what to wear, right?)Wine taster specialising in malbec, chenin and all kinds of proseccoModelPlant sitterHouse sitter for people who live by the beach or in incredibly city loftsSinger/songwriterCheeseburger connoisseurFeatures writer for a women's lifestyle magazine Columnist writing on whatever I want and earning enough to wear designer and take three champagne brunches a weekHip hop dancerScriptwriter of TV shows that go on to define big generational momentsDirector of dignified dramasPhotographer who is kind of…

I'm having a great time

"Don't threaten me with a good time."That's what I said the night before lockdown began. Three weeks indoors, where I love to be? With wi-fi and the option to get groceries delivered to me? And with alcohol in the house? Please. I would be just fine. 
The first two weeks were so emotionally taxing that when the announcement of the extension was made, I was devastated.  I was on the phone in tears, listing all the things that an extension would make difficult for me: more time in emotional distress, more time away from people who are important in my life, and, most concerning, more time not being able to actively pursue work opportunities.
But everyone is working from home, right? It's business unusual and we're all just rolling with it. Except I can't roll very far because every day I see news about industries collapsing under the weight of the crisis. In those early weeks, two major publishing companies announced that they were closing down their magazine p…

[Review] Netflix's Queen Sono: A Smart Drama that needs a Little Something Extra

Every good spy has a past that haunts them. It’s what keeps them going, what gets them to the office every day. It’s how they keep their identity together.

For Queen Sono (played by Pearl Thusi), that motivation comes from a moment over two decades ago, when South Africa was on the cusp of the transition. She was in a park with her mother, when suddenly there was a gunshot. Her mother fell to the ground, bleeding, and a car screeched away in the distance. Looking into the little girl’s eyes, you can see the moment she made the decision to avenge her mother’s death.

Present-day Queen is famous in some circles for being the daughter of iconic activist Safiya Sono (guest appearance by Lady Skollie). But Queen doesn’t want the breathless praise or any part of the aggrandising rituals. She cannot celebrate with people who don’t understand how much she needs to find out what really happened to her mother.

On a sunny day in the heart of a bustling Zanzibar, everyone at the beach, in the rest…

Accepting the love you deserve

Lori Foster’s Don’t Tempt Me is a story about learning to accept the love you deserve.

Honor has lived most of her life trying her damnedest to need people as little as possible. Her parents abandoned her and the grandfather who lovingly took her in, try as he might, could not fill that void. Honor learned that people eventually leave her, so she has to do without them at all costs.

Jason has a lot of love to give and he is not afraid to take responsibility. He knows what it is like to have others rely on him. With his older brother Hogan and his son Colt coming to live with him after Hogan loses his job, Jason steps up and takes care of them, providing not only a place to stay but a safe outlet for their confused emotions.

Jason is more than capable of loving the people who need him the most, and it is this open and honest love that he offers to Honor.
Honor, not wanting to give in to any of her vulnerabilities, vehemently resists all of Jason’s advances. She eventually accepts him a…