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Avenging Angel, by Justine Dare

13 Jan

Avenging AngelAvenging Angel, by Justine Dare

I am a fan of Justine Dare/Justine Davis, and have been for well over a decade. Under her Dare pseudonym, she has only published eight full length novels, the Hawk trilogy and five romantic suspense novels, of which this is one. I confess that, as much as I enjoy her shorter works for Harlequin, I have always wished she had had the chance to write more of the longer works. They are all really well written, with engaging characters and interesting, complex plotting.

Originally published in 2002, Avenging Angel is refreshing in many ways. Its main premise is that a serial killer is targeting abusive husbands/boyfriends, whose victims are all current or past residents at Rachel’s House, a private battered women’s shelter.

Before I get too far ahead of myself, here’s the back cover blurb:
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Brings tears to my eyes

1 Jun

and reinforces my good opinion of Patrick Stewart.

“The people who could do most to improve the situation of so many

women and children are, in fact…

men.”

How can I like it when it makes me so uncomfortable?

13 Feb

(aka, what is this consistency you speak of?)

The music is bouncy and catchy, and the lyrics are deceptively simple, with the refrain/title repeated so much it’s pretty much all you remember of the song. Then you watch the original video or this jaw dropping, incredibly amazing live performance at the 2012 American Music Awards:

and become extremely uncomfortable about the actual subtext of the song.

While still being amazed at P!nk’s courage, talent and commitment to be true to herself.