Thursday, April 11, 2013

Strong is Sexy Heroine of the Week: Rebecca Hope

Book: Demon (Dark Musicals Trilogy, #2)
Author: Laura DeLuca
Heroine: Rebecca Hope

Rebecca Hope is the heroine of the Dark Musicals Trilogy. In Phantom, Rebecca didn’t wait for a man to ride to her rescue. She faced the villain on her own, and used her wits to bring them down. In Demon, the second book in the series, she faces an ordeal that no woman should ever have to deal with. She goes through moments of fear and anger. She pulls away from the people she loves, but in the end, she turns things around. She takes a horrible experience and uses it to make a positive difference in the lives of other women. Like most teenagers, Rebecca is just starting to find herself, and she has moments where she doubts herself. She doesn’t always make the right choices, but when it comes down to it, Rebecca is a strong heroine that I am proud to have created.

When it comes to looks, Rebecca is no supermodel. The story is told through her eyes, and she often considers herself plain, though her love interest certainly doesn’t see her that way. But what makes her sexy has nothing to do with her physical attributes. Lord Justyn fell in love with the artist inside of her, and that beautiful voice is what makes Becca sexy.

When Justyn and Rebecca set off for the New York School of Performing Arts, they think their dreams are about to come true. To their dismay, they aren’t in high school anymore, and the competition is steep. Rebecca must compete against accomplished singers for a role in the production of Demon Barber, including a stunning Gothic diva with her sights set on Justyn.

It doesn't help that things keep disappearing from their apartment or that Rebecca's father refuses to accept that Justyn is an essential part of her life. Yet, all this seems minimal in comparison to the serial rapist terrorizing the campus.

Consumed by fear and obsessed with revenge, Rebecca and Justyn start living the story of Sweeney Todd—both on and off the stage.


Demon (Dark Musicals, #2)As the circle of girls shared their experiences, there were tears—tears of regret, of pain, and of fear. Yet, there were also tales of victory—of overcoming the fear and taking back their lives. When the meeting was over, more than one of the girls came up to Rebecca to thank her for giving them a safe haven—a place to talk without judgment. As she gathered her things and headed to the car where Justyn was waiting, Rebecca realized she had accomplished something great. The man who had attacked her had tried to take away her power, but she had just taken that power back. Even more importantly, she had given that power back to other women as well. Like Darlene had said, everything happens for a reason. For the first time since the attack, Rebecca no longer felt like a victim.

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