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#Review of Heroes and Villains (California Dreaming #1) by Stacey Johnston! @BanBPromotions @author_stacey

Heroes and Villains – California Dreaming 1
Author: Stacey Johnston
Genre: Romantic Suspense
 Re Release Date: October 31st, 2016


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Two lives entwined in secrets…
Secrets that threaten to tear them apart before they even begin…
Sophie Valentine was a girl living a privileged life, in the tranquility of Solana Beach until she was forced to move to Brooklyn under questionable conditions.
In a quiet Brooklyn neighborhood, Benjamin Sinclair was a troubled boy, leading a secret life.
When he met Sophie on the steps of his apartment building the day she moved in, he never envisioned how chaotic and turbulent his life would become. 
A battle between the forces of good and evil awaits… one that could leave a devastating effect or be the start of new beginnings.
How will it end?



This book is NOT what I expected at all.  Keep in mind that it’s a very Mature Young Adult with lots of suspense and thrills in it that will make your head spin.  Ms. Johnston does a great job drawing you into the story and never letting you go until the very end.  What else was great about this book was the writing style.  Yes, the author is an Aussie so even though this story is set in the states, there are the occasional phrases that pop up.  Now, me being the Aussie lover, I didn’t have a problem with it.
 The beginning is a bit slow but it is very needed as to the set up of the book later on down the line.  I also found out that there is a prequel featuring Luke, Stephen, Ben and Kyle.  I kinda wished I had known about it before I read this one.  I did read it afterward and it explains some things that go on with this book but in NO way do you need to read it before.  I’m just weird that way.  After about 1/3 of the book, the action picks up.  The secrets and twists are nicely done and well thought out.  Keep in mind that this is a series so the other boys will get their books, too.  And yes, there is a series arc so be prepared.
While I don’t usually care for the whole instalove thing, in this book it works.  You really feel the connection between Sophie and Ben.  What I didn’t expect was the hotness of their love scenes.  They are in high school still and I didn’t expect them to do what they do in high school.  That’s why I consider this a very Mature Young Adult novel.  Definitely for the older teens.  I didn’t blush but at times, I thought the sex was a bit much.
Overall, I truly did love Sophie and Ben.  I love a good suspense/thriller book.  While there is a bit much going on and you do need to pay attention, I highly recommend it.  I just can’t wait for the rest of the series.
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What to tell you about myself??
When I sat down to set about the challenge of what I could say, I found that I didn’t really consider myself to be very interesting at all.
I’ve lived in Western Australia my whole life, only ever leaving the country once. Right now though I reside in a southern suburb close to the beach.
Above everything else I’m a wife and a mother. I’ve been married to a man I believe to be my soul mate for the past nine years. When he came into my life I already had two gorgeous kids, a boy and girl, who he took on as his own without any consideration as to how it would affect his life. During our time together, he has also blessed me with two more gorgeous little girls. My real life also has me working full time as an Office Manager for an Audio Visual Company.  
I grew up in a home with three aunties, two uncles, my younger brother, my father, and my grandparents!! Wow that was more of mouthful than I expected! As you can imagine life in a large family like that was never boring J
As a child I loved creating stories in my head, it was my escape, a place I could go and hide from the world. As I became older, my stories evolved and every time life challenged me, I slipped back into my imaginary world and hid. This didn’t change as I
entered adulthood.
I have always been the kind of person who never made things easy for herself, and I spent many years drifting from family member to family member looking for direction. It wasn’t until I was twenty-one when I met a man who would become, what I  thought – my future.  Over the next twelve years he was my life, well him, and the two children he blessed me with.
We lost that loving husband, and father to a heart attack when our children were very young, and life as you can imagine became a little rough for a while.
Over the years my stories have given me the sanity to get through many tragic situations.
They’ve given me a world to escape into, one where I can be anything I want. These stories I’ve created over the years, have always been a coping mechanism that worked for me, and I’ve always wanted to share them.
With the support of my family I have ventured out there, and finally put them down on paper. I hope you love them as much as I do.
Instagram: @staceyjohnstonauthor
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This is a group I created where I can interact with my members, discussing my stories, and the characters within. I also like to give my members the opportunity to get their hands on advanced copies of my books, in exchange for their honest reviews.
There may or may not be a little raunchy fun as well ….
Thank you – Dido
Satellite – Nickleback
Something in your mouth – Nickleback
Smile – Uncle Kracker
Say Say Say – Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney
S.E.X – Nickleback
Trying Not to Love You – Nickleback
Amazing – Alex Lloyd
Trouble – Pink




So what do you think?

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