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Ewan Campbell once thought he had it all – he was a rising star in the real estate field, popular with his peers, and engaged to his employer’s cousin, the shy and quiet little Marti Marlowe.

A heartbeat later, he was alone—shattered, confused and suicidal. Why had Marti walked away from him?

Years later, in another place and a new chapter of Ewan’s life, fate brings them face to face again.

They start building a friendship, but Ewan wants more. He wants Marti as his wife, while she seems to prefer their current status as friends.

Can he convince her that taking another chance at their failed future will be the start of the best part of their lives?

206 pages, ebook

Published March 17, 2017

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V.J. Allison

11 books81 followers
Sexy Romance, Nova Scotia style.

V.J. Allison was born and raised in southern Nova Scotia, Canada, and her work reflects her strong Maritime roots. She is a stay-at-home mother to a son on the autism spectrum, married to the love of her life, and “mama” to a rescued Maine Coon cat named Marnie. She has been writing various stories of novel length and short stories since her school days, and sees writing as a vital component to her life.

She is a small town erotic romance author published by Extasy Books, and her novels have been received with great acclaim. Her second novel, Away to Me, is a recipient of the eXtasy Books and Devine Destinies’ Editor’s Choice Seal of Excellence and Enjoyable Reading.

Her first paranormal/horror romance, Eternity's Gamble, was released by Decadent Publishing on October 1, 2021.

​​​​​​​When she isn’t writing, she loves to read romance and science fiction novels (notably Star Wars); listen to music (heavy metal, rock, alternative); and do graphics design. She runs her own graphics design company, Veridian Rose Designs, specializing in book promotional posters and Facebook cover photos.

​​​​​​​This self-proclaimed geeky rocker chick is a warrior and advocate for various chronic illnesses including Occipital Neuralgia, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Diabetes, Migraines, and Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia. She is also an advocate for the prevention of animal cruelty and is a voice for Autism Awareness.

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Author 69 books228 followers
August 9, 2019
This is the first novel I've read from this author, and it won't be the last, even though romance is not a genre I've ever been drawn to. But this novel managed to pull me in.

We have Ewan and Marti, and the story is simply about how they met, split up, and then met again, going through the ups and downs of what many people go through in the course of their lives. The dialogue is realistic, the romance is solidly presented--not forced or dumbly presented as in many other romance novels, and the characters, while flawed, are still likeable. The pace is steady, which is how it should be, with no sudden happenings or hastily wrapped up conclusions.

A worthwhile read for those who love romance.
2,521 reviews16 followers
July 15, 2020

Another great book by this author. Ewan and Marti have a past and now they are in each other's company again Ewan needs to know why Marti walked away from him with out explaining why but will he get the answers that he has wanted for a long time or not. There are twists and turns along the way and that is what makes this book a real page turner. V J Allison is a brilliant author and writer and her books are worth reading as she takes you in from the first page and you have to see what will happen next. I definitly recommend this book and others by this author as they are definitly worth reading and you will not be disappointed.

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71 reviews2 followers
July 15, 2020
Stricken was a top read of mine this summer.

This is the first book I've read by this author and I was left wanting to have a second book about Ewan and Martie!!!!

A first love is hard to get over. Very hard to get over and the fact that they got their second chance is so amazing. It wasn't easy getting there but their chemistry is not one to be denied!

Settle in for laughs, cries and yelling because this book, will make you have all the feels!
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2,409 reviews24 followers
July 9, 2020
This a beautifully told story about the second chance love story of Ewan and Marti. It’s been six years since Ewan has seen Marti, but he’s never forgotten her. Shannon, his current girlfriend, is a real witch, when they join his friends at a bar. As we read this book, we learn why Shannon was such a witch, especially to a Marti. We also learn what happened in the past to make Marti leave Ewan. I won’t leave any spoilers, but I will say I’m so happy I found this wonderful book. You will love these characters and what the family does for each other.

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3,280 reviews27 followers
July 12, 2020
The book is a good small town romance read. The story has a good story line. The characters are good, and they have good chemistry.

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8,319 reviews94 followers
July 19, 2020
This is the 2nd book I've read written by V.J. Allison; she has done a great job at writing a good book; I can’t wait to read more of her books.

The story line caught my attention at the very beginning and kept me interested throughout the entire book.

I loved the characters.

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3 reviews
March 18, 2019
Romance isn't my regular genre. But occasionally I step out of my regular haunts to try something else.
Stricken was a pleasant surprise! It has a real story that's not cheesey. It has plot twist I never saw coming. I got to know the characters and could see them as real life people, with personalities that arent plastic.
The adult scenes were romantic and done with taste, not exaggerated or stupid.
There were surprises, sadness, happiness, etc, and a nice touch of mystery!
A nicely done adult read. 
I love exploring new authors and Indies. This one was a win for me!
2,269 reviews2 followers
July 18, 2020
This is the story of Marti and Ewan. She left him once and now that she’s back he’s not going to let her go again. I enjoyed this entertaining second chance romance. I received an arc of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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16.8k reviews8 followers
July 18, 2020
A well written second chance story with a very good storyline. I was not putting this book down until I had finished reading it. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
3,696 reviews20 followers
July 17, 2020
This is Ewan and Marti's second chance romance after six long years of being apart. She broke up with him and he never knew why but when they meet again the chemistry if still there. There are a few twists in the story that is unexpected which makes it intriguing and I loved it.
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3,411 reviews1 follower
July 18, 2020
The chemistry, sweetness, and twists in plot kept things interesting. Add in drama and passion and you have a good read.

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6,236 reviews19 followers
July 25, 2020
Well written and enjoyable to read, I was struck by the mystery surrounding their breakup. The author wove this mystery into the story seamlessly as we begin to formulate our own thoughts about the characters as they are presented in the story. A few twists and turns made the story even more enjoyable to read. I enjoyed reading this book.
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2,404 reviews10 followers
August 5, 2020
This book hooked me from the get go I just couldn’t put it down I fell in love with these characters and omg what a story just a perfect read.

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1 review1 follower
May 8, 2017
I actually read this right when it came out. ( Sorry VJ :( ) and enjoyed it greatly! I am especially proud to be VJ's friend and cheerleader and can honestly say that it's not every day one sees a new author hit the ground running. I encourage any curious reader to check this one out.
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