7 years ago Kira Jordan's life changed drastically; when her parents and sister were murdered she found herself completely alone in the world. Now 22 and surviving by turning to a life of petty crime; Kira, as well as thousands of other people living on a post-plague Earth dream of obtaining a ticket to Offworld; a beautiful paradise discovered 25 years previously.
Waking up after stealing a pair of shoes, Kira finds herself handcuffed in a pitch black room; her only companion a wounded stranger. She is soon informed this man; Rogan Ellis is not only her partner in "Countdown; a game in which you either win all six levels or die trying, he is also a convicted murderer and rapist responsible for the deaths of her family.
A low level psi, Kira has the ability to read the "soul" of an individual and know if they are trustworthy or not. The vibe she receives from Rogan is totally unexpected considering the charges he is guilty of; however Kira is a young woman who trusts her instincts. She soon discovers she is not only associating with a man innocent of the horrific crimes he was jailed for, she also has a starring role in a secretive, underground game watched by an increasing number of bloodthirsty and extremely rich subscribers.
If the "The Running Man" and "The Matrix" were combined and an extra dollop of romance added, the end result would be "Countdown". The love scenes, although infrequent, fairly brief and not particularly explicit, are red hot and work well with within the action packed story line as Kira and Rogan face increasingly dangerous life threatening situations. This pair are certainly well matched as they use their skills to stay alive; protecting each other and falling in love in front of an elite clientele watching their every move through a networked chip embedded in their brains.
MM has certainly made an extremely positive first impression, and after checking out her website I have earmarked her ""Immortality Bites" series for my TBR pile (writing as Michelle Rowen). This series looks very similar to the light hearted, paranormal fantasy romances Stephanie Rowe produces so I'm sure to enjoy.