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Book Review: Touched by an Alien by Gini Koch (Series, #1)

March 17, 2011 1 comment

Man and woman hugging in front of flames.Summary:
Katherine “Kitty” Katt manages to get released early from a dull day of jury duty only to find herself confronted with an angry man who sprouts wings and starts flinging knives from their tips toward everyone in the vicinity.  Kitty attacks and stops him and quickly finds herself sucked into a world she was unaware existed.  A world of alien refugees defending Earth and themselves from a bunch of fugly alien parasites.  She soon discovers her ordinary parents are more involved in this secret world than she would ever have dreamed.  On top of that, she’s increasingly finding herself falling for one of the alien hunks who announced his intentions to marry her almost immediately upon meeting her.

Review:
I received a free Kindle edition of the second book in the series, Alien Tango, last year and read it without realizing at first that it was part of a series.  I immediately fell in love with the world and Kitty and decided I needed to go back and read the first entry in the series.  This reverse approach definitely gave me a different perspective on the story, but it certainly didn’t make me love it any less.

What makes this series epically entertaining is well-established in this first entry.  First, the paranormal element is aliens in lieu of something more widely used.  Everything has the clean, secret government agency tinge to it instead of the dirty mafia feel many other paranormals elicit.  The aliens are aliens, yes, but they’re also a secret government agency.  Imagine Men in Black only the men in black are all aliens.

Second, Kitty Katt is a heroine who clearly epitomizes the modern woman.  She can take care of herself, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t like having a man around too.  She’s smart, witty, sassy, and sexy, but she has her flaws and weak spots too.  She has sex on the day she meets a man, but she’s still aware enough of social norms that she takes care to attempt to hide that fact from the majority of people around her.  On the other hand, she herself doesn’t regret that act in the slightest.  She so clearly reflects what it is to be a modern American woman that I can’t help but applaud Gini Koch.  I hope to see more heroines like Kitty Katt in the near future.

The action itself is vastly entertaining, particularly if you enjoy scifi.  The fugly parasites are imaginative, disgusting, and frightening simultaneously.  The Big Bad is scary and crafty.  The solution to the Big Bad is seriously entertaining.  I honestly cannot say enough good things about the scifi in this book.

Overall, Gini Koch’s Kitty Katt series has not failed to leave me glued to my iPod screen yet.  It’s sharp, modern, unique, and vastly entertaining.  I practically throw copies at lovers of paranormal romance to read, but also highly recommend it to fans of scifi and modern heroines as well.

5 out of 5 stars

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Book Review: Alien Tango by Gini Koch (Series, #2)

December 27, 2010 7 comments

Man carrying a woman holding a gun over alligators.Summary:
Kitty Katt only learned about the existence of aliens on Earth five short months ago.  Incredibly hot aliens who wear Armani as a uniform and can run at hyperspeed.  Now she’s the head of a special American government division working with the A-Cs to keep Earth safe from the extra-terrestrial threat of superbugs.  Plus she has a hot A-C boyfriend, Jeff, who gives her the best sex of her life.  Their new routine gets interrupted though when the team gets sent to Florida on a routine mission that quickly turns abnormal.  Can the team figure out the threat at Kennedy Space Center?  Just as important, will Jeff’s family accept that he’s dating a human?

Review:
I actually received a Kindle copy of this book for free as part of its promotion, so I was unaware that it’s the second book in a series until I was a couple of chapters in.  Thankfully, the paranormal romance genre tends to take a few moments to remind the reader of what’s going on in the plot, so I wasn’t lost for too long.

Kitty Katt is the ideal paranormal romance heroine.  She’s simultaneously strong and girly.  She can kick major ass but also just wants to be held when the action is all over.  Best of all, her wit and snark line up exactly with mine.  I found her hilarious and would love to be her best friend.  Or be her.  In any case, she is 100% not annoying, which is not easy to pull off in the paranormal romance world.  I want to visit Kitty again and again, which is kind of the point of paranormal romance series, yes?  I kind of think of them as modern day serial stories.

I also really enjoy the alien angle.  I fully admit I rolled my eyes at the fact that the aliens only wear Armani, but in that “this world is ridiculous but I love it” way, not in the annoyed way.  The aliens tend to either be imageers or empaths.  I’m a bit unclear as to what the imageers can do.  I think that’s because I missed the first book.  Kitty’s boyfriend, however, is an empath, which means he almost always knows what emotion she’s feeling.  Talk about your dream guy.  It’s a fun new angle as opposed to the over-done vampires and shapeshifters.

The plot is full of action and sex.  It’s fast-paced with always one or the other going on.  The sex scenes are believable, in spite of the alien factor, and very modern.  Kitty is a gal who understands how things work in the bedroom but is also able to shoot a gun and outwit terrorists.  The combination of well-written modern day sex scenes and exciting action sequences make for an intensely enjoyable read.

Overall, Alien Tango is the ideal paranormal romance.  It puts something new into the mix–aliens–and features a heroine who is strong, modern, yet still retains some of her femininity.  I highly recommend this series to all who enjoy a good paranormal romance and also to lovers of scifi who won’t mind some hot sex scenes tossed in.

5 out of 5 stars

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Touched by an Alien