Friday, March 25, 2011

Review: Touched by an Alien by Gini Koch

Touched by an Alien by Gini Koch
Katherine "Kitty" Katt #1
Sci-fi Romance
April 6, 2010
Paperback, 400 pages
                                                                                                        Favorite quote: "I'll marry you before any tree on Earth."
                                                                                                How can a sexy marketing manager join forces with an Alpha Centauri male in Armani to save the planet-using hairspray, a Mont Blanc pen, and rock n' roll? Easy... She's Touched by an Alien.

Marketing manager Katherine "Kitty" Katt steps into the middle of what appears to be a domestic dispute turned ugly. And it only gets uglier when the man turns into a winged monster, straight out of a grade-Z horror movie, and goes on a killing spree. Though Kitty should probably run away, she springs into action to take the monster down.

In the middle of the chaos a handsome hunk named Jeff Martini appears, sent by the "agency" to perform crowd control. He's Kitty's kind of guy, no matter what planet he's from. And from now on, for Kitty, things are going to be sexy, dangerous, wild, and out of this world.

                                                                                                                                         Sadly, Touched by an Alien has been sitting in my TBR pile for quite awhile. I first started the book last April, but after reading the first 80 pages, I got bored and put it back on my bookshelf. However, this week, I decided that instead of buying a new book, I need to save my money and read some books I already own. I didn't want to read the same old thing, so I decided to give Touched by an Alien another try. 
                                                                                                                                         Touched by an Alien is truly unique. I am a fan of sci-fi romance, but I have never read anything like this before. Hot alien men who like to dress in Armani? Yes please! Although I was expecting the book to be pure fluff from beginning to end, I was surprised that some parts of the book were actually quite serious. Koch's take on religion was truly enlightening and I was glad she tackled such a difficult topic. The book also had great comedic moments. A couple times I found myself laughing out loud at some of the characters' lines. However, parts of books were also kind of cheesy. The descriptions of the superbeings (the evil aliens) are just way over the top. I felt like having such funny looking villains took away from the story. Bad guys need to be scary!
                                                                                                                                     Katherine "Kitty" Katt is a really fun heroine. She is no wilting flower and can kick some ass when she needs to. Although I really liked Kitty's character, I found that in some parts of the book she just came to conclusions too quickly. I understand that Kitty is good at thinking on her feet, but I still found that there was no way she could have known the things she does when the supposedly superior Alpha-Centauri   aliens had no clue. I also had a little bit of an issue with Koch failing to write about Kitty's appearance. I'm the type of person who likes to imagine the characters in my head as I read, so I found this kind of annoying. Nevertheless, I enjoyed Kitty immensely. 
                                                                                                                                         Koch's hero, Jeff Martini, is also quite swoon worthy. Martini is the perfect mix of Alpha and Beta. He isn't too overbearing, but he still makes it known that Kitty is his and his alone. I also loved how Martini asked Kitty to marry him a few seconds after they meet. Although it sounds quite cheesy, his proclamations about wanting to be with Kitty are quite cute and inspire great banter between the pair. There was also lots of sexual chemistry between the two. However, I wish there was just a bit more romance in the book. Although, when you are busy battling evil aliens, there isn't much time for sneaking in some lovin'.                  
                                                                                                                                   Usually, I try to write my own synopsis of a book in my reviews, but this book is just so jam-packed with information I don't even know where to start. I think the reason I put this book down the first time was because I just couldn't keep however. Honestly, I don't think a lot of the information Koch included was necessary to the story, so the book could have been a lot shorter. However, I still had a lot of fun reading this book. I'm excited to see what wacky-zany things will happen to Martini and Kitty in the future!

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Other books in the series:
Alien Tango
Alien in the Family (April 5, 2011)


  1. I've been wanting to read this series. One, for the stellar covers. And two, because everyone seems to be lovin' them or likin' them in your case. ;) I don't read much Sci-Fi. Not intentionally but because I just don't run across releases in the genre all that often. But again, I wanna read this. Great review! I'll try to handle the ridiculousness with an open mind. *wink*

  2. Interesting review. I have been anting to read the series!!