Monday, June 14, 2010

Touched by an Alien by Gini Koch

Touched by an Alien by Gini Koch
April 6th 2010 by DAW
Mass Market Paperback, 389 pages
Review Posted by Tina at Tinasbookreviews

Book Synopsis

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. ............(GoodReads)


I’ve had days where I fought with my husband and had visions of smacking him in the head….but during our little tiffs never has he turned into a winged creature and tempted to kill me….thank goodness the most beastly thing on him is his morning breath………Well that’s how the day starts for Kitty….wingy beasts, a battle, a stabbing and some smoking hot guys who bring her into a special force league of Alien debauchery!!
Apart from the intense action that makes Sci-fi stories great, Touched also offered a sweet little love story…which of course had me rooting for the underdog. While Jeff was ga-ga and ready to have kids and show Kitty the world, he was a tad on the pushy side and considering his empathy gifts he sure did lack the skills in the relationship. But when you hop in bed after a few days of getting to know a guy don’t be surprised when less than positive traits start showing up….even more troublesome when your hottie turns out to be an Alien. Surprisingly for such a fast relationship, Jeff along with the rest of the Alien race take mating and marriage pretty seriously and the fact that he really did love Kitty made up for his lack of skills in the sentiment department.

Koch was able to deliver a very nicely layered and well written story, Jeff and Kitty for sure have some hot chemistry, while Kitty and Christopher have some sweet chemistry that smolders beneath the surface, making not only for a good sci-fi but you guessed it….a tangled love story thrown in. Kitty is a snarky and strong developed character who easily fits the glove of strong PNR female. Another aspect I liked of this novel was the development of Kitty’s family, making the ties between them special and relatable.
This was a fun and laugh out loud book, borderline silly but highly entertaining for some light PNR fun. Think the Men in Black meet their sexy sides…...


Touched by An Alien is recommended to adult readers, contains- sexuality, violence, gore, blood, gross science fiction elements, language and some mild freighting elements.

2/4- PNR- Aliens

BWB Discussion Questions

1. When dealing with aliens, what do you think is more likely: the scary, super-smart, totally different species entirely aliens? Or the pretty-much just like humans, easy to relate to, here to save Earth aliens?

Scary!!! I like Aliens to be scary, gross and room for soft, get to know you Aliens for me....buttttttt, I guess Jeff and Chris are ok.

2. Did you think it was convenient that Kitty's parents were so accepting of the aliens and that they both had "secret" jobs?

Convenient but fit in the story well, I actually really liked Kitty's parents.

3. Did it seem that Kitty's sex life actually helped focus her and make better decisions and conclusions?

Geez....well I guess sex just relaxes some people......In real life I think a strong intimate relationship one where you totally trust a person can help you...with happiness and all but making fiction.

4. Which one? Jeff or Christopher? Why?

Christopher...because he just seems sweeter...I want the girl to finally pick the sensible nice guy whose quiet sexiness smolders behind closed doors.

5. The parasites had a very strange and grossly exaggerated form when they manifested. Do you think this was a little over the top, or just totally kick butt and you would love to take on a giant slug?

I thought it was pretty kick-butt for Sci-fi, I like gross when it comes to Aliens, now while I did think this novel was a bit on the silly (cheesy) side, it did fit well into the world Koch created.


My 5 Monkeys(Julie) said...

great review and chris is a great choice too.

Anonymous said...

It is a great review but I must say, I LOVE Jeff. He had me at the first 'marry me'.

MarnieColette said...

I agree with amberscottproject. He had me from the very first Marry Me. Jeff Martini I love the name.

Great review.