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Review: Alien in the Family by Gini Koch

alien-in-the-familyTitle: Alien in the Family

Author: Gini Koch

Genre: Science Fiction/Urban Fantasy

Series: Katherine “Kitty” Katt (Book #3)

Publication Date: April 5, 2011

Format: Paperback, 457 Pages

ISBN-10: 0756406684 (DAW/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0756406684 (DAW/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Roxanne

Synopsis:

“…great fun, with lots of quirky characters, witty dialogue, a bit of romance, some hot sex, and oodles of action.” —Locus

Planning any wedding is hard enough, but Katherine “Kitty” Katt and Jeff Martini have a lot more to worry about than seating arrangements, because multiple inter-stellar invasions, Alpha Team in mortal peril, and inter-alien conspiracies are all on the guest list—and the gifts they’ve brought contain some explosive surprises.

The discovery that Martini is actually a member of the Alpha Centaurion Royal Family brings additional bad news—emissaries are on their way to see if Kitty’s royal bride material. And they’re not the only things coming from the Alpha Centauri system. Amazonian assassins, spies, alien beasties, shape-shifters, and representatives from the Planetary Council, combined with a tabloid reporter who’s a little too on the mark, create a deadly situation for Kitty and the rest of Alpha Team. When the assassins strike far too close to home for anyone’s comfort, Kitty realizes it’s going to come down to more than throwing a bouquet—she’s going to have to face an entire planetary consciousness and dethrone a monarch in order to make it to the church on time…

Alien in the Family is the thrilling third installment of the Aliennovels.

Quick & Dirty: Wedding jitters are the least of Kitty’s problems.

Opening Sentence: “In springtime a young aliens thoughts turn to love.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Kitty and Jeff are back in the third book, and things are really heating up. They are engaged despite some fears on Kitty’s side and worries on Jeff’s side. However, things take a turn for the worse when they find out that Jeff is part of the Royal family and they are looking for a new King. So now Kitty has to pass the tests to see if she qualifies to become Queen. Plus, an old boyfriend turns up to make the whole situation worse.

Oh, and did I mention someone is trying to kill them? They have faced enough obstacles to their relationship as Kitty is human and Jeff is Alpha Centauri and until their relationship, AC’s have not ever been allowed to intermarry with humans.

This seemed a little different from the first two books, although in a way it deals with more of the AC’s being forced out from their own planet to Earth. That all comes to head when the current King actually shows up instead of just sending his emissaries. Kitty has to undergo a number of tests in order to be found worthy of being Jeff’s mate. So instead of dealing with the superbeings on Earth as they have in the previous books, they are dealing with AC’s from their home world.

I wanted to love this series, but for me, it’s just okay. I know that I am slightly picky when it comes paranormal so I know that’s part of my problem. My other is I kind of like my aliens in space or if they are on Earth it’s like an invasion or something along those lines. Okay yes, I like my books dark and twisty, and this is a fun light hearted series that has a ton of interesting characters and good things good on.

I also really wanted Kitty and Christopher to get together, so I am sure this is also contributing to my ho hum reaction to this book. An old boyfriend pops up but it really doesn’t add to the story and I found myself confused by him. I wasn’t really feeling him or the minor drama he brought the book. Hopefully, things pick up as I adjust to having my shipping hopes dashed and move forward in the story.

Notable Scene:

Alpha Four was pretty amazing-deserts, yes, but the were beautiful, more than Earth’s. The seas were blue, and the industry was mature and functioning. Every part of the world was rich in something and it seemed prosperous.

The images on Victoria’s Super-IMAX changed and we saw the solar system. I’d seen it before, six months ago when ACE had moved through me to join Gower.

It was intricate and intriguing place, each planet moving in a strange dance with the others. Victoria showed us glimpses of the other worlds as well, each different from Earth and fascinating in its own right.

Katherine “Kitty” Katt Series:

1. Touched By An Alien

2. Alien Tango

3. Alien in the Family

4. Alien Proliferation

5. Alien Diplomacy

6. Alien vs. Alien

7. Alien in the House

8. Alien Research

9. Alien Collective

10. Universal Alien

11. Alien Separation

12. Alien in Chief

13. Camp Alien

14. Alien Nation

15. Alien Education (May 2, 2017)

16. Aliens Abroad (December 2017)

17. Aliens Rescue (May 2018)

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FTC Advisory: DAW/Penguin provided me with a copy of Alien in the Family. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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