Review: Alien Tango by Gini Koch

December 11, 2010 Books, Reading, Reviews 2 ★★★½

Review: Alien Tango by Gini KochAlien Tango by Gini Koch
three-half-stars
It's been five months since marketing manager Katherine "Kitty" Katt started working with the aliens from Alpha Centauri, and she and Jeff Martini are getting closer. But when an experimental spacecraft is mysteriously returned to the Kennedy Space Center, Kitty and the rest of her team are called in to investigate. Now the team must survive murderous attacks, remove a space entity from a group of astronauts, and avoid an unhinged woman with a serious crush on Kitty's high school boyfriend. And that's all before evil masterminds decide Kitty's extermination is vital.
Series: Katherine "Kitty" Katt #2
Published by Penguin on 2010-12-07
Genres: Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 448
Format: ARC
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I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book nor the content of my review.

 

Beware spoilers for Touched By An Alien, the first book in Gini Koch’s series! (reviewed here)

Much like its predecessor, Alien Tango is a fun, fluffy romp, complete with sexy aliens, wacky action, snarky dialogue, and a whole lot of fun.

Picking up a few months after the end of Touched By An Alien, we rejoin our unlikely heroine, Katherine “Kitty” Katt, as she settles into her job as the Airborne commander of the Centaurion Division, also known as a troupe of exiled, extremely good-looking aliens from Alpha Centauri. Things are going well between Kitty and her sexy alien boyfriend, Jeff Martini.

Of course, as we know, this is when all hell breaks loose.

Factions in the U.S. government want more control over Centaurion Division, and the team is called to Florida unexpectedly to deal with a strange occurrence on an experimental spacecraft. Along the way, they discover a plot to kill them all, and by “discover” I mean “notice something’s amiss just before boarding a plane with a bomb on it.”. On top of that, they run across another plot, this one aimed at Kitty and her high school ex-boyfriend, and Kitty gets to meet Jeff’s family, who are not all that impressed by the idea that he’s dating a human.

When summarized like that, Alien Tango sounds… well, like it has a lot going on. And it does, but Koch’s plot runs at a breakneck pace for the most part, and things do mesh together pretty well in the end. Her writing is also quite funny, and Kitty’s first-person narration is witty and sarcastic. She’s still a likable character, and her voice really helps the book. It’s much more enjoyable to figure out what the hell is going on along with Kitty as she untangles all of the plot threads.

Thankfully, Alien Tango is lighter on the infodumps; that was a major problem I had with Touched By An Alien, and I’m very grateful that there are fewer instances of people sitting around talking about what’s going on. That’s not to say there aren’t any infodumps, but it isn’t quite as irritating in this book.

Kitty’s relationship with Jeff hits some speed bumps in this book, including a resistant alien family and ex-boyfriends. I have to confess, I’m not a big fan of the ├╝ber-possessive, jealous, alpha male thing. Jeff is pretty damned hot, but I hope he becomes more trusting and less likely to punch a guy’s lights out for so much as smiling at Kitty. That kind of reaction is a bit creepy to me. To each her own, though.

Even with these love problems, the book is still pretty fluffy, and I count that as a nice change. I read a lot of urban fantasy which tends to be very dark and emotionally taxing. It’s refreshing to be able to sit down with a book that will make me laugh and let me just hang on for the ride without leaving me feeling like I’ve just run the vicarious relationship gauntlet.