Review: Alien Tango by Gini Koch

Posted 25 May, 2011 by Amanda / 1 Comment

Alien Tango by Gini Koch (Katherine “Kitty” Katt, #2)
Genre: Science Fiction, Romance
Bought e-book from Amazon
Finished Reading: 5/19/2011
In six words: Reading slump interferes with my enjoyment.

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Book Order

1) Touched by an Alien
2) Alien Tango
3) Alien in the Family
4) Alien Proliferation

Contains spoilers if you haven’t read the first book in this series.


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.
-from Goodreads

Why I Read This Book and General Thoughts

After reading the first book in this series (which was originally suggested to me by Tara), I had to read the next.  I want to preface this review by warning that after two months of pretty solid reading, I am experiencing somewhat of a reading slump.  I get really excited about a book, go to start it, and then lose interest.  It has nothing to do with the book itself; it is more of a reflection on me.  But, it’s caused me to be more critical of the book, and I think it affected how I enjoyed this book.

A More In-Depth Look

As much as I loved Martini in the previous book, he got on my nerves in this one.  He definitely redeemed himself at the end, which just now got me thinking that while not necessarily intended to annoy me, Martini’s insecurities were somewhat vital to the plot line.  It still made me want to shake him, though.

The space entity was a fun and interesting addition to the cast.  I am interested to see how it is incorporated into the next book(s).  Now that Kitty and Martini are together, or “getting closer” as the summary indicates, some of the fun of their relationship seems missing.  Perhaps there was less fun banter, and more sex.  Sex is good and all, but fun banter is important, too, and I felt that some of that was missing from this book when compared to the first.

Sometimes I felt lost in the description of action scenes, like I could not picture where and how everything was going down.  I don’t know if that’s me, the book, or what.  Kitty is an incredibly popular (or unpopular, as the case may be)  in this book, and Gini Koch did a fantastic job of weaving two seemingly unrelated “situations” into one.  The Martini family drama was fun – of course Kitty prevails, and has everything under control and figured out.  As much as Kitty gets crap for being dense, sometimes I think the A-Cs (for as smart as they are) are actually quite dense on occasion, themselves.  Chuckie made it into the fray this time (not really surprised, there), and while we certainly knew – even if Kitty didn’t – that Chuckie was going to be another contender for Kitty’s affections, who he turns out to be came as a surprise.  A good one, because it means we’ll see more of him in the future.

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Urban fantasy fans may enjoy this series, even if science fiction isn’t their normal genre.

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