- Title: Alien in the Family
- Author: Gini Koch
- Series: Katherine “Kitty” Katt #3
- Genre: Sci-fi, Romance
- Format: eBook
- Source: Own Copy
- Reviewed by: Sonja
- Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Description: Super-Being Exterminator Kitty Katt and the Alpha Centaurian she loves, Jeff Martini, should be finalizing their wedding plans. But that was before she discovers Jeff is in line to become Emperor back on his home world. Kitty knows she is everything a royal family wouldn’t approve of, and is bracing herself for the worst. As it turns out, the royal family is just the beginning. Especially when extraterrestrial Amazonian terrorists are determined to start and end Kitty and Jeff’s nuptial festivities with a bang.
Review: The one where Kitty and Jeff get married.
The formula for these books stays very close to home. The world is at risk. Kitty and friends must save it. She doesn’t read the regs and runs entirely by instinct and, when it comes to her gorgeous hubby, Jeff, she only has one thing on her mind. And, it is ALWAYS on her mind. No matter the crisis at hand.
Jeff and Kitty spend the whole book planning their wedding. Or, rather, not planning it. Forcing those around them to do the planning for them. (Hey, if it works for them . . . ) Meanwhile, Jeff’s home planet has gotten the word, and, as Jeff is actually in line for the throne, Kitty must pass a series of tests to be suitable as his mate. Note: neither Jeff nor Kitty gives a doodle whether or not she passes. Surprised? I certainly wasn’t. In addition to this, it seems that the entire planetary system is under revolt and political shenanigans. So, naturally, the other aliens have come to earth to continue the battle here. Which allows hoards of other species to do battle with – or ultimately form allegiances with – the A-Cs and crew. It also allows for politically incorrect (hilarious) comparisons and snark from our own dear Kitty. We have dog people, shapeshifters, cat people – all sorts of strange species. Regular Kitty readers can surely see the opportunities available here . . .
Of course, while Jeff and Kitty are off saving galaxies, their wedding is pretty much being planned by itself. Or James. Kitty is blissfully unaware that for the sake of the other mixed couples her own wedding must happen in a timely manner. James is not. Naturally. So, as is typical for this gang, James handles it. With the help of newcomer Pierre. Several reviews have derisively noted that the last third of this book is the wedding – okay, maybe not QUITE that much, but it is a healthy chunk. I actually enjoyed this. There were still political shenanigans ensuing, so it wasn’t TOTALLY wedding related – but it is definitely the focus of the story at that point. But, it is all very much in character for all of them.
One thing about these books really makes me laugh. There are several instances in science fiction of scientific phenomena that are really ‘out there’ and seem entirely improbable. Honestly, I do not know how authors come up with these theories and make the science work. But, Ms. Koch doesn’t even try. Kitty talks to Chuckie, “Do you understand this?” Chuckie replies, “Yes. Would you like me to explain it?” Kitty answers, “Am I going to understand it?” Chuckie, “No.” Kitty, “That’s enough for me.” This plot device, used frequently, allows Ms. Koch to advance some outlandish theories that really do not need any scientific probability. At all. And, it makes me laugh every single time.
I give this book the series standard 3.5 stars – rounded up to 4 for the alien snark. The story is still outlandish. Kitty is still ridiculously relied upon. Yet, the snark is still ever present and, if you maintain the suspension of belief by the boatloads, the series continues to be a laugh riot.