Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars
If you need a book to break you out of a reading rut, pick up Gini Koch’s Touched by an Alien. The paranormal fantasy is cheeky, action-packed and sexy. (I suppose that also makes it a perfect summer read, too.)
Kitty, the heroine of Touched by an Alien, endears herself quickly. She’s a bright, skeptical woman with a penchant for rock ‘n’ roll and comfy clothes. She finds herself outdoors when a man transforms into a monster — a legit, scary-trying-to-kill-everyone monster — right in front of her. Instead of turning the other way, she digs in her purse, snags a pen and takes down the damn thing. Men in Black types show up immediately, quarantine the scene and whisk Kitty off in a limo.
As much as the men may want to control the situation, Kitty is too smart for their double-speak. In addition to the standard “this doesn’t seem like the FBI” clues, all the agents are hot. Like male model hot. And as soon as Kitty is pointing out all the holes in the guys’ story, agent Jeff Martini declares he’s going to marry her. Turns out these handsome men want to recruit Kitty to be their newest field agent in a war against alien parasites.
Of course, the agency is made up of humanoid aliens. (The women are just as attractive, but tend to do work as scientists.) Kitty comes in and turns things upside. In addition to stealing the charming Jeff Martini’s heart, she’s fearless and able to tackle problems in ways the agents hadn’t even considered. (Hairspray as a weapon? Of course!)
I won’t give away the plot, but expect double agents, big scary monsters, family drama, unrequited love and the kind of steamy scenes that only happen when one character is an empath.
It’s hard not to enjoy characters that leap off the page. And, admittedly, I always love it when the heroine comes in and shows all the boys how it’s done. Kitty just plain kicks ass in Touched by an Alien — and she gets the guy, too.
Sexual content: Sex including a particularly memorable scene in an elevator.