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Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini have learned the ins and outs of Washington politics, not to mention how to prevail in intergalactic war and foil dangerous plots. But, in the aftermath of Operation Destruction, the Gower girls’ powers are burned out, the entire A-C population has been “outed” as the aliens living on Earth that they are, and, worst of all, ACE is nowhere to beJeff and Kitty Katt-Martini have learned the ins and outs of Washington politics, not to mention how to prevail in intergalactic war and foil dangerous plots. But, in the aftermath of Operation Destruction, the Gower girls’ powers are burned out, the entire A-C population has been “outed” as the aliens living on Earth that they are, and, worst of all, ACE is nowhere to be found.Then murder and mayhem are served up at an important dinner party at the American Centaurion Embassy, and when the dust settles Alpha Team and the Diplomatic Corps have more problems than just a dead Congressman.Is there a single criminal mastermind—or multiple enemies—behind all the conspiracies that want Kitty dead and the A-Cs gone or co-opted to become the War Division?The return of the best assassins in the business, the reappearance of two individuals long-presumed dead, Agent Malcolm Buchanan felled by something no one can identify or cure, and new technology that can block even the most powerful empath on Earth … all of this means the game’s officially afoot.Then Vance Beaumont comes to Kitty with a wild theory that someone is systematically killing off the House of Representatives…It’s up to Kitty and the rest of the gang to find out what’s really going on and why. But will they be able to stop the killer or killers before the rest of the U.S. House of Representatives become casualties? And will the replacement Representative for New Mexico’s 2nd District, who happens to be Jeff Martini, be the next to die?...

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Alien in the House Reviews

  • Emma
    2019-06-16 06:50

    Read 2014 - I absolutely love this series. Another "Washington" story but I still enjoyed it. I did worry when they moved to the diplomatic core that the books would lose their interest but I'm pleased to be proved wrong especially as I think politics will remain in the series for a while.My final words - I really need my own Jeff Martini!Re read 2017 - I think the cover of this one is my favourite so far, admittedly because it's a great picture of Jeff. Yes, I'm still riding the Jeff Martini bandwagon!!

  • Gallandro_83
    2019-06-16 11:48

    These books are very much a guilty pleasure series with remind me of the CW series on TV.That being said at this point in the series Ms Koch needs to pair down her books somehow. The cast of characters has grown to something like 35 and they all need some kind of introduction in the book at various times even for people who have followed the series. This meant that to me it felt that 25% of the time we were just in a recap. In addition to this the book tries to introduce and complete so many different threads of a story (in addition to the pages on just how hot everyone is 9_9) that it felt we had very little time for character development of anyone.In the last few books we keep seeing larger and larger conspiracies and grander plots I realize its a book for entertainment but I have to suspend so much disbelief when I'm reading that just as regular humans listening to an AC at full speed I get queasy. Gini needs to take an ax to the universe she has created and pare it down somehow. The over complicated plot can be fun but when it seems we spend 3/4 of the book explaining who everyone is that is involved in the super-conspiracy and just what it is that we lose that ability of the reader to connect to the characters.Simply put while the book was everything this series has been built upon the structure is so massive that hitting all the points the author feel is essential for one of her Kitty books leaves little time to actually tell us a story. I will most likely only follow this series through a library I find that my desire to read any new books can stand a wait until I'm thrown back into the maelstrom.gallandro

  • Sarah
    2019-06-13 11:57

    I'm going to start this review by telling you that this is a series that needs to be read in order, it is one of my all time favourite series though and it is well worth picking up a copy of Touched by an Alien if you haven't come across it yet. While this review won't contain spoilers for Alien in the House it will contain information about previous books so I wouldn't recommend reading further unless you have read up to Alien vs. Alien.Just when Kitty and Jeff are settling into their roles as Diplomats things are all set to change again when Jeff takes on a completely new job. Becoming the Representative for New Mexico wasn't exactly his life goal though, especially when the last 2 candidates were murdered and it looks like he is next on the hit list. Jeff isn't the only target though and there have been multiple deaths in Washington over the last few months, each has been made to look like natural causes but the sheer number of bodies is too high to be a coincidence. It is up to Kitty to figure out why each of them were targeted and who is behind their deaths. Is it an anti A-C plot or is something deeper going on?I'm a huge fan of this series, it's one of my favourites and I Kitty and Jeff are one of my most loved fictional couples. I love the humour that Gini Koch infuses throughout these books and there hasn't been an instalment yet that hasn't had me laughing out loud as I was reading it. The series has changed somewhat over the last couple of books with the focus more on politics than on the gang fighting superbeings like they did in the earlier stories but that doesn't mean that there isn't plenty of action. Kitty always manages to get herself right in the middle of things and Alien in the House isn't an exception to that, the stakes are higher than ever before and she isn't going to make it through without losing some friends and allies along the way. Nobody is safe and Kitty makes some surprising discoveries along the way, what with the appearance of both old friends and enemies previously presumed dead it is hard to know who she can trust.I have to admit that I was a bit worried when Kitty and Jeff first took the jobs as Diplomats, I was worried that the series would become boring to read and I'll confess that there are times when I miss seeing Kitty out kicking butt with airborne and the rest of her team but there is always way too much going on for me to be bored for even a single second. Kitty and Jeff may not be leading the fight against superbeings but we still see plenty of the faces that we know and love and it is great to see how they are all getting on. I love spending time with Kitty and Jeff but it's also nice to see so many other characters developing their own relationships as the series continues. The series now has so many familiar faces that I do sometimes end up having trouble keeping all the names straight in my head but it doesn't take long to be pulled back into this world each time I pick up a new book. I might have to start writing myself a character list though just to help me remember how everyone is linked together, particularly as we now have more characters hooking up and joining to become one huge family.Alien in the House has a few heartbreaking moments, ones where I was close to tears seeing what Kitty has to deal with, but it is also chocked full of humour and I chuckled all the time as I was reading it. The story has even more twists and shocking revelations than I've come to expect from the series and although some of our questions have been answered things have been very nicely set up to carry on into the next book. I absolutely can't wait to get my hands on Alien Research to see Kitty and Jeff both settling into their new roles hopefully uncover who is behind the latest plots against the A-Cs. I just can't get enough of these books and I hope this is a series that will continue for a long time to come.

  • Larissa
    2019-06-10 12:51

    4.5 stars!*NO Spoilers!Kitty is back! Every “Alien” novel that comes out, is like finally getting a piece of your favorite dessert after too long without it! You are always feeling like you could have eaten much more.I can’t believe we are already in book 7 of the Katherine “Kitty” Katt series. Gini Koch’s books are always a treat to read and Alien in the House is NO exception!Kitty is back, along with all the friends, family and enemies she has acquired throughout the series. Alien in the House has a bit of a different pace from the previous books in the series, however. It is still a very fast-paced story and there is plenty of action. But, Alien in the House felt more like an in-between book. It was very dialogue oriented, which I LOVE, made us aware of a far-reaching arch from all the books and sets us up for much more action in the future.We get a lot of Kitty and Martini time in Alien in the House. We also get to catch up with other couples in the series and even see some more budding romances all around. I love that and I love seeing the characters I have come to love from book one, find love.One thing I did have an issue with was that there are SO many characters in the series, that the year since Alien Vs. Alien came out, meant that it took me awhile to situate myself. But, once I did, Alien in the House was a great political thriller that I could not put down for a second.I loved Alien in the House, but in a different way from the previous books in the series. I mean, it still had the signature Gini Koch humor I so adore. However, it felt more like a Thriller/Murder Mystery novel than a Sci-Fi and I honestly was cool with that. It was a very interesting change of pace for the series, but a welcome one.Alien in the House is another great addition to one of my favorite series EVER! I do caution you that, if you haven’t read the previous books in the series, it might be confusing. However, the Katherine “Kitty” Katt / Alien series is so freaking good, that you need to read them all anyways!Originally Posted at Welcome to Larissa & Friends' Bookish Life

  • Shelley
    2019-06-12 09:50

    *Genre* Science Fiction*Rating* 3-3.5*Fast Summary*Alien in the House, aka Operation Sherlock, once again throws Kitty & Gang into the middle of a firestorm that has political ramifications for the Alpha Centaurions. I do have to say that I really loved the arrival of Princess Rahmi & Rhee from Beta Twelve and hope they stick around so they can help Kitty survive and kick ass. Another new character is Raj, a troubadour, who immediately becomes apart of the team and someone Kitty can team up with very easily. Not that there was anything wrong with Richard and Kitty being teammates. It's just nice to see other characters get the spotlight shined on them as well. Can I also say that I love Uncle Dingo and Surly Vic? Guess so since this is my review! I also like Malcolm Buchanan who as become Kitty's protector when the Uncles aren't around. I'm currently debating my rating which is why this is not a full review but a partial one. The overall Mastermind is still hidden from view and is still out to get Kitty who is number one on his/her hit parade. There are a bunch of other apprentices, including some who apparently never die, that are still around causing Kitty problems. I also want to know the deal with ACE who has been around and apparently is worn out and needs a break. What I really like about this series is that it moves ahead in time 6 months at a time. Unlike other series which apparently take place over the course of days, and weeks, this makes more sense. It also gives Jamie-Kat time to grow up and reveal what her apparently awesome powers really are.I shall definitely be reading Alien Research when it releases in December 2013.*Recvd 04/04/2013* Expected publication: May 7th 2013 by DAW

  • Brianna
    2019-05-23 09:43

    This took me ages to finish, and by the end, I was just relieved I had finally managed to. The book was pretty slow in places, with less action than the others. The story involved politics, murder, and lots of conspiracies all coming together. I really like Jamie, and how she seems to be an advanced baby. Plus, some characters we met a couple books ago turned out to be not all they seemed. To add to this, Kitty and Jeff had a lot of page time, and I liked seeing that. So I liked this book, but it'll never be one of my favorites in the series. I need a lot more action than this book gave me, and a plot that's just a bit less confusing. Still, I'll continue on with the series. I want to see how Jamie grows up, and if the whole ACE situation is figured out.

  • Dark Faerie Tales
    2019-06-08 09:55

    Review courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick & Dirty: Can they save the House of Representatives?Opening Sentence: “As any person who’s ever had to hide a huge secret about themselves knows, being outed before you’re ready is one of the things you fear the most.”The Review:Jeff and Kitty and the gang are back in this 7th book. They are still reeling from the world finding out about them being aliens, and ACE disappearing as well. When the Representative from New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District dies at dinner at the Centaurion Embassy it is Kitty and the gang to the rescue. Especially because Jeff is going to the be the replacement. When Vance reappears to tell Kitty that someone is killing off representatives, she knows things are about to go from bad to worse.Kitty wonders if the Cabal of Evil is behind this, and is it another conspiracy or is it just someone new on the scene? Plus, the representative dying in their embassy poses a whole other problem, will they be able to prove that they had nothing to do with it? Of course Kitty has to keep on the down low because while the aliens have been outed she is still considered their secret weapon as know one knows that she was enhanced by the birth of her daughter.Also, since six months have gone by and baby Jamie isn’t so babyish anymore! A whole host of new characters arrive to add to the story, a new assassin, Uncle Peter, and two princesses!I wanted to really love this series, but as I tried to get into the 7th book, I realized that I thought they were too long when they were clocking 480 pages and now that it is over 500 pages. Way too long. Not enough cohesion, too many characters to really get attached to any of them, and sometimes just too wordy. Plus, they just try too hard at times. Pared down the core of this series is great, Kitty and Jeff have a wonderful relationship. Chris and Amy, and some of the other characters are great and really just add to the story.The humor is good, and Kitty is snarky still and I love her, but these are just too long and too much going on and I really do still want to love them!Notable Scene:There were photographers. Noticed them because they started snapping as soon as the Speaker joined us. Realized this was a great way for an enemy to get close. Examined them as well as I could. Most of them had their cameras up and flashing pictures. One of them smiled at me and, when I caught his eye, winked. Oliver was here, and I felt oddly better. Not like any of us were safe simply because Mister Joel Oliver was in attendance, but at least someone else on the floor was on our side.FTC Advisory: DAW/Penguin provided me with a copy of Alien in the House. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

  • Rowan
    2019-05-19 10:46

    Let me start by saying that I love Gini Koch's Alien series and the latest book, Alien in the House, is no exception. Koch writes with a frenetic energy that is filled with action, romance and a large dose of humor, but this book was slight departure from the norm. There was still action aplenty but the premise was more about politics and intrigue than fighting the latest in a long line of evil bad guys and creatures.What I enjoyed the most about the book was the closure of many lingering story lines and a renewed focus on some long term evil doer strategies. I don't want to give away any spoilers so I will say that several threads are closed and some of the personal ones move to the next level. Ms. Koch is brilliant about advancing her characters and making sure there is a significant amount of personal evolution. I care about these characters because they make huge mistakes and then actually learn from them to avoid repeating and sometimes the lesson hurts. This is rare and precious to me and makes this series a favorite. I also enjoyed the changes in titles, focus and positions that Jeff, Kitty and the gang had to endure that was started in the last book and continued to advance in this one as the A-C's take on Washington. We also get a visit from some interplanetary envoys who bring their own set of complications as they choose to attend Jeff and Kitty's daughter Jamie's 1st birthday party. One of the downsides for me is the huge cast of characters and locations. In this book, the seventh in the series, the cast list is huge and very difficult to remember, especially since I read the first few several years ago. I almost wish I had gone back to the beginning and read them straight through all over again so I could remember all the little details that I felt I was missing this time. There are endless "Kitty-isms" that I didn't remember as well as I would have liked and it confused me a time or two. Also the rapid fire events can be hard to follow because there is very little breathing room between huge revelations and bouts of action.Overall I give this book 4 stars and the strong recommendation to read them in order and close together. I am looking forward to the next installment coming in December.

  • Carien
    2019-06-12 12:37

    This is a cool and funny read.You might know by now that we've been fans of this series from the start and we're glad to be able to tell you Alien in the House is certainly worth its salt compared to the other books in this series.There's a lot going on this time: conspiracies, murder, surprise visits, birthday parties and lots more. This book is packed with action, humor and wit and we were hooked from the start.We had to keep paying close attention to the story, because so many things are happening and at times we got a little confused about what was going on. But we weren't the only ones: Kitty and her friends were just as confused occasionally. Luckily we could always count on Kitty to clear up confusion and set us on the right track again.Long time favorite characters made their appearance as well as new characters and we enjoyed seeing some characters get more screen time. There were some hints of what still might come in future books as well.All in all we got another book to add to our shelf of reread favorites and we'll be keeping our eyes peeled for the next installment in this fun, enjoyable series.

  • Brenda
    2019-06-12 11:41

    Another great read in the series from start to finish. The only complaint? I wish we'd had more details on Chuckie's relationship and the wedding. This is a HUGE deal that he finally found someone to love after Kitty, and I wanted to know more.I love Gini Koch's witty banter, insane plots and the entire cast of characters. Yes, it's involved, and there is no skimming of pages or you'll miss something crucial. The twists along the way will give the reader whiplash, but the laughs make up for any pain they may cause:)If you haven't started this series, pick up the first book and start there...it's worth it, and you'll love the ride.

  • Mandy
    2019-06-12 06:48

    One of my favorite books in the series! Also love the fact that a great playlist can be made from each book. Now if Kitty would throw some Bowie in with her Aerosmith, I'd have a new best friend.

  • Kathy Davie
    2019-05-22 10:57

    Seventh in the Katherine "Kitty" Katt romantic sci-fi comedy series revolving around Kitty Martini. This story is based in Washington D.C.My TakeGo into this knowing it's off the wall...Koch has so much fun writing these...almost as much fun as I have in reading them…*grin*... She does go over the top with the Royal Peregrines and the Poofs and Kitty's being able to interpret their minds---it cracks me up when Kitty does the translation of whatever the critters are tellin' her. And I do adore how much Kitty and Jeff love their daughter. Just makes my heart swell up and conga.I got to thinking about it, and y'all know how OCD I am about chronology, but you could read this one alone. I don't think you'd get as much out of it without having read what comes before as there are so many associations that relate back to earlier stories, but, no, it's not an essential of life.Koch has a ball peeling back the reality of politics and the Washington life of one hand washing the other. It's such a dreamy treat to think there might be people there who actually do have the public's, their constituents', interests at heart. It's rather Dave-like in that the A-Cs want to help and not just take. The characters reflect this with their family values, honor, and loyalty...with all the snark in the world to make ya laugh!Oh, you will not believe who wants to be best man for Chuck's wedding! And, yes, they did follow through on the Zoo, acquiring the building next door and extending the embassy into it.Kitty just hates the diplomatic thing. She'd rather pull out her Glock and be done with it. Instead she's gotta play co-ambassador with Jeff. Of course there are perks to the job, namely sex with Jeff anywhere they can manage it. Sadly, so many of [the Cabal of Evil] had suggested many different "fun" ideas during Operation Assassination that I now associated them equally with World Domination Dreams and Triple-X Porn."Their friends, heck, I was gonna say coworkers, but nobody is actually a coworker in any of this. They are all either friends or family, whether blood is involved or not. Arghhh, it's the dreaded oh, I'll look at it later trope.I do enjoy the rock 'n roll, Star Wars, and Wolverine references. That Apprentice thing, though...that's just nasty.My only whine is that scene at the end---and it's difficult to whine without revealing too much, dang it! I never did get the logic of how Y set Z up for that kill shot when Koch is explaining how it's Y who initiated that murder.The StoryEvents in Alien vs Alien, 6, have thrown everything off and elections for the year have been put on standby. But that hasn't held up the process of removing representatives from office as a number of them are dying from seemingly natural causes until one is murdered at a dinner at the American Centaurion embassy. It leaves Jeff and Christopher worried that groups will start blaming the Alpha Centaurions---since their secret is out. Only Kitty gets there first, suggesting it's an act of war against the A-Cs. It's one quick way to hush up a roomful of diplomats and politicians.Spying on the A-Cs is a given, but with all the murders, it's confusion and attack until a pattern emerges. The Characters Kitty (with a major thing for Aerosmith) and Jeff Martini, the world's strongest telepath, are both ambassadors for the American Centaurion Diplomatic Corps. Through her pregnancy, Kitty's has hyperspeed, superstrength, and the Doolittle thing besides being able to channel what the bad guys are thinking while Jeff got boosted in another of their adventures. Their daughter, Jamie-Kat, is quite forward with powers of her own, and her first birthday is coming up! The Poofs who belong to these three include Poofikins, who is Kitty's; Harlie, the head Poof, is Jeff's; and, Jamie-Kat's is Mous-mous. Bruno is Kitty's Peregrine; Lola is his mate, and she keeps an eye on the kids.Mom, Angela Katt, is head of the Presidential Terrorism Control Unit (PTCU) and the only non-Jew to ever be in Mossad. After Alien vs Alien, the Katts' critters moved into the embassy: Sugarfoot, Candy, and Kane (the cats) and the dogs include Duchess, Dudley, Dotty, and Duke. Sol is her dad.Christopher White is Jeff's cousin and an Imageer married to Amy Gaultier White, one of Kitty's best friends from high school and a lawyer. (see Alien Proliferation, 4). She'll be spending time with the board of directors for Gaultier Enterprises now that Daddy Dearest is dead. Toby is Christopher's Poof; Mignon is Amy's. Alfred and Lucia Martini are Jeff's parents. Clarence Valentino is Sylvia's husband (Jeff's oldest sister) and a traitor (see Alien Proliferation).Charles Reynolds has been Kitty's best friend since they were thirteen; now he's head of the CIA's Extra-Terrestrial Division, and about to get married to Mimi. Fluffy is his Poof, and Han and Leia are his Royal Peregrines. Clifford Goodman as Head of Special Immigration Services reports directly to the Secretary of Homeland Security. Chuck likes him. Pia Ryan was CIA, until she played body-in-the-car. Representative Santiago Reyes sounds like a really nice guy. Colonel Marvin Hamlin was in charge of Andrews Air Force Base before he took off a couple days before Operation Destruction. Only, it turns out he took off a lot longer ago than that…! Esteban Cantu is also CIA, but his true role was revealed, and he's in prison.Embassy inhabitants include:Len and Kyle are former college football players who are now CIA bodyguards for Kitty and Jamie (see Alien in the Family, 3 and Alien Diplomacy, 5). Their peregrines are Barney and Betty for Len and Kyle's are Fred and Wilma. Malcolm Buchanan is a bodyguard assigned by Kitty's mother in Alien Diplomacy. Former Pontifex Richard White is Kitty's new partner and has a thing for the catsuit and Nurse Carter. Richard's birds are Samson and Delilah. Dr. "The Great" Tito Hernandez (Alien in the Family) is Kitty and Jamie-Kat's personal physician while Melanie and Emily, both Dazzler A-Cs (and Lorraine and Claudia's moms), assist Tito. Walter Ward is in charge of embassy security with the help of his Royal Peregrines, George and Gracie. Pierre is James' friend and the Majordomo Concierge for the embassy and did they ever luck out getting him! Kevin Lewis is second-in-command for PTCU as well as the Defense Attaché for the Embassy. He, his wife, Denise, and their children, Raymond and Rachel, live in the embassy; Denise is in charge of the embassy daycare and is the in-house teacher. Doreen (her parents were the traitorous former heads of the Diplomatic Corps) and Irving Weisman (he's human) with baby Ezra also live at the embassy. Nurse Magdalena Rijos-Carter has signed on to help Tito, and she and Richard are hooking up! Alpha team includes: Paul Gower is a half-A-C/half-human and can read dreams and memories; he's ACE's habitat and the new Supreme Pontifex. Commander James Reader is a gorgeous former supermodel, who is in a relationship with Paul and Head of the Field for Centaurion Division; Kitty considers him one of her best guy friends. Gatita is Reader's Poof. ACE is an alien entity, who is missing in action. Michael Gower is Paul's younger brother, a playah, and an astronaut at NASA (although his playboy days may be coming to an end!); Fuzzball is his Poof. Naomi, a.k.a., Mimi, and Chuck are getting married---she's going Bridezilla! She and Abigail are Paul's hybrid sisters and the new cultural attachés. Serene, the head of Imageering, is married to Brian Dwyer (Kitty's old boyfriend), and they have a little boy, Patrick. Yeah, he's maturing at hyperspeed too. Gladys is head of overall security for the A-Cs. Jennifer Barone has been assigned, along with her brother, permanently to the Embassy. Camilla is the double, triple, possibly quadruple agent.Airborne includes:Captain Tim Crawford is the new head of Airborne in Kitty's place; he's married to Alicia?? The unmarried ones include Captain Jerry Tucker, Matt Hughes, and Walker. Joe Billings is married to Captain Lorraine, and they have a son, Ross Edward. Randy Muir is married to Captain Claudia, and they have a son as well, Sean Zachary. Hacker InternationalThe boys are now residing at the Embassy as well, much to Jeff's disgust. Stryker Dane, a.k.a., Eddy Simms, is a brilliant hacker who is the resident UFO and extraterrestrial languages expert, and undercover in the military along with Big George Lecroix, who is Europe's best hacker and speaks some twenty languages fluently. Also Doctor Henry Wu is a software expert, China's most expert hacker, and covers the languages the others don't; Ravi Gaekwad, a.k.a., Ravi the Geek, is India's best hacker and big on hardware and software---he and Jennifer Barone have hooked up; and, Omega Red, a.k.a., Yuri Stanislav, is blind but killer with audio cryptology.Mister Joel Oliver is a photographer with World Weekly News, and he's inherited Bellie, the parrot from hell. He also rates a Poof, Button. Peter "the Dingo" Kasperoff is an assassin who has assumed the role of Uncle with Kitty. A really good uncle as he's keeping an eye on all those assassins targeting her and hers. Vic is his cousin and partner and therefore another uncle. Akiko is the Embassy designer on retainer and doesn't that just make a number of the other women miaow! Rajnish Singh (he has troubadour power) is from the New Dehli A-Cs and most likely to be transferred over. Mona Nejem and her driver/bodyguard, Khalid, are Bahraini; Oren and Jakob are Mossad. "Herman", a.k.a., Officer "Melville", is one of the cops from Alien Proliferation with whom the Martinis have a good relationship. Prince is his K-9 partner. Senator McMillan of Arizona's philosophy for being in politics is one that I wish a lot more politicians espoused. Kelly is his wife. Caroline Chase is a high school friend of Kitty's and works for the senator.Olga Dalca (she's former KGB) and Adriana, her granddaughter and personal assistant, are with the Romanian embassy and very interested in events at the AC embassy after events in Alien Diplomacy, 5. Andrei, Olga's husband and the ambassador, is a stand-up guy. Princess Rhami is the older and Princess Rhee the younger are Queen Renata's daughters from the planet of Free Women. They're here to help celebrate Jamie's first birthday, they think. In truth, it's their training mission.The Cabal of Evil includes:Well, most of them are now dead or in prison, but there are still a few hanging on… Senator Vincent Armstrong is the senior senator from Florida who owes and is owed favors by the A-Cs. Elaine is his wife---both Kitty and her mom like her! Lillian Culver, a powerful lobbyist, is a well-dressed skeleton and the unofficial spokesperson for the group. Abner Schnekedy, odious and an artist, is her husband. Eugene and Lydia Montgomery---she's the junior senator from New York. Eugene's on Kitty's naughty list for his shenanigans in Alien Diplomacy, 5. The French Nathalie Gagnon-Brewer, a former international model, is married to vintner, Representative Edmund Brewer of California. Guy Gadoire , a lobbyist for the tobacco industry, and his husband, Vance Beaumont, are too interested in anything Kitty, although Vance is a big fan of Oliver's. Senator Zachary Kramer and his wife, Marcia, are also at the party.Marion Villanova is chief aide to the secretary of state, and she's dating Langston Whitmore, secretary of transportation. They make good beards for each other.Raul Diaz, a.k.a., Dier, a.k.a., Lars Reid, was adopted by Leventhal Reid and became an assassin who is usually hired by the CIA.Dazzlers are how Kitty collectively refers to the A-C females because that's what they do: they dazzle everyone with their beauty, intelligence, and compassion. Imageers manipulate images electronically and in front of you and can learn all about a person simply by touching an image. Empaths feel emotions. Poofs look like "tiny, fluffy kittens with no ears or tails, but with shiny black button eyes", who can morph into Jeff-sized, very, very protective critters. Once you name one, they're yours for life. And they're procreating all over the place...there're dozens of 'em. Enough that even the cats get a Poof. The Royal Peregrines have become very welcome gifts from King Alexander; they make great guardians and help the gifted with their powers. The Poofs and the Peregrines have an alliance and help each other. Harold and Maude are stressed about an invasion. The Elves are Kitty's term for those invisible helpers who produce anything and everything...and clean it as well. They exist in any habitation for A-Cs. I wanna be adopted!The CoverThe cover is very different from previous books with a white background and red-framed circular insets of Jeff in his fedora, Edmund falling from a building and the State Capitol, two Royal Peregrines are flying in between them, one couple is running and Kitty in a white dress is standing in a chalked outline of a murdered man.The title is too true, although it did not go where I first thought it would. Poor Kitty, there's an Alien in the House.

  • Aurian Booklover
    2019-05-25 08:54

    In the previous book, the Alpha Centaurians were outed to the Earthlings when they saved the earth from hostile invaders. Of course the population is divided, those who want them gone from Earth, and those who want to suppress them, to use them as soldiers and study them in a lab. Of course, there are also neutral people, but their voices are not heard. Jeff Martini and his wife Kitty, to co-ambassadors for American Centauri (yes, they are all official US citizens, the government knew of their existence ever since they landed here) are busy learning the ropes and making friends and allies. They are hosting an important dinner, and are also busy with preparations for their daughter Jamie’s first birthday! Which is also a political event, instead of a family and friends affair. To Kitty’s dismay, they will have to invite the Cabal of Evil as well, and she really dislikes those people. But she will have to learn to smile and pretend to be nice, that is the life of a politician. It doesn’t matter that she did never want this job, and that she misses being in the heart of the action. Jeff is a natural though, and he even enjoys following all the news and reading the boring reports and such. That afternoon, the mailman returns with a new package for Kitty, and tells her he had to do almost his whole round again, as his load was knocked over, and he forgot to deliver that one when he came around first. But something is just not right about the package, and when Kitty sees an old enemy looking at her from across the square, she goes after him. Only to loose him at the cemetery, when she runs into some other old acquaintances. But her honorary uncle the Dingo assures her they come as friends, and are there to protect her. That package she is still carrying, holds a bioweapon and she really should give it to them to dispose off. Going back home, she walks into Buchanan, her favourite bodyguard, but apparently he did not see the package. He only saw her chasing someone. A very unsuspected visitor makes Kitty late for dinner, and again it is Buchanan who takes over for her. Until they can find out if this visitor is to be trusted, he will have to stay in the basement. Kitty has to hurry back to the dining room, and she has to be nice to all the people waiting for her at the other tables. Her former friend Eugene, who sits at the table behind her, insists on helping her get seated, even though her two neighbours are perfectly capable of helping her. And he is very clumsy doing that, even bumping her into the table. When later their new friend Reyes (and Representative for New Mexico, their own district), gets sick, Kitty and Camilla help him to the bathroom, where it becomes clear he has been poisoned. When Reyes dies on their soil, they have a murder on their hands, and Kitty is determined to find him or her. With the help of her favourite K-9 squad, that is not difficult. But when the killer is murdered while Kitty is questioning him, there are only more questions left they need to find the answers for. Especially if Vance tries to be her new best friend and wants to share his conspiracy theories with her. What happens next is a lot of running around, talking theories and searching for clues in various politicians’ offices. Who can they trust, how will they find out the truth, and how do you make friends with your political enemies?I liked the bits with the Peregrines and the Poofs, but I am sad that the Poofs did not have to come into action. The visitors from out of space are cool, and I hope they get to stay for a while, and help Kitty in her adventures. I was really glad to see a bit more of Reader in this book, as he was sorely lacking in the previous one. He and Kitty together are some of my favourite scenes. Chuckie/Charles is getting married! His fiancée is turning into some kind of Bridezilla though, until Kitty gives her a piece of her mind about it all. I also enjoy the parts with the hackers, the bantering with Kitty and those guys, and especially the obscure references to comic books and such. And Amy is fighting to become the new director and manager of Gaultier Enterprises, as her fathers’ sole heir. He was evil to the bone and a lot of plots against the A-C’s lead back to Gaultier. With her at the helm, they will be able to find out more, and how to fight it.But I have to admit, as I am really not interested in politics, and think they are all a bunch of liars and out to fill their own pockets instead of doing as they promised to their voters, I was not enjoying this book as much as the previous ones. Jeff as the new representative? Leaving Kitty as the sole Ambassador? I am glad though, that I picked some clue up in the previous book, which was important for this one. My suspicions came true. And following a brilliant though chaotic mind like Gini Koch in one of her plots, is not easy. She keeps throwing surprises and twists as her readers, and it does keep you engaged. I love the action, the main characters, all the different animals who all help out in their own way (except Belly) and the fun and weirdness of the plots. It is just, well, politics that I dislike. I do recommend you to start this series with the first book, there are an enormous lot of secondary characters in those books, and you want to be introduced to them all gently. Otherwise, you have no idea of who is who and why are they doing what they are doing. And I have to agree with Kitty, I miss the action from the first books, when they were the heads of the divisions, and could just go and fight the fuglies, instead of being polite to people you dislike. Music on loud, get the flyboys and go!But now you know what the title means: Alien in the House!8 stars.© 2013 Reviews by Aurian Full review on my blog, www.boeklogboek.blogspot.com

  • Kay Hawkins
    2019-05-19 05:46

    Another Washington novel. I feel ever since Jamie came a long the stories are starting to slip and be more cliche. But it's not even Jamie's fault just the focus of the stories has changed. I still enjoy this series but the focus on this one was too much on Kat and the new characters less on the original team which was sad. I hope the series picks up from here.

  • Mimi
    2019-05-26 09:41

    And I thought it was going to get boring with them becoming diplomats! This book had lots going on and in true Kitty fashion it was great. I was really bummed by the last person to fall to die in this book. I liked him and we'd just decided he was great. Sad.

  • Polly
    2019-05-27 06:45

    Murder and mayhem, plus a baby's first birthday alien style.

  • Kasumi
    2019-06-11 09:01

    Las aventuras de Kitty se han convertido en una lectura agradable. No dejan de sorprenderme, pero ya no es una locura contante como al principio. Eso sí, sigo teniendo ganas de leer más.

  • Chez Nash
    2019-05-30 07:55

    So far this is the slowest of the series I have read I hope the next few read faster with more action and less head scratching.

  • Fiannawolf
    2019-06-12 12:35

    Forgot how funny this series was. Glad it hasnt lost its charm.

  • Books In Brogan
    2019-05-27 09:49

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  • Joshua Palmatier
    2019-05-22 10:01

    This is the seventh book in the Alien series from Gini Koch. I'm desperately trying to catch up on this series, since the books are fairly large in size and she's producing them at two per year. I'm now two books behind, but hope to catch up before the tenth one comes out at the end of the year. This is a fun, action-packed quasi-SF series, with some romance elements thrown in. But in the recent novels, the romance aspects have taken a back seat, which makes the books much more appealing to me. Not that I hate romance, but I'm much more interested in the SF aspects. And of course the fun.In this book, Kitty Martini and crew host a party for the DC elite, since they're now part of the Diplomatic Corps, and of course one of the newest Representatives in the House (and an Alien sympathizer) is murdered almost immediately. Everyone at the party is a suspect . . . except everyone who's anyone is at the party, so it doesn't narrow down the list much. But as Kitty begins to investigate, they discover that an unhealthy number of Representatives have been "accidentally" killed during the past year, and the deaths are escalating. When Jeff is asked to replace the Representative killed at the party, he becomes one of the targets. Now Kitty must find out who's behind the killings before they have a chance to kill anyone else. But in the process, she finds out that maybe there's really one Mastermind behind not just the deaths in the House, but perhaps all of the conspiracies she's uncovered since she killed her first Superbeing with hairspray and a pen.Again, this series is really just good old fashioned rollicking fun. It's fast-paced, with conspiracies oozing out of every opening, bad guys (some thought dead) appearing around every corner, assassins on every rooftop, and SF elements that are more along the lines of the 50s B movies than hardcore science. Not that it's all fluff. You have to keep your brain engaged so you can follow all of the unraveling plotlines. For a brief time in this series, those plot threads were far too complicated to follow, but this book and the most recent ones have backed off on the complexity a little, and I think they're better books for it. Focusing in one a few of the ongoing conspiracies, while keeping the others in the background, makes for better reading and gives the reader more focus.This book has a pretty clear plotline, easy to follow, with only a few side elements that confuse the matter in the beginnings. Basically, those are the red herrings. I enjoyed the murder mystery here, as well as the added thriller aspects introduced because of the plot; it starts to feel like a political suspense novel with the politics, assassins and conspiracies. So it has a slightly different flavor than the previous books, which is good. My biggest issue with the plot is that I felt it took far too long for the characters to figure out the reason why the Representatives were being killed. It seemed obvious to me what the reason would be almost from the start, and yet Kitty and crew don't figure it out until well after the halfway point, and then they take even longer trying to convince others that this is the reason when those other people should have realized it much sooner as well. It was a little hard to believe some of the characters took that much prodding to convince.But, aside from that, I loved the noir-ish, suspense feel of the book, especially the political assassination aspects. The romance elements in the book were extremely light, which I like, but I know some of you will be disappointed with. I think it's one of the better of the recent books in the series. If you're looking for some action-packed SF with romance on the side, check this series out.

  • Colette
    2019-05-21 08:04

    Cover Thoughts: At first I thought this was a pretty boring cover compared to the rest of the series covers. However, after reading the book it's perfect! As usual Daniel Dos Santos tells the story perfectly without giving anything anyway. I'm not gonna say how long it took me to figure out how the title fit in with the story. (I'm a bit slow sometimes!)It's no secret by now how much I love this series. I'll try to be objective, but it's going to be hard, because honestly this book is one of my favorites in the series. The last few have been good, but I felt like something was missing from them. After reading this book I realized it's because Kitty was so busy adjusting to Washington that I missed her old crew from Dulce. In this book, airborne, Reader, the Gowers and pretty much everyone is back in full force along with a few new faces, whom I adored.Gini Koch has an amazing voice when it comes to storytelling. She has the ability to make you stay glued to the story and laugh so hard that you get the "you so crazy" look from the people around you. (That is my favorite Kittyism from this book!) Kitty is back and better then ever. What I love most about this series is that no character is ever left behind. I love how every character makes an appearance when you least expect it and new ones are added that make you welcome them into the A-C family. In this book my new favorites were Raj and Vance. Raj is an A-C who helps Kitty and the gang figure out why so many members of congress are dying and Vance we know from previous books is the one that comes to Kitty with this crazy theory of why so many of them are dying. Kitty isn't sure she believes them, but through a lot of events that could only happen to Kitty she begins to realize that maybe Vance isn't so crazy after all and works to help find out the truth behind his conspiracy. I loved how both of these characters brought new life into this series, and while I had a hard time in previous books keeping the DC Crew together, now they are like old friends, and I love watching Kitty get herself out of trouble while saving the world from the bad guys.Alien In The House is one of my favorites of the series. The humor and togetherness that made the first few books so special is back, and I enjoy seeing how much the characters have all grown since Touched By An Alien. This series just continues to get better and better!This is not a series that can be read out of order. I highly recommend starting with book one in this series.This was given to me by the author for a fair and honest review.

  • Sabine
    2019-05-20 12:46

    Kitty Martini and her alien family have been outed. After the attack and tried invasion of the enemies the world knows that aliens are living among them. All around the people are dealing with the news - some of them better than others and some are downright anti-alien and again some are for controlling them. To smooth things over, Kitty and her guys at the embassy have to play nice and so they have a dinner party with a lot of powerful guys from Washington. While all seems nice in the beginning, in the middle a representative is poisoned and dies and a friend of Kitty's seems to have done that. Soon another evil plot is discovered - a deadly one for political folks in Washington. People fall like flies and Kitty and her guys is desperately trying to figure out what happens - while the Gover wondertwins are out of commission as they temporarily lost their powers, a wedding is planned and ACE is missing. Time is ticking, people are dying and Jeff is running around with a target on his back as he is the new representative for New Mexico. Kitty desperately tries to figure out what's going on in order to keep her husband alive while politicians are dying. Will she find out what's happening and can she save her husband..?Another great book in this series and the main plot seems to be ongoing. Kitty and her gang can identifying a Mastermind is at work but not who said Mastermind is. She finds many killers in this book and most are caught one way or the other but the Mastermind is still out and not identified.The gang around Kitty and Jeff gets bigger and bigger with each new book. I loved the 'uncles' very much and hope we get to see them more often. Overall the book was still a funny read but with a darker touch and more serious, probably because of the deaths around Kitty and her witnessing some of them firsthand.New people come, some had to leave and characters are developing. Didn't like Naomi much in this book but she never was a favorite of mine. The princesses were interesting and I like to see if Kitty will keep them around. For the time being, ACE seems to take a timeout and his 'penguins' have to figure out stuff on their own. This means, no communications with the galaxy in general and Alpha Four in particular but so far it worked out. Hope ACE is back soon and not gone for good.While I was whining in the last book about not having enough James-time, we got more here. All of my favorite characters were back here and had to work together to figure out what was going on. Great seventh book and much more to come.

  • Mella
    2019-06-05 12:40

    Inhaltsangabe:Das Aliens seit Jahren im geheimen auf der Erde leben ist nun endlich raus und Kitty und ihr Team müssen gegen Anti-Alien-Gruppierungen ins Feld rücken, denn diese wollen die Aliens weg haben. Dann beginnen die Todesfälle. Wie die Fliegen werden Politiker in Washington getötet, alles unter dem Deckmantel, dass es natürliche Ursachen oder Selbstmord waren. Als Jeff den Repräsentant von New Mexiko ersetzen soll wird Kitty zur alleinigen Botschaftern der A-Cs und die Morde nähern sich immer mehr der Botschaft bis auch Jeffs Leben auf dem Spiel steht ...Meine Einschätzung: Gott bin ich froh, dass ich auf meine beste Freundin in Nürnberg gehört habe und weitergelesen habe! Ich hätte es mir nie verzeihen können, wenn ich diese Reihe verpasst hätte. Kaum begonnen mit dem Buch, dauerte es auch nicht lange und schon kam ich nicht mehr davon los. Der Schreibstil von Gini Koch ist und bleibt einfach Spitzenklasse. Er ist einfach angenehm, wenn auch nicht immer ganz leicht, und sehr gut zu lesen. Doch sie fesselte mich mit den Ereignissen rund um Kitty und ihr Team von Seite 1 an und ließ mich nicht mehr los. Man merkt hier auch weiterhin, dass Gini Koch die Samthandschuhe weiterhin auszuziehen scheint, denn der Umgang wird härter und gefährlicher.Die Handlung selbst ist nach wie vor Komplex und ausgearbeitet bis ins Detail. Die diversen Handlungsstränge bzw. Denkansätze oder Baustellen von Kitty sind zahlreich und eine nicht minder spannend, als die andere. Doch die Autorin kann diese gekonnt miteinander verknüpfen und fügt sie zu einem großen Ganzen zusammen., Mit zahlreichen Wendungen und Ereignissen in der Handlung lässt mich Gini mehr als einmal nach Luft schnappen und sprachlos zurück. Die Dialoge sind weiter witzig - spritzig und auch die Chemie bzw. die erotischen Intermezzo stimmt nach wie vor und diese Reihe bietet wirklich alles was das Buchnerd Herz begehrt! Auch die Entwicklung der Charaktere ist wieder wunderbar gelungen und echt. Ich liebe die A-Cs und ihre Menschen. Alte Bekannte und neue Gesichter, sie alle sind nichts minderes als interessant. Man fragt sich sofort: Ist er oder sie noch wichtig für den weiteren Verlauf? Die Alien Reihe von Gini Koch sucht im Genre der SciFi ihres gleichen und ich kann jedem diese Reihe nur empfehlen, schade nur, dass es die Reihe nicht weiter auf deutsch gibt. Mein Fazit: 5 Sterne - und es wird mit jedem Band besser! Absolute Leseempfehlung.

  • Michelle Leah Olson
    2019-05-16 08:59

    Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Guest Reviewer Rowan E:Let me start by saying that I love Gini Koch's Alien series and the latest book, Alien in the House, is no exception. Koch writes with a frenetic energy that is filled with action romance and a large dose of humor, but this book was slight departure from the norm. There was still action aplenty but the premise was more about politics and intrigue than fighting the latest in a long line of evil bad guys and creatures.What I enjoyed the most about the book was the closure of many lingering story lines and a renewed focus on some long term evil doer strategies. I don't want to give away any spoilers so I will say that several threads are closed and some of the personal ones move to the next level. Ms. Koch is brilliant about advancing her characters and making sure there is a significant amount of personal evolution. I care about these characters because they make huge mistakes and then actually learn from them to avoid repeating and sometimes the lesson hurts. This is rare and precious to me and makes this series a favorite. I also enjoyed the changes in titles, focus and positions that Jeff, Kitty and the gang had to endure that was started in the last book and continued to advance in this one as the A-C's take on Washington. We also get a visit from some interplanetary envoys who bring their own set of complications as they choose to attend Jeff and Kitty's daughter Jamie's 1st birthday party. One of the downsides for me is the huge cast of characters and locations. In this book, the seventh in the series, the cast list is huge and very difficult to remember, especially since I read the first few several years ago. I almost wish I had gone back to the beginning and read them straight through all over again so I could remember all the little details that I felt I was missing this time. There are endless "Kitty-isms" that I didn't remember as well as I would have liked and it confused me a time or two. Also the rapid fire events can be hard to follow because there is very little breathing room between huge revelations and bouts of action.Overall I give this book 4 skulls and the strong recommendation to read them in order and close together. I am looking forward to the next installment coming in December.

  • Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
    2019-05-31 12:04

    We are back with Kitty! For all you loyal Kitty Katt fans, ALIEN IN THE HOUSE brings back all that we loved about the series. This book is brimming with the action, the politics, and the fun humor that we expect from this series. I was a little daunted by the sheer size of this book! At over 500+ pages, I wondered if we would get a watered down storyline and maybe some filler scenes. However, I do believe that this book is quite tightly-written and well-paced.As you can expect, there are a ton of those wonderful lines from Kitty that make this narration so fun and easy to read. I don’t think Koch gets enough love for making such a fun character in Kitty. That being said, you should also know that it’s not all fun and games in this series. There are some heartbreaking moments that I think Koch writes equally well too. That balance in hard to reach but I believe that Koch does a fantastic job of it.Along the same lines, Koch pens such great chemistry between Jeff and Kitty. If you thought the sexiness would die down, then you’re wrong! They are still as explosive as the first book and dare I say it? I much prefer where they are now. I don’t think Jeff and Kitty get enough recognition in the romance world simply because the series is categorized as Science Fiction. You get all the stuff that makes this science-fiction-y BUT I think romance readers can also appreciate Koch’s chops at writing boy-meets-girl storyline. Koch just adds in aliens into the mix ;)ALIEN IN THE HOUSE is book 7 in the series and for those looking to try out the series, make sure you start at book one. As an ongoing series, there isn’t much recap of past events and I think this will save you from feeling a little lost.If you’re feeling brave and want to try something out of the romance genre, but still want that touch of love within your novels, then this is a great one to try out! I always recommend this one to romance readers who are looking for more imaginative, action-packed books.*Review Copy provided by publisher

  • Gary
    2019-05-25 09:41

    I just can't get enough of this series.The Story:Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini have learned the ins and outs of Washington politics, not to mention how to prevail in intergalactic war and foil dangerous plots. But, in the aftermath of Operation Destruction, the Gower girls’ powers are burned out, the entire A-C population has been “outed” as the aliens living on Earth that they are, and, worst of all, ACE is nowhere to be found.Then murder and mayhem are served up at an important dinner party at the American Centaurion Embassy, and when the dust settles Alpha Team and the Diplomatic Corps have more problems than just a dead Congressman.Is there a single criminal mastermind—or multiple enemies—behind all the conspiracies that want Kitty dead and the A-Cs gone or co-opted to become the War Division?The return of the best assassins in the business, the reappearance of two individuals long-presumed dead, Agent Malcolm Buchanan felled by something no one can identify or cure, and new technology that can block even the most powerful empath on Earth … all of this means the game’s officially afoot.Then Vance Beaumont comes to Kitty with a wild theory that someone is systematically killing off the House of Representatives…It’s up to Kitty and the rest of the gang to find out what’s really going on and why. But will they be able to stop the killer or killers before the rest of the U.S. House of Representatives become casualties? And will the replacement Representative for New Mexico’s 2nd District, who happens to be Jeff Martini, be the next to die?My Notes:1. Fast-paced and adrenaline-packed as always.2. Lots of characters I care about and adore.3. Lots of conspiracies which I loved.4. Lots of other awesome things that only the awesome Gini Koch can think and write about.5. I have a few questions though, and I was a little bummed they didn't get answered: a} What happened to the Princesses after the operation? b} What about ACE?Waiting for the next book already!

  • Tamara
    2019-05-24 11:37

    I started out really liking this series but I'm beginning to wonder with these later books. The difference between the earlier books and these later ones becomes very apparent with this book. I started to read these books because they were something newish. Something that was relatively unique. Lots of people have done aliens and lots of people have done aliens on our planet, but this series started out with a kind of irreverence that you don't' see that often, and when you do people can't pull it off well. The longer that this particular series goes on though the less funny these books are and the more series the whole thing takes itself. That's not why I read these books. I feel a little bit like there was some bait and switch going on. And that's just the biggest problem. The series has gotten stale. This book was over 500 pages and nothing happened. There has always been quite a bit of talking in these books and that's fine, but this was ALL talk. There are like two scenes that have action in them and that action is stilted and not fulfilling. And don't' even get me started on the ending. That was probably one of the most underwhelming endings that I've read in a long time. Not to mention the fact that the author has been using the exact same wording, the exact same sentences for seven books now. Enough is enough. Find some new words. I'll try the next book but if its anything like this one I won't be continuing the series.

  • Jo(Mixed Book Bag)
    2019-05-24 12:52

    Backstory: This is the 7th book in the series and there is a lot of backstory in the series. A lot of this is dropped in the different scenes in the book but there is a lot that assumes you have read the first six books. You can enjoy the book on its own but I recommend reading the series in order.Plot: This is a carry over from book 6. Someone is still plotting against the AC’s. While some have been defeated it looks like there is a Mastermind controlling everything. It is hard to know who to trust. Again Kitty and Jeff prevail but the mastermind is still out there.Characters: We have the usual team back on the job. There are a few new characters introduced. Action and dialog is very important and that is how you get know the characters. The main characters are already well developed and their actions are consistent with that development.Tension: Most of the tension in alien in the House is external. There is danger everywhere and everything is aimed at keeping everyone alive and well.Writing: Look for a lot of dialog. This is a book written in the active and the writing is filled with action and dialog. While this is a great addition to the series it reads like a middle book in a series. There is a lot of action and many things are disclosed but most is a set up for the next book. Expect a lot to be left up in the air.

  • Catherine
    2019-06-13 08:55

    My expectations for these books are pretty low when it comes to the writing quality and dialogue. However, the action and emotion that are conveyed usually make up for the weird style of writing. I was more annoyed than usual by Kitty's demeanor and the way she communicated and interacted with the rest of the world. She always had "Mary Sue" tendencies and the author always tries to tie up the plot lines a little too neatly and always goes at least one step too far on the "all's well that ends well" path at the end of each book. I guess I was just not as ready to forgive her for these bad habits this time around because it felt like the story was becoming a farce. Kitty walks into what should be normal situations and almost gets killed several times during the story, but then at the end she gets the bad guys without really even trying. It was anticlimactic and the big wrap up just fell flat. The romance and the passion are sort of gone for me on these and the sex scenes with Kitty and Jeff are so uninteresting now that I really wish she would just skip them altogether at this point. The description of the trench coat and fedora did not do anything for me and if I wanted to feel like I'm forcing myself to stay awake for sex, I'd put down the book and have sex with my husband.