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Parallel Attraction (The Parallel Series #1)

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From a fantastic and riveting new voice in paranormal fiction (New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Morning) comes a thrilling debut novel of danger, passion, and a love that crosses all boundaries of time and space. Original.
Paperback, 452 pages
Published April 4th 2006 by Signet
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I haven't read very much science fiction romance, but this is a good one to read to get into the genre. It was a bit slow in parts, but a very good story all the same.

I fell in love with Jared early on in this book, when he was fourteen years old, in fact. He is everything a king should be: noble, good-hearted, self-sacrificing, strong, intelligent, and of iron-willed disposition. Yet there is also a gentleness to him, a very kind nature. It is very evident why his people and the soldiers in hi
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Sobia
Aug 21, 2009 Sobia rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: people who like sci-fi romance who don't care if it's good SFR or not.
I’m not entirely sure what to say… The idea behind the book was good, as was the first few chapters…. But there are just so many Issues I have, that make it nearly impossible for me to really like it:

The beginning (which I realized at the end, was the best part) felt rushed : We’re introduced to a multitude of characters, but don’t really get to know any of them… So they’re later actions and reactions make no sense.

Then there’s the relationship between our Hero and heroine.. . . I don’t know wh
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Yz the Whyz
Aug 23, 2008 Yz the Whyz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: deidre-knight
This book was a pleasant surprise. I almost didn't read it, because I'm not big on sci-fi or alien romance. However, this book was so beautifully written it drew me in.

I find the characters well-developed, the relationship very sweet and poignant, and the plot intriguing enough to keep me reading, and wondering what will happen next.

Definitely, I will be looking for the next book.
Riley
May 12, 2013 Riley rated it really liked it
I should have read this book a long time ago! This paperback has been on my shelf waiting to be read for a few years. Leaving the e-reader behind, I took this one with me on vacation this summer and finally got to read it.

I'm always happy to find a good Sci-fi romance. One with both a good plot and strong characters. Parallel Attraction fits the bill.

Unbeknownst to us Earthlings, our world has been the stage for an intergalactic battle. Jared, the Refarian king, exiled on Earth, has been fighti
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Mary
Aug 26, 2009 Mary rated it did not like it
I gave this 60 pages to convince me it wasn't drivel, and actually gave it another 40 just in case. Nope. What a waste of trees. It was like Sweet Valley High in space. The "hero" returns in his 30's after meeting a girl as a teen. He's supposedly a deposed king but he stutters, makes all kinds of bad decisions, and acts like an adolescent. The "heroine" gives me a toothache just reading about her smarmy sweetness. Where's the toothpaste, and do I have a brush long enough to reach my brain? Sorr ...more
Carrie
Oct 12, 2009 Carrie rated it really liked it
Definitely above average. It is listed as a paranormal romance, but this isn't what I consider paranormal. It is more alternate reality, or even sci-fi rom. The plot development was good, the pacing better than average, and the character development solid. I loved the intersection (parallel) time lines. What could have been an overworked storyline was used quite effectively. Plus the romance was wonderful. Overall a very enjoyable read and I look forward to the next in the series.
Summer Ann
I really wanted to like this book, especially as sci-fi romance is a hard genre to find in the first place. However it was just not as good as I'd hoped. The instant attraction when the hero and heroine were young was cute but seemed a little much for their age. When they got older the relationship seemed a little forced too, even with the whole 'bond/mated' relationship they suddenly have. Oh well.
Rebecca
Feb 11, 2010 Rebecca rated it really liked it
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Heather andrews
Feb 24, 2014 Heather andrews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really did love this book, I loved Jared and Kelsey and their relationship. Jared he's not from here per say, and his ways are erm... unusual, "there," he said when he was finished. He gave a satisfied sound of approval as he studied her. "Yes, you wear my stone well." He's fiercely loyal and protective, "he wanted a relationship with me, but only on his terms" she clarified, laughing softly. "And I was willing...for a while. Until he hurt me." He felt an irrepressible flash of fury: That any ...more
Rachel
Mar 24, 2014 Rachel rated it liked it
Pretty standard, though definitely more PNR than Sci-fi. Those interested in complex, alien-world-building will likely be disappointed. For readers searching for a romance in which the hero happens to be an alien but not "too alien" Parallel Attraction will probably be more your speed.

Nothing about the book really stood out for me. The steamy scenes were appropriately steamy and the action was appropriately "action-y." The time travel aspect was interesting but at the end of the book when it bec
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Michelle the Romance Witch
This one was definitely a low side of the three. Sadly there was soooo much potential in this series with the awesome characters and a pretty decent sounding back-story. Sadly it falls very of short of what I was expecting. There was way too much wishy washy bi-polar thoughts bouncing back and forth from all the characters. There was an also way too much weirdness without enough back-story to explain why thing were happening the way they were. Don't get me wrong I’m all for expanding the imagina ...more
Kay
Dec 27, 2008 Kay rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-romance
I picked up this book because it's sci-fi romance and because the author is an agent and I was curious to see what kind of book she'd write. She writes just fine, but I couldn't give this book more than three stars. When I bought this book, I thought it was a stand alone nove, but as I crossed the halfway point, I kept getting the feeling that the second half of the book was just a setup for sequels. There were two separate POVs that were thrown in in the last fifty pages or so. That bothered me ...more
G.G.
Jan 02, 2014 G.G. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Parallel attraction was an enjoyable read. Aliens and time travel, what's not to love? I can't hide it; these are probably my two favorite themes in sci-fi and I was happy to find both in the same novel.
The prologue immediately sets the mood. From the beginning, the author makes you feel with the characters. Even when the antagonist comes into play, you get to learn of his motives, so you can't help but understand him also.
Although it's a series and there is one tiny thing that didn't get the
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Barb
Mar 29, 2014 Barb rated it really liked it
I received this book in exchange for an honest review (LoP).

What I liked about this story was the relationship between Jared and Kelsey. It was very different and interesting. We are talking closeness on every level here! This story could really go anywhere because of the different facets the author added and time travel helps storylines.

Jared’s very hot! I love warrior/king scenarios – makes the guy very manly. It could have given a little more info on the Refarian home planet and more of his
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Michelle Gilmore
I've had this one in my TBR pile for a long time. I can't believe I waited this long to finally read it. From the beginning, without giving away any spoilers, I was rooting for Jared and Kelsey to get together. Jared is a hero that a reader can really get into in my opinion. I would've liked a bit more background info on him, and there were a few things mentioned that felt like filler, but overall I enjoyed the world building, the romance between Jared and Kelsey, and really feel that the other ...more
Mad Giles (Giles A. Madding)
Love Found In a Time of War

3.25 Stars

This was an overall enjoyable selection chosen in the effort to continue my exploration of the sci-fi romance subgenre. I felt this was as a decent start to a series where introduced to the different races and characters assumed to populate the rest of the books. The story’s flow is a little slow and confusing at times as you jump through different points on the timeline.

The attraction between the main characters felt genuine, though the romance moves quickly
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Kristen
Feb 26, 2011 Kristen rated it really liked it
If you love paranormal romance that's out of this world, this is the one for you. Kelsey Wells met Jared Bennett, when they were teenagers in Wyoming. She was human, and he was an alien from a planet, who needs to mate and have a heir. He's also king. When he disappears, their memory was erased. Years later, they meet each other, recovering the love they had, and an attraction that forced them to be together. But there's others who wants them to be apart, and enemies who wished them destroyed. W ...more
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Oct 09, 2012 ♥ Rainy Day Reader ♥ rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi-romance
I absolutely loved this book. I was hooked from the start. It was really nice to see less of a he-man alpha male as the main character. A little vulnerability never hurt anyone!
Nicole
I received this book from the author and the Lovers of Paranormal group in exchange for a honest review.

Background: Jared (the Refarian King and leader of the rebellion) is exiled on Earth for his protection. The Refarians are fighting the Antousians. The Refarians have hidden sensitive materials on Earth.

My Thoughts: After reading about 250 pages, I was ready to give this book only 2 stars. As you have read in my previous reviews, the fated mates theme is not my favorite. Too often, the hero an
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Eva Millien
Feb 28, 2014 Eva Millien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
3 1/2 STARS *** This review is based on the 2013 revised ebook edition ***

The first book in the Parallel series is a fascinating alien romance that keeps readers on their toes.

Alien warrior Jared Bennett has spent years in exile on Earth developing a weapon that will alter the fabric of time and hopefully bring peace to his own people. The last thing on his mind is finding a mate, but a chance encounter with scientist Kelsey Wells ignites a scorching desire far more consuming than talks of rebel
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Denise Van plew
Mar 30, 2014 Denise Van plew rated it really liked it
I have read several books by this author already so I do so enjoy her writing. It is not often I will read a book twice because there are so many I have not read and so little time that when I chose this one I thought I had read it but wasn't sure it was a few years ago if I had. Sure enough I had but since I so enjoy her writing and really liked this book it was well worth the second time around. The storyline draws you in right away with characters that grab ahold of you. Kesley is a alpha typ ...more
Ramneek
Jan 17, 2014 Ramneek rated it liked it
'Parallel Attraction' is a great sci-fi romance and a quick, easy read that will probably appeal to people who like sci-fi romance with little sci-fi.

Kelsey Wells and Jared Bennett meet when they are young teenagers but because of his alien, kingly status, both Jared's and Kelsey's minds are erased and they forget that they ever met each other. Years later they meet again and they feel the exact same attraction but is it safe for Kelsey to fall in love with an alien King?

The plot was way too rus
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Marta Cox
Feb 05, 2014 Marta Cox rated it it was amazing
I first read this book a couple of years ago and I am so pleased to see it finally being rereleased for those of us who use ebooks. It was my very first sci fi type romance and opened my eyes to a whole new genre. Aliens hiding out on Earth may be a popular theme in many books recently but not many will be as well written and sensual as this. Deidre Knight is without doubt at the top of her game.
Jared's people are at war and have been for a long time. Jared is their King but he's living in exile
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Christina Avitable
Mar 21, 2014 Christina Avitable rated it liked it
I got this book free for do a honest review (LOP)

Let me start off by saying that though i gave it as a 3 star rating it is still good. This being the fifth series I have read dealing with aliens ( Krinar Chronicles, Midnight Breed, Light Within me,Alien Huntress Novels) it doesnt have as much intensity that I imagined it would have like the others.

That being said. The book was good and i did really like it. I found that the beginning how they met as young teens to be the sweetest kind of like t
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Maria Dodd
Mar 26, 2014 Maria Dodd rated it really liked it
Shelves: r2r
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review, Lovers of Paranormal.

I loved this book. I'm not sure quite what held me back from giving 5 stars but it certainly deserves the 4. I noticed that not everybody agrees with my star rating but this book appealed to me on lots of levels.

The 'alien' aspect wasn't overdone but was kept in our attention throughout. The love story was very well written. The fact that Jared and Kelsey met as teenagers and then again years later was handled very well
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Sallie
Mar 15, 2012 Sallie rated it liked it
The writing was okay, but I ended up skiming most everything after the end of the Marco section. I kept waiting for the hero/heroine to pick up the thing he left, but they never did and the only other time it's referenced is at the very end. grrr. Other than that, I echo the other reviews which mention the lack of depth for most of the characters. In the end, I didn't really get to know the hero or heroine and didn't really care about their situation. I wonder if it's because the writer padded t ...more
Paranormal Romance
A prince outcast from his planet and secretly hiding away on earth has his aircraft shot down over a lake and meets a human. To save the information in his head from being discovered by other humans or lost if he dies, he bonds with her and transplants everything into her. As a result he comes back for her and takes her to his lair. Turns out she's his mate and after having their memories wiped have no recollection of there love until the bonding. They instantly fall back in love only to have he ...more
Michelle
Aug 07, 2012 Michelle rated it liked it
Unfortunately this book was not a favorite of mine. I really enjoy sci/fi romance, you can never get enough futuristic. I think I just didn’t like the execution of this story. I didn’t find the hero, King Jared, very alpha. He had some character traits that I found to be a little weak. I liked Kelsey but I felt like she dismissed her day to day life pretty quick. I felt that there was some untapped story lines, specifically with her family and how she will deal with her new life with Jared. I al ...more
Amie Knight
Dec 28, 2013 Amie Knight rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty Darn good!

I received this book from Paranormal Romance & Authors that Rock in exchange for an honest review. This was a very convoluted tale of aliens, wars, time travel, and love.
There are a good many reasons I enjoyed this book. The first being the characters. They were beautifully written. My heart broke for some of them and my heart soared for the others. The author did a gorgeous job of introducing and making me love not just the main characters but also the background characters
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Carolyn Reilly
This is the first book in the Parallel series and also the first book I got to read by this author.

Parallel attraction is a riveting ride full of otherworldly danger, action, suspense and intense passion . It's a fascinating sci-fi romance with time travel elements.

The worldbuilding is amazing and the author has given great attention to detail. The storyline is well-paced and imaginative and all characters are believable and well-developed.

I loved the sizzling attraction and deep emotional bond
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Deidre Knight is a literary agent, mom, wife, novelist and southern woman, and proud to answer to all of these titles. Before she founded The Knight Agency in 1996, Deidre worked behind the camera in movies and television. During the thirteen years since she launched her literary agency, she has grown The Knight Agency to national prominence, shepherding authors on to every major bestseller list. ...more
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“The seeking of a mate shall be undertaken with due preparation and care. A life-bond should never be contemplated as a light thing--unlike a legal union or sanctified joining, the sealing of souls CANNOT be severed. When a mate is SOULBOUND to another--LIFEMATED, as some have come to regard it--a mystery is engaged. In one aspect mystical, the lifemating process is the most sublime endeavor that a Refarian may assume. Once formed, the bond must be ever cherished and nurtured by the process of lifelong rigor.” 22 likes
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