Rules of Attraction

Rules of Attraction

by Simone Elkeles

SYNOPSIS:

Book 2 in the Perfect Chemistry Series.
When Carlos Fuentes returns to America after living in Mexico for a year, he doesn’t want any part of the life his older brother, Alex, has laid out for him at a high school in Colorado . Carlos likes living his life on the edge and wants to carve his own path—just like Alex did. Then he meets Kiara Westford. She doesn’t talk much and is completely intimidated by Carlos’ wild ways. As they get to know one another, Carlos assumes Kiara thinks she’s too good for him, and refuses to admit that she might be getting to him. But he soon realizes that being himself is exactly what Kiara needs right now.

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Book #2 in Series

Sometimes I wish I would have started by reading this book before “Perfect chemistry” because I am sure I would have liked this one a lot better.. and indeed this book is great. I must confess that I fell in love with “Perfect Chemistry” and now it’s so damn hard not to compare them, but I’ll give it a try.

I should start by saying that I was NOT disappointed by this book, and it was a great pleasure to read it. If you just keep in mind that this is another book, and just stop comparing them, you will see that this book will give you the same amount of joy after reading it as the first one. I didn’t get to read an amazing love story, but I got to read a really funny one, and deep into my heart it was the same feeling of delight.

“You’re dangerous.”he says.
“Why?”
“Because you make me believe in the impossible.”

Even though the romantic part of the story was not as great as I expected it to be (something was missing and I don’t really know what that might be), there were some other things about this book that I really loved:

  • The hilarious little brother Kiara has, that turns every scene with him into a comedy;
  • Kiara’s best friend who is smart and funny and it was always a pleasure to read his lines (I would love to have a best friend like him.. and I might think that the fact that he is gay is really part of his charm );
  • The family relationship it’s amazing, I want some parents like that;
    also there were some sweet moments between Kiara and Carlos that i liked a lot;
  • Oh, and I love that we get to see Alex and Brittany in this book too.

I can’t really say that there are things that I don’t like, but I don’t know why I couldn’t relate to the love story.

Maybe (in books) I don’t like the really-nice-girls, and the not-so-bad-boys because they are a bit boring (now i said it). In the previous book the chemistry was so great (and I know that now I’m comparing them, I just can’t help it) and that might be why I just felt that something was missing here. There was no real danger (and i missed it), and I missed the “flirty” attitude of the main characters from the first book.. and also some character seemed to be there just to fill in the space (like for example the “beautiful Madison”)

All in one, if you ask me if it’s worth reading this book, well I think it is. I think that it’s hard for a book to have a great romance in it and to be really funny and appealing to all people, and this book had a lot of competition with “Perfect chemistry” on our hands… But Simone E. is doing a good job and with every new book she gets better at it.

Can’t wait for the next one 🙂

‘Do you play football?’ Brandon asks.
‘No.’
‘Baseball?’
‘Nope.’
Brandon is on a roll and won’t stop until he’s found the answer he’s looking for. ‘Tennis?’
‘That would be a nada’
‘Then what sport do you play?’
Carlos puts down his food. Oh, no. He’s got a rebellious gleam in his eye as he says:
‘The horizontal tango.’
Alex stands and says through chlenched teeth:
‘Carlos let’s talk. In private. Ahora.’
Brandon turns to my dad with big, innocent eyes.
‘Daddy, do you know how to do the horizontal tango?’

 

ro Note: The Romanian version of the review can be found here.

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  • FunForEveryone

    The horizontal tango…best line ever.
    Oh, I’m a psychic here to tell you that you ended up hating Chain Reaction. (No I’m not. I just read your review for Chain Reaction first.)

    • Ari

      Brandon was such a cute kid, he made me laugh everytime. In fact many characters in this book were funny and likable.