Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Book Review: Rules of Attraction (Perfect Chemistry #2) by Simone Elkeles

Title: Rules of Attraction
Author: Simone Elkeles
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s
Publishing Date: October 2010
Length: 336 pages
Genre: YA, contemporary romance
Source: Bought

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.

Summary by Goodreads

In RULES OF ATTRACTION it's the turn of second eldest Fuentes brother Carlos to find love. His mother wants him to live with his older brother Alex, which fortunately ends up in a big conflict. Carlos doesn’t want to stay and especially not fall for the daughter of his host.

The story is told from Kiara and Carlos' point of view which is great to get impressions of their-very different- current life styles and thoughts. Carlos is once again a bad boy- sigh - so prepare to fall for him. Kiara is a kind of boyish but at the same time very cute girl, you'll like her!
I like those stories that present a major conflict point in two very different personalities being forced to spend time together and Carlos and Kiaria are definitely two of them!

What I really like about RULES OF ATTRACTION are its secondary characters. Alex and Brit are back and a permanent element of the story of the second PERFECT CHEMISTRY novel.  And they're not even stuck, their story moves forward, too.

Writing and authentic elements in form of Mexican-American culture are as good as in PERFECT CHEMISTRY. Elkeles is an author who feeds her readers with cookies. She writes many smoldering and sweet scenes between Carlos and Kiara until we are stuffed and content in the end. I love cookies and there is always room for one more (in form of CHAIN REACTION, sure!)

1) cookie magnets are not only a fantastic prank idea but also delicious
2) at some point  it's time to play GI Joe
3) sometimes the most hilarious dances are the horizontal
4) some rules require to be broken
5) of kisses between cars and rain

5/5 ***** Smoldering and charismatic! RULES OF ATTRACTION is a fantastic sequel to PEFECT CHEMISTRY.

The PERFECT CHEMISTRY series provided me with Fuentes charm, cookies and a great fictional story. With RULES OF ATTRACTION Simone Elkeles wrote the receipt for a spicy and mouth-watering YA novel.

* Have you read PERFECT CHEMISTRY yet or are you already reading CHAIN REACTION?

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  1. I read Perfect Chemistry and Rules of Attraction und loved them! I will read Chain Reaction soon and I think it will be awesome :)

  2. Although I LOVED Perfect Chemistry, I still havent had a chance to pick up book 2. I've read GREAt things about it and its even sitting on my bookshelf.... I just need to find some time to pick it up. Maybe this comin gup wekeend? either way, great review!

    Diana @The Lovely Getaway

  3. I didn't love this one like I loved Perfect Chemistry, but I thought it was still a pretty good read!

  4. Awesome review! I really want to read this :)

  5. I listened to Perfect Chemistry :) And really looking forward to listening to this one as well. When I get the time :D

  6. I finished reading the trilogy not so long ago and I loved them so much! I think this second book is my favorite! I loved Carlos' and Kiara's character and I really liked that Alex and Brit are also part of the story!