Rules of Attraction…Need I Say More?

Posted June 21, 2010 in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

Rules of Attraction…Need I Say More?Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles
Series: Perfect Chemistry #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Published by Walker/Bloomsbury Childrens on April 13, 2010
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover
Source: Bought
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When Carlos Fuentes returns to America after living in Mexico for the past year, he doesn't want any part of the life his older brother, Alex, has laid out for him in Colorado. When he meets Kiara Westford, a good girl totally unlike any of the girls he's usually drawn to, Carlos assumes Kiara thinks she's too good for him. But will he put his pride aside when he realizes that being with Kiara might finally allow him to be his true self?

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Ever fell for the hot, mysterious new bad boy in your school with the smoldering eyes, beautiful face and body plus a cocky attitude you couldn’t resist?  What would you do if he lived not across town but across the hall as a guest in your home? Well this is what Kiara has to go through in Elkeles latest tale with Carlos, Alex from Perfect Chemistry younger brother. Carlos moves to Colorado to live with his brother after things go terribly wrong in Mexico and his life is on the line.  Right from the start Elkeles captured me by the heart and didn’t let go. I can relate to Kiara’s character and how she’s strong and independent but still has vulnerabilities and I fell for Carlos’s straight forward cocky attitude that covers the pain he harbors inside from his past. The title is called Rules of Attraction and the attraction between Kiara and Carlos sure enough live up to the title.  Their chemistry was explosive and had me turning the pages so fast to see if these two who come from such different backgrounds would give into their feelings.  I really enjoy seeing these two strong characters that could normally hold their own tumble unpredictably into love.

Though the romance was hot and heavy, so was the plot.  I really enjoyed how Elkeles didn’t shy away from the important relevant topics in teen lives like sex, drugs, and gang life, facing them head on.  In focusing on these serious topics she made the story that much more engaging and added another element of intensity which had pages turning practically on their own.  One of the things that I appreciated was the family element and how tight and together Kiara’s family was as well as Carlos’s family even though they been through a lot.  What I expected out of this book was a knock out romance filled with danger and unforgettable characters that made me feel and Elkeles delivered on all fronts.  I recommend this book to those looking for a good romance with danger and intrigue thrown into the mix. As with Elkeles books this is a must read.

5 Stars

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