Saturday, August 28, 2010

Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles

Hardcover, 336 pages
Walker & Company
April 2010

"Listen Chica-," Carlos says when we're driving to my mom's store.
"Don't call me that anymore," I tell him.
"What do you want me to call, then?"
I shrug, "Whatever. Just not chica."
Carlos holds his hands up. "What do you want from me? You want me to tell you lies? Okay. Kiara, without your I'm nothin'. Kiara, you own my heart and soul. Kiara, I love you. Is that what you want to hear?"
"No guy who actually says those things really means them."
"I bet your brother says them to Brittany and means them."
"That's because he's lost all common sense. I thought you were the one girl who didn't fall for my bullshit."
"I don't. Consider my wanting you as my real boyfriend as a lapse in judgment," I tell him. "But I'm over it."

If you loved Alex Fuentes wait until you meet his brother Carlos...
Carlos Fuentes idolized his older brother, Alex, when he was a member of the Latino Blood. So when Alex chose to get jumped out of the gang for a chance at a future with his gringa girlfriend, Brittany, Carlos felt shocked and betrayed. Even worse, Alex forced Carlos to come back from Mexico to join him on the straight and narrow path. Trouble is, Carlos just wants to keep living on the edge. And ties to his Mexican gang aren't easy to break, even hundreds of miles away in Colorado.
In Boulder, Carlos has to live with one of Alex's college professors-and he feels completely out of place. He'x even more thrown by his strong feelings for the professor's daughter, Kiara, who is nothing like the girls he's usually drawn to. But Carlos and Kiara soon discover that in the matters of the heart, the rules of attraction overpower the social difference that conspire to keep them apart.

This book is so like Perfect Chemistry. It had me from first page to the last page. It may be about Alex's brother but, you still get Brittany and Alex in the story. I was so drawn into this story that I read it in one day and decided that being tired on less amount of sleep for the work the next day was worth it. This book just over took my mind. When I was at work all I thought about was Kiara and Carlos. I loved the little things they did.

This book is Perfect Chemistry all over again, BUT even better because you get the couple from Perfect Chemistry and a new couple. Carlos is so much like Alex whoever you pictured as Alex you may picture as Carlos to.

As you read this you can feel all the emotion they are experiencing. When there is tension you feel the tension. When they are caught up in the moment you feel like you are the one he is going kiss or "almost" kiss.

Even though it is so much like Perfect Chemistry it is also so much different from it. Kiara and Carlos aren't forced to face their attraction to each other in the same way Brittany and Alex were. Brittany was the rich, girly girl that Alex feel for. Whereas, Kiara, can be classified as tomboy and Carlos fell for her.

I can add the Fuentes brothers to my list of fictional characters I am attracted too.
I would love to see Simone Elkeles do a third book with either their younger brother Luis or having it fast forward to either couple being married with a kid of their own. I would love that. I know at the end of each book she does a 26 years later type of thing so I would love to see those continue into their own book.


  1. I love this series, such a good read :) Nice review !

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  3. Sounds like a great read. Loved the excerpt.

  4. I've read this book recently and loved it even more than Perfect chemistry (if it's even possible). I can't wait till 3rd book comes out. Did you know, Perfect chemistry is going to be a movie? :) Oh how I adore Simone Elkeles!


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