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Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Genre: Romance

Release Date: 4/13/2010

Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers

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About the Book: Carlos Fuentes has returned to the United States after living in Mexico for two years. His older brother Alex has a plan for him to get his act together and make a better life, but Carlos wants none of it. When Carlos meets Kiara, they immediately butt heads. Kiara is shy and keeps to herself, Carlos loves to party. But their lives keep intertwining and the two will learn that maybe they're better for each other than they both thought.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I loved Perfect Chemistry, so I was somewhat nervous about reading this one. I'm happy to say I was not disappointed! Once again, Simone Elkeles writes a hot steamy romance that I quickly devoured. If you ever find yourself in a reading slump, pick these books up because they will get you back into your reading groove!

I did have some trouble connecting with Carlos more than I did Alex in Perfect Chemistry. Carlos is very hotheaded and while he knows he should stop acting like a party boy player, he enjoys that image and gets himself in trouble. I felt it took Carlos longer to really learn he was playing with fire, which was frustrating, but I also think it was true of his character.

I liked Kiara. She was a shy, but she could also stand up to Carlos, which I liked. I loved her cookie prank-brilliant!! I also liked the fact that she had a great family and enjoyed having family movie nights, hung out with her little brother, and didn't mind helping her mom at her shop. She was very down to earth and I liked that.

The romance took me a little bit to believe-at first I wasn't sure why these two would really be attracted to each other. But I warmed up to it and found it to be a fun (and hot!) romance. The ending got a little cheesy, but what's a good romance without a little cheese? And I actually liked the epilogue of this one better-I just found it more believable.

Fans of Perfect Chemistry will of course enjoy this one. There are some glimpses into Brittany and Alex's life, which is fun for fans. You don't have to have read the first book as Rules of Attraction stands on it's own very well. Again, this one is very steamy so I'm warning you if you blush easily! Overall this is a fun romance that's a quick read and will leave readers happily sighing.

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from ARC sent by publisher


  1. Fantastic review! I can't wait to read this and I'm glad to hear that it is as good as Perfect Chemistry. I have a feeling I will still like Alex more than Carlos.

    I think the third book about Luis will be great too. Hopefully we won't have to wait too long to read it.

  2. Christina-

    I was wondering that too-if the third book would be Luis. Although the way Rules of Attraction ended, I thought it could be about some characters we saw there. I'm eager to find out!

  3. Rules of Attraction sounds really good (especially since I like my romance with a little cheese too). Great review!

  4. Great review!

    Adding to my wish list!

  5. Great review!! Can't wait to read this book!

  6. Ooh you make it sound so good! I'm looking forward to reading it!


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