Book Review: Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles

Rules of Attraction is the second book in the Perfect Chemistry series by Simone Elkeles. It was published on 6th January by Simon and Schuster Children’s Books and it is 368 pages long.
Carlos Fuentes does not want to leave his family in Mexico. Although his life isn’t fantastic, he doesn’t want to leave his mother and brother in order to live with older brother, Alex. Carlos is quite a free spirit who doesn’t like being told what to do so the idea of conforming to Alex’s rules doesn’t sound much fun at all.
Kiara Westford is Carlos’ opposite. She’s extremely shy and likes to shut out the world. She certainly doesn’t live on the edge. When her and Carlos’ lives collide, Kiara is forced to re-think her life and what she is all about. Carlos is determined that Kiara thinks that she is too good for him, due to her families way of life but he never said he was interested in her, did he? As they get to know each other, they realise that they have so much more in common than they both thought was possible. Their quickly growing connection scares them but can Carlos and Kiara get over their initial fears in order to find something amazing?
What I thought
After reading Perfect Chemistry last year, I was dying to read the next instalment of the Fuentes brothers’ stories. As soon as I got my hands on a copy of Rules of Attraction, I couldn’t put it down.
What I liked about Carlos was that he was so different to Alex. He quite liked his dangerous life and didn’t want to try to do any better. When their mother ships Carlos off to Colorado to live with Alex, he isn’t pleased at all, knowing that Alex will try to change him and to try to make him live a straight edged life like he does. Carlos does have some of the traits that I loved about Alex though. He’s cocky, arrogant and full of himself but funny at the same time. I know they aren’t the typical things to look for in a guy but I can’t help liking the bad boy in a book. He also has a tattoo in a very sexy place but I will leave you to find out where.
Kiara comes from a well off family so instantly, Carlos has a bit of a dislike for her, thinking that she believes she is better than everyone else. He couldn’t be more wrong. Kiara was a really sweet character and is very shy when it comes to letting anyone in. For years, Kiara has had to go to speech therapy to sort out her stutter and because of this, she feels very insecure about being around people and in sticky situations. She does have best friend Tuck to look out for her though. What I liked the most about Kiara was that she was so different to the popular girls she hated at her school. Instead of worrying about her hair and what she is wearing, Kiara would rather be fixing up her car or taking a hike in the mountains. It was great to see a girl who wasn’t self obsessed at all.
The chemistry between her and Carlos was fantastic right from the very beginning. Both characters were quite witty and the conversation between the two bounced off of each other very nicely. I loved seeing what comeback they would think of next. As Carlos slowly gets to know Kiara, even though he doesn’t want to, he realises just how much he likes her. Because of this, a completely different side to Carlos is shown. For a small amount of time, gone is the full of himself gang member and out comes the guy who would do anything for this girl. I have to say that their relationship, when they weren’t bickering at each other, was extremely sweet and I couldn’t help routing for them the whole way through.
One of the things that I liked about the previous book was how hard hitting the parts about being in a gang were. I felt like this was an aspect that was toned down too much in this book. I felt utterly terrified for Alex but I didn’t get that same feeling this time around for Carlos. While I knew things could turn out really badly, the same impact just wasn’t there and I my heart didn’t skip a few beats like it did last time. Luckily though, one extremely steamy scene made up for this.
While I thought Rules of Attraction was really good, I didn’t love it quite as much as Perfect Chemistry. Maybe that’s my love for Alex showing through. Overall though, Rules of Attraction is a great read and one for fans of the first in the series. I still cant wait to see what happens with the youngest brother of the bunch, Luis.

Thanks to the publishers for providing a copy of this book for review.

8 thoughts on “Book Review: Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles

  1. I totally agree I loved ROA yes but it was very clear to me that not as much as I did PC, and your right in the sense that I was very scared for Alex and rooting for him and Brittany the whole time, and had those moments where my heart was beating like crazy and swooning!

    ROA did do some of that for me but perhaps my greater love for Alex had something to do with that, I'm a bit worried about the third book, I always saw potential of hotness in Carlos before, but the youngest brother well I saw him as a kid, how I am going to see him as a hottie is beyond me. I've also taken into account that Alex will be a lot older and that makes me sad 😦 I'm still excited like crazy though!!


  2. I know what you mean as Rules of Attraction is no 'Perfect Chemistry' but I think it's an absolutely brilliant book! I couldn't get enough of it.

    Carlos is so different from Alex but at the same time so similar! Their stubborness and lack of self worth seems to run in their family. The differences aren't popping up in my head right now..but they aren't exactly the same. You get to see the sweet side of Carlos when he is playing football with Kiara's little brother.

    I think Kiara's parents were cool..but I wouldn't want to over step the mark with him. Not with his background. Also, I love how Kiara's family are so open and can talk about anything with her parents..I feel the same with my parents so I could connect. Kiara is such a strong female lead and I think she would pose a great role model. She is sweet, kind, can cook, charitable, intelligent and she over came a great struggle.

    Anyway, I will shut up now and save it for when I write my review! LOL

    Naomi aka Supernatural Bookworm


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