Review: Rules of Attraction

Author: Simone Elkeles
  • Series: Perfect Chemistry #2
  • Published: April 13, 2010
  • Publisher: Walker Books
  • Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Pages: 324 pages
  • 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.

~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

Much like Perfect Chemistry, Rules of Attraction takes us on a wildly entertaining and oddly romantic ride. Carlos is ten times as stubborn as Alex ever was. Kiara is a shy girl that won't stand down to Carlos and his wild ways, despite how wary she is of them. Oddly enough, they're perfect for each other.

This book begins with Carlos coming back to America. Unbeknownst to his mother, he joined a gang back in Mexico and they'll never truly leave him alone. While there, he also learned how much fun messing with women could be. His mother sent him back to America to live with his brother, Alex, whose now in college and still dating Brittany. Their mother is hoping that he'll straighten out like Alex did. Boy, was she wrong. 

Carlos truly resented Alex for leaving their family for "selfish" reasons like being with Brit and pursuing an education. So the beginning of the book is full of him rebelling against his new authority figure. Unfortunately, that makes Carlos come in contact with the wrong type of crowd. A bunch of problems later, Carlos finds himself standing in front of a judge that orders him to live with Mr. Westford, Kiara's father and Alex's professor. That's when the two of their worlds collide and they immediately begin fighting their attraction to each other.

As always, Elkeles has the chapters alternate between both Kiara and Carlos' perspectives. While I can't say that their journey lives up to Alex and Brit's, I did truly enjoy it. It's an entertaining read that'll satisfy any reader of the series. Both Carlos and Kiara are entirely different from Alex and Brit, and you'll fall in love with them instantly. Actually, I take that back, you'll fall in love with Kiara instantly. I'm sure Carlos would be happy to hear that his initial pigheadedness made me think he was a cocky jerk at first, but I loved the slow process of discovering the real him alongside Kiara.

Who would have known that there was a Fuentes who was more arrogant than Alex? This book is only earning 4.5 stars. As much as I love Elkeles and her amazing writing, I don't think any of her books can live up to the amazingness that was Perfect Chemistry. But damn, did Carlos come close to filling Alex's shoes.


The covers in this series seem to be beyond cliche, even though they all have something to do with each other. I have to say the concept in this one is sort of cute and adorable in an extremely cheesy way.


 4.5 stars


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    1. As did I! My review of the third book is going up Saturday! <3

  2. OMG this one was my favorite out of the three :) I'm so glad you liked it. I've got to say at fisrt when I saw this series I laughed at it but when I read it I was like "WOW!!!" (In a great way)