Saturday, August 21, 2010

Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles

Summary: (from book jacket) 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 hr feels completely out of place. He's even 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 matters of the heart, the rules of attraction overpower the social differences that conspire to keep them apart.
 Review: This book is the second book in the Perfect Chemistry series and I really liked it. The romance part of the book wasn't overly done. Carlos is working out his issues and and falling in love simultaneously and I liked the combination of the two. I was afraid it was going to be more similar to Perfect Chemistry but it wasn't.
 The characters in this book were really great. Carlos was edgy, dangerous and cocky but he also had a softer side that was hidden most of the time. I definitely see the family resemblance between the two Fuentes brothers. I also liked Kiara. She was normal she wasn't perfect and didn't pretend to be. She was just an average teenage girl with self confidence issues and it made her really relate able. I liked the fact that there Alex and Brittany were still part of the story. I was glad to see the ways that they had both changed since the last book. The only thing I found a little unrealistic was Kiara's parents. Their attitude toward her and Carlos's relationship was a little more casual than what I would expect from an average family.
 The thing that made this book really great was the message that it sends about learning to trust people and accept them for who they are.That is essentially what this series represents and I felt it really strongly in this book.
 This book is full of romance, friendship and learning to accept yourself and others the way they are. if your look for an exciting new romance check out this series.

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