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Grade 10 Up—In this sequel to Perfect Chemistry (Walker, 2009), Elkeles once again delivers a steamy page-turner bound to make teens swoon. After getting involved with a dangerous gang in Mexico, Carlos Fuentes is sent to live in Colorado with his older brother, Alex. Unwilling to straighten up and abide by Alex's rules, he soon gets into trouble when he is framed for narcotics possession by a drug lord with powerful gang ties. Carlos avoids expulsion from high school by living with Alex's former instructor, Professor Westford, and his family, and attending an after-school program for at-risk teens. Romance ensues when tough-talking, authority-flouting Carlos finds himself inexplicably drawn to Kiara, the professor's studious, outdoorsy, and vintage-car-loving daughter. Unfortunately, love is complicated, because while Carlos wants to be with Kiara, he is also struggling to extricate himself from the grasp of the drug lord who framed him. After he is seriously beaten up, he, Alex, and Professor Westford concoct a plan to bring the drug lord to justice. As in Perfect Chemistry, the brothers' dialogue is infused with plenty of Spanish, but it's clear in context. The ending is somewhat contrived and rushed, and minor characters are not as well developed. However, the passion between Carlos and Kiara, who tell their story in alternating narratives, is compelling enough to engage teens, especially those who were taken with Alex and Brittany's romance in the previous book.—Lalitha Nataraj, Chula Vista Public Library, CA
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Elkeles once again delivers a steamy page-turner bound to make teens swoon. (School Library Journal on Rules of Attraction)
Engaging characters, two of whom share a love that cannot be denied, along with more than a few humorous moments. (VOYA on Rules of Attraction)
Elkeles pens plenty of tasteful, hot scenes . . . that keep the pages turning. (Kirkus Reviews on Perfect Chemistry)
Smoldering doesn't quite do justice to the romantic banter. (School Library Journal on Perfect Chemistry)
Teens with a taste for romance will eat this up like ice cream on a hot day. (Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books on Perfect Chemistry)
Fans of the series and other females will gobble up this exciting, suspenseful novel. (VOYA on Chain Reaction) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Not as good as the first in the series. Moved along quicker and still a great story. You can follow along even if you didn't read the first one so that is good.Published 2 months ago by Sprinklemonkey
love this book series!! i had to pass this book around at my work! They all loved it tooPublished 3 months ago by J. L. Byrne
I really liked the first one and was worried about this one. Like most of Simone's books they take me a bit to get into but once I do I enjoy. Not 100% realistic but a good read. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sarah Jensen
This wasn't a bad book by any means but Carlos was DEFINITELY not Alex.
This book is very similar to the first. Read more
Rules of Attraction is the story of Carlos Fuentes and Kiara Westford. I don’t know if it’s simply because it was the first one I read, but this is my favorite! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books
Did really enjoy this book. Whoever, I was not as invested in Carlos and Kiara's love story as I was with Perfect Chemistry.Published 5 months ago by Valarie Mace
I enjoyed this book because the plot was interesting...but the writing was mediocre at best. A fun read, but not too intellectually stimulating. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Rebecca Williams