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Rules of Attraction Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 13, 2010
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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.
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Top Customer Reviews
I read Perfect Chemistry by Ms. Elkeles and liked it so much I read it two more times and when I saw this book, I bought it without reading the plot synopsis. But, in the back of my mind I wondered, "can she do it again? Will I love this book? Will it have the same love story with believably flawed and endearing characters?" The answer is 'YES!'
I think I like this book even more than Perfect Chemistry.
Carlos is a dangerously attractive hero and Kiara (kind of a lame name that I'm not sure how to pronounce, after the third chapter I decided to think of her as Kara) is an amazingly quirky heroine. Naturally, I could empathize with a heroine who is trying to make a place for herself at High School (I'm a dork).
Kara wants her senior year to be different, fun and wonderful. However, she has a hurdle to overcome, Kiara/Kara stutters. I don't feel bad letting anyone know about this plot point, it's revealed early on in the book and it's a major part of the story. You feel Kara's yearning to be more than that girl with the speech impediment at school. She's worked hard to overcome the stutter and she's ready to speak up in class and participate.
Carlos is angry. Angry that he's in Colorado. Angry that his brother Alex has change into someone he doesn't understand. Angry that his mother moved him to Mexico and then shipped him back to the states, all without asking his opinion. His is the seething rage of a teen on the verge of manhood who wont be dictated to anymore.Read more ›
Kiara Westford is the good girl; she doesn't get in trouble, and she's always willing to help out, but Carlos's attitude annoys her. When those with connections to a Mexican gang plant drugs in Carlos's possession, Kiara's father vouches for him, and he is forced to move in with her family and abide by their rules. But rebellious Carlos will find that the only thing harder than following the Westfords' rules is fighting his feelings for Kiara.
Fans of Elkeles' Perfect Chemistry will be happy to read this sequel, featuring Alex's younger brother, now seventeen and now every bit as rebellious and then some. Carlos has a devil-may-care attitude, and he is rough and determined to go his own way. Though the reader may not always agree with his decisions and thoughts, Elkeles does an excellent job at getting into his head and revealing what makes him tick. Kiara, on the other hand, is much sweeter and a little naive, but she is smart and she has guts. She's not quite as interesting of a character as Carlos, but is admirable nonetheless.
The danger in Rules of Attraction isn't quite as palpable and immediate as it was in Perfect Chemistry, but the bit of mystery surrounding it keeps you in suspense, though the action at the climax is tense and a bit unexpected. At its heart, this book is more about Carlos' gradual change of mind concerning his attitude and behavior as he falls in love with Kiara.Read more ›
Kiara is excited for her senior year. She finally has control over her stuttering. Sure, her new boyfriend just broke up with her but she is still going to make it a great year. Until she meets Carlos, who is not only a student at school with her, but he is now living with her. Let the games, and the chemistry, begin.
Carlos and Kiara definitely have chemistry and appeal together. Kiara is kind of a tomboy. She loves working on her car, she enjoys being with her family, she loves the outdoors, but she also wants to go to Homecoming and Prom. Those are important to her. Carlos in many ways cannot believe he is attracted to Kiara as she is very, very different from the girls in his life in the past. She is not a party girl, a drunken idiot, or someone who just wants to sleep with him. She has goals and dreams and he cannot help think he is the wrong guy for her.
But living with her family, seeing his own brother settled into a strong and committed relationship, starts to impress and scare him. And of course, the drug trouble has not gone away yet. Someone wants to play games with Carlos, use him for their own nefarious reasons.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Still in love with this series. I have read them more than once. This one is really good and it hits you right in the feel goods :)Published 3 months ago by Heidi Miller
I enjoyed the book! I really love a book that I can get inside of the characters or character and feel the way they do and that's how it was with this book.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 8 months ago by Sprinklemonkey
love this book series!! i had to pass this book around at my work! They all loved it tooPublished 8 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 8 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 10 months ago by Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books