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Rules of Attraction Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 13, 2010
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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 ›
First, I honestly did not feel the chemistry between Kiara and Carlos...it just felt kind of forced. I liked both characters but, they just didn't seem to fit like Alex and Brittany (from the first book) whose chemistry was unmistakable.
Second, the pacing seemed too fast...not enough development of the relationship and his gang affiliations. Plus, the whole Devlin (the villain) thing just seemed odd...I just didn't buy it.
Last...what I liked...Tucker the gay best friend was amusing, the Dad was pretty cool, some hot/steamy moments and I do love a happy ending. Needless to say it wasn't so bad that I didn't want to finish it and I plan to read the final book about Luis soon.
Bottom line...okay not great.
Sex, Drugs and Violence...with the much needed happy ending.
Carlos moves to Colorado after getting into trouble in Mexico, where he lived with his mom. His brother Alex sets him up to live with his former professor to help get his act together. This is where he meets Kiara. Kiara is the opposite of Carlos. Can being so different really lead to love? You’ll have to read this young adult love story to find out but hold on to your seats because lots of drama takes place throughout the whole book.
I have really enjoyed this series so far and this author. I want to continue reading the series and I am excited to hear that more books have been added to this series. If you love the young adult and new adult genres you will defiantly like this series and this author. 4 stars!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I LOVE this book. It's literally my favourite teen romance book ever! Read it a few years ago then bought the whole trilogy. Such a good read!!Published 2 months ago by Ella-Maree
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 8 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 10 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 14 months ago by Sprinklemonkey
love this book series!! i had to pass this book around at my work! They all loved it tooPublished 14 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 14 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