Author: Simone Elkeles
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Shelves: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Recommended for Fans Of: Katie McGarry, Kody Keplinger, Nyrae Dawn
Synopsis: The Fuentes brothers are back, and this time the spotlight is on seventeen-year old Carlos Fuentes. Labeled as "the new bad boy from Mexico", Carlos returns to the suburbs of Chicago to stay with his brother. Still harboring bitterness towards his brother Alex and Alex's girlfriend Brittany, Carlos acts out at school and gets in deep trouble. What Carlos doesn't plan for is to meet the daughter of his host family, Kiara, who is the complete opposite of himself. Intelligent and kind, Kiara knows that boys like Carlos always end up breaking hearts, but she just can't stop herself from falling head over heels at the same time.
Review: I was very happy to see the return of Alex Fuentes and Brittany as side characters in Rules of Attraction! However, I was a bit disappointed by this storyline. While it had its similarities and differences, the basic idea of the the plot was very similar to Perfect Chemistry. However, I felt like Rules of Attraction was missing a little something, and maybe it was just that the romance was not as intense and sweet as Alex and Brittany's. While I commend Simone Elkeles for doing a fantastic job with Perfect Chemistry, she did set the bar high for the second book in the trilogy, and it just fell short a little. But nevertheless, it was a great read, easy to get through, and the romance, while a little lacking, made me smile. The characters were great too, and it was a little shocking to see little Carlos grow up to become this big rebel! Just as a little side note, to everyone who has read this series, I think we would all agree that Ms. Elkeles is a master at writing sweet little epilogues. Both Alex and Carlos's futures are adorable! I definitely believe Simone Elkeles should try her hand at writing in the YA fairytale/dystopian romance genre.
Conclusion: While not as gripping as Perfect Chemistry, Rules of Attraction is a nice and light read told from a thrilling new point of view. Can't wait to read the third one!