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Rules of Attraction (Perfect Chemistry #2)

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Carlos Fuentes doesn't want any part of the life his older brother, Alex, has laid out for him in Boulder, Colorado. He wants to keep living on the edge, and carve his own path-just like Alex did. Unfortunately, his ties to a Mexican gang aren't easy to break, and he soon finds himself being set up by a drug lord.

When Alex arranges for Carlos to live with his former profe
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 13th 2010 by Walker Books
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Kortnee Branum the first two involve that a bit but there are other problems. the last book involves the last brother and a Hispanic girl.
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Aug 31, 2012 Elle rated it liked it


ELLE: Oh. Hi Simone Elkeles.

SIMONE ELKELES: WTF, Elle? You gave my first book in the series, Perfect Chemistry, only two stars? Explain yourself, Senorita.

ELLE: Well, Simone Elkeles, I just thought it was a bit...

SIMONE ELKELES: I know, I know. I hear you, cariño. It was too intensely POWERFUL a novel for your mind. I accept.

ELLE: um, actually, no... it was more that I...

SIMONE ELKELES: Si, chica. I feel you. I suspect the hot-teen-sex-on-filthy-garage-floor scene wa
Jul 05, 2015 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010, reread
Before I read the book

Anyone else agree that after this she should write a third book about the youngest Fuentes, Luis?


Yay, she is writing another book about Luis!


Review Time (I like to give pointers on how I like my reviews to be read in brackets, feel free to ignore my suggestions)

Aaahhh, my Fuentes boys, could you be anymore perfect? (Yes, I am referencing Chandler). Perhaps it is a littl
Jul 24, 2010 Kristi rated it it was amazing
Rules of Attraction is the companion novel to Perfect Chemistry. The main characters in Perefect Chemestry are Alex and Brittany, the main characters in Rules of Attratction are Carlos (Alex's little brother) and Kiara. That being said, you don't necessarily have to read Perfect Chemistry first.

I loved Perfect Chemistry, there is something about it that is so very addictive, so when I heard that Elkeles was writing another novel about Alex's little brother, I knew I was in for a treat. Perfect
This book has a lot of similarities to the first in the series, Perfect Chemistry--at the beginning, it felt like the only difference was that Kiara had a stutter. After finishing it, I still feel it was substantially similar in characters and plot but I don't give a crap. I still really liked it.

In other news, I know some people are fans of the cover art in this series but I think it is pretty mortifying. After Perfect Chemistry's cover, where Alex and Brittney are laying on each other in the
I loved Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles, so when I heard about this sequel needless to say, I picked it up as soon as it hit the stands. I was not disappointed… NOT.ONE.BIT! Rules of Attraction is funny, romantic, edgy and unforgettable! I loved the dialog, pranks and slapstick funny scenes throughout the novel, but most of all, I loved the sincere moments between bad-boy Carlos and goodie two shoes Kiara. It’s a page turner that will leave you sad at the end, but only because you’ve finishe ...more
 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~*
Mar 23, 2011 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~* rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Adults who enjoy YA Romance and Older Teens
Recommended to Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~* by: Having loved Perfect Chemistry

4 Stars - Also reviewed at: Lady Jayne's Reading Den

(This is an Adult-who-enjoys-reliving-the-stirrings-of-first-love-and-self-discovery-during-the-teen-years-through-YA books review)

**CONTENT WARNING - Since this is a YA book I will include a warning that this book contains some Sexual, Drug and Alcohol, Course Language and Violent Content - Recommended for Older Teens and Adults who enjoy YA books**

Rules of Attraction is the sequel to Perfect Chemistry, and the second book in the “Fuentes Bro

I am not in love with Carlos Fuentes. I do not want him. I don't think about him all the time--

Just kidding.

Even though I do feel the same way about Carlos, I'm not going to mention it. I'm going to try to control myself this time.


Miss Simone Elkeles is officially one of my favorite authors now. I love her damn work! I love her characters. I want to meet her so badly. That woman knows what she's talking about. I finished this whole book in one day. All 324 pages of it. I eat it all up, and t
Dec 13, 2011 Jo rated it really liked it
If you haven't read
Perfect Chemistry by Ms Elkeles
... there may be spoilers ahead.

“Want to get in trouble with me, Carlos?”

Initial Final Page Thoughts.
OK, so I have to admit I originally picked this book up with every intention of laughing at it as opposed to with it.
But Ms Elkeles definitely got the last laugh because this book and I had a whale of a time together and I'm thinking of proposing soon.
Some Things I Will Never Understand.
Why some girls (and some boys…) where leggings as p
Mar 18, 2010 Tatiana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens
Recommended to Tatiana by: Walker/Bloomsbury Publishers
Best romantic YA book of 2010! Simone Elkeles delivered again, with another rebellious, gorgeous and intelligent Fuentes brother stealing our hearts.

SPOILER ALERT!!! In this second installment of three in the "Perfect Chemistry" YA series, our favorite struggling couple, Alejandro "Alex" Fuentes and Brittany Ellis are back and are now 20 years old and still attending college in Colorado. A minor character in the first book now takes center stage - middle brother Carlos Fuentes, being sent back t
I haven't read a single book by this author that didn't make my stomach do flip flops every few chapters. Can somebody please explain to me how this is possible? I don't do sappy romances. Don't get me wrong, I love romantic stuff, but just not too much of it. It's hard to explain, but there is a fine line between OMG WOW and OMG EW. I'm hard to please, yes, what's your point?

Simone Elkeles (I can never read that name without hearing that ridiculous rap video of Perfect Chemistry in my head) onl
Rules of Attraction was a good story that I enjoyed reading but I didn't think Carlos and Kiara had the crazy chemistry that Alex and Brittany did. So the romance wasn't as satisfying and electric. Carlos was also not as sympathetic a character as Alex because I felt like Alex only did bad things because he had no other choice while Carlos acted like a punk just because he wanted to. But overall the story was a good read that I enjoyed a lot.

We got to see more of Alex and Brittany as they are bo
Damn you Latino boys... hot, tattooed, sweet-talking, Latino boys... Now, no one is going to be good enough!
Dec 01, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing
Everyone knows by now how much I adore my book boyfriends. I fall, swoon, and crush often and hard. Let’s see there was Thomas, Griggs, Shawn, Josh, Conrad, Dimitri, Alex….well you see where this is going. Giggle, giggle. So this might shock a few people—it surprised me—but Rules of Attraction grabbed my heart and got all of my 5 shiny stars for Kiara.

Finally a main female character in a romance I could identify with, be proud of, root for, and want as my new bff! This girl kicked ass! A charact
Susane Colasanti
Feb 24, 2012 Susane Colasanti rated it it was amazing
This series is so hot it's on fire.
“You’re dangerous.”he says.
“Because you make me believe in the impossible.”

Sometimes I wish I would have started by reading this book before "Perfect chemistry" because I am sure I would have liked this one a lot better.. and indeed this book is great. I must confess that I felt in love with "Perfect Chemistry" and now it's so damn hard not to compare them, but I'll give it a try.

I should start by saying that I was NOT disappointed by this book, and it was a great pleasure to read it. If
Nina ♥
Jan 24, 2012 Nina ♥ rated it really liked it
AHHH! This sounds even better than the first book! YES!

Carlos, you smexy pie, come here, LET ME LOVE YOUUUUUUU!!!

I can't believe I just said that. God, he's such a hottie stud muffin.

Okay, I'm clearly still in fangirl mode, so. I'll come back later. :3
Ooohhh!! Simone Elkeles posted 3 excerpts here:

Only 4 days until release! :)

I have a massive library fine now - why? Because I'm being selfish and don't want to give this one up. After reading Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry, #1) by Simone Elkeles, I was excited about the change to a trilogy, but doubtful that one of my favorite YAs could be topped. I was pleased to be wrong - to echo a few friends who read this with me, Rules of Attraction was in a league of its own. This heroine, who wears odd clothing c
ANOTHER AMAZING BOOK FROM SIMONE ELKELES!!! I found another book boyfriend, definitely swoon worthy! Carlos, you got me breaking the rules! LOL!

I'm in love again! And I'm wondering if it's okay to have two brothers for myself? LOL! I love Alex from Perfect Chemistry, and I admit it took me a long time to read the sequel because I'm too in love with him. I didn't expect that they'll have the same effect on me. Can I marry both and take them home??? LOL!

I love this book, it rocked my world, every
Apr 26, 2010 ~Tina~ rated it it was amazing
I.Loved.This.Book! I.Love.ALL.Simone.Elkeles.Books!!

Perfect! That's my one word to describe this masterpiece!
I loved the Perfect Chemistry and even though this was a book companion to the first and I'm usually fussy about that, it just never occurred to me to mind. This book was everything I hoped it would be and then some. It was perfect!

In Rules of Attraction we meet Carlos Fuentes, Alex's seventeen year old brother, who was shipped to Colorado to live with him. But Carlos lands with a big c
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Aug 21, 2010 Shannon (Giraffe Days) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, romance, 2010
I absolutely loved the first book, Perfect Chemistry, and was eagerly awaiting the arrival of the next one. Each is a complete story - their connection is that each is the story of a different Fuentes brother - so you really don't need to read them in order.

Carlos Fuentes, the middle brother, used to idolise his older brother Alex - until Alex got a rich white girlfriend, cut himself free of gang life in Chicago, and got a scholarship to go to university to study science. There's no way Carlos w
JoJo - JJJ (Jo Anna) Janesko
Absolutely AMAZING! I stayed up to the wee hours of the morning because I couldn't put the book down, I had to know how it ended. I am in love with the Fuentes brothers and can't wait to read the third book of this series. Simone did an amazing job. I was quite skeptical about reading this book at first because I didn't know how Rules of Attraction could measure up to Perfect Chemistry well it exceeded my expectations. I think I prefer Carlos to Alex. Carlos' character was amazing, his whit and ...more
Rebecca ♥ Matrim, Kishan, Magnus ♥
I think I enjoyed this more than the first book. Carlos is way more trouble than Alex was. You could tell Alex had a heart of gold from the very beginning and his bad attitude was all an act. Carlos was a good guy too, but his bad attitude was real and I think it made him really interesting and made his turnaround a bigger deal. I also really enjoyed Kiara. She was not a typical girl at all and the last person you would expect to fall for Carlos.
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Jan 13, 2012 Tee loves Kyle Jacobson rated it it was amazing
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Kai (Amaterasu Reads)
Full review @ Amaterasu reads

I love Rules of Attraction as much as I loved Perfect Chemistry.

The elements that gave birth to Perfect Chemistry were very much present in Rules of Attraction. We have our male protagonist, a boy from the slums, who has seen and lived on the harsher side of life, and we have a girl who was the exact opposite of this boy, one that seemed pampered and sheltered and different from all the girls this boy has ever met. Add that other “savior” that gives this boy a chance
Annie Brewer
YES!!! I'm finished!!!!!! Review to come!

OKAY, I think I have waited long enough to write this review. So let's get down to biz shall we?

Upon reading this book, I wasn't sure if I wanted to. After reading Perfect Chemistry, I was convinced I wouldn't like the other books or other brothers near as much as I loved Alex Fuentes. I was obsessed with the sexy mexy!!!! But friends kept telling me I would love this one as much as more. SO, I decided what the Hell I will give it a shot. WOOOOOOOOOOW! I
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi
Aug 17, 2011 Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, romance
Yes, I was afraid. I thought that there is no way that this book can be as good as first. Thankfully, I was wrong. This book is great. I can't say it's better that Perfect Chemistry, because this is story about other Fuentes brother.
Again I like everything in this book, especially Kiara, she is great. I like Carlos too, but well who doesn't like Fuentes brothers!
Simone Elkeles did great job. Some of the writes write one really good book, and then after they can't write book as good as that one
Meg ♥
Mar 02, 2013 Meg ♥ rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, z2013-reads

This book was a great installment of the Perfect Chemistry series. There are so many similarities to the first book, yet it's somehow different. Very enjoyable, sweet love story.

In Perfect Chemistry, Elkeles tried to start the story with the two characters, Brittany and Alex, not getting along. That was okay, but it was just so obvious he was going to fall for the pretty cheerleader, and she would give in to the cute bad boy. With this story even though you pretty much know the two characters wo
Petra Sýkorová
Musím říct, že na to, jak jsem druhý díl viděla ze začátku dosti skepticky (hlavně po tom prvním), se mi Rules of Attraction opravdu líbilo. A víte, čím to je? Příběh mi nepřišel tak strašně smutný, ta kýčovitost a klišé mě tolik nevytáčelo, celý děj mi přišel uvěřitelnější a prostě normálnější. Navíc mám přesně takovouhle tématiku ráda. Takže teď se mi Simone stoprocentně trefila do vkusu.

Carlose mám mnohem radši než Alexe. Tohle je rebel a rváč, jakého si představuju, že by se mohl změnit a z
May 17, 2015 Imani rated it it was amazing
Wow. This was so good! It's nice to read a pleasant, mellow story where you can just sit back, relax and de-stress. I love coming across books that make me laugh so hard I cry. Carlos...argh! Love that idiot. His ego and attitude were too much. I only have minor issues with it. I didn't like how each chapter ended in the middle of a scene with the next chapter starting a new day. I also don't really like the epilogues for Carlos and Alex. They were sappy and unrealistic, but other than that I lo ...more
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Simone Elkeles is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of novels for teens. Simone’s books have won many awards including being YALSA Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, being named to the YALSA Popular Paperbacks and Teens Top Ten lists, and added to the Illinois “Read for a Lifetime” Reading List. Simone also won the coveted RITA award from the Romance Writers of ...more
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“You’re dangerous,” he says.
“Because you make me believe in the impossible”
“We kiss all the time." I clear my throat, then add, "We it in private."
"A smug expression crosses his face. "I don't buy it for a second, 'cause if you were my girlfriend and a stud like me was livin' in your house, I'd kiss you in front of the guy every chance I got as a reminder."
"A reminder of w-w-what?"
"That you were mine.”
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