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Chain Reaction

(Perfect Chemistry #3)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  60,159 ratings  ·  2,821 reviews
Luis Fuentes is a good boy who doesn't live with the angst that his big brothers, Alex and Carlos, have always lived with. Luis is smart, funny, and has big dreams of becoming an astronaut. But when he falls for the wrong girl, Luis enters a dark world he's never known, and just when he thinks he's got life all figured out, learns some disturbing news about his family that ...more
Paperback, 310 pages
Published January 6th 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens (first published August 1st 2011)
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Meagan how do they not connect if they are all brothers, each of them are in all books, they are all together, and they help each other. This comment is wron…morehow do they not connect if they are all brothers, each of them are in all books, they are all together, and they help each other. This comment is wrong.(less)

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Diane ϟ [ Lestrange ]

Book description on the CHAIN REACTION jacket.

Luis Fuentes has always been sheltered from the gang violence that nearly destroyed his brothers’ lives. But that didn’t stop him from taking risks—whether he’s scaling a mountain in the Rockies or dreaming of a future as an astronaut, Luis can’t stop looking for the next thrill.

Nikki Cruz lives her life by three rules—boys lie to get their way, don’t trust a boy who says “I love you,” and never date a boy from the south side of Fairfield. Her paren
 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~*
Dec 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults who enjoy sexier, grittier YA books and Older Teens
Recommended to Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~* by: Having loved Perfect Chemistry


Muy caliente! HOT cover! To be released 24th May 2011
16th August 2011. Bring it!

I've had LUKE PASQUALINO in my mind as my Luis Fuentes ever since I saw him on UK Skins Seasons 3 and 4 (LOVED him as Freddie Mclair. *sighs*). And now, strangely, I think he kind of looks like the guy on the cover. ^_^ Really looking forward to reading this! Loves me some Fuentes brothers!

My Luis (Luke Pasqualino) and now my Nikki (Victoria Justice):

^^^I wish the Lake scene had be

Dec 13, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Warning: If you are a fan of this book you may want to avert your eyes. I like to think that I am open minded. I read the first book and…. eh, it was ok. I read this second book and I liked it more than I am willing to admit.

This book?

With my warning in mind, let’s proceed……
“Her words slam into my libido like a bucket of water on a flame full of testosterone. I think my dick just twitched in protest.”

That above quote pretty much sums up this book.
Mate, what does that even mean? A flame full o
Ay carajo!

There are only so many times you can enjoy the same old story.. in my opinion it gets down to probably two.
I loved the first book because of the characters, and the chemistry and the action and I enjoyed enormously the humor in the second one, but when it comes to this one... I am terribly sorry to say that it was such a big disappointment.

Please Simone Elkeles, I know you can write better than this, I've seen it before, just come up with something new the next time. I just feel li
Rating Clarification
First half: 3 stars
Second half: 2.5 stars
Epilogue: 0 stars (Couldn’t even finish it. Seriously, was that necessary?)

Well, unfortunately for this series the third time is definitely not a charm… Bummer…

I was so looking forward to this final installment, and I was probably one of those raging fangurlz that was climbing up the wall when the release date was pushed out. Now that I’ve had a chance to read it, well it was definitely not worth the wait. Disappointment...

But, I will
Oct 11, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Definitely NOT good. I don't understand how the author made first two so amazing, and now this one... good lord the romance just felt plastic, and forced somehow. But, of course, I had to read it in order to have some closure. Ugh.

My advice? Read the first two, and then go into a bookstore and pick up this book, read the epilogue at the back of the book, put the book back on the shelf and walk out.
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
*before reading*


*after reading*

So,I gotta say Chain Reaction is a huge disappointment. It lacked that 'spark' previous two had. I did not like Luis and Nikki. I couldn't felt their love for each other. I didn't enjoy them as much as I did Alex & Brittany and Carlos & Kiera. :(
Luis was too much of a good boy for me to even think about him as a person who would join a gang.
Nikki,what to say about Nikki? I had a feeling she was depressed all
May 17, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

[Note: I went into this book with good intentions. Please note my enthusiastic hashtagging in honour of the Fuentes boys, along with my fellow readalongers, Flannery, Jo and Trinity. Alas, I did not like this book - as the following review states.]

Look, I’m sorry, but every once in a while I just need to get my rant on and Chain Reaction has the dubious honour of being in my ranty sights right now.

I’ve read Perfect Chemistry and Rules of Attraction, and while they weren’t precisely my cup of te
Rating clarification: 2.5 stars


I was SO sure that I was gonna love this but sadly I didn’t *hangs head*

For me, Chain Reaction was lacking the unbelievably hot and sizzling chemistry that made the other two books so special. I enjoyed “seeing” Alex and Carlos again and learning more about their lives – hence the 2.5 stars – but otherwise I didn’t really care for the story.

Luis is a hottie and quite swoon-worthy but somehow he didn’t have the same effect on me as his brothers had in the pre
Wow, could this book be any cheesier? I is disappoint.

I remember reading about Alex, absolutely unaware of how my clothes had spontaneously combusted while I was sitting there, completely engrossed and hanging on to every word. I re-read certain parts again and again, feeling my stomach to back flips and various other tricks that you only see in a Cirque Du Soleil performance, but Chain Reaction... I don't know, I'm still kinda waiting for some reaction. Anything.


The most exciting thing ab
Emily May

I am terribly sceptical when it comes to books that define themselves simply as 'romance'. I like romantic subplots in science-fiction, in historical-fiction and in mystery - in fact, in just about anything - but straight-up romance? Can't say I've ever been a big fan. But there will always be exceptions, like Anna and the French Kiss for example. This is one such exception.

This is mindless, sexy teenage fun. With emphasis on the sexy. That cover look steamy to you? Wait until you see what t
Bulgarian review:

The final book in Simone Elkeles' trilogy was, of course, cute and lovely but this time it dealt with some even more serious problems. I really enjoyed the story, i liked Nikki and Luis' relationship, but they are definitely not my favourites. I found both of them a little bit annoying at times, especially when Nikki wouldn't believe Luis when he was obviously telling the truth. I understand why they had these issues, but i still feel lik
Abbi Glines
Oct 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-favs
I have read all three books in the Perfect Chemistry series. I ADORED the first one. The second one was good but it just didn't compare to the first one. Alex and Brittany were hard to compete with. HOWEVER, this one is now my absolute favorite. A definite must read!!! ...more
Sep 07, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hopeless romantics who pray for Chuck and Blair from Gossip Girl to just get it on for good.
I’m such a huge romantic. 90% of my books have a large chunk of romance in them, and 90% of the movies and songs I listen to involve heartbreak the sweeping of one off their feet. Chain Reaction could have sated my lust for love, and yet, like its prelude, it fell flat in all the important areas.

Luis Fuentes is doing his best to stay on the right path, and when he meets Nikki, the girl with the angelic face and beautiful soul, he thinks his life is finally starting to come together for good. Sur
This book is like a really bad last minute paper at the end of a hectic term; when you've used up all your braincells for other essays and exams and you're running out of time but you have to hand something in. I wouldn't normally bother with a book as bad as this, but I'm shockingly disappointed because I liked Perfect Chemistry well enough.

Seriously, though. Chain Reaction might as well have been done in point form, as there is absolutely no supporting evidence of sincerity, both from the char
Jul 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ahhhhh.... the Fuentes brothers... as sexy and dangerous as they are alluring. I'm sad to see their stories come to an end. I will miss them. If you have not read this series... all I have to say is WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!!?!

Luis was the brother that you didn't really see much in the first two books, he was there and made a few small appearances but he wasn't what I was expecting. Luis had always been described as the "smart" brother.... so I thought maybe, just maybe he might learn from his b
It’s 12:49 AM, and I just finished reading Chain Reaction, and what can I say I absolutely loved it it, and after I read it I felt all happy and great and then I was all upset cause the series is over ☹.

Well, onto the review...

So a summary of the book, well I can't be stuffed to write one up, i'm falling asleep at my laptop. And you can read a summary anywhere. Continuing...

So, it basically has the same plot line as the other books in the series, except this one had so many recurring characters
Oh My God, the cover...
Luis, you kinky beast ;)
Stacia (the 2010 club)
3.5 stars. My review is going to be quite half-assed this time. Either you love these books or you don't. I have to fall on the love side because so many experiences in these books are ones that I have witnessed first hand. Sure, there are people who feel it a bit fake, but not everything can be 100% accurate. I feel like the author did her research and came close enough for me to relate, being someone who has been there, lived that.

Good lord, it's as if these books are half documenting my teen
Aly (Fantasy4eva)

I've been very conflicted about this one.

So I'm going to just go ahead and list what I did and didn't like.

* THE COVER. I loves.
At first I was like WOW. And then all traumatised when my dad saw it and gave me the WTF look. Now I just say WHATEVS. Sometimes I even stare. I DON'T EVEN CARE.

* Nikki Cruz in the first half I really liked. In the second half I guess something just changed because my original opinion of her diminished.

* The cheesy dialogue? Oh man. I know there's bits of it in the pr
Yuli Atta
The thing about this book that is so off is that the characters are supposed to be the smart ones, they are supposed to no how things would go and yet they are just fools.

Искрено съжалявам, че не искам да пиша отрицателно ревю в блога си поради очевидни причини -_-
Luis' story and third companion to the perfect chemistry series gets a thumbs up for humor; I was, at the very beginning especially, so into Luis because he was funny...but then again, so were his brothers(I'm laughing just thinking about them). I'd say Nikki was a good pick for this story, she stood by what she believed in, which was really cool...she was however a bit looney sometimes but then again if I were her I'd probably be worse.

As an individual story, this book was really good but compa
3 or 5 stars depending on when you read it...

A great read, but having read the previous two, this seemed to follow a very obvious formula and seemed too similar to the other two. So I ended up skimming it and still knowing exactly what happens.
This is a five-star read if you haven't read the others, or are reading them out of order. But if, like me, you're a bit OCD about reading a series in order, then this book may just be a 3-star read in the end, because even though you enjoy the w
Elena R a.k.a. Lunies R

Can I get a little wha,wha....? FUENTES BROTHERS BABY!

I thought the series might die down knowing that this 3rd novel,was about Luis. He's suppose to be the goodie two shoes in the family.BUT HOT DAYUMMMMM!!!!!!!! I'm in La-La Land! I've never loved a Ya-series as much as I loved this series! Some one pass me a "Get Out Jail Free Card" Cause I might one day jump one of these brothers *for personnel reasons* LMAO!!!!!!!! Simone Elkeles is too good to her r
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved reading this companion series, it was really fun and family based which I loved. It had its funny moments, it had its cheesy moments and it had its more serious moments and I loved them all. I will say that sometimes the main love interests were annoying but I still highly enjoyed it. I think there is going to be a 4th book which is really exiting.
Brittany (Hiatus-On/Off)
To me this one was the funniest in the series! :D Awe. ^^ Next book in the series please!!
Full review to come... ;-)
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fuck, this was good... I'm so sad it's over, I've really grown to love the Fuentes brothers and unfortunately, this was the final book in the series *imagine me crying here*. I'm not going to write a conventional review, because I feel like that takes away how I REALLY felt about this book and to me, plot built-up, characterization, themes etc are rather superficial. What really matters to me, is how a book makes me feel. Warning: this will be all over the place....

I absolutely LOVED this one. I
Sep 07, 2010 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-series

OMG Is that a hot shower scene on the cover?


*I just clicked on the cover to see a closer look of it and I just stared at the computer screen with my mouth hanging open and I think I just drooled a little*

Can't wait, can't wait!!!
Sep 19, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
before reading-

simone i really love your books. but can luis not fall for a white girl this time? i'm not hating or anything, i love carlos & kiria & alex & brit...but it just seems to be a repeat. i love you! keep up the great writing girl :)

after reading-
have to say though i some what liked nikki & luis, i felt like this story was kinda a repeated mixture from the other two. i though nikki was going to be this bamf but she really wasn't, in fact she was kinda annoying at first. i would have gi
Anzu The Great Destroyer
Jan 22, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the genre, series, author, etc
The taming of the shrew on a Latino rhythm

What can I say about Chain Reaction? Well I’ve been waiting for this to be out for months. I got all excited and happy when it was published, I tried avoiding reading reviews because I didn’t want to be influenced by them and, God forbids, not like the story. What can I say? My plan turned out pretty well. This is actually going to be a 100% subjective review, no outside influence or anything.

Since the story focuses on the characters the most, the majori
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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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“Marry me, Kiara,” he blurts out in front of everyone.
“Why?” she asks, challenging him.
“Because I love you,” he says, walking up to her and bending down on one knee while he takes her hand in his, “and I want to go to sleep with you every night and wake up seein’ your face every mornin’, I want you to be the mother of my children, I want to fix cars with you and eat your crappy tofu tacos that you think are Mexican. I want to climb mountains with you and be challenged by you, I want to argue with you just so we can have crazy hot makeup sex. Marry me, because without you I’d be six feet under … and because I love your family like they’re my own … and because you’re my best friend and I want to grow old with you.” He starts tearing up, and it’s shocking because I’ve never seen him cry. “Marry me, Kiara Westford, because when I got shot the only thing I was thinkin’ about was comin’ back here and makin’ you my wife. Say yes, chica.”
“Nobody really knows her
Except the chosen few
Her secrets are kept hidden
Behind that sun-kissed hue.

If I reach out to touch her
She’ll just run away
My Forever and Always
Will have to wait another day.”
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