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Rules of Attraction

(Perfect Chemistry #2)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  86,347 ratings  ·  3,967 reviews
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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Bookworm19 I have heard that the first book of the series might be made into a movie. Apparently it is in the works.
Bookworm19 Yes! LOL that sounds about as good a reason as any to me ! And the books are also really good, so that helps.

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Jan 03, 2011 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
Jan 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 16, 2009 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
 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~*

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

Dec 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 06, 2011 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
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
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
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
Damn you Latino boys... hot, tattooed, sweet-talking, Latino boys... Now, no one is going to be good enough!
4/5 stars

“Look at me, chica." When she does, I repeat, "Eres hermosa."
"What does it mean?"
"You're beautiful.”

Aww!! This book was just too sweet. Angsty teens, a school mean girl, the gay best friend, first loves and the perfect homecoming... this book epitomises everything I enjoy about YA romance.


It's been so long since I read Perfect Chemisty (no, really, it's been like two or three years) and I've only now finished the second book. Rules of Attraction follows Carlos, Alex's brother, i
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
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Bulgarian review: https://bookishipster.wordpress.com/2...

The second book in the 'Perfect Chemistry' trilogy was just as lovely as the first one. Even though Carlos was a bit annoying at first and a little bit different than his brother, i still enjoyed 'Rules of Attraction' very much. I liked Carlos and Kiara's relationship, they had some really cute moments and i loved the family atmosphere in this book. It was nothing special, but still really cute and lovely.
Nina ♥
Nov 20, 2010 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
Nov 28, 2011 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
Jan 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This series is so hot it's on fire. ...more
“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.
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
Jul 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars!

If I let myself care about someone, they’ll leave me, push me away, or die. That’t the way it’s been, and will always be.

Carlos Fuentes moves to Colorado to live with his brother Alex for his senior year of high school. He has been living in Mexico the last few years with his mama and little brother, but he got into a bit of trouble so here he is. And just so we’re clear, Carlos does not want to be here. Carlos is the typical badass teenager. He likes to party, hook up and have fun.
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

4.25 "What happens when I break one of your fuckin' rules" stars

It's been a long time since I've last read Perfect chemistry by Simone Elkeles, book one in Perfect chemistry series , where we first meet the Fuentes brothers – Alejandro, Carlos and Luis, but basically the story in book 1 revolves around the oldest brother Alejandro/Alex Fuentes.

But now, Carlos is getting his own story. And even though there's a certain pattern in the storyline, and one almost identical scene as it was in the p
 ♥ Rebecca ♥
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.
Aug 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 2010, ya
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
Dec 02, 2009 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
Megs ♥
Oct 13, 2011 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
Ooohhh!! Simone Elkeles posted 3 excerpts here: http://perfectchemistrythebook.com/ro...

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 clothin
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
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
Oct 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am not disappointed! Rules of Attraction is funny. I love Carlos.. He is sweet, fun and sassy. Yes ladies, sassy hero! He flirts shamelessly. Actually I like Rules of Attraction tad more tan Perfect Chemistry.

This is romance story for YA audience. Following the theme from Perfect Chemistry, the story between 2 characters that come from 2 different world. Kiera's world is loving, strong support and loving parents. While Carlos's world is full of gang member and violence. Carlos was forced to l
4.5 "Fuentes Brothers" Stars!

What's it about? A teenage guy comes to stay with a college professor and his family, trying to start a new life, away from drugs and crime. Falling in love with his daughter was NOT part of the plan.

The best bits: I absolutely LOVED that the scene shown on the cover ACTUALLY HAPPENS IN THE STORY. Not only is it fantastic that the cover actually matches a pivotal scene... but I'm a sucker for kissing in the rain, so I was totally in swoon heaven.

The worst bit
Apr 02, 2022 rated it it was amazing

this book has it all, good girl x bad boy, forced proximity, slight enemies to lovers and fake dating ?? what more could you want??? carlos & kiara are absolutely meant to be. not only do they strengthen one another but they also have that one in a lifetime kind of love.

i had so much fun reading this! can’t way for luis’s book!
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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 just...do 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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