Rules of Attraction - Simone Elkeles
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 6th January 2011
Other Titles by this Author: Perfect Chemistry; Leaving Paradise; Return to Paradise (01/09/10)
Carlos Fuentes isn’t happy about leaving Mexico to start the “new” life his brother, Alex, has planned for him. Carlos liked his freedom; living life on the edge and carving out his own path - just like Alex did.
Kiara Westford doesn’t talk much; preferring instead to shut the world out. And when Carlos bounds into her life she struggles to understand him and his wild ways. Carlos is sure that Kiara thinks she’s too good for him, which is just fine because he’s not interested anyway, right? But when they finally open up to each other, the connection they feel shocks them both. Can they overcome their fears and realise that sometimes opposites really do attract?
I loved Perfect Chemistry so my hopes were high for Rules of Attraction. Was I let down? Absolutely not.
To give an indication of how excited I was to read this, look at the release date: January 2011. I’m usually pretty good with sticking to a books release date month, but I just couldn’t help myself. I was hoping for a romance as intense and seductive as Alex and Brittany’s, and while it didn’t quite reach that very high bar, it was still hotter than most. But I suppose it had to be; Carlos is a Fuentes, after all!
I fell in love with Carlos and Kiara in Rules of Attraction. Kiara is not your typical girl: she fixes cars, follows her parents rules, loves to hike and is initially able to ignore Carlos’ advances. I loved her! And Carlos is pretty awesome too. Though he didn’t quite reach Alex’s level of godliness as he seemed rather immature in comparison. And, once again, I love how Spanish punctuated his speech and narration. It really is incredibly sexy, I think.
A different side of gang culture was portrayed in Rules of Attraction compared to Perfect Chemistry, but it was equally horrible. It’s a world that I can’t imagine living in and it saddens me that for some people it’s normality. But don’t think that its all heavy and serious, Rules of Attraction is brilliantly witty and very funny. And it has my favourite kind of ending: happy and very cheesy. Love it!
I’m now eagerly awaiting Chain Reaction, featuring the youngest Fuentes brother, Luis. Bring it on!
For my 2010 100+ Reading Challenge