Rules of Attraction (Perfect Chemistry #2)
by Simone Elkeles
Synopsis (courtesy of GoodReads):
When Carlos Fuentes returns to America after living in Mexico for a year, he doesn’t want any part of the life his older brother, Alex, has laid out for him at a high school in Colorado . Carlos likes living his life on the edge and wants to carve his own path—just like Alex did. Then he meets Kiara Westford. She doesn’t talk much and is completely intimidated by Carlos’ wild ways. As they get to know one another, Carlos assumes Kiara thinks she’s too good for him, and refuses to admit that she might be getting to him. But he soon realizes that being himself is exactly what Kiara needs right now.
Well, first off, I enjoyed continuing learning about the Fuentes brothers – this time Carlos Fuentes. I thought this book was not as good as the first Perfect Chemistry book. I thought this one was way way too cheesy (yeah, the first one was too, but this put cheesy into OVERDRIVE). And much like the first book, it was way too cliché. The girl (Kiara) who the guy (Carlos) just so happens to be living with, hate each others guts from the get-go and are polar opposites, only to realize they are madly in love with each other and would do anything to stay together. A little too heavy on the soap opera-stand of the storyline.
I thought the redeeming part of the book was that it did a nice job of showing how Carlos’ gang background comes back to haunt him and the daunting task and efforts made by him, his brother and host father to get him out of the gang once and for all. I thought that was a well-written part of the story, and actually was the part of the storyline that kept me into it and continue reading, so I could find out how it turned out for Carlos.
Having read Alex and Carlos’ stories, I definitely am interested to read Luis’ story in the 3rd installment of Perfect Chemistry. *crosses fingers that it won’t be as cliché or cheesy*
Rating: 2 /5 Stars