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Monday, November 8, 2010

The Rules of Attraction (cheese master)

The sequel to Perfect Chemistry!
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.

I love me some Fuentes brothers!  To refresh your memory, a little while back I reviewed Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles, I loved it but it was totally dipped in a bucket of cheese.  All in all, Fuentes brothers trump cheese factor.  Yeap.

In this book, we follow Alex's younger brother, Carlos.  I wouldn't say things are worse for Carlos, than they were for Alex but they are definitely sketchy!  Carlos' gang/drug situation is very up in the air, nobody really knows what's going on, including Carlos. Carlos is sent to live with Alex, in Boulder, Calorado to finish up with high school.  But of course, Carlos decides to make this as hard as possible for Alex.  And eventually, Carlos is sent to live with Alex's professor.  I know, shocker.  Right?  And oh yeah, the proff has a daughter.  Who is the dame age as Carlos.  NBD.  Eventually, Kiara and Carlos start feeling attracted to one another, even though they are totally opposites.  Mmmmhhhhm.  So I guess these books don't actually scream ORIGINAL! but hey, it's chick romance.  I'm not judgy.

 In the first book, there was a lot of tension and well errr....chemistry between Alex and BritBrit but in Rules of Attraction there is definitely more lust and sexual tension.  But none of that made the book any less pleasurable for me.  I also the fact that in Rules of Attraction, BritBrit and Alex were still in the story line, if you cared about them as a couple, don't worry.  They're in there, not as much as I would hope of course, but then again the book was supposed to be about Carlos, anyways.  FYI, if you haven't actually read Perfect Chemistry it's NBD, it's totally self explanatory.  And the alternate point of view is still in the books, which makes it much more enjoyable.  That way, you can understand what's going on in our hot Mexican gang banger's mind as well as the seemingly innocent Kiara.   This time, the white girl role was filed by Kiara.  She is pretty much the complete opposite of BritBrit.  She is not popular, stylish, doesn't care what people thing and adventurous/nature lover.  But in essence, Kiara is kind of the same character as BritBrit.  She cares about her family and  hey, they both fall for Fuentes brothers.

So yeah, Rules of Attraction was like cheap drugs.  It was a so-so high, but it gave me the fix I needed and I'll definitely be coming back for more.  Final thoughts, the book was good, but not amazing.  As expected.  If you are looking for a cheap thrill of a book, Rules of Attraction is what you need.  But if your looking for a book that is different, fresh, deep and all that flubber, well, you'd be looking at the wrong book cover.  That's why Rules of Attraction, gets a Silver Moody Seal of Approval.

Now, behold!  The book trailer for Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles.  At least it isn't as euuu.......horrible (HORRIBLE) as the book trailer for Perfect Chemistry (that was just a hot mess D: ).  In this book trailer, we get to see some yummy Alexander F. Rodriguez.  YUM.



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