My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
In true Simone Elkeles fashion, this novel was HOT. Like, seriously, I felt my cheeks burn a few times. I think it’s great that Elkeles can combine great writing with realistic characters along with a steamy romance. It makes for great reading every time.
In this book, we follow Carlos – Alex’s brother. To be honest, I put off reading this book for a while because I loved Alex and Brittany so much that the thought of reading about another couple that wasn’t them while they stayed in the background was a little off putting. But I decided to give it a try.
Carlos, at first, really pissed me off. He was cocky and rude and a little stereotypical of someone who wants to cause trouble. Bad family upbringing and voila – typical rebel. Tattoos included. But the more I read about him, the more I started to enjoy reading about him. When his vulnerable side came out, that was it, I was in love. I’m a sucker for bad boys. What can I say?
Keira was…sweet. Kind of naive, which I’m guessing is the point. Though half the book is told in her POV, I didn’t quite understand what it was that turned their relationship – in her perspective – from like into lust into love. It seemed to just happen and I was a little shocked. I’d have liked more of a build up to it. More will they, won’t they, rather than oh – they did.
In Perfect Chemistry, I liked Brittany’s chapters more. But in Rules of Attraction, I preferred Carlos’ chapters. In fact, I think the whole thing could have been told from his POV just fine.
A few things were slightly off putting about this book, but it was the same things I found wrong with the first one too. Firstly, the amount of Spanish incorporated, while realistic, made me feel like I was missing out on a lot of what was going on. Especially when it wasn’t explained. Secondly, the chapters were often short and the pacing was off. I’d be settled in one scene in one POV only to be thrown into a new scene with a new POV. It was a little like whiplash sometimes.
All in all, I greatly enjoyed it. Slow opening but it definitely picked up. 4.5 stars.