Book Review: Perfect Chemistry #3: Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles

Rating: StarStarStar

Luis Fuentes has always been sheltered from the gang violence that nearly destroyed his brothers’ lives. But that didn’t stop him from taking risks—whether he’s scaling a mountain in the Rockies or dreaming of a future as an astronaut, Luis can’t stop looking for the next thrill.
Nikki Cruz lives her life by three rules—boys lie to get their way, don’t trust a boy who says “I love you,” and never date a boy from the south side of Fairfield. Her parents may be from Mexico, but as a doctor’s daughter, she has more in common with her north-side neighbors than the Latino Blood at her school. Then she meets Luis at Alex’s wedding, and suddenly, she’s tempted to break all her rules.

Getting Nikki to take a chance on a southsider is Luis’s biggest challenge, until he finds himself targeted by Chuy Soto, the new head of the Latino Blood. When Chuy reveals a disturbing secret about Luis’s family, the youngest Fuentes finds himself questioning everything he’s ever believed to be true. Will his feelings for Nikki be enough to stop Luis from entering a dark and violent world and permanently living on the edge?

Book 1: Perfect Chemistry review | Book 2: Rules of Attraction review

*****

WANTING MORE.

Chain Reaction left me disappointed. Sure, there are good moments here and there; unfortunately, it was not packed with the same punch as Perfect Chemistry (my fave among the three)  and Rules of Attraction. My conclusion for the series? I still (and will always) have the hots for Alex FuentesBrit, oh you rich, lucky, white girl. =)

Luis is not as cool as I thought he’d be – the only points he got from me is that he’s pretty smart and ambitious. He was like coasting the sidelines while Alex and Carlos are in the scenes with him – he barely registered as the male lead! He’s less charming than Alex and less arrogant than Carlos. This made me think: Is he really a Fuentes? Believe me, Luis asked this very same question to himself. I love Brittany, so-so for Kiara, but for Nikki – man, I don’t like her AT ALL. She was heartbroken so it’s ok for her to poison her best friend Kendall’s relationship with her cynicism? Yeah, right. She acts high and mighty (boo!), and she treats Luis like crap. Nikki got hurt but it doesn’t give her the right to hurt other people back. Carlos made all the difference in this book. He stole the show from Luis! Carlos is still funny, cocky and uber-sweet. Then there’s Alex and Brit trademark banters. Yeah!

There’s this line where Nikki (or was it Luis?) says she’s falling for Luis because she likes talking to him. Uh, wait a minute. There was no talking involved between them, only kissing and groping. Then, the dialogue went sappy to sappier until the end. Yep, it was annoying.

Chain Reaction is still likeable but I’ve had better romance than Luis and Nikki. Did Simone Elkeles ran out of gas? Because Chain Reaction did not live up to the Perfect Chemistry series hype.

#19 Off-the-Shelf challenge 2011

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.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

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