Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles

Review

8662836About the Book

Luis Fuentes is a good boy who doesn’t live with the angst that his big brothers, Alex and Carlos, have always lived with. Luis is smart, funny, and has big dreams of becoming an astronaut. But when he falls for the wrong girl,

Luis enters a dark world he’s never known, and just when he thinks he’s got life all figured out, learns some disturbing news about his family that destroys his positive outlook on life. Will that Fuentes bad boy streak come out with a vengeance and lure Luis to live on the edge like his new girlfriend and his own father?

Continuing all the steamy romance of the first two books, NY Timesand USA Today bestselling author Simone Elkeles gives fans one more satisfying taste of the irresistible Fuentes boys.

Review

I picked this book up on Monday night (like not long before I was headed to bed) and read a couple of the chapters. I left it in the living room before I did my before bed stuff (shower, reading my bible before bed, praying, and taking the supplements that I sell that help me sleep better and all that good stuff) and when I woke up Tuesday morning, I knew I wanted to pick the book back up. I did, and I finished it about 8:30(ish) Tuesday night. I could NOT put it down. The first 2 books in the series, Perfect Chemistry and Rules of Attraction, were the same way. Though I would consider this series to be a Teen/Young Adult book, solely because the characters are teens and in high school, they are good books. The language in them is a little harsh for younger teens, but they’re still great reads! I really liked learning more about Luis because in the first 2 books he was barely mentioned! In Perfect Chemistry, we get to watch Alex go through the struggles of wanting to get out of the gang that he was in, and we got to read about him getting jumped out. In Rules of Attraction, we got to read about Carlos, who wanted to prove that he was a tough guy, and I guess in some ways, he saught out a gang. But in Chain Reaction, we get to read and get to know Luis, the youngest of the Fuentes brothers. He has lived a more sheltered life, and is one smart guy. His dream is to go to school and major in Aeronautics and eventually become a member of the NASA program and go to space! I mean, HOW cool would that be! The first 2 books of this series start out when the brothers & the females they take interest in are seniors in high school, however, this book starts when Luis and NIkki are only 15 years old but then it jumps ahead 2 years to their high school senior year. I thought the beginning of the book was necessary to show why Nikki said she would never get involved with another “mexican” boy or Latina. My heart broke for Nikki in the first part. I enjoyed getting to read about the previous characters also, as well as getting to meet Alex and Brittany’s oldest child, Little Paco! Why would they name him anything else? I love it!

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