(Perfect Chemistry # 3)
By: Simone Elkeles
Pub. Date: August 16, 2011
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
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?
There is something about a bad boy with a heart of gold and those Fuentes boys do not disappoint! Chain Reaction, the third (and sadly, the last) book in the Perfect Chemistry trilogy has everything I came to expect from a Simone Elkeles story. There is romance, action, humor, and heart. Once I started reading, I could not put the book down until I was completely finished. Luckily, I was in the car on a nine hour road trip so I had the time to spend with Luis, who is easily my favorite of the three brothers.
Unlike the older Fuentes boys, Alex and Carlos, Luis stayed away from gang life. He is ridiculously smart and did not want to do anything to ruin his chances of becoming an astronaut. Sure, he made dumb decisions sometimes, but what teenager doesn’t? But he was also protective of his family, and there isn’t anything he wouldn’t do to protect them. When he finds out that he has to work for the same gang his brother was in or they will hurt his family, he agrees in a heartbeat. While keeping this secret from his family, he is also trying to win the heart of Nikki. Out of all of the girls, Nikki was my favorite. The girl was everything I would want in a female character. She refused to take any crap from anyone and I loved that about her! The chemistry between Luis and Nikki was undeniable and I loved the sexual tension between the two. They were just so adorable together!
What I love about these books is that Elkeles makes me feel so many different emotions. I truly feel for every one of her characters and I would love to go to a Fuentes BBQ and be apart of that family!
I’m sad that this trilogy is over, but I can’t wait to see what Elkeles has in store for us next! If you haven’t read this series yet, what are you waiting for? Start it now, you won’t regret it!
Read my review of Perfect Chemistry (book 1)
Read my review of Rules of Attraction (book 2)
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