Review: Chain Reaction

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?

The final book following the Fuentes brothers, Chain Reaction focuses on adrenaline junkie, Luis. He’s the youngest of the three brothers and the only one to not have gotten himself in any serious trouble… or so it seems.

The book opens with his immediate need for adrenaline as he free climbs a cliff formation in Colorado, only to end up bitten by a snake and falls, though not too seriously injured. Then we meet Nikki, who goes to tell her boyfriend something important, then is left in the dust when he leaves her to join the infamous Latino Blood, which leaves her to throw away any belief in love that she had.

So when Luis and Nikki meet, it gets interesting.

I enjoyed this book just as much as the other two. I like how the author went along and did a story for each of the brothers, showing how similar they were and also how different. Luis is definitely more level headed than his brothers, at least for most of the story, and I loved how they thought he was so sheltered by their previous gang affiliations when in reality Luis knew what was really going down. Nikki’s pessimism about relationships was a refreshing viewpoint to read about, especially when you see how she got to that point. It was that fact that also made me enjoy her friendship with her best friend, Kendall, because Kendall really wanted Nikki to be able to let go of the past when she saw how Nikki was starting to feel about Luis, but also didn’t push her to something she wasn’t ready for.

What I really enjoyed about this book though (as well as the others) is the family aspect – how these brothers are willing to risk everything for their loved ones in order to keep them safe. So it had me sad at one point when Luis felt like he had no choice but to give up the dream he’d been working towards his entire life in order to keep his mom and brothers safe.

Overall, I feel like this book isn’t quite up to the same standards as the previous ones, and I will say that Perfect Chemistry is my favorite of all of them… but Chain Reaction is still good and a nice little conclusion to the saga of the Fuentes brothers.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

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