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Brooklyn Girls Don't Cuddle: A Novel by…

Brooklyn Girls Don't Cuddle: A Novel

by Brian Barton

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Author Brian Barton knows what works in the romance department—he can sweep you off your feet even in the first few pages. He’s no stranger to formula—he knows very well how to take it to its most effective fulfilment—yet he’s adventurous and audacious enough to pierce through the ceiling of convention. And the result is a deeply engrossing book—‘’Brooklyn Girl Don’t Cuddle’—that you will love reading on the bus, on the subway, at some beach. You will talk about this book to friends and strangers—and here’s why.

‘Brooklyn Girls Don’t Cuddle’ is set in New York, a place where finding the “right one” can be more difficult than sifting through a haystack for that proverbial needle. Nevertheless, you’ll find music journalist Buzz Vreelander hoping for that very thing. Like Elton John signing in “I Want Love”, Buzz’s desire and longings catapult him to a trajectory that allows him to touch lives and discover a deeper part of himself he didn’t know existed. I love how author Brian Barton has created believable character—these are actual people, you mutter to yourself as you read along, and these are very real problems. I love the comic relief offered by Deke, which counterpoints to a satisfying level Buzz’s intentions for the impossible-to-have Radha. Or so it seems—you’ll have to read through the chapters to find out. But let me spill out the beans a little more: the twist in the end is surprising, yet deeply emotionally satisfying, like a warm embrace.

I don’t know, but Brian Barton feels like the male version of Sophie Kinsella, or if Sophie and Nick Hornby (of the ‘Juliet, Naked’ frame of mind) made love, Barton would be the offspring who guns for filling in the middle genre of this wide gappy expanse we take for granted as romance fiction. Barton’s book is a laidback, easy-to-read, and oh-so-satisfying ride on a rollercoaster that’s set to run on “cruise mode.” Let me suffice it to say that ‘Brooklyn Girls Don’t Cuddle’ is a deeply entertaining book—it pushes your buttons in all the right places, at the right time, leaves you hanging for more, then gives you what you want in the end—and you’re left sitting there feeling good and wondering what just hit you.

There’s only one thing I’d love to see more: a sequel. Buzz Vreelander is a likeable fellow whose romantic sensibilities emotionally resonate not only with those people living in New York, but everywhere. Brian Barton has written another classic here—I give it five stars. And, I believe, so will you. ( )
  jblazarte | Nov 10, 2014 |
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