book review: Crossing the Brooklyn Briggs

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I give a 4-star review for Crossing the Brooklyn Briggs.

Keep reading for my book review of Crossing the Brooklyn Briggs.

Overview:

Crossing the Brooklyn Briggs is part of Dana LeCheminant’s Love in Sun City series featuring a sibling group. They each have a book in the series, and they’re simultaneously falling in love during a particular month. There are overlapping scenes within the books.

This book is a slow-burn romantic comedy with no explicit content. It features the (twin) brother’s-best-friend trope. It is also a bit of an enemies-to-lovers story, because Jordan and Brooklyn terrorized each other in their youth.

Crossing the Brooklyn Briggs book cover blurb

High school teacher Brooklyn Briggs has always been great with chemistry but terrible with relationships. When a guy drops into her life—literally—and offers to coach her into getting a date with her longtime crush, she’s willing to accept any help she can get.

Even if her new flirting coach is her brother Houston’s best friend, the guy who drove her crazy all throughout high school.

Jordan Torres never expected to see Brooklyn again. After the way he teased her in high school, she has every right to hate him. But despite warnings from her brother, he’s drawn to her in a way he’s never been before and can’t seem to remember that she’s in love with someone else.

Neither can she.

Both of them value their relationship with Houston too much to risk things going wrong, but they may not have a choice. The heart wants what the heart wants. Besides, Brooklyn can’t turn a blind eye to perfect chemistry.

It took me longer to get into this volume of the Love in Sun City series, but I ended up really enjoying it.

A fun aspect of reading all of the books in a particular series is that you can continue learning about beloved characters from other books in the series. This series does not disappoint, because different aspects of other characters are brought to light through the viewpoints of the various leading characters. This is a fun sibling group.

Brooklyn’s technology challenges make her especially lovable.

Author Dana LeCheminant weaves details about Brooklyn’s technology challenges throughout all of the books in this series, and I found it to be endearing. Her frequent mis-texts made me laugh many times.

Brook’s thought early in the book: “I wish I could say that [was] the first time I confused the post box for the search bar.”

A sweet aspect of Crossing the Brooklyn Briggs is that Brook and Jordan had known each other for so long.

Brook’s thought about Jordan: “[A]s much as I disliked him in high school, he’s always been entirely himself. I used to be a bit jealous of him for that, which generally fueled my dislike.”

Brook’s impression of Jordan early in the book: “He grins wide, which isn’t exactly helping the heat situation. That’s the kind of smile that gets women to fall in love with him. It shines so bright against his dark skin, and he’s always been quick to smile so it looks full and natural no matter the circumstances. Jordan is generally just happy, and I wish I knew how he did it.”

Jordan’s impression of Brook early in the book: “I’ve always wanted to know her, but now that she’s actually giving me a chance to see beyond the beautiful exterior, I’m learning she’s even more beautiful inside. Houston talks all the time about his twin’s kindness and empathy, but I’m starting to think he has grossly underestimated her pure heart. It has me wondering again why she has only ever dated jerks and guys who think watching paint dry is interesting.”

The way they work together through Brooklyn’s insecurities is beautiful.

Jordan talking to Brooklyn: “‘By the way,’ I say, wishing I wasn’t already on the edge of my chair because I don’t feel close enough. ‘Just because you’re not a professional athlete, it doesn’t mean you’re not important. Yeah, Houston makes a ridiculous amount of money and has his face on a cereal box, but he also sets impossible standards for himself because he doesn’t think he’s good enough. We all have something, Queens. And whether in a lab or a classroom, you’re going to change the world.’”

In turn, Brooklyn encourages Jordan through his issues. They learn so much from each other throughout the book. They bring out the best in each other.

The secondary character Mateo (Jordan’s brother) is an added bonus.

The content related to Mateo adds real depth to the story.

Brooklyn talking with Jordan and Mateo, comment directed to Mateo and told from Jordan’s perspective: “This time Brooklyn squeezes my hand. ‘I know how it feels to want to avoid being a burden,’ she says softly, ‘but you should never be afraid to tell the people who love you what you’re going through.’”

Throughout the story, there is a lot of emphasis on the importance of being real with the people you care about. It’s a good reminder for all of us.

Very nice read!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my book review of Crossing the Brooklyn Briggs.

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