When a blond beauty came over to his house wearing Daisy Dukes and a halter top, comedy writer Mike Fine couldn’t resist.
They got a bit tipsy, one thing led to another and things got hot and heavy on the loveseat. “It was an amazing night,” recalls Fine.
But the two didn’t have sex. They just cuddled. “It was dirty and wholesome at the same time,” says Fine, who bragged to his friends that they spooned for hours.
While some men rack up notches on their bedposts, Fine is more interested in postcoital activities than actual coitus.
“I’d choose cuddling 10 times out of 10 [over sex] — it’s more intimate. And at least cuddling I know I’m good at,” explains the 33-year-old bachelor. “Sex is like a chore, a routine — it’s like going to the dentist.”
The Upper West Side resident claims to have cuddled 10,000 women in his lifetime. He says he averages seven women per week — for about an hour each — but really racks up his count at parties devoted to the activity, where he snuggles with dozens of partners in a single night.
‘I’M THE CUDDLE STAR. IT’S MY THING.’
– Mike Fine
His passion for PG-rated activities began four years ago after an engagement with a “deeply unaffectionate” fiancée soured and he had trouble rebounding.
“So many women turned me down for sex that I figured cuddling would be a great middle ground,” he says.
Still, some find his desire — or lack thereof — confusing.
“Girls automatically assume guys are out to f - - k,” Fine says. “They think there’s something wrong when I tell them I’m into cuddling.”
But there are also women — Fine doesn’t cuddle men — who seek out his services, having heard about him through social media or friends.
After years honing his craft (he never charges for his services), Fine knows his way around the female body, even coining a position — “cuddle doggy style — inspired by a wrestling move. For that, the woman raises up on all fours, while he wraps himself around her, holding and rocking her.
But not all of his partners are content just to be held.
“Some want to sleep with me or [for it to] turn into something more,” Fine says, recalling one who wanted a relationship after five sessions.
“There’s nothing worse than a clingy cuddler,” he laments.
“You could tell he knows what he’s doing,” says Amy Fuks, a 29-year-old artist on the Lower East Side who cuddled with Fine to stave off the cold on a winter evening.
When and if Fine does settle down one day, he says the woman will have to be comfortable with his extracurricular activities.
“I have no intention of stopping,” he says. “I’m the cuddle star. It’s my thing.”