Book Review of: Mr. Wrong Number
Mr. Wrong Number
By: Lynn Painter
Overall: Olivia Marshall just lost her job, found out her boyfriend was cheating on her, and accidentally burned down her apartment while burning his old love letters. Bad luck seems to always find her.…or maybe she brings it with her? Anyway, she is now crashing with her brother for a month until she gets her life back on track. Her brother also lives with his lifelong best friend, the hot and arrogant Colin Beck. Growing-up, Colin always just barely tolerated Olivia because she was Jack’s clumsy, annoying, little sister. But, now the 3 of them are going to have to try and get along with eachother for a month while Olivia gets a new job and money for a place of her own. One night, Olivia gets a sexy, “What are you wearing?” text from a random number by mistake. She is bored, and a writer, so she can’t resist writing back a witty answer to this unknown texter, who she labels, Mr. Wrong Number. And so begins their new fun and flirty texting-only relationship. She becomes known to him only as Miss Misdial. She begins to look forward to their daily humorous and sexy text exchanges as she tries to make a new life for herself and recover from her old one. Because they share the same apartment, Colin eventually realizes that Miss Misdial is actually Olivia. That gets him thinking about her in a new light. She is all grown-up now and not just Jack’s little sister anymore. Now that he knows who his anonymous sexy texting buddy really is, should he keep the text relationship going and start an actual relationship with her, or ghost her and pretend like it never happened?
Ovations: I like that this book makes you laugh right from the very beginning pages. It is fun and breezy and full of sexy banter. I like the older-brother’s-best-friend- forbidden-romance angle. I like that Olivia and Colin are total opposites in every way…. but opposites do attract you know! Some other things from the book that are fun, true rom-com tropes as well: forced proximity, enemies to lovers, hot-mess heroine and hot hero with heart of gold. I also appreciated how the, “area of conflict that always comes in rom-coms that threatens to ruin their relationship” part of this book was actually believable. ( I hate when the issue is so ridiculous that it would never actually happen.)
Oh Well: I hate to say it but, Olivia’s behavior is a bit over the top, inconsiderate, and immature sometimes. She is mostly a loveable character, but she does some things that are quite rude sometimes and acts like it’s nothing. Also, Colin does and says a few shady thing himself, so his behavior is not above reproach either. Both of the main characters are very likeable, but act somewhat immature for their age.
Opinion: I enjoyed reading this breezy, funny rom-com. It is full of heart and witty, sexy, banter. The two main characters have lot of sexual tension and like to give eachother a hard time. (No pun intended!) Speaking of the sex, there is no graphic sex in this book, just the beginnings of it, and then fade-to-black sort of scenes. (So the spice level in the book is low, if that is what you are looking for.) This is a charming romance by Lynn Painter, who has more books coming out in the future, and I will for sure be reading those also. Rating 8 out of 10