Review // Mr. Wrong Number

Mr. Wrong Number is a fun and witty, albeit underdeveloped, story.

Synopsis

Things get textual when a steamy message from a random wrong number turns into a thrilling anonymous relationship in this hilarious rom-com by Lynn Painter.

Bad luck has always followed Olivia Marshall…or maybe she’s just the screw-up her family thinks she is. But when a “What are you wearing?” text from a random wrong number turns into the hottest, most entertaining—albeit anonymous—relationship of her life, she thinks things might be on the upswing….

Colin Beck has always considered Olivia his best friend’s annoying little sister, but when she moves in with them after one of her worst runs of luck, he realizes she’s turned into an altogether different and sexier distraction. He’s sure he can keep his distance, until the moment he discovers she’s the irresistible Miss Misdial he’s been sort of sexting for weeks—and now he has to decide whether to turn the heat up or ghost her before things get messy.

My Thoughts

I wanted to love Mr. Wrong Number—it had all of the makings of a story I’d love; banter, texting, You’ve Got Mail references, but this book spent so long setting up the relationship between the two characters, the conflict, and their differences, and then it sped through the resolution. The texting banter between Colin and Olivia was fantastic but their connection in real life didn’t feel as satisfying or as fun to experience. Other than good sex and witty banter, what did Colin and Olivia really have?

Olivia was charming at first and I loved how the book was setting up the opposites-attract dynamic between the two, especially with how carefree and spirited Olivia was. I always love a good grumpy / sunshine pairing. As the book progressed, however, Olivia’s behavior became less charming and more immature and annoying. What started out as entertaining, if not kind of a little absurd, turned into frustrating. Was she lacking all common sense? It’s hard to root for someone who’s so ridiculous when you can’t even give them the benefit of the doubt of having the best intentions—when Olivia lied to get her first job, yes, she didn’t mean any harm but it was dishonest and even when it blew up in her face, she didn’t seem to learn from it. 

My issues with Olivia aside, this book was still fun and entertaining and I did enjoy reading it, just not as much as I had hoped to. Overall, Mr. Wrong Number is a fun, albeit undeveloped, story.

Read This If

  • You enjoy the sibling’s best friend trope
  • You enjoy stories with anonymous texting/messaging (similar to You’ve Got Mail)
  • You enjoy opposites-attract romances
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