Things get textual when a steamy message from a random wrong number turns into an 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.
Narrative and Plot
When I discovered Mr. Wrong Number, I was excited to have found a similar book to one of my all-time favorite romcoms I’ve Got Your Number. While the book isn’t nearly close to the latter, it carried the general spirit of the latter. You have your charming yet clumsy heroine in her mid-twenties who doesn’t have a clue what to do with her life.
Naturally, you expect the plot to be this journey where things take a turn when she attends a wrong call. It isn’t as if the story didn’t move. It did, but other than the interaction with the Wrong Number and her flatmate, nothing much happened throughout the book.
Characters and Conflicts
The main characters, Olivia and Collin are likable with amazing chemistry between them. However, it was the only working thing in their favor. The story says Collin is important in finance but doesn’t show anyone or anything from his workplace except for a plot device.
Olivia, on the other hand, is in search of a proper career. She had a plan, but it literally went to flames. What followed was a coincidence. But the story never once showed Olivia owning up to her mistakes and taking charge of life. That was the thing that bothered me about the book. Everything was left to chance. An amazing chemistry with a Wrong Number pretty much kills your quota for coincidence, but the story much leaves everything to chance. After a while, it gets exhausting and overshadows the characters no matter how impressive they are.
I had fun with this book. It has chemistry, humor, and a naïve innocence that we usually see in romantic comedies from the 90s. However, the lack of proper motivation or effort from the characters makes it a strictly one-time read.