March 9, 2022
I have to say—I loved this book! I know it’s another Romcom, but there was something about Mr. Wrong Number by Lynn Painter that really clicked for me.
Olivia Marshall may be a bit of a hot mess, but she’s an extremely talented writer. After losing her boyfriend, job, and apartment (due to her burning down the building!), Olivia moves back to Omaha where she ends up staying with her brother and his roommate, Colin Beck. Olivia and Colin have had a combative relationship for most of their lives, constantly taking pot shots and making digs at each other.
When Olivia receives a random text from an unknown number, she has a funny comeback at the ready, and things take off from there. On the flip side, Colin eventually figures out that he’s texting Olivia and tries to ghost her, but our heroine is having none of that!
After getting a new job, (then losing the job), then getting an apartment (in the same building as Colin), things start to heat up between the two, with Colin no longer seeing her as just his friend’s little sister. While I do think Olivia is too quick to blame Colin for the “thing” that inevitably comes between them, issues are resolved in the end.
I really like the fact that this book took place in Omaha, not Chicago or New York or L.A. (Yay, Midwest!) It’s not really a hot spot that you would think of for romance, but it works perfectly. I also loved the snappy dialogue between the characters, especially the text messages. I didn’t want this one to end!
What romance titles have you enjoyed lately? If you love romance as much as we do, be sure to keep updated on the Library’s annual Romance GenreCon event, which will return this August! It will include a swoon-worthy lineup of presentations and activities for both fans and writers.
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