This was a super cute book and I completely devoured it within 24 hours. If you’re looking for something fun, flirty, and on the lighter side, pick this one up! With the weather warming up and pool days in the not too distant future, this would make for the perfect pool-side reading material.
Olivia Marshall has just moved back to Omaha after enduring a rough turn of events in Chicago. While she’s working on sorting out her life, she’s crashing at her brother Jack’s apartment. Jack just so happens to also have a roommate and that roommate is none other than Colin Beck. Colin and Jack have been friends forever, which means Olivia has also know Colin for most of her life and the two of them are not exactly friendly with each other.
On Olivia’s first night back in town she gets a text from a wrong number asking what she’s wearing. Rather than ending the conversation once Mr. Wrong Number realizes that he texted the wrong person, Mr. Wrong Number and Miss Misdial keep the conversation going and develop a genuine connection. In case you haven’t guessed it already, Mr. Wrong Number turns out to be Colin and when he discovers that Miss Misdial is actually Olivia he decides the only thing to do is ghost her.
Olivia is pretty disappointed when Mr. Wrong Number just stops texting her back all of a sudden and she doesn’t know what she did wrong. She misses her anonymous friend but as more time passes she notices that void being filled by a budding relationship with Colin. But what happens when she finds out that Colin is actually Mr. Wrong Number and he knew she was Miss Misdial?
This book is the epitome of a romantic comedy filled with the tried and true tropes of enemies to lovers and brother’s best friend. It has some deliciously steamy scenes but nothing too explicit. I honestly can’t recommend this book enough!
Fans of the friends-to-lovers trope will enjoy this one! It was a very cute read with a happy ending that elicited a few tears from me along the way (tbh it’s not that hard to make me cry but still).
The backdrop of this book is Spark House, an event hotel hosting everything from hobbyhorse competitions to weddings. The Spark sisters, Avery, London, and Harley, run it now, but it was started by their grandparents. After their grandfather died, their parents stepped in to help their grandmother (“Gran”) run the place. When they lost both of their parents in a car accident during their teenage years, Gran took over raising them and running Spark House full-time again. Now the sisters are grown up and running the place on their own with Avery’s best friend, Declan McCormick, as Spark House’s financial advisor.
Avery and Declan met the first weekend of college and have been best friends ever since. They never pursued anything romantic but everyone around them seemed to sense they each had deeper feelings for the other. Following college they moved to the same city and purchased a condo together as friends. Declan’s parents have a toxic relationship that he’s been stuck in the middle of for most of his life, which has seriously impacted his feelings about romantic relationships and being involved in one long-term.
When Avery gets in an accident on her way to an event, Declan feels responsible because he was supposed to go with her but flaked out for a random hookup. Fueled by his guilt Declan tries to make it up to Avery by taking care of her while she recuperates. This changes the dynamics of their relationship and unearths some repressed feelings on both sides, which leads to some sexy (not too graphic) scenes, but conflict ultimately arises.
Without giving too much away, I really enjoyed that the resolution of the conflict between Avery and Declan was more realistic than you typically see in romance novels. Rather than being an automatic fix it was gradual and illustrated the work that it takes to make a relationship last. I’d love to hear other people’s thoughts on this, so let me know in the comments how you felt about it!
P.S. The next book in the series is Starry-Eyed Loved, which follows London Spark, and sounds like it will be a workplace romance. Its release date is May 10th! You can pre-order it here.