The Proverbial Mr.Universe

The Proverbial Mr.Universe

by Maria La Serra


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Dear girl with the red scarf,
Love was never meant to be conquered, you have to surrender to it.
Trust me. After all, I am Mr. Universe.

When the universe conveys a message, you listen.

Olivia Montiano just caught her fiancé cheating. Now she is forced to question what she wants out of life and love. Striving to live up to her father's unrealistic standards for the past twenty-three years, every decision she has ever made was with her father's wishes in mind-until she finds mysterious, handwritten letters tucked away in places only meant for her. That's when she realizes she's been on the wrong path all along and gives her heart to a guy her father thinks is entirely wrong.

Washed-up abstract artist Nick Montgomery has had quite a few setbacks in life. He's become accustomed to never needing anyone, thinking he's just fine-until he meets the girl with the red scarf. She's not his type. But the universe has other ideas. Nick has a secret he's keeping from her, afraid it will bring their new relationship to a sudden halt.

Will they figure out what the universe holds for them?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780995097919
Publisher: Maria La Serra
Publication date: 06/09/2016
Pages: 334
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Maria La Serra lives in Montreal, before becoming a writer, she worked as a fashion designer. She will try everything at least once, except for skiing or hiking or camping- okay anything relating to activities done in the great outdoors. When she's not working on her next book, you could find her spending her time with her family. The Proverbial Mr. Universe is her first book.

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The Proverbial Mr.Universe 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
JennaferD More than 1 year ago
By far, one of the greatest books to date. This book is inspirational to anyone with relationship or personal emotional feelings they may need help with. I feel privileged to have read this book! A definite must read!
Liz_Gavin More than 1 year ago
Sweet story from a promising new author This is an excellent debut novel. Maria La Serra’s got a light writing style although some typos distracted me a little. She expertly crafted her characters; from the abusive, douche Dario, to insecure Olivia to knight-in-shinning-armor Nick. All the elements of a romance novel are there: love triangle, betrayal, plot twists. Then she throws in a mysterious Mr. Universe. Good call! For me, his notes saved the day every time. As a slightly more experienced author, my only advice for her next novels would be to balance out the introspective moments in the story. They were essential for character building and background story but I felt they could have been better scattered throughout the story.
BooksDirect More than 1 year ago
When artist Nick Montgomery first spots Olivia Montiano, he is immediately attracted to her and starts stalking her (there's no other word for it) to find out more about her. They finally meet just after Olivia breaks up with her fiancé Dario, and the sparks sure do fly - but not the good kind! Olivia places him firmly in the friend zone, while Nick is reluctant to commit to a relationship because he, too, is dealing with a recent break-up. With their timing all wrong, with Olivia's father vehemently opposed to their relationship, and with Nick hiding a pretty big secret from Olivia, will these two lost souls ever find happiness? Maybe, with the help of the sage advice Olivia receives from the mysterious Mr. Universe. The story is told from both Olivia's and Nick's points-of-view, interspersed with cute hand-written notes by Mr. Universe (these are the best parts of the book). Olivia and Nick are a likable pair and are surrounded by a great cast of supporting characters, but there really isn't much of a story here; it's basically just the interactions between two people with complex family histories. It's slow-going, and there's a bit too much repetition, introspection, and repetition. And, while the cover is cute, it doesn't suit the book and it definitely doesn't match Nick's description. I read an ARC that was so full of editing errors (including incorrect prepositions, missing words, incorrect word usage, a mixture of tenses, punctuation errors, poorly-phrased sentences) that it was practically unreadable. I can see from the Amazon preview that some, but not all, of these errors have been corrected. A note to the author/publisher: you are doing both yourself and the reviewers a disservice by releasing such a poor review copy. Warnings: coarse language, domestic abuse. I received this book in return for an honest review. Full blog post (27 July):