The Proverbial Mr. Universe
by Maria La Serra (Goodreads Author)
TeriLyn's thoughts: **The Proverbial Mr. Universe generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**
As Maria La Serra's debut novel, The Proverbial Mr. Universe comes as a enjoyable story filled with kitzy moments, sweet sentiment, and a charismatic hero. The story takes shape nicely as our heroine, Olivia, goes through a life-altering change leaving her mentally abusive fiance. Kismet happens for Nick, our hero, the moment he sees Olivia from afar. As the pairs lives collide Olivia starts receiving mysterious life and self affirming notes from Mr. Universe.
The enjoyment of this story came from the simplistic details of Olivia and Nick's lives as well as the notes and encouragement from Mr. Universe. Nick is full of life even after so much has happened in his past. He's charming and sweet, says all the right things, and cares deeply with a big, full heart. Olivia can't quite seem to see herself for what she truly is having an ex that messed with her self-worth so much. The blossoming of their relationship and the relationships around them were happy to read. At points in the story I thought things were dragging and that Olivia's deteriorated self confidence became too much. I wanted more for her especially. There were a few points where I thought the forward motion of the story was stalled. And then a few plot points that weren't nearly completed when "the end" came. Nearer to the end I felt rushed and slightly disappointed in how the story was finished.
The Proverbial Mr. Universe was easily read in a day. Written from the third person POV, it easily engages. It's one of the books that even when it's dragging you're so intrigued that you just can't wait to see how it plays out. La Serra's writing is good and engaging. Her Mr. Universe notes a true beacon in the story. As a stand alone contemporary romance the story holds the ability to pull at your heartstrings.