The Proverbial Mr. Universe Book Review

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I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
That was the best ARC I’ve ever read. I truly hope this would get popular.
This is probably going to be the most honest ARC review I’ve written so far;
This is not your typical romance novel where the protagonist is swept off her feet by an artist with an old soul and a scarred past, and where both end up living happily ever after with corny background music and fireworks shooting across the night sky when they finally kiss (although I can promise you that Nick is definitely going to make your heart swell into twice its actual size…)
I loved the notes. They were so poetic and lyrical ughh.
I noticed how the author balanced between the quality of the writing and that of the plot.
The story was so realistic; her father’s choices, although grave, were totally understandable. The relationship between Olivia and her siblings. Peter, her brother-in-law, was hilarious. I love the familial bonds. It felt like Maria La Serra honored her attention to the simplest fixation in the book.
The only thing I regret is having this ARC as a digital copy; this is definitely a book I’d do the honor of add to my physical TBR.

5


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Synopsis

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 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?

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