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Build A Man

Build A Man [Kindle Edition]

Talli Roland
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)

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This is a hugely entertaining book, light-hearted yet with hidden messages of self belief, hope and about following dreams. --Kim the Bookworm

Build A Man had characters I really, really cared for, it had an inspired plot (Talli is a plot genius!), it had warmth and humour . . . I can't recommend it enough. --Chick Lit News and Reviews

A light and charming read, I found the main character, Serenity Holland, to be reminiscent of the loveable awkwardness of Bridget Jones. --Novel Escapes

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5* from Chick Lit News and Reviews: Build A Man had characters I really, really cared for, it had an inspired plot (Talli is a plot genius!), it had warmth and humour . . . I can't recommend it enough.

How far would you go to create the perfect partner?

Slave to the rich, rude and deluded, cosmetic surgery receptionist Serenity Holland longs for the day she's a high-flying tabloid reporter. Unfortunately, every pitch she sends out disappears like her clients' liposuctioned fat, never to be seen again. Then she meets Jeremy Ritchie -- the hang-dog man determined to be Britain's Most Eligible Bachelor by making himself over from head to toe and everything in between -- giving Serenity a story no editor could resist.

With London's biggest tabloid on board and her very own column tracking Jeremy's progress from dud to dude, Serenity is determined to be a success, even going undercover to gain intimate access to Jeremy's life. But when Jeremy's surgery goes drastically wrong and Serenity is ordered to cover all the car-crash goriness, she must decide how far she really will go for her dream job.


Talli's writing is fresh, lively and different . . . If you want a book that will make you laugh and make you cry, then this one comes highly recommended.

Build A Man is fast-paced, well-written chick lit that I can't recommend highly enough.
--The Book Chick

This is a hugely entertaining book, light-hearted yet with hidden messages of self belief, hope and about following dreams.
--Kim the Bookworm

Talli Roland is extremely witty as a writer . . . If you have read any of Talli's other books then you already know that you're in for a treat.
--Dot Scribbles

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 470 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Notting Hill Press (5 Nov 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00642BCX2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,035 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Talli Roland writes bittersweet and witty contemporary women's fiction. Born and raised in Canada, Talli now lives in London, where she savours the great cultural life (coffee and wine).

Despite training as a journalist, Talli soon found she preferred making up her own stories--complete with happy endings. Talli's novels have been short-listed as Best Romantic Reads at the UK's Festival of Romance and chosen as top books of the year by industry review websites.

To learn more about Talli, go to or follow Talli on Twitter: @talliroland. Talli blogs at

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Build A Man 16 Jan 2012
By Dot
Format:Kindle Edition
Talli Roland has done it again! This is the third book that I have read by this author and I think she just gets better and better. Build A Man is very different from The Hating Game and Watching Willow Watts but you always know that you will get an entertaining story with this author.
Serenity is so determined to succeed as a journalist; she cannot believe her luck when Jeremy comes along; he is the perfect subject to write about. Yet as the story develops and Serenity gets to know Jeremy, she begins to question just how far she will go for success but the problem is, she may have already gone too far.
I really enjoyed the cosmetic surgery setting in this book, the clients that Serenity encountered brought a lot of humour to the story. I think that Talli Roland is extremely witty as a writer but I also enjoyed the fact that Build A Man felt a little bit deeper than Talli's previous books. I was really interested in the relationship that develops between Serenity and Jeremy and the way in which it makes her question what she is doing. .
If you have read any of Talli's other books then you already know that you're in for a treat. If not then I recommend that you give Build A Man a go, I don't think you will be disappointed!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite book of the year! 20 Dec 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
After reading and falling in love with Watching Willow Watts and The Hating Game by Talli Roland, earlier this year, I was on tenter hooks awaiting the release of her next book. Luckily I did not have to wait long before Build A Man was published in Novemeber. As soon as I recieved my copy, I could not resisit making time especially to get started on reading it. I am still in awe as to how Talli Roland has been able to release three books this year, all at such a high standard of writing, and of all three I have to admit that Build A Man is my new favourite.

I was enraptured by Build A Man from the very first page and could not put it down until I had finished the last page. The writing flowed so well that even if I had wanted to stop I don't think I would have been able to. The concept, as with all Talli Roland's novels, was so unique and different from the usual chick lit novels. I loved the idea of Build A Man and the quirky little elements that were added along the way. You can always count on Talli to bring a creative twist to her books. I would love to be inside her head for just one day to see how she comes up with all her ideas. I also enjoyed the message and the moral dilema behind the story in Build A Man, with Serenity using her professional position as the cosemtic surgery clinic in order to gain juicy details for her column. Then later on in the story Serenity's conscience coming into play with whether or not she should be doing that or not.

In terms of characters, I love Serenity. While I was reading Build A Man I was constantly wishing Serenity was a real person so that I could become friends with her. She was so fun, with so much life and energy, even when she was in a bad situation she still managed to pull herself out.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roland's Best Book Yet 7 Nov 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've read all of Talli Roland's books, and I have to say this was my favourite. I'm not sure why I connected so well with Serenity, the main character, but I identified with her, in all her flawed, but charming glory. I've also had jobs I detested, so the workplace scenes cracked me up.

I also feel a little bit in love with Jeremey, possibly because he too was flawed. No self-centered alpha male here... just a sweet guy who'd been through a rough patch that left him a bit battered.

When the conflict of the story came into full swing, oh man... I won't spoil it, but I will say that Talli Roland did a masterful job making us feel sympathetic for all the characters in a situation in which everyone did everything wrong!

The story was so good, it was hard not to rush through the book, but at the same time, I wanted to savour the experience. A highly recommended read. Her best book yet.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Didn't want it to end 15 Feb 2012
By Sargo
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I loved this book and didn't want to end. I was happy to read that there is a sequel out this year as I loved Serenity and the other characters. I've never read any books by Talli Roland previously, however after loving this one so much I have just purchased two others. I recommend this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Made Me a Chick Lit Fan! 4 Dec 2011
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First off, quick disclaimer: I do not normally read chick lit, and rarely ever read romance, so I may not know what I'm talking about. Don't judge me: I have some preconceived notions about chick lit (girl meets boy, girl loses boy, girl gets boy back... All finished off with a saccharine sweet sprinkling of happily ever after.) All well and good for some, but not my idea of an entertaining, gripping read.

Then again, a good story is a good story, and it is the potential of a good read that led me to purchase a copy of Build a Man. The idea of a tale about the perils of cosmetic surgery, and the ugly side of tabloid reporting -- both highly current topics, piqued my interest. Plus, Talli Roland is a formidable name in e-book circles, with great reviews for her previous books, The Hating Game and Watching Willow Watts. Also, Talli herself is a lovely person and a prominent blogger, so I figured: if I enjoy her blog, surely I'll enjoy her book?

And you know what? I am so glad I cast aside my prejudices! Build a Man surpassed all my expectations and then some! Serenity Holland is a very relate-able heroine. Like all of us, she has dreams and aspirations, and like many of us, she gets lost along the way, becoming blind to what is truly important. Serenity is a girl-next-door who aspires to be something more, and I loved her self-deprecating and snarky voice. Her attraction to Jeremy was clear from the get-go, and at many times through the book, I'd felt like reaching into the pages and smacking her over the head for still not realising that Jeremy was something more than her ticket to tabloid success. But this frustration is a good thing; when Serenity finally comes round, it made reading it all the more satisfying, in an I-told-you-so way!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Very sweet, if you're into romantic fiction - great for escaping from your everyday life for a while.
Published 11 days ago by Noreen Power
5.0 out of 5 stars a good story which kept my interest and left me wanting ...
first one of two, a good story which kept my interest and left me wanting to know more, luckily there was a sequel so I go that as well, I enjoyed that too
Published 20 days ago by Ethel
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Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Talli Roland books are fun, easy reading and this one is no exception...............
Published 26 days ago by L. Narracott
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Mrs J Chapman
4.0 out of 5 stars Build A Man
Well if only it were possible...the story line was kind of predictable but I just couldn't put it down, really don't know why. Just found myself willing to reach the end. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jen
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup,of tea
Just couldn't engage with the female character. Not my cup of tea, got fed up of reading "Botox bitches" so I didn't finish it.
Published 6 months ago by Adm
2.0 out of 5 stars bad story
Very badly written, poor characters and very predictable story line- i didn't like the herorine at all, she was selfish and weak, i was angry that it was ok with him in the end
Published 8 months ago by Mrs. K. Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Build a man
Excellent read! great book! Funny, fab for the winter nights. Roll on the next one I read by Talli Roland!
Published 9 months ago by Emmabrad
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it.
Serenity Holland dreams of being a high-flying tabloid reporter instead of manning the desk as a receptionist at her boyfriend Peter's - dullest person in the world - cosmetic... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lelo Kay
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